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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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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 006
Transcript said Paul Burkhart, a psychiatric technician and program director who works at Atascadero State Hospital with sex offenders. "A lot of kids litterally work their way across country by being male prostitutes. There's even a song about it, "Walk on the Wild Side." Procurement rings in Dallas and Los Angeles are known to have used teen-agers, someof them minors, under the ruse of travel and education programs. Los Angeles police have broken up about a half dozen such operations in the last five years. A small scale procurement ring is known to be under investigation by authorities in San Diego. In Dallas, police broke up what they said was a nationwide ring. , Although the names of an estimated 50,000 persons were seized in the raid, a thorough check revealed that only about 1,500 persons act- r ually may have been involved either ,as prostitutes or potential customers. The remainder were justinn- ocent persons on mailing lists the operation had purchased. Prospective customers were sent pictures of 30 to 50 men available to travel nearly anywhere in the United States. Sponsors, as customers were called, paid a finder's fee to the Dallas-based Odyssey Foundation and travel expenses for the "fellow" they selected. Dallas police were reluctant to discuss the scope of the operation other than to say that it was making more than $50,000 a year. The Los Angeles-based procurement ring worked almost identically. The California Golden Boys advertised they had "regular clients as far away as Europe and South America." Described as a small scale but high class operation, the California Golden Boys required prepaid air HoosTtn ^cc fare to their destination and $125 for the first 24 hours. Two Burbank men were arrested as leaders of the ring when they supplied a 15 year old youth to undercover agents. Authorities said the operation had 15 prostitutes on the line, serving 150 customers. They advertised for clients through the Advocate, a homosexual newspaper with a circulation of about 35,000 nationwide. Johnny Johnston ran a call boy service on and off for six years in Los Angeles. At its peak from 1969-71, he ■ had 50 men working for him. They serviced about 300 clients, 100 of them a couple times a month. A well tanned, well dressed man with distinguished gray hair at 33, Johnston left his job as "madame" several years ago to go back to the world of business. He said freelancers were cutting into his business and he just got tired of the long hours he was working. The path Johnston had followed into the world of prostitution eight years ago was atypical. Released in San Francisco by the Navy with an honorable discharge, he stayed there "exploring my homosexuality" until 1965. That year he was arrested on a sodomy charge later dismissed which lost him his job and angered him so that he left San Francisco and came to Los Angeles. "I had $7 in my pocket and was walking down Hollywood Blvd. when I was approached by a hustler," he recalled. "Then I accepted one offer after another. You might say I was pushed into it by society." Johnston knows his reason sounds like an excuse but he believes it. Before long he had stepped into a "supervisory role" and his business grew to a highly sophisticated and tightly run stable of 50 men whom he had on call. Tnt*r ,ton said a great manv of his "boys", as he likes to call them were students working their way through college. He recalled one 27 year old medical school student hard pressed for money to get through his last year. The student worked for the year and leftprostitution immediately upon graduation. "He is a doctor today," Johnston boasted, obviously feeling partly responsible. Most call boys stay in the business only as long as they have to, said Johnston, with an average life as a call boy lasting only six months or so. A 22 year old prostitute working in a Los Angeles male massage parlor is saving money to go back to school, maybe in New York to major in art. At the rate he's makingmoney, it shouldn't take too long. In a good week he makes $400, $200 in a bad week. His salary comes in the form of 20% of the cost of massages (ranging from $20 to $45) and all the tips for "additonal services." He said he had his first homosexual experience when he was 17. On four occasions when he was 19 he attempted to sell himself. But each time he backed down "because I couldn't cope with it psychologically." A year ago, "after I'd been around and seen it all," he went into the business first in San Francisco and now in Los Angeles. What kind of homosexual goes to a massage parlor, uses a call boy service or picks up a hustler on Selma Ave. in Los Angeles or Turk St. in San Francisco? "Someone who is buying fantasy," according toNewtonDeiter, a 42 year old psychologist who is openly gay. Deiter who counsels at the Gay Community Services Center, 1614 Wilshire Blvd., says most of those seeking prostitutes usually want the depersonalization and lack of emotional involvement that such a passing relationship provides. They may be married with families or businessmenorcivicleaders who have not "come out" and openly professed their homosexuality. Johnston said one of the most satisfying experiences of his career involved a man who wrote him a letter praising the availability of his service. "He was happily married with a 17 year old son" Johnston recalled. "He wrote that by using our service it kept him from ever making an improper advance toward his son something he had fought back for years." More often than not, the customer might be a young person experimenting with his sexuality or an older gay attempting to reassert his sexuality. "The old adage, 'Nobody loves you when you're old and gay,' is true," said a 25 year old student in San Francisco whose classified ad in the Berkeley Barb describes him as "handsome,muscularanda dominant model." Prostitution in the homosexual community probably is just as stratified as in the heterosexual world. High class call boys working only on referrals look down on those prostitutes working in bath houses and massage parlors. Beneath them come the freelancers advertising in underground newspapers. On the bottom rung of the ladder is the common street hustler who is sometimes lucky to make $20 a night. But the organized prostitution business call boy referral rings, bath houses, massage parlors find competition from the freelancers difficult. 0 Mr. Arnold Lawson, spokes man for the Houston branch of the Metropolitan Community Church, has informed the Nuntius that the MCC Houston has now secured a location. The church will be located at 2020 Waugh Drive, in the middle of 06 and convenient to all. This project has been long awaited and worked for by a few hard-working dedicated members of the Houston Gay Community. The building was rented and the Church was given the first months rent for cleaning it up and preparing for their services. The MCC has been a big asset to the community as a whole in each city it is in. If you have a few nimutes - drop by and see what you can do to help the MCC and at the same time benefit yourself and the community. They will appreciate any help or words of encouragement we might give them. The first meeting is scheduled for the first Sunday in February and Mr. Lawson said; "we hope to have Rev. Richard Vincent as apeaker but he is in New Orleans at this time hekping to organize MCC there and his coming to Houston is not definite right now." FT WORTH: 2800 Purington Sunday Services: 7:30 pm David Carden, Interim Pastor Page 5
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