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The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 3, No. 6, June 1972 - File 016. 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/3739.

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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
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 28912012
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 016
Transcript GAY JUSTICE by Allen Young NEW YORK - Beating up faggots is nothing new. Police indifference to those who commit violence against faggots is also nothing new. A recent incident of such violence and indifference, however, is about to make a very interesting court case in New York City. It all started on the evening of Saturday, April 15, when a contingent of demonstrators from the Gay Activists Alliance (GAAO invaded the allual celebration of the Inner Circle. This event, as New York Post columnist James Wech- sler described it, was "a not very exclusive affair sponsored by the city's active and retired political writers and City Hall reporters and attended at $100- a-head by a variety of public officials, politicans, press agents and assorted entreprenerus." The gay people had come to protest media oppression, including a recent Daily News editorial urging that homosexuals be denied employment in city jobs. The gay's plan was to hand out leaflets and express a protest over the microphone. When the protesters' presence became known, however, several burly types responded by punching and kicking. Several GAA members were the victims of this incredibly brutal assault. Former GAA president Jim Owles was severely cut around the eye. Leading the charge of these two-fisted heterosexual American males was Michael Maye, head of the fireman's union (and a former boxing champ). The cops stood by and did nothing except to encourage the violence against the gay people. Since the incident, seven victims of the violence, in association with GAA, have gone to the district attorney to ask that Maye be arrested for assault. But it seems that Maye will attempt to file counter-charges, and there's no saying how things will turn out. Incidents of this type usually end up as a legal stand-off, as it is difficult to prove who started a fight (blatant assault of course is not "a fight," but Maye is already charging aggression by the gay people). Besides, gay people are usually in the closet and are unlikely to want to go to court for any reason -- and it's always a good bet that a homosexual will not get fair treatment in a courtroom. At this writing, it is impossible to predict who will be named by the districtattorney as "complainant" and who as "defendant. "William Kunstler, who is one of the lawyers in the case, predicted that the district attorney might move first against the gay people. He said that "anything to take the heat off Mike Maye will be done.'' A few years ago, there wouldn't be any question about a jury siding with smiling, rough-and-tough Mike Maye. Chances are still pretty good that a man like Maye has a much better chance at receiving justice than a bunch of indiscreet faggots, indiscreet faggots. But the gay people are going to make a fight for it. Emily J. Goodman and Harold Wiener, two of the GAA attorneys, have already said thay will challenge members of any jury dealing with the case on the basis of jurors' attitudes toward homosexuality. A true trial by jury of peers would involve an all-gay jury -- obviosuly an impossibility. But perhaps jurors' who are blantantly sexist can be eliminated. (Prosecution attorneys will probably attempt to eliminate any gay jurors, too.) Four city officials have already promised to testify on behalf of the GAA people, though a popular figure like May may be getting together a lot of people in his camp, too. The city officials who say they'll support the gay complainants are Leonard N. Cohen, deputy borough president of Manhattan; John P. Scanlon, assistant administrator of the Economic Development Administration; Dave M. Grant, directorof public affairs for the Housing and Development Administration; and Ethan Geto, press secretary to the Bronx borough president. Geto spoke at a GAA press con ference May 1 and told of his '' shock" at how police had "adamantly refused to take any action whatsoever, loudly proclaiming their protective feelings for Mr. Maye." TEXAS NEEDS A CONSENTING ADULTS LAW o > > < > 30 O c H m 1.3 IS' 13
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