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Title The Star, No. 9, March 2, 1984
Contributor
  • Hyde, Robert
Date March 2, 1984
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 783846406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 010
Transcript March 2,1984 / The Star 9 Commentary School Student Looks at Gay Bar Patrons High By Kenny Pope The following was submitted by a Texas high school senior whose English teacher is entering it in a Junior Literature Essay Contest. Mr. Pope has been going to gay bars for over four years, he said, since he was 14. It is Friday night. Time to go out and party. The bars are filling up with some interesting characters. Dozens and dozens of men, packed within the bar and expecting a good time. However, despite the many quasi-decent people here, there are some undesirables among us. There are several types of people who go into gay bars. I, or most people in the gay community, have grown accustomed to recognizing three types. The three types I have chosen to discuss are extremists in their personalities and are often considered undesirable by the majority of the respectable members of the gay community. The three types that I would like to inform you about are the "butch" type, the "queen" type, and the "hustler" type. There are many people who fit slightly into these categories; however, I am strictly discussing the extremists. The first one on the agenda is the "butch" type. "Butch," in the gay community, designates the he-man type. This type is very stereotypical. "Butch" struts ever-so-graciously around the bar, wearing his skin tight jeans and t-shirt and forever flexing his muscles. "Butch" considers himself "God's gift"; when "Butch" talks, people better listen. "Butch" cannot be approached by another man; "Butch" must be the aggressor. "Butch" does not fool around with someone who has approached him; his machismo will not allow it. When "Butch" carries on a conversation, which is a rare event, he keeps it short and impersonal. "Butch" does not care to waste the energy it requires to complete a sentence. Consequently, "Butch" talks in fragmented sentences. However, the occasion may arise when "Butch" is forced to utter a few syllables. For instance, when he has to get another beer, he might say, "Be back; gotta get beer." If one looks, not too carefully, one can spot "Butch" in just about any bar. The next one encountered in a gay bar is the "queen" type. "Queen" too is a very stereotypical role to uphold. The term "queen" is often used synonymously with the terms "fag," "fruit" and "fairy." "Queen" types, unlike the "butch" types, have never heard of a fragmented sentence. In fact, "Queens'" entire vocabulary consists of run-ons that they sing. When a "queen" has to get another beer, the incident is usually turned into a major production number: "Girlfriend! I finished my beer, I have to go and get another one, although I'm really not supposed to be drinking, but I don't think that a few beers will hurt anything, but I want to have a good time, and how can you do that if you don't at least have a buz. REALLY!" A "queen" always has tobethecenterof attention. He will prance around the bar with his hands on his hips as he sways his buttocks from left to right. A "queen" is the one who dances around the bar, since the bar does not have a dancefloor. Fortunately, most "queens" tend to go to the same bars in large groups, sparing the rest of the gay community. Lastly on the list is the "hustler" type. A "hustler" is someone who will take a man for everything he has got, and then move to the next victim in line. This type is often the most undetectable because they usually fit into the "butch" or "queen" categories. "Hustlers" are infamous for buying a cocktail, and when they finish it, go into the restroom and fill their glass with water. This method results in the "hustler" appearing asif he can afford the night o-ut; while in reality, the "hustler" does not have a cent. "Hustlers" go to the bar to try and sniff out money. If a "hustler" spots a man who appears to have money, then the "hustler" leaches onto the man immediately. If the "hustler" happens to discover that the man does not have money, then the "hustler" restarts his sniffing routine. These three types of gays are not too popular. They are the ones who give the gay community a bad name. Although these types of gays frequently go to the gay bars, the other men at the bars tolerate them. The gay community struggles enough with the prejudices coming from the outside to create problems within itself. \ EAGLECREST irsnVI for Ultimate Accomodations leated Pool -*- Jacuzzi • Cont. Breakfast Weelcen 104 Avondale, HOUSTON (713) 523-9004 T«&coCT.°:9c°«rB (713! S2«-S,usTOM. or&«tNworth *% com
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