COMMUNITY NEWS SERVING THE GAY
October 197 4 Vol. I, No. 3
Coalition of State's Organizations
TEXAS GAY TASK FORCE FORMS
Delegates from 23 organizations from
throughout Texas met August 2 at the
Gay Community Center in San Antonio
and gave birth to bright new hopes for
Gay People in Texas - the Texas Gay
The organizational meeting had been
called by a resolution adopted June 22
during the Texas Gay Conference in Fort
Worth by a caucus of representatives of 18
Texas Gay Organizations.
The resolution, introduced by AURA
and seconded by Integrity/Houston,
6. To insure human and civil rights of all
7. To develop a program of public educa·
tion concerning the structure and realities
of Gay Life.
The structure of the Texas Gay Task
Force was also established at the San Antonio
Caucus. The first item of business
was to make the 23 organizations present
charter members. The state was then divided
into four regional areas: the North-em
Region, consisting of Dallas and Fort
Worth ; the Eastern Region, consisting of
Houston; the Southern Region, consisting
of San Antonio; and the Western Region,
consisting of Austin and Lubbock.
A Coordinating Council was established
to be responsible for the implementation
of the Purposes. The Coordinating Council
will act as the "executive" body of the
TGTF and will be comprised of one woman
and one man from each region. The
House of Delegates will consist of one delegate
from each organization and will act
as the "legislative" body of the TGTF.
The next meeting of the TGTF Council
has been scheduled for October 5 in Austin.
1975 Texas Gay Conference
The TGTF plans an active campaign to
educate the public concerning homosexuality
in addition to trying to encourage
the repeal of oppressive laws. The Task
Force will also sponsor the 1975 Texas
Gay Conference which will be held tn San
Antonio June 20-22.
"Because there is no statewide Gay
organization in Texas, and there is a
serious lack of communication between
the existing organizations, AURA proposes
that a coalition of the state Gay
organizations be established as soon as
possible at a statewide meeting of delegates
to be held at a time and place to be
clctcrmined by this Caucus."
GAYS PROTEST ABC
SHOW OF BOY-RAPE
ing out the diVJsion the program has
caused within ABC. Cyr also pointed out
that "Gay people are trying only to protect
themselves from prejudices which
will be reinforced after the program is
seen. We are doing the same as the Black
Movement did in the sixties. We do not
want censorship, but some things must
not be aired publicly until our rights are
protected by law."
PSYCHIATRISTS AND TEACHERS JOIN IN PROTEST
Statement of Purposes
After two days of constant and some·
times gruelling talks, a seven-point Statement
of Purposes emerged from the San
I. To Bring together the various organi·
zations in the State of Texas interested in
working for the betterment of the Gay
Community and to promote and assist
the individual organizations and unify
them for the advancement of their common
2. To establish a net work of communication
for member organizations.
3. To encourage and promote a topical
action committee for the development of
a positive self image through specific selfgrowth
4. To socialize, thereby creating a unified
collective spirit among all Gay People.
5. To abolish laws which discriminate
against Gay People and to implement
beneficial legislation with adequate judicial
Fort Worth - A URA has joined in the
growing national protest of a Marcus Welby,
M.D. television segment entitled "The
Outrage" and has called upon the member
organizations of the Texas Gay Task
Force to "immediately expend as much
time and energy as possible" to try and
convince local ABC affiliates to black out
showing of "The Outrage" in their areas.
"The Outrage" deals with the rape of a
14-year-old boy by his male science teacher
and has been unanimously condemned
by gay organizations and individuals
across the country.
ABC Negoitations Break Down
The gay community first learned about
the program in early July when ABC sent
the script to Ronald Gold in compliance
with an agreement by all TV networks to
submit scripts dealing with homosexuality
for comment by the Gay Media Task
Force of which Gold is a member. Gold
ruled that the script was entirely unacceptable
and should not be produced.
You have encountered a homosexual.
If I have been kind to you, please be
kind to my Gay brothers and sisters.
may soon receive
one of these cards
from one of the
ABC refused to listen and the protest was
on. Negotiations with ABC were held in
Los Angeles and New York, and major
changes were allegedly made in the script
until negotiations broke down in August.
AURA joined in the protest on September
13 when AURA's director, Ken Cyr,
learned from the Gay Media Action in
Boston that ABC had approved an air
date of October 8 for the program over
the objections of its West Coast executives.
Members of the ABC Broadcast
Standards and Practices Division in Los
Angeles voted to "scrap" the program as
unfit to be broadcast. However, executives
Richard Gitter and Alfred Schneider
of the New York Broadcast S&P overruled
the West Coast division and set the
Damaging to Gay Rights
Cyr immediately sent a letter to Mike
Shapiro, general manager of ABC's affil.
iate station in Dallas, WFAA-TV, protesting
the airing of the show and point-
Cyr also pointed out that although he
personally had not read the en lire script,
he had been assured by reliable sources
· that the program is very detrimental to
the gay civil rights movement, that it
plays upon the sensationalism of the Houston
mass murders and may leave an im·
pression of "go out and kill a fag" with
the less intelligent members of the public.
It also creates a great deal of distrust
of all single teachers no matter what sexual
orientation they may have. WFAATV
contacted Cyr on September 16 and
said they would contact New York to
learn more information and would then
meet with. him to listen to gay complaints.
A national boycott of all products advertised
on "The Outrage" will be
launched should the program reach the
Non-Gay Protests Spread
Outside of the gay organizauons. sever(
Conrinued on Page Two)
Area Gays Launch Unique Public Relations P roject
Operating on the theory that even one have encountered a homosexual. If I hare
changed attitude is an improvement, in- been kind to you, please be kind w my
dividual Gay People in Texas will soon Gay brothers and sisters. "
start announcing their gayness to unsuspecting
strangers in a unique way.
