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Title The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 5, No. 1, January-February 1974
Contributor
  • Frank, Phil
Date January 1974-February 1974
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 28912012
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
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Transcript Tlie JANUARY/FEBRUARY 1974 U NT I US & OUR COMMUNITY Houston, texas POST REPORTS & PRINTS MISLEADING & OFFENSIVE COPY It is most fortunate for the public who rely on the newspapers for information as to what is happening in our city and state that all reporters are not as backward and ignorant as those employed by THE HOUSTON POST. Pete Wittenberg covering the Wayne Henley story for THAT paper has and does repeatedly use the phrase "homosexual murder ring". Is this man accurate in his reporting - does he know that one psychopath and two mixed- up young boys do not in any form constitute a "ring". Kathy Lewis being a follower of the above Pete Wittenberg was not original in her story, the POST EXCLUSIVE where Brad Yates, one of the victims brothers told her that Corll passed out calling cards. In this article she also used some inaccurate and not original phrases -- "Corll was the alleged ringleader of the 'homosexual murder ring'". The following letter was sent to the HOUSTON POST: The HOUSTON POST Houston, Texas 77001 Att: Pete Wittenberg Dear Sir: Once again in today's Post you have used the phrase "homosexual murder ring" in your report on the Henley trial. The term "ring" applied thus generally refers to persons engaged in criminal activity in some degree of organization and with specific intent of monetary gain. To use the term in describing the actions of one lone psychopath with two mixed-up teens as accomplices is a bit unrealistic. Even more intolerable is your continued reference to it as a homosexual ring. Such a psychopathic pattern is most assuredly just as rare and just as intolerable to homosexuals as to everyone else. The phrase "homosexual murder ring" as applied to the Dean Corll killings is sensationalistic; but it is inaccurate, misleading, and offensive to your thousands of homosexual readers. Since you will no doubt be covering the trials for some time, please consider rewording of your background material. Thanks for your consideration. Should we continue to support a big time newspaper using a 1950 approach for headlines, through careless wording, misleading concepts, and terms which have been regulated in their meaning? The term homosexuality has been re-classifiedbytheAmerican Psychiatric Association to "Sexual Orientation Disturbance" -- The HOUSTON POST approach to this story - which is of national interest is to bait the public, sway a jury selection, and to pre-judge a trial case. Does Dean Corell represent homosexuals or a mad man? Is the POST advocating a 1950 McCarthy witch hunt? Should all left handers, shadowless people, and heterosexuals that vear from the norm be exterminated before they can lay their eggs and hatch a new generation of sex-thrill killers? Is Dean Corll representative of the American heterosexual broken home????? Come on HOUSTON POST! Tell us what are you trying to say. Do you want to classify this tragic story as typical of anything we want to call American, Texan, or Houston? What group do you want Corll to represent? Should he represent any group at all? YOU printed it! Don't you have an answer? Should the homosexual stand by after the strides a few have made for ALL in the past FEW years and continue support of an award winning newspaper,aproductofthe family of our current Lt. Govenor of this great state, and remain SILENT! HENLEY TRIAL STARTS Pretrial hearings into the Houston Mass Murders began Jan. 14, 1974 int the court of Dist. Judge William M. Hatten. Defense attorneys apparent tactic is to show Henley made statements in the case without the benefit of an attorney to counsel Him. The multiple slayings came to light when Henley admitted killing Dean Corrl the night of Aug. 8, 1973 during a paint sniffing and sex party. Henley claimed he killed Corrl in self defense & the district attorney's office has supported this claim. Henley is accused in six of the multiple slayings of 27 teen age boys. Mrs. Mary Henley was the first witness. Her son was unable to speak rationally and was "going to pieces." she said. Henley's lawyer asked a delay in his murder trial, but Dist. Atty Carol Vance said he opposes any postponements. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Jan 28. An early witness, Ed. Pegelow, one of Henley's lawyers testified that Pasadena police prevented him from talking with Henley while they completed an interview with him. Henley's statements are crucial because there are no witnesses to the slayings other than the accused. Pasadena Detective David Mullican testified Wednesday. Henley gave his statements voluntarily and claimed he was "relieved to get it off his chest" Mullican said. David OwenBrooks, 18,afriend of Henley, charged in four of the slayings, took the witness stand Thursday 1.18 but would only give his name. Will Gray Attorney for Elmer Wayne Henley said that Henley will probably testify Wed 1,23. PSYCHIATRIC TURNAROUND- The diagnosis of homosexuality as an illness has been the cornerstone of oppression for a tenth of our population. It has forced many gay women and men to think of themselves as freaks. It has burdened their families and friends with fear and guilt. It has been used as a tool of discrimination in the private sector, and in the civil service, military, immigration and naturalization service health services, adoption and child custody courts. It is the rationale for perpetuating the sodomy laws of 43 states. In a single stroke, the Dec. 15 Psychiatric Assn. vote would wipe out this oppressive tool. Though the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry (1966), the National Assn. for Mental Health (1970) and the American Psychological Assn. (1972) have stated that homosexuality is not an illness, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the APA is the official nomenclature followed by all medical groups in North America, including the American Medical Assn. Though the APA view will be noted in the world nomenclature (ICDA), a worldwide change is not expected due to opp osition from Soviet-bloc psychiatrists. The substitute category (Sexual Orientation Disturbance) has been designed to prevent a few psy-. chiairists who make careers of •' changing " homosexuals, from being drummed out of their profession. But the shift in diagnosis is certain to affect the prac- - lice of a majority. And gay people themselves, no longer pressured into believing themselves sick, are likely to stage a "consumer boycott" of these psychiatrists who continue to deal with sexual orientation as a "problem". The APA position on sodomy law repeal should be a stimulus to action by state legislatures, particularly following this year's similar statement bythe American Bar Assn., and earlier recommendations by the American Law Institute, the National Institute for Mental Health and others. The APA appeal for civil-rights legislation should spur states and mini- cipalities to follow the example set in the past three years by San Francisco, Berkeley, Seattle, Columbus. Toronto. Washington D.C. AND Ann Arbor and East Lansing, Michigan. Freud said that homosexuality ■cannot be categorized as an illness," but his followers borrowed tne prevailing cultural views, and the first semi-official nomenclature called homosexuality "psychopathic personality with pathologic sexuality." This description per-" sisted until 1968, when gay people were shifted to a new category, "Sexual Deviation." Research was done exclusively on pati3nts in psychiatric treatment. The breakthrough came with the Kinsey studies of 1948 and 1953, which indicated that 25% of our - population has adult homosexual experience and 10% are predominately gay. There were alotmore gays than anyone imagined and I there was no statistical correlation between homosexuality and emotional pathology. Then came the zoologists and anthropologists like Ford and Beach (1051), who demonstrated that homosexual behavior is common among all animal species, and that 64% of non-Western societies treat homosexuality as "normal and socially acceptable" for at least some of the population. Could all these people be sick? Dr. Evelyn Hooker's contribution (1957) was to compare a group of non-patient homosexuals with a control group of heterosexuals. No correlation between homosexuality and mental illness was found, and all non-patient studies since have produced similiar results. The Gay movement has forced the psychiatric profession to look hard at this research, and then to examine the social consequences of the illness label. In 1964, the Mattachine Society of Washington, under the leadership of Dr. Frank - lyn Kameny, issued a strong statement on gay mental health. Kam-
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