Good afternoon. I'm Alisa Solomon, the executive director of the Center for Lesbian and Cay Studies (CLAGS) at the City University of New York, and I'm glad to be here on behalf of CLAGS to voice our strong objection to Mayor Giuliani's so-called Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission. We at CLAGS are not fooled by the Mayor's disingenuous assertions that this committee is merely a group of concerned citizens exercising their free speech in offering him their advice, for we recognize many of the members as long-time activists in the effort to squelch dissident viewpoints and legislate their own narrow morality. Nor are we fooled by the mayor's professions as an opera queen, even if he does like to put on a dress now and then, for we know his abysmal record on support for the arts, public space, and free expression, and we recognize the deep threats of his policies to the open exchange of ideas upon which democracy depends.
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