June 5,1981 / Montrose Voice 3
The Gay Political Caucus last month
adopted a resolution saying it joins
with national gay organizations in
denouncing the recent wave of killings
in Atlanta of black children.
Issued through the National Gay
Task Force, the statement of national
gay leaders said they "join to state our
shared grief and outrage at the
senseless murders of Atlanta's
children, indeed, our children and the
nation's children, to express our
support and sympathy for the families
and friends of the children, and to
convey our sense of community with
the gay people and gay organizations
"In short," the national statement
said, "we wish to express how the
organized national gay community
feels about the children of Atlanta."
NGTF said the statement represented the consensus of Dignity
International, a gay Catholic
organization; Integrity, a gay
Episcopalian group; the National
Coalition of Black Gays; the Universal
Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, the large national chain
of gay churches; and the NGTF itself.
Said the NGTF statement, "We have
seen the response of Atlanta's gay
community—their support fo the
Atlanta Task Force as individuals and
as institutions, especially the work of
the Gay Atlanta Minority Association
and Frank Scheuren, the openly gay
member of Atlanta's Community
Relations Council. We are proud of
The Gay Archives of Texas, a projectof
Integrity/Houston, announced that
Jim Kepner, longtime California gay
activist and founder of the National
Gay Archives, will give a presentation
in Houston on Monday, June 29, at 7:00
p.m.; 3405 Mulberry.
"He is probably the most notable
authority on gay history in the United
States, and we know that Houston will
be very interested in his presentation,"
said Richard Burkhart, director ofthe
Gay Archives of Texas.
The Gay Political Caucus
announced that another California
activist, David Goodstein, will address
its Gay Pride Week educational forum
a week earlier on June 22, 7:30 p.m. at
the First Unitarian Church, 5210
Goodstein, owner of The Advocate, is
deeply involved in The Advocate
Experience, a gay self-awareness
He will speak on "Our Challenges
During the Next Decade," said a
spokesperson for GPC.
Goodstein was planning on being in
Houston at that time anyway to attend
several Advocate Experience seminars.
Kepner began a collection of gay
periodicals and articles in the 1940s,
which later became the National Gay
Archives. He has worked for over fifty
organizations and written over 1000
reviews, news reports and articles over
a 35-year period.
Both the lectures by Kepner and
Goodstein were planning on being free
and open* to the public.
A 27-year old Houston man was found
apparently shot to death in a vacant lot
in Montrose May 30, according to published police reports.
Investigators said that children
found the body of Alvin Scott of 1547
Allen Parkway about 5:00 p.m. in a lot
in the 1500 block of West Dallas, it was
It appeared he had been dead for several hours and had a wound in his side,
officers said, as reported by the Houston Chronicle.
Police said they found identification
on the body but there was no wallet or
money, the newspaper said, adding
that no arrests in the case were immediately made.
should be to clean up
Montrose businessman Warren Duncanson was elected last Tuesday, June
2, to be president of the Westheimer
Colony Association, the civic club
claiming the lower Westheimer area.
The association is most famous for
its twice-a-year Westheimer Arts Colony Festival, which attracts hundreds
of thousands of people into the neighor-
hood each spring and fall.
Duncanson, who is gay, said it was
the first time a gay person was elected
to be in charge of the organization. He
said he would be diving into his job
with full steam and his top priority
would be to "clean up" certain sections
of the neighborhood.
"This is Houston's gay neighborhood and surely we deserve better than
some of the things we have around
here," he said.
Duncanson's term is one year.
Duncanson's business interests
include Byman's Home Furnishings
It happened again, over the objection
of the prosecuting attorney. The trial
for Houston police officer Kevin
McCoy, charged with negligent homicide in the death of gay activist Fred
Paez, was delayed until August
because McCoy's defense attorney told
the judge he had another trial in
progress—a murder case in Conroe.
The postponment was granted June
1 by Judge J.D. Guyon.
Prosecuting attorney Brian Raines
strongly objected but to no avail.
Paez was an administrative assistant for the GPC when he was shot
June 27, 1980.
The October 15, 1980 indictment
says that McCoy, "while under the
influence of an alcoholic beverage,
placed a cocked, loaded pistol against
the head of (Paez) and as a result
thereof said pistol discharged," killing
The misdemeanor charge is punishable by a year in prison and a $2000 fine.
The case is to go to trial in a felony
court because the 25-year-old officer
was a public official.
McCoy was relieved of official duty
with pay after being indicted.
Paez encountered McCoy at a warehouse where the officer was working
an off-duty security job. McCoy, a four-
year police verteran, said Paez made
sexual advances toward him in an
alley, and, in the alleged attempt to
arrest him, the officer's gun
McCoy admitted drinking beer the
night of the killing but denied being
of opinion on any
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