Crying now, and removing her
crown, (my use of both pronouns
is on purpose) Lee went on to
say that Queens Lib also had tried
to help all gays from the very
beginning, only to be forgotten
and laughed at. That, to hear
some gay people; anyone who
donned a dress was some kind of
freak. That live and let live never
applied to drags. That the hinges of the closet door Barbara
Gittings referred to were also
being oiled by her tears.
Openly crying and shaking now,
Lee announced that he had had
enough. Wishing Gay Libgoodbye,
Lee turned, gathered up the large
yellow and green Queens Liberation banner, heaved it into the
audience, and stormed off.
Efforts to settle the crowd down
didn't do much good, it was not
one of ourproudermoments. Sides
were taken, tempers were flaring
up, people were leaving. Some
more entertainment appeared, but
people were still walking out.
Then, a miracle. The only
name that could hold any crowd
still. Over the loudspeaker came,
"Ladies and Gentlemen, Bette
Midler!" Hooray! A wonderful
songstress from the "outside"
world. And people said she was
anti-gay. Phooey! She was here
wasn't she ? Bettes' opening
line was, "When you're asked how
you are, don't just say fine, say
Getting Better!" Then, with Barry
Marilow at the grand piano, she
did her incredible rendition
of "Friends". Washington Square
will never be the same. The
Bette, all henna hair, tied-up
red blouse, black toreador pants.
flailing arms, and that Midler smi-
ler, made the speaker system climax. But once certainly wasn't
enough for her fans. More! More!
They screamed. Okay! She sang
her famous opening number again,
and then literally disappeared.
Again cries of More! abounded,
but, alas, she really was gone.
Quickly, the next act was brought
on. Chris Robison and his Many
Hand Band kept the crowd swaying with some great hard rock.
The tall, blonde, attractive singer
let everyone know what he and his
music were about with his opening number, "Looking for a Boy."
The songs that followed got people
up and dancing.
I thought this was a good sigh,
a sign that we could all still "Be
together". But what's this? More
confusion on stage? Now waht?
Chris Robison wants to sn
Chris Robison wants to sing some
more songs for us and Vito Russo
won't let him. Says there's no
more time. Other acts to bring
on. Says it's after six. What's
this for? The singer is chasing
the MC around the stage still
playing his guitar, trying to sing
into the microphone Vito is holding.
The audience started hollering for
more, and he was allowed to sing
one more number.
Another band was beginning to
set up. I had had my fill of
everything. I left. Perhaps I
had seen too much I wasn't supposed tol
posed to. Perhaps not enough.
As I left the park, assorted
gays and" straights approachedme,
as they had been doing all day,
to ask me about what I was wear-
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ing. I realize now that these people needed an answer, a label for
me. I answered that I put on Love and Peace,
what I felt like wearing thatmorn- Henri David
ing that there was no political or
sexual significance to my attire. p ^
And why did there have to be? „/„",.
No one could answer that. Thev Won ' we ever Iej*™?
New Texas Penal Code
NOT A QUEST/ON OF SIZE
The old penal code was 117
years old and badly in need of
revision. The new penal code is
According to the Texas Observer, June 15, 1973: "The new
code reclassifies crimes into three
categories of felonies and three
categories of misdemeanors.
Punishment for Class A misdemeanor is a fine not to exceed
$2,000 and/or a year in jail; Class
B. $1,000 and/or 180 days: Class
C, $200 fine with no jail time."
Under the new code, homosexuality is still a crime but it is a
Class C misdemeanor rather than
a 15 year felony. Heterosexual
acts done in private by consenting
adults are no longer a matter of
concern in the new penal code.
In plainer words: the revision
makes oral and/or anal intercourse legal for heterosexuals, but
illegal for gays. And they call
this justice? We would prefer to
think what's sauce for the goose
is sauce for the gander. (Yet even
today, it is not uncommon to meet
gay people who insist that homosexuals are not oppressed.)
SKINNY NO NO NO
In revising the Texas Penal
Code, the House choose to include
"public nudity" in the disorderly
conduct section and the Senate
agreed to the amendment. "This
would make it illegal for a person
to appear stark nekkid in a public
place," said Don Carness of Austin.
Over laughter, whistling, hoo-
haws, catcalls and right-ons, Carness described the "deplorable"
situation at Hippie Hollow the
other skinny dipping spots. He continued, "We have a problem in
my district. A lot of young people
who enjoy going completely nude
have been doing so around Lake
Travis. They can be observed from
people's private property. Even
churches." Carness quoted an
Austin minister who said children
riding home on the school bus had
sighted naked people cavorting on
the lake shore. He then told of his
secretary's embarresment when
she and some friends had gone
boating over the weekend. As they
cruised into a secluded cove, eight
unclothed men who had been sitting
on a rock lept -to their feet and
on a rock lept to their feet
started jumping up and down and
started jumping up and down and
waving at them.
The house members loved it.
One even asked for directions
to Hippie Hollow.
fFor those readers who have not