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Title Community News, No. 7, March-April 1975
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  • Reid, Allen
Publisher AURA; Texas Gay Task Force Communications Committee (Northern Region)
Date March 1975-April 1975
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
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  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dallas, Texas
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  • newspapers
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
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Transcript • GA)' PAPER OF NORTH TEXAS 35~ March-April 1975 D1llas I Fort Worth Number 7 Bill Introduced To Repeal • State Homosexual Conduct Law ( Austit1) Repeal of this state's homosex­ual conduct law is the aim of a bill intro­duced into the Texas House of Represen­tatives Febrt..Jry 17 by Rep. Craig Wash­ington of Houston. If enacted, H.B. 759 would repeal Section 21.06 of the Texas Penal Code, which reads: • Section 21.06. Homosexual Conduct (a) A person commits an offense if he engages in deviate sexual intercourse with another individual of the same sex. (b) An offense under this section is a Class C. Misdemeanor. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, which is chaired by Washington. !louse Bill 759 would simply repeal Sect10n 21.06, which has been singled out by gay activists in Texas as the pri­mary basic cause of most (if not all) of the discrimination gays face in employ­ment, housing and dealings with the po­lice. The Texas Gay Task Force has been busy t:dking to the legislators to try to build support for HB 759. Two co-spon­sors have been added to the bill, but their names were not available at press time. The main concern of the Task Force at this time is to get HB759 out of commit­tee, which will take six positive votes from the eleven-member committee. The Task f-orce is arranging for a group of psychologists, psychiatrists, lawyers. min- A ters, educators and gay people to testify ~ Austin for the bill during the commit· tees' open hearings which are scheduled for April ~ . Professional and religious support is being cultivated by the Task Force, and the Homosexual Counseling Conference, held in Dallas earlier this month, was the first non-gay body to of­ficially pass a resolution calling for the passage of HB759. TGTF is planning a major campaign throughout the state to build support for the bill when and if it gets to the floor of the House of Representatives. If Texas passes HB759, it will become the tenth state of the nation to repeal private adult homosexual Jaws. More information concerning the cur­rent status of the bill may be obtained by contacting the Texas Gay Task Force, P.O. Box 7318, Fort Worth, TX 76111, or (817) 338-0128. Suit Filed Against Fort Worth Police KEN CYR FIRED FROM JOB IN AFTERMATH ( Fort Worth) Ken Cyr, director of A URA, filed a class action lawsuit February 26 against Fort Worth Police Chief T.S. Walls, Deputy Chief H.F. Hopkins, Capt. C.E. Hogue (head of vice and intelligence) and two unnamed police officers. The day after the suit was made public by the local media, Cyr was fired from his job as a postal clerk at Texas Christian University. The only reason given was "inefficiency." Filed in Federal Judge Eldon Mahon's court, the suit charges the police with in­vasion of privacy and deprivation of civil rights. The suit specifically centers around an alleged incident last June 22 during the 1974 Texas Gay Conference, sponsored by the Fort Worth Dallas 1etroplex Gay Council at 4301 Miller 111 Fort Worth. "On this occasion,'' the suit contends, "the two unnamed defendant police offi­cers came to the location in question, cir­cled the church repeatedly. and very ob­viously, for all to see, recorded the license numbers of approximately thirty-six auto­mobiles (including plan tiff Cyr's) located at the church. Later on the same day, two and possibly more participants leav­ing the Conference were stopped by the same officers or other officers employed by the Fort Worth Police Department for questioning and a driver's license check. The license numbers and names recorded were later released for publication to Fort Worth reporters." The suit goes on to say that·· . . . this course of harassment and surveillance has included not onl~ the above alleged con­Co111i1111cd 011 P(1ge <J) Co111JS'elillf Collfere1Jce ~upportS' Cay Ca11S'e (Dallas) One hundred mental health and helping professionals from three states attended an all-day workshop on counsel­ing and homosexuality in Dallas on March l. One of a nationwide series of such conferences sponsored by the llomosex- 11al Counseling Joumal, the Dallas confer­ence aimed to sharpen counselors' aware­ness of the special problems of homosex­uals and their families. The Community Semccs Division of Mountain View Col· lege of the Dallas County Community College District hosted the event. Dr. Ralph Blair, psychologist and editor of the Homosexual Cozmselmg Joumal and director of the Homosexual Com­munity Counseling Center, Inc., of cw York City, gave the keynote address. Dr. Blair emphasized that mental health pro· fessionals