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The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 8, August 1973 - File 005. 1973-08. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 15, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/3229/show/3212.

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Title The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 8, August 1973
Contributor
  • Frank, Phil
Date August 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 005
Transcript THE EMERGENCE OF GAY THEATRE Boys in the Band, That Certain Summer, Fortune in Men's Eyes and other shows have centered around the gay life style. Yet the actors insist (very loudly) that they are not gay; they are merely "acting". "One need not be a thief to play the part of a thief," they chorus. There are two sides of the coin. Visit backstage of a super/colossai Broadway Musical, a touring Skating company, the Opera, the Ballet or even the local college's "Little Theatre". What percentage of the cast is gay playing the parts of straights? As children we are taught "To thine own self be true." Yet, at the same time we are taught to mask our true identies. Isn't it about time this sham came to an end? Many "have eyes, but seethnot." But to those who will, they will see gay history in the making -- the emergence of a gay culture. In the beginning, there was one tiny gay club, fearfully meeting behind locked doors, shades tightly drawn. A little gay magazine came out. It had short stories, avent gard poetry and book reviews. A "physique" magazine dared to show a hint of pubic hair. A few more gay organizations, then more. The gay movement reaches adolescents, flexes and admires it's new muscles. Bolder publications show cocks. A gay national newspaper. Courtbattles. Pickets, Confrontations. Zaps. More momentum. Parades. A gay church. "Hug a Homosexual". Gay music by gay composers. Gay movies, daring to be more than ponographic. But wait! Where is gay theatre? In bigger cities there are sometimes gorilla theatre protesting entrapment, unfair laws and closet queens. But these productions are like early morning mist, to be enjoyed for the moment only. SIR, the world's largest gay organization routinely mounts full - length productions of excellent quality. But in small towns (like Houston and Dallas) gay theatre consists of "drag" queens in elaborate gowns, elaborate make-up and elaborate wigs impersonating Barbara Strisend, Judy Garland and Liza Minella -- straight women. We love our drag-brothers and embrace them. They bravely led the way while the rest of us pretended to be straight. They had balls, you see. But drag represents only a tiny fraction of the gay life style. Page 4 So now, a star is born, the Thespain Players of the Metropolitan Community Church. Ta- dum! What are the purposes of the Thespain Players? Oh, noble to be sure. We want to show GAY GUYS AS GAY GUYS, GAY WOMEN AS GAY WOMEN. No. Even more than that. We want to Discover, Develope and Display gay talent! So we rehearse long hours, complain of acking muscles and rehearsal schedules. We make our own costumes and worry about missed ques, cracked notes and being "out of step with the music." But it's worth it. On opening night we carefully apply make-up, nervously hold our hearts in our hands as we wait in the dark wings while the Overture is playing. Then we go "on" and give brilliant performances! (Well, actually we've only given one performance so far. But we were good -- at least that's what our friends tell us, and never mind that jealous ol' bitch who thought otherwise.) Other noble objectives: We want to bring the gay church to gays who never heard of MCC before, hoping they will see our performance, learn of the church and attend services. Also we want to help our church and gay bars and gay organizations financially. Hopefully our reputations as outstanding performers will draw lots of business to the gay bars that book us. (This proved to be true at our premier performance at the Encore in Dallas). Money collected at the door is split -- 2/3rds for the local organization we are benefitting, 1/3 rd for the Thespian Players and the Dallas MCC. _£i^L- At present there are 16 members in our company, but we eagerly seek new talent and invite anyone interested to contact us. It's real easy, just call 521-8299 or 821-5465 area code 214. We are anxiously seeking new engagements too. In the meantime we will return to the Encore for a performance on August 11th. Next we play Oklahoma City benefitting the Oklahoma City MCC on August 18th. We hope to have some kind of representation at the General Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on the 30th of August. Plans are being made to play Houston on the 22nd of September. Ft. Worth and San Antonio engagements are in the planning stage. What other noble long range objectives? We want to develop a repetoire of songs, dances, production numbers, skits, dramatic and comic readings, plays and musicals. We want to continually enlarge our collection of costumes and props. Most importantly, we want to grow artistically. And finally, like all acting troups, someday we want to have our own home. -I"9 Hardhats' Strike Defends Gay Student Work on the half-finished University of Sydney was halted by laborers when a student from nearby Macquarie Univ. was expelled for being gay. Workers at the construction site went on strike at the request of the Students Union. (GAY LIBERATOR) GAYS REGARDED AS FAMILY UNIT Homosexual couples have been recognized as family units by the Massachusetts Red Cross Blood Program. About 100 pints of blood were donated by gay couples after the Red Cross issued an emergency appeal. Penny Perrault, intern minister of The Metropolitan Community church, said the Red Cross agreed to recognize the couples as family units, eligible to receive blood from the program for any children of either partner. She called the decision a "real trail-blazer" and said the homosexual community would probably organize to donate blood again in the future. The Red Cross reported that many of the weekend donors were first-time volunteers andprovided a number of rare blood types. (GAY LIBERATOR) RAPE LAWS SHOULD PROTECT MEN, TOO The First District Court of Appeals, meeting here in May has ruled that the Florida rape law protects men, as well as women, from forcible intercourse. A three-judge panel convicted two Florida State Prison inmates of rape and forcible carnal knowledge of a fellow male prisoner in 1971. This is the first such decision in the country definitely covering male-male rape. In 1971, The Florida Supreme Court struck down the state's " crime against nature" misemea- nor law was also overruled by a DAUGHTERS OF BILITIS Dallas Chapter The Nation's Oldest Lesbian Organization Consciousness Raising - Educational Projects - BY AND FOR WOMEN JOIN US - First and Third Fridays Each Month Be a part of the Scene Call (214) 824-0770 or BOX 5944 DALLAS, TEX 75222
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