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Our next show will be on Friday, December 3, 1999, on a topic to be announced. The November 26 show is being pre-empted by a KUCI broadcast of a UCI's men's basketball game in Oklahoma.

Deja Vu in OC Gay Youth Struggles

On Friday, November 19, we took a look at the controversy over gay student support groups at local high schools. It was six years ago when some Fountain Valley High School students split class during Thanksgiving week, 1993 to protest the Fountain Valley Student Alliance, the first gay support group in Orange County. We covered that first protest that took place at 7:30 a.m. that Monday, with students from Future Good Boys of America yelling "No Fags!", and played excerpts on our November 18, 1999 show of archival sound clips recorded during this protest.

When a similar group formed at Hungtington Beach High School, KUCI's Subversity was the first media outlet to break that story on February 22, 1994, a story that both the LA Times ("Gay-Support Group Formed at 2nd School") and OC Register ("2nd Gay Support Group formed at High School") reported the next day featuring support group leaders being interviewed on Subversity the previous day. The Register story noted in the second paragraph: "The group has met twice on campus and some of its 20 members went public Tuesday afternoon about its existence on the University of California, Irvine, radio talk show 'Subversity' ".

More recently, we interviewed students at Los Alamitos High School where a similar group was formed. On November 18, 1999, Subversity was there to record the vote of the Orange Unified School District postponing a decision on whether or not to recognize a group founded by 15-year-old Tony Colin at El Modena High School. On our show the next day, we broadcast the proceedings, including testimony from Colin and his mother Jessie. We also interview several students about their reaction to the vote to postpone action till December 7.

On the same show (November 19, 1999) we gave listeners a sneak preview of an interview we'll broadcast in full on a future program with one-time Ambassador to El Salvador William Walker. Walker most recently served on the OSCE verification mission to Kosovo. Joining in our discussion at the end was Associate Dean Caesar Sereseres of UCI, Walker's host during his visit to UCI that week. In our Subversity interview, Walker talks about NATO's recent bombing campaign; El Salvador's FMLN; relations with CIA stations; the School of the Americas, NGOs, and his public lecture at UCI and the ensuing controversy. We get their view of what happened during the altercation that erupted at the end of the public meeting on November 18 at UCI.

Stay tuned.

There will be a talk open to the public by Leland Saito, a professor from UC San Diego, about his research on the ethnic alliances formed in the San Gabriel Valley: UCI's Cross Cultural Center, 12 noon, Tuesday, November 23, 1999. Saito was interviewed about his book on the topic on Subversity on September 29, 1998. For more information and to hear that show (or other archived shows this past year) on RealAudio, go to our RealAudio archive page.

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