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Title Community News, No. 6, February 1975
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  • Reid, Allen
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  • LGBTQ people
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
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Transcript GAY PAPER OF NORTH TEXAS 35~ February 1975 Dallas I Fort Worth Number 6 Texas Gay Task Force Now Open to Individual Memberships (Dallas) Membership in the Texas Gay Task Force is now open to individuals as a result of action taken by the House of Delegates and Coordinating Council of the TGTF at their winter conference here last month. The first session of the House of Dele­gates became an open rap with calls from delegates, coordinators and observers for reform and a reaffirmation of the original purposes of the TGTF. This discussion produced one of the most productive ses­sions of the Task Force since its organi­zational meeting last year in San Antonio. The delegates heard calls for more unity and commitment and pleas to be more aware of the needs of gay people. The House of Delegates, after much debate, finally issued two directives for the Co­ordinating Council to implement: l) To open the TGTF to individual memberships and to collect dues from in­dividual members and from organization­al members. This would bring much needed revenue into the Task Force and solve the problem of the status of organi- . - . zations such as the Metropolitan Com-munity Churches and San Antonio Gay Community Center which, because of their constitutions, had encountered difi­culty in officially joining the Task Force as members; 2) To establish the roles, rights and pri­vileges of the new individual members and better define the roles of the Coordina­ting Council and the House of Delegates. The Coordinating Council then recom­mended that membership in the Task Force be open to individuals who would pay one of the following annual dues: $5 - low income S l 0 - basic membership $25 - contributing membership S l 00 - supporter s _ - patron Individual members will elect the re­gional representatives who comprise the Coordinating Council and will receive a quarterly publication of the Task Force. Organizations may join the Task Force for $10 annual dues, will nominate the regional representatives and will elect one OLDEST GAY GROUP IN TEXAS OKAYS NEW NAME Circle of Friends Is Now Gay Organization of Dallas (Dallas) Circle of Friends, the oldest gay organization in Texas, has changed its name, along with its approach and priori­ties. Now the Gay Organization of Dallas, its members hope its new name will be consistent with a more active role in working toward gay rights and legal re­form. The C.0.F. was created IO years ago primarily as an alternative to the bars. However, over the years its focus has changed, and the group has taken on a more active role. The C.O.F. has organi­zed Gay Pride parades and group repre­sentatives have spoken on homosexuality to local churches, clubs, schools and on the media. As one of its immediate projects, G.O. O.D. plans to confront the candidates delegate and one alternate from that or­ganization to sit in the House of Dele­gates. The member organizations will al­so participate in a monthly exchange of reports to be maintained by the state sec­retary, Bill Buie of Integrity/Houston. The Council directed that the modera­tor of the Council, Ken Cyr of AURA (Fort Worth), would collect the dues and maintain and keep confidential the mem­bership rolls. The Council defined its responsibilities as to maintain and administer all funds of the TGTF and to be responsible for im­plementing the purposes of the TGTF. It defined the role of the House of Del­egates as the policy makers of TGTF with the responsibility of choosing the priori­ties of the Task Force. A membership brochure for potential individual members is being prepared. Membership inquiries may be directed to Texas Gay Task Force, P.O. Box 7318, Fort Worth, TX 76111. Checks may be made payable to either TGTF or Texas Gay Task Force. for mayor in the approaching Dallas city election. The group hopes to determine the positions of the candidates concern­ing anti-gay discrimination. The name change simply reflects an image that a majority of the group wished to project. Members hope that the new name will reflect the groups political, social and educational commitments. Said one member: "An upfront name will tell people who we are - it will show everyone that we are not afraid to stand up and that we are proud to be gay.'' Gay Movement Loses Leader (New fork) Dr. Howard J. Brown, founder of the National Gay Task Force, died Feb­ruary I of a heart ailment at his home in Greenwich Village. In October 1973, Dr. Brown made the front page of the New York Times when he announced that he was a homosexual. The