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The Nuntius, Vol. 2, No. 6, June 1971 - File 024. 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/3585.

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Title The Nuntius, Vol. 2, No. 6, June 1971
Contributor
  • Frank, Phil
Date June 1971
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • 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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Transcript In San Antonio period 106 Navarro St. SUNDAY (CRUNCH - 3 to 5 The nimble fingers of DANNA at the piano. 223-5474 PLAw IATION seriously and he replied: "I am afraid to get into my car without checking the hood, trunk and underneath it and have been doing this for some months. I don't walk out a door without look ing each way before passing through it. My friend and I do take these threats seriously." Mr. Cappell then asked: "Check around and see what has happened to Mike Whiticker? He has not been seen since last Friday night when he left very suddenly and there is no one that knows what has happened to him, not even his roommate Dusty. Mike has received the same threats that I have". In checking THE NUNTIUS found that Mike Whiticker did leave Houston rather suddenly. It is understood that he is with his family out of state but we do not know his exact whereabouts but are led to believe he is all right. ■Mr. Cappell then volunteered: "Ronnie. Levine has offeree"'me $10,000 to leave town and not testify at 'the forthcoming arson trial.,-# but I have refused his offer. I don't need their money". :" Mr. Cappell then said: "I have lined up an attorney and bondsman-, recornrrtenaed'- by Lannis Thompson to baij me out and act in my defence in the event Ronnie Levine after my having refused to take his money filed extortion charges against me in retaliation". The NUNTIUS contacted Lann is Thompson and wos told: "Yes! I refered Bob Cappell to on attorney, one of my ex-partners and al so to a bondsman. I told the bondsman that if he received a call from Cappell and the charge was extortion and nothing else that I would pay the bond fee". Mr. Thompson was then asked what he thought about the threats and he answered: "these threats are most serious". RITTER Ritter and another person to make the false alarm report, supposedly taking place in the Club Romulus. Ritter's record includes other previous arrests with convictions. Witnesses have also alledgedly implicated Ritter in recent harrassment tactics against The Armadillo Club, resulting in police raids in search of narcotics. In each instance anonymous telephone calls were received by Houston Police. No charges have been filed in connection with this investigation to date. »* Prior to: becoming man- agerof C>ub Romulus, Ritters t-oysiness.rJp«xperience included posing in "The nude for beef- ; cake . magazine pictures. .According •» to employees, ,* »T w » i. members and guests, hi s management of the Club Romulus was marked by ' exotic-checking account pro- ceedypes, ,unusual bookkeeping methods and steadily ' declining - business. After several weeks of virtually no business, the Club Romulus was sold to Mr. Joe Anthony and Thomas Vecera. It is now gayboy International Club. AARC PICKETS HOUSTON - On the afternoon of May 8th the Rev. Dr. Billy Hudson and the Rev. Don Flanders of the AARC Church of Montrose went to the Downtown YMCA of Houston to arrange for a church service to be held on May 23rd. A meeting hall was reserved for the newly formed Church of montrose and payment was deposited and duly receipted by the YMCA auth- orties. The AARC (American Association of Religious Crusaders) ministers then proceeded with their plans for the first service by printing announcements and contacting supporters of the homophile community- Circulars were distributed giving the date and place of the first religious service and response was impressive- A number of professional and religious leaders of the areo expressed support for the Chr i stian ministry of the two ministers, and were pleased that the YMCA had for the second time made space available to a primarily Gay relitious organisation. (The Metropolitan Community Church was the first such group.) On May 20th Mr. A. J. Firkessen of the YMCA telephoned asking for the Rev. Dr. Hudson. Dr. Hudson got in touch with Mr. Firkessen the next day and was advi sed that the reserved space would not be made available to the Church of Montrose because "the air conditioning was out and the assembly hall hired by Dr. Hudson was full of construction material." Dr. Hudson asked if another space would be made available on such short notice by the YMCA since it would not be possible to notify the peop le who were coming for the service on the 23rd. Dr, Hudson was advi sed th i s would not be possible at the YMCA. It was suggested he contact the YWCA. Dr. Hudson telephoned the YWCA and was told space would be available on May 23rd. Arrangements were then made for the YMCA to transfer the money deposited to the YMCA and a poster to be placed in the YMCA announcing the change of location. About four hours after these arrangements were made, Dr. Hudson received a call from the YWCA and was informed the spaed promised was now unavailable to him and his religious group. The YWCA now claimed the space had been previously reserved but that the reservation had not yet been posted in their ledge r. Dr. Hudson in desparation called the YMCA (at about 5:00 p.m.) seeking assistance, but was told by Mr. Firkessen that "I'm sorry but there is nothing I can do." When asked if the YMCA would reimburse him and the church for the circulars Dr_Hudson was told, "No." Although this amount it is a strain on such a small church's budget. Upon investigation on May 23rd The Nuntius discovered that the space in question at the YMCA was not filled with construction material and it's air conditioning was functioning. The regularly scheduled YMCA Sunday Service was held in the morning. Of course, this is no great surprise to The Nuntius. The YMCA simply did not want the Church of Montrose to use their hallowed facilities and tied to arrange the matter. The space previously reserved at the YWCA was, of course, empty until about 4:00 p.m., two hours past the 2:00 p.m. time set for the Church of Montrose services. The YWCA also lied its way out of permitting the use of its sacred premises by the Church of Montrose. On Sunday, May 23rd, at 2:00 p.m., the Rev . Dr. Hudson and the Rev. Mr. Flanders along with two associates in the Church of Montrose (one of whom is a resident of the YMCA) picketed the Downtown YMCA at 1600 Louisiana for about an hour without incident. They arrived at the YMCA in a VW bus bearing signs of protest at their unjust treatment by the YMCA. After the picketing, the bus was then driven through the Montrose area of Houston to call attention to the YMCA duplicity. The actions of the YMCA and of the YWCA would indicate the misuse of the name "Christian" in their legal titles. These organisations simply lied and cheated the Church of Montrose because the church ministers especial^ ly to the homophile community of Houston. Period. Probably the most ridiculous thing about this is the well-known reputation of the YMCA in every country of the wodd as a virtual male brothel. Hardly everyone working or living at a YMCA is Gay, but at the same time, quite a large number who do, are. And if this information starts a witch-hunt by the usual sexually mal- ad justed yahoos interested in such bizarre things, so be it. In the meantime, the YMCA and the YWCA might consider changing their names to avoid further abusing the name "CHRISTIAN." AUSTIN BOOR MART FINEST LINE OF ADULT BOOKS AND MAGAZINES IN AUSTIN. MOVIE ARCADE 25* 305 East 6th St. Austin, Tex.
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