all too often carry the same attitudes of the general public about ho­mosexuality and have not been adequate­ly prepared to deal with homosexual per­sons and their families. According to Dr. Blair, homo exuatity should be viewed as a variety of sexual expression and not as a deviation which must be seen as sickness or sin. Richard van Cleve Allen Reid Scott Stebelman Communications Director Managing Editor Dallas Editor Staff: rlo, Randy Beitel, Rip Corley, Ken Cyr, Mark Elgin, Sue Harris, Mike Merrill, Alexander Langham.Wayne Ribble, Kay Wilson and others. Comm1111i(v News is published by the ~orthern Region of the Texas Gay Task Force (Communications Committee) and by AURA (Awareness, Unity and Re­search Association), not for profit but as a service to the Gay Community. Opinions expressed in Community News The psychologist contended that the family of a homosexual person also needs counseling if they are "blaming" them­selves and are distraught or rejecting. "They often ask how their son or daugh­ter could possibly be happy as a homo­sexual. I often ask them how their homo· sexual son or daughter could possibly be happy as a heterosexual," stated Dr. Blair. "All that went wrong is the erroneous ex· pectation that everyone will be a hetero­sexual person." He also believes that if the homosexual can cope with his or her homosexuality, the other unexpected things in life will be easier to handle. Following Dr. Blair's address, a panel of local mental health prof es ionals gave brief presentations and fielded questions from the audience. Panel members in­cluded Dr. Robert Dain, assistant pro­fessor of psychology at the University of Texas Health Science Center of Dallas; Dr. Bill West, psychiatrist; Dr. Dolores Dyer, clinical psychologist: Ms. Shirley Switzer, social worker; Dr. Perry Gross, a local physician in family practice; Rip Corley, registered nurse and specialist in crisis in­tervention; and Ms. Betty King, counselor and founding director of the "gay line," a not necessarily reflect the views of tlus publication, AURA, the Northern Region of the TGTF, or of their members. Mailing Addresses: P.O. Box 7367 Fort Worth, TX 76111 P.O. Box 9928 Dallas, TX 75214 Telephone: Fort Worth (817) 338-0128 Dallas (214) 827-2798 are tho e of the individual writers and do SUBSCRIPTION RATE<, is $4 (!st Class) 2 / COMMUNITY NHWS / /'.fARCll-APRIL 75 crisis intervention and information tele­phone. During the afternoon session, the work. shop participants formed small discussion groups on various topics such as aging and homosexuality, bisexual behavior, coming out, parents of homosexual children, ho­mosexual parents, lesbian/feminists, gay couple counseling, gay social options and religion and homosexuality. Each group summarized their discussion and reported to the closing session. A compilation of these summaries will be published in the July issue of llomosex11a/ Counseling Journal. Final action of the conference was the unanimous passage of the following reso­lution: "WHEREAS homosexually oriented persons have historically suffered from emotional and social stress due to the criminalization of the private homosexual acts of con sen ting adults, and "WHEREAS all human being , regard­less of sexual orientation have the inalien­able, fundamental right to engage in affcc­tional- sexual relations with other consent· ing adults in private, therefore: "BE IT RESOLVED that the assembled helpin~ professionals (psychiatrists, psy· • cholog1sts, counselors, social workers, ed­ucators and others) meeting together at the Homosexual Counseling Workshop at Dallas, Texas, on March 1, 1975, hereby go on record in unanimous support of H.B. 759, the current effort to repeal Sec­tion 21.06 of the Texas Penal Code." and $3 (3rd Class) for 12 issues mailed in plain envelope. LETTERS to the editor of Communitv News should be signed. However, nar~1e will be withheld upon request. All letters are subject to editing to meet space re­quirements and to remove potentially libelous statements. Publication of the name of any person, businc~s or group in Community News should not be constured as any indication of t~ze sexual preference of that person, busmess or group, or of their employees or members. • AD RATFS available upon request. WANT ADS Sec Wan tads section of this paper • Editor: I found Rip Corlcy's column on "What About Being Gay on the Job?" both amusing and terribly sad. It was nothing but an echo of the old straight maxim that "if you stay in your place, we won't bother you," i.e., second-class citizen. Corley's statement that our need for protective employment laws was "probab­ly true" indicated to me a total lack of understanding of the situation. If there were such laws, even the most closeted, paranoid Gay would not have to fear a "camp" remark being directed toward him or her. In any case, it seems that the employer should enter such a situation only when the persons involved fail to resolve any difficulties. I do not wish to under-emphasize discretion, but how one wishes to be treated is a personal and individual choice, and it is the individual's responsibility to communicate this to another, not the employer's. Straights also use camp, and office