former Health Service Administrator in Mayor John Lindsey's ad­ministration made the announcement in an attempt to end the prejudices that homo­sexuals face in obtaining jobs. In the same month he helped found and became board chairman of the National Gay Task Force, a civil rights clearing house for gay groups and individuals. When Dr. Brown announced that he was a homosexual, he expressed the hope that others in high positions would follow his example. Dr. Brown's background and reputation lent a legitimacy to the new National Gay Task Force that it otherwise would have had to develop on its own. The Task Force has since gone on to attract most of the well-known names in the move­ment to its support. Born in Peoria, Illinois, on April 15, 1924. Dr. Brown served as an enlisted man during World War II and received his M.D. from Western Reserve Medical School in 1954. He came to New York that year to serve as director of profes· sional services for the Health Insurance Plan. Seven years later he took over the ambulatory care unit at Grouverneur. In 1966 he was chosen by Mayor John Lindsay to serve as New York's first REPEAL EFFORT IS LAUNCHED (Dallas) At its winter meeting in Dallas, the Texas Gay Task Force launched its drive to have Section 21.06 of the Texas Penal Code repealed by the Legislature. Acting in the belief that the repeal of 21.06 is the most important concern for gay people in Texas, the Coordinating Council of TGTF established its Legal Committee whose current sole purpose is to organize a statewide campaign against 21.06. Section 21.06 of the Penal Code reads: §21.06. Homosexual Conduct (a) A person commits an offense if he engages in deviate sexual intercourse with another individual of the same sex. (b) An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor. This law makes private consensual sex between gays illegal. It is the basis of rucha~~~M~~~~~ NEWS ~ Director Allen Reid Managing Editor Scott Stebelman Dallas Editor John Chapman Art Director Staff: Ario, Jay Alexander, Ken Cyr, Sue Harris, Kay Wilson, Randy Beitel, Rip Mailing Addresses: Corley, Mark Elgin, Alexander Langham, not nece arily reflect the views of this publication, AURA, the Northern Region of the TGTF, or of their members. Wayne Ribble and others. P.O. Box 7367 Fort Worth, TX 76111 P.O. Box 9928 Dallas, TX 75214 Commw1izi· News is published by the Northern Region of the Texas Gay Task Force (Communications Committee) and by AURA (Awareness, Unity and Re­search Association), not for profit but as a service to the Gay Community. Telephone: Opinions expressed in Community News Fort Worth (817) 838-2095 Dallas (214) 827-2798 are those of the individual writers and do SUBSCRIPTION RATE is $4 (!st Class) 2 I COJfMUNITY NEWS I FEBRUAR y 75 Health Services Administrator. He en­visioned a complete reordering of public health care, putting the patients' interests first. Ill health was a factor in Brown's resig­nation from the City Health Service. In 1968 he became director of community medicine at Fordham llospital and later taught full-time at New York University's School of Public Administration and School of Medicine. He held professor­ships at both schools at the time of his death. Mrs. John Sibley, his sister and only sur­viving relative, has requested that any memorials be in the form of contributions to the newly created Fund for Human Dignity/Howard Brown Memorial Fund. Robert L. Livingston, chairman of the fund, asks that donation~ be mailed to Room 506, 80 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10011. The fund will be used to carry on the work which Dr. Brown in his lifetime began. much of the harassment and legal discrim­ination against gay people. Private con­sensual sex acts between adults of the op­posite sex is legal. Randy Beitel of Dallas and Neil Parker of Austin were appointed co-chairpersons of the Legal Committee. More informa­tion may be obtained by writing the Texas Gay Task Force, P.O. Box 7318, Fort Worth, TX 76111, or by calling (817) 838-2095. and $3 (3rd Class) for 12 issues mailed in plain envelope. LETTE:.RS to the editor of Commtmio· News should be igncd. llowcvcr, na1;1e will be withheld upon request. All letters arc subject to editing to meet space re­quircmcn ts and to remove potentially libelous tatcmcnts. Puhlication of the name of any person, b1Hinns or group in Community News should not be constured as anv indication of the sexual preference of that person, business or group, or of their employees or members. AD RATES available upon request. WANTADS: Sec Wantads section of this paper. Conferees at the winter session of the Texas Gay Task Force in Dallas January 25 included Gene Leggett, San Antonio, House of the Covenant representative and coordinator of the 1975 Texas Gay Conference; Rob Shivers, Dallas, Northern Region member of the TGTF Coordinating Council ; and Ken Cyr, Fort Worth, also representing the Northern Region on the Council. Elaine Noble, Morris Kight Planned for Conference (Dallas) Rousing applause greeted the an­nouncement by Gene Leggett, coordina­tor of the 1975 Texas Gay Conference, that Elaine Noble and Morris Kight are tentatively scheduled as featured speakers at the conference to be held June 20-22 in San Antonio. In his report to the TGTF House of Delegates at their winter meeting, Leggett stated that Kight had already accepted and he felt confident that Noble's accep­tance would become definite shortly. Elaine Noble is a member of the Massa­chusetts House of Representatives and is the first person running openly as a Les­bian to be elected to a position in any state legislature. Morris Kight, sometimes referred to as the "dean of gay liberation," is the direc­tor of the famed Los Angeles Gay Com­munity Service Center which recently was the recipient of a million dollar gov­ernment grant for its free clinic program. Leggett also announced that a site has been selected for the conference and will be announced soon. Preparations are being made to open registration soon for the conference which will draw people from throughout Texas and across the nation. This will be the second annual Texas Gay Conference, the first being held last June in Fort Worth. The 1974 Texas Gay Conference featured Barbara Gittings and Dr. Franklin Kameny and gave birth to the Texas Gay Task Force which now sponsors the annual event. COUNSELING CONFERENCE SET FOR MARCH 1 (Dallas) On Saturday, March 1, Dallas­Fort Worth area psychotherapists and counselors will have an opportunity to meet for a workshop on "Counseling and Homosexuality," a program of continuing professional education designed to sharp­en counselors' awareness of the special problems of homosexuals and their fami­lies. The workshop is designed for participa­tion of psychologists, psychiatrists, coun-selors, student personnel workers, social workers, health educators, sex educators and clergy. The conference, sponsored by the Homosexual Counseling Journal, will be held at Mountainview Junior Col­lege, 4849 West Illinois, Dallas, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In addition to the keynote address by Dr. Ralph Blair of New York City, the workshop will include panel presentations and discussion by local mental health professionals and representatives of the gay community. There will also be an opportunity for small group discussions and dialog. Additional information about the Dal­las conference may be obtained from the Homosexual Community Counseling Cen­ter, Inc., 45 East 74th Street, New York, New York 10021, or by contacting the local conference coordinator, Charles Weis, at {214) 688-2031 or 521-8244. Registration fee is $20 per person (in­cluding lunch), but this fee can be re­duced to $15 per person for personnel of any organization registering three or more persons. Student registration fee is S 10. 0...00...00...00...0 COMMUNITY NEWS / FEBRUARY 75 / 3 ,., ;,r. ~ It" • ·'If ""'"' 4316 MCJilimey~ 1'0 f S26·9328 , . ,'f ' •f HAPPY HOUR I to 7 ~ :: TheFAK~ore l: >f ·f Draught Beer ...... 35 >f Name Beer ........ 45 >f Bar Drinks . . . . . . . . 60 .. C.aIJ Drinks ........ 80 ~ i\. \1/XED DRI\A.. • DA \ Cl :\ C ,\ G RY .. ] I\'\ \ 0 \ The Collegiate Man's Bar -1 COMMUNIT> '1-WS FlBRUAR> 75 Bl ff, LINDA & HAP as portrayed in Dallas Repertory Theatre's production of "Death of a Salesman" by 8.J. Theus, Joan Foy and Steven Linn. Review by Alexander Langham DEATH OF A SALESMAN Take a tnp up Preston Road to St. Mark's School where the Dallas Reper­tory Theatre is performing Death of a Salesman. Forget that Arthur Miller's play 1s rega rded as a "classic of our times," is required l11gh-school reading, and deals not only with a death in a fam­ily but with the dea th of The Family. If all this ound depressing or dull, be as­sured that the events enacted onstage at the new Dcchard Arts Center are neither. Even adequately performed, Deatlt oj a Salesman would be deeply moving; given NEWBONSOIR 4527 <:ole 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. The P iu rw & Orμun "-1( \ l i,t•d l>riuk., HAPPY HOUR 4-7 DAILY Featuring GERALD PAYNE Bars at the Piano & Organ fl26-9 t :!2 Presented WELL DRJNKS 75 CALL DRJNKS 85 by BEER 45 The Thinking Man's Bar - 1 F. • lfJ - I DRT's vibrant production, it's an experi­ence that will leave you gasping. Salesman is a triumph for DRT pro­ducer/ director Ed Delatte - not only be­cause he invests the events onstage with the intensity and pulse they require, but for his meticulous placement of each theatrical element in time, space, and se­quence: the play of Michael Foutch's lights over Dejah Moore's ambitious set is dramatic in itself; Eloise Swanson's witty costuming of two amateur whores (sweet and dry) creates the characters as much as