GAY PRIDE PARADE 73
Leaders, participants and
spectators termed Dallas' second
Gay Pride Parade a success.
Everyone had a great time; there
was no violence; and the demand
for Equal Civil Rights was strongly
However, there were disappointments. More participants
had been expected because ofla'st
year's triumph, but there were"
only 200 marchers as .compared
to last year's 300. Some felt
the "novelty" had worn off.;,
Last year's marchers had proven
it could be done, even in .Dallas.
So where was the challenge?
Others felt the small turnout was
due to the "ever-present apathy"
in the gay community.
Despite the heroic efforts of
parade chairwoman Chris McKee.
the news media gave very little
space to the affair. (The news
media has yet to realize that one
out of every ten citizens are gay.)
Last" year, the- Dallas City,'
Council kicked up a fuss and tried
in vain to stop the parade. The
news media picked it up,- played
it really big, and thousands came
downtown to see real live homosexuals. This year the City Council did not object to the.Parade
permit, and newspapers, radio and
TV gave only limited space to-
the news releases the Circle of
Friends sent them.
Chris and her lover Rob, wrote the City Council patitioning
them to march in the Parade on
behalf of the nation's second largest minority. A gay youth read
the patition to the Council Monday, June 25th. The Council voted
to accept the patition without comment—but none marched--which
hardly came as a surprise to the
nation'^ second largest minority.
But despite the small turnout
of participants and spectators, the
parade and all the Gay Weekend
activities were successful in every
The Parade route was twice
the length and the marchers stretched for eight long blocks with
considerably more cars and floats
than last year; A lavendar dragon bearing the words "Dragon of
Discrimination! ' snake-dance
down the street- Cars and banners
carried bold signs proclaiming
"gay love and proud of it" and
protesting bias, against gays in
hiring and housing. There were
many more signs and banners.
Some, read "We Demand an End
to Employment Discrimination A-
gainst Gays," 'Tm-NotPrejudiced
"I Still Like Heterosexuals," "Les
bian- Mothers Demand the Right to
Retain. Custody of their Children"
"Vice Squad, Get The Hell out
of My Bedroom," "Nine States
Have Consenting Adult Laws, Why
Not Texas?" and "Homosexuality:
Neither Sin nor Sickness."
A wreath, in memory of those
died in the New Orleans fire, was
donated by Abilene and was carried just; behind the flag leading
the parade. Many marchers wore
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black arm bands in reverence.
Last year, many gays standing on the sidewalk, found their
guts and joined their gay brothers
and sisters marching in the street. This year, for some funny
reason, they marched on the sidewalk abreast with the parade. It
was explained that sympathizers
(both straight and gay) were reluctant to join the throng in the
street, which only attests once
more to Dallas' suppressive anti-
The march came on the fourth
anniversary,of the "Stonewall Riot." This occured when police routinely raided a small bar in Greenwich Village in Manhatten. Gays,
for once, dared to fight back.
The barricaded the police inside,
defended themselves when more
police reinforcements arrived,
rallied around the incident,
and have been marching in cities
across the nation every since.
Will there be a Gay Pride
Paradelll? That depends . A
whole bunch more gays had better
start doing their share, or those
who are active will get real tired,
real quick. Nine states have passed "consenting-adult-in private"
laws. It would be a shame to
After the parade disbanded,
many marchers and their sidewalk
allies quickly rushed to Flag Pole
Hill to share their sandwiches and
drinks, joys and triumphs with
each other. Three policement
on horseback watched the fun from
a distance. When invited to join
the picnic, they declined. After
a couple of hours, when it became apparent that whatever it
was they expected to occur, wouldn't they galloped away. The Dragon of Discrimination was auctioned off for almost $20.00. This
money will be used for a future
event to advance gay equal rights.
Tired, hot and happy gays particularly enjoyed the two hugh
barrols of beer donated by Studio 9.
THE TEDDY BEAR'S FOLLIES
The day came to a climax
with the Metropolitan Community
performance at the Enchore, one
of the cities most popular bars.
The program consisted of 18 acts
and was enjoyed because of its
variety --serious numbers, pie-
in-the-face comedy, magic acts,
intrepretive dances, and for a
finalle The Varsity Five doing a
frantic Charleston. The most expressed comment was how "different" from the usual entertainment
found in gay bars, in that instead of men impersonating women
all the time, this show mostly
featured men as men.
About $200 was collected at
the door. The show had to be
stopped three times to sweep money from the stage and the owners
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