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Transcript • • • "WHAT ARE YOU DOING to me?" Ken Cyr seems to be asking in the photo above. See page two for answer. TROUBLE ON THE CRUISE BLOCKS Page Three Directory - Page Four Review of CONSENTING ADULT Page Five Not for Lesbians Only - Page Seven Scene East I SceneWest - Page Seven THOSE WHO DENY freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. - Abraham Lincoln 35~ GAY PA PER OF N ORTH TEXAS ft. Worth Gay Fights and Wins Job Discrimination Issue (Fort Worth) Harold Wright, local gay activist, was recently reinstated to his front office job at the Fort Worth Hilton Inn after he was earlier terminated because he is gay. Wright, a Texas Christian University student, was terminated last August 15 by Neal Hospers, general manager of the Fort Worth Hilton. Hos­pers learned that Wright was gay when a leading Fort Worth businessman called Hospers and complained that Wright and the businessman's 18-year-<>ld son, also an employee at the Hilton, were engaged in a homosexual relationship. Wright and the businessman's son were then terminated. Although Wright and the businessman's son were employed on the same shift, Wright stated that their relationship was never carried onto their jobs and did not affect their job perform­ance. Dallas To Have Gay Radio Show (Dallas) A Gay radio program on community­owned KCHU is now in production and is ten­tatively scheduled to air August 25. KCHU at 90.9 on the FM dial should begin broadcasting Saturday, August 23. Once the station is on the air, the weekly half hour Gay broadcast will be heard every Monday evening at7:30. The program will be a taped montage of mu­sic, entertainment, news and commentary. "The talk show format," according to the program's director, "has been overused. We will use instead a magazine format and at times will offer an abstract sound-collage of music and ideas. "Because this is a Gay endeavor, we want it to be one of the most professional local shows. But that shouldn't be difficult since there's an awful lot of talent within the Dallas Gay Com­munity." Programs now in the planning stages include such titles as: "Women's Lib and the Lesbian," "Where the Boys Are- An In-Depth Study of the Cruise Block" and "HR-166 The Abzug Emancipation Proclamation." "Any relationship we might have had was our own business as consenting adults. I tried to make a point, as everybody should, of leaving my private life out of my job and vice-versa," Wright said. Wright, a member and past vice president of AURA (Awareness, Unity & Research Associa­tion), a Fort Worth gay civil rights organization, subsequently filed suit through AURA's attor­ney and also filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging that his termination constitut­ed discrimination on the basis of sex (sexual preference) in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After almost a year of litigation, an out of court set tlement was reached with Metro Inns Management Company (MIMCO), which owns and operates the Fort Worth Hilton Inn. In the settlement, MIMCO agreed to rein­state Wright to his job; to pay his back wages and attorney's fees; to issue a letter to Wright apologizing for any discrimination against him on the basis of sexual preference and to stipu­late in the letter that MIMCO does not discrim­inate against homosexual or gay persons in any way. MIMCO further agreed that it will not in the future discriminate against Wright or any other gay person because of sexual preference; that no further retaliatory action will be taken against him as long as he performs his job in a satisfactory manner and that no mention of this incident or the fact that he is gay will be contained in his personnel record or repeated to any prospective future P.mployer. MIMCO agreed that it will treat Wright with the cour­tesy and respect accorded to other employees. Wright claims that his termination is a prime example of the homophobia (fear of gay peo­ple) that is prevalent in Fort Worth and Texas. "I was terminated not because of any poor job performance or anything related to my job, but simply because I am gay," Wright said. Ken Cyr, director of AURA, hailed the set­tlement as not only a victory for Wright but for the entire Fort Worth Gay Community. "The victory won by Harold Wright over the Hilton Inn reiterates and strengthens our posi­tion that it is legally and morally wrong to dis­criminate against a person simply because of • that person's