Many Gay People, not unlike their nongay
counterparts, often befriend strangers
... give a hitchhiker a lift, help a stranded
motorist, give directions, or help with a
heavy load. Now some of these people
will be made aware that they have been
helped by a homosexual. At the point of
departure, the stranger will be handed a
small card on which is printed: "You
Hopefully, this revelation coming in so
unique a situation may cause some heterosexuals
to reevaluate their stereotyped
attitudes toward homosexuals. Only one
changed attitude would be an accomplishment.
(Editor's Note· Up to ten of these canl5
may be obtained free by wrir111g t1i Community
News, P.O. Box 7367, Fort Worth.
NOW !'HE gHOE [g ON !'HE O!'HE/l FOO!'
g1raifAfS' l'aS'fe HaraS'S'//JIJJf, etc.
Gays have been concerned for years
with the abuse of police power and the
invasion of privacy by representatives of
various levels of government.
Our concern reached a peak June 22
during the Texas Gay Conference as Fort
Worth police officers blatantly made a
show of recording license numbers in an
obvious attempt to frighten and intimi·
date participants in the Conference. Hooray
for our side no one was frightened
or intimidated. Not one person left the
Conference site. Rather we were angry!
We yelled loud and a few people heard
us ... but, after all, we were just a bunch
Now the shoe is on the other foot as
non-gays are discovering just how menacing
our officers can be.
Item One: Entire Dallas vice squad fired
or transferred in nude photo scandal.
Officers forced women arrested on prostitution
charges to pose bare-breasted for
Item Two: A Fort Worth nurse was
frightened and shaken by four police officers
who burst into her apartment, unidentified
and without warrant, but with
drawn gun. It took her half an hour to
calm the four down and convince them
that she knew nothing of the man they
were allegedly looking for. After first denying
any knowledge of the affair, the
Fort Worth Police Department eventually
issued a half-hearted apology.
Item Three: A 24-year-old man was so
badly beaten by police during a fruitless
"no-knock" drug raid on his apartment
that he had to be rushed to a hospital in
poor condition and his spleen surgically
removed. Two Fort Worth officers were
fired and their supervisor was reprimanded
and transferred. The explanation given
for the officers' actions was that they had
"overreacted" - although no drugs were
found, the young man did not resist and
he was not even arrested. Officers left
DIGNITY CHAPTER FORMED
FOR GAY CATHOLICS
DIGNITY, a national organization for
Gay Catholics, has established a chapter
for the Metroplex area.
The local group meets on the second
and fourth Fridays of each month. Further
information may be obtained by
calling metro number 469-6669.
* ** * **
DIGNITY: STATEMENT OF
POSITION AND PURPOSE
We believe that gay Catholics are members
of Christ's mystical body, numbered
among the people of God. We have an
inherent dignity because God created us,
Christ died for us, and the Holy Spirit
sanctified us in Baptism, making us His
Temple, and the channel through which
the love of God might become visible.
Because of this, it is our right, our privilege,
and our duty to live the sacramental
life of the Church, so that we maight become
more powerful instrument to God's
love working among all people.
We believe that gays can express their
sexuality in a manner that is consonant
with Christ's teaching. We believe that all
sexuality should be exercised in an ethically
responsible and unselfish way.
Allen Reid, 1'.ditor
Staff" Ario, Jay Alexander, Jay Allen,
Ken C)ir, Sue lla"is, Spiggot, and Kay
Special Consultant, Wayne Ribble
Community News is published by AURA
(Awareness, Unity & Research Association),
not for profit but as a service to
the Gay Community.
SUllSC'RIPTION RATE is $3 per year,
mailed 111 plain envelope.
As members of DIGNITY we wish to promote
the cause of the gay community.
To do this, we must accept our responsi·
bility to the Church, to society, and to
the individual gay Catholic.
To the Church - to work for the development
of its sexual theology and for the
acceptance of gays as full and equal members
of the one Christ.
To Society - to work for justice and social
acceptance through education and legal
To Individual Gays - to reinforce their
self-acceptance and their sense of dignity,
and to aid them in becoming a more active
member of the Church and society.
DIGNITY is organized to unity all gay
Catholics, to develop leadership and to
be an instrument through which the gay
Catholic may be heard by the Church and
There are four areas of concern:
Spiritual Development. We shall strive to
achieve Christian maturity through all the
means at our disposal, especially the Mass,
the sacraments, personal prayer and active
love of neighbor.
Education. We wish to inform ourselves
in all matters of faith as well as in all that
concerns the gay community so that we
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7367
Fort Worth, TX 76111
Correspondents and staff writers are
needed, as well as artists, typists and
other workers, if CN is to thrive and be
able to effectively serve the Gay Com·
him without even an offer to help him get
needed medical treatment.
Item Four: A decoy prostitute in Dallas
was responsible for the arrests of more
than 40 men before one of them had the
guts to challenge the arrest in court. He
argued he hadn't even had enough money
to "buy a woman" and was just kidding
around. He also charged the female officer
with entrapment. Although the judge
found him guilty as charged, it is interesting
to note that a woman who has been
propositioned more than 40 times "in the
line of duty" has never (she testified)
never been propositioned on her own
time. And they expect us to believe these
men weren't enticed, encouraged and entrapped.
Yeah, just like unsuspecting
Gays haven't been entrapped all these
years by the enticement of vice officers.
