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Community News, Vol. 1, No. 3, October 1974 - File 003. 1974-10. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. January 19, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1978/show/1971.

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Title Community News, Vol. 1, No. 3, October 1974
Alternate Title Community News, Vol. I, No. 3, October 1974
Contributor
  • Reid, Allen
Publisher AURA
Date October 1974
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 27910176
Collection
  • 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 003
Transcript mm NOW THE SHOE IS ON THE OTHER FOOT Straiqhts Taste Harassment, 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 intimidate 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 of fags. 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 picture-taking sessions. 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 ofthe 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 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 lhat 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 inmates by prison guards and officials. Item Six: Causing the greatest uproar was the disclosure that the Department of Public Safety - now dubbed the "Department 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. 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 thai 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. As members of DIGNITY we wish to promote the cause of the gay community. To do this, we must accept our responsibility 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 reform. 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 society. 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 may develop the maturity of oudook 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 involved 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 love. 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 injustices. 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 be strengthened. (T!te national office of DIGNITY is at 755 Boylston Street, Room 514, Boston, Massachusetts, 02116.) WELBY PROTEST (Continued from Page One) al national organizations are also considering action to stop the ABC network program. John Spiegal, president ofthe 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 included 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 National 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 "Welby" show. IMMUNITY ME Allen Kviti. Editor Staff: Arlo, Jay Alexander, Jay Allen, Ken Cyr, Sue Harris, Spiggot, and Kay Wilson 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. SUBSCRIPTION RATE is $3 per year, mailed in plain envelope. X 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 Community LETTERS to the Editor of Community News should be signed. However, name will be withheld upon request. All letters are sub- feet to editing to meet space requirements and to remove possibly libelous statements. Publican on 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. Congratulations to the TEXAS GAY TASK FORCE from AL's SHOP 4163 East Rosedale (817) 534-1951 Wavne Ribble. manager
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