morale will not be upset is camp state­ments, gay or straight, are taken for what they are: humorous. • I also was wondering if there is anything ubout Gay People that Mr. Corley does like. llis first two columns seem to me to have been telling us how to be more like straights, and I don't think the straights have been doing such a great job of run­ning the world. Also, has Mr. Corley forgotten his Gay Sisters? If his column is going to address itself to the entire Gay Community, it should stop condemning the Queens (for they are Gay) and ignoring the Lesbians (for they are Gay, too). Ken Cyr Dear Sir: The "Rappin' with Rip (Corley)" col­umn in your last issue ("What about being gay on the job?") trivializes the issue of employment discrimination against gays. Gays are not seeking the right to "camp" or "tell dirty jokes" on the job, but the right to have the job, free from the fear of being fired if their em­ployers should discover that they are gay. I have often heard the anti-gay argu­ment: "sure you can be gay, as long as you don't flaunt it." Corley's argument comes dangerously close to this, with his distinction between "gays who are fired merely for being gay" and gays who are "provocative in their manner." Would merely revealing oneself to be gay constitute a "provocation" in Cor­ley's eyes? It is unfortunate to see a gay commen­tator give so much ground to the anti-gay arguments used to justify the denial of our rights. Name Withheld GAY RAIDER Dear Brother Allen: About your paper. It's really nice: it gives information that is needed in the community. We need to become more aware of, and more in touch with our own community, since the Het media has blacked us out of view. I'm glad to see that many cities around the country are beginning to work inside the community. as well as outside. Please keep me on your mailing list since I want to know all that is happen­ing in your area, and it seems that can be done by reading the Community News. In Gay Love, Mark Segal, Executive Director Gay Raiders NEW TEXAS PUBLICATION FOR LES BIAN/FE !\11~ 1 T (Houston) Pointblank Times, a new pub­lication for lesbian ff eminists, began pub­lication in Houston this month. The first issue includes articles such as "Plain Brown Wrapper: The Lesbian in Modern Novels," poetry, impressions, news affecting lesbian/feminists and more. Subscriptions are $3 for 12 issues from Pointblank Times, 1241 W. Bell, No. 4, Houston, TX 77019. Public Action vs. Private Lobbying An issue confronting gays in the effort to repeal Section 21.06 and other discriminatory laws is the problem of public action vs. private lobbying. As we face a traditionally conserv­ative public, we have to ask ourselves which of the two ap­proaches will further serve the interests of gay people. Judging from the experience of other gay groups, the answer over­whelmingly would have to be public action. We have seen in other states and regions campaigns which succeeded in removing offensive statutes through quiet, com­pcten t lobbying. But we have also seen these private successes overturned by all-too-public reactionary campaigns. Rein­statement of anti-gay statutes in Colorado and Idaho are the best examples of this. The inadequacy of a campaign depending entirely on private lobbying hes in the fact that it docs not reach the closet. It does not signal to anonymous and isolated gays the maJOrity of Kinsey's I 0% that they have brothers and sisters who are standing up for their rights. It should be our duty tc' aim our efforts towards these gays, as well as to civil ltbcrtarian public • ')pinion. A public campaign will have a chance to reach these 6ays as well as public opinion, and this 1s the important point for gays it will have this effect even 1f the campaign is defeated by a political reaction from the right wing. We have nothing to fear from such a defeat. Suppose, on the other hand, that our efforts succeed private­ly but are reversed by a right-wing campaign. This is the sort of defeat which does only harm to the gay movement. The media, one of the few tools we have in reaching our brothers and sisters who must remain in the closet, would carry no news of the reform. And the public forum would be abandoned to the repetitious and familiar arguments of the right wing, which would only be too happy to seize the publicity we had fore­gone. The defeat in New York City to enact anti-discrimina­t10n ordinances was really a victory of sorts· at least we oow know what weapons the reactionaries are going to use against us. The gays there came very close, and the next time they try they will likely succeed. But the gays in Colorado are in a more difficult position. There is a place and a need for competent lobbying. whii:h after all is simply the petitioning of government for a redress of grievances. But to assure meaningful results it should be coupled with a public campaign. Defeated openly. we could return again. And if we succeeded openly. drawing out the poisons from the right in the process. our success woul.i more likely be permanent.' Michael Jterri I COilfl!U\!TY XFll'S lf tRCll-APRll. ~5 3 ENCORE SHOWS OFFER VARIETY OF TA LENTS The ituauon at the Encore ha. turned out \\ackil) 