Mary Durall and Susan Coleman, the talented actresses who play the parts. It is in the acting that this production glows. From Cal Duggan 's wordless Bus­boy to The Salesman himself, beautifully played by Bob Magruder, this cast acts, reacts, and interacts with the selfless con­viction of a company of stars for which we may thank Delatte. Bob Magruder's Willy Loman is ex­hausted "to the death" before the play begins, a shuffling hulk vivified into flick­ering life by the ever-increasing visitation of past dreams. Dreadful as it is to see him moved to rage, it is when hope visits Three Friendliest 1• n Town JOE, TEX and TERRY the sagging face that we want to avert our eyes in pity and horror. Joan Foy's fine-boned beauty and plan­gent voice make Willy's devoted wife Lin­da a thoroughbred too good for the man whose life's fate she tragically chooses to share. As son Biff, the object of Willy's fanatic devotion, B.J. Theus is the image of Cor­rupted All-American Boy, his firm-chin­ned, short-nosed handsomeness flawed by the self-doubt that haunts the wide blue eyes. Like Jon Voight in Midnight Cow­boy, Theus displays a teddybear sweet­ness all the more poignant for being em­bodied in a loser's personality. On the other hand, Steven Linn as the oversexed younger brother Happy dis­plays a tacky charm as insidious as it is amusing -until the sweep of events re­veals the spite beneath the cocky grin, and beneath that, naked vulnerability. Linn's campily explicit pickup of "Miss Forsythe" in the restaurant scene, Hand­somely assisted by Mary Durall and Clif­ford Samuelson's Waiter, is genuine com­ic relief. Riley Austin, Miles Mutchler, and Lynne Roots also provide lighter mom­ents: the two men as Bernard and Char­ley, the son and father who, unlike Willy, don't need to talk about it because they can do it; Miss Roots as the Other Wom­an, younger and sexier than Miller's in­spiredly dowdy Miss Frances, and with a distinct touch of professionalism. Will leVison's Uncle Ben, Willy's dream­image of material success, is a monstrous old bastard, heroic in scale, all the more terrifying for his joviality. Rod Blaydes as Howard, the boss's son, is a bastard neat, with no scale whatever - which is just what the playwright ordered. Paula Gilbert as Jenny the secretary doesn't have much in the way of a part, but she looks spiffy in platform heels and Rosa­lind Russell pinstripes. It's always difficult to assign credit for a production as well-meshed as this; all theatre is collaboration. So let me end simply by saying Death of a Salesman will run through February 16 with Friday and Saturday performances and a Sunday matinee. After that you can prove your faith in fairies at DRT's Peter Pan (the musical version) at North Park Commun­ity Hall. TERRY'S RAllCH 4117 Maple 526-9302 Happy Hour - Mon Fri 2·8pm 25~ draft beer TUE. -FUptNy MONEY Wednesday - \0 ~ draft beer (K·Mort note) 50 can beer afttr eprn. Thursday - Keq perty. llpm Sunday - Free draft beer 5pm and llpm Dallas Original llestem Bar @ SLAVE AUCTION-~ MONDAY The Western Man's Bar COMMUNITY NEWS FEBRUARY 75 / 5 Cruising the News CYR TO APPEAR ON RADIO TALK SHOW (Fort Worth) Ken Cyr, director of AURA, local gay organization, will be the guest on the Sunday, February 23 edition of "Sidetrack," KFJZ radio talk show (9 to 11 p.m.). Additionally, AURA representatives are scheduled to speak during the month be­fore groups at Texas Christian University, Weatherford College, Southern Methodist University and Tarrant County Junior College (Northeast campus), as well as at the Human Potential lnstitute's Alternate Lifestyles group. GAY FREEDOM THEME OF RUTGERS MEETING (New Brunswick, NJ) Rutgers University Homophile League will hold its fifth an­nual conference on Gay Freedom April 18-20. The conference will bring together scholars, movement activists and gay peo­ple from many parts of the United States and Canada for a series of lectures, semi­nars and group discussiom as well as ex­hibits and various social even ts. Further information is available from Rutgers University Homophile League, R.P.O. 2901, New Brunswick, NJ 08903. BELLA'S GAY RIGHTS BILL INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS (Washington) A Gay Rights bill designed to outlaw discrimination on the basis of aff ectional or sexual preference has been introduced in the U.S. House of Repre­sentatives The bill seeks to amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to protect gay peo­ple against discrimination in employment, public accommodations, public education and federally funded programs. The bill (HR-166) was introduced by Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY) and at last word had ac­quired at least 10 cosponsors. GAY ACADEMIC CONFERENCE SET FOR APRIL 12 IN AUSTIN (Austin) The South Central Region of the Gay Academic Union will hold a one­day conference in Austin