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The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 8, August 1973 - File 012. 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/3219.

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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
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  • 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 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Frequently disenters togay organizations, gay publications and gay churches ask, "What good are you doing? Why, rOck the boat?" These people not only refuse to work for gay unity and love, but deliberately drag their feet. I only wish these feet-dragers could sit for just one evening in ~a""Gay Community Crises Center, or read the letters this newspaper receives from lonely people all over America. Following is a typical letter--just one in a hundred: Dear Editor, I live in a small town in Missouri. I have no close friends. My father and I don't get along " this sp^i-fig, i I'm leaving this town forever. I know I'm gay, but I don't know how to meet anyone. How can I let a guy know I want to talk to him? How can I let him know I want to have sex with him? How can I handle my religous feelings while being gay also? How can I handle the need for secrets and fears of being found out? Please help me. I'm so lonely. Dear John, Neither I (nor anyone else) can give you "instant knowledge (or wisdom)" by mail order. On the other hand, I can't turn my back on a brother, so I shall, dp m£ best. But please keep in mind I'm no authority. I speak only from my own experiences. 1. How to break the ice and talk with a stranger? In a city park or public rest room, don't try. The chances 'of your getting beat- up, rolled or arrested are real good. At the local YMCA you can always talk about swimming, basketball, ping-pong, photography or whatever your intended friend is interested in. But go slow at first. Play it with caution. Make damn sure you get an opening before you give one. It's easy to meet people in a gay bar if you don't wait for people to come to you. You go to them. Ask someone if they'd like to dance. Better still, when you leave home, move to a city with a gay organization or Metropolitan Community Church. There you will be warmly welcomed by lots of nice people, and you'll be safe. 2. What technique to use to let him know you are interested in sex? Many Gays like quick pickups and are very good at it. But you are very young and just coming out. Make friends first. Sex will come naturally. 3. How to handle religious/gay feelings? Read THE LORD IS MY SHEPHARD AND HE KNOWS I'M GAY, SEX WITHOUT GUILT, SOCIETY AND THE HEALTHY HOMOSEXUAL. Talk with people at the MCC. They've been through what you are just now entering. 4. How to handle fears of being found out? If you can, slowly come out of your closet. The feeling of being really free for the first time in your life is so great, you'll never want to hide again. On the other hand, if you must stay in your closet (because of your job, your yOuth or whatever) just do as others do. Play it safe. But leave a little place in your heart to say daily: I'm Gay and I'm Proud and I'm Healthy. And if others don't like it, they have a problem, not me. John, at this stage of your life you need a friend more than you need a sex partner. Someone your own age that you can talk to. Someone to open up your heart to. A Negro woman (one of our own) died. I went to her friend to express sympathy. Imagine my surprise when she said, "Oh, we were not friends. Just acquaintances." "What do you mean?" I asked. "I used to see you two laughing and talking to gether all the time." "Oh yes," she replied. "We laughed and talked together lots of times. But folks gotta cry together before they're friends." I'm an old man. I look back on my youth and see the mistakes, the teaxs...the beartack, the fears^ as well as the happy moments. I would love to shield you againast the bad so that you could enjoy only the good. But I can't. You must stumble and fall like all the others who have gone before you. Only then will you grow strong. Good luck. Always remember: there are millions of us. In Gay Love, Steve Jonnsson Asst. ed. which was wall to wall shoulder to shoulder elbow to elbow on top of and under neath (if possible) was captured and undivided for the entire hour and half. The Speak-Easy, which opened on June 6th, is an amazing come back for the owners Buddy and Art after the long run of success at the Atlantis which closed three years ago. Buddy and Art also opened the Tara club and the Detour. The Speak-Easy is attracting large crowds (full house on weekends) of the more masculine and conservative circles. The Speak-Easy offers mixed drinks and beer at popular prices, an attractive dance floor ces, an attractive dance floor with a light show and split level seating for easy cruising. The bar is located two levels up from .tha... main floor..—Tiwro is no ■■ veteran of Imperial glory in China, Africa, India, and now on the eve of his ultimate epic, his transfiguration through death at the hands of Dervishes in the Sudan. With penetrating insight and tender compassion, Maugham describes the last tortured months of Gordon's life as Gordon himself might have recorded them in his last journal. It is the gripping, moving portrait of a man as unsure of his destiny as he was unsure of his sexual emotions. As the author of The Servant, Escape from the Shadows, and Somerset and All the Maughams sees him, Gordon of Khartoum is reminiscent of Lawrence of Arabia: the same bravery in the face of terror and death, the same sexual ambivalence, the same tor- cover charge. Hi! I've just bought this hotel in Eureka, which is the most senic town in the Ozarks. Arts, crafts and beautiful old 1878 atmosphere abound- I'd like to welcome your readers and would appreciate an ad in your classified immediately. Please bill me. I have owned and still own the Fattened Calf in New Orleans for a number of years and find I would like to extract my clientel from your readers. Please place my ad immediately and send a rate card. Thank You- Sincerely Barbara Scott A capacity crowd filled Dallas' newest swinging gay bar, the Dallas Speak-Easy, on July 3rd to witness a contest and ultimate crowning of a representative to send to the 1973 Mr. David Contest to be held in New York City in August. Ten worthy contestants competed in swimsuits and "do your own thing" competition as well as a question-answer period. The group of ten was narrowed down to three finalists by a panel of three judges. The judges were Miss Durlene Dunham, Mr. Patrick Gleason and Mr. Dick "Mavis"Bowen. The Second runner-up, Johnny Maddox, was awarded the title "Mr. Butch Guy" and a trophy. Jimmy Mahaffey was the first runner-up and was awarded the title "Mr. Hunk" and a trophy. Mike Rhoads was the first place runner and he will receive an expense paid trip to N.Y.C. plus $50.00 cash and a trophy. Mike will represent the Speak-Easy at the Mr. David Contest August 10-11-12. Mike's reining title for 1973-74 is "Mr. Dallas Speak-Easy Body Beautiful." All .of the contestants appeared to be well en-dowed and well- developed, (muscle wise) The ceromonies were well planned and wjsII presented by veteran "Sonny "Suwall long time friend and associate of the owners Buddy Rogers and Arthur Lombar- di. The attention of the audience, BOOK NEWS Gordon of Khartoum, the soldier and mystic who has been considered as a strange, heroic misfit and a combination of martyr, saint and crank, comes to life with hallucinating credibility in a nove., THE LAST ENCOUNTER by Robin Maugham (McGraw-Hill, $6.95). For his twentieth book, the famous author draws on material painstakingly gathered over aper- iod of two decades from a wide variety of sources. He vividly evokes an unforgettable figure: Gen- eral Charles George Gordon, the mtnttd soul"seal Lhlng uibtllUjulsil both men. As the London Sunday Times observed upon publication of this book's British edition, The Last Encounter "presents a convincing portrait of a strangely complex man." MAYBE We are born, we live, we love We suffer Then we die and the waves Continue to beat upon the rocks The seed and harvest time come and go But nothing remains but the earth And what should have been, but Couldn't and won't be Another time another age And then Maybe BUSBY BERKELEY IS BACK (taptappytaptap - taptappytap) (see story on page 2) Page 11
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