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,
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
"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
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
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.
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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
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