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Community News, No.11, August 1975 - File 004. 1975-08. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 8, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1939/show/1933.

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Title Community News, No.11, August 1975
Publisher AURA
Date August 1975
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
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  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
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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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 004
Transcript TROUBLE IN THE CRUISE BLOCKS There's trouble in Dallas. Any of us who have ever cruised in Dallas (and who hasn't?) is surely familiar with those two blocks just off Oak Lawn _ known as the "Cruise Blocks." Known for years as a glorious little area where we could get some serious cruising together or where we could stop and chat with friends or camp for the passerbys, the blocks are in danger. It seems the Dallas Police Department is getting uptight about our presence on the cruise blocks. It's not known whether the police are attempting to reassert their authority after having their hands tied by the spectacle of hundreds of open gays attending the MCC General Conference downtown recently, or whether it's just some vice cops whose masculinity is in need of some bolstering which is to blame. Nevertheless, there has been a sharp increase in the number of arrests made on the cruise blocks in , the last couple of weeks. Local residents of the blocks report that the police helicopter with its search light often hovers above to assist roving squad cars in their campaign of harassment and intimidation. In light of these developments, the question to be answered by us all is whether cruising on the blocks is worth the risk. Let's begin by taking a look at the laws which might potentially be used against us. There are two types of laws in effect, the uniform criminal laws which cover the entire state, called the Penal Code, and the City Ordinances which are peculiar to Dallas. If one is caught flagrante delicto (with your pants down) getting it on (or off) with someone, say in the front seat of your parked car, one can be charged with violating Section 21.07 of the Penal Code, which carries a possible penalty of a one year jail term and a $2,000 fine. While first offenders are rarely sentenced to jail terms, a provision in the Penal Code requires . that upon second conviction a jail term of not . less than 90 days must be imposed. It should also be noted that Section 21.07 is violated by ' any sexual touching in public, so "just feeling his cock" is all that need be proven for a conviction; one need not be caught actually going down. If you are in a habit of getting it off in your car, don't be lulled into a false sense of security by thinking that by the time a cop could look in your window you can disengage all contact. Perhaps you can, but you still might be charged under Penal Code Section 21.08 with Indecent Exposure if you can't get it all back in quick enough. A conviction under this statute carries no jail term but does carry a $200 fine. One other section of the Penal Code might be applicable to cruising the blocks. Section 42.01 criminalizes Disorderly Conduct. While this statute has ten sections which define ten sections which define types of prohibited conduct, those in point to cruising are: (1) uses abusive, indecent, profane, or vulgar language in a public place, and the language by its very utterance tends to incite an immediate breach of the peace; (2) makes an offensive gesture or display in a public place, and the gesture or display tends to incite an immediate breach of the peace; (S) makes unreasonable noise in a public place or in or near a private residence that he has no right to occupy. Subsections (1) and (2) criminalize only speech or gestures which tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace, known as "fight 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 41.01 carries no jail term but does carry a $200 fine. It should be noted, however, that on all these offenses which don't cany 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 act, you could be charged with these offenses, which carry no jail term, but do carry a $100 to $200 fine. 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; sauntering 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 Page 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 Gey person 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 Lamble will be published in next months issue of Community News. More than e thousand MCC members and friends registered for the conference which was held in the Adolphus Hotel. (Photographs by Roy Hall) Community News / August 1975 / 3
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