Item Five: Federal judge orders the closing
of the Gatesville State Schools for
Boys citing numerous incidents of brutality
and humiliation perpetuated on the
may develop the maturity of outlook
needed to live fulfilling lives in which sexuality
and spirituality are integrated, and
to prepare us for service in the gay community.
Social Involvement. As Catholics and as
members of society, we shall become in·
volved in those actions that bring the love
of Christ to others and provide the basis
of social reform.
Toward individuals ... We wish to lead a
life of service to others, hoping to render
visible the love of Christ and contributing
our share to building a community of
With gay groups ... We wish to work
with other homophile groups for the
cause of justice to the gay community
and for the promotion of a sense of solidarity.
With religious and secular groups ... We
wish to work with them, that they may
better understand gays and recognize present
Social Events. Activities of a social and
recreational nature will be provided to
promote an atmosphere where friendships
can develop and mature, and where the
gay's sense of acceptance and dignity may
(The national office of DIGNITY is at
755 Boylston Street, Room 514, Boston,
LETTERS to the ~di tor of Community
News should be signed.
However, name will be withheld
upon request. All fellers are subject
to editing to meet space requirements
and to remove possibly
Publication of the name of any
person, business or group in
Community News should not
be construed as any indication
of the sexual preference of that
person, business or group, or of
their employees or members.
inmates by prison guards and officials.
Item Six: Causing the greatest uproar
was the disclosure that the Department
of Public Safety - now dubbed the "De·
partment of Public Surveillance had
routinely engaged in spying on individuals
and groups who dared vary in their politics,
life style or attitudes from that
dictated as "right" by the in powers. Victims
of the spying have included political
candidates, churches, racial groups, environmentalists,
peace groups and others.
The DPS issued an apology, the governor
ordered an investigation, citizens were
outraged - but somehow we get the
feeling that attitudes of those types who
head organizations such as the DPS have
not really changed.
Well, let the non-gays for once discover
how it feels - police brutality, big brother
spying, police entrapment.
Perhaps now they will be more willing
to work with us to protect our freedoms
and our privacy.
(Continued from Page One)
al national organizations are also considering
action to stop the ABC network
program. John SpiegaJ, president of the
American Psychiatric Association, has
asked his board of directors for permission
to work "with vigor" on stopping
the program. Spiegal, when shown the
script, immediately agreed with New
York gay leaders that it would seriously
damage the gay civil rights movement.
The APA "gay is not sick" ruling includ~d
a strong stand on gay civil rights.
Albert Shanker, president of the American
Federation of Teachers, said his organization
is "mulling over" the possibility
of action against ABC. The AFT,
according to Bruce Voeller of the 'ational
Gay Task Force, is very concerned
about the effect the program may have
on all single male teachers, regardless of
their sexual orientation.
Anyone wishing to work actively on the
"Welby" protest is urged to contact
AURA at (817) 838-2095 or write P.O.
Box 7318, Fort Worth, TX 76111, or contact
your local gay organization.
Concerned people are urged to call or
write: Mike Shapiro, General Manager,
WFAA-TV, Communications Center, Dallas,
TX 75202 and protest the upcoming
airing of the show. Also, letters are urgently
needed to all advertisers and ad
agencies that have bought time on the
Congratulations to the
GAY TASK FORCE
4 1 6 3 East Rosedale
Wayne Ribble, manager
Rev. Ron Anderson Is New Pastor
At Fort Worth MCC By Ken Cyr
FORT WORTH HAS A NEW MINISTER.
"So what?" you might say. "Fort
Worth gets a new minister almost every
Ah, but not like this one. He has shoulder
length blond hair, is very attractive,
and is Gay! He's the new pastor of Agape
Metropolitan Community Church, Rev.
This reporter interviewed Rev. Anderson
at MCC's new office and parsonage
and found him quite pleasant and sincere
in his ambitions to contribute to the Community.
Tried the Straight Route
Rev. Anderson was born and raised in
Kansas City, Missouri, where he had his
first sexual encounter with another guy
when he was nine.
"I've always been gay," says Rev. Anderson.
"I can remember watching TV
shows and movies and admiring the male
stars. I didn't have a name for it then,
At 15 he decided he would try the
straight route. He dated, went steady and
had his first heterosexual experience.
"I just didn't want it. I am just not attracted
sexually to the female body."
Rev. Anderson acknowledged to himself
that he was a homosexual and always
His second love relationship ended after
five years when his lover was drafted ; and
Rev. Anderson found himself in San
Diego, Califo rnia, where he discovered the
Nowhere Else To Go
"I had never had problems about being
Gay until I found the Gay Community,"
he said. "Then I was hit with the phoniness,
hypocrisy and materialism of much
of the Gay Society, but I didn 't know
where else to go."
Rev. Anderson turned his back on his
faith and set a course which too often unhappy
Gays think will bring them happiness.
He wanted nothing more than to
make a lot of money and be a "sugar-dad·
dy" to his lovers. He had two short love
affairs and was becoming constantly confused.
Then he discovered MCC. He began extensive
Biblical research and concluded
that what the establishment churches said
about homosexuality just was not true.
He knew his calling was sincere, so he
joined the ministry of MCC.
"The Gay Community has so much to
learn and MCC so much to offer," stated
Rev. Anderson when asked about his
opinion of the Gay Community.
Lover Killed in Accident
Rev. Anderson met his first lover when
he was 15, and they were together for
three years until his lover was killed in an
automobile accident. This was a very
traumatic experience for him; yet he developed
the strength to overcome it.
"The Fort Worth Community seems so
plastic and non-acceptant of themselves.
They still believe that something is wrong
with them, so they try to compensate for
it with material things and with tricks."