on Saturday, April 12. Purpose of the meeting is to create an opportunity for gay and lesbian adademics - teachers, researchers, schol­ars, administrators, professionals and stu­dents - to meet one another to discuss problems and issues of mutual interest. Gay Academic Union is a national organization of lesbian and gay male aca­demics and scholars. At the second an­nual conference of GAU last year in New York, conference participants elected a BEER, WINE, SET-UPS and FRIENDLY PEOPLE 2308 W. 7th Street :l3:1-0586 Fort Worth BEER BUST - Tuesday at 8 2 to 2 - Seven Days a Week 6 I CO.'itMUNITY NEWS I FEBRUARY 75 national board of directors, composed of one woman and one man from each of five geographic regions. The South Cen­tral Region currently comprises member­ship in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louis­iana and Mississippi. Attendance at the conference is open to all gay academics whether or not they are members of GAU. More information can be obtained from Art Addington, confer­ence chairperson, 900 West Avenue, Aus­tin, Texas 78701. Houston Police Probe Ordered (Houston) Mayor Fred Hofheinz has ap­pointed three jurists to a special commis­sion to investigate activities in the Hous­ton Police Department. Officials have discovered evidence of widespread improper surveillance of indi­vidual citizens. It is not known yet whe­ther surveillance reports were made on gay people, but sources in Integrity/ Houston, local gay organization, say local gay leaders will not be surprised to find their names in the reports. New Gay Male Adult Theater Is Now Open in Dallu (Dallas) The manager of the Coronet Theater, which recently opened at 2420 North Fitzhugh, has told Community News he plans to show quality gay male adult films at the theater. MALE COMPANION WANTED Wish to share my home with honest working man, possibly leading to a . permanent relationship. Minimal share of work and finances as I have two children. North Mid-Cities, con­venient to Dallas & Ft. Worth. 283-3310 WANTADS are $.50 per line, minimum of $1. (Each line of regulu copy is limited to 35 units, including 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. EDITORIAL COMMENT three on charges of "exposing person," Disorderly Conduct No. I 0. Ft. Worth Police Are at It Again (Still?) During the interrogation, officers were repeatedly verbally abusive to the four, using such terms as "fuckin' queers." At another point, one of the officers report­edly ripped an MCC poster off the wall and said, "Can you believe this goddam shit - a fucking church advertising in a queer bar!" Has the Fort Worth Police Department revert­ed to a late 50's, early 60's strategy in its deal­ings with gay men and women? Recent events in the city (discussed in accompanying articles) seem to indicate that the F.W.P.D. has abandon­ed any attempt at a reconciliation with gay citi­zens and has instead launched a repressive drive against gays in the city, reflecting a homophobic mentality that, thankfully, is disappearing in most other progressive cities. The vice and intelligence division, under the direction of Capt. C.E. Hogue, seems intent up­on clinging to the ridiculous myths of the past­that homosexuals are somehow a threat to so­ciety .. . that gay people force their attentions on unwilling and innocent bystanders ... that homosexuals are violent people ... that they are all child molesters ... that they are psychologi· cally unstable and morally corrupt .. . and so on, ad nauseam. RIDICULOUS! And the facts from numerous scientific reports speak for themselves - if only the police would take the opportunity to educate themselves away from emotionalism and into reality. How many rapes, murders and robberies take place on the streets of Fort Worth while cun­ning vice cops while away hours with suspected gays, saying all the right things, playing the per­fect part, using every trick in the book, EN· COURAGING them to commit what is called a "crime." What a waste of manpower, time and taxpay­er money! QR. WAS THE RAWHIDE RAID HARASSMENT! Witnesses told CN that there was no more "exposure" than one is likely to find at any public swimming pool or beach. {"Tarzan wore less than any of these did.") The "auction" which invol­ves only play money and no actual sale is an entertainment gimmick in which cus­tomers "bid" on young men as they stand on the auction block. The "auctioneer" gives a campy dialogue as the "slaves" are stripped down to their briefs. Similar gimmicks are used in gay bars in many other cities without there having been POLICE PRESSURE CLOSES RAWHIDE (Fort Worth) It was a Tuesday night and the Rawhide was packed to see the "Slave Auction," a weekly entertainment. Among the spectators was a medium-built stranger with medium-length dark hair and a sparse beard. The six-footer, in his late twenties, seemed to enjoy the show, but at