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Title Montrose Voice, No. 257, September 27, 1985
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date September 27, 1985
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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Title File 014
Transcript SEPTEMBER 27, 1985 / MONTROSE VOICE 13 Fighting Mad 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 the past. 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 Roman Empire. 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 bookstore. 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 time around. 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 become. Items in the "Letters" section represents opinions of some of our readers and not necessarily the views of the MONTROSE VOICE. Readers are encouraged to submit their thoughts on issues of interest to the community. Please keep the letters brief and mail to "Letters to the Editor/* MONTROSE VOICE, 408 Avondale, Houston, TX 77006. 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 constitution? 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 A CLASSIFIED AFFAIR? John Preston and Frederick Brandt can show you how to have active fun or play passive games with the personal ads In their new book, "Classified Affairs," they'll tell you how to write an ad that really stands out. what to expect when you place or respond to an ad. and even what all those funny little abbreviations mean. Send S8 to "Classified Affairs." Aly- son Pub.. Dept P-5. 40 Plympton. St.. Boston. MA 02118 (Also included will bea coupon for $5 off on your next Personals in your choice of 25 gay publications, including the Montrose Voice! 1022 WESTHEIMER HOUSTON 528-8851 "HOUSTON'S BEST GAY BAR" Houston City Magazine October 1985 MONDAY SEPT. 30th FULL MOON MADNESS RETURNS! A "SLUMBER PARTY" J... NATURALLY SUNDAY MARY'S BIG BEER BUST 2:30PM TIL ? NDAY BEER BUST 8PM TIL ? $1.00 SCHNAPPS ALL NIGHT ifl Safe! TUESDAY COOKOUT 8PM BEST WEENIE IN TOWN! and then some!! CRAZY DAYZ 8PM DRINK SPECIALS ON THE HALF I S- THURSDAY LEATHER NIGHT HAPPY HOUR ALL NIGHT TO MEN IN BLACK LEATHER AFTER HOURS NIGHTLY MEMBER B.O.A.T.
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