11npred1ctabk After an ini­tial production of Applause, "hose charms were for the most part primitive, Gary Shannon's series of semi-drag shows resumed in February with a Cabaret that really delivered. Then in early March came a reversion to amateurism with llel· lo, D >l(v. I'm aware of the gallantry of a cast whose show goes on in the face of appalling offstage problems; but why did the producers add to the onstage travail by forcing the cast to lip-sync the dismal­ly corrupt soundtrack album when the witty original-cast one is readily available. Steve Weaver's choreography, the fire. batons (during the "Parade" number) of Randy Sircy, an unexpectedly touching "It Only Takes a Moment" by Charlie Watkins and Dan Parmer, and the ener­getic presences of Parmer and Sally Marie (wearing moustache, sideburns, and pan ts REVIEW BY ALEXANDl~R LANGHAM and looking good in them as Yander-gelder), and the charmingly nervous one of Bobby Huckabee (at la!>t! a pretty chorus girl in the Encore line!) all helped out the show; the technical foulups and interminable introductory narration did not. Cabaret, however, was different. As with any lip-synced show, its high points were achieved through inspired dancing and clever choreography - with one ex­ception: Corky Lawrence's gum-chewing, sadly-out-of-condition chorus girl. certain­ly in no shape to compete with the rest of the line but gamely sweating to match the other lovelies step by laborious step, was a lusciously funny performance. By late March or April the Encore will present Purlie. Will it be terrific, or something from which eyes are hastily averted? Whatever the result, it's bound to be interesting. GOOD G \ Y BLOOD ... Al RA's Blood Drive contmue to e pick up support with an article in Agape ~1CC's Opc11 Door t111s month urging people to give. It's so easy (yes, I've done it), only takes a few minutes, real-ly doesn't hurt ... and could one day mean the difference bet\\een life and death for a brother or sister in need of blood. {Incidentally, m a blood bank the blood is used pretty soon after be-ing given, so we actually have only a "paper" blood balance. This means that while we have been fortunate in not hav-ing to use any of the blood in our ac-count so far. there are several "straight" Fort Worthians running around town now with good gay blood in their veins.) Donate to the AURA Pool at John Peter Smith Hospital Blood Bank any time, night or day. Call AURA, (817) 338- 0128 if you have questions. Correction: "Mr. Leather-Dallas '74" was mcorrectly identified last month as Biff. Our apologies to Mike Harold who was actually "Mr. Leather-Dallas '74." --- Draught Beer .... 4S Name Beer ...... SO Bar Drinks .•.... 7S Call Drink ...... 8S ·ilt \11.\Ef) /JR/\ K ... • /) t \en r; ~ ''!"- /JI.'/\. JOCKE}' The Collegiate Man's Bar 4 I COH !UNIT>' \/. Ii~~· I IARCll·APRIJ. 75 NEWBONSOIR 4527 (:ole 4 p.m. 2a.m. Piano & Orl-!Hll {.~ Miwd Drink-. HAPPY llOLR 4-7 DAILY Featuring GERALD PAYNE at the Piano & Organ WELL DRINKS CALL DRINKS BEER 75 85 so The Thinking Man's Bar The I • Bars 1: Presented by BOOK REVIEW By Scott Stebelman the LIBRARY Society and the Healthy Homosexual Weinberg, George. Society and the Heal­thy Homosexual. New York: St. Mar­tin's Press, 1972. Dr. George Weinberg is a New York psychotherapist who has been active in Gay Liberation for years. During this time he has counseled hundreds of homo­sexuals, whose problems have ranged from coming out, to telling their parents about their homosexuality, to coping with periodic !onliness. The product of this experience is Society and the Healthy Homosexual, a prescription for gay happi­ness and an analysis of why society denies it. Society persecutes gays because of reli­gious commandments, because of latent homosexuality within itself, because ho­mosexuals enjoy greater sexual and emotional freedom than most people, and because gays aren't concerned with per­petrating the species. But none of these arguments can marshall the weight of orthodox psychiatry, which maintains that homosexuality is a sickness in need of a cure. Weinberg's book was written before the American Psychiatric Associa­tion removed homosexuality from its list of character disorders, but there are still a number of practitioners, notably Irving Bieber, Charles Socraides and Albert Ellis, who subscribe to the sickness theory. Like others befo re him, Weinberg shows the inadequacy of their studies: a cross­section of homosexuals is never examined, only psychiatric patients who are emo­tionally disturbed ; and conclusions are often arrived at deductively rather than inductively : if it is assumed beforehand that homosexuality is an illness, then patient behavior will be analyzed in this light. As to be expected, as soon as a cross-section of gays was studied (see Martin Weinberg's 1\Jale Homosexuals), it became apparent that they were just as healthy as their heterosexual counterparts. Given this mandate of health, what does Dr. Weinberg advise? No gay should ever internalize the prejudices of straight socie­ty ; that is, no gay should ever see himself as bigoted straights do. He should re­nounce the image of the cowardly pansy, of the insecure, guilt-ridden neurotic, of the flighty, promiscuous bar hopper who is incapable of permanent relationships. Nor should he mimic straight stereotypes or values: he doesn't have to arm wrestle, or play football, or tinker \vi th cars to prove he is a "regular fellow." If he likes ..... (Continued on Page 8 ) Three Friendliest • 1n Town JOE, TEX " and TERRY - 4117 Maple 526-9302 Happy Hour - Mon Fri 2-8pm 25~ draft beer TUE. -FUNNY MONEY Wednesday - \0< draft beer (K·Mort n1te) 50 can beer after 8pm Thursday - Keg party. 