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Houston Voice, No. 1005, January 28, 2000 - File 014. 2000-01-28. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 17, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/2595/show/2575.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 1005, January 28, 2000
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date January 28, 2000
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE • JANUARY 28, 2000 13 Past Out 1981 GAY AND LESBIAN HISTORY -Selling your life insurance' decision. by DAVID BIANCO Brutal lesson in bathhouse etiquette What were the Toronto bathhouse raids of 1981? It wasn't the first anti-gay police action in Canada's history, but it was the biggest and most brutal. On Feb. 5,1981,150 plainclothes and uniformed police officers staged violent raids on four gay bathhouses in Toronto and arrested almost 300 men. City politics played a major role in the raids. In the elections of November 1980, right-wing municipal candidates for the first time played the "gay card," raising the threat of gay power to win votes. Toronto's gay-friendly mayor lost his bid for reelection to an arch conservative. The City Council, too, shifted to the right. The Body Politic, the city's gay newspaper, anticipated in December 1980 that "the police [will] feel more comfortable" with the new mayor and that would lead to increased harassment of gays and other minorities. On Feb. 5 of the following year, the prediction came true. At 11 p.m., police simultaneously raided four of Toronto's five gay bathhouses— Barracks, Club Baths, Richmond Street Health Emporium and Roman Sauna Baths. At Richmond Street, undercover officers arrived first and asked for a room and a locker. After they paid, they arrested the cashier and the manager. At Barracks, "a guy in plain clothes ... shoved me up against the wall," one bathhouse patron reported. Besides bloodying the man's nose, the undercover cop repeatedly punched him in the lower back while taunting him verbally, "You're disgusting, faggot." Physical and verbal abuse of patrons was reported at all four bathhouses. Police also used crowbars and hammers to smash through doors and walls, causing significant damage to the premises. Many of the plainclothes policemen never bothered to show their badges. Police at the Richmond Street baths allegedly answered the phone during the raid with quips to callers such as, "Michael's tied up right now." The raids lasted three hours and caused $35,000 in damage. Canadian "bawdy house" laws permitted the arrest of bathhouse patrons on charges of prostitution or indecency, and a total of 266 men were taken were charged. Twenty employees were also arrested, as well as a medic from a clinic that gave free VD checks to bathhouse patrons Community response was fast and furious. By noon on Feb. 6, concerned and angry representatives from Toronto's leading gay organizations began to stratc-gize. In just four hours, a coalition of activists had rounded up a sound truck and marshals and had produced 4,000 flyers calling for a demonstration that night against the police raids. At midnight, at a busy intersection in the heart of Toronto's gay neighborhood, protesters began gathering. A few hundred led the The steamy confines of four Toronto bathhouses were disrupted in 1981 when police raids resulted in 266 arrests, igniting a wave of gay protests. way, blowing whistles and chanting "Stop the cops!" Others soon arrived, and patrons of gay bars joined the angry crowd. Within half an hour, a crowd of about 1,500 surged toward the police station where the men arrested the night before had been held. As the crowd neared, protesters met with resistance from the police, who once again resorted to brutality. Several people were injured and 11 demonstrators were arrested. "It was our Stonewall," one participant later declared. But, in fact, Canadian gays had been forging a liberation movement for 10 years. Two weeks after the raids, community anger had not" died down. On Feb. 20, the largest gay demonstration in Canadian history up to that point took place in Toronto's Queen's Park, with at least 2,000 people. The events of February 1981 mobilized gay Torontonians to renewed and radical political action. "I finally got angry," wrote Ken Popert, editor of The Body Politic. "As long as society continues to demand us as its victims and its human sacrifices, that anger is going to be there, waiting to get into us, again and again." The City Council later voted for an independent inquiry into the raids. In the months that followed, Toronto's gay organizations grew in size and strength. New ones formed to keep applying pressure to local government. Anti-violence street patrols were initiated. A print ad was created for U.S. newspapers and travel agents, discouraging vacationers. By the summer, the city had funded a report on how to improve relations between gays and police. "We finally may be getting something we've been saying we've had for the last 10 years," one activist noted: "a gay community" David Bianco is the author of "Gay Essentials," a collection of his history columns. He can be reached at DaveBianco@aol.com. is a When you're gay. Swig wilh HlV and thinking ot selling your Sfe insurance, shouldn't you be given a face-lo-face consultolion in o no-pressure, no-obi.ga.ion environment? Shouldn't this option be discussed Linked Viatical Benefits is proud lo be the only gay owned and operated viatical broker with o local office in Houston. After on. we believe in providing you the personal attention you deserve and getting you the most money in the shortest time! Call 1-800-275-3090 today! 3701 Kirby Drive Suite 1036 Houston. 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Bilingual, sign language and/ or captioning services are available on request Call 713-837-7831, one week before the meeting you plan to attend. (TTY 713-837-7702) I District A Bruce Tatro February 3, 7-9 p.m. Scarborough High School 4141 Costa Rica I District B Carol Mims Galloway February 8, 7-9 p.m. Francis Scott Key Middle School 4000 KeUcy ■ District C MarkCoWberg February 10, 7-9 p.m. The Rice School - Auditorium 7550 Seuss February 29, 7-9 p.m. Braeswood Assembly of God 10611 Fondren I District D Jew Don Bonev. Jr. February 1, 7 - 9:30 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts - Auditorium 1001 Bissonnct I District E Rob Todd February 15, 7-9 p.m Dobie High School - Cafeteria 11111 Beamer Rd. 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