... promises to minister to all the people.
During this time his faith kept growing,
and he felt a call to the ministry. He enrolled
in Evangel College, an Assembly of
God school in Missouri. At 21 , as he was
still preparing for the ministry, he met his
Rev. Anderson thinks the Community
needs to be more honest and sincere, and
needs more self-liberating. "When you
liberate yourself as a beautiful person,
and start believing in yourself, then society
will accept us."
We Have Nothing To Fear
Rev. Anderson feels that MCC can be an
example to the Community. "MCC offers
WHAT'S A DOB?
A REPORT ON THE WOMEN'S
By Rob Shivers
We define ourselves as a Lesbian/Feminist
organization, but you don't have to
be either to be a member, and you don't
have to be a member to participate. Just
being a 'Mlman is enough. Neither do
you have to be an activist. There is room
for you at any level of openness and involvement
you wish to involve yourself.
So what then does a DOB do?
First of all, we seek to create an atmos·
phere where "Gay is Good" and where
we can enjoy sisterhood while expanding
our experience and knowledge of the
many facets of life. To this end we have
first and third Friday meetings, usually
featuring a guest speaker presenting one
of a variety of interesting topics.
We also have a Speakers Bureau to pro·
vide speakers and panel members for
schools and classes, churches, organizations,
TV and radio shows and other
groups. We consider the Speaker's Bu-reau
an important public education service.
In this same vein we participate in
valid research projects and interview situations.
Another important DOB outreach is
GA YLINE, operating in conjunction with
our Lesbian Resource/ Drop-In Center.
The telephone line serves the gay community
and its families without regard to
sex. It also provides help in locating resources,
answering questions, settling
problems, getting your head together or
whatever your need. We also offer (for
women only) peer counseling by appointment,
a library and social activities. We
publish a monthly newsletter, as you can
As a member of the Fort Worth/Dallas
Metroplex Gay Council and the Texas
Gay Task Force we keep in the mainstream
of what's happening in the gay
community. As a member of the Wo-the
love of Christ. We can be honest and
sincere with each other. God loves all of
us, but he down not love us for our material
things; he loves us for what we truly
are. At MCC we can be ourselves; we
have nothing to fear."
Rev. Anderson was asked about the
problems which Agape MCC has had in
the past, the resignation of its first pastor
and a split in the church.
"All churches have trouble at first," he
said. "I think God is teaching us, helping
us grow closer to Him. Agape knows the
Spirit, and He is leading us. Everyone
makes mistakes; it's human."
Church Split ls Healed
"The Friends of Jesus (the split-off
group) has merged with Agape, and the
men's Coalition we keep in the mainstream
of happenings that affect us as
We probably can't meet every woman's
needs, but we try hard! We are convinced
that our women are the most beautiful
found anywhere (not just physically
speaking) ... But then, come and see for
yourself. You're always welcome!
Daughters of Bili tis, P.O. Box 1242,
Dallas, Texas, 75221. (214) 74~1947
(Reprinted with permission from The
Monthly DOB'R, publication of the
Daughters of Bilitis, Dallas)
former pastor is returning to us as associate
pastor at the end of September. The
members of Agape have realized some
mistakes and were forgiven and forgave.
They have been enriched by the Spirit
and filled with love because of it. Our
membership is growing and God's work is
Rev. Anderson is truly a dynamic person,
and his pastorship is a blessing for
Agape MCC holds services every Sunday
at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and every Wednesday
at 7:30 p.m. The church office is
open every day from 1 I a.m. to 4 p.m.
Counselling or information about the
programs of the church may be obtained
by calling Rev. Anderson at (817) 534-
ff (io~ be
-;1 at::,aiMI- JM ?
Fort Worth, Tex•s
Monday - Saturday. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ret>. Ron]. -tnderson
Who th' hell needs a Gay newspaper?
- An Honest Appraisal from the Editor of Community News -
It doesn't matll'r how many people nPed a Gay newspaper -
unlt·ss there is a sufficient number of people who want a Gay
newspaper. That means al least a few people who an• willing to
givl' a little of their time, energy, talent and/or money to make
such a newspaper a reality.
After lht> first issue of Community 'Yews was distributed, there
was nothing but praise. Everyone, it seemed, thought "our own
paper" was an excellt>nt idea.
Lnfortunatt>I}, words were just about all we got. Thrre was
no mont>y lo help support such an ambitious project, and precious
little in the way of donated timr and effort.
Our own newspaprr is a good idea. Very few of our Sisters
and Brothrrs have any awareness of what is going on in the Gay
Community or in our civil rights movement. Community 'Vews
can continue not only to tell us what's happening as it relates to
us, but it can also be a sounding board for the broad range of
opinions and attitudes among Gay People themselves, and it can
lwlp prrpare non-gays for the eventual acceptance of Gay Prople
into oprn society.
So Community lVews is a good idea. Is it a good enough idea
for you to support it'(
If C\ is to continue beyond this issue, we must quickly see
some firm signs of support.
lmmediatrly we need a part-time staff. Therr is no pay ...
bu l shared among many people, the work won't be very hard or
Wr need a photographer who can take and develop pictures,
Kor IYJR LE~BIAK~ ONLY
By Sue Harris
Mother never told me that my prince
might be a princess.
Consequently, it was hard to rationalize
wanting to kiss my high school journalism
teacher in the darkroom.
1 t was even tougher to suppress dreaming
of getting married to one of our
The turning point in the realization of
my lesbianism came when I asked a girl I
had been playing kissy-mouth with if we
She said that we had a strange and beautiful
friendship. I guess she just couldn't
break it to me, but I knew.