11 pm Sunday - Free draft beer 5pm and 11pm Dallas• Ori&inal Western Bar SLAVE AOCfloN -10:00 MONDAY The Western Man's Bar COMMUN!T}' NFWS fARC/f-APRII -5 5 Gay People & the Law This L egislation Affects You! By Randy Beitel I\ ,\DOI flO\ to H.B.-59. \\llll'.'h \\uuld rt'peal the ~•ate' 'odom) )J\\. there are l\Hl other b1lh betore the legi lature that \\Otlld enharH:e our freedom. nyone who has ever crui ed (and "ho hasn't) should be interested in H.B. J_, Introdui.:ed by Rep. Jim 1attox of Dallas, H.B. 32 1s a bill which\ ould make all "Class c· 1111 demeanors "ttcket'' off ens­es. \\'hat doe. an} of this ha\e to do with ga} cru1 mg? Plent}. Most of the offens­e \\hich a ga) person is likely to be bust­ed on \\l11le cru1smg are "Class c· mi de­meanor . uch a the Dallas Cit> Ordi­nance agams1 loitering f-31-6 o I. com mil­ting lc\\d act m public parks (1:32-4) and ohwmg for gay sex ( &31-75 31-78. SI 'CE "CLA S C" misdemeanors carry onl> a maximum s_oo fine and no jail term upon com icuon. often the real pun- JI \PPY HO R: \londay thru aturday 5 · 6:30 p.m. Sunday Happy Hour 2:30 - 5:00 p.m. The RAMROD :122.t N. Fitzhugh 526-9110 Open 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Seven Day a Week 1shment inflicted upon a gay person is the mernight stint spent in the city jail \\here. \\hile waiting for his lawyer or trying to post bail bond. he has to expo e him elf to the abuse of homophobic police <llld jailers. 11.B. 32. howe,er, provide that after being bu ted for a "Class c· misdcmeJ­nor the procedure would be substantially the ame as a traffic ticket. The arresting officer \\Otdd be required to issue a cita­tion (ticket), ordering you to appear in court on a given date. After you signed the citation, the officer would then have to release you. Thus. under 1 l.B.832. there would be no abu 1ve ndes down to the 1ty Jail. no leeples night 111 the jail awaiting the arrival of your attorney. no need for expensive attorney's fees to get out of Jail, no need to post bail bond, and no need to bother friends or family to come get you out of jail. Additionally. under H.B.832. when your tnal date ar­rived. you could be represented by your attorney rather than having to take oft work to appear personally in court. 11.8 .832 would significantly reduce the amount of harassment inflicted upon us by the police, but harassment is not lim­ited to the arrest and trial procedures: ar­rest and charging records are often re­leased to prospective employers. Thus it behooves us to be concerned with another bill currently pending in the Texas Legis­lature, H.B.47. INTRODUCED by Reps. Watson and Nichols, H.B.47 provides that a person not convicted of a crime have his arrest and charging records expunged. Under H.B.47, after appearing in an anonymous court hearing, such a person has the nght for any and all records relating to the ar­rest and the charge to be destroyed, and the person would be entitled to deny that the arrest ever occurred or that he was ever charged with the off en e. Thus one could legally respond to an employment application question which asked whether you had e\'er been arrested or charged with a crime, with an unabashed "no." 11.B.47 is important to gay people be­cau e for years it has been a customary police practice to harass gay by arre ting fJ COlllfU\IJ }' NI. h'S I H1lRCll·Al'R/I, 75 us and then either failing to file charges or di nm~ing the charges before trial. Thus there :ue many of us who ha\'e ar-rt'st and charging record • but no convk- • tinns I I p1llke find they can't punish us \\Ith ;,in arre:>t record, their motivation for has-;Jin~· us \\ill dimi111sh. I'IIL SL TWO bill . along with H.B.759 (sec art1de on page one). are bill whkh it passed will directly benefit us. If \\e as ga} people are at all eriou:. about want­ing a better hfr for oursehe in regard to the law and police acthities, then \\C h.1ve ;,i duty to support this legislation. The least we should all do 1s to write our State Representatives and let them knO\\ that their constituents are in favor of the e bills. While it is hoped that su ·h organi- 1ations as the 'I ex.1 Ci\JI Liberties L nion and the Tc'.