affectional or se:-.ual preference," commented Cyr. COMMUNITY NEWS ALLEN REID, editor Auisted by: Lff Gaylord, Darryl Brown, Randy Beitel, Richard van Cleve, Ken Cyr, Key Wi150n, David Lambie, Moody Walls, David Nalley, Wayne Rlbbl , and others. COMMUNITY NEWS is published by AURA {Awareness, Unity & R-arch Auociation) not for profit but as a service to the Gey Community. Opinions expressed are thOla of the individual writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of this 11ublication or of AURA or its members. SUBSCRIPTION RATE Iii $4 (1st Cl1111) or $3 (3rd class) for 12 iuun. LETTERS to the editor of CN should be signed. How­ever, name will be withheld upon request. All letters are subject to editing to meet sp ce requirements and to re­move potentially libelous statements. Publication of the name of any person, busineu or group in CN should not be construed as any indic tion of th• nxual orientation of that person, business or group, or of their employees or members. AD RATES available upon request COMMUNITY NEWS, P.O. Box 7367, Fort Worth, TX 76111 . (817) 338-0128. • FEAR OF THE NEEDLE wasn't enough to keep 21 blood donors from attend· ing a "Count Dracula Party" July 24 at Agape Metropolitan Community Church sponsored by AURA, Fort Worth Gay organization. The "party" was part of a campaign to build a blood rnerve for the Gay Community. Persons who missed the "party" but wish to donate blood may go directly to John Pater Smith Hos· pital Blood Benk and specify that they wish to donate to the "AURA Pool." The blood will then go into a permanent account at the JPSH Blood Bank until needed by members of the Gay Community (requested through AURA). Pie· tured are JPSH technician John Byrd and AURA Director Ken Cyr, one of th• ~~ • ------------- Club Dallas has big plans for the weekend of August 22-24. They're celebrating their first anniversary in Dallas with a champagne party on Friday evening, a buffet on Saturday eve· ning and a beer and barbeque on Sunday. Fort Worth's only Gay Organization Meetings ere held every other Monday at 7:30 p.m. at 5536 Jacksboro Hwy. (T.J.'s Back Door) For information call (817) 338-0128 or write AURA, P.O. Box 7318 Fort Worth, TX 76111 Member of the TEXA~ GAY TASK FORCE Social I Political I Service I Educational 2 I Community News I August 1975 BENEFIT SPAGHETTI DI 'NER Thursday, eptember 4 8:00 p.m. at T.J .'s Back Door 1.00 Donation Proceeds Go To Help AURA T"EOTHER PLACE POINTBLANK TIMES Pu blica lion for /,esl>ian/ Femir1i l Subscribe: Only $3 for 12 issues Pointblank Times, 1241 W. Bell,, No. 4, Houston, Texas 77019 MIXED DRINKS 2308 W. 7th Street :~:~5·0586 Fort Worth BEER BUST - Tuesday, 10 to 11 p.m. 2 to 2 - Seven Days a Week • • • 1'/tOUBLE IN !'HE C/tUl~E BLOCK~ There's trouble in Dallas. Any of us who have While first offenders are rarely sentenced to jail ever cruised in Dallas (and who hasn't?) is surely terms, a provision in the Penal Code requires familiar with those two blocks just off Oak Lawn_ that upon second conviction a jail term of not known as the "Cruise Blocks." Known for less than 90 days must be imposed. It should years as a glorious little area where we could get also be noted that Section 21.07 is violated by some serious cruising together or where we - ;my sexual touching in public, so "just feeling could stop and chat with friends or camp for his cock" is all that need be proven for a con-the passerbys, the blocks are in danger. viction; one need not be caught actually going It seems the Dallas Police Department is get- down. ting uptight about our presence on the cruise If you are in a habit of getting it off in your blocks. It's not known whether the police are car, don't be lulled into a false sense of security attempting to reassert their authority after hav- by thinking that by the time a cop could look ing their hands tied by the spectacle of hun- in your window you can disengage all contact. dreds of open gays attending the MCC General Perhaps you can, but you still might be charged Conference downtown recently, or whether it's under Penal Code Section 21.08 with Indecent just some vice cops whose masculinity is in need Exposure if you can't get it all back in quick of some bolstering which is to blame. Never- enough. A conviction under this statute carries theless, there has been a sharp increase in the . no jail term but does carry a $200 fine. ing words." Subsection (5) is subject to a defense that be­fore arrest, one must be warned and given