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The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 7, July 1973 - File 008. 1973-07. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. May 31, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/2967/show/2953.

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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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Title File 008
Transcript 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 park rocked. 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 thn 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- FOREIGN CAR SERVICE 5415 Fannin at Calumet FREE ESTIMATES on body work and repair Foreign Car Specialist 528 8392 Hours 6 A.M. to 10 P.M. 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*™? tried. 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 little better. 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 Page 7
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