26 Montrose Voice / June 24,1983
f * "THE WORLD'S FIRST GAY PHONE DIRECTORY
4131 Eighteenth Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
3317 Montrose, suite 1010
Houslon, TX 7700G
Open letter to Montrose Houston business community—from Gay Areas Telephone Directory.
The following is a letter of introduction that is sent to businesses in each local community we serve as well as to
businesses throughout the nation.
To introduce you to Gay International, Inc., a publicly-held corporation, the undertaking of this corporation is to
publish a national and international volume of Yellow Pages entitled "Gay Areas." This is not to be another "gay
guide" but rather is to be a guide for the gay community to business and professionals where they may go without their
lifestyle being an issue. The publication has acquired Gay International, Inc., and was at the time in its 6th edition on
the Pacific Coast and has neen enthusiatically received in the past. The board of directors of Gay International, Inc., are
now expanding the directory to include Salt Lake City, Denver, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, New Orleans,
Southern Florida, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Provincetown, Montreal and Vancouver in its 7th edition. Further
plans are to include Europe, the Carribean, Mexico and other major gay areas of the world.
There will be no suggestive material contained and no drug-oriented or related material advertised as this is to be a
business directory done with such sophistication and good taste that one need not be concerned about the social
reprocussions from the possesion of, or association with the Gay Areas Directory. It will include, however, businesses
such as bars and baths, as these eestablishments are part of the gay scene and every facet of gay life and business will lx'
listed. We will also have plumbers, doctors, attorneys, etc., who realize the gay market is viable. In the past this market
has been exploited but never served.
Caution: We have imitators. There are persons with copies of Gay Areas contacting businesses purporting to represeni
Gay International. Inc., and selling advertising for the Yellow Pages. There is only one Gay International, Inc., and
only one Gay Areas Directory and our representatives have adequate identification. We can assume no responsibility lot-
On May 18. 1983, Gay International, Inc., and The Exclusive entered into a sinned agreement whereby The Ex< lusive
and all contracts previously sold by The Kxi lusive would become the property of G,ty International, In<. The purpose
was and is to provide the Monitose Houston area with one directory containing listings and advertisements of the
businesses within the gay community. Other useful community information will also be contained within this semi
annual "Yellow Page" format.
At the time of the acquisition by Gay International. Int., it was agreed upon to retain the former owner, Kim Wright,
as office manager and her salesman. Richard Johnson, as salesperson working lot Gay Areas Telephone Dire< tory.
However, neither are employed am longer by Gay International Ine. We apologize for any inconvenience and we wish
to reassure all businesses who have taken out an .id in either The Exclusive or Gay Areas thai lull credit will be given
toward the advertising purchased. Please inform our Houston office and oi oiu main office in San Francisco regarding
details so we may be*certain to include you in our December publication.
When Kim Wright first toniai ted us (prior to the May IH agreement I, she asked for our advice regarding sales and
approaches to businesses, as this was her first venture in the gay directory business. When asked how she came to know
of us at Gay Areas, we were informed lhat she was using one of our previous editions as an example that could Ik- used
As it was being used without our permission or consent, and we already were beginning sales in Houston as pan ol
our expansion program, it was mutually agreed to work together under one name wholly owned and operated by Gay
Gay International, Inc., did not and does not wish there to be a division within the gay community with two
directories serving the same area. Since we not only serve the local community but the collective national gay
communities as well, it was mutually agreed our's was a more complete format. As part of the agreement, Gay
International, Inc., took over The Exclusive's known liabilities (as well as the assets) (contracts) which have been paid
by Gay International directly or through Kim Wright as office manager.
This will be our seventh and best edition of Gay Areas and our only objective is to produce a business directory of the
highest calibre that will reflect favorably on the gay business community as a whole—without sexually related,
politically motivated, drug oriented advertisements as part of our 7th edition revenues.
If necessary, a copy of the agreement is available upon written request. It is simple and straightforward and self
Our new sales and office manager for Texas is J. Lawrence Hord, who we feel is the properly qualified person to
represent us in Houston. You may contact him al our new office number, (713) 757-7093 for your advertising needs or to
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John F. Fain
VP, Director ol Sales
Ga'i IHfernaUoiial Trie.