an opportunity to move on. A conviction under Section 41.0l carries no jail term but does carry a $200 rme. It should be noted, however, that on all these offenses which don't carry a jail term, one is still taken downtown and held in - jail until the time of trial or until a bail bond is set and posted. _ Characteristic of this city's homophobia, Dal­las has several local ordinances which could be used against us. Section 31-75 of the Dallas City Code prohibits soliciting for sodomy in a public place (which is what cruising is all about) and Section 31-78 prohibits soliciting for ob­scene conduct (fondling the sexual parts of an­other human being) in a public place. While the State of Texas has not seen fit to criminalize the act of asking someone if they care to suck cock, Dallas has, in an apparent effort to keep its hunks from being hassled by all the anxious gays. Thus, should you ask someone on the cruise blocks to engage in virtually any gay sex number of arrests made on the crui~e blocks in , One other section of the Penal Code might be the last couple of weeks .. Local ~es1dents ?f t!te applicable to cruising the blocks. Section 42.01 blocks r.eport that the police helicopt~r wit~ its criminalizes Disorderly Conduct. While this act, you could be charged with these offenses, which carry no jail term, but do carry a $100 to $200 rme. search light often hovers above to assist rovmg statute has ten sections which define ten sec- ~~ad. car.s in their campaign of harassment and tions which define types of prohibited conduct, mhm1dation. those in point to cruising are: In light of these develo?ments, the q~~stion (1) uses abusive, indecent, profane, or vulgar to be answ~red by us all ~s wheth,er cr~1smg on language in a public place, and the language by the blocks JS worth the n~k. ~t s begin b.Y tak- its very utterance tends to incite an immediate ing a look at the laws which might potentially breach of the peace· be used against us. There are two types of laws ' . . . in effect, the uniform criminal laws which cover (2). makes an offensive gesture ~r display m a the entire state, called the Penal Code, and the ~u~lic p~ce, an~ the gesture or display ~ends to City Ordinances which are peculiar to Dallas. mc1te an 1mmed1ate breach o~ th~ peace, . If one is caught flagrante delicto (with your (5) m~kes unreason~ble no1~ ma public pants down) getting it on (or off) with some- place or.m or near a pnvate residence that he one, say in the front seat of your parked car, has no ng~t to occupy. . . . one can be charged with violating Section 21.07 Subsections (1) and_(2) crimm~~ only. of the Penal Code which carries a possible pen- speech or gestures which tend to mcrte an 1m-alty of a one year 'jail term and a $2,000 fine. mediate breach of the peace, known as 'Tight- Even if we are just walking or driving around the block, not doing anyone or even asking any­one to do it, we are still likely to end up in the clutches of those public enforcers of Dallas morality. Under Section 31-60 of the Dallas City Code, the police may arrest you when they have probable cause that you are loitering. Loi­tering is defined in the City Code as including "The walking about aimlessly without apparent purpose; lingering; hanging around; lagging be­hind; the idle spending of time; delaying; saun-tering and moving slowly about, where such conduct is not due to physical defects or con­ditions." The City Code further states that changing one's direction of travel to avoid a police officer or an act of concealment when a (Continued on P.ge 7) FEATURED GUESTS at the 1975 General Conference of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches held in Dallas July 29 through August 3 included Rep. Elaine Noble of Massachusetts, first openly Gay perscn ever elected to a state office in the United States, and Dr. Norman Pittenger (right), renowned theologian, shown here chatting with UFMCC Founder Rev. Troy Perry. An exclusive interView with Rep. Noble by Dallas journalist David Lambie will be publishetl in next months issue of Community News. More than a thousand MCC members and friends registered for the conference which was held in the Adolphus Hotel. (Photographs by Roy Hall) Community News I August 1975 I 3 651 SOUTH JENNINGS Fort Worth's Only Gay Western Bar (817) 332-0745 • Fort Worth I ITC om lli ©li'® mv DALLAS Act 111, 3115 Live Oak, 824-9043 Bayou Landing, 2609 N. Pearl, 742-3269 Bon Soir, 4527 Cole, 526-9432 Chuck's, 3019 W. Haskell, 526-9329 Crews Inn, 3220 N. Fitzhu.