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Title Community News, No. 8, June 1975
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  • Reid, Allen
Publisher AURA; Texas Gay Task Force Communications Committee (Northern Region)
Date June 1975
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
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  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dallas, Texas
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  • newspapers
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Identifier OCLC: 27910176
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
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Transcript Number 8 - June 1975 GAU MEETS IN AUSTIN TEXAS GAY CONFERENCE II Page Five Page Ten DRAG IS ALIVE & WELL IN FORT WORTH SUPPORT FOR GAY MINISTER Page Nine Page Three CYR SUIT SAILS ON! GAY PAPER OF NORTH TEXAS Effort To Repeal Homosexual Conduct Law Fails this Session END OF ROUND ONE OF LEGISLATIVE BATTLE: Ft. Worth's Rep. Joe Spurlock, 1 - Gay People, 0 ... But Gays Vow, "We will be back!" (Austin) Rep. Joe Spurlock of Fort Worth has succeeded in keeping Gay Peo· pie de facto criminals in Texas for at least the next two years. House Bill 759, the original bill which would have repealed Section 21 .06 of the Texas Penal Code, never got out of com­mittee as a new Senate-backed bill was introduced which had wide penal code reform including the repeal of Section 21 .06. Section 21.06 is the law which makes it illegal for two consenting adults of the same sex to have sex in private. In a surprise move to the Texas Gay Task Force, which lead the repeal effort of 21.06, the new bill was debated on the floor of the House. Rep. Spurlock moved to delete the section of the bill which would have repealed 21 .06. Rep. Craig Washington (Houston), who sponsored H. B. 759, lead the opposition to Spurlock's motion but was unsuccessful. The Texas Gay Task Force and the Gay People of Texas lost. One of the TGTF's leaders expressed confidence, however, in the fact that the Legislature was forced to address itself to the Gay issue and is now aware that TGTF will be at the Capitol during every session. At the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee hearings on H.B. 759, the Texas Gay Task Force presented a group of people who supported the bill. Testi­fying on behalf of the bill were Darrell Blakeway, executive director of the Tex - as County and District Attorneys Associa­tion , who testified that 21.06 was not needed by law enforcement agencies; Rev. Sanford Coon of the Austin University United Methodist Church, who empha­sized the support of various church groups; Randy Beitel, co-chairperson of the TGTF legal committee, who testified about various legal ramifications of 21.06 and presented a petition signed by 16 fa­culty members of the UT Health Science Center in Dallas and a statement by Dr. Robert Dain, president of the Dallas As­sociation of Psychologists, urging passage of H.B. 759; Dr. Janie Eleoseff, a psycho­logist with the University of Texas, who emphasized the American Psychological. Association's support of the bill: Aola Alexander, who submitted a written state­ment emphasizing the Lesbian/ Feminist support of the bill : and Neal Parker. co­chairperson of the TGTF legal committee. who summarized the testimony. There were no speakers who spposed H.B. 759. Rep. Spurlock was not present at these hearings, although he is a member of the committee. AURA Adopts New Guidelines (Fort Worth) The membership of AURA, Fort Worth Gay organization, has adop· ted a new shorter and simplified constitu­tion which was written and submitted by the organization's Constitutional Revision Committee. The new document kept only Articles I and II from the original 12 articles. Arti· cle I names the organization "AURA," and Article II outlines the "Objectives and Purposes of AURA," which were es­tablished at its founding, April 6, 1973. The new constitution then has three articles which deal with membership, meetings and officers. Major change in the new document is that absolute control of the organization is given to the active members. The ac· tive members annually elect two coordi· nators who then appoint a director. The two coordinators will "conduct meetings, handle business, and handle finances" with approval of the membership. The du ties of the director are to "be responsi­ble for public relations" and to "serve as the representative of the membership in all external activities of the organization." The annual dues sustem and associate memberships were abolished by the new constitution. To become an active mem­ber of AURA, a person need only attend three consecutive meetings and remain active by not missing more than three consecutive meetings. A new classifica­tion, Friends of AURA," has replaced the associate memberships. Friends of AURA are defined as "those persons who shall contribute a minimum of $5 per year to the organization." The new constitution specifies that the election of the coordinators take place at the first meeting of May. However, after much discussion, the membership decided that there were too many new members to hold a meaningful election. In order to remain within the constitution the fol· lowing solution was devised and accepted: Interim coordinators Wayne Ribble and Charles Gillis were elected with the under· standing that they would both