It began to dawn on me. I like men, but
1 love women in a warm-soft-deep emotional
You might know l found my princess -
without the help of my mother.
At least my mother did teach me how
to be tender, love and care for someone.
And she also taught me how to fight with
that someone so that when something is
wrong 1 don't just cradle it in my gut.
Perhaps most important of all, Mother
taught me how to forgive and make a go
for the second round. 1 guess that's why
I didn't move out after two months.
All of these things work just as well
with my princess as that prince that Mom
kept telling me about.
f and By Kay Wilson
And my mother always told me that
someday I might have mother-in-law
l have them alright, but not exactly the
kind she was thinking of. I guess the main
problem is that Sue's mother doesn't
know she is my mother-in-law.
She isn't quite sure what kind of an
arrangement her daughter and I have, but
whatever it is, and as Jong as it has no labels,
But that doesn't mean things can't get
hairy. There was the time Sue slipped
and said something about my side of the
bed when there is another bed in the
Then there are the little things that Mrs.
Harris says whenever Sue and I do something
that parallels something in her relationship
with her husband. "That's just
like your father and I," she says. Makes
me wonder if she isn't a bit more aware
than we think she is.
(Whoever you ore, you ore welcome to
look for this column in each issue of
a cartoonist (just one cartoon a month isn't too much to ask, is
it'?), an illustrator to illustrate CN's feature articles, a feature writer
to research anrl write articles on a variety of pertinent subjects
- plus as many miscellaneous staff members a we can recruit:
people lo distribute the paper, people to mail it out, people to
help with editing, writing and layout, people to contact busine~~es
about advertising, etc., etc., etc.
If )OU can help in any way, please drop me a note to P.O. Box
7367, Fort Worth 76111, or call me at (817) 838-2095. This
means you people in Dallas, too!
Futhermort', we must have more paid subscriptions and we
must have regular advertisers. C.Y is not intended to produce a
profit, but if it is to continue it must pay for itself. We appreciate
the sponsorship of AURA in publishing CN as a service to the
Community ... but printing and postal costs are almost prohibitive,
and AURA will not be able financially to subsidize CV beyond
We must pay our own way ... and that means we mu ·t have
fai thful, concerned advertisers who want to see C.V succet>d for
the berwfit of the entire Gay Community. If you have any influence
with any businrss (Gay or not), take a cop} of this papn
and urge them to contact us about advertising.
We need our own paper. If you want it badly enough, \\e can
have it. What do you say?
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P.O. Box 7318, Fort Worth, Texas 76111
(A member orpnlu.tlon of the FW/D Metroplex Gay Council
and the Texas Gay Tult 1torce. Northern Re&ion)
Community News, because it's Not For
Lesbians Only. ---
If it gets a bit feminine and feminist
around the edges at times it's because
two lesbians ore writing it.
The column will reflect a few memories,
a few more though ts and a lot of feelings.
What we hove to soy is for everybody -
Goy women, straight women and men
and our Goy brothers.)
BARBARA GITTINGS has been in the Gay Movement
since 1958. A long time, isn't it? A time when homosexuality
was not spoken of in polite company. A time
when our society was being destroyed by puritans. You
and I remember what it was like in Texas a few years
ago; well, think about 1958. It took courage and more
guts than most of us have today to stand up for Gay
Rights in 1958. But Barbara had the courage and the
guts, not to mention the intelligence, to lay a path which
began the movement we now have. If our movement
had had a Declaration of Independence, one of the s1g·
natures would have been: Barbara Brooks Gittings.
Ms. Gittings was born in 1932 to a very devout Catholi~
family. In her primary and secondary education, she ·
did very well. She entered Northwestern and then prob·
terns began. That was the year Barbara had to come to
terms with her own homosexuality.
Barbara began ignoring her courses and spent many
hours in the libraries at Northwestern and in Chicago.
"I wore drag because I thought that was a way to show
I was gay. It's changed now, but in the early 50's there
were basically two types of women in the gay bars, the
so-called butch ones in short hair and plain masculine at·
tire and the so-called femme ones in dresses and high
heels and makeup. I knew high heels and makeup
weren't my personal style, so I thought, well, I must be
the other kind! And I dressed accordingly. What a waste
of time and energy! I was really a mixed-up kid.
"The only other models, the only other images of
homosexual people I had to look to were in the books,
and there, too, much was made of differentiating both
lesbians and male homosexuals into masculine and ferni·
nine types. This differentiating is disappearing very fast
today, not only for gays but for straights, too. Nowadays
people generally feel freer to look and act what·
ever way they feel most comfortable , and they don't
so readily follow set patterns.
"It was nsky as well as inappropriate for me to be in
drag. One night in Philadelphia, I left a mixed bar with a
male gay acquaintance, and outside there were two ma·
rines who put on brass knuclcles and attacked my friend.
'We'd beat you up, too, sonny, if you weren't wearing
glasses,' one told me. When they left, I took my com·
panion to the hospital where he had thirteen stitches put
in his face."
"I went to texts on abnormal psychology, to encyclopedias,
to medical books, to every book dealing with
sex, as well as to whatever I could find under card cata·
log headings like 'sexual perversion.' I was so anxious to
get to the material on homosexuality, I didn't even mind
looking in categories like 'pervision' and 'abnormal.'
And I half believed them anyway.
"But everything I found was so alien, so remote. It
didn't give me any sense of myself or what my life and
expereince could be. It was mostly clinical-sounding
disturbance, pathology, arrested development - and it
was mostly about men."
