To include movies. parties, workshops

Homophiles to sponsor weekend gay festival



Collegian Staff Writer

The biggest gay event in Penn State-State College history is scheduled to start tonight at a cabin in the mountains several miles from campus.


The Gay Liberation Festival, sponsored by the Homophiles of Penn State and supported by the Undergraduate Student Government, is intended to provide “an enjoyable and meaningful social activity never before offered to gay men and women,” according to HOPS member Joseph Acanfora.

The exact location of the festival is given only to those buying tickets because of the possibility of harassment.

Festival organizers are expecting a turnout of several hundred gay people from Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Pittsburgh.

Overnight accommodations for HOPS members will be at the cabin and arrangements are being made to house out-of-towners with local people, according to Acanfora.

A schedule for the festival includes movies starting at 8 p.m. tonight followed by a party at 10 p.m.

Tomorrow from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. there will be a picnic followed by workshops and swimming. The evening will feature a party at 8 p.m.

On Sunday, there will be another picnic and more workshops from 10 a.m. until about 6 p.m.

Although much of the festival’s activities are along purely entertainment lines, the workshops are aimed at stimulating thought and discussion of many problems and issues which profoundly affect the lives of homosexuals.

Some of the workshops included in the schedule are:

-                     plans for a Christopher Street Gay Liberation parade in New York City;

-                     a discussion of possible future actions of HOPS;

-                     Why Gay Liberation? Discussion will center on the reasons which make HOPS and similar organizations necessary.

-                     information about the activities of other organizations• fighting for the rights of homosexuals. Representatives from other gay organizations will participate in this workshop, talking about the activities of their own groups.

Acanfora said HOPS members are looking forward to the festiva1. “We hope to have much fun and to learn a lot.”

The festival is being financed through ticket sales and contributions from people who are sympathetic to the aims of HOPS, Acanfora said.

Tickets are $3 for HOPS members and $4 for nonmembers.