June 18, 1982 / Montrose Voice 5.
1 Year Ago
June 18. 1981:
Gay Pride Week began
Houston's 11 day celebration of Gay Pride
Week 1981 began with a commemoration of
the raid the previous year by police on Mary's
Lounge, a popular gay club at 1022 Westheimer.
June 20. 1981:
Thousands protested in
About 2000 gay rights supporters staged a
noisy Gay Pride Week demonstration in
downtown Toronto to protest police raids the
week earlier at two gay baths.
Twenty-one people were arrested in the
The demonstrators frequently broke
through police lines and surged into the
streets, snarling traffic, but there was no violence and no arrests in the demonstration.
June 20, 1981:
Gays played firemen
but no cops
The Montrose Sports Association softball
doubleheader in Memorial Park with a Houston fire department team brought out
hundreds of onlookers.
Houston Police Officers Association officials had declined an invitation to send a
team to play and used the occasion to make
June 22, 1981:
GPC forum heard from
The Gay Political Caucus's educational
forum for Gay Pride Week heard guest David
Goodstein oiThe Advocate and The Advocate Experience speak on "Our Challenges
During the Next Decade."
June 23, 1981:
fight on prostitutes
Members of the Neartown Association, a
Montrose civic organization, voted to make
the problem of prostitution in the neighborhood their "priority issue."
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Let them eat steak! Hot dogs and beer were
served at the June 15 Harris County Executive Committee's "Democrats of Texas
Gettogether," an evening of toe-tapping
music, barbed humor and down-home poli-
This informal gathering at the Sheraton
Houston of Democratic nominees, office
holders, hopefuls and supporters was
quite a contrast to the GOP $l,000-a-plate
fundraising dinner attended by President
Ronald Reagan across the street.
An estimated 2500 to 3500 Democrats
were entertained by famed "Orange Blos-
son Special" composer/fiddler Pappy
Selph, who dedicated "Please Release Me"
to Governor Bill Clements. Bob Armstrong, who came in third in the Democratic primary for governor, auctioned off
The theme for the fete was "Kick 'Em in
'82" and was brought to the crowd by such
speakers as Bob Slagle, the state party
chairman; Gary Mauro, nominee for Land
Commissioner; Ann Richards, nominee
for State Treasurer; and Jim Hightower,
State Rep. Debra Danburg (right) and
local attorney Richard Prim
nominee for Agriculture Commissioner.
Hightower received thunderous
applause to his comment: "Reagan's only
problem is that he never met a millionaire
he didn't like."
Mark White, Democratic candidate for
the governor's race, faced a technical
problem as State Rep. Craig Washington
tried to hold the phone to the microphone
and White's voice couldn't be heard.
Washington quoted him as saying if
GPC president Larry Bagneris (right)
and vice president Terry Harris
Republicans raise $3 million at their
dinner, they'll "need a lot more than that
to beat Mark White."
Montrose was well represented at the
event. State Rep. Debra Danburg as well
as several Houston City Council members
were seen meeting, greeting and politik-
ing. The Gay Political Caucus was in
strong attendance including president
Larry Bagneris Jr. and vice president
Man receives 40
The man accused in the killing of Montrose florist Robert Clark pleaded guilty
Monday, June 14, and was sentenced to 40
years in prison, according to the Houston
Keith Ray Hatley, 21, had been arrested
in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., driving Clark's
car after a woman with whom he had been
traveling tried to buy gasoline with one of
Clark's credit cards, police said.
Assistant District Attorney Bob
Burdette said the men had met Thanksgiving day and went to Hooker-Clark
Flowers at 524 Hawthorne, where Clark's
nude and badly beaten body was found the
following morning by his partner.
Burdette said Hatley, whose original
indictment also included a capital murder
charge, had no prior felony convictions,
but had been convicted of a male prostitution charge in Dallas.
passes bill to
International Gay News Agency
The Michigan House of Representatives
passed a library privacy bill that prohibits
disclosure of who is reading library books.
The bill forbids revelation ofthe readers of
any books unless the book borrowers consent or a court orders disclosure in connection with a specific crime.
The bill has special relevance to gay people because repressive organizations had
started a campaign to identify people who
use library books that present a positive
view of homosexuality or who use other
books offensive to them.
The bill was supported by the Michigan
Organization of Human Rights as well as
the State Board of Education and the
Michigan Library Association.
The Michigan Education Association
has said, "The right to avail oneself freely
of the resources of a library without fear of
how others might interpret one's choice of
reading matter must be protected...."
The bill now awaits action before the
Senate Committee on Education.