she hasn't spoken to her yet."
Ministers and doctors who are
not trained in psychology or psychiatry say the subject of homosexuality is still most impossibly
difficult for them to deal with.
Bob Lewis is a young artist who
is active in the gay liberation
He and many other homosexuals
released statements and wrote letters to The News deploring the
mass murders which were unearthed last week in Houston.
"I am also offended by the
mail-order homosexual ring which
was broken up in Dallas," said
Lewis. "The gay people here look
at it just as the straights would
at a prostitution ring. There are
those who deal in prostitutes and
those who don't."
The most common meeting
ground for homosexuals in Dallas
is in about 30 bars, mostly located in the Oak Lawn area.
THE BARS ar as varied in style
and atmosphere as the groups who
drift into them. Some are what
regulars call "campy queer",
complete wihhomosexual comedians and female impersonators and
others are simple quiet places
where people gather to do some
serious talking and beer drinking.
Some are open only to women,
some only to men. But most accept both sexes but get a predominance of one.
For many who consider themselves "closet homosexuals,"
these bars are a safe place to
meet friends and not fear discovery. Many of the customers are
married and say they married for
frankly bisexual. Others are single
and consider this to be a part of
their gay community.
Other homosexuals find the idea
of socializing at bars distasteful
and limit their socializing to
private homes. All are disgusted
by and fearful of "the straight
who wander in tolookattheshow."
Many of the places have back entrances and are good about keeping
out the people who just come in
For many, the formation of the
Metropolitan Community Church
has been a good solution.
"IT IS A CHURCH notforhomosexuals, but one which offers the
homosexual a safe and comfortable
place to come and worship. All
churches are not so Christian in
their attitudes," said the Rev.
Mr. Vincent, the minister.
He explained he performs weddings in the church. If the couple
is of the same sex, it is called
a union. But is is the same cere
mony that is used for a straight
marriage. Mr. Vincent says, however, he requires gay couples to
go through extensive counseling to
make sure they know whattheyare
doing. He said the unions have no
"Any popular misconception,"
said a Dallas school teacher who
calls himself Steve Johnson when
giving interviews about his homosexuality, "is that mostgaypeople
are concentrated in the world of
show business or hair dressing.
This is not true. A lot of them
drift there because they are two
areas where homosexuality is
openly accepted. But believe me,
there are as many gay school
teachers in Dallas as there are
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"There are plenty of very sought
after yount men in this city,"
said Bob Lewis, "who make it
a point to date the prettiest girls
they can find. Many a girl would
like to marry them, but their
object is to be seen. In order to
keep an embarrassing situation
from occurring, they have to keep
switching girls. The pressure is
intense," said Bob Lewis. "I did
this for a long time and finally
gave up. It wasn't fair to me and
wasn't fair to the girls I was
dating. But survival is the main
thing and we all have our own
ways of doing it."
That was the headline screaming
from the top of page one of the
Dallas Morning News, August 15,
1973. According to the News, this
was a nationwide operation and was
uncovered by police in a raid at
3716 Cole Avenue. John Paul Norman, 45, the alleged leader, three
adult men and two teen-agers were
arrested. A mailing list of 50,000
to 100,000 listings was seized along
with booklets containing the
pictures and names of teen-agers
and young adult males.
Captain Bennie Newman, commander of the youth division said
there was no evidence to link the
Oddyssey Foundation to the brutal
murders of the young men in
Detectives, led by Lt. Harold
Hancock of the intelligence division raided the second floor apartment which was described as a
■"crash pad" and seized a pickup
truck full of files, pornographic
literature, a camera, photo-engraving equipment, stationery, an
electric typewriter and hundreds
of booklets with names and addresses. A quantity of marijuana
was also seized. Those arrested
were booked for conspiracy to
commit sodomy, possession of
commit sodomy, possession of
narcotics, and contributing to the
delinquency of a juvenile.
The Odyssey Foundation had a
San Diego, California post office
box, and the Cole apartment was
listed as ''Epic International.''
HOW IT WORKED - Thousands
of unsolicited letters were mailed
inviting readers to become members of the Odyssey Foundation
for a yearly membership of $15.00.
For an additional $3.00, one could
buy a booklet containing pictures
of young men, their names, physical descriptions, ages and
interests. According to Officer
Newman, the youths were procured
from bus stations and from solicitations by mail. But the booklet
gave the impression that these
were bright young men eager to
learn from travel. If you wanted
to be a "sponsor," you financed
the youth's (called "fellow") flight
to your town where he would be a
guest in your home for a few days
before flying to the next "sponsor." According to Newman, the
boys received expenses and some
pocket money and usually stayed
from one to three days. Dallas was
the "dispersal point."
John Paul Norman, freed on
$7,000 bond, was arrested in 1954
and 1956 for committing sexual
assaults in Houston. Disposition of
these cases is unknown. In California, Mr. Norman was convicted
in 1963 for sex pervision and in
1965 was committed by the state