\as Criminal I rial Law) er \s· sodation \\.ill join u 111 supporting the~e hill . the primary re pon ib11i1y is upon us. 1ho e tn be d1rectly affected. to lobb) for legi lative .ipproval of the e bill . WI· 'VE S \ T B \CK and let 01hers dcrnle the la\\S \\l11ch gO\ern us for too long: 11 ''c want omc concrete change. we are going to have to make our m\n v01ce heard 1n \usun (111.1'.l.l.1.1.l.l.1'1.l'll-4 I ~ rl- 1 OLIVE I I BRANCH I § I I SALOON I II Happy Hour I I I 5 7 I I OLIVE BRANCH SALOON I I Monday - Wednesday I I 5- I2p.m. I Thursday Sunday I I 5 p.m. 2 a.m. ~ I5 I 2822 McKinney ~ ~ ~ Dallas ~ ~ I 823-0921 824-2770 I ir1.11.111111111.1.11A111 • Two Bars in One: SPEAKEASY & COUNTRY WESTERN A TOUCH OF THE OLD & A TOUCH OF THE NEW HAPPY HOUR EVERY DAY - 4 to 7 MONDAY 259 Draft TUESDAY WEDNESDAY FRIDAY & SATURDAY SUNDAY Bloody Mary Bash Y.z Price Drinks (No Cover After Hours) Y.z Price Drinks $1 .75 per pitcher Margaritas 909 Welcome to Margaritas 909 Open to 1 :00 a.m. THE OLD PLANTATION When in El Paso, visit THE PET SHOP 800 E. San Antonio St. lt'Aere Frielltlly People Meet 3717 Rawlins • Dallas, Texas • (214) 528-6550 COMMU!\/ITY 11./t:WS MARCH-APRIL 75 / 7 NOT!::: March marks the first a1111iversary of Commu11ity News. This combination issue is the result of too few people work­ing on too many things: our staff is also heavily involved in the effort to repeal Sec ti on 21. 06 as well as in Dallas and fort Worth City Council elections coming up in April. We hope to be back on an early schedule with our May issue. Len David Cas idy, too! A German gay monthly magazine, Du & lcl1, quoted pop music star David Cassidy as telling an interviewer, "I have many friends, men friends, whom I sleep with and I enjoy it." He also was quoted as saying in regard to his career, "I wouldn't want to sing to audiences who did not like me just because I had slept with a man. HO CL A SS JUST STYLE 3014 Throckmorton Open 526-9184 llOOAM -2001'M BEER BUST - Tue day at 8 2 to 2 Seven Days a Week Happy Hour 4001'M -7001'M BEER, WI E, ET-UP and FRIE DL Y PEOPLE 2308 W. ith . treet :!:lS-0;)0(1 Fort Worth COMMU/\1TY NI H:.S MARC/I APR/I 75 (Continued from Page 5) to cook, sew, and box, all these options should be open to him. The emphasis A here is on self-fulfillment rather than on 9' role conformity. In one of the most helpful chapters in the book, "Communication with Parents," Dr Weinberg offers useful tips to gays coming out to theri parents: don't talk about blame, don't apologize for your feelings, don't let parents give you the third degree. Above all, be patient and remember they will need time to adjust to the news. Coming out, he says, can be a time of intimate sharing of knowledge with a loved one. It can bind family members closer together; it can say we Jove each other enough to be honest about who we arc. Dr. Weinberg's book is a cogent explan­ation of why gays are persecu tcd and how they can overcome it. Its lucid. straight· forward prose make its ideas accessible to everyone: it would be of particular benefit to gays first coming out in the community or to their parents, to those beset by guilt, and to straight homo­phobes. For some reason the book is not widely distributed, so readers in tcrestcd in buying it should write directly to St _.. Martin's Press, 17 5 Fifth Avenue. New W' York, New York 10010. "Rappin' with Rip" by Rip Corley will resume in the next issue of CN. WANTADS are $.50 per line, minimum of $1. (Each line of regular copy is limited to 35 units, including letters, spaces and punctuation. Boldface caps are limited to 22 units per line.) Pay­ment should accompany your copy. Discount 10% for 6 or more insertions of the same copy, paid at the same time. POINTBLANK TIMES t 'e w I )u hit rn Ii"'' j'M l.l' ,[, i1111 / Fe mini''' Subscribe: Only $3 for 12 issues Pointblank 1/me. 1241 W. Bell,. No. 4, llotlltvn, Tews 77019 (Continued from Page I) duct on June 22, 1974, but also a course of conduct over the past several months before and since said date, involving sur­veillance and recording of license num­bers at known gay bars and night clubs, raid111g of said clubs without evidence of criminal activity or probable cause to be­lieve such activity exists; and illegal sur­veillance of plain tiff Cyr personally." Sundance Kids 526-9173 Open Daily 2 p.m. - 2 a.m. HAPPY HOUR: 5-8 Mon.-Fri. Wednesday Night Keg Party & Free Draft, 9-11 p.m. Sunday Beer Bust: 7-9 p.m. 4025 Maple Avenue EMOTIONAL moment as James expresses his thanks to all his friends at T.J.'s Back Door. Barbra, a cast member, accompanied him on stage. (See "Scene West" on Page 11) The suit asks Judge Mahon to issue an injunction against the surveillance activi­ties of police on gay groups and gay peo­ple generally and to issue a ruling that po­lice have violated federal and state laws. The suit also asks Judge Mahon to order police to destroy all their files and records on gay groups and gay people generally in this area. At press time, Cyr was not sure what action he would take concerning his ter­mination at TCU. Because of the loss of Cyr's income, a special fund has been established to help him with the heavy legal fees which will result from the lawsuit. All donations may be sent to the "Ken Cyr Assistance Fund," P.O. Box 7318, Fort Worth, TX 76111. T .J.'s of Dallas ·~· 330i' McKinney 526-9369 r.J. I 8ACK DOOR presents DADDY's GIRLS Every Sunday Night For Reservarions, call (817) 624-0630 DRINK OF THE WEEK Free Beer & Hot Dogs ' FREE Every Sunday 8-10 p.m. 5536 JACKSBORO HWY. Fort Worth, Texas mURSDA Y - SUNDAY 8:00 - 2:00 ..............•.•••••.•..•...••..