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THE LONG SEARCH
by Avery Heath, published at$5.95
by Vantage Press, 120 West 31st
St., New York, N.Y. 10001; a 416
' 'This is a shocker, and a serious
shocker. Its theme is homosexual
love," say the Vantage Press publicists.
Well, perhaps not a shocker for
you guys who have kept up with
the sometimes exciting, sometimes outrageous offerings in gay
popular literature during the past
few years. In no sense is it in
the same class with the more
sleazy paperback ' 'novels,''
whether gay, straight or mixed.
Be that as it may, we were very
pleasantly surprised by the quality
of this book. Its theme (gay-hustler
-hitchhikers) has been much overworked of late, its characterizat-
ios is often wooden, and many of
the principals experiences seem
unnessarily repetitive. Now that
we've given you some warning of
SEARCH'S drawbacks, we can proceed with the multiple reasons why
this narrative of a gay oddyssey
is worth reading and owning.
The book is in two parts, the
first of which deals with Frank,
a successful young businessman
in his early thirties, who feels
empty and useless after the sudden
death of his wife.
On the advice of neighbors and
friends, Frank leaves the small
midwestern town where he has
spent his life to date, and starts
out on an aimless drive across the
He picks up a hitchhiker, Billy,
who tells him he is a hustler. In
his naivete Frank does not know
what a hustler is; nor does he
yet know anything about his own
true nature and his needs to give
and receive love.
But he learns! He learns as he
encounters Ray, the sailor; Carl,
the drifter; Tony, the beautiful,
hustling orphan; and Jim, the
fugitive from straight matrimony.
Then we turn to Tony, the hero
of the second part, an orphan who
is unlike Frank in that he has
been exposed to homosexual
practice since early adolescence.
However, like Frank, he needs
to express his gay feelings more
deeply than the casual encounter
in movies and T-rooms will allow.
At times Tony comes across as the
hustler with the proverbial heart
of gold . . . or at least with
Combinations of chance and psychological necessity bring Frank
and Tony together in a YMCA,
then separate them, then reunite
them. How similar this is to life
itself, any sexually experienced
reader can testify.
Memorable vignettes abound in
this surprising book. An orgy on
a YMCA shower floor, a confrontation between Tony and an emasculating bitch who wants his
lover, a shakedown and brutal rape,
a wild posing session for teenage
photography models, and several
others that remain in the reviewer's memory.
Beneath the surface descriptions
of actual gay sex, the narcissism,
promiscuity, gang-bang and orgy,
is the haunted cry of the authentic
lover who cannot understand or
accept his gay nature that an oppressive society not only rejects
but punishes as criminal.
NEW INTERNATIONAL GUIDEBOOK
EOS-GUIDE 1972, edited by Kim
Kent of Copenhagen, Denmark;
376 pages bound in red patent
leather; available from Elysian
Fields, 81 - 13 Broadway,
Elmhurst, New York, 11373; price
For those who plan to travel
abroad and want some tips on where
the gay scene can be found in the
country you're visiting, there's
a new EOS-GUIDE 1972 which
you'll want to refer for valuable
This international guidebook
lists names and addresses in 850
cities throughout the world (including the U.S.) for bars, restaurants, baths, unique streets,
parks, T-rooms, beaches, nude
bathing areas, movie theaters, and
hotels and night clubs of gay interest.
Included is a special section
giving age limits and other particular requirements of law in each
Distinctively bound and pocket
size, the EROS-GUIDE is not sold
in shops, and is available by mail
THE GOLDEN SAWDUST
THE GOLDEN SAWDUST by
George Arents; 203 pages; $6.50;
Vnatage Press, Inc., 516 West
34th Street, New York, NY 10001.
You turn on to car racing? If so,
you'll dig thio sophisticated presentation of the sights and sounds
of the great European car races
from the gay perspective.
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Author George Arents, an accomplished pilot who now lives on
the island of Ibizain the Mediterranean is also an internationally known racing car driver. He
has driven La Mans five times,
placing fourth in 1959 and fifth
in 1960. In 1960 he won the Gran
Premio di Pescara in Italy.
EVEN HE KNOWS I'M GAY
THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD
AND HE KNOWS I'M GAY, by
Rev. Troy Perry, published at
$7.95 by Nash Publishing Co.,
9255 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles,
California 90069, 232 pages.
To almost every regular reader
of THE ADVOCATE Rev. Troy
Perry is well-known and needs no
introduction, as that show business
cliche puts it.
But to those of you who don't
keep up with gay organizations
as much as you'd like, Rev. Troy
Perry is the founder and current
pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church in Los Angeles.
As you'll recall. MCC-HolIywood
was the first American (perhaps
the first in the world, as their
publicity claims) church to be
entirely gay oriented.
Many a church has had a closety
gay pastor, to be sure, but MCC-
Hollywood was the first to accept
the homosexuality of its pastor and
congregation and build on that
homosexuality in a constructive
As a consequence, MCC
churches across the nation has
achieved the reputation of being
integral elements in the gay communities which they strive to
But all this has been of relatively resent origin. To understand the significance ofthispehn-
omenon emerging in the 1960's,
one needs to read the compelling,
often provocative autobiography of
founder-pastor Troy Perry.
"I am not a creature from the
outer darkness," asserts Perry.
"I am a homosexual, a man of
flesh and blood. And I have a few
things to say . . . ."
Lover of God and lover of men,
this activist pastor pulls no
punches as he narrates the story
of his personal life and that of his
church. His revelations are sometimes shocking, often explosive,
and surprisingly fascinating.
He makes no attempt to milk
the reader for sympathy. Sometimes, in fact, his egoism gets
in the way of whatefer sympathy
might otherwise be forthcoming.
But enough gays have been through
the same kind of sexist discrimination which he describes to be
able to empathize, if not sympathize, with his position in most
"I am a human being first,"
he explains, "who believes that
sexual orientation should be no
more important as a standard for
judging.a person than knowing how
one makes a living or combs his
hair." An extreme position perhaps, especially in an uptight society which so clearly dotes on its
But this is not to say that in
any sense Perry's viewpoint and
that of the entire gay activist
movement is unworthy of profound
consideration by middle-of-the-
road gays who have long ago come
out of their closets but who are
still somewhat timid about public
demonstrations of nascent gay
power-political, economic, religious, social, etc.
Troy Perry has long since worked through the conflicts and
answered these demanding questions for himself, as he details in
His attempt at leading a
"straight" life by marrying and
having children ended in near disaster and an attempted suicide.
Not until he was able to accept
what he was, and turned to a.
quest for self-respectandspiritual
fulfillment, did he begin to find
inner peace and contentment.
Possibly, just possibly there's
a message for all of us in the story
of Troy Perry, servant of God as
revealed in Jesus Christ and fac-
ilitater of his fellow man.