It is not a crime to be homosexual in Massachusetts. Instead
Massachusetts has laws which are
almost exclusively applied to
homosexuals, such as crime
against nature, lascivious cohabitation, open and gross lewdness,
unnatural and lascivious acts, and
unnatural and lascivious acts with
a child under sixteen. These laws
are not dead letters; many people
are in jail for these "crimes."
In addition, homosexuals are often
charged with being a disorderly
person and being guilty of assault and battery.
The modern and enlightened
trend across the country in "sex
crime" legislation is to repeal
the above-mentioned laws, or at
least some of them. The so-called
"Sodomy laws" (insofar as they
affect "consenting adults"L have
been repealed in Illinois (1962),
Connecticut (1972), Oregon (1972),
Irfaho (1972) and Colorado (1972).
Further "crime against nature"
statutes which are worded exactly
as is Massachusetts General Law
Chapter 272 Section 34 have been
declared unconstitutional by the
Texas and Florida Supreme
If and when the Massachusetts
laws in this area are changed,
the problems previously mentioned may be eliminated. But what
are we to do at present to help
those individuals who are arrested and are receiving criminal records?
The solution is not an easy one.
An attorney or group of attorneys
can challenge the constitutionality
of these laws. This would temporarily deter police activities in
this area. But is my feeling that
the legislature would enact a new
criminal statute which would be
harsher than the present one.
Another approach could be to
start a legal suit against the various police departments to eliminate the use of police decoys in
homosexual solicitation cases. An
agrument can be set forth that the
use of police decoys not only infringes on one's Constitutional
rights but can also be considered
police entrapment on a grand
scale. For this, however, we need
documentation of almost all
criminal cases in this area.
By far the most powerful force
that can be used to prevent the
ruin of hundreds of persons' lives
each year is the people themselves. If and when the gay and
straight communities realize that
it is in their best interest to have
these laws repealed, it will thenn
(Editor's footnote: Victims of
entrapment in cruising areas are
urged to obtain legal counsel. It
is not greatly in evidence in our
immediate area but in the event
it is do as advised -and obtain a
For a long time the NUNTIUS
(and a few people in local groups)
have been concerned about the
small amount of copy for women'
and for just as long the amount of
actual effort directed to changing
this has been very small. The
NUNTIUS has decided to initiate
a campaign to attract more women into the welcoming arem of
the NUNTIUS by attempting to
convince them that we are NOT
an all-male publication.
The first part of this campaign
will be to get women interested
to submit what is going on in your
circles, it is your paper and if
you contribute, there is equal space
for each - male/female.
All groups of women - and individuals if they think they could
contribute something - are encouraged to try harder to increase
the number of articles of intrest
to the women of the gay community.
We will see what Moma and
Papa Bear can do to help!
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Know your tricks
Ever pick someone up at the bar,
go home for a quiet drink, then -
oepn your eyes to a ramsacked
apartment, your senses fuzzy, your
friend of the evening gone, and
your place stripped of all valuables? If it hasn't happened to
you yet, take warning. The drug-
dropping rip-off artists is here.
The Nuntius received scattered
reports about a spate of such incidents in Houston this year, and
similar reports often come in from
other cities. Now it's happening
here again, but fortunately one
victim, though preferring to
remain anonymous, has come forward with detailed information a-
bout his own case.
The victim, whom we shall call
Bill, met a young man in the
'you name it bar'. Bill describes
him as a white male, about 24,
dark brown hair, light brown mustache, well dressed. He spoke with
a slight accent, not native of the
Midwest, and called himself "Ray,
from San Antonio."
The two talked for some time,
the young man speaking familiarly
of several other gay bars in the
city. After arrivingatBill'sapart-
ment, "Ray" asked for a drink,
and insisted that Bill drink with
him. He mixed his own, then asked
to taste of Bill's. At some point
in this exchange a powerful drug,
probably chloral hydrate, was
dropped in Bill's drink.
He awoke several hours later to
a devastated apartment. The stero,
TV, expensive Nikon camera
equipment, the best jewelry, and
cash were missing --a total loss
of over $5000.
Some of the missing items had
little re-sale value and were probably taken on a personal whim of
the thief --things like record albums (Streisand and Baez only)
and a souvenir Filipino knife.
Unlike many other victims of
similar crimes, Bill promptly reported it to police. According to
him, the police response was good,
and a genuine investigation seems
to be in progress. In fact one police
inspector readily acknowledged
that few gays are willing to talk
to police, because of the well-
founder fear of exposure and harassment. But in cases such as this,
he declared, where homosexuality
is not an issue, police are anxious
to apprehend the real criminalsand
welcome reports of such incidents.
Bill's losses are insured, but he
is no less eager to see the thief
caught. Criminal elements of
various types have always preyed
on the gay community, taking advantage of our too often helpless
condition. Be careful of whom you
take home tonight, and please let
us know if you have any information
about this wanted man or anysim-
experiences that you might have
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