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The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 6, June 1973 - File 004. 1973-06. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 4, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/3445/show/3427.

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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
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  • 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 004
Transcript GAY ACTIVISTS CONFRONT HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL by Wade Frey THE HOUSTON GAY POLITICAL COALITION HAS BROUGHT GAY CONFRONTATION POLITICS TO HOUSTON, TEXAS. FOUR PEOPLE, BILLY WALKER, CHUCK BERGER, BOB OSBORNE, AND RANDY THOMAS, CONSTITUTE THIS ACTIVIST GROUP, WHICH MEETS AT THE GAY COMMUNITY CENTER BUILDING IN HOUSTON, TEXAS. THE COALITION PLANS TO ACT ON ISSUES WHICH AFFECT ALL GAY PEOPLE. The group formed in March, 1973. The Gay Coalition appeared before the Houston City Council on two separate occasions May 23 and May 30, 1973 presenting the city fathers with several demands, one of which was to declare June 24 -- June 30 as Houston Gay Pride Week. Walker, Berger and Osborne each spoke before the council. Walker and Osborne appeared before City Council a second time on May 30. The Houston Cit Council and Mayor Louie Welch refused to act on the Gay Coalition's demands for an official Gay Pride Week in Houston; for an end to job discrimination in city hiring practices; for an end to police harassment of gay people; for a citizen panel to review charges of police harrassment; and for the city's Human Relations Council to recognize the gay minority in Houston and to include them in its activities. At the Gay Coalition's second appearance before City Council, Mayor Welch walked out of the Chamber Room, ostensibly to greet some visiting Japanese mayors who happened to be touring City Hall at the time. Walker remarked into the microphone that Mayor Welch ought at least to have the courtesy to listen to the Gay courtesy to listen to the Gay Political Coalition's demands. ., Walker then challenged individual city councilmen to speak up on the gay issues he and Osborne had presentedto them. Councilman Frank Mann responded by shouting, "You're abnormal. You need to see a psychiatrist instead of city council." Bob Osborne replied that he could recommend a doctor to cure Mann's homophobia. Osborne pointed out that approximately 300,000 homosexual men and women live in Houston and again asked City Council to act on the list of five demands CALENDAR OF EVENTS IN THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE AREA AND NEARBY June 23 - "Broadway Our Way" show at OFFMAIN in Beaumont. June 26 - "Mr. Gay Pride" at the Red Room in Houston July 4 - Contest at C'est La Guerre in Lafayette, La. July 7 - "Girls Will Be Girls" CORRECTION July 7 - "Girls Will be Boys" All Girls Show at "MOTHERS" in Lake Charles, La. presented by the Houston Gay presented by the Houston Gay Political Coalition. After the groups second city council visit, Walker was contacted by a US congressman from Houston, who complimented the group for taking a stand. Walker was interviewed by Linda Lovell of KPFT-FM (Pacifica) radio. Wire services carried Councilman Mann's remarks to Billy Walker. Houston's two newspapers and several radio and television stations carried reports of the City Council's reaction to the Houston Gay Political Coalition. Billy Walker has stated that he feels that the City Council appearances by the gay group have helped awaken the Houston Gay Community. He also hopes that Gay Pride Week will promote unity among Houston gays and that it will encourage them to stand up and fight for their rights. In a related action, Walker contacted The Houston Chronicle about running a small advertisement concerning The Montrose Gaze Community Center, the place where the Houston Gay Coalition holds its meetings. The Mont4ose Gaze had voted to spend eighteen dollars to run a small advertisement for one issue of the Sunday Houston Chronicle. The newspaper accepted the group's money, but the ad failed to appear in the paper on the following Sunday. Billy Walker called the paper to inquire why the ad had not been run. He was told it was an oversight by the paper and that the ad would be run the next Sunday. The next Sunday came, and still no ad appeared. Walker called again and got the same results. After the ad failed to appear for the third Sunday in a row, Walker called and was told that The Houston Chronicle's management had refused to run the advertisement for the gay community center. The paper gave Walker no reason for its refusal to run the ad. He was told, "Your copy and your check will be mailed to you and you can cram it up you." Walker promised the paper that some recourse of action will be taken against it. He suggests that Houston gays cancel their Chronicle subscriptions and their business advertisements in the Chronicle. WEEP O' WILLOW WEEP - - Open your protective arms about me Shed the nights dew upon the ground Polish your leaves for the bright new horizen Only your branches withold the ebb tide of love Allow the breeze to carry love from your enter shadows The hallows of another cave the message of affection Weep O' Willow weep no more Love's jubulation reflects your sheen Wes "MR. BAYOU LANDING 73.74*' - Bill Kaylor Photo by Woody Kaoi Publication of the name or photograph of any parson or orgoni-ation in articles or advertising in The NUNTIUS is not to be construed as any indication of ike sex_ai orientation of such parson or otgonisafien.' JOIN WITH YOUR BROTHERS & SISTERS IN CHRISTIAN LOVE. WORSHIP TOGETHER AT THE METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH NEAREST TO YOU. MCC IS A CHURCH OPEN TO ALL PEOPLE WITH A SPECIAL MINISTRY TO THE GAY COMMUNITY. GOD DOES LOVE YOU! Metropolitan Community Church of Dallas 3834 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Tx 75204 Phone: (214) 826-0291 Sunday Services: 11:00 AM and 7:30 PM Pastor: Rev. Richard Vincent FT. WORTH: Agape Metropolitan Community Church P. 0. Box 26063, Ft. Worth, Tx 76116 Sunday Services: 2800 Purington, Ft. Worth 7:30 PM Interim Pastor: Rev. David Carden For information regarding other areas, contact the nearest MCC office. Page 3
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