resign at the July 21 meeting. At that time the membership, better informed and better acquainted with one another, could then elect two persons to fill the unexpired terms. Ken Cyr is the present director. GAY SWITCHBOARD PLANNED FOR FORT WORTH (Fort Worth) Training sessions have be­gun for a crisis, counseling and informa· tion telephone line to serve the Fort Worth Gay Community. The Fort Worth Gay Switchboard hopes to be inoperation by the end of May or early June and will be operational seven days a week, 24 hours a day The Gay Switchboard is being sponsor­ed by AURA in cooperation with Agape Metropolitan Community Church. In­formation about the Switchboard may be obtained by calling AURA at 338-0128. Fun and Games accompanied a spring picnic hosted by Dallas Daughters of Bilitis and attended by members of AURA, G.0.0.D., MCC and D.O.B :! / coirttuN1rr NHWS / JUNH 1<;75 Richard van Cleve Allen Reid Scott Stebclman Communications Director Managing Editor Dallas Editor Staff: Ario, Randy Beitel, Rip Corley, Ken Cyr, Mark I:.lgin, Sue Hams, Mike Merrill, Alexander Langham.Wayne Ribble, Kay Wilson and others. C.11111111111ity News is published by the Northern Region of the Texas Gay Task F orcc (Communications Committee) and hy AURA (Awareness, Unity and Re­search Association), not for profit but as :i service to the Gay Community. Opinions expressed tn Community News arc those of the ind1v1dual writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of this publication, AURA, the Northern Region of the TGTF, or of their members Mailing Addresses· P.O. Box 7367 FortWorth,TX 76111 Telephone: Fort Worth (817) 338-0128 SUBSCRIPTION RATE is $4 (1st Class) and $3 (3rd Class) for 12 issues mailed in platn envelope. LETTERS to the editor of Community News should be signed. However, name will be withheld upon request. All letters are subject to ecliting to meet space re­quirements and to remove potentially libelous statements. P11b/1cation of the name of any person, lms11U!ss or group in Community News \houlcl not be constured as any indication of the sexual preference of that person, business or group, or of thetr employees or members. AD RATES available upon request. WANTADS See Wantads section of this paper IT. WORTH CITY ELECTION (Fort Worth) Of the 19 candidates who ran for the nine places on the Fort Worth City Council earlier this year, only four responded to a question posed to them by AURA concerning their opinion of a Gay civil rights ordinance. Five of the City Council candidates were endorsed by the new "Gay Commit­tee for Fair Representation." A spokes­person for GCFR stated that the sole pur­pose of the Committee was to endorse political candidates and campaign in Fort Worth for those that they endorse. The spokesperson said that the GCFR is com­prised of Gay people who are interested in protecting the rights of Gays and is al­ligned with no organization but does have support of individual members of AURA and the Agape Metropolitan Community Church. "Our methods for selecting a candidate that we feel will be beneficial for Gay People will improve with time and rigid standards will be applied in the future," the spokesperson said. The GCFR passed out leaflets at area Gay bars prior to the election urging Gays to vote for the Committee's slate. In doing preliminary groundword for the eventual introduction of a civil rights ordinance for Fort Worth, AURA sent the following question to each of the can­didates: "More than 20 American cities have now passed civil rights ordinances ban­ning discrimination in employment and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation. What are your feel­ings concerning such an ordinance for Fort Worth?" Here are the results of the election, answers to AURA's question, and the GCFR endorsements: Place One (Mayor). Cliff Overcash de­feated J.C. Pace, Jr., Robert Haas and Gordon J . Mc Kenna. AURA: None of the four responded to the question. GCFR: Endorsed Gordon McKenna. The Committee reached its decision after evaluating the· "overall philosophy" of the candidates. Place Two. Joe Bruce Cunningham de­feated Robert J. Carpenter. AURA: Cunningham did not respond; (Continued on Page 12) Motion To Dismiss Denied In Cyr's Police Harassment Suit (Fort Worth) A Motion to Dismiss the class-action lawsuit filed by Ken Cyr against Fort Worth Police Chief T .S. Walls, Deputy Chief H.F. Hopkins, Capt. C.E. Hogue and two unnamed officers has been denied by Federal Judge Eldon Mahon. The motion for dismissal was filed by City Attorney S.G. Johndroe, Jr. The suit, filed February 26 by Cyr, director of AURA (Awareness, Unity and Research Association), centers around a controversy that arose after the recording of license numbers by police at the Texas Gay Conference last June. In his motion to dismiss, Johndroe ar­gued that Cyr had no "right to bring this suit pursuant to ... the Federal Rules of Civil procedure." Johndroe noted that he does not be­lieve gay people or homosexuals are a "class" of people and therefore could not bring a class-action suit. He safd that the police "deny that they have ever subjected plaintiff or any so­called 'gay groups' to any illegal surveil­lance and harassment." The brief went on to say that Cyr "seeks to insulate him­self, his friends and associates, from the enforcement of valid criminal laws ... . " Johndroe indicated that police admit recording license numbers at the June 