-,, 526-9329 Encore, 4516 McKinney, 526-9328 Entre Nuit, 3116 Live Oak, 823-0423 I I I I I I I SALOON Happy Hour 5-7 OLIVE BRANCH SALOON Monday - Wednesday S 12 p.m. 5 p.m. - 2 a:m. I I I II 2822 McKinney I ~ Dallas I I 823-0921 824-2770 I w.1.11.11111....,11111~ 4 I Community News I August 1975 Happy Hour - 4 to 6 p.m. Piano Bar 6 to 8 p.m. Highland, 3018 Monti~ello, 526·9551 Joe's Place, 3019% Haskell, 526·9329 Marlboro, 4100 Maple, 526-9487 Old Plantation, 3717 Rawlins, 528·6550 Olive Branch, 2822 McKinney, 823-0921 One Way In, 2509 N. Fitzhugh, 824-9227 Ramrod, 3224 N. Fitzhugh, 526-9110 Sundance Kids, 4025 Maple, 526-9173 Sundowner, 2822 McKinney, 824·9304 Swamptrash, 3014 Throckmorton, 526·9438 Swinger, 4006 Maple, 526-9295 TJ's, 3307 McKinney, 526·9368 Terry's Ranch, 4117 Maple, 526·9302 Villa Fontana, 1315 Skiles, 823-0372 ALSO .•. Bachelor Quarter S.th5, 3116 Live Oak, 823-0432 Club Baths, 2616 Swits, 821-1990 Coronet Theatre, 2420 N. Fitzhu9h, 821-9489 Studio 9, 4817 Bryan, 823-0447 FORT WORTH S.iley St. Wherehouse, 259 Bailey, 335-0232 500 Club, 500 W. Magnolia, 335-0692 Other Place, 2308 W. 7th, 335-0586 Regency Lounge, 1812 Hemphill, 927-9416 651, 651 S. Jennings, 332-0417 T.J.'s Back Door, 5536 Jacksboro Hwy, 624-0630 Purple Lady, 3029 S. Main, 927-9881 Org ani za ti ons Agape Metropolitan Community Church, P.O. Box 7029, Ft. Worth, TX 76111, Servlc at 2800 Purington, office (8171 534-9406 AURA (Awarene , Unity & R search Auocia· tion), P.O. Box 7318, Ft. Worth, TX 76111, (817) 338·0128, meetings every other Mon· day evening, 7:30, at 5536 Jacksboro Hwy. (T.J.'s Back Doorl Dignity, P.O. Box 70, Euless, TX 76039, Im• tro) 469-6669, meetings first & third Friday evenings (includes Mass) G.0.0.D. (Gay Organization of Dallas), P.O. Box 9928, Dallas, TX 75214, (214) 748· 9880, meetings second & fourth Fridays Metropolitan Community Church of Dallas, 3834 Rou Ave., Dallas, TX 75204, (214) 826-0291 1'.J. I BACK DOOR presents DADDY's GIRLS Every Sunday Night For Reservariom, call (817) 624-0630 DRINK OF THE WEEK Free Beer & Hot Dogs FREE Every Sunday 8-10 p.m. 5536 JACKSBORO HWY. Fort Worth, Texas THURSDAY - SUNDAY 8:00 - 2:00 - •.....•.....•.•••••••••..•....•........ Hobos, a motorcycle social group for women. For more information, contact T J's of Dallas Wrangl rs, a motorcycle social group for men, P.O. Box 35853, Dallas, TX 75235 DALLAS CRISIS LINE, (214) 241-4118 Texas Gay Task Force, P.O. Box 7318. Fort Worth, TX 76111, (817) 338-0128. SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS - They Support us! • ~ I A Review of Laura Z. flobson's CONSENTING ADULT By Scott Stebelman Hobson, Laura Z. Consenting Adult. Garden City, New York : Doubleday & Company, 1975. With the publication of Gentlemam Afilt<e­menJ, a novel exposing the ubiquity and vicious­ness of anti-semitism in America, Laura Z. Hob­son established herself as an uncompromising opponent of prejudice. That was in 1946, when America had just defeated "fascist" Germany and the irony of our own discriminatory prac­tices at home was inescapable. Three decades later she is still angry, still disquieted by the in­ternecine effects of bigotry, only the bigotry she now attacks is sexual rather than religious. Her new novel, Consenting Adult, is a novel of pain, of a pain so deep that none of the char­acters can talk about it. When 17 year old Jeff Lynn discloses his homosexuality to his family, his mother's first feelings are that of an animal "gored," wounded vicariously as she believes her son to be wounded, yet rejecting of the "it" within him. The father, a liberal publisher who abhors prejudice in the abstract, compares the son's homosexuality to "an earthquake, a hurri­cane, any natural catastrophe," and avoids see­ing or talking to him for several months, as does the older brother, Don. Family communication, low before the disclosure, ends with it. This lack of communication creates a literary problem for Ms. Hobson. Because none of the characters talk to one another, stasis results and what we feel, unmercifully, for nearly 200 pages, is disappointment and frustration. The point-of-view throughout is essentially that of the mother, but she is a weak character who es­chews conflict. For example, whenever she questions Jeff about his welfare or his feelings, he accuses her of "digging," which ends her questions and any meaningful interaction the two might have had. She is so eager not to step on toes-her son's, her