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Created Date: 07-01-1980
Edition: July 1980, Issue 7
Publisher: Gay/Lesbian Organization at Fort Wayne
Coverage: 1980-1987
Frequency: Published Monthly
Digitally Archived: 2016
Transcript: Three Rivers' One In Six • TROIS • July 1980 • Fort Wayne, Indiana • Issue 7 • Pearl Street 'Riot' • …”Limp Wrists Can Fight, Too!”… by a local streetwalker and semi-skilled freelance writer remaining anonymous in order to avoid possible legal repercussions… Fort Wayne's notoriously gay Pearl Street saw some of its more memorable moments during May. What took place was a miniature riot and an arrest the fol¬lowing day of a so-called "faggot bea¬ter." Although a considerably large group of local gays partook in this un¬fortunate and violent melee, they still deserve some credit for their tremendous victory over their attackers. Events leading up to the riot were the opening of a straight establishment on Pearl Street known as the Beer Tent followed by numerous incidents of violence against gays who frequent the area by Beer Tent employees. Due to an appar¬ent lack of patronage, the Beer Tent employees spent their time clearing the streets with clubs and chains instead of serving drinks. A large number of per¬sons presumed to be gay were either threatened or beaten by these male em¬ployees. The straw which broke the camel's back came on Wednesday, May 21. A crowd of straights gathered in front of the Beer Tent and began to strike out at and dam¬age passing cars with their clubs and chains, the usual Beer Tent employees among them. At least two of the victims summoned police, who were about as help¬ful as a lift-up toilet seat in a convent. They did nothing. A verbal battle between approximately twenty-five gays and gay groupies hud¬dled in front of the neighboring dirty book store and those in front of the Beer Tent ensued. Soon after, some of the Beer Tent people hopped into a pick¬up truck and drove toward the crowd of gays at high speed. Fed up with the Beer Tent, the Gays and their friends armed themselves with bricks and bottles which had been gathered from a nearby con¬demned building and pelted the truck, injuring a female passenger and damaging the truck. The gays then ran off into the deserted downtown streets until the police arrived. Fortuntely, the police again did nothing. The following evening, a Beer Tent em¬ployee approached a group of gays and threatened them with a pistol. The po¬lice arrived immediately and arrested him. The next night, a Beer Tent employ¬ee acting as a spokesperson came outside and made peace. Since that time no vio¬lence has taken place between the two parties. Although the Pearl Streetwalkers are not often well thought of, they have done us a great service. They have dispelled the old myth that gays are sissies who won't fight back. They have proven that "limp wrists" can fight surprisingly well. Hopefully, in the future, we will not have to resort to violence in order to protect our rights as human beings. • A Publication of the Gay / Lesbian Organization (GLO) At Fort Wayne • EDITORSPACE • …Anita's Divorce… I don't know how everyone else reacted to the news of Anita Bryant filing for divorce (see story on page 4), but I was shocked and delighted. I wasn't excited about the pain she was facing but the incident made a statement that the whole country was sure to hear. It's all too ironic that the most major anti-gay crusader has done more to strengthen the gay/lesbian movement on a national basis than such gay leaders as Sgt. Matlovich, Jean 0' Leary, or Harvey Milk. Her "coming out" in 1977 gave the lesbian and gay community, not only in Miami but in hundreds of cities in all fifty states, a reason to unify and a definite foe to battle. Gays and les¬bians, finding this the last straw joined together (for the first time in many places) to find ways to combat the fires of homophobia Anita and her fol¬lowers had set. Our anger peaked and we became visible to our neighbors in marches, protests, and demonstrations. In places like Fort Wayne the word