22 conference, but said the reason behind the action was that there was fear among police that the conference "might be in­vaded by outsiders." In a formal answer to the Johndroe mo­tion, Cyr's attorney, James Barber of Dal­las, called the explanation for taking the numbers "a flimsy, merely plausible ex­cuse." Judge Mahon, in his ruling against the motion, said that "the Court is of the opinion that plaintiffs complaint does al­lege a cause of action and that dismissal or summary judgement would not be a proper disposition." DALIAS CITY ELECTION (Dallas) Recent city elections in Dallas saw Gays confronting the mayoral candi­dates for the first time. Representatives Scott Stebelman and Michael Merrill of the Gay Organization of Dallas appeared on WF AA's public affairs program, "At Issue," which hosted the candidates for mayor. In a question period in which the candidates took questions from the audience, G.0.0.D. representatives asked the candidates if they would support city legislation ban­ning discrimination against Gay People in city employment. Mayor Wes Wise, claiming that he had never heard of anti-Gay discrimination, said that he would support an ordinance protecting Gays if G.0.0.D. could pro­duce evidence that discrimination against Gays esists. CCA candidate John Schoellkopf said that he had no position on the question. Candidates Emory and Steakley took the position that all people should have equal opportunity in employment, although Steakley erroneously believed that Gays were protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. - In Austin for hearings on H.B. 759 were co-chairpersons of the legal committee of the Texas Gay Task Force, Neal Parker of Austin and Randy Beitel of Dallas. COMMUNITY NEWS I JUNE 75 I 3 Sundance Kids 526-9173 Open Daily 2 p.m. - 2 a.m. HAPPY HOUR: S-8 Mon.-Fri. Wednesday Night Keg Party & Free Draft, 9-11 p.m. Sunday Beer Bust: 7-9 p.m. 4025 Maple Avenue 4 I COJIMUNITY NEWS I JUNE 75 MIXED DRINKS 2308 W. 7th Strf'el J : J~- 0!)86 Fort Worth --...... BEER BUST - Tuesday, 10 to 11 p.m. 2 to 2 - Seven Days a Week FORT WORTH EXOTIC SHOP ·907 HOUSTON SIMI 26Ml41 Exotic Patch•• & Posters and EXOTIC UNG--~ Adult Books - M.9ezines Novelties - 8 MM 'Film ARCADE Sensuous Body 0511, Lubricant• ond Best Selection- lft f own Perfv•H Cover Priced ...:.. Unwrepped MOH - THU. 9 o.m. - midnight FRI - SAT • 9 o.m. - 2:30 a.m. - - - SUH· l2 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. PURPOSE GAYS - Loving, Living, Learning -TOGETHER is the theme for the Texas Gay Task Force Conference II. Of course, loosely paraphrasing one of our sisters, a theme is a theme is a theme. It's convenient to have one around as a tidy slogan or a neat cheer, but - hopefully - GAYS - Loving, Living, Learning - TO­GETHER will be all that a much more. It's not only our theme; it is who we are! At the least, it is who we hope to be! Liberation has no meaning unless we can see it, feel it, taste it and BE IT whenever and wherever we get together! Last June under the leadership of the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex Gay Council, the first state­wide Texas Gay Conference was held with approxi­mately 200 brothers and sisters present. Our theme was "Together We Can" and WE BELIEVED IT! We heard fine speakers; attended to the point workshops; witnessed the birth of the Texas Gay Task Force; and, best of all, began to build supportive, personal and loving relationships. Well, it is THAT TIME again. The Gay People of San Antonio welcomes all of our sisters and brothers to come be with us - GAYS - Loving, Living, Learning - TOGETHER. SCHEDULE We hope the conference will move as freely as is needed to accomplish our purpose in coming together. Thus, we ask all of you to be sensitive to the mood and movement of our time together. Our schedule will not govern us; rather it will serve us. If it doesn't meet our needs, we can change it, rearrange it, dress it up or just FORGET IT! Friday, June 20 6:00 p.m. - Registration begins. 10:00 p.m. - Reception and Creative Exchange. 12:00 p.m. - It's up to you. Saturday, June 21 8:00 a .m. - Registration continues. 9:00 a.m. - Coffee and Early Morning Chit Chat. 9:30 a. m. - Address by Gene Leggett. 10:30 a.m. - Personal Growth Workshops. 1:00 p.m. - Lunch. 2:00 p.m. - Address by E. Carolyn Innis. 3:00 p.m. - "How To" Worksh~ps. 6:00 p.m. - River Barge Ride and Dinner Break. 8:30 p.m. - Performance by The Festival Ballet of San Antonio. 9:15 p.m. - General Assembly. JUNE 20 - 22 Sunday, June 22 CJ) 10:30 a.m. - Coffee, for those up to it. ct) 11:00 a .m. - Celebration of Gays Together. 12:30 p.m. - Lunch. 