intermission got up and left. A short time later, Vice Officer David King returned with three other officers, I.D.'s were checked, the bar was cleared except for the owner and three others, who were detained for questioning by the officers and by officers of the Texas Al- Sign Language coholic Beverage Commission. The four were arrested: the owner, according to police reports, on suspicion of violating Section 21.06 of the Texas Penal Code, "Homosexual Conduct," and the other any question of their legality, and much more risque entertainment may be found in numerous Fort Worth "straildit" bars. (Continued on Page 13) NoCl .. -J ... t~ AF.UN GAY BAR Hosts: Ben & Gary Happy Hour: 4-7p.m. Mon. thru Fri. Mixed Drinks 60c •BRING THIS AD IN FOR FREE DRINK• 3014 Throckmorton 528-9184 COMMUNITY NEWS / FEBRUARY 75 11 STAR-TELEGRAM ARTICLE EXPOSES VICE SQUAD HOMOPHOBIA "Vice officers say the homosexuals they ar­rest are creating a public nuisance," wrote John MaKeig in a feature article about vice activity as related to victimless crimes in the December 29, 1974, issue of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "It's gotten so bad in the last year that you can stand on some of these corners for an hour, say, and you'll get a few offers," one officer was quoted as saying. "Also," the story continues, "officers point to the savage murders in Houston last year and a few here and say homosexuals are not entirely the peaceful persons many feel they are. "Officers say that making such arrests inter­mittently is a way of making their presence felt." In the article, MaKeig reports on a typical ar­rest by Officer John Ladd, who "stood looking like Jon Voight in a scent from 'Midnight Cow­boy' waiting for his victim to be tempted e­nough to approach him. After circling by five or six times, a car stopped and Ladd got in. Unitarian Minister Responds to Star-Telegram Article (Excerpts repnnted from an article in the FIRST UNITARJAN ADVANCE with the permission of the author, Rev. Walter Bae·e, who at the time was pastor of the Fir t Uni­tarian Church of Fort Worth) The article ought to have arouc;ed the indig­nation and concern of all, who, if they don't understand the Bill of Rights nor the principles underlying concepts of per~onal freedom and individual rights, at least suspect there may be something wrong with tax money used to sup­port young plainclothe police officer tanding on street corners "looking like Jon Voight," a the article referred to them, for hour on end waiting for those terrible threats to public mor­als to pass them a number of times in their cars and finally ask one if he wants a nde (with the intent admittedly of something other than sim­ply giving them a ride, at least the hope). All the while this little charade is being observed by a second police officer in a darkened car who has binoculars. Then, in what presumably is a typical situation, the young officer may drive around as much as an hour or more with the man who has picked him up waiting (inviting) the overt gesture that a sures the arrest of this dangerous deviant (since it may not be entirely clear, I refer to the dnver, not the vice officer). One legitimately might wonder what the gov­ernment is doing legi lating laws concerning matters of per onal choice that it take such "trolling" to ferret out "offender "and author­izing a considerable amount of taxpayer mon­ey to pay for the operation, particularly while real crime rates soar: robberies, rape, not to speak of other real and far-reaching crimes against society such as those labeled "white col­lar." How curious it is that the stigma attached to so many real crimes does not compare to that which would fall on the man in the car whose career is virtually over if it becomes known. Could it be clearer than if one is approached, he (or she) has only to say "no," or say nothing at all. I remember years ago in Miami Beach when a prostitute approached me and asked how I'd like a good time! Apart from the ob­vious fact that she surely misjudged in my own situation, I scarcely became unglued by this "outrage"! And why should anyone who is not terribly threatened (or tempted) already? I do think that "street cruising" is an unat­tractive behavior, though I understand the mo­tives of lonliness that might cause it Or the (Adapted from "It' got o bad in downtown Fort Worth that a goocllooking young vice cop can't . land on the corner rubbing the bulging crotch of hi · ti11ht fitting pants for mon· than an hour without ~?;<-lling proposi ti orn· d ! " mapzine) 12 I CO.UM UNITY NHWS I FHBR UAR y 75 "From 10.20 p.m. to 11 :15 p.m. the three vice units followed the car around north Fort Worth ... wondering all the while why the dri­ver hadn't .. . done something overt enough to justify Ladd arresting him. "At 11 :25 p.m., the radio in (Officer) Car­ter's car crackled out the message that