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The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 7, July 1973 - File 003. 1973-07. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. May 27, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/2967/show/2948.

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Title The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 7, July 1973
Contributor
  • Frank, Phil
Date July 1973
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 28912012
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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Transcript Dallas 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 presented. 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. r 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 way. 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 1000 EMBOSSED BUSINESS CARDS 4675 Mi. Vernon .95 524-5612 QUALITY PRINTING 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- gay atmosphere. 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 stop now. 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 Church ThespainPIayer'spremier 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 V Page 2 WANT TO DO SOMETHING TO BETTER YOUR LIFE AND HELP YOUR GAY BROTHERS AND SISTERS AT THE SAME TIME? DO SOMETHING! DON'T JUST COMPLAIN ABOUT DISCRIMINATION. JOIN THE Circle of Friends TEXAS' OLDEST HOMOPHILE ORGANIZATION AND SPONSORS OF DALLAS' ANNUAL GAY PRIDE PARADE ALL MEN & WOMEN (OVER 18) WELCOME. TO MEET NEW FRIENDS AND ENJOY GAY ACTIVITY, MAIL THIS COUPON TODAY: I am interested in learning more about the CIRCLE OF FRIENDS and how I can expand my social life while helping others. Please send me a brochure. Enclosed is $1.00 to help pay for postage, printing, and a small contribution to social justice. - Name Age Address Ci ty - State Zip Phone
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