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The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 3, No. 10, October 1972 - File 021. 1972-10. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 4, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/3505/show/3500.

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Title The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 3, No. 10, October 1972
Contributor
  • Frank, Phil
Publisher City Art Studio
Date October 1972
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • 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).
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Title File 021
Transcript 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 The so-called "Sodomy laws" (insofar as they affect "consenting adults"L have been repealed in Illinois (1962), Connecticut (1972), Oregon (1972), Irfaho (1972) and Colorado (1972).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 Courts. 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 happen. (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 lawyer.) 4C ^ & J? & ^ & <& & 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! You know, linker 3oH, tor the flrrt time In ray W» I wWi I ww a Lesbia n/* 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 had. (Gay Liberator) FOREIGN CAR SERVICE 5415 Fannin at Calumet FREE ESTIMATES on body work and repair Foreign Car Specialist 528 9362 Hours 6 A.M. to 10 P.M. Page 20
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