husband's, the psycho­analysts' Jeff goes to-that she remains inert and pathetic throughout most of the book. Even her marriage with Ken is lackluster: he is impotent (which illuminates, to a certain ex­tent, his homophobia), and his earlier stroke prevents stressful situations with her. The author wauts to show growth in the mo­ther, but because the main character is so weak it can only be done through a deus ex machjna, a plot contrivance tnat essentially falls flat. Dr. Waldo, the family doctor, calls her into his office one day and reveals that a number of psychiatrists no longer see homosexuality as a sickness; and with that utterance the mother is freed of her anxiety and can now totally ac­cept her son and his lifestyle. The fact that it is others who decide for her how she is to perceive her son never dawns on the mother. What if psychiatrists next year vote gays sick again? Will her previous fears and suspicions return? Her failure to resolve the problem internally and decisively makes her sudden conversion questionable. It is unfortunate that the reader never gets Jeff's side of the story, never sees how he lives his everyday life after he comes out, how he re­lates to other homosexuals and what fears con-tinue to plague him. But then, as the publisher's blurb notes, this novel is "unique" because it focuses on the parents' feelings rather than the child's. Nothing is wrong with such a strategy; what dooms the novel, however, is that those feelings are never made dramatically presentable. SUPPORT FROM WOMEN (Corpus Christi) Among resolutions passed by delegates to the Texas Women's Political Cau­cus meeting in Corpus Christi July 15-17 was one calling for support of efforts to repeal laws against homosexuality on both state and nation­al levels. BAILEY ST. 'NHEREHOUSE Open 2 pm -2 am Drag Show Every Fri. & Sat. Night 335-0232 Bailey Street Wherehouse, First Annual Picnic ar-Queens Points, 1 :00 PM, Sunday, August 31 FREE BEER AND FOOD 259Bailey ...... Ft.Worth Community News I August 1975 I 5 COMING OUT 'We have a right to be here.' ('Dlis article by Marie Kent is reprinted from the Gay Lutheran, monthly publi­cation of Lutherans Concerned for Gay People, Box 15592, Salt Lake CTty, UT 84115.) We are living in a time when people are demanding openness and honesty - in government and in human relationships. Yet for those of us who are gay to be open and honest about our sexual/affec­tional being can mean the loss of our very survival - economic, physical and psycho­logical. For in spite of new laws and changing moral attitudes, the risk of los· ing painstakingly-built careers and repu­tations is still great, simply because peo­ple find subtle ways of discriminating, in­timidating and discrediting gays. Yet until we who are gay can step for­ward and say, "We are not ashamed of who we really are," straight people will continue to believe the myths that gays are weirdos, "out there" somewhere, who do obscene things in dark alleys. And we will continue to believe these myths, and go on feeling shame and guilt, withdraw­ing into ourselves, thus depriving ourselves B 506 West Magnolia • Fort Worth (817) 335-0692 D ILY SPECI L Open Everyday 2 p.m. to 2 1.m. "500 FOLLIES" - 8 p.m. Sunday Bloody Marys 50c - All day Sunday and Sunday 1fternoon organ music by Michael 6 I Community News I August 1975 of a fulfilling and satisfying part of our be· ing. In my opinion, gays need to encourage and give as much strength to each other as possible, in order to overcome this fear of being different. For we all know who we are - not freaks, but for the most part, obedient daughters and sons, some honor students, most charitable and giv­ing members of society, in every corner of this great land and this grand and mys­terious world. Not new to the 20th cen­tury, but having existed since time im­memorial. Some achieving greatness in spite of hidden pain. We need to stand tall and declare that we are not ashamed of who we are ... each and every one ... a child of the uni­verse, no less than the trees and stars. We have a right to be here. For the greatest danger, as I see it, is that this fear of declaring "who we really are" has and can produce the very sick­ness straight society sees in us. Gay Revolution ... '76 -- TEXAS CIVIL LI BERTI ES UNION GIVES PRIORITY TO GAY RIGHTS (Austin) According to the July issue of Action Report. monthly newsletter of the Texas Civil Ll'berties Union, decriminalization of homosex­ual conduct was one of twelve key issues before the Texas House of Representatives this session on which the TCLU took a stand. Unfortunate­ly only 16 members of the Hou e agreed with th~m. (See la t month's issue of Community ~for a report on House action on S.B. 127. The TCLU position was on a motion by Rep. Craig Washington to table an amendment by Reps. Joe Spurlock and Bob Davis deleting the homosexual decriminalization section of S.B. 127. The tabling motion was defeated 112 to 16. The House then passed the Spurlock/Dam amendment 117 to 14.) T .J.'s of Dallas FREE PITCHER OF BEER at T .J. 