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The Nuntius, Vol. 2, No. 6, June 1971 - File 006. 1971-06. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. January 22, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/3587/show/3567.

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Title The Nuntius, Vol. 2, No. 6, June 1971
Contributor
  • Frank, Phil
Date June 1971
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 28911959
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 006
Transcript A CHRISTIAN DOPE ADDICT TELLS TRUE STORY A couple years ago I was a complete and total mental and physical wreck. I had no one to turn to and no place to go. No one cared or respected me and I didn't even respect myself. This was the result of two years of being a dope addict. If all began in 1968. I was nineteen years old. I was engaged to a girl who was sixteen. She was the most wonderful thing that had ever happened to me. I was very much in love, not with her, but with the idea of having a descent Christian life. Six weeks before we were to be married Nell was killed in an automobile accident. This completely shattered me and all my dreams. I then left my home town, which I had never left before. I didn't know where I was going or what I was going to da. I ended up in Houston. It wasn't long before I was approached with a new aspect of life, homosexuality. I had had homosexuality tendencies since I was twelve, but I had been fighting these desires. Now I knew this was what i really wanted to be. In a short period of time I met a man who I fell in love with. We soon decided to move to Los Angeles, Calif. I got a fairly good job as a cook at a truck stop. I then began college at UCLA. It wasn't long before I was aware of some strange actions from my lover. We had been in LA for over two months and he still hadn't been able to find a job. He had become very nervous and couldn't stop talking, even to the point where I wasn't able to get any sleep. One day when I got home after work I found him in bed. He had a fever and was shaking terrible. I didn't know what was wrong but I wanted to call a doctor for him. He wouldn't let me call one though, and said he would be all right as soon as a of his got there with some medicine. When his friend arrived my lover told me he needed twenty five dollars, for the medicine, but I would pay any amount so he would get well. It was then I saw what had happened to my lover. He was a spead freak, and the medicine was spead he needed for a fix. If I had known all the pain and heartache I would have to go through before it would be over, I would have left him then and there. But I was young and I did love him. We had a long talk the next morning. He told me that he was hooked on spead very badly. He was fixing twice a day which cost five dollars a fix. He couldn't get a job to support his habit and he couldn't kick it. I told him not to worry I would take care of him. I soon had to get another job besides the one I already had. I now had two jobs plus going to school five hours a day. On week days I could sleep about five hours in the afternoons. This soon was getting to me. I was getting behind in my studies. I knew I couldn't go on much longer. It was then my lover started to give speed to me, in capsule so I could keep going with no sleep. I was having to take more and more to keep going. It was then I informed my family that I wos gay. It had just the opposit reaction than I had expected. My mother wrote me letters telling me how sinful I was. She quoted Bible passages condeming homosexuals, and constantly reminded me of Nell. Now I was tired from working and school and depressed by both my lover and my mother and still greater by my religion. My lover soon found the solution to my problems. It came in a capsule. It was a 2500 mg Dexamyl either base speed. He started shooting me up. It wasn't long before I was shooting more than him. I started to lose weight, slowly at first and then faster and faster. I was a stocky 250 pounds when I started. In eighteen months I was down to 150 and 145 pounds. I looked five years older and felt even older than that. I had all but lost interest in school and I knew I couldn't continue much longer. It was then my lover left me. This was the last straw. I now had no one, I was a nobody, I didn't want to live anymore. This was also a hard time in LA for all speed freaks. The supply of speed coming into the city was all but stopped. I even would buy acid (LSD) and shoot it as all acids have speed in it. I even tried herion twice, luck- ly I am allergic to it as it made me deathly ill. One night I decided to end it all. I bought twenty Red Devils (seconals) and shot all of them at once. This should have killed me within minutes. A friend of mine found me in .ny apartment. He realized what had happened to me. He called two friends of his for help. These two people were to become the two most important influences in my life. Bob and his lover John were both twenty some odd years older than myself. They were christians, and members of a christian homosexual church, the Metropolitan Community Church. They saved my life that day, and I am glad now that they did. At first I could not understand why they worked so hard to do so, and not just to turn me into the poI ice. A few days after my attempt to commit suicide, John
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