Third Gender Folk Vs. the Senate Circus In 1993, The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) managed to obtain non-Governmental Consultative Status which, in conjunction with Amnesty International, and with the Human Rights Commission, have managed to ease the political miseries and oppressions of Gay and Lesbian People, in particular those living with AIDS. Among the many diverse groups connected with ILGA are a number of old-line European and American Associations advocating lowering the sexual "age of consent"! The Religious Right and its political Opportunist hanger's-on, such as Jesse Helms, -- the current Running Dogs of Neo-Fascism whose responsibility at the moment is to create public circuses to distract the American Public from the really and truly disastrous undermining of their basic Traditional principles by trans- National Corporate Capitalism...take advantage of the Public's dismay as the Media exposures of wife-battering and child-abuse, to begin creating the Gay/Lesbian public scapegoating Looming Neo-Fascism would like to begin using soon. The opening attack came at the beginning of this year, when -- first -- the Religious Right raised the issue that elements concealed in ILGA pursued the sexual abuse of children -- children being defined as that period between infancy and age-of-consent...i.e. Seventeen years-11 months and 29 days of age.:("childhood" in my Dictionary is "that period between infancy and puberty, or 13-14 years"). The purse-strings of the United States' Mission to the United Nations are controlled by a Senate Committee controlled by Jesse Helms. Last January 26, 1994, Helms persuaded the Senate to pass 99 to 0 a resolution cutting off $119,000,000.00 in funding to the UN in 1994 and 1995 unless President Clinton certifies that the U.N. has cut links to any groups supporting consensual sex between adults and minors. Insofar as the Radical Faeries are concerned, the spectacle of an International Gay/Lesbian Association being used as catspaw bandied back and forth between two Hetero Groups attempting to blackmail each other...is totally unacceptable. One of the basic principles of my FIRST MATTACHINE SOCIETY was, as specified above, that we would integrate AS THE GROUP WE SAW, AND ACCEPTED OURSELVES TO BE...or not at all, at that particular time. We felt then, and we feel now, that it is untenable for Heteros to tell our newly reawakened Social-Cultural-spiritual Minority who we are, and who our members may or may not be! WE'LL TELL THEM! If the U.N. isn't ready to receive us as the Social Spiritually contributive 3rd Gender Folk we perceive ourselves to be, then -- from our Radical Faerie perspective -- we feel ILGA should withdraw until the United Nations leaps to divest itself of the impotent Trans-national Corporation dominated TRAVESTY it has revealed itself to be in the last five years. Dreadful though their Oppressions internationally may be, we American Gay and Lesbian Folk have no business presuming to deliver -- to our viciously- oppressed Brothers and Sisters in other nations -- the same empty Middle Class "SELL-OUT" posturings, and the same cruelly false promises recently received by Somalia and Bosnia...to the frightful ruination of both...The Heteros appear to have neither the decency to perceive what a qualitative leap in consciousness a REDEMPTION from Arms procurement might interject between Nations. So little self- esteem left have they for their own Humanity, they don't even have the guts to smash their own ARMS MONOPOLY!