SEPTEMBER 27, 1985 / MONTROSE VOICE 13
From Craig Bales
Like others, I have been stunned by the
defeat of Houston's "Gay Rights Ordinance," the decision of the federal appeals
court on 21.06, and now the passage of the
"bookstore ordinance" by all those council
persons whom we had supported so well in
However, I am most shocked and
angered over the lack of fighting spirit
shown by the gay community in protesting these losses of our individual rights.
We Americans are losing our personal
freedoms at an unprecedented rate since
the election of Ronald Reagan and his
courtship with the New Religious Right! Is
there no Houston group who will step forward on our behalf and demand enough is
enough? Apparently not!!
On the religious TV network, CBN
(Christian Broadcasting Network), Pat
Robertson of the 700 Club has been
denouncing the homosexual person as
being evidence of our country's decay, and
thus, our similarity with the fall of the
He has also stated AIDS will become so
pervasive by 1990 that the Christians
won't have to worry about the homosexual
any more. My lover immediately called the
NGTF (National Gay Task Force) office in
New York to inform them of Robertson's
comments and was only told to file a complaint with CBN.
Come on, Robertson owns CBN. NGTF
apparently has no appropriate interest in
my friend's concern. What is needed is a
combined, concerted effort by gay and
straight organizations to file complaints
with their congressmen and with the FCC.
Will they do that? I don't think so!
The other night the HPD sent six cars
(12 officers) of their "finest" men to raid
T 0 -f-fsj f* Q tne Mangum Road News Stand. They ver
_L_ft>£/l'C;/ O bally harassed the four patrons and one
clerk for 20 minutes. They stood them all
outside in front of the store, frisked them,
checked the contents of their pockets,
called them "queers," made other slanderous remarks about them, and finally told
them they couldn't be arrested now but in
the future they could and would be
arrested if caught in that or any other
On the GPC
From Gary J. Van Ooteghem
The death knell is now sounding for Houston's Gay Political Caucus (GPC). It began
sounding Wednesday evening (Sept. 18) as
the GPC went through its regularly scheduled endorsement procedure, which was
anything but regular. This year, no
serious candidates sought out the endorsement of GPC
The GPC has given up having any effect
during this next election based on its decisions last evening that virtually follow the
dictates of City Hall: Do nothing! The
mayor, through operatives from within
the gay community, effectively bypassed
GPC tradition so that she could have her
way. It worked! She has been, and still is,
this community's "sweetheart." The GPC
is well aware that she doesn't need us this
The current caucus has been losing its
constituency steadily over the past couple
of years; accelerating this year as never
before. In making a decision to do nothing
significant this year, a majority of the
former GPC presidents felt that GPC,
itself, has just gone back into the closet.
I was founder of the Gay Political Caucus 10 years ago this month. I am not
proud of it this year. I was during the past
nine years. In fact, I am ashamed of the
Gay Political Caucus this election year.
The attention that GPC brings to itself
this election year in waving the white
flag—waving a big white flag—bears witness to the caliber of its members; not just
its officers and board members, but to the
GPC caucus, itself. What we have left,
after the defections just mentioned, are
people with no backbones. This is the reason why GPC also has no backbone.
Today's caucus is comprised of wimps,
cowards, and closets. They don't have the
spunk of prior caucuses.
I call upon the GPC to close its doors. It is
unfit for service. Its meeting Wednesday
evening was not a caucus meeting. It was
a wake. GPC is running rudderless and is
impotent and should be put out of its misery. But the caucus doesn't have guts for
that either. Instead we will witness something resembling this: a chicken writhing
around after its head has been cut off.
There is little difference in my mind
between the chicken and GPC.
The GPC has ordered a news blackout. I
refuse to honor this or any other instructions originating from wimps and the like.
Which I say again is what they have
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This was nothing but harassment and a
blatant infringement on their right to
view the material in that store, all under
the protection of a new city ordinance, and
with the obvious approval of the police
chief (surely he has felt discrimination
like this before), the approval of the city
council and mayor, and even the approval
of the fine Christian community including
our own MCCR.
Of course, these actions have occurred
before, especially around election time,
which make them even more dastardly,
since they no doubt are the establishment's way of keeping our group in line
and telling us how we'd better vote. When
are violations of our civil rights going to
get us all off our backsides and organized
to fight for what is guaranteed us by our
Various gay groups have tried to document police harassment in past years but
have failed—failed because of a general
apathy toward life, an atttitude of "what
doesn 't happen to me doesn 't concern me."
The same attitude respsonsible for the
murder of hundreds of thousands of homosexuals throughout history. Throw in a
lack of leadership, a lack of funds, and
worst of all our own masochistic self
image and you have the reasons for failure.
To quote a friend, "If all gays turned
pink after their first sexual encounter, we
would then have a reason to ban together
and fight." Since this easy way to distinguish gays is out of the question, our community must find strong, new leadership.
Leadership which will educate the gays as
well as the straights, and help us all
regain some feeling of personal pride in
who we are. Hopefully it is not too late to
salvage the positive accomplishments of
the gay rights movement.
Will we fight? I am one fighting-mad
homosexual who isn't going to take it any
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