•••.... If the Two of You No Longer Communicate Your Relationship is in TROUBLE LET US HELP YOU . .. Rogers and Rogers Psychoanalysts and Marriage Counseling By Appointment Only 691-5375 COMMUNITY Nt JVS MARCH-APRIL 75 / 9 I I Organizations DIRECT 0 RY Agape Metropolitan Community Church, Dignity, P.O. Box 70, Euless, TX 76039, L _____________ ..._ P 0. Box 4589, Ft. Worth, TX 76106, (metro) 469-6669. Call for meeting DALLAS Act III, 3115 Live Oak, 824-9043 Bayou Landing, 2609 N. Pearl, 742-3269 Bon Soir, 4527 Cole, 526-9432 Crew Inn, 3220 N. Fitzhugh, 526-9328 Encore, 4516 McKinney, 526-9328 Entre Nuit, 3116 Live Oak, 813-0423 Highland, 3018 Monticello, 526-9551 Marlboro, 4100 Maple, 526-9487 The Place, 3019 N. Haskell, 526-9329 Old Plantation, 3717 Rawlins, 528-6550 Olive Branch Saloon, 2822 McKinney, 823-0921 One Way Inn, 2509 N. Fitzhugh (women) 824-9227 Ramrod, 3224 N. Fitzhugh, 526-9110 Sundance Kids, 4025 Maple, 526-9173 Swamp Trash, 3014 Throckmorton, 526-9184 Swinger, 4006 Maple, 526-9295 Terry's Ranch, 4117 Maple, 526-9524 T.J.'s, 3307 McKinney, 526-9368 Villa Fontana, 1315 Skiles, 823-0372 The Fifth Wheel, 1212 Oak Lawn 742-0010 ALSO in DalJas ... Studio 9 Theater, 4817 Bryan, 823-0447 Coronet Theater, 2420 N. Fitzhugh, 821-9489 Bachelor Quarter Baths, 3116 Live Oak, 823-0432 Club Dallas Baths, 2616 Swtss, 821-1990 FORT WORTH Other Place, 2308 W 7th, 33 5-0586 Purple Lady, 3029 S. Main, 927-9881 Regency Lounge, 1812 Hemphill, 927-9416 651Club,651 S. Jennings, 332-0417 T.J.'s Back Door, 5536 Jacksboro Hwy., (rear) 624-0630 MARIL LO My Way, 523 E. 10th, 373-4792 WICllIT F LL Carousel, 703 Travis, 322-0832 Sand Box, 3151 Seymore Hwy, 322-0866 LUBBOCK David's Warehou e, 2402 Marshall St , 762-1165 (Reader·: II any of these listings are not correct, please contact Community ew ) Services at 2800 Purington, office information ( 817) 534-9406 Metropolitan Community Church of Dal- AURA (Awareness, Unity & Research las, 3834 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX Association), P.O. Box 7318, Fort 75204, (214) 826-0291 Worth TX 76111, ( 817) 338-0 I 28, Hobos, a motor cycle social group for wo-meetings 2nd & 4th Mondays at 5536 men. For more information contact Jacksboro Hwy (T.J.'s Back Door) T.J.'s of Dallas Daughter of Bilitis, P.O. Box 1242, Dal- Wranglers, a motor cycle social group for las, TX 75221,(214) 241-4118, meet- men. For more information contact ings first & third Fridays The Sundance Kids bar, Dallas, or write G.0 .0.D. (Gay Organization of Dallas), The Wrangler Motorcycle Club, P.O. 3834 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX 75204, Box 35853, Dallas, TX 75235 (214) 827-2798, meetings second and Dallas Crisi Line, (214) 241-4116 fourth Fridays REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS Sunday-MCC-Dallas Worship, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. MCC-Ft. Worth Worship, 7·30 p.m. Sundance Kids, Sunda)' N1te at the Movies, 9 p.m_ Bayou Landing, drag show, 9:45 p.m., $1 cover charge T.J.'s Back Door, drag show, 10 p.m., cover charge Monday MCC-Ft. Worth Bible Study, 7:30 p.m. Terry's Ranch Slave Auction, 10 p.m. Tue day MCC-Ft. Worth Sign Language Class (pastor's office), 7 30 p.m. Wedne day-MCC-Dallas, A.A. Together Group, 8 p.m MCC-Ft. Worth Worship, 7:30 p.m. The Encore Dance Contest, 10 p.m. Bayou Landing, drag show, 9:45 p.m., $1 cover charge Thursday-MCC-Ft. Worth Open Rap, 7:30 p,m. MCC-Dallas Bible Rap, 7:30 pm Friday - MCC-Dallas l:.xperimen tal Ser­vice, 7:30 p.m. APRJL Monday, April 7 Agape MCC "Gay Sway" skating party, $1 50 at the door, $1 in advance, at Holiday Roller Rink, 2920 Carson, Haltom City, 7 30- 9 p.m. "Purlie" - April production at The Encore : call (214) 526-9328 for dates, time and reservation:. ~ SUBSCRIBE Su6scri6e SU BS CRIB E Subscribe ~;: ~ COMMUNITY ~ ~ NEWS ~ ~ Subscrib only $3 - 3rd Cla s. $4 - 1st Class ~ ~ $10 - Supporting ~ Fl c:::::::::J Name ~ 8 Address subscribe @) flt ~ City/State/Zip c CO?) 0- ;\take check pavable to C0\11\tUNITY NJ<:WS flt n §) P.O. Box 7367, Fort Worth TX 76111 ~ ~SUBSCRIBE subscribe SUBSCRIBE Subscribe 0- CD JO I CO.\fMUN/T}' Ni: ws I fARCll-APR/f, 75 ' • • • By Richard van Cleve WATCH for changes in the Old Planta­tion. Soon, early in the spring, the Old Plantation will be opening to the out-of­doors with the addition of a Beer Garden. Work has been underway for the past few weeks towards its completion. Part of the landscaping is finished with bamboo planted along a new eight-foot wooden fence. Potted plants, lanterns and furni­ture will shortly be installed. The bar in the Western room is to be extended onto the patio for the convenience of the Gar­den's patrons, and the same nostalgic music provided in the Western room will be heard in the Garden. The Western bar is also undergoing changes. The dance floor is being en­larged, and windows and a door facing the Beer Garden will be added. More shooting gallerys and pinball machines for the arcade are on requisition. SOME of the women at T.J.'s of Dallas are forming a motorcycle club to be known as the Hobos. The summer agenda will include camping outings and cycling excursions for state-wide trips the first planned for March 23 . If you are inter­ested in joining, drop by T.J.'s or give them a call at (214) 526-9368. FOR THE PAST month, the Sundance Kids has been showing movies each Sun­day night at 