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The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 3, No. 6, June 1972 - File 002. 1972-06. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 22, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/3749/show/3725.

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Title The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 3, No. 6, June 1972
Contributor
  • Frank, Phil
Date June 1972
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 28912012
Collection
  • 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 gNUNTlUS JUNE, 1972 HOUSTON. TEXAS DALLAS HOST GAY PRIDE PARADE The homophile organizations in Texas and Oklahoma are united in planning a GAY PRIDE PARADE for downtown Dallas Saturday morning, June 24th,beginningat 10am, Although originally the idea of the Circle of Friends (the oldesthomo- phiie organization in the Southwest) the Metropolitan Community Chu- but in a different way: "The queers are coming out of the woodwork." Gay citizens prefer to think, "The Lord is my shepherd and he knows I'm gay." The Dallas Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has volunteered to help the gay community by serving as impartial ob- rch of Dallas, the Dallas Free Church ,5ervers along the parade route. The parade will begin at 10 am at the corner ofMarketandMain,will proceed down Main Street, and will end one block past City Hall. Participants must meet and be ready to march by 9:30 am. The Metropolitan Community Church of Oklahoma City will offer communion for those who wish to partake of it before the parade begins. Immediately following the parade, a picnic is scheduled at Flag Pole Hill overlooking White Rock Lake. Each person is asked to bring his or her own food and beverage. The picnic is open to the entire gay and straight communities. the Purple Star Tribe, and the Metropolitan Community Church of Oklahoma City, along with the NUNTIUS-OUR COMMUNITY plan to participate. There will be floats, decorated cars, streamers, banners , confetti, and balloons. Straights have been invited to march alongside their gay brothers and sisters, and many plan to do so. For the previous two years there have been GAY PRIDE PARADES in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and other cities. Austin had a parade last year. But this will be a first for Dalllas. The parade celebrates the day in 1969 when New York City Police routinely raided the Stonewall Inn, at 53 Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. Peaceful gay patrons were put into the street as police took action against the bar's management. Groups of gays gathered and barricaded the police into the bar and then began a series of protest gatherings within the neighborhood. These actions led e- eventually to the formation of the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activist's Alliance. According to Chris McKee, chairman of the parade committee, the purpose of the parade is not to flaunt our sexual preferences in the faces of heterosexuals, but to show the world that we are no longer content to remain in our dark closets in secret and fear. This is our way of asserting: We are GAY AND PROUD. One straight man at last ■ year's parade said the same thing, Gay men and women from all over Texas and the Southwest will be meeting in Dallas for the weekend of June 23rd, 24th, and 25th, to celebrate the gay national holiday--Christopher Street Liberation Day. Dallas' biggest bars are planning special events for the Friday night before the parade. On the big Saturday, marchers will gather at Main and Market streets to link arms, carry banners, and show the world that "we are no longer afraid." After the parade a picnic will be held on Flagpole Hill. Housing will be provided for out- of-town guests by members of the Dallas Metropolitan Community Church and the Circle of Friends. Hosts are busy planning a mad round of special entertainment forme weekend - tours of the local bars and bahts and house parties. Those wishing housing should call 824- 0770 upon arriving in Dallas. There are many who can not afford to "come out" because of jobs, families, and personal reasons. But everyone can help. Money is needed. Volunteers are asked to help decorate cars, floats, and making banners. WE ALL STAND TO GAIN. BRUTALITY TO GAY PRISONERS Washington prison officials were accused today of brutal harassment and morbid discrimination directed toward homosexual residents of the State Prison at Walla Walla. The charges were made this morning at a press conference by the directors of Stonewall, a residential treatment center for homosexual persons in trouble with drugs, alcohol, and crime. William H. DuBay, community relations director at Stonewall, stated: "Within the prison, there are many ethnic and cultural groups o^ every race, creed, and color being represented in some way on the Residential Government Council, except homosexuals. The attempts of Gay people there to organize and gain protection have been completely thwarted by the Warden, Bobbi Rhay, leaving Gays without representation in the very important areas of classification hearings, parole hearings, progress hearings, custody reductions, or personal counselling. Homosexuals at Walla Walla are simply being warehoused as inferior forms of life, treated as problems rather than human beings. They have no protection againstthepre- judice of other residents, the guards, the administration, or the parole board. "In an attempt to offer a viable alternative in a qualified rehabilitation program, Stonewall was founded. Instead of cooperating with our efforts, prison officials have refused to allow us to set up parole programs for Gays in prison--and this in spite of the fact that we are an approved parole program, and that we are approved also by the Adult Authorities of California and Oregon. "Prison authorities have gone so far as to refuse our correspondence and return letters addressed to them. We have appealed in vain to the Governor's office, demanding an explanation. It seems that the government'^admirable attempts at prison reform and community-based corrections have been overcome by sexual superstition, bias, ignorance, and fear. The government must also take the blame for attitudes which foster the brutal rapings, murders, beatings, and suicides of the homosexual residents of our state prisons." Dr. Frank Kameny was fired from his government job as an astronomer on the grounds of his homosexuality- -this despite his government rating of "superior." (Can America afford to lose her best scientist because of such silly- assed bias?) Since that moment, Frank has been a giant in the Gay Movement. It's been said of him, "He is the nation's most persistent thorn in the sides of bovern- ment with respect to homosexuals what Ralph Nader is to General Motors with respect to automobile safety. This remarkable gay leader taught himself to read at the age of 4, entered college at 15, and faught for all our freedoms in World War II. After the war, he returned to his studies and received his Ph.d. degree from Harvard. It was Kameny who coined our gay national slogan GAY IS GOOD! This brilliant leader helped organize the first White House picket line in 1965. Although not a lawyer, lawyers and law journals often consult him. Kameny was the first self- declared gay to run for Congress, as a nonvoting delegate to the House of Representatives in 1971. 1 He ran, not expecting to win the office, but to force politicians to pay attention to the government's treatment of gays. OUR COMMUNITY NOThiNQ HUMAN IS ALIEN TO US
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