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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
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript T within our institutions; however, it is quite true that the National Gay Prisoners Coalition has been denied permission to organize within Bureau Institutions. The National Gay Prisoners Coalition is interested in the promotion of the welfare of homosexuals and encouraging the acceptance of this form of behavior. "Incidents which arise from homosexual behavior are the chief cause of fights, assaults and deaths within correctional institutions. We believe it is absolutely necessary to forbid this form of behavior and take all necessary steps to prevent its occurrence...We are also very aware of the real possibility that, if consensual practices were permitted, the intimidation or threats which might be the source of this consent could go undetected in the institutional setting....Our records indicate that Mr. John Gibbs and Mr. Ernest Valenzuela are now confined in a control status as a result of their being involved in an altercation with each other." In our next letter, we contended that depriving any group of their conytitutional rights was a serious form of harassment, that the Federal Bureau hwd no evidenc3 at all that allowing the gays to organize would increase either the incidence of homosexuality or violence, and that, in fact, the authorities have agreed that the violance and sexual assaults are not caused by homo- saults are not caused by homo- sexualitf, but by the brutalizing atmosphere of the prison itxela . Those concerned with the civil rights of gays in prison should write their congressmen, Norman Carlson, Director, U. S. Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Dept. of Justice Washington, D.C. 20537, and Warden Daggett, Box 1000, Leavenworth, Ks. 66048. More Protection For Gays In Prison Urged Regulations to allow more sexual freedom for inmates in Washington State penal institutions were recommended at a Hearing in Olympia on July 18. The Residents' Council at the State Reformatory at Monroe suggested that the ban on sexual acts should be limited to those which are expressly "unlawful," and the Washington ACLU suggested that only forced or coercive acts should be considered prison infractions. "Sexual freedom, including homosexuality is too important and too necessary to be banned completely," the ACLU said in a state- ment. Our position was that homosexuality is not a problem in prison, but the persecution of homosexuals is. Prison authorities have been negligent in protecting gays from acts of violence. "The basic question," we wrote in a letter to Milton Burdman, Acting Secretary of the Detpt. of Social and Health Services, "is not whether the sex rules should be eased, but whether the incarceration of gays in prisons in this state-- where many live in fear of assault—does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment in the strictest sense." AND NOW, For the news A fire broke out in Whitman Center the morning of June 10, destroying one bedroom and most of the belongings of two residents. No one was injured. Through quick action by residents and the fire department, damage was limited to $2,000, made good by insurance except for the personal things lost. The Red Cross made good for some of the clothes lost. Repairs are to be completed shortly. We are still trying to replace uninsured furniture. We would welcome donations of beds, bedding, dressers, lamps, and chairs. LAVENDER COUNTRY A fine album of gay music in a rousing country-we stern style has been produced by a group of Seattle gay movement people.' To get your copy send $4.50 to Gay Community Social Services, P.O. Box 22228, East Union Station, Seattle, Wa 98122. From The Leaves Of Grass When I heard at the close of the day how my name had been receiv'd with plaudits in the capitol, still it was not a happy night for me that follow'd, And else when I carous'd, or when my plans were accomplish'd still I was not happy, But the day when I rose at dawn from the bed of perfect health refresh'd, singing, inhaling the ripe breath of autumn, When I saw the full moon in the west grow pale and disappear in the morning light, When I wander'd alone over the beach, and undressing bathed, laughing with the cool waters, and saw the sun rise, And when I thought how my dear friend my lover was on his way coming, O then I was happy, 0 then each breath tasted sweeter, and all that day my food nourish'd me more, and the beautiful day pass'd well, And the next came with equal joy, and with the next at evening came my friend, And that night while all was still 1 heard the waters roll slowly continually up the shores, I heard the hissing rustle of the liquid and sands as directed to me whispering to congratulate me, For the one I love most lay sleeping by me under the same cover in the cool night, In the stillness in the autumn moonbeams his face was inclined toward me, And his arm lay lightly around my breast--and that night I was happy. your hostesses ¥ Ricti & Rita B0ABIHG 60'S CiUB POOL -DANCING • MIXED DRINKS 2» Open Tuesday throujh Sunday 5pn (Closed Sundays) 2305 S. SHffHERD A. 52* 9430 The Homosexual Imagination The editors of College English an official publication of Nat'l Council of teachers of English, have given us the oo have given us the opportunity to assemble a special issue devoted to homosexual literature, criticism, and teaching, for which we cordially invite contributions from professors, students, and critics. The issue will focus upon the homosexual imagination: what it is within literature and criticism, and how it enriches education and the human experience. The keynote will be the unique contributions of gay insight. As guest editors, we shall give preference to articles reflecting a pro-gay attitude over those with neutral, apologetic, or defensive tones, the mood should be more celebrative than angry, more literary than clinical or sociological. Article topics may range from homosexual literature as a developing historical tradition to linguistic studies of gay slang, from American political literature tacitly informed by gay insight to genre definitions of camp, from the lesbian or lesbian-feminist insight to the bisexual insight to the gay black insight, from a broad discussion of repression and literary symbolism to the archetypal quest- motifs of coming out, from gay critical insight into heterosexual literature to perspectives on the, classroom situation—to mention but a few springboard topics. There will be no taboos regarding the topics, except for College English's usual ban against articles on only one author or one work without broader implications. Our tentative workingplan calls for a May 1974 publication for which we would appreciate receiving contributions by January 19 74. The suggested length of each article is from 2500 to 5000 words, with an academic and lively style, written for a mixed audience. The combined experience of the guest editors includes teaching courses on homosexual literature, general academic activities, creative writing, and publication in various scholarly and educational journals and gay periodicals. We look forward to your help with this exciting and liberatingproject. I'LL NOT RETURN I visited a place the other night Off the beaten, path— The people there were a sight, Eno ugh to ire my wrath. They wore weird clothes and all, And spoke in high pitched tones; They leaned up against the wall, And their wrists had broken bones. I didn't mind their talk nor garb, Nor the way they flattered so, But I felt it a bit of a barb They gave only their front names tho*. I swear that every one I met Was either Bill, or Bob, or Tom; I don't mind a joke but yet, I won't always be put on. Where are the Clyde's and Lum's The Sylvester's and Leroy*s? And what about the Abraham's And other good names for boys? No, m never venture back, m not go with men nor dames, For my given name is Zacfc— Not one of the "in" front names. Page 9
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