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Community News, No.11, August 1975 - File 008. 1975-08. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. January 27, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1939/show/1937.

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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
Type
  • 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
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 008
Transcript > I have always wanted gay neighbors, but it's not the type of thing you can ask Santa Claus for. One day it finally happened. The retired couple from downstairs moved out and some new people moved in. One look and there was no mistaking it - they were our kind of folks. Make no mistake about it, friends. Jubilation untold! Santa had finally delivered-a few months late, but he had done good. 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. "Well, honey, you just bake some cookies and invite those girls up," suggested my "mother-in-law" with an innocence possessed by few half- century old women. Cookies? Nay, nay. Never. Invite them up. What would we say? Something like, "We just figured the two lesbians from down there might like to meet the two from up here." No way. 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. My goodness, are they nuns? I thought. One night Sue and I walked into a bar that was sardine city. Needless to say, first priority was to find a table. In scouting for a place to park our rears, 1 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'll be an old woman by the time the next batch of gay neighbors moves in. } > 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 Dallas. 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 27th, 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 1 do if I'm on the cruise block and I'm confronted by Tillie? Section 31-61 of the Dallas City By Arlo Drag has come alive in 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 "Gen- derfuck" 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 $1 donation gets you a feast of spaghetti, salad and French bread. Sunday, August 31, is another big day at Queen's Point 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 lawyer. The Community 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 lawyer. If you've got specific questions, write to Community News, and we will try to answer them. If you've been arrested lately for cruising, 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 / August 1975 / 7
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