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Connections, Vol. 2, No. 7, July 1980 - File 005. 1980-07. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 30, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1915/show/1906.

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Title Connections, Vol. 2, No. 7, July 1980
Contributor
  • Olinger, James K.
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date July 1980
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962584
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 005
Transcript 'CONNECTIONS5 /rWlSaSARAJDj^N HAND OVER 10VR, DRUQ FACTORY I, AND AU> KDUR / drugs y^ .y^LOOK,. THIS .£ A ; Ati I HAV£ IS A x$rU,..,r£i&CHAL. \ STASH. S££? Sfr-AURIW/ THIS IS A STICK-UP/ HAND OVER YOUR MONEYI Continued from page 1 hairbrushes and a letter addressed to 'Ms. Jean Berkman' and asked me, 'Are you a transvestite?' I explained about computer mailing lists." Berkman was eventually charged with possession, not sale, of marijuana by narcotics officer Sargent Slayton. R. L. Chapman of the Vice Squad filed a warrant for seizure of the money. Berkman spent the night in jail before he was released on personal recognizance bond. In the morning, Berkman was given a styrofoam cup of "Florida orange juice," which tasted like a soft drink. "The jailer came down the line of cells repeating 'Florida orange juice. Here's your Florida orange juice,'" Berkman relates. "He was obviously trying to get some kind of reaction out of me. I finally did what, any native Californian would do. I said 'I'm from California. I want California orange juice.' The jailer replied, 'I hear when you suck a California orange, it sucks back.'" Along with the harrassment, a clear-cut legal issue is involved, Berkman says. "The police are attacking the right of legitimate businesses to do business in cash and to maintain cash assets on the business premises. How many times have you taken marijuana to your place of work? Next time you go smoke a joint, you better bury the money in your cash register. And forget about the money in your safe." The police rummaged through $13,000 worth (wholesale value) of merchandise before seizing the $7,000. "They acted like Bulls in a China shop," Berkman commented. Boxes of soap, books, hairbrushes, shoes, and dozens of other products were scattered and searched, including many products still in manufacturer's seals. The police eventually left, taking Berkman's personal stash, The Queens, a book about transvestit.es, and a stack of invoices. "The cop said, 'Look at some of these titles,' when they showed my attorney the evidence they are introducing," Berkman states. These include Morals and Liberty, Why Wages Rise, Rule of Law, and Violence as a Product of Imposed Order. An invoice for bath towels, paper fans, and women's brocade slippers, is also being introduced. "I suppose that's evidence I'm a transvestite," Berkman remarked. Berkman sees the charges he now faces, especially the civil suit to allow the police to keep the money, as "legalistic blackmail." "They seem to be acting on the principle that they have it in their possession and I won't contest their keeping it because I have something else to hide. I suspect they brought the Vice Squad in with the hope that I'd be afraid of being publicly identified as homosexual. But they can't blackmail me. I'm too proud of all my deviations." Gene Berkman moved to Austin from California in 1977. He owns the Pacific Sunrise Trading Company, which wholesales imported products, and operates Anarchodillo, which is a retail outlet and bookstore. The $7,000 had been earmarked as the down payment on a building to house his expanding business. He had been in contact with several realtors concerning the acquisition of a South Austin property in the week preceeding .his arrest. The new location, at 1712 South Congress Avenue, is scheduled to open in September, 1980; The preliminary hearing was set for Monday, June 23. However, the District Attorney has requested a continuance, which is a tactic usually employed by defense counsel. The hearing will be delayed until early July. Berkman has retained the Austin law firm of Presse and Grizzard, specialists in drug laws and money seizure cases, for his defense. Libertarian publications are giving the case nationwide publicity. Friends have formed the Pacific Sunrise Defense Committee to finance his legal fees in the separate criminal and civil cases. Contributions should be sent to Pacific Sunrise Defense and Reconstruction Fund, Box 6023, Austin, Texas 78722. Anarchodillo owner Gene Berkman. • Metropolitan Community Church 614 E. 6th ST.. AUSTIN. TEXAS 78701 (512) 477-7747 SUNDAY SERVICES 2:00 NOON AND 7:30 P.M WEDNESDAY 7:30 P.M. t REV. CANDACE A. NAISBITT Pastor Tuesday Bible Study: 7:30 pm POTLUCK SUPPER SATURDAY JULY 19, 7:30 p,m, C H U R-C H PROGRAMS Sunday Worship: 12:00 noon and 7:30 pm Wednesday Counseling: 7:30 - 9:30 pm
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