A Shocking Expose!
BOY PROSTITUTION IN AMERICA
r'or Money or Love: Boy Prostitution in America, by Robin
Lloyd. New York; Ballantine Books, 1977- $1.75. On
by Michael Wertin
The author of ~or Money or Love
says early on in the book that he
became interested in the subject of
boy prostitution when his two teen-
a^ed sons were approached by a man
who "allied then late going over to
his house and posing for nude pictures. From this fact, and from the
rather lurid picture of a young hustler on the cover, one might gather
-hat ?cr -■■cney or Love is just another insensitive exploitation of the
already nmch-abused gay lifestyle.
Fortunately, the book is nothing
of the kind. It is, thankfully3 a
thorough, well-researched and compassionate analysis of one of the most
problematical aspects of gay life today. Although one can only guess at
Lloyd's motives for writing this book,
it is to his credit that once he examined the facts, he reached sensible
conclusions that are consistent with
what any knowledgeable gay person
would also conclude about the subject.
Lloyd found that the majority of
"chickenhawks" are white, middle-aged
married men who are attracted to the
convenience and anonymity of quick
sex with boy prostitutes. And the majority of these hustlers are poor or
rootless young men who for the most
part consider themselves straight,
but who engage in prostitution "for
money or love." Lloyd makes very
clear the fact that most of the boys
have not been raped or otherwise coerced into their vocation. They choose it voluntarily, being attracted
to the easy money, the abundance of
paying customers, the dream of being
swept off to a better life by a wealthy sugar daddy, and only peripherally (they insist) because of homosexual concerns.
NEEDED TO BE TOLD
Senator Birch Bayh
As every gay person knows, hust-
Iers---especially chicken or chicken-
looking hustlers are common to
larger cities (and in selected areas
of smaller cities such as ours), but
Lloyd is careful not to indict the
highly-visible gay population of these cities for their existence. He
rightly criticizes schools, churches,
welfare agencies, police departments,
and America's peculiar and unloving
system of domestic life for providing
the atmosphere that inclines so many
people toward prostitution, both as
providers and ac customers.
So enlightened is Lloyd that he
suggests as an alternative to these
rather harmful institutions an organized social service in which settled,
sympathetic gay men and wayward gay
boys are deliberately brought together on an organized basis, in an attempt to alleviate the loneliness and
alienation of both groups. On the
surface, this sounds a little too
progressive for many legislators to
accept, but given in context with
Lloyd's devastating reports about
reform school and halfway-house conditions (especially in Texas), it
seems the only humane alternative.
Anyone interested in the gay situation in America should read this
book. Its thoroughly-documented, honest, subdued, and persuasive presentation might serve as a model for all
future books about gay life, and its
findings and conclusions are significant and supportive enough that all
gays would benefit by having them at
Chickenhawking is a real part of
gay life, and the problem is too serious and complex to dismiss as Just
another crazy aspect of life. To read
this book and to disseminate what it
has to say is another step in providing restraint and understanding to
a world which often is woefully
lacking in both.
HOGAH & 1WY, continued from pg. 5
when the Houston cops are watching
through the glass front of the Convention Center—sitting and watching.
Reports on Sunday had it that the
police chief had denied the incident
Later that day, the resolution in
favor of the ERA was passed overwhelmingly and with much celebration
in the aisles and in nightspots
Sunday dawned auspiciously and
somewhere the minority women had
been caucusing, rewriting the minority women resolution, giving it
some real meaning. When it was introduced at Sunday's plenary session as a substitution for the
original resolution, people were
amazed at the ease with which it
passed. We were also overjoyed,
and there was much celebration.
Reproductive freedom and sexual preference also passed —
overwhelmingly. Sexual preference
was not an original agenda item;
needing only 10 states to be
placed on the agenda, the sexual
preference resolution was passed
at 36 state conventions. We are,
afterall, a majority.
So, look around you. See all the
conservative fringe getting upset?
See them amazed that women accomplished so much in so short a time.
Be pleased. And for the women and
men who came to support women's
rights: let's stick together and
work. The antis have money and they
will fight. We must also. We must
During the afternoon a pro-ERA
rally was held on the steps of the
Houston City Hall. It was very
strange that somehow the sound e-
quipment did not arrive until the
last speaker was through. Flo
Kennedy encouraged revolution,
saying that if we thought we'd get
our rights without hurting someone
we were wrong and blood would flow.
"That time is not yet now," she
qualified. Kate Millett spoke of
the need for egual rights, especially lesbian rights. Most of us in
the crowd were lesbians, so she was
very favorably received. The first
announcements of the rally had also
listed Betty Friedan as a speaker.
Friedan has for years spoken of
dykes as a "lavender herring," a
detriment to the women's movement.
She did not show.