homo¬sexual was used in headlines dealing with subjects other than restroom ar¬rests. Most personally exciting was Fort Wayne's own march at the Embassy Thea¬tre protesting Anita Bryant's presence - one of the most important historical e¬vents for the city's gay/lesbian grow¬ing pride and unity. We became visible on bumper stickers, tee shirts, and picket signs: "Anita Bryant sucks oranges," "Our God, too," We are your children," and my favorite, "A day without human rights is like a day without sunshine." We became visible in conversation and TV, too. "Anita Bry¬ant and the gays" was a very hot topic of discussion for quite some time; it was a time people finally talked about the subject, which is such an important step towards understanding and accept¬ance; it was a time we often found out just who our friends were. We lost the vote in Dade County but the unity, the determination, the pride, and yes, the frustration that forced many gays and lesbians to do something was so price¬less; so very important and rewarding - much of the credit for all of that must go to the brave bigoted crusader, Anita Bryant. Getting back to Ms. Bryant's more recent undertaking of divorce, she continues to be valuable to our movement by spitting into the wind. I was able to find five scriptures in the New Testament condemn¬ing divorce; I wonder how these verses pass by her reading and the verses hint¬ing at homosexuality stand out so blat¬antly. Should laws be passed to discri- inate against her because of her Bible¬-based abomination as she is determined to do with homosexuals? Divorce quite obviously breaks the family unit which Anita so loudly proclaims is the base for morality and American life; whereas, homosexual relationships create family units. Anita Bryant's divorce proves her gross hypocrisy. Now she must accept her own imperfectness. Maybe she will real¬ize now how everything we as human be¬ings undertake including relation¬ships are very fallible things and thus full of the possiblity of error and/or failure, not to mention the nev¬er- ending cycle of change that takes place in our lives and the world. For years Anita Bryant has been trying to prove that with God's leadership people can live spotless, happy, saint-like lives - safe from change and others who might think differently. This is an un¬fortunate lie, disgracing the beauty of ourselves as human beings, and now she **EDITORSPACE** herself has proved that. Gloria Steinem once said that she could not have created a better foe of the feminist movement than Phyllis Schlafly since her efforts have been more benefi¬cial than damaging to the ERA. Anita Bryant likewise deserves our sincere ap¬preciation. Thank you Anita for proving to the world that bigotry, stupidity, hatred, and hypocrisy all go hand in hand (hopefully out the door someday)! • RESPONSE • Editor, As a supporter of gay rights and the ho¬mosexual movement, I impatiently await the day that gays can move about Fort Wayne freely doing their daily routines. I particularly await the day when a ho¬mosexual can go into any bar or restaur¬ant and enjoy himself without fear of being gawked at or possibly ridiculed. I work in one of the popular restaurants of Fort Wayne's north end. A few nights ago, I noticed a table of four men seat¬ed in the bar, as I walked by them and heard bits of their conversation, I re¬alized that they were gay. A few minutes later a peculiar silence seemed to fall over the place. I noticed a group of my co-workers had gathered around our re-ception desk. They were standing there with their mouths open, staring into the lounge. Two of the gay men had done the ultimate tabu in Fort Wayne, they had gotten up to dance together. Every head turned to look at them and all the other couples left the dance floor. The rest of the group started giggling and mak¬ing rude jokes as they continued to stare. I said, "Oh come on, you guys act like you've never seen two people danc¬ing before." A waiter standing next to me said, "But they're queers." As I an¬grily walked away, I felt the stone wall of bigotry