Ladd .had arrested the driver "when he had finally made a move of a "homosexual nature." "This just isn't your night, is it?" one of the officers was quoted as saying to the man as he was hauled off to jail. motive of those married men who most fre­quently engage in it who are fearful to be seen at gay bars or other places where gays would be together, thinking there is more of a risk in go­ing there. That they sometimes are woefully mistaken is sadly the case: for instance when the hustler turns out to be a plainsclothes vice officer. But what percentage of homoc;exuals - and l refer to those of us who are gay and know it and within our elves live comfortably, or as comfortably as anyone lives with himself - what percentage do you think engage m nightly street cruising? .001 maybe. And the deliber­ately misleading, intentionally deceptive state­ment from the vice officers that we are not "peaceful per ons" is so absurd and disgu tingly untrue as almost to defy any other comment. Something on a par with the notion that all black men are likely to rob 7-Fleven stores .. .. I think about a fnend of mine who had left a gay bar with a friend of his. They were stopped by the police as they were getting into the fri­end's car. One of the two officer used the most abusive and dens1ve language against the two young men as he tore the car apart looking for and saying he would find " omethmg" to be able to take those two "perverts" in. He didn't find anything, of course, but obviously did he neither apologize but left them to straighten out the damage with a string of the usual obsen­ities hurled at homosexuals by ignorant (and themselves threatened?) persons in or outside uniforms. It eludes me how any sexual relationships be­tween persons mutually participating by their own choice and volition - be those between the same or both sexes - can be called "vice" except by standards or criteria born of ignor­ance, superstition, hypoc.risy, or, perhap , envy. The vice squad is probably well named. But for the wrong reasons. The wrong "vice ." At least where their "commando tactic ," "trol­ling," standing around on street corner wait­ing in darkened cars not for any crime ~ith a victim to happen, or to investigate one that ha happened, but to catch, punish, humtliate of­fendcn to what are basically per onal or pnvate, conventional or parochial standard of morality. In this, it h they who are viciou . "V1c1ou)" meaning, as m its Latin origin, vit1osu indi­cates, full of laults, ruined by detect , Ila w-or errors, having bad habits, malicious, spiteful, mean. And they are not many \\ho have had any contact with the "vice" who unlikely think the word doe n't apply to them. You don't have to answer these questions! • • • THIS IS AN AUTHENTIC reproduction of a questionnaire currently being used by the Fort Worth Police Department to compile informa· tion on gay men, the gay community and the local gay movement. Suspected homosexuals are pressured to provide answers to the ques· tions by officers, who, if asked, will admit that a person is not legally required to provide this information but is advised to cooperate. FORT WORTH POLICE ON RAMPAGE Increased downtown surveillance and arrests which smell suspiciously like en­trapment Increased police visibility around bars and other gay gathering places in an ob­vious attempt at "making their presence felt." Squad cars have been observed many times slowly cruising through park­ing lots of gay establishments "routinely" checking inspcd1on stickers. (Police tend to forget that gays spend most of their tune m "straight" settings ... and there they sec no such concerted actions and feel no such heavy poltce presence.) Rou­tine? In addition to the raid on the Rawhide, CN has received reports of mass I. D. checks at another Fort Worth bar Continued use of an "information" sheet on suspected homosexuals which is degrading, insulting, is an invasion of pri­vacy and has an over-all tone designed to intimidate the accused person. NOTE OF ENCOURAGEMENT: Fewer gay people are being intimidated. More and more are fighting back ... and more and more of those who challenge their arrests and harassment are winning their rights legally in court. Also, a more Ii ber­al- minded public is lending its support to those gays who are fighting against police harassment, entrapment and invasion of privacy. IF YOU HAVE a problem with ANY law en­forcement officer which involves a gay activity or in which your gayness plays any part in po· lice conduct toward you ·· please report the in· cident in writing to COMMUNITY NEWS. Even if you do not wish to file an official com­plaint, the information can be most helpful in compiling a statistical record of police activity against gays. RA Wl/IDH (Co11t11111cd fro111 Page 11) At least two of those arrestee.I have plcdge<l to challenge the arrests in court. Following the arrests, a further pattern of harassment emerged. Although the AB(' offi ·crs t!it! not remove the har's Ii- Plainclothes Division 36202 Personal History Continued Page 2 Sex D,.v1.ates if Applicable l. Does subject admit to homosexual tendencies? 