's Back Door To Everyone Who Donates Blood to the AURA Pool (Show Blood Donor Card) JOIN NOW! TEXAS GAY TASK FORCE P.O. Box 7318 Fort Worth, Texas 76111 Basic Membership $10/yr • Low Income Membership Contributing Membership Supporting Membership Patron (more than $100) S 5/yr $25/yr $100/life $_/hf• Name ----- ------- - -- ------ - - - Addr- --------- -------------- C1ty/St11te/Z1p --------- ---------- T•lephone ---------------- ----_: TEXAS GAY TASK FO • • • NOT FOR LESBIANS ONLY "Well, honey, you just bake some cookies and invite those girls up," suggested my "mother-in-law" with an innocence possessed by few half­century old women. By Kay Wilson Cookies? Nay, nay. Never. Invite them up. What would we say? Some­thing like, "We just figured the two lesbians from do\\n there might like to meet the two from up here." No way. I have always wanted gay neighbors, but it's not the type of thing you can ask Santa Claus for. I scouted every gay bar I went in. I gave people who half way resembled those girls the once over and sometimes the twice over. The months drug on. ~Y goodness, are they nuns? I thought. One day it finally happened. The retired couple from downstairs moved out and some new people .noved in. One look and there was no mistaking it - they were our kind of folks. Make no mistake about it, friends. One night Sue and I walked into a bar that was sardine city. Needless to say, first priority was to find a table. Jubilation untold! Santa had finally delivered-a few months late, but he had done good. In scouting for a place to park our rears, I turned around and lo and be­hold! There were our neighbors just huggin and kissin. They seemed as pleased as we to have finally met. They came up to our apartment for a drink that week, and we all hit it off. That's great you might think. No, that's bad, because in talking, they told us they are building a house and will be moving in a few months. Such is life. I couldn't wait to tell Sue. I told all our friends. I even told Sue's mother (who - perish the thought - does not understand the relation­ship I have to her daughter) that I was dying to meet the two chicks from downstairs. I'll be an old woman by the time the next batch of gay neighbors moves in. 11111111111111111 By Lee Gaylord Patios are in the news this month! Both the Encore and the Bon Soir are adding on patio bars, and both promise to be in operation by September. But a patio is not all that is being added at the Bon Soir. Jerry, the bar's new manager, is changing the atmosphere to a Gay 90's theme, complete with Honkytonk piano and singalongs. To kick the whole thing off, Jerry's throwing a "new manager's party" at the bar on September 1, which sounds like it's going to be a real camp! The Crews Inn is still the home of the "wood­en nickel" (and some very hunky bartenders). Singles pool tournaments are held every Sun­day at 4, and doubles tournaments are on Wed­nesdays at 7:30. Drag shows are growing in popularity in Dal· las. Besides the shows at the Bayou Landing, the Entre Nuit now features Cindy Birdsong and the Kopy Kay Revue on Sundays at 9. For the women, T.J.'s will be having shows in the near future, and if rumor is correct, these should be great fun. The Olive Branch has some great specials coming up which you might want to catch. On September 13, Jan Poole will be singing at 9 p.m., and on the 18th, there will be a ping-pong tournament. Then on the 21st they will be throwing their "back-to-school bash" with free draft from 8 to 12. Finally, on the Z7th, their "Bird of a Feather" Singalong will happen at 9. For a change of pace, the Gay Organization of Dallas is planning an open air bazaar for some time in October. Watch for later details. They have also recently announced that one of their goals will be to work for a Gay Commun­ity Center in Dallas. If you are into this trip, give them a call at (214) 521-8182. Finally, the big news this month has to