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Title The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 3, March 1973
Contributor
  • Frank, Phil
Date March 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).; This newspaper issue has irregular page numbering.
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Transcript tit? gWUNTlUS VOLUME 4 NO. 3 FOUR YEARS OFSERVICE TO THE GAY COMMUNITY MARCH 1973 ANN LANDERS " Sexual Fascist ?r> Ann Landers, in a recent column appearing in The Houston Chronicle, publishes a letter from a homosexual agonising over her description of us as "sick" people. He claims Mrs. Landers has now "turned on us like a jungle animal" and he is sorely distressed by it. Rubbish! Surely by now this sort of sexual fascism should no longer come as a surprise to anyone. Mrs Landers is only expressing her conditioned response to a sexual morality utterly alien to her. Her religious and social training has firmly established in her own mind the inadmissability of such human expressions of sexual and emotional realities. She does no- more in defence of her sexual fascism than do other bigots when they appeal to some dubious biblical injunction construed to permit inhuman behavior against us when she calls up some medical practitioners whose bias supports her own. It is a typical avoidance of the real issue, and it gives considerable comfort to the sexual fascists who need to require obedience to their own sexual modalities . While understanding the anguish and sense of frustration experienced by the author of the letter to Mrs Landers, we do not sympathise that much with him. The reason is quite simple: we believe the time is long past when gay human beings should fall down before sexual fascists and beg them for acceptance and understanding. It is a frightful waste of time. And it is an admission of the correctness of the cruel and inhumane treatment dispensed by these sexual fascists. Such behavior on our part, collectively or individually, can only serve to confirm us in a state of servitude to the sexual fascists. We should get on with the business of building a sense of dignity and self-worth; we should ignore the patronising rationalisations handed down from on high by the sexual fascists who profoundly enjoy their social tyranny over us. We must realise finally that they enjoy that tyranny only at our sufferance. It can, and must, be ended. We must continue to develop within the gay community and increasing sense of personal pride and begin to grant our acceptance to those sexual fascists, rather than implore their specious acceptance of us. And that acceptance can only be gained by their rising above their principles and becoming more human, more humane and more responsible for their own behavior towards their fellow man. The American Psychological Association will consider formally removing the category of homosexuality from their list of mental illnesses in their forthcoming national convention. Well and good. Hopefully these professionals will, indeed, accept this progressive change in their formal doctrines. Eventually such an act would have profoundly beneficial results for a considerable part of the world's human community. Buthomosexual and bisexual human beings should not depend on such public evidences of professional understanding in place of our own self-acceptance and self-respect! This is something only we ourselves can do for ourselves; we must stop reacting to the rubbish promulgated by the sexual fascist. We must begin to act for our own well-being and ignore the attempts of the sexually bigoted and exercise a tyranny of life-style over us. We must live our own lives in harmony with our own nature, not theirs. The below is a reprint of the Ann Landers column in the Houston Chronicle, March 5, 1973. You Have Turned On Us Like A Jungle Animal BY ANN LANDERS Ann Landers: I refuse to «b]1 you "dear" because yon are an empty-headed, ignorant, meddling fool. For years I have read your column and believed you were a friend of homosexuals. A few days ago you turned on us like a Jungle animal and exposed your hypocrisy and ignorance. I am ducked and outraged that you would call us "sick" and describe homosexual activity as "unnatural." How dare you? We already have many psychiatrists on our side. Some excellent papers have been written on the subject. They have given us a clean bill of health. They say we are NOT sick. We are only different Why is it that you haven't read those papers? I think you should be fired for incompetence. — Former Reader ANSWER Dear Former: I have read them, but I don't happen to agree with the authors. I am with the psychiatrists who believe homosexuals are sick and that sex between two men or two women is unnatural. I can listen to and respect opinions different from my own. however, without becoming angry, shocked, or outraged. Some highly reputable physicians are on the other side of this argument. Here are some samples of my mail: From the British West Indies: Dear Aon Landers: May I congratulate you on your concise and perspicacious an-' swer to a homosexual who signed himself, "One." Twenty-five years ago I was "one," also. After six years of in- depth analysis my life was changed completely. You are right when you say homosexuals are sick and their sex activity is unnatural. It is difficult to explain to a homosexual just how sick and unnatural it is. They refuse to believe it. But I know, because I've been there and back. — Forever Straight From Topeka, Kansas: Thank you for stating that homosexuality is an illness. I made the same statement on the Merv Griffin show not long ago and have bad a- great deal of angry mail because of it. You do a good job, Ann. Thank you. — Harold M. Voth, M.D., Menningef Foundation Chicago, Illinois: I have worked with many homosexuals and, in my opinion, they are individuals whose eirio-' tional development, was arrested at a preadolescent level. When a massive Jack: of development in the maturation process occurs in any area, it can be referred to as an illnessinpsychiatric terms. — Dr. Sara Charles, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Illinois From Houston, Texas: Homosexuality, in my opinion, is not normal or natural behavior. The original purpose of sexual activity was to perpetuate the species. Any devia- tion from the norm that Continued pg. 2 ARSON IN FARMHOUSE FIRE March 3rd about 5:25 A.M. the fire trucks were again called out to one of the leading Gay clubs to douse a fire deliberately set. The Farmhouse Club, 3535 Westheimer was the scene of this latest attempt after a lapse of about two years to t urn one of the communities plac as of recreation. Mr. Gene Howel, operator of the Farmhouse has been looser before as a result of his club, The Plantation on West Gray having been burned. Arson investigators said that the building had been entered through a vent in the rear. A screen had been cut to admit entrance and the fire had definitely been set in a storage room. The room had some lumber stored in it and this is where the fire had been set. Had it not been discovered when it was the club would have been distroyed completely as the fire was set next to one of the main walls inside the club. From past experience the owners have someone at the club at all times and this is what saved this club. At this time there is no knowledge as to the person responsible for this fire but it is under investigation by the Houston Arson Squad. MR FRIZBY ROBBED The many customers of Mr. Mr. Frizby's many customers were shocked to hear that Rocco, one of the doormen at this private bath-club had split one AM early with the proceeds of the night. The loss to Ted was around $300.00. The night of the robbery Ted scouted around the bus stations looking for Rocco to no avail. In his haste he left his clothing and things in the club. Rocco used several sir names and anyone knowing his whereabouts are requested to contact the paper or Mr. Frizby's at 3401 Milam or call 523-8840 or 524-5612. Any information will be held in strict confidence. ODR COMMUNITY NCntJlNQ fiUMAN iS ALIGN TO US
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