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The Star, No. 1, November 11, 1983 - File 006. 1983-11-11. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. May 25, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/908/show/900.

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Title The Star, No. 1, November 11, 1983
Contributor
  • Martinez, Ed
Date November 11, 1983
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 783846406
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 006
Transcript 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 and women. 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 they make. 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 looking for. 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 this. 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 out for? 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 and Halloween. 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 Discontent 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 November. 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 way. 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 Commentary 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- tie dinner. m?# austin 2828 Rio Grande at 29th 478-8782 Austin's #1 Bar- Excellent Sound System & Music Programming OPEN 8AM DAILY with QUENTIN Happy Hour Prices plus $1 Screws & Bloody Mary's til 2pm Everyday Happy Hour 4-8 Wednesday Happy Hour All Day & All Night Thursday $1 Bar Drinks & Canned Beer 8pm to closing Saturday Liquor Bust 4-7pm, $5 Sunday Happy Hour Prices All Day Liquor Bust $5 Hot Dogs on the Patio Beer Bust $1 4-7pm Every Monday FREE BEER at 10PM An Austin Tradition Can We Talk about an excellent staff???
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