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The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 6, June 1973 - File 002. 1973-06. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 28, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/3445/show/3425.

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Title The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 6, June 1973
Contributor
  • Frank, Phil
Date June 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).; Pages 8 and 13 of this newspaper issue are numbered incorrectly.
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Title File 002
Transcript the cZNUNTIUS VOLUME 4 NO. 6 FOUR YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE GAY COMMUNITY JUNE 1973 GAYS BOYCOTT HOUSTON CHRONICLE On or about May 1, 1973 Chuck Berger and Billy Walker went down to the special features division of the Houston Chronicle and applied for an ad. The copy read: "Montrose Gaze Community Center serving the gay community 504 Fairview, 528-9069 - open Spmldaily" Miss Vera Coffin, head of special features division took a personal check for payment of the ad and stated "it (the ad) will be in this coming Sundays edition of Zest, in the Houston Chronicle." The ad did not appear the following Sunday, nor the following Sunday nor the following Sunday. After three weeks of inquiry as to why the ad was not appearing Mr. Walker tried of the reply the Chronicle was giving; i.e., "the ad was lost in composing", and we misplaced it and it will be in next Sundays edition," Mr. Walker asked to speak to higher authority and was told ultimately (after three weeks of being put off by the Chronicle management) that the ad would not be put in the paper. The chronicle management refused to give a reason for not printing the copy. Mr. Walker called the president of the Chronicle, Mr. D. Johnson, and explained the previous three weeks of business dealings with the Chronicle. The president of the Chronicle then recommended that Mr. Walker take his issue to the Chronicle's advertising director Mr. Jack Johnson. Mr. Walker talked to Jack Johnson who said, "I have never seen the ad or its contents, but I leave the final decision to my department heads (Vera Coffin - special features) and the decision has been made to refuse to print the ad." Mr. Walker at this time informed Mr. Johnson that the Houston Gay Political Coalition was beginning a boycot of the Chronicle and was Gay Pride Parade (Join the Ranks of Hundreds of Straights and Gays Marching in Dallas' Second Annual GAY PRIDE PARADE!) The Gay Event of the Year will take place the last Friday and Saturday of this month, then spill over into the first Sunday of July. Hords of people, both straight and gay, will be coming from all over the Southwest to participate in the many gay-full events planned for that weekend - a national holiday, celebrated all over America and parts of Europe. Those from out of the city will be housed by members of Dallas' Metropolitan Community Church, the Circle of Friends and The Daughters of Bilitis. Anyone needing a place to stay should call 824-0770 upon arrival. BIG BANG FRIDAY NIGHT -- Things will get off to a big bang Friday night as several of the local gay bars are planning special entertainment to honor those marching for Gay Civil Rights. The gay bars have been especially cooperative this year in allowing posters advertising the parade to be displayed in their establishments and permitting flyers to be distributed to their patrons. Those new to Big D will want to patronize more than a few of Dallas' famous gay bars, both large and small. GAY PRIDE PARADE SATURDAY MORNING It is hoped our guests won't have such a grand time that they stay out too late Friday night, as next morning at 10:00, straights alongside gays will startassembl- ing at Main and Market, ready to step off at 11:00 on the dot. step off at 11:00 on the dot. This year's parade is expected to be considerably larger, after last year's success, and the parade route is twice as long. There will be floats, decorated cars, streamers, banners, confetti, colorful baloons and hundreds of people carrying signs to show the world that we ARE human and should be able to exercise the same civil rights and enjoy the very same freedoms as all other citizens. You, as an individual or as part of a group, are invited to march shoulder to shoulder with your gay brothers and sisters. Organizations marching beside you will be the Circle of Friends, the Dallas Metropolitan Community Church, Agape Metropolitan Community Church of Ft. Worth, the Dallas Chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis, AURA of Ft. Worth, the Gay Liberation Front of the Univ- encouraging all gay subscribers and gay businesses to cancel their respective contracts with the Chronicle. "That, if the Chronicle could not accept money and print an ad for the gay organizations, then it shouldn't expect to make money from gay business owners and gay subscribers." Mr. Walker, after talking to the advertising director of the Chronicle, called the mayor, radio stations and TV networks and both major newspapers and related the business transaction with the paper and informed the media that there was a boycott in effect. Mr. Walker then contacted the special feature department of the Houston Post and proceeded to place the same ad in that newspaper -- the ad was accepted and much praise goes to that paper for for not continuing the oppressive position that the Houston Chronicle has taken against the Homosexual Community. ersity of Texas, the Metropolitan Community Church of Oklahoma City, the Gay Community Alliance of the University of Oklahoma, the Montrose Gaze of "Houston, The Texas Gay Coalition, Dignity, the Gay Liberation Front of Houston, NUNTIUS / OUR COMMUNITY of Houston/Dallas, the Gay Women's Liberation of Kansas, the Family of Abilene, the Family of Kileen and Integrity from Houston. Groups of students from El Centro, SMU, Eastfield as individuals are also planning to march. Last year, some members of the Dallas City Council tried to stop the GAY PRIDE PARADE. Their efforts were in vain. Indeed the publicity received, from the fuss they kicked up, aided us. There were no arrests, violence or harassment last year and Dallas police were helpful and cooperative. As a matter-of-fact, they seemed to enjoy the parade. As last year, the Dallas Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has volunteered to help the gay community be serving as impartial observers along the parade route. There are those who feel they can not "come out" because of jobs, family and for personal reasons. This is understandable. But EVERYONE can help! Money is needed, and volunteers are asked to help decorate cars and floats and make banners. Never again will we merely wring our hands and cry, "Ain't it ashame. Why doesn't somebody DO something?" PICNIC AND ENTERTAINMENT Immediately following the parade, there will be a picnic at Flag Pole Hill overlooking White Rock Lake. Everyone is invited, but please bring food and drink for yourself and for a friend. Transportation will be provided for those needing it. After the picnic everyone will have time to dash home and rest a bit before attending the TEDDY BEAR'S FOLLIES, the premiere performance of the Thespian Players of the Metropolitan Community Church. This gay romp, in the style of a turn-of-the-century vaudeville comedy, will be presented on the beautiful stage of the Encore, starting at 10:00pm. MORE ON SUNDAY Again as last year, the following day will be cramed with activity. In the morning and early evening, there will be a swim and picnic at Dallas' famous Queen's Point at Lake Dallas. Afterwards, all are invited to the Metropolitan Community Church's monthly Covered Dish Party starting at 5:30 pm. The church is located at 3834 Ross Avenue. Here one can eat all s(he) wants for only $1.50 -- and with the price of food nowdays, this is surely Dallas' best bargain. Well, you know very well what damn good cooks we gay people are! PEACEFUL END To end the fun-filled weekend, why not plan to stay for evening service at MCC? With gay love, warmth and peace, the joyous, frantic activities will come to an end. Don't miss any of it. Steve Jansson GAY PRIDE WEEK Rey Ramirez Montrose Gaze is kicking off Gay Pride Week June 24-30 with open house Sunday June 24. Among many events planned will be an appearance by State Representative Ron Waters, guest speaker of the day. Folk singer Don Sanders will perform and there will be a display of arts and crafts by Gay artists. There will be food and refreshments, a drawing, a high heel race and free pool sor a VD booth for information and tests. Montrose Gaze is also sponsoring a float in the Dallas parade. We expect heavy support from the Gay Community here in Houston. No admission and everyone is welcome. OUR COMMUNITY NOTfllNQ bUMAN iS ALIGN TO US
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