1:30 p.m. - General Assembly, with whatever workshops and business is necessary for TGTF. We have built the schedule around our theme - GAYS - Loving, Living, Learning - TOGETHER. Friday night is our Loving Time, and that's exactly what we want it to be! "Hey, you don't know me that· well" may be one of your initial responses, and, we are sure, there will be many other responses or interpre­tations to this part of our theme. Our plans, however, will be focused around the Reception and Creative Exchange. Whatever your talents are (painting, poetry, singing, playing, etc.), be prepared to share them Friday night. Saturday morning is our Living Time. The address and workshops will be built around What it means for Gay People to LIVE TOGETHER. This will be an intensely personal time; we hope all of us will be able to give ourselves freely to it. Saturday afternoon is our Learning Time. The ad­dress and workshops will be built around Sharing Organizational Skills that will give supportive struc­tures to Gay People and bring society to a more open and trusting understanding of us. Sunday is our Together Time. This period will in­clude a communal celebration of our being together and will then focus on the concerns for the coming year with the Texas Gay Task Force. SPEAKERS To date, we have two definite speakers highlighting the Conference: Carolyn Innis, one of the founders of Gay Nurses Alliance and a leader in the Women's Move­ment in Philadelphia (now residing in San Diego), was the first recommendation Barbara Gittings sent to us. Since we have talked to her, she has become our first choice, too. She is a real "How To" woman and will help us bring it atl together! Gene Leggett, suspended Methodist ministerr, actor and tube swallower, replied yes to the im·itation just as soon as he had asked himself! (Gene lives in San Antonio now, still stirs up The United Methodist Church and is also co­ordinator for our conference). We had also invited Morris Kight to be with us, and he had given us an initial yes. However, we hear that Morris is no longer with the Los Angeles Gay Community Center, and that he left no (Continued on center insert) SAN ANTONIO -I m >< )> (/) Q )> -< n 0 z -n m ·:-a m z n m COMMUNITY NEWS / JUNE 75 / 5 I · I I RIP RAPS BACK In response to the letters directed to­ward the Rappin' with Rip column from both Mr. Cyr and the name withheld, I \\Ould pointedly suggest that these two individuals reread the column, but this time with their eyes open. I have asked no one to assume the posi­tion of second-class citizen or to stay in his place, but rather to be responsible for one's own actions and behavior. I would also like to relate to Mr. Cyr that the nature of the column is not to condemn the queens, or gay guys, nor has it: but rather pointing out those areas of behavior that have in the past been unhealthy pitfalls and problem etiologies for members of the community. My reason for not including material about women is because I would not want to be so presumptious as to assume I have enough knowledge about our Gay isters to adequately speak about or for them. I would hope that a female would step forward as a contributor, for, as Mr. HAPPY HOUR: Monday thru aturday 5 - 6:30 p.m. Sunday Happy Hour 2;30 - 5:00 p.m. 3224 N. Fitzhugh 526-9110 Open 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Seven Days a Week r, COM/'~fUN/T}' NJ: ii-~f) I JUN/; 75 ·111 W. MAGNOLIA FORT WORTH 927-9231 MOM - SAT 10 'til 8 P.M. - CLOSED SUM "The Littlest, Biggest Store in Fort Worth" e ARCADE e NOVEL TIES e MAGAZINES e FILMS EXOTIC PATCHES 6: POSTERS e SENSUOUS BODY OIL . e LUBRICANTS 6: PERFUMES NTS ON BOOKS ANO MAGAZINES WITH THIS AO 0 Cyr observes, they are part of the com­munity, too. - Rip Corley (All three letters - Ken Cyr's, Rip Cor Ley 'sand the one from name withheld were edited for space requirements. 111e editor hopes that each still adequately expressed the idea of the writer.; CRUI ING IS COOL, FELLAS . . . BUT PLEA E COOL IT. Dear people of the gay community, We, the folks on Welborn St., Gillespie, Hood and others who live on the cruise, are having trouble getting a good night's rest Starting from 10 p.m. or so until the sky ts pink with dawn - there's a lot of noise out there. There's reving of the en­gines, occasional knocking of the garbage cans, flashing lights as cars turn into the W fillKJIJIDS WANTADS are $.50 per line, minimum of $1. (Each line of regular copy is limited to 35 units, incfuding letten, spaces and punctuation. Boldface caps are limited to 22 units per line.) Pay­ment should accompany your copy. Discount 10% for 6 or more insertions of the same copy, paid at the same time. POINTBLANK TIMES A i\ew H1blicatior1 for Lesbian/ Femirzi.~ts Subscribe: Only $3 for 12 issues Pointblank Tunes, 1241 W /Jell., No. 4, Houston, Texas 77019 driveway, and lately there's been scream­ing as late as 2 or 3 a.m. A lot of us have bedrooms on the street; there are others who have little children who cannot sleep. Some don't have air conditioners, so they can't shut their win­dows. Everyone I know along here works during the day, and desperately needs some peaceful sleep. So what we're asking is for a quiet cruise so that we will all be satisfied . Please tone it down, Folks. Yours in Everyone's Liberation, The residents on the cruise f".11.l.l.1.l.l.1.1.l.l.l.1.11 I OLIVE I I BRANCH I I SALOON I II I Happy Hour I I 5 - 7 I I I ~ OLIVE BRANCH SALOON II I Monday - Wednesday 11 I 5- 12p.m. I I Thursday Sunday I I 5 p.m 2 a.m. II I 2822 :.~,~:···· I I 823-0921 824-2770 ...,.