Disappoin tm en ts
By Ron Stone
HIGHLIGHTS. Recently at a gathering
of friends from the office, the conservation somehow had turned to the Houston
mass murders. This subject seems still to
be a popular one in some circles. One
blond haired dude, who by the way is
very proud of his German ancestry, made
the comment, "Well, what else do you expect from faggots." Whereupon his date
for the evening (who is a friend of mine)
turned to him and said, "And I suppose
all Germans kill Jews." A feeling of silence went through the room, and before
the evening was over, the feeling towards
Gays had improved about 100%. With
friends like her on our side, awareness is
surely spreading. It made me realize that
people do care about our plight, and whether it is verbal or not, more and more
people are becoming our defenders.
DISAPPOINTMENTS. Did you ever
hear the phrase, "He is his own worst
enemy. "? It has occurred to me that
often we are our worst enemy. You will
find few critics more severe on gay people than gays themselves. They not only
find fault with other gays, but it sometimes seems that we actually look for
faults. Think back about how many
times you have called someone an old
queen, or said, "look at that nellie thing. "
We need to have pride in ourselves. . . or
how else can we seek respect from anyone
else. Next time, if you think something
bad about someone, don't say it; or better
yet, say something nice instead.
HIGHLIGHTS. I recently had a friend
who is a hair dresser tell me that when he
decided to go into that business he knew
people would assume that he was gay.
And even though he was gay, he still
found it hard to accept in the public eye.
He told me, however, that as time went
on and he became established in the business, "I wasn't expected to be anything
but human, and no one made any great
demands." It is wonderful when a gay
person finally realizes for himself that no
one expects him to be anything "but human," and he knows that he can truly
face the world and become a part of
humanity in his own right!
DISAPPOINTMENTS. An organization
that is desperately working for the gay
cause to help you when you need help
is slowly dying for lack of funds. A URA
of Fort Worth is in need of funds to help
you. There are calls in the middle ofthe
night, "I am in jail; can you help me? "
or "I am lonely. Is there a place in the
world for me. Talk to me, please. " It
would be so sad if for a lack of a few
dollars the answer had to be "No, we
aren 't able to help you. Sorry. " They are
not asking for a lot of money... a subscription to the paper would help. Collect
aluminum beer cans and deliver them to
the A URA office. Give a dollar or the
price of a beer. You CAN help, and there
is no reason why you can't. Workers are
needed for the paper. Dallas is getting
behind the paper, and we are planning
to work towards making this something
we can all be proud of. Isn 't it time you
were out and doing for someone besides
yourself? And, besides, this way you will
be helping all of us. Helv a little or a lot.
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sequel, Funny Lady, starring Barbra Streisand.)
However, moviegoers can certainly stay
busy. All-star disaster epics are "in" this
season with Airport 1975 and Earthquake.
Steve McQueen and Paul Newman star in
The Towering Inferrto from Irwin Allen,
the producer who started the catastrophe
cycle with The Poseidon Adventure.
Gold, another large-scale venture, features
a fantastic mine flooding sequence and
stars Roger Moore (who also returns once
again as James Bond in The Man With the
Warner Brothers has only one release between now and year's end, Freebie and
the Bean, a comedy starring Alan Arkin
and James Caan.
From Paramount comes Richard Kiley as
The Little Prince and David Hartman in
The Island at the Top ofthe World.
From Universal will be a remake of 77i<?
Front Page with Jack Lemmon, Walter
Matthau and Carol Burnett. On the zany
side is Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein
and Phantom ofthe Paradise with Paul
Other films that could be in line for an
Oscar include: Agatha Christie's mystery,
Murder on the Orient Express; Lenny,
with Dustin Hoffman; The Klansman with
Richard Burton; and The Tamarind Seed
starring Omar Sharif.
NOTES: U.S. tours on the way include
Led Zeppelin, Paul and Linda McCartney
and George Harrison . . . John Davidson
got all dolled up (in drag) for a recent
roll in the Streets of San Francisco television series . . . Cher Bono receives
$26,000 monthly from Sonny.
... A poll of English fans named David
Bowie Number 3 in the Best Male Vocalist category and Number 1 in the Best
Female Vocalist contest . . . Carol Chan-
ning has been giving dinner parties for
Martha Mitchell .
Fort Worth N.O.W. Forms
Lesbian Task Force
The Fort Worth Chapter of the National Organization for Women
has formed a Lesbian Task Force.
Object of the Task Force is to gather data on how the needs and
problems of the Lesbian Community can best be met in today's
highly structured and often times oppressive society.
We need and welcome your ideas and participation. For information about meetings, etc., call the number listed below Monday-
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and leave a message for "Sam."
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