Barbara flunked out of Northwestern at the end of her
It was difficult for Barbara to move into the gay world
she longed for. "On weekends, dressed as a boy, I'd
hitch rides with truckers up Route I to New York City
to go to the gay bars. At first I didn't know of any gay
bars in Philadelphia. I had a lot of trouble getting plug·
ged into the gay community. I spent agonized years try·
ing to find a comfortable social life, and the bars were
the only place I had to start looking. Since I didn't like
to drink anyway, I'd hold a glass of ice water and pre·
tend it was gin on the rocks. I'd get into conversation
with other women but I'd usually find we didn't really
have any common interests; we just happened both to be
gay. I just didn't run m to any lesbians who shared my
interests in books and hostel tnps and baroque music.
They all seemed to groove on Peggy Lee and Frank Sina·
tra and nothing older! It was only later, in other settings,
that I found gay people I was really congenial with. In
those days I felt there was no real place for me in the
straight culture, but the gay bar culture wasn't the place
for me either. It was a painful and confusing time in my
Barbara since went on to join the Gay Movement. She
formed the New York chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis
and was editor of The Ladder for several years. While ed·
itor, Barbara published such prophetic gems as "The In·
visible Woman" in 1965, whose author pointed out that
the lesbian is a dangerous subversive rebelling against the
deepest injustices of our social order. Her existence
brings up questions so uncomfortable that most people
can't even bear to admit her existence . • • . To the frail
male ego, the thought of a woman who has her own identity,
instead of getting It from her relationship with a
man, is so destructive it$ unimaginable and must be ig·
nored out of existence . • • • The modem woman has yet
to emerge as a human being on her own rather than as
somebody's wife and mother. The lesbian is that an~
maly, a free woman, legislated out of existence by
3,000 years of patriarchal culture ... •
Bold \\<Qrds for that time! And Barbara is bold, and
a qualified leader. She presently is on the Board of
Directors of the National Gay Task Force and serves as
coordinator of the American Library Association's Task
Force on Gay Liberation.
By Allen Reid
Anyone who thinks that Gays are not
better off in this state and this country
than they were te'l years ago either hasn't
been around very long or else has had
head planted firmly in the sand. We've
come a long way, Baby!
Ten years ago the mere appearance of a
man in blue in or near any of the gay bars
was enough to clear the entire area within
a few minutes. Very few of us even entertarned
the thought of telling anyone "outside"
about our "gaity." By and large we
were a people ashamed and fearful who
didn't have enough faith or pride in ourselves
and our identity as Gay People to
even think about doing anything serious
to better our situation. We didn't believe
in ourselves ... how could we expect anyone
else to believe in us?
Today, we can effectively challenge op·
pressive laws, we can successfully fight
job discrimination, we can win the right
to have custody of our children, we can
know that by nature we arc neither sick
nor sinful. We can even run for public office
and have a possibility of being taken
seriously •.. and in some cases even win
the election - not as make-believe heterosexuals,
but honestly as ourselves, as human
In our struggle for human dignity and
legal equality, we now have the support
of major religious denominations, pow·
erful women's groups, the legal profession,
the American Psychiatric Associa·
tion and numerous other influential
groups across the nation.
And not one of you reading this column
has escaped being affected by all that has
transpired around you. You, who have
done nothing but enjoy the "gay" side of
our lifestyle, will reap the benefits for
years to come of the so-called Gay Movement.
The vote by the American Psychiatric
Association reversing its position on homosexuality
didn't come out of the goodness
of their hearts. That decision came
only because a small group of dedicated
(even fanatical) women and men spent
years of their lives working to educate the
leadership of the APA to the truth.
Sodomy laws have been stricken from
the books in state after state; cross-dressing
ordinances have been dropped; equal
protection laws for housing and employ·
ment and housing have been passed in
city after city. Why? Not because the
public and law makers have suddenly
come to love us ••. but only because a
few dedicated individuals and groups have
spent vast sums of their own energy, time
and money because they cared not only
about their own situation, but about your
situation and the situation of generations
of Gay men and women to come.
Why have you turned your back on
your Gay Brothers and Sisters and been
content to idly sit, and if you take notice
at all, only criticize the methods, down·
grade the results, question the motives
and complain about how your own "security"
has been jeopardized by the open·
ness that has been created.
Nothing changes without producing
waves ... but I would willingly loose a
hundred jobs and have a thousand
pseudo-friends tum their backs on me,
just for a glimmer of a promise of a
brighter day for us all.
That day is corning - but it could come
so much sooner, so much easier, if you
could somehow begin to see yourself as
a part of us .. . and no longer as JUSt
someone who is visiting here for his or
her own pleasure.
MALE RAPE LAWS PASS ED
Lancing, Michigan - Recently enacted
revision of Michigan's rape law redefines
rape as "sexual assault " and does not
differentiate between men and women.
The new law can now replace the current
sodomy statute in cases of males raping
males and may pave the way for eventual
repeal of the sodomy law in Michigan. It
is uncertain what effect, if any, the new
law will have on prevention of the forci·
ble rape of homosexuals by other prison
Boston - Gov. Frances Sargent has signed
a bill which allows males to charge they
were the victims of rape. Under the new
law, males or females can charge assailants
with forcible anal or oral rape. PreVIously
rape statutes applied only to females at·
tacked by males and forced to participate
in sexual acts in the conventional "mis·
sionary" position. The Massachusetts Bar
Association feels that the bill (sponsored
by NOW and supported by the Civil Liberties
Union of Massachusetts) will lead to
the repeal of the state's centuries-old sexual
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Today, fortunately, many law enforcement officials would like to
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In order to achieve changes in police practices and activities that
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BOOK REVIEW BY KEN CYR
''THI\ G 11 llICH GO TOGETHER \ I Tl R ti,/, Y.