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I .. lhl'r 60 1111·mlwr:-. of Ll11• (;a) \1'a1k111i<' l 11io11 a11<l 0Ll11•r i11L1•r1•:-.L1·d fH'r:-011:- llll'l Saturda), April 12. for tl1<· fir:'t rl'gional con f1·rene1· of Lhc South C1•11 tral Hegion. Thi' day-long M>rkshop was ho:-Ll'd by (;a) Pl'opll' of \u:-Lin and \uslin L1•sbia11 Organizalion. \rt \ddinglon ;;1•rv1•d as coordinator for Lhl' I'\ enl. Tlw da) ',.. arli\ ilil':- prO\ i1kd a firsl opporlunil) for ga) lll'r:-01111 to mN·L other:- who are also imoh 1•d in ::;01111· \\a\ with tlw academic "orld - a" ad 1~1i11 i"lra tor:-, ll'aclwr::-. I iLrarians, and -.tudcnl::- - or the profr~ional world doc Lor:-., law) 1·rs. n ur-.1·,.., <•Le. l)i,.,rus..,ion groups l'\.plor<'d social, l1•gal. and employment probll'nt" aff eding ga) 1•duraton;, prof<'s::-ional,,,, and slud1•n l>-. S1·\ era I partiC'ipan b relatl'd tlwir personal experienc<'s. both positive and n<'gati\I', in coming out with straight colleagues and in tlwir institution::;. Two papers wne abo pref;ent<'cL Ont•, entitled "Ps)Chological ln"''"tigation,, in Androf..') ny in l\lalt•;; and F1•malt-:-.. ,, "a,.. gi\ 1•11 b) l{olll'rt l11•lmn·il'h and Stt•\1'11 \\ar1l of l 'I \u,..tin. '!'Iii,.. papn, quoting a larg1· :-1·al1· n·,..1·ard1 proj1·1·t. not1·,., that pt•r,..on,.. po,.,st•:-.,..ing botli "f1·111inirw" and " 111a .. c11lin1·" trait:-. an· happi<'r and ralt' higlwr in s1•lf-<'t-t1·1·111 than fH'oplP ha,ing onl) orw trait. B . .la) 1• \lilln, of thc• l niver,.,it) of llou:-.ton at ( kar Lah Cit), pres1•nt1·d ''I lomo .. 1·,.11alit) and [)l-('ad1•nre in W t•;.tl'rn I .it<'rat un·. '' 111 which lw rt'(·om1111·111l1·d a rede fi nit ion of "ck<"ad1·nc1• ": lw illuslratl'cl that "o < all1·d pniod;. of decadl'nce ran L1• "<'xel'ptionafl) rip1•, not ju,.,t in term,, of arli,,ti!' l''<fH'rinwntaLion and cr1·aLi,ity, ... but also in termt-i of great politirnl, moral, ps) chological, and rl'ligiou:-. growlh." \ft1·r rrwding in :-.t•paralt· <'aucw;t•,.,, thl' nwn and women pooh•d Ll11·ir ,.,ugge;.Lion-. for tlw formation of a ;.L1•1•ri11p: comm ilt1•1• an cl t-ll 11111 ilt1·d thl'ir n·:.1>lutio11-.. It wa!:i dl'l'id<·d h\ tlw !'onfnt•n('I' parlieipanb lo form a sl1·1·ring ('omm ith•1· of 6 \\ onu·n and .'i n11·n with the goall' of im·n·a;.ing nH'lnlwri-hip in C \l , puLli('izing our 1·\.i-.Lt·111·<•, mailing a lll'M•lell1•r, and planning tlw rH''t co11frn•ne1· lo h<· held within a ) <'ar. There was al!'<> sonw inten•"t in tht' publication of an acadt•mil' journal of Ca) m1·n and Ll'sbian tudi!'s, and the comm ill1·1· plans to inw;.tigate such an undertaking. Gay Academics Organize in Austin by Charles Weis An) one in ll'n ·~ t1•d in the goals of Llw C ·\ C an cl in communication with otlwr ga)s 111 Lh1· academic and proft•;.,..ional world is rordially inviLl'd lo join (; \ and n•ceiH· Llw national n1·w,.,leller. WriL<' Ca) Acad('mic l nion, Box 1479, llunlrr College, \1'\\ )ork City,\.). 10021. \ll'ml)('r;.hip is confidl'nlial. \\11· also imiL1• )OU to join lhl' ~outh Cl'ntral llq~ion, GAL, 900 \\i(•..,L •\v1'm1t·, \u"tin, Texa" 78701. Among the women present at the conference were representatives of Austin Lesbian Organization and Houston NOW chapter's Task Force on Sexuality and Lesbianism. Center is Pokey Anderson of Houston. Art Addington GAU conference coordinator fun\ .inhni.: ,uidr<'" If he .. ho\\"• \\l' will \\ork !um m. 1f hr <lor .. n't, \\r11 man.ice SPECIAL EVE!'iTS CreatiH E'c h an~e - F ncla) m)!ht we will entertain l',1rh other' Be prepared to hare whate\ er talent .. you h,I\ c \\'e plan to ha\'C art t•xhihits et up. poetry rc.1dmg. --ingmg, dancinc and on. and on and on ]C\\ elr) maker-.. photographer .. , writer' ,ind arti•h are uri::ed to hnnc their \\Ork for hO\\ and trill Rh er Ba r~e Ride - If \\ c pull t hi one off and we think\\ e will, an ext ra ·2 00 attached to) our applira­t1on fee. will et afloat all of u .. Ga,\ Folk on the :an \ntomo Rin•r \\1th a hcht refre hment of beer and t<1male .. Let'· all cet m on thi• one, 1t houlrl he a real hoot .md defimtcl,\ " fir t for . an Antonio' Fe,ti\-al Ba llet of San Antonio 1 .. h1chly re .. pectt·d m . ,m .\ ntonio art1 .. t1c c1rde ... \\'c will get to 'l'l' trcl' their final dre" rehear al for their curn•nt .. how. Thi· 1· a real coup for u to get m on. Celehration of Ga~ s ToJ?ether • We Don't knO\\ \\hat thi· 1 yet. hut v.e promi c that IT WILL t\E SOMETHI~G ! '-ome are calhnc 1t a v.or"hlp •er\'ice, other' a drama and hea\ en onl) kno\\ wh~1t el·e it 1• heinc called' It ma) he up to YOl to crt II together' HO SI ~G \\" l' ,ire offeri nc ) ou three alternat l\'e' for hou •i nl!. depend me on ) our indl\ 1dual ta•te' Of com r. y Oil arc fret• tn find )OUr 0\\ n hou-rnl!, hut 11 )Oil nred .t pl.Hl' to •t.1y. th1 .. 1• "h,1t \\C h:l\ ca\ .1il.1hlc The Rio Lado Motel '' lol .1ted clo·e to do\\ ntown .ind 1• immed iate!) adjacent to one of our l,1rl!C•l l!.t) b.u, If you plant to booj!1e a lot. 1t \\ill be 1cle,1l. 1 he San Antonio f ree Clinic offer .. tree com mun.ti hou .. rnl! for the 11r't fift) that "llm up "lcepinc h.11!· BAILEY STREET WHEREHOUSE OPENS IN FT. WORTH {Fort Worth) One of the finest clubs Ill the state opened in Fort Worth May 30. The new business at 259 Bailey features live entertainment with a talented lineup scheduled for Grand Opening Weekend. June 6-8: the Carrol Smith Band. vocal- 1sts Tom Davis and Allen Tripp and the Wherehouse Dancmg Ensemble. The 6,000-foot showca e features the Red Room, a piano bar, the outdoor Beer Garden and a restaurant featuring delici· ous sandwiches. Owners Bill Chenoweth and Charles Presley have assured C ~ that they plan to entertain the Gay metroplcx in style. .ind .t \\ilhni.:nr" to \\Ork \\Ith a l,trl!e 11rnup rnnll'rn­lnl! a \ l'r.' h.1 .. 