Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 12, Ed. 1 Friday, July 27, 1984 Page: 5 of 24
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The Dallas Voice, July 27, 1984
And The Republicans
To the Editor:
Sister Boom Boom is about as out-
rageous as Milton Berle. Sucking c... is
an abomination unto the Lord. Now
which one did Joe Baker want us to give
up during the Republican Convention?
Love and Kisses,
In time of Crisis
To the Editor:
Have you ever found yourself
without a roof over your head? Have
you ever tried to find a place to sleep in
one of the local shelters and found the
people there discriminate against gays?
Your next step is a choice between
sleeping under the stars, which is not so
bad now, but can dampen the spirits
during the rainy season and can chill
your outlook on life in the winter, or
you can go to the bars and hope to be
picked up by someone—anyone! This
can be nice but there is always the
sickening possibility of some type of
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Paid advertising copy represents the opinion
of the advertiser. False or misleading infor-
mation should be brought to the attention of
sexually transmitted disease from the
creeping, crawling crabs to the life
threatening AIDS. Besides, not
everyone is nice out there; some want to
rob or murder you! There has to be an
Safeplace is a temporary haven for
gays and lesbians who need a safe place,
in times of crisis, to sleep. It is available
to members of the community on a first
come, first serve basis. For help in the
Dallas Metroplex all one needs to do is
call 522-1711, ext 116 between the hours
of 6 pm and 9:30 pm.
We have been in operation for a little
over a year. Each night between one and
six gay men or lesbians have found a
place to bathe and sleep for free. They
are safe from the elements and possible
disease or harm.
The Board of Directors have now.
decided we need the help of our brothers
and sisters who have a permanent bed,
who feel secure in their homes. We need
The assistance we are asking can
come two ways. One is, of course,
financial. For $36 one person each
month can have a refreshing bath and a
clean bed. However, any amount you
can donate will be appreciated.
The second method of assistance is
becoming a volunteer. We desparately
need volunteers for both the clean-up
and check-in committee. Without these
two committees, Safeplace would cease
Without Safeplace our brothers and
sisters would have to resort back to
sleeping under bridges and/or hustling
for a place to sleep. This cannot happen.
Don’t let Safeplace down. Don’t let
the community down. Help continue
Gay Pride every day, not just a few
weeks a year. Call 522-1711, ext 116.
Please volunteer your time and/or your
Board of Directors
Safeplace of Dallas
Los Angeles raises its Olympic
banners Sunday and for 16 days the
eyes of the world will be focused on
the best athletes in the world.
More than 8,000 men and women
from a record 140 nations will be
competing. An influx of 275,000
visitors are expected to pour into
the city each day. The most exten-
sive television coverage in Olympic
history will transmit the action by
satellite to more than 2 billion peo-
ple in 100 countries.
The Summer Games are return-
ing to the United States. Los Ange-
les has been preparing for them for
years — probably since 1932, the
last time they were held in this
country. That year Los Angeles also
A lot of things have changed
since then. The Olympics have come
a long way. Some good, some bad.
But despite global politics and boy-
cotts — and the blatent commercial-
ism of the United States Olympic
Committee (USOC) — the Olympics
is still one of the finest means
around for demonstrating that peo-
ples of all kinds can work and play
The competition still attempts to
break down barriers and differ-
ences, and works to unite men and
women from throughout the world
in spirit and brotherhood.
It is a shame then that the United
States Olympic Committee, which
has worked so hard to make the Los
Angeles games a success, still has
not been able to fully demonstrate
and show that spirit. It is still locked
in the past, embroiled in ignorance
You’d think that with the Rus-
sians and a few other Communist
countries boycotting the event and
with all the thousands of details in-
volved in staging the games in Los
Angeles, the USOC would have
plenty of things to do other than
harrassing gay men and lesbians.
But the USOC has a real hang-
up. Its homophobic members are
terrified that someday homosexual
athletes will mount the champions’
stand, and clutching their gold med-
als high in the air, boldy announce
their love for their coaches.
I mean that’s got to be THE rea-
son the USOC is so intent on defus-
ing gay interest in the Olympics.
Oh, it will take all the gay financial
contributions it can get. And the
committee wants gays to support
Olympic sponsors. And it is prob-
ably all right for gays to buy tickets
to Olympic events.
But the USOC must feel it has to
draw the line somewhere so gays
will get the message that they are
not accepted as part of the true
Olympic spirit. That means the
USOC doesn’t like or approve of us.
Of course, you will probably never
get the USOC to even admit there is
such a thing as a gay Olympic ath-
lete — or ever was! We know better.
The USOC is harrassing homo-
sexuals by its recent action to try
and get more than $90,000 in attor-
neys’ fees from the organizers of the
Gay Games held in San Francisco in
1982. A motion has been filed in
U.S. District Court there to force
If you remember, the USOC suc-
cessfully sued the gay organizers,
claiming infringement on the word
“Olympic.” The Gay Games were
being billed as the Gay Olympic
Games. The USOC now has decided
it wants to be reimbursed for costs
incurred in the court battle.
How the USOC ever won that
lawsuit is something I’ll never un-
derstand. No single group or person
has sole property of the word. The
term has been around for centuries
throughout the world, and for the
USOC to claim it as its own is pure
If the USOC is so short of funds,
why did it feel it had to sue in the
first place? Why didn’t the commit-
tee use the $90,000 to help athletes,
rather than to promote its prejudice
The singling out of the Gay
Games organizers was — and still is
— nothing more than harassment
and discrimination against gay peo-
ple. Throughout the country, count-
less other groups are being allowed
to use the word “Olympic” in their
athletic competitions without law-
suits or injunctions.
Obviously, the USOC doesn’t tru-
ly believe that its mandate is to
bring all kinds of people together in
a spirit of cooperation and friendly
The USOC will never get as
much as a dime donation out of me.
And I sure hope, while I’m watch-
ing an awards presentation during
the next two weeks, an athlete does
indeed clutch his or her gold medal
high in the air and boldly announce
his or her love for his or her coach.
That would be the ultimate salute
to gay brothers and sisters the
world over. And the ultimate finger
to the USOC.
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/5/: accessed June 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.