Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 12, Ed. 1 Friday, July 27, 1984 Page: 4 of 24
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July 27, 1984, The Dallas Voice
Letters to the Editor
Sister Boom Boom,
After covering every possible tack to
demonstrate how healthy the gay move-
ment is here in Dallas, Joe Baker tells us
we still have something to hide.
Sr. (sister) Boom Boom’s presence in
Dallas may be an embarrassment to Joe
Baker but not to other members of the
Conventions are notorious times for
outrageous behavior. For gays to restrict
their behavior at times when it is approp-
riate for others is a demeaning purchase
of the individual and group worth that is
ours by innate right.
We need to be able to play it (straight)
and at the same time'being comfortable
with the “Boom Boom” in each of us.
(To the editor:)
Dear Sister Boom Boom,
Don’t listen to what you read last week
from Joe Baker!! Come to Dallas next
month for the Republican Convention!
It promises to be a lot of fun (with a little
help) and we could use that unique per-
spective that the Sisters enjoy and share.
Don’t listen to what Baker says about
his sense of humor. Oh he has one, all
right, and it’s pretty ridiculous, too. He
likes your sense of the ridiculous but
you’re not invited here. Now isn’t that
ridiculous? And you two could be such
friends! He could learn a lot from you.
He thinks you’re clever, too, but he’s
afraid no one else will think so. He’s so
protective. On the one hand he says
there’s room for everybody in Dallas—
everybody but you. All are welcomed.
All but you. (1 told you he had a ridicu-
lous sense of humor.)
He says we don’t shout our gayness or
try to attract attention; that to do so
endangers what few rights we already
have. We are all perfect ladies and gen-
tlemen. Oh, sure! Such a perfect gentle-
man! Don’t make waves, don’t speak out
of turn, always say ‘please’ and ‘thank
you’ when you ask someone to pass the
salt. He’s so obedient. He even writes
columns about why he can’t come out to
his family or tell his father how much he
loves him. Now, isn’t that being a perfect
little gentleman? It’s no wonder you beat
the s... out of him in Algebra class!
He says we don’t want people all
across America thinking that we are like
you. Fat chance! (Baker’s neverseen you
in Levis or on your Harley. If he did, I’m
sure he’d change his tune in a real hurry!)
What he doesn’t seem to realize is that
the reputation of the “Texas Mystic”
precedes itself and the Convention will
take care of its own image without any
help from outside influence. After all, the
Republicans are erecting fences and bar-
ricading themselves in the Convention
Center. We’ll probably never see them
anyway... certainly not in this neighbor-
hood where there are Blacks, Chicanos,
Whites, Gays, musicians, actors, artists,
and (heaven forbid) writers, living side
by side together, rather peaceably, in the
only neighborhood left in this entire city
before it spreads out to become the great
wasted suburbs. But not to worry, Baker
is so carried away with self-importance
he thinks he’s the only spokesperson lef-
t,and that absolutely everyone knows
him and pays particular attention to the
press of his shirt and the crease of his
No, Boom Boom, don’t listen to him.
Forgive him for he knows not what he
says. Come on to Dallas next month.
And bring your habits. I have a few nasty
habits of my own. I know a few people
who wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to
join us, and together we could have such
fun through what otherwise promises to
be the dullest, stuffiest convention in his-
tory. Come to Dallas and show us the
impossibility of being led down the path
to Gay Liberation by a closet queen!
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Ritz, Don. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 12, Ed. 1 Friday, July 27, 1984, newspaper, July 27, 1984; Dallas, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth615826/m1/4/: accessed May 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.