hit me in the face. I doubt the gay if Fort Wayne will ever reach acceptance level of New York, Chicago, or San Francisco, but it seems to me that two people should at least be able to get up on a dance floor and en¬joy a song together without a bunch of self-righteous bigots dropping their teeth. Don't people realize that life is too short for hate, that it holds only e¬nough time for love. Acceptance of homo¬sexuals will grow in Fort Wayne as the gay movement spreads its wings. Those who accept gays will also grow to accept themselves, helping all of mankind to progress toward a goal of brotherly love. However, those that continue to hate will be left behind in their own dizzy haze of stupidity. The choice is yours, love and progress, or hate and be left behind. Sincerely, David G. Lansaw • TROIS welcomes letters of criticism, praise, comment, and information from its readers on any subject. Since the letters printed are the opinion of the writer and not necessarily of TROIS, they must be signed and the full name will be printed with the letter unless accompanied with a statement giving permission to use only a part of the name. TROIS reserves the right to edit or reject any letter sub¬mitted. Address letters to "RESPONSE" c/o TROIS, Box 12501, Fort Wayne, IN, 46863. In so managing this, "RESPONSE" column, we hope to fulfill our purpose as a forum for public comment, opinion, and dialogue • YOUR LETTERS ARE IMPORTANT • STAFF EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, Kent J. Neuhouser; FEATURE EDITOR, Barry Davis; COPY EDITOR, Susan Roads; CALENDAR EDITOR & CIRCULATION, Ed Lower; CON¬TRIBUTORS: Bill Mehlhop, Bob Pence, and Bill Silverman If you are interested in working with TROIS or another area of GLO at Fort Wayne, contact Kent Neuhouser at 745-4460 or write to TROIS. (ADVERTISEMENT) KEEP IN TOUCH with news, events, thoughts, and celebrations of the local Gay and Lesbian Community and their friend; Subscribe to TROIS. It's FREE! And Confidential Name: Address: ¬City, State, ZIP: ¬I would be interested in working with, or taking part in, events such as: Send to "TROIS", P.O. Box 12501, Fort Wayne, IN, 46863 • BOARD TALK by Barry Davis Setting up GLO's bookkeeping was the major topic of discussion at the last regular open board meeting on May 26th. Other discussion centered around the open board meetings. The question was raised as to how to distribute money to committees for their projects. Several ideas were brought forth as to what kind of system to use, with the final decision being to use a voucher system, whereby each committee would submit a yearly budget at the gen¬eral meeting in July, with vouchers be¬ing issued after the general meeting in August. What constitutes an open board meeting, ¬and is it feasable to have them? Much discussion took place and many i¬deas were presented. The final decision was, 1) to publish the regular monthly meeting, date, time and place in TROIS; 2) to encourage GLO members to submit items in writing or at the begin-ning of the meeting, and all such items will be considered to be put on the a¬genda by means of a vote. It was decided that all special mailings will be labeled as "TROIS Special Re¬lease," so that subscribers will know that the mailing list is still confiden¬tial, and that the Social Options Com¬mittee would be asked to furnish re¬freshments for each general meeting. The open board meetings take place the last Monday of each month. • ANITA BRYANT FILES FOR DIVORCE-by Barry Davis Anita Bryant filed for divorce from her husband/manager Bob Greene last month. Ms. Bryant, the "model" for the tradi¬tion of the American family, was quoted in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette as saying that her husband and certain staff members had conspired against her and violated her most precious asset-her conscience. The woman who has been a foe of gay rights and who once referred to gay people as "human garbage" has ended her marriage of nearly 20 years and re¬signed from The Anita Bryant Ministries, a project whose stated goal is to pre¬serve the