do with the fate of the Old Plantation. Rumors have been around for awhile now that they will not be able to renew their lease and will be moving. Well, nobody over there will open their mouth about this whole thing, but I was able to pick up on some rumors that may be pretty reliable. Supposedly, a new location has been selected in the Oak Lawn area and plans are being made for a bar that you will not be­lieve. It's rumored that decorators will be com­ing from the East to work with close to a $100- 000 budget, and that the owners are looking at a totally new concept in sound systems that will be dynamite. The whole thing will be a multi­level affair with something like five bars (includ­ing a disco bar and a piano bar), and will retain the level of quality the Old Plantation is fam­ous for. Anyway, these are the rumors, so keep an eye on this paper for more details in the near future . Well, these are some of the things going on in Dallas this month, and there is enough happen­ing to keep you off the streets, unless, of course, you're into that scene. (If you are, the Dallas police supposedly have picked up several Gays in the Oak Lawn cruise area, so watch yourself.) Have a good month. CRUISE BLOCKS (Continued from Page 3) police officer is spotted will constitute probable cause for arrest on a loitering charge. Thus one could be charged with loitering for driving or walking slowly around the cruise blocks, parti­cularly if one turns and goes the other way when the squad car approaches. While this statute is currently under challenge in an appeal to the Supreme Court, it is still in effect and can be used against us. If we are busted on the cruise blocks for loitering, we could appeal to the Supreme Court, but who wants to spend several years and thousands of dollars before finally securing justice. Another archaic City Ordinance which is only dredged up to prosecute "undesireables" is Sec­tion 31-2.1, which makes it unlawful for a group of persons, whose remaining in a street or sidewalk obstructs traffic, to refuse to move on when ordered to do so by a police officer. Thus, if an officer asks you to move on, it's move on or suffer the penalty of the ordinance, which is a maximum $200 fine. With all these laws swimming about in your head, the natural question is what should I do if I'm on the cruise block and I'm confronted by Tillie? Section 31-61 of the Dallas City 11111•1111111 By Ario Drag has come alive m Ft. Worth. In addition to the traditional Sunday night shows at the Back Door, there now are also shows at the 500 Club and the Wherehouse. The Back Door is moving toward theme shows with a wild "Gen­derfuck" show scheduled and a "Fabulous Fif­ties" spectacular in the works. We will try to review all the Fort Worth shows in future issues. Elsewhere, Thursday nights are going to be busy this fall. Date Night at the movies has been scheduled by Agape MCC on alternate Thursday nights with the line up reportedly in­cluding such films as Showboat, The Robe and Atlantis, the Lost Continent. First screening is set for September 4 at $1.50/person and only $1 for 17 and under. Also set for Sept. 4 is the first of AURA's monthly first Thursday dinners at the Back Door. A $l donation gets you a feast of spaghetti, salad and French bread. Sonday, August 31, is another big day at Queen's Pomt on Garza-Little Elm Reservoir. The Bailey Street Wherehouse is sponsoring free food and beer at the Point. Code requires that you give your name, your address and a reasonable explanation of your activities. What is a reasonable explanation is anyone's guess, but the point is, all you have to tell them is your name, your address and some reasonable explanation. Do not run or change directions when Tillie appears on the scene; this will only give them a stronger case for arresting you. if arrested, say nothing except for your name and address, and call a la\\yer. The QLm__munity News staff is working on a pamphlet of what your rights are when you get arrested, and this will appear in a future issue. Until then, if arrested, keep quiet and call a ~r. If you've got specific questions, write to <;.'Qmmunity News, and we will try to answer them. If you've been arrested lately for cruis· ing, get in touch with us (we will keep your name confidential) so that other gays can bene­fit from what happened to you. Above all, BE CAREFUL there's trouble in Dallas. Community News I August 1975 I 7 • • •
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