DOX'T YEED TO BE TIF:D."
I Have More Fun With You Than Anybody
by Lige Clark and Jack Nichols
"We examined jealousy and concluded ii as a neurotic disease. Sensible people
don't go around asking, 'Has anybody besides me shown an interest in you?' We
saw that only misery lay ahead if we concerned ourselves with ne>-noes. We knew
we were best fulfilled when pleasures of any sort were offered us, whether we
were alone or together.
"When real sexual freedom exists, we found it's seldom used to excess. The ancient
Q1inese philosopher Lao Tzu had writlen: 'Things which go together naturally,
don't need to be tied.' We believed him."
Tlus is the philosophy of the love affair extraordinaire of Elijah Clark and John
Nichols, more commonly known as Lige and Jack.
Their book, I Have More Fun With You Than Anybody. is the story of their
meeting, their separating, their reuniting, their philosophies and their adVJce.
The book is full of humor, even in the chapter titles, such as "Bugger Thy
Congressman," "Why Isn't Uncle Sam Married?," and "Jesus Wants Us for a Sunbeam."
Lige and Jack never miss an opportunity to explain their personal philosophy.
The book could have had several titles. "How to Have a Loving Relationship"
could have been one of the few along with "Hypocrisy of the Current Moralities"
and "Personal Liberation as Opposed to Gay Liberation."
Before reading their book, I had always pictured Lige and Jack as leaders of the
Gay Movement. That was a misconception. They are leaders of Human Liberation.
They express that Human Liberation can be achieved through homosexuality.
In their chapter attacking masculinity, they state:
"The intuitive homosexuality in each man can be used, if he wishes, as a device
to meet the opposite sex more fully by identifying himself with her feelings. Without
such a device, his empathy is limited and his contact, less fulfilling. Her joy in
his body remains a ~ague mystery to him, and her unrestrained passion is confusing.
Bisexuality can be seen, from one perspective, as a walkway between oppe>sites;
nature's way of giving us the physical equivalent of the old maxim: 'To love
another, you must first love yourself' Very simple, really."
Not only do they attack rigid masculinity in non-gays, but also in gays.
They attack both gays and non-gays who have set up rigid beliefs, especially sexual
ones. They urge people to free themselves and enjoy all things in life.
Th.is is a beautiful book wh.ich might just cause you to reevaluate your own philosophy.
Some readers will become indignant, some will never finish the book,
some will vehemently denounce it, but a few will be enriched by the love which
Lige and Jack have for each other and their friends. These are the people this book
was written for.
LA WYERS DECLARE SUPPORT
FOR GAY LIBERATION
Minneapolis - The 4400.member National
Lawyer's Guild at their annual
convenllon August 11 in Minneapolis
unanimously declared support for "the
struggle of gay liberation and lesbian
liberation" and promised to take "an
active part in opposing gay oppression."
The resolution adopted on the closing
day of the three-day convention
was drafted and introduced by the organization's
Gay Caucus and represent·
ed a significant reversal in the Guild's
attitude since the Caucus formed four
Methodists Challenge Church
On Homosexuality Issue
Dcm·er Legislatton concerning homosexuality
is being formulated by the Nauonal
United Methodist .::ouncil on
Youth Ministry for the 1976 General
Conference of the UMC.
The proposed legislation would remove
language condemning homosexuality
from the church's laws and would add a
statement saying "sex, race, marital status
or sexual orientation shall not be a bar to
the ordained ministry of the United Meth·
The 32-rnember Council last year created
a stir throughout the denomination
when it passed resolutions asking that
homosexuality not be a bar to the minis·
try and declaring that "homosexuality in
itself not be in any way synonymous with
Rev. William R. Johnson, only known
homosexual ever ordained into the Christ·
ian ministry by a main-line denomination, ,
spoke to the Council at its semi-annual
session in Denver August 16-22.
"Gay people are in the church," he said
"beeause we have faith in Jesus Christ.
No one has the right to tell us we can't
stay in the church. The Good News of
Jesus Christ was given to every person."
Johnson was ordained by the United
Church of Christ in 1972 and is now a
staff member of the Council on Religion
and the Homosexual based in San Fran·
L.A. GAYS ZAP POLICE CHIEF
Los Angeles About 50 California Gays,
led by Reverends Troy Perry and Bob
Sinco of the Metropolitan Community
Church and Morris Kight of the Gay Com·
munity Service Center, picketed August
17 in front of the home of L.A. Police
Chief Ed Davis. The demonstration was
designed to pressure Davis, who has pub·
licly referred to homosexuals as "lepers,"
to initiate a liason with the Gay Community
Davis was "on vacation" dunng the
demonstration; and participants charged
that officers assigned to the area appeared
to be encouraging and assisting numerous
ENCYCLOPEDIC BIAS FALLS
New York The Gay Activists Alliance
of New York has been assured by repre·
sentatives of Enclyclopedia Britannica
that future editions of the reference work
will contain affirmative information on
the Gay Movement and the struggle for
civil rights for homosexuals.
According to Morty Manford, president
of CAA, eight encyclopedia publishers
have been contacted by the group. AJ.
though Brit1111nica has been the only one
so far to reply, it is considered a leader in
the industry and other publishers hope·
fully will follow its example. Manford
emphasized the importance of this action
when he pointed out that standard refer·
ence books are often the only (or at least
the most easily accessible) source of in·
formation available to a youth searching
for answers about his sexual identity.