American fam1ly. Bob Greene, Bryant's husband and mana¬ger, wrote Anita a letter asking her to "come back and be his wife and the mo¬ther of their children." According to another newspaper, Anita was quoted as saying, "Some members of the ministry were trying to use the sin of divorce as a threat ... the way they went about it was cruel. It was a shock¬ing confrontation." What's ironic is that Anita, herself, has been cruel and obstinate in confronting gay and lesbian civil rights by likewise using "the sin of homosexuality" as a threat. • GLO Update • The GLO general meeing on June 4th of¬fered not only a chance to learn what's going on with the Gay/Lesbian Organiza¬tion, but a chance for discussion, so¬cial time, and even health information. GLO's code of By-Laws were re-read and accepted making them official. A final copy of the By-Laws and/or Articles of Incorporation may be acquired by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to GLO's new address listed on the sixth page. Attorney Robert Swain also an¬nounced that he would be presenting the Articles of Incorporation in Indianapolis June 6th. A special celebration for GLO's incorporation will be at the July 2nd general meeting. A pot luck dinner will be in at 6:30 in the regular meeting room (the Multi Purpose Room) of the Mental Health Center. • GLO’S GYM NIGHTS !! by Bill Mehlhop The gym nights at the Mental Health Center sponsored by the Social Options Committee of GLO have been a continuing success. (The attendance June 7 was 17). People have just plain fun and ex¬citement (not to mention a good work-out). The Social Options Com¬mittee is also working on sponsor¬ing a volleyball tournament in Au¬gust between GLO and other organi¬zations. If you would like to be on a team contact the Social Op¬tions Committee and watch for fur¬ther announcements in the newslet¬ter. Continue to watch your calen¬dar for the days and times the gym is open to GLO. For a definite alternative option on a Saturday night, bring your friends and tennies and come to the gym at the Ii1ent al Health Cen¬ter, 909 E. State Street. Other discussion at the meeting included reports from each committee on outcomes of past events and future plans. The Treasurer's report revealed a debit bal¬ance of $5.95 once the bills were paid. A plea not only for membership, but also for donations was made to keep GLO and TROIS above water. It was also announced that each commit¬tee is responsible for submitting a sug¬gested yearly budget to the board before the end of July. Following the meeting, a health-related movie called "To Live Or To Die" was shown. Afterwards Conrad Satala, M.S. led an enlightening discussion regarding health and stress problems. (Advertisement) Come Grow with us. The Gay/Lesbian Organi-zation at Fort Wayne meets the first Wednes- day of each month at 8 p.m in the Multi Purpose Room of the Day Therapy Building at the Mental Health Center, 909 East State Blvd. (MAP) • NEW ADDRESS Please note GL0's new P.O. Box#: GLO at Fort Wayne, Inc. P.O. Box. 12501 Fort Wayne, INDIANA 46863 • THE SOCIAL SCENE • GLO's recently revived Social Options Committee is making progress in its at¬tempts to bring social alternatives to Fort Wayne's gay and lesbian community. As of this writing, several different projects are underway. The first orga¬nized activity to be planned was the Frolic in Foster Park, Fort Wayne's Gay Pride Week celebration. On the drawing board at present are a dance during the last Saturday of the Three Rivers Festival, a Big Event with featured entertainment, and a riverboat tour and picnic. Dates, times, and loca¬t1ons are yet to be 1roned out. All Fort Wayne area TROIS subscribers will re¬ceive a separate mailing with this in¬formation when it has been confirmed. The initial four members responsible for the Frolic in Foster Park are Ed Lower Terri Worman, Bill Silverman, and Jerry Jokay. Much thanks to these people, and to all others who have contributed in some way to the success of this event and those to come. (ADVERTISEMENT) V.D. CLINIC 5th Floor City-Co. Bldg. Telephone: 