1r ronrcrn an· t'"l'tlti.tl lndh idual Per'>onal Home' .m· .tl .. o ,1\.t1l.1hh tor t IH>'l' who prt'ln .. m.dlcr. qu1l'lt•r .ind mnrt' mt1m.1tl' hou ... inl!. lkd· ma,\ hr a\·ailahlt·, hut \Oil ht••t lir1nl! .1 .. iccpinl! h.tl! .ind .. heel .. , hlankl't .ind ptllcm REGISTRATION Alon!! with your regi .. trat1on blank and chrck, •l'nd u a "<'11-arldre,,erl, .. tamped em·elope, and we will u .. c it to •rnd you confirmation with whate\Cr furtht·r information we mi)!ht h.1ve conct'rninJ.! final Con­ference arrangement". Should you reJ,!i•tcr too I.Ile tor otherwi•t' fail to rcrci\'e confirmation) you may call e1thrr of thc-e 24-hour number" upon your arm al in San .\ ntoniO' i33-i300or ill-On~. If you cannot afford the rcg1 .. tra tion fee of :--10 per per .. on, let ll" know. :\ few .. rholar,h1p~ are available . CONFERENCE LOCATION \\'e ha\'e two primary -ite• for TGC II . Frid.1y e\'eninJ.?, Saturda) e,·enini.: ancl :unrlay acti,·it1c' \\Ill take place in the International Theater at Hem i~ Fai r . It i" loraterl on the corner of South Alamo and Duran~o . Thi. i where you will report for re)!i•tra­tion . aturda) mornmJ,! and afternoon we \\ill ht• u•inl! the San .\ ntonio Country. 112t :-.:orth ' t. Mary". If \oil don't know already ho\\ to J,!et thrrr, \\c'll gi\e y 011 in'trun1on• Friday night. ONE LAST WORD To u e the langual!e of thl' trnll''• \\orkinl! on th1' conference ha' hl·en pretty fre.ik~ for .ti! of ll" Bt'llll! ,1 ~a~ acti~i<it cwhate,·er that m('an l i~ not ell') (,1,·en the monument.ii ta b that .ire .ilway' hl'lore u,, \\C trequrntly find our cnerJ,!le' .. r.1ttrn·d. dt·mor.11i1ccl or ju•t pl.tin Burned Out. I ima!linc m<ht of you knO\\ \\ h.1t "r .ire talkinl! about .• ind thi .. rcmindrr ,, Jll't our \\ ••) ol '•'Y lnl! that 1t ha•n't ht•en r.1 .. y • • \nd it j,n't o\·er )l't' On the other hand. we feel likr th1' lOnfrr­t• nce 1 an important time for thl' entirl' "tatc. We .trl' l!l.1rl that we are rloinl! 1t, we eaJ,!erly look forw.ird to 'Pending thi' timl' with YOl . 3816 E. Belknap FT. WORTH - 834 -9238 "FANTASTIC SELE CTION" The modest weekend cover charge of 2 include your first bar drink. For m­formation about show times, call (817) 335-0232. ADULT BOOKS - MAGAZINES - NOVEL TIES MOH - SAT - 9:00 A.M. - MIDNIGHT - - - SUM - 12:00 - 6:00 P.M. Two Bars in One: SPEAKEASY & COUNTRY WESTERN HAPPY HOUR EVERY DAY 4 to 7 A TOUCH OF THE OLD & A TOUCH OF THE NEW WELCOME TO THE OLD PLANTATION MONDAY 10c Draft WHERE FRIENDLY PEOPLE MEET 3717 Rawlins • Dallas, Texas • (214) 528-6550 TUESDAY 60c Glass WEDNESDAY * Price Drinks THURSDAY Champaigne Night 50c Glass SUNDAY * Price Drinks Margaritas 90f When in El Paso, visit THE PET SHOP 800 E. San Antonio Street COMMUNITY NEWS JU E 75 7 BILL CHENOWETH and CHARLES PRESLEY present: BAILEY Sf. 'HHEREHOUSE 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday-Thursday Friday-Saturday After Hours 2-4 FOOD & DRINK 335-0232 259Bailey ..•... Ft.Worth GRAND OPENING WEEKEND June 6, 7, 8 Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights FEATURING the Carrol Smith Band Tom Davis & Allen Tripp, vocalists Wherehouse Dancing Ensemble at the BAILEY STREET WHEREHOUSE $2 cover includes one bar drink •· ························································••M••································································ •• I I •• I •• Mail to: TEXAS GAY CONFERENCE II, P. 0 . Box 2541 , San Antonio, Texas 78.l99 . Please register me for the TEXAS GAY CONFERENCE II to be held in San Antonio, June 20- 2 2, 197 5. I am enclosing a check payable to Texas Gay Conference II . $10 per person $2 per person for the River Barge Ride NAME MAILING ADDRESS -------------------------------­CITY/ STATE/ZIP HOUSING __ I will secure my own housing. __ I wish to stay at the Rio Lado Motel. (Make check out to Rio Lado Motel and mail to us with your registration check. It must be in as soon as possible. The rooms hold one to four people, so check which you prefer: _ sin11:le $8.50 - double $5.30 _triple $4.4] _quadruple $4.08 ___ I wish to stay at the ~a n Antonio Free Clinic (first fifty to apply). I understand that it is coed. I plan to brin11: my bed roll. ___ I wish to stay in an individual personal home. I plan to bring my bed roll. SCHOLARSHIPS __ I am financiall~ unabl~ to pay the reii;istration fee . Plea~e let me know if I can secure one of the "scholarship-registrations." t Plea<e e nclo~e a stamped, ~elf-addressed envelope for re!(istration confirmation. J ......•...•.•••....••......................................................................................................... 8 I COMMUNITY NEWS I JUNE 75 LOCAL CHURCH BACKS GAY METHODIST MINISTER {San Antonio) The congregation of St. Stephen's United Methodist Church in San Antonio, Texas, has voted to support former Methodist minister Gene Leggett in his attempt to have his ministerial cre­dentials restored. It was in 1971 that the Southwest Tex­as Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church suspended Legget's ministerial orders upon his public an­nouncement that he was a homosexual and involved in a ministry to gay people through his Dallas based organization, House of the Covenant. Since that time, Leggett has made an annual appeal to the conference's Board of the Ministry for reinstatement. Each time his appeal has been rejected. At this year's meeting in Dallas, the Board claimed that there was a lack of sufficient new data to warrant a change in the 1971 action suspending Leggett. In 1973 the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church ruled that there was another avenue by which Leggett might seek restoration of his credentials. If a local congregation would attest to his character and