JOB CORPS DISCRll\UNATION
San Marcos, Texas Eleven Gay Job
Corps members at Camp Gary have filed
suit in federal district court charging
camp officials with trying to expel them
because of their homosexual orientation.
Judge Tom Gee has delayed a decision
pending the results of new open hearin~
in the presence of consul between camp
officials and the corps members.
IN NATION'S SCHOOLS!
Washington The Umted States Depart·
ment of Health, Education and Welfare
has proposed new rules aimed at prohibit·
ing sex discrimination in the nation's
schools from kindergarten through college.
The proposed regulations are designed
to assure equal treatment for females in
admissions, athletics, housing, financial
assistance, extracurricular activities and
The new rules would require coeducational
physical education classes and out·
law different dormitory curfews for men
and women and most single-sex scholar·
ships. However, no attempt was made to
deal with revenue producing sports, such
as college football, or with the problem
of sexism in the textbooks.
The public has until October 15 to
comment to HEW on the proposals.
GAY LUTHERANS UNITE
Lutherans Concerned for Gay People, a
newly-formed group, will challenge the
oppression of Gay People by the American
Lutheran Church, the Lutheran
Church in America and the Missouri Synod,
which together have about S'h mil·
The group may be contacted at P.O.
Box 11592, Salt Lake City, Utah 84115.
Lesbian Wins Seat in
Boston - Elaine Noble , upfront lesbian/
feminist, has been elected to the Massa·
chusetts House of Representa lives, de·
feating four opponents in the September
IO Democratic Primary. (She faces no
Republican opposition in the November
Noble will represent the new Suffolk 6
District which included the Back Bay,
Kenmore Square and Fenway areas of
Boston. Sixty percent of the district's
residents are women, and 73 percent of
the households include only one person.
There are heavy concentrauons of elderly
persons and Gay People and members of
other minority groups.
Literature for the campaign stressed the
need for a representative for all "minori·
ties," and one "people's rights" pamphlet
read. "Suffolk Six needs a representative
NATIONAL HOTLINE BRIDGES
GAP BETWEEN RUNAWAY
YOUTH AND THEIR PARENTS
Runaway youth anywhere in the nation
can relay a message home to their families
by waling a toll-free number being provided
by the federal government 24 hours
a day as a channel of communication be·
tween runaway youths and their parents.
The National Hotline for Runaway
Youth will also try to lessen the problems
of the young people by offering referrals
to other sources of help, such as social
services or temporary shelter.
The number is 1-800-621-4000.
You Don 't Have To Go Home . . .
But let Tllem Know You're Okay
SEX BARRIER FALLS: "PLAY
BALL, LITTLE W0'\1EN!"
A victory for the rights of women, at
least the younger ones, was achieved this
summer as officials of Little League Base·
ball, Inc., announced m Williamsport,
Pennsylvania, that girls as well as boys be·
tween the ages of eight and 1·2 are not eligible
to play on Little League teams.
According to Peter J. McGovern, board
chairman of the League, the change was
because of the "changing social climate in
The League had fought steadfastly
against any attempt to allow girls and
boys to play on the same teams, although
a girl's program was organized a few years
ago. The League policy had come under
increasingly vehement attack from WO·
men's and civil rights groups in recent
months and several individuals and groups
includJng NOW (National Organization for
Women) and the American Civil Liberties
Union had challenged the policy in the
courts. The tum-about in the League's
stance apparently came only after the
New Jersey Supreme Court had ruled that
girls must be allowed to play in that state.
The new policy is effective immediately
throughout all the 9,100 leagues in 31
countries. Supposedly any girl who is
qualified by age and who demonstrates
equal ability and skill must be allowed to
play. Whenever possible, disagreements
arc to be settled locally by impartial civil
rights or human relations commissions.
who will defend these minorities; who
will help shape and change attitudes nega·
live to these groups; and one who will
work hard, very hard, to see that no per•
son is abused because of race, color, age,
sex, or sexual preference."
Noble 1s a second-term member of the
Governor's Commiss10n on the Status of
Women, a member of the Massachusetts
Women's Political Caucus, and was for·
merly a moderator for the "Gay View"
radio program on station WBUR in Bo.ton
She also 1s a member of the American
Association of University Professors,
American Civil Liberties Union, Daughters
of Bilitis, ational Organization for
Women and the Homophile Union of Boe·
ton. A 1966 graduate of Boston Univcr·
sity, she also holds masters degrees from
Emerson College and Harvard University.
DALLAS VICE GET CAUGHT
11" THE ACT
A shakeup in the Dallas vice control sec·
tion has been completed by Police Chief
Don Byrd follo"mg an mvestigation of
irregularities m handhng arrested prosti·
Five women accused vice officers of
forcing them to pose for pictures 1While
nude from the waist up during interroga·
lion on prostitution charges.
Following the investigation, Chief Byrd
fired four officers involved in the actiVJty
and also suspended, demoted and trans;.
ferred the head of the vice control divisi·
on. Three other supervisors were also
given five to I 0 day suspensions. All remaining
vice officers were subsequently
transferred to other departments to en·
able the unit to "start again with a clean
house," according to one police spokesperson.
Acting commander of the vice control
dJvision, Lt. Mel Southall, told the press
that in spite of the officer shortage, "we
intend to enforce the law •.• • we are
going to enforce liquor violations, pornography
laws, homosexual violatioru,
gambling and prostitution laws."
Asst. Chief Donald Steele said that
while the vice squad was not "in bUSIIless
as usual," they definitely were back in
And back in business they were ...
almost as he spoke, officers descended on
Lee Park arrestmg numerous young men
on various "homosexual violations."