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The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 6, June 1973 - File 014. 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/3437.

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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 014
Transcript A LETTER IN GAY LOVE A GAY CULTURE? Dear Gay persons \ and friends: On March 4, 1973, 'i went with two friends, Don McFall and Mike Martinez, to The Matador, a Gay bar in Birmingham, Alabama. After we were seated, I played some songs on the juke box and returned to my chair, in which, at this time, a dear friend named Nora Kennedy was sitting. I leaned toward her and touched her shoulder in greeting.Shecalled my name, put her arms around me, and began crying as she asked if I were mad at her as we had been out of contact with each other, and went on to describe personal traumatic experiences she had undergone since we had last met. My response was to embrase her in return and to kiss her lips when she indicated that this act on my part was desired. During this exchange, I knelt beside her chair and rocked her in my arms. As she became more calm, I got up and sat on the edge of her chair. We then went to the dance floor and danced to slow rhythmed music and returned to our table at which time she explained that she had to meet some other friends who were expecting her. About 15 minutes later, an Officer of the Vice Squad came to my table, showed me his badge, and told me to come outside with him. As we walked down the street, he informed me that I was under arrest, and in answer to my inquiry as to the charge, he replied, ".Disorderly Conduct". Nora was sitting in the police car, and as he opened the door, saying, "Now ya'll finish what you were doing inside." Nora was crying again and hysterical with fear and panic --reciting pas sages from the Bible and pleading with the Vice Officer for a show of mercy and human compassion. Her reaction was that of a person whose head is in a guillotine, which, indeed, it was. The Vice Officer responded with "Shut up, bitch" and other derogatory remarks. Our trial was held on March 14, 1973. The Vice Officer testified that in this dimly lit Gay bar, he could see clearly that each of us was caressing the other's genital areas and breasts and that he could see both our "crotches" (sic) from where he was sitting, even though my back was toward him. Nora, myself, and the two witnesses present at the trial testified that no "sexual" touching occurred during this encounter, and for my part this omission was due to the fact that Nora did not indicate to me that such an action was needed in the immediate situation. Despite the fact that the Vice Officer, whose name is Orville Jerome Webster, contradicted himself in his testimony as regards to our position in space in relation to him and his later saying that his view of us was of our respective fronts, the judge found us guilty, fining us $100.00 each. We are presently on Appeal bond. What would a representative of the Establishment consider to be "wrong" in our actions on this occasion? One of the numerous reasons that Gay persons are considered to be "outlaws" by the heterosexual power structure is that we hold true to experience reality rather than taught reality, and this becomes significantly a threat to the Establishment when the experience reality that we act on is in opposition to taught reality. We are taught to limit our overt behavior to that which is simplistically "reasonable" to the outside observer, and, under this norm rule, the outside observer is allowed to judge us only on the basis of what is apparent to him and subject to the limitations of his interpretat- ional understanding. In this case I comforted another woman rather than reprimanding her for showing human feeling in the presencd of others, and without regard to how it might look to a person who would fail to attribute intelligence and interpersonal caring to our relationship. Secondly, due to my conviction that sex role expectations place severe limits on our human and humane growth potential, and particularly on that of women, I dress in such a way as to appear niether distinctively male nor distinctively female. This might be correctly acknowledged as a threat to the hierarchical power structure in which the male power group benefits from the subjugation of the female group, including those males who identify with women. This sex roleless appearance might also indicate to a representative of the Establishment that I am, quite assuredly, Lesbian, offering my self to women rather than to men, and allowing my behavior to be influenced exclusively by the needs of women rather than those of men. Who was victimized by our actions? The Gay bars in Birmingham, Alabama, are the only community centers we have, and we use them primarily for communal sharing of experineces and communications headquarters. Although we have been exposed to and have been to some extent corrupted by requirements of conduct found in "straight" bars as we feel that this rigidity is the result of guilt arising from the exploitation and oppression of the Female Principle in women and men taht prevades hetero- sexual behavior. No Gay person is in the least disturbed by the show of affection and caring and MUTUAL eroticism between/among persons. Furthermore, we feel deeply that ANY relationship involving mutual tenderness and caring should, now more than ever in these trying times for all humanity, be respected and supported by the community, whether this community be a group of friends, a township, orthe international community called the world. Every once in a while, and almost exclusively among Gay persons, love and the human feeling of one person for another, that is, the feeling of warmth which happens spontaneously, of itself, and which there-, fore cannot be made to happen or socially determined or used for any purpose beyond itself, wins over the power structure concocted of money, prestige, and security which dictates relationships by inbreeding and perpetuating fear and insecurity in the disadvantaged group, and to the extent that tenderness and human intercon- 226-8242 vtocmnu 3tfou/i 4 to 7 612HADLEY 7 V 9:45 Sfuebday: 9:45 fhm Page 8
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