9 p.m. preceded by a beer bust. So far, the movies have been good - a mix of classic cam and Ii t corned By Allen Reid IS COORS CHICKEN? Game time was 2 p.m. March 8 at the Forest Park soccer field, and the mighty 651 Texans were panting for action .. . but, alas, their challengers - Coors Distri­butors didn't show. Well, there were fans to appease and please, so the "home" team, dressed in their cut-offs and pullover shirts, split in­to two teams of six each and played for three-and-one-half hours of the fastest, feistiest, funniest football ever seen in Ft. Yet, the future programming promises to be better - if you like horror and science fiction, and who doesn't after a cou pie of beers? The date, place and event schedule of the Wranglers' annual Stampede are set. The date is June 20-22; the place is the Roanoke Dude Ranch outside of Grape­vine; and the event schedule will be an­nounced in the next issue of CN. FOR THOSE thirsty nomads ever in search of a new palm-ringed watering hole, there is one in town - for women - the Olive Branch Saloon at 2827 McKin­ney. The Olive Branch is not exactly new, for it has been in business since late December; but what is new, and crucially so, is the soon-to-be-obtained liquor license. Shane, the manager who is fresh out of hotel management, reports that he and the owners are drawing up an ambitious calendar for future months. As standard features the Olive Branch will celebrate each holiday with a ball and special drink prices, groups can reserve tables for anni­versaries or birthdays, and there will be a weekly movie night showing gay female films. Many of the Olive Branch's regulars are signing up for a packaged, Saloon-spon­sored bus trip to San Antonio's April Fi­esta. And those regulars who won't be on the trip are staying in Dallas to practice for the season's first baseball game in Dal­las Softball League. Both the bus trip and Worth. Final score: 30-26. Great game, fellas! This definitely should be done again. Meanwhile, those Coors people have some explaining to do . ... • • • A FRIEND IN NEED ... Who says there's no community spirit in Fort Worth. Gays in Fort Worth proved beyond any doubt this month that they care for their own. When the home of James Norris burned, individuals immediately rallied to his sup-ball team are still open to more partici­pants. For more information, contact the Saloon in person or call 824-2770 or 823- 0921. SWAMP TRASH, that classless but in style bistro, is having a parade of events. To lead off the parade will be a dandy, March 30, Easter Hat party. Stepping quickly up behind in April will be a Jockey Short party, a pageantry of sizes, shapes, and brand names - B.V.D.'s and Fruit of the Loom. This progression of galas will nat­urally climax in that show of shows, the Academy Awards presentation to be viewed (with buffet) via the color tube at the Swamp Trash. Free gin punch will be served every Saturday at 5 p.m. as a con­tinuing attraction. POLICE harassment of Dallas gay bars? Perhaps. It is not clear yet whether recent encounters between the police and the bars is intended by the police as se­lective badgering of gay bars or a change in police policy regarding all bars. But what is known is that the police are now enforcing an unused and forgotten city ordinance prohibiting after hours dancing and that police renewed enforcement of the ordinance has been both tactless and absurd. All the gay bars in the city have taken a wait-and-see attitude, suspending their after hours dancing. GARY SHANNON of the Encore is now casting for his new production of "Pur­lie." Any interested person may contact him at the Encore. THE BAR had a sex change. What was once women's is now men's. The Place is the name, and 3019 N. Haskell is the place. While Joe's Other Place was astro­logical and mystical, The Place is Poly­nesian and carefree. port. Some of the 651 crowd got together with MCC and presented a special benefit show with proceeds going to assist James. The audience also helped by bring!ng clothes and household items to the show for James and his mother. Customers at the Other Place made sandwiches and bought a keg of beer which they sold Sunday afternoon, and at T.J.'s Back Door, a $1 charge for reserved tables went to the project. In addition, all performers donated all of their tips for the evening. Praise to all the people who worked to­gether in this endeavor. Let's keep on working together. COMMUNITY NEWS / MARCH-APRIL 75 / 11 DO YOU WANT A BETTER GAY C0~1M Ul'ilTY ? ARE YOU I TERESTED IN WORKING FOR GAY EQUALITY't THEN COME TO G.0.0.D. Address - ----------------- Gay Organization of Dallas 383 l Ross Avenue Dallas, Texas 75204 City/State/ Zip ---------------- Membership - S/year check or money order payable to G.0.0.D. Circle of Friend · A UJ~A Fort Worth's only Gay Organiz t1tio11 Meeting are held every 2nd & 4th 1onday at 7:30 p.m. at 5536 Jacksboro Hwy. (T.J.' Back Door) ocial I Political I , ervice I Educational Membf'r ur thf' 'rEXi~\S GAY TASK l·OR<.:I· Fo• more information call (817) 338-0128, or write AURA, P.O. Box 7318, Ft. Worth TX 76111 J 2 I COJI IUl\/T}' NI~ ws I MARCll·Al'Rll. 75 • • •
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