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Montrose Voice, No. 159, November 11, 1983 - File 009. 1983-11-11. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. March 1, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/25/show/8.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 159, November 11, 1983
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date November 11, 1983
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript Neither were any of the costumed cops at the Uniform Sabeth party held at Duane's, another gay bar, the night following Scruggs and Markley's arrests. 8 MONTROSE VOICE / NOV. 11, 1983 Gays Busted for Wearing Police Uniforms on Halloween By Ernie Potvin Via GPA Wire Service LOS ANGELES—Two men were arrested for impersonating a peace officer after leaving Rafters bar in West Hollywood Halloween weekend, following a uniform theme Halloween party. Von Scruggs was dressed as a California Highway Patrolman, and his friend William Markley was in a Los Angeles Police Department Uniform. Neither of them wore authentic badges, utility belts, holstered weapons, handcuffs or batons. Scruggs said they were both members of a uniform club. After rounding the corner from the bar, Scruggs and Markley were surrounded by six CHP patrol cars, arrested and taken to the West Hollywood Sheriffs Station where they spent the night. Their costumes were confiscated, and they were charged with the misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of up to six- month's imprisonment or a fine of $500 or both. Scruggs said some of the officers tried to provoke them with name calling and harassment, but they refused to respond to it. He said that the clothing had been purchased from a uniform store that services CHP and LAPD officers, and explained how they told the sales clerk they were not sworn officers when buying the patches. The store swore they did not Bell the uniforms without the purchaser showing the proper ID. An entirely different picture was painted by Sgt. Norris Soloman of the LAPD who coordinates relations with the city's numerous private patrols. Sgt. Solo- man said that he is unaware of any law prohibiting the sale of the uniforms to civilians, and he knows that all the uniform Bales companies do it. He said his office asks private guards to mix-match the pieces so they aren't confused with a sworn officer's. Nevertheless, an individual nightclub guard may try to dress identical to the LAPD uniform, and when he is discovered, they will tell him to change it. "Wearing of a police officer's uniform may or may not be legal," said Soloman. "It depends on whether or not there was intent to deceive the public." He cited the movie industry as the notable exception. Next we checked with Western Costume, the film industry's largest supplier, and got two conflicting responses. One of the higher-ups in the men's rental department said they "most emphatically do not rent police uniforms to the public." He said they get lots of requests for cops, Nazis, nuns and priests, which they will only supply for bonafied theatrical use. Another employee said that's not true. "They're just concerned about making costumes that might be considered in bad taste. As for uniforms, there's ways to get around it. We'll change some little detail, like the width of the pant striping or a slightly different badge, and let them go out." As for priests. Western Costume made up an absolutely exquisite Pope for one Halloween celebrant who apparently was not arrested for impersonating the Pontiff YEAR ROUND GROUNDS MAINTAINANCE INSECT CONTROL FERTILIZING SEEDING LANDSCAPING FOR YOUR fREE ESTIMATE CALL DAVID WORTHY (713) 529-0027 i Anne Ptf'fe*1 O'Kane i Anne Pat"CJ&>L O'Kane Patr*!&- Anne O'Kane Attorney3 Anne Pa«^ O'Kane Attorney3 O'Kane P*?«#> 3212 Smith, Suite 102 526-7911 Club Houston 2205 Fannin 659-4998 MEMBER CLUB BATH CHAIN Tommy's Barber Shop 2154 Portsmouth (Greenbriar Shopping Center) 528-8216 COT A HOME COMPUTER? Uyou have t) personal'tempoter or data terminal, then you should check out the latest form of eleitronic com. mqnicatlpns in the gay community. 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Wheeler said that "one of the ideas of Scouting is to get kids out in the woods- removed from everyday problems, one of those problems being sexual relations." Curran disputed the assertion, saying that he found it "highly offensive. They obviously think that because I'm gay, I'm going to molest kids, and that's a garbage stereotype of gays in general and a personal insult to me." Curran went on to assert the fact that most cases of child molestation involved girls-being molested by heterosexual men. David Park, BSA national director, said previous attempts "by several boys who refuse to acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being, as well as several females," were unsuccessful. In fact, one of the ten "Laws of Scouting" states that "a Scout is reverent ... toward God." A spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union said, however, that that particular policy is unconstitutional, on the grounds that it violates an atheistic Scout's First Amendment rights. "The First Amendment, while it gives us the right to worship as we please, also gives people the right not to worship at all, if they so choose," the spokesman said. California Superior Court Judge Robert Weil ruled last July that the BSA must prove "a rational connection between You're Reading the MONTROSE VOICE One of America's Major Gay Community Newspapers homosexual conduct and any significant danger of harm to the association" before the BSA can expel anyone who is gay. Curran asserted that "it will be difficult for the Scouts to prove Pm immoral. They made me an Eagle Scout; they gave me the Order of the Arrow (one of Scouting'B highest awards). They've gone to great lengths to prove how moral I am," Curran continued, "and now, they're trying to kick me out simply because I'm gay. There's no way I'll let them do that to me without a fight." Park responded, "We just don't think parents want homosexuals in the (Scout) troops." While national BSA leaders are opposed to Curran's reinstatement, local officials have openly welcomed Curran back. David Potter, scoutmaster of Troop 37 in Berkeley, said that "If you wanted to select a person who has been the ideal Scout, that person would be Tim Curran." In an editorial, the Oakland Tribune. the newspaper that made public Curran's gayness in 1981, said that when questioned about Curran being gay, nearly all of the members of Troop 37 said, "So what? We don't care." The editorial continued, "And why should anybody care?" The editorial concluded that the true measure of a Scout's worthiness is what he does in his capacity as a Scout, not what he does in his private life. .V
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