Looking for the Average Gay
Texan and Black-Tie Dinners
By Joe Baker
I went looking for the "average gay
Texan" recently. I wanted to find out if
there was such a person.
To be honest, I knew the answer before I
started my search. I've been around long
enough to know there is no "average" anything, especially when it comes to gay men
But I thought that my search would
make a readable story. It's fun to put the
same question to dozens of different types
of people—and see what kind of reponses
In the newspaper business, we call this
looking for a common thread. I also
wanted to show the diversity ofthe people
I interviewed and their comments.
I put my question, "Is there such a thing
as an average gay Texan?," to dozens of
homosexuals across Texas. I wanted to
make them Btop and think for a moment
on the subject—but not for too long.
Spontaneity is a wonderful element to
get into any good newspaper story. I
wanted to get a lot of first impressions and
thoughts from the people I interviewed.
I was not disappointed. I got spontaneity, diversity and that common thread
connecting gay people in Texas that I was
The results of my search can be found in
the cover story of the new issue of The
Advocate, the national gay news magazine. It's now on sale throughout Texas,
and I hope you pick up a copy.
Now, before you start thinking that my
column this week is merely an advertisement for my Advocate story—let me say
Yes, it is. I might just as well be honest!
And you may ask, "So why didn't you
write it for the THE STAR? After all, we
could read it for free in there, whereas we
have to pay for The Advocate.
So true, but you will be a better person
for buying a copy of a gay publication for a
change. And let's face it, isn't the combination of me and The Advocate's blushing
pink classified ad section worth shelling
Which reminds me, I want everyone to
take advantage of the ST-AR's free personal ad offer. Might just as well throw in
another advertisement here.
What the hell! Why not throw in still
another? Tickets are going fast for the gay
social event of the year in Dallas. WeH,
maybe not THE gay social event, yet, but it
is right up there with Razzle Dazzle Dallas
The event is the black-tie dinner at the
Fairmont Hotel to benefit the Human
Rights Campaign Fund and the National
AIDS Federation Lobby Project. Austin
City Councilman Mark Spaeth is among
Winter's the Time of
Feeling down? Gaining weight? Sleeping
more lately? You're not crazy, you're hibernating, reports Omni.
Researchers at the National Institute of
Mental Health have discovered that some
of us get bummed out as the days start
shortening and don't come out of our blue
funks until springtime.
"I should have been a bear," complains
one sufferer. "Bears are allowed to hibernate; humans aren't."
The researchers say they've obtained
successful results simply by plunking
their patients down under lamps to prolong daylight artificially. For a longer-
term cure, they suggest imitating the birds
by flying south for the winter.
But don't go too far south. Down under,
they get depressed, too, from June to
those to be honored this year.
Tickets are only $150 each. Can you
believe I actually said "only?" But this is
no ordinary evening. It's first class all the
Most of the price of the ticket, of course,
is being donated to two fine gay causes.
The Human Rights Campaign Fund is a
committee to helping our friends—friends
of gay rights—stay in and get elected to
Congress. The AIDS lobby project is working to convince congressmen to continue
funding AIDS research.
I realize that $150 is a lot of money, but
besides making a much-needed donation,
you get an elegant evening.
I love my Levi 501s—and I love looking
at hot men in Levi 501s—but it sure is nice
to get all dressed up every once in a while
and do a different kind of partying.
I mean it's been a long time since my
junior prom. And it also sure is enjoyable
looking at hot men in tuxedos and lovely
ladies in their evening finest.
The black-tie dinner is Nov. 19, and
along with dinner and cocktails, there will
be plenty of entertainment. Guest speakers will be U.S. Congressman Bill Green,
Reppublican rep for New York's Manhattan Congressional District, and Virginia
Apuzzo, executive director ofthe National
Gay Task Force. Last Year's dinner raised
more than $6000.
If you would like more information or an
invitation, call (214) 521-8919. John Thomas, chairman ofthe Dallas Dinner committee, promises there will be nothing
"average" about the evening.
Nov. 11,1983/ The Star 5
Now, if you are a sharp reader, you've
probably noticed that I've managed to
swing my column back to the original subject I was writing about.
Remember, I started this issue writing
about my search for the average gay
Texan. I did this so you wouldn't think
that I was just rambling. I wanted you to
think that I was trying to make a point.
Again, the truth is that I had no intention of trying to relate or connect my
search story with the black-tie dinner.
But on second thought, the two really do
go together. It just goes to prove that there
is nothing "average" about gay Texans.
Why? Well, you will have to pick up a
copy of The Advocate to find out.
Or, I'll tell you all about it at the black-
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