423-7504 (TRAIN GRAPHIC) • Yes, Virginia, There Are Gay Railfans by Bob Pence About fifteen gay railfans, including people from Chicago, Fort Wayne, and Al¬bany, New York, were among the several hundred enthusiasts who boarded the Mis¬sissippi River Limited in East Peoria Illinois, on May 10th. The excursion train of more than twenty cars traveled two hundred thirty miles on its round trip between Peoria and Keokuk, Iowa, over the Toledo, Peoria, and Western Railroad. Power was provided by a steam locomotive, Berkshire 765, formerly owned by the Nickel Plate Rail¬road. The locomotive worked out of Fort Wayne until 1958, and was displayed in a city park for several years. Gays who rode the Mississippi River Lim¬ited are members of a nationwide organi¬zation for gay railfans. Members parti¬cipate in social activities, too; a re¬cent carry-in dinner in Chicago was at¬tended by about twenty members and slides and movies of recent railfan trips outside the U.S. were shown. The club has nearly two hundred members nationwide, covering a wide range of ages. Their interests include steam, diesel, passenger, excursion, and freight trains, both old-time and mod¬ern, as well as trolleys, rapid transit, and model railroading. For more information call Bob at 422-9177 (ADVERTISEMENT) got a drinking problem? Gay Alcoholics Anonymous meets weekly at 8 pm Sundays at First Presbyterian Church, room 300. All meetings are open to anyone (gay or non-gay) who has or thinks they may have a drinking problem, or to the mate of a problem drinker. The group is relatively small and is com¬prised of women and men. Call Dick at 422-4153 or Jack at 484-5634 for info. OUR GOD TOO OPEN DOOR CHAPEL Open Door Chapel is on their way to get¬ting it all together. At their last board meeting, Attorney Robert Swain met with the group to go over legal matters concerning a not-for-profit organization status and/or incorporation. A hot line went into effect on Monday June 23rd, with the hours set as 7-10 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and 7-1 am on Saturday. On the church's reg¬ular meeting nights of Sunday and Wednesday the phones will be open from 7:30 to 10 pm, and on Friday nights from 7-12 am. The church welcomes anyone in the gay/lesbian community who would be interested in working with the hot line project. The Board of Directors at Open Door Chapel announced a contest for an emblem or logo for the newly re-organized church. Entries should be in by August 17th. A prize of a ten dollar grocery certificate will be given to the winner. There will be a paper drive July 26th. If anyone has papers to dispose of call 744-0484 or bring them to the church at the corner of Lafayette and Leith Streets. • Couples & Singles • The Gay/Lesbian Singles and Couples groups, sub-groups of the Special Inter¬est Activities Committee, have planned several events for the month of July. The Gay/Lesbian Singles meet the first and third Thursdays of each month. On the third Thursday the group meets to discuss various topics that are impor¬tant in a single person's life. "The Pitts Are Only One Part Of The Cherry," will be the topic of discussion at the July 17th meeting. The discussion will center around loneliness and depression. For those interested in attending this meeting, it will be held at 324 Broad¬way, New Haven at 8 pm or call 749-8611 for information. Another single's event to take place is an outing to Cedar Point on July 12th, sponsored by the singles group, but o¬pened to the GLO community. For those that would like to partake of breakfast before departing at 7:00 am, there will be a continental breakfast at 324 Broad¬way, New Haven, beginning at 6:00 am. Reservations should be in no later than July 3rd. For more information call Ron at 456-8743 or Jim at 749-8611. There will also be a picnic for the singles July 31st at Lakeside Park. It will be¬gin at 6:30 pm. Contact Ron at 456-8743 for details. The Gay/Lesbian Couples will have a cook-out July 4th beginning at 4 pm. Call 483-1924 for details. A trip to Shipshewana has been tentavely set for August 20th. More information concerning that event will appear in the next issue of TROIS. The couples meet the first Friday of each month. Watch the calendar for more events to take place. For more information about other activi¬ties within the Special Interest Activi¬ties Committee, contact Barry Davis at 745-4460.