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Conference focuses on gay relationships

STANFORD -- The Bisexual, Gay and Lesbian Awareness Days Committee at Stanford University is sponsoring a conference on relationships, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Tresidder Memorial Union.

The event is free for Stanford students, $10 for others. Interested people should pre-register using forms available from the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Community Center, (415) 725-4222. Forms also can be picked up at the Fire Truck House, Santa Teresa St.

The first keynote speaker will be Betty Berzon, author of Permanent Partners and editor of Positively Gay. Berzon is a licensed psychotherapist who has lectured widely on homosexuality and gay and lesbian life. Her talk is titled, "The Challenge of a Potent Life: Being Gay and Lesbian in the '90s."

After the address, participants will have the choice of attending one of three workshops. "Domestic Partners: Rights in Businesses" will feature representatives of gay, lesbian and bisexual employee organizations. The second, "Lesbian and Gay Parenting: The New Family," will feature two couples who will share parenting options. The third is "Sensuality: Body and Soul," with certified sex therapist Howard DeVore.

Following the workshops will be a second keynote speaker, Craig Dean, who will talk on "Gay Marriage: A Civil Right." Dean recently filed suit against the District of Columbia for the right to marry his partner of six years.

Four afternoon workshops are scheduled.

"Intercultural Relationships" features three speakers, Bang Nguyen, co-founder of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance; Pat Norman, executive director of the California AIDS Intervention Training Center and board president of the San Francisco Black Coalition on AIDS; and Rudi Gaudio, a Stanford doctoral candidate in linguistics.

Other afternoon sessions are: "Commitment Ceremonies: Tying the Knot," featuring clergy who have performed same-sex marriages and a gay couple married at University Lutheran Church; "Legal Implications of Gay Fatherhood and Lesbian Motherhood," with Maria Gil De la Madrid, staff lawyer for the National Center for Lesbian Rights; and "Intimate Relations: Merging and Fear," with Diane Gray and Rik Isensee, author of Love Between Men.

The final keynote speaker will be Barbara Cameron, executive director of Community United Against Violence. Her topic is "Reclaiming Our Family." Cameron is also co-founder of Gay American Indians.

For more information about the conference, call the LGBCC at (415) 725-4222.



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