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CONTACT: COURTNEY REED JENKINS
Women's Resource and Action Center
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-1486
e-mail:courtney-jenkins@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

Women's Center offers support group for lesbian and bisexual women

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- What political choices might you make as a bisexual woman who grew up as a person of color in a small town in Illinois? What effect does a Buddhist background have on you as a lesbian in Iowa City? How can bisexual and lesbian women from different ethnic, spiritual, class, and political backgrounds talk and work with one another in community?

A new support group at the University of Iowa Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) is designed to explore these questions and more. "Women in Touch II: The Community Around Us" is a curriculum developed at Affirmations: A Gay and Lesbian Cultural Center in Detroit, Mich.. It was created as a six-week group to be a complement to the six-week "Women in Touch," which has been offered by the UI Women's Center every semester since the fall of 1995.

"In 'Women in Touch,' bisexual women and lesbians discuss our personal coming out journeys, from childhood to adult relationships," facilitator Suzi Steffen explains. "'Women in Touch II' continues that process of reflection, but moves us into the world of our rich and varied heritages. We will discuss and discover how our backgrounds affect our relationships with one another as we build community."

The support group will meet each Thursday for six weeks beginning Feb. 8. All meetings will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Women's Center, 130 N. Madison, Iowa City. To register or for more information, contact the Women's Center at (319) 335-1486.

1/30/98