(ADVERTISEMENT) OPEN DOOR CHAPEL 744-0484 A Christian Church With A Special Ministry To The Gay Community SUNDAY WORSHIP 7:00 pm WED.- SPIRITUAL AWARENESS 7:00 pm FFRIDAY NIGHT DROP-IN 7:30 - 12 mid. all are welcome • JULY1980 • (CALENDAR) 6) OPEN DOOR CHAPEL 7:00 PM CHURCH SERVICE LEITH & LAFAYETTE STREETS (CALL 744-0484 FOR DETAILS); GAY ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS 8: 00 PM - ROOM 300 FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH; 13) OPEN DOOR CHAPEL 7:00 Pm CHURCH SERVICE LEITH & LAFAYETTE STREETS (CALL 744-0484 FOR DETAILS); GAY ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS 8:00 PM - ROOM 300 FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH; 20) OPEN DOOR CHAPEL 7:00 PM CHURCH SERVICE LEITH & LAFAYETTE STREETS (CALL 744-0484 FOR DETAILS); GAY ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS 8:00 PM - ROOM 300 FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH; 27) OPEN DOOR CHAPEL 7:00 PM CHURCH SERVICE LEITH & LAFAYETTE STREETS (CALL 744-0484 FOR DETAILS); GAY ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS 8:00 PM - ROOM 300 FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH; 7) 8:00 PM GLO AT FORT WAYNE INFORMATION NETWORK COMMITTEE MEETING (CALL 745-4460 FOR DETAILS); 14) 8:00 PM GLO AT FORT WAYNE SPECIAL INTEREST ACTIVITY COMMITTEE MEETING (CALL 745-4460 FOR RETAILS); 21) 7:30 GLO AT FORT WAYNE SPECIAL INTEREST ACTIVITY STAINED GLASS CRAFTS CLASS (CALL 745-0635 FOR DETAILS); 28) GLO AT FORT WAYNE 8:00 PM BOARD MEETING (CALL 745-4460 FOR LOCATION) 1) 8:00 PM GLO RELIGIOUS CONCERNS COMMITTEE MEETING (CALL 744-5298 FOR DETAILS); 8) GLO PROFFESSIONAL SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETING; 15) 8:00 PM BOARD MEETING OPEN DOOR CHAPEL 328 EAST LEITH STREET (CALL 744-0484 FOR DETAILS 2) GLO GENERAL MEETING INCORPORATION CELEBRATION 6:30 PM CARRY-IN DINNER 8:00 PM REGULAR MEETING MENTAL HEALTH CENTER 909 EAST STATE STREET MULTI PURPOSE ROOM; 9) 7:00 PM GLO AT FORT WAYNE SOCIAL OPTIONS COMMITTEE MEETING FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH ROOM 306; OPEN DOOR CHAPEL SPIRITUAL AWARENESS GROUP 7:30 PM TO 9:00 PM CALL 744-0484 FOR DETAILS); 16) DIGNITY MINI-GOLF NIGHT 7:30 PM N. SPEEDWAY DRIVE (CALL 484-5634 FOR DETAILS); OPEN DOOR CHAPEL SPIRITUAL AWARENESS GROUP 7:30 PM TO 9:00 PM (CALL 744-0484 FOR DETAILS) 23) OPEN DOOR CHAPEL SPIRITUAL AWARENESS GROUP 7:30 PM TO 9:00 PM (CALL 744-0484 FOR DETAILS) 30) 7:30 PM GLO AT FORT WAYNE SPECIAL INTEREST ACTIVITY PHOTOGRAPHY CRAFT CLASS (CALL 745-0635 FOR DETAILS); OPEN DOOR CHAPEL SPIRITUAL AWARENESS GROUP 7:30 PM TO 9:00 PM (CALL 744-0484 FOR DETAILS) 3) 8:00 GLO SINGLES SUPPORT GROUP PLANNING MEETING (CALL 745-4460 FOR DETAILS) 17 8:00 PM SUPPORT GROUP GAY/LESBIAN SINGLES 324 BROADWAW, NEW HAVEN (CALL JIM 749-8611 FOR INFO); 31) 6:30 PM; GLO SINGLES PICNIC "DOG a SUDS" LAKESIDE PARK (CALL -56-8743 FOR DETAILS) FRI 4) 4:00 PM GLO COUPLES COOKOUT (CALL 483-1924 FOR DETAILS); OPEN DOOR'S DROP-IN NIGHT 7:30 PM TO MIDNIGHT LEITH & LAFAYETTE STREETS (CALL 744-0484 FOR DETAILS); 11) OPEN DOOR'S DROP-IN NIGHT 7:30 PM TO MIDNIGHT LEITH & LAFAYETTE STREETS (CALL 744-0484 FOR DETAILS) 18) OPEN DOOR’S DROP-IN NIGHT 7:30 PM TO MIDNIGHT LEITH & LAFAYETTE STREETS (CALL 744-0484 FOR DETAILS): 25) OPEN DOOR’S DROP-IN NIGHT 7:30 PM TO MIDNIGHT LEITH & LAFAYETTE STREETS (CALL 744-0484 FOR DETAILS); 12) GLO SINGLES SUPPORT GROUP CEDAR POINT OUTING (CALL JIM AT 749-8611) OR (CALL RON AT 456-8743); 4:00 PM DIGNITY COOKOUT (CALL 484-5634 FOR DETAILS); 26) OPEN DOOR CHAPEL PAPER DRIVE (CALL 744-0484 FOR DETAILS); Memos: UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED, All ACTIVITIES ARE OPEN TO All PERSONS.

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