recommend restoration, the question would have to be voted up­on by the entire ministerial delegation at their annual conference. The action tak­en by the St. Stephen's congregation on April 13 makes this avenue a reality for Leggett. "This will be the first time since 1971 that the entire conference delegation has had to deal with my request for restora­tion," Leggett reported. ''The action taken by St. Stephen's congregation is very significant for the life of our church. A local Methodist church has placed the qualifications for ministry on a basis other than sexual orientation. St. Ste­phen's knows that I am gay. However, they are not interested in labels of hetero or homo." Since becoming a member of St. Ste­phen's, Leggett has taught both youth and adult Sunday School classes, served on committees and assisted in worship services. He has been hired by the con­gregation as church janitor. Leggett enjoys his role as janitor at St. Stephen's. He reports satisfaction in "keeping clean the House of the Lord." He is also quick to point out that the Church must come to terms with its un­stated policy that a gay person is fit to clean out toilet bowls but not fit to pro­claim the Word of God. "At our 1972 quadrennial General Conference in Atlan­ta, our church affirmed the civil and hum­an rights of hqmosexuals. Now the Church has the responsibility to spell out these rights. Do our rights go beyond sweeping and mopping?" The action of the St. Stephen's congre­gation does not deal with the issue of the appointability of a gay minister to a local congregation. The restoration of Leg­gett's credentials would give him the right to call himself a minister and allow him the right to perform such ministerial functions as the celebration of holy com­munion, baptism and marriage within the boundaries of the St. Stephen's Church. It would not restore his membership in the Southwest Texas Conference or give him the right to an appointment by that conference. The outcome of Leggett's action, how­ever, will play a significant role in the up­coming 1976 United Methodist Confer­ence in Portland, Oregon, where the ordi­nation of homosexuals is expected to be a major issue. "Regardless of the action taken con­cerning my ministerial orders," Leggett concluded, 'I shall continue to work with other gay Methodists in sensitizing the Church to the oppression of gay people by the Church and society at large and the need for an open ministry for all cur Methodists concerning homosexuality." Texas Methodists wishing to be a pa:t of a petition to the Southwest Texas Con­ference urging the restoration of Gene Legget's credentials may send their re­quests in care of Post Office Box l 064. San Antonio, Texas 78~9-l. COMMUNITY NEWS JUNt; 75 <J Marlena Dee Dionne Sylvia Sans Chi Clayton ' Peanuts Barbra Joan JO / COMMUNITY NEWS / JUNh 75 All about ''Daddy's Girls'' by Pat Gilliam (Fort Worth) It was November 1969 when a cast of 11 impersonators led by Joseph Munoz and Jack Guthrie set out to entertain the Gay Community of Ft. Worth. The "Drag Shows" had started a three-year run as "The Magical Garden Review." Although the original troupe of per­formers was forced into retirement in 1972 by the closing of Little Elvira's and El Toga in Fort Worth, the cast got together again with the reopening of the old Toga as T .J .'s Back Door and be­gan playing to packed houses. On July 4 , 1974, T.J . opened his new show bar at the club and the per­formers , along with some new faces be­gan performing as "Daddy 's Girls," with new songs, old songs, show tunes, sad songs, happy songs and even some wild numbers to entertain their audiences. The shows were immediately success­ful , and calls came to perform in other areas. Recently the crew went to Austin for a show at the Austin Country, and a repeat performance is scheduled there for June 20. Plans are also underway for a one-year anniversary show on July 4. Don't miss "Daddy's Girls." Perform­ances are every Sunday at I 0 p.m. at T.J.'s Back Door, 5536 Jacksboro Hwy. The bar opens at 7, and there is free beer and hot dogs from 8 til I 0. Cover charge is $1. SO. For reservations call (817) 624-0630 Willma Faye Lizz Bian EVENTS & HAPPENINGS . .. June 20-21 - TEXAS GAY CONFER­ENCE 11, San Antonio (see this issue for more information. June 1 - AURA "Gayfest" picnic, Noon, Oakland Lake Park, Ft. Worth, $1 June 6-8 - Grand Opening, Bailey Street Wherehouse, 259 Bailey, Ft. Worth, live entertainment, $2 cover June 17 - Agape MCC "Gay Sway" skating party, Silver Wheel Roller Rink in White Settlement, 7:30-9:30, $1.50. Call church for information. June 28 - Agape MCC Fellowship Din­ner, Lake Benbrook, 4 p.m. (Potluck). Call church for information. THE DIRECTORY OF BARS & BUSINESSES WILL RETURN NEXT MONTH. You Haven't Seen Anything . . . Until You've Seen Ours! Adult Magazines, Paperbacks, 8mm Films-Danish Imports, and Novelties Mon-Thurs (9 a.m. - Midnight) Fri-Sat (9 a.m. - 2:30 a.m.) Sun (12 noon - 9:30 p.m.) 4934 Maple 526-9469 Organizations Agape Metropolitan Community Church, P.O. Box 4589, Ft. Worth, TX 76106, Services at 2800 Purington, office ( 817) 534-9406 AURA (Awareness, Unity & Research Association, P.O. Box 7318, Fort Worth, TX 76111, (817) 338-0128, meetings every other Monday, 7:30 p.m., at 5536 Jacksboro Hwy (T.J.'s Back Door) Daughters of Bilitis, P.O. Box 1242, Dal­las, TX 75221, (214) 241-4118, meet­ings first & third Fridays