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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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Transcript Cautiously making sure that customers make the suggestion of a sex act to guard against police officers bound by judicial entrapment rulings, such one man operations are able to conduct business with virtual impunity. A typical ad might read like this one from a recent issue of the Advocate: ATTR BLOND STUD Bodybuilder. 25, 6', 178, college student will model nude or ?? Dig almost any scene. Will travel by hour or day. (The phone number) Just like the more blatant ads for female prostitution that run in some of the underground media, police say they are unable to take any action on the basis of the advertisement alone. In Los Angeles last year, police arrested 3,400 persons for lewd conduct nearly all of them male. While no exact breakdown by sex is available on prostitution arrests, police estimate thatabout 5,000 of the 16,000 arrests for that crime were homosexual males Police said they have virtually no trouble with female homosexual prostitution. Sgt. Glen Sousa of LAPD's 70 man administrative vice squad says that more homosexual prostitution has come to the attention of police in the last couple of years as an indirect result of the more "open attitude" toward homosexuality. "Gay Lib may bring out more latents each of whom may not have the good judgment ot handle it (his homosexuality) in a lawful manner," Sousa said. Sousz maintained that the LAPD has no men permanently assigned to the problem of homosexual prostitution. Police do not go into known gay bars looking for male prostitutes unless they have received a complaint, law enforcement officials stated. Instead they said, they concentrate on public locations like rest rooms, movie theaters and such transient points as the Greyhound bus station in Hollywood. Gay leaders in Los Angeles and San Francisco agreed that law enforcement has let up some of the pressure on gay bars, though not entirely. But they still vehemently protested that most arrests are the result of entrapment. Sgt. Sousa denied it, saying vice officers are carefully instructed to avoid "enticing" situations and attempt to do nothing that would "plant the idea" of sex in the mind of a suspect. What really concerns some law enforcement officials is what they say is an increasing number of juveniles showing up in both prostitution operations and homosexual movies. Los Angeles Police Chief Edward M. Davis recently came out in opposition to matter from a 1969 report by the state Department of Mental Hygene, "Another Look at Sex Offenders in California." That study of 887 pedophiles (persons favoring children as sex partners) at Atascadero State Hospital 65% of them from Los Angeles County revealed that 75% were heterosexual while only 20% were homosexual. A study at the hospital about a year ago revealed no significant change in the makeup of sex offenders. James Moore, a consultant to the office of program review at Atascadero State Hospital, sugg- Page 6 ested that current laws may drive homosexual to abusing juveniles and young children. "Because of the social problem he might encounter by openly announcing that he is a homosexual, Moore said, a homosexual "may look to cover it up by doing so in the only place that feels comfortable with children. He does not have to deal with a mature adult who might question his sexual competency. Ray Broshears, who heads a militant gay organization in San Francisco called Helping Hands, sees still another problem when minors get involved in prostitution. "Some of these operations turn into drug and blackmail scenes," he related. "Pictures are taken of the kids and then when the youth threatens to quit he is told that if he does, these very embarrasing pictures might be sent home to his parents. Either that or they hook him on drugs so he really can't leave" On a routine misdemeanor prostitution or lewd conduct arrest, a first time offender usually is offered the opportunity to plead guilty to a lesser charge like disturbing the peace or trespassing. Although his police record will still indicate an arrest for a "sex crime" the first offender usually gets off with one or two years probation and a $50 fine. Dave Perez, head of the city attorney's criminal division, said such "plea bargaining" procedures at the time of arraingment was instigated about two years ago to help alleviate crowded court calenders. Repeated offenders, however especially in cases involving children usually are committed to Atascadero State Hospital, where the average stay may be 14 to 18 months. During that time no attempt is made to convert homosexuals unless they seek it. "We don't encourage them one way or the other," said an Atascadero aide, "Ourresponsibiltiy is to help him develop skills to keep him from breaking laws. "We help him develop proposed state legislation which would abolish criminal penalties for private sex acts between consenting adults. Taking the position that homosexual behavior is a threat to society, the chief cited studies in 1963 indicating that "homosexuals attempt to seduce young boys." No clear cut picture seems to emerge regarding the use of juveniles in prostitution and pornography. While some police officials believe they have seen an increased use of young boys, others maintain the figure is small and always has been. Probably the most recent information on the meaningful relationships, sex-related social skills. We just tell him children are out. What you do with consenting adults is fine." Societal pressure will continue to chase gays to prostitutes said Kilhefner of the Gay Community Services Center. Integrity/Houston States Position Enclosed is a handbill which was circulated during the weekend of December 1-2 at 28 gay establishments in Houston. The document is fairly self-explanatory. Since Integrity/Houston is not principally political, the board of directors and membership wish to clarify its motives. It was not Integrity's intention to select a single candidate for endorsement, but rather to make known to Houstons' Gay community the positions of all candidates regarding our special interests. Faced with complete disregard, as in the case with Hadfield, or be- gnign neglect, as in the case with Gottlieb, we must assume the worst. If a candidate will not speak to us, even through a staff worker, we cannot presume he will speak for us if elected. Houston's homophile subculture has legitimate interests and grievances. We are taxed to pay the salaries of civil servants, but are considered unfit for Civil Service ourselves. Our places of congregation are subject to raid on impulse and we are jailed on unfounded charges. Laws are applied unequally to heterosexuals and homosexuals. We have little or no appeal for discriminatory acts. We become political cannon fodder in times of moral hysteria.Careers are destroyed and family ties are severed at the caprice of those in authority. Our conscience and concern for our welfare impel us to- redress these injustices. We do not ask for special privileges or favors; we ask only for the same rights and protection of these rights that other citizens enjoy. If a political figure feels "not qualified" to address this simple proposition, he is also "not qualified" to govern the gay citizenry fairly, and is undeserving of our support. Within the constraints of our limited funds and manpower, Integrity plans to continue polling incumbents and aspirants to office and to make their responses (or lack thereof) known to our brethren This is an activity which is legitimate, responsible and necessary. It reflects our desire for an informed electorate and for an improvement in our general welfare. We hope it is received in this spirit. A | UMCWT! Integrity/Houston, a homophile organization, invited the three leading Mayoral candidates to separately address the group on any topic that any candidate felt was relevant The responses were, as follows: Bud Hadfield: No response whatsoever. Dick Gottlieb: An aide telephoned to say that they did not feel qualified to peak on that topic. Fred Hofheinz: Personally appeared before Integrity for an hour and twenty minutes and endorsed Gay Rights. Fred pledged equal opportunity in hiring and promot- ioms under Civil Service and an end to police harrassment of Gays. He is receptive to establishing a liaison between the police and the gay community in order to eliminate some of the harmful misconceptions which now exist. He believes the Police Academy should include instruction on improving community relations with minority groups, including Gays, in addition to acontinuingprogram of sensitivity training. There is only one candidate in the runoff who believes that the status quo for Houston's Gays requires improvement. Think about that seriously before you vote on December 4, because it will profit you little to do so afterwards if your personal rights are violated. Voting for the candidate of your choice is your right voting is your responsibility! If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem! Please pass this on to a Gay Brother or Sister GAY FILM MAKERS HIT Earlier this month 10 vice officers armed with warrants halted operation of two of the nations largest makers of Gay movies. Jaguar Productions and Pat Rocco were the objects of abuse by this law enforcement agency. Details are not known at this time but at the home of Pat Rocco, where the warrants were executed, was Rob Cole, News Editor for The Advocate. Mr. Cole was detained by the officers and not permitted to leave but the outcome of this and details will be in the next Advocate. /CD%UMMERJ
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