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Dimension 5

Dimension 5

Dimension Five, October 8, 1974, Transcript

This transcript covers the second hour of the show.

This page along with the previous, which is the transcript of the first hour, were originally broadcast October 8, 1974 on WOI-TV in Ames, Iowa. Questions were phoned in and host Betty Lou Varnum read them to the panel which consisted of a total of four members of Gay People's Alliance and four members of Lesbian Alliance (only six total on the set at any one time). If a question was her own, it is not single quoted below, otherwise it was the question of a viewer and within single quotes ('why do …?').


Betty Lou Varnum Betty Lou Varnum

'What are your views concerning the propagation of the race?'



Dennis Brumm Dennis Brumm

It seems to be continuing…



David Windom David Windom

…too many people who are (???) as it is, I think…



Betty Lou Varnum Betty Lou Varnum

'What are the major goals of your local organization?'



Jim (Harold) Osler Jim (Harold) Osler

One of the major goals that we have right now is just to help gay people in this area, anyway we can. If they have some idea, if they just want to talk,… we're not really that… we don't have set goals that we want to do as such, but we just want to help gay people accept themselves.



Connie Tanzo Connie Tanzo

The Lesbian Alliance has those same goals, a support group, but they also wish to be visible, so as not to be overlooked, and to cooperate with other women's groups cause we feel the issue of lesbianism is also important to the issue of women's rights.



Betty Lou Varnum Betty Lou Varnum

I think in the main, well, we have a number of questions that are left but they are variations on questions that have been asked, as during the last segment of Dimension 5, we always make a point of asking the individual members of the panel if they have any comments that they wanted to make, when they came this evening, anything that they'd like to reiterate or stress, so I'll do it. And I'll do it now. Jim? Any last comments?



Jim (Harold) Osler Jim (Harold) Osler

No, not really…



Betty Lou Varnum Betty Lou Varnum

Connie?



Connie Tanzo Connie Tanzo

Well, I'm just a very gentle, non-threatening person, and I should hope that the homosexual identity should become less threatening, and the individual should be considered.



Betty Lou Varnum Betty Lou Varnum

Kay?



Kay Scott Kay Scott

I think I've said…what I wanted to.



Betty Lou Varnum Betty Lou Varnum

Dennis?



Dennis Brumm Dennis Brumm

The only thing I could say is, I hope that if there are gay people out there watching, which I'm sure there are, who need support, that in some way perhaps this show has helped, I think it has positive potential. I think it was a good program.



Betty Lou Varnum Betty Lou Varnum

Carolyn?



Carolyn Czerna Carolyn Czerna

Yeah, I think it was a good program too. That's all.



Betty Lou Varnum Betty Lou Varnum

David?



David Windom David Windom

I agree with what Dennis said, I hope it has been educational for everyone watching, and I think this is important, I think speaking to classes and being on this program and similar programs are one of the best things that we can do. I think also, that if everyone were aware of all of the people that they know that are homosexual, that they could realize that these are people that they've known for years, perhaps, and realize that they're not terrible people and not strange people. They're not people that nobody knows. I think as long as homosexuals remain in hiding it's possible to regard them as a much smaller minority than they are, and also as something that is outside our experience. And I hope that people now are beginning to realize this is not something that is outside anybody's experience.



Betty Lou Varnum Betty Lou Varnum

I want to thank you very very much for being with us tonight, for letting us ask questions that could not have been easy for you and would not be asked of a heterosexual panel, it would not be that kind of thing. I do thank you for being here, I appreciate it I think our viewers will have found it an educational experience. We hope so. Thank you for coming. Thank you for being with us. We'll see you again next week, for Dimension 5. Good night.



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