r.J. I BACK DOOR G.0.0.D. (Gay Organization of Dallas), 3834 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX 75204; (214) 827-2798, meetings second and fourth Fridays Dignity, P.O. Box 70, Euless, TX 76039, (metro) 469-6669, meetings first and third Friday evenings (including Mass) Metropolitan Community Church of Dal­las, 3834 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204, (214) 826-0291 Hobos, a motor cycle social group for wo­men. For more information contact T .J .'s of Dallas Wranglers, a motor cycle social group for men. For more information contact The Sundance Kids bar, Dallas, or write The Wrangler Motorcycle Club, P.O. Box 35853, Dallas, TX 75235 Dallas Crisis Line, (214) 241-4116 • • I ••• •• presents DADDY's GIRLS Every Sunday Night For Reservarions, call (817) 624-0630 DRINK OF THE WEEK Free Beer & ·not Dogs FREE Every Sunday · 8-10 p.m. 5536 JACKSBORO HWY. Fort Worth, Tex• mURSDAY - SUNDAY 8:00 - 2:00 - • • •. ....................................... ~ @?) c::::::J @'5 @ @V COO) §) SUBSCRIBE Subscribe SUBSCRIBE Subscribe COMMU·NITY NEWS Subscribe only $3 - 3rd Class. $4 - 1st Class SIO - Supporting ~ ~ ~ ~ bi Address------------- subscribe City/State/Zip ----------- Make check payable to COMMUNITY NEWS P.O. Box 7367, Fort Worth TX 76111 @V SUBSCRIBE subscribe SUBSCRIBE Subscribe g- COMMUNITY NEWS I JUNE 75 I 11 T .J .'s of D alias (Con_tinued from Page 3) Carpenter stated in full: "I have not been subject to a discussion concerning this subject. So I do not know on what basis you and your associates base your con­cept of sexual orientation. As of now based on Christian principles and biblical knowledge, I would be opposed to any ordinance which would legalize the join­ing together of any persons other than a man and woman." GCFR: Did not endorse any candidate. Place Three. Jim Bradshaw defeated Jack Williams in a runoff after elimination of Richard Hyde in the initial voting. AURA: Hyde and Bradshaw did not respond. Jack Williams sent the following statement to AURA: "I believe Fort Worth should comply with all anti-dis­crimination decisions of the Supreme Court. I believe Gay People are entitled to all the rights given all other citizens - no more and no less." GCFR: Endorsed Jack Williams Place Four: John J. O'Neill was unop­posed. He did not respond and there was no endorsement. Place Five: Hugh Parmer ran unop­posed. AURA: Parmer did not respond. GCFR: Endorsed Parmer (The Com­mittee did not explain why they en­dorsed Parmer.) Place Six: Woodie Woods defeated the incumbent, Leonard Briscoe. AURA: Briscoe did not respond. Woods sent the following statement: "It is not my nature to discriminate against any human being for any reason. As a public servant, I would be even more aware of this trait. If discrimination ex­isted and could only be controlled by ordinance, then I would support such an ordinance. Thank you for your concern." GCFR: Endorsed Woodie Woods. Place Seven: Richard Newkirk defeated Bill Turner in a run-off after elimination of Joe R. Keeton in the initial voting. No response and no endorsement. Place Eight: Henry A. Meadows ran un­opposed. He did not respond and there was no endorsement. Place Nine: Margaret Rimmer defeated Bill Smith. AURA· Rimmer did not respond. Bill Smith's reply started with " ... some of the best friends I have in this world are Gay People ... "and ended with "but you and your people have my word on one thing: I will never introduce an ordi­nance such as you have mentioned." Commenting on Smith's reply, AURA Director Ken Cyr said, "It seems like he was trying to imply that Gay People are interfering with straight peoples' rights by our fight to be protected against dis­crimination." GCFR: Endorsed Smith with reserva­tions. The Committee explained that, as in most of the other places, it was a choice of the lesser of two evils. SEX REFORM PASSES IN CALIFORNIA (Sacramento, CA) California lawmakers have approved a bill to repeal the state's harsh laws against oral copulation, sodo­my and adultry which previously carried penalties of up to 15 years in prison for oral copulation and life in prison for (rectal) sodomy. The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Willie Brown, passed the Assembly on a 45-26 vote and then squeaked through a more conservative Senate on a tie-breaker vote cast by the state's It. governor. The measure, which has been signed into law by Governor Ed Brown, will be effective January l, 1975. The governor had previously expressed privately to Gay leaders his willingness to sign such a bill. COUNCIL OF CHURCHE ENDORSES GAY RIGHTS (Chicago) The Governing Board of the National Council of Churches has en­dorsed equal rights for Gay People. The Board, representing 30 Protestant and Orthodox denominations, passed a reso­lution March 6 calling for legislation to ensure "full civil rights" for anyone facing bias "because of their aff ectional or sexual preference." The action followed a year and a half of effort by the National Gay Task Force on Gay People m the Church. AUJJRA Fort Worth's only Gay Organization Meetings are held every other 1onday at 7:30 p.m. at 5536 Jacksboro Hwy. (T.J.' Back Door) ocial I Political I ervice I Educational Memt>er of the TEXA~ GAY TASK FORCE For more information call (817) 338-0128. or write AURA, P.O. Box 7318, Ft. Worth TX 76111 12 / COMMUNITY NEWS/ JUNE 75
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