2. Does he have normal sexual relations with the opposite sex? 3. At what age did subject first notice homosexual te~dencies7 Relata .circumstancea ·aurrounding first unnatural sex act 4. Was subject introduced to homos-.xuality by someone else? 5. Name of other person involved in first homosexual act 6. Does subject belong to a homosexual group? 7. Typea. of sodomy practiced 8. Has subject had a lasting affair with another homosexual If so, how long did it last? 9. Has subject ever attempted to obtain psychiatric treatment? 10. Does he have any desire for psychiatric treatment? --- - 11. Vocational preference 12. Religious denomination Name of Church Frequency of attendance Date last attended 13. Name• and addresses of persons subject knows to be homosexual: 14. Subject's idcRs on why he is a homosexual, briefly explain 15. Memoranda the subject has in his pos~ession, i. e., names, addresses, and telephone numbers quor license during the mcident (as is the usual procedure if there is any cause), several days later, the ABC requested that the license be signed over to them ant! threatened retaliation in the form of "le­gal. non-provable harassment" of the bar ant! its customers if the request \V3S not honored ext, the har's t!ancl! license 001-36202 was revolked by the city, although the owner had merely been charged and not yet convicted of anything. Facing certain continued harassment from the city and the ABC. the owner gave away his beer supply ant! dosed his doors. pending final settlement t)f the durgcs against him. C0\/1/l \If} \l ll'S J-l !JRl IRl -_, ,, ( DIRECTORY DALLAS Act III. 3115 Live Oak, 824-9043 Bayou Landing, 2609 N. Pearl, 742-9521 Bon Soir, 4527 Cole, 526-9432 Crew Inn, 3220 N. 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What is so amazing about The Front Runner is that it was written by a wo­man. The novel is a celebration, almost a deification, of gay macho of the young gay runner who strives for physical per­fection on the track and for emotional fulfi llment off it. It chronicles the love of Billy Sive and Harlan Brown, how they train rigorously for the 1976 Olympics, how they struggle to love each other with tenderness and respect, and how they are eventually crushed by America's homo­phobia. The plot is quite simple in many re­spects. Three University of Oregon track stars, dropped from the team for being openly gay, seek refuge with Harlan Brown, a gay track coach at Prescott Col­lege. Two of the boys are lovers, but the third, Billy Sive, is unattached. Harlan and Billy quickly fall for each other, but Harlan, still feeling the effects of a homo­sexual scandal which cost him his last job, ref uses to give in to his emotions. Sexual tension builds: Billy can't study, he be­comes depressed, he overtrains all of which affect his running. Seeing that he is destroying his runner, and himself as well, Harlan relents, confesses his Jove to Billy, and the two begin a very serious love affair. As Billy's running times decrease, the rumors about his affair with Harlan in­crease. Finally, at an interview after a meet a reporter asks him point blank if he is gay and Harlan's lover; al ways honest, Billy answers yes, which causes an ava­lanche of criticism from the American public. As the 1976 Olympics approach, the AAU tries to disqualify him on tech­nicalities, but Billy's father, a gay activist lawyer, and some sympathetic runners in­tervene, forcing the committee to relent. Ironically, this causes Billy's death, for he is assassinated during one of the races. As good as The Front Runner is, it does have some serious flaws. Characters are often portrayed as heroes (the Prescotts, Mike Stella, Armas Sepponan) or villains (Mike Dellinger, Gus Lindquist, the AAU). This problem is particularly noticeable in Billy Sives, who is more ethereal than earthly: he never lies or deceives, he nev­er cruises, he charms everybody wherever he goes, and he runs with impeccable grace. Even Harlan says: "He had the most beautiful natural form I had ever seen no wasted effort anywhere. He was almost unreal. He was that idea of a runner that haunts the minds of track people." Harlan is probably the most be­lievable character in the book. He, too, has a beautiful body, but he is incapable of showing grief or, initially, softness. If anybody grows in the novel, it is he. Another minor irritation is the digres­sive lectures on gay law and the workings of the athletic organizations. These are all very interesting, but they retard plot development. Criticism aside, this is quite a good nov­el. 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