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SEPTEMBER, 1987: VOLUME 2, NUMBER 9
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GAY VICE COPS?
Are Police Coercing Them To Entrap Gay Men?
Ne# Life To Hold
j|i of ttii® Unitarian Church of Charlotte,
>!s 7:30 pju! The night starts with a
"! spaghetti dinner and continues with
ji;; I Abor^ those already scheduled
to, perform ore Soundra Thomas,
who delighted audiences as the
singer in ‘Torch Song Tttlogy," and
Madame Collas, whose perfor
mance of "When You're Good to
Momma" floored a Lambda Cho
rale audience, and the newly
formed women's voice quartet
The church Is still welcoming per
formers. Cali postcar Art Fleschner at
; Jkk^-6035 to audition or for $5-per-
Robert Sheets, president of QCQ in
1986, has entered the race against five
other Democrats for the Charlotte City
Council's four at-large seats.
Two will be eliminated in the primary
election on Sept. 22;
survivors will face four
Republicans in the
general election on
Sheets said his rea
sons for running were
that "I wanted to, and
I feel that gay people
have to be more in
volved in the decl-
process." He said that
asked whether he is gay, he will reply,
"Would you ask such a damaging ques
tion of all candidates?"
While he was president, QCQ revived
Q-Notes, arranged Charlotte's first gay
skating night and bowling league, and
founded Carolina Drummer.
Sheets, 36, has been exposed to or
Involved in politics since his childhood.
His mother served on the Charleston,
W.Va., dty council for 12 years. Sheets
was secretary of the Kanawha County
(W.Va.) Democrat Executive Committee
for six years and ran unsuccessfully for
county commissioner. In Charlotte, he
managed the early 1980s city council
compxilgn of Republican Jim Soukup,
who was defeated by incumbent Demo
crat Ron Leeper.
Oleen’s Leads Bars To Benefit Record
Participants in Oleen's record-setting Carnival of Hope had a ball raising
$2,4CO lor Metrollna AIDS Project the first weekend of August. Clockwise
from top left: a Cheap Trade performer hoots It up; a volunteer takes a pie
in the face; one of 40 entertainers, all of whom donated their time and tips,
relaxes at the dart-toss booth; and a friend of management moves the
container for performers' tips. Oleen's donated cover charges, hall of all
bartenders' tips and revenue from booths for pie-throwing, dart-tossing
and ring-tossing. The total set a record for benefits in Charlotte gay bars.
During August, MAP received on additional $530 from Charades' "Tribute
to William Bennett" benefit, which featured 18 performers; and $751 from
the annual benefit volleyball tournament at Tags. The $corpio ■will hold
one of its frequent MAP benefits on Wednesday, $ept. 23.
By DON KING
About 7 o'clock on a night in June, a
man we'll call Tom went into Joy Adult
He had been fighting anger and
paranoia since last fall when he was
arrested at Park Road Park by an in
tensely cruising vice squad officer from
the Charlotte Police Department.
His case had been dis-
missed when the offi
cer failed to show in
court, and he wanted
to prove to himself
that he could again
go where so many
gay men cruise each other without suf
fering a case of nerves.
"When I first went in, no one else was
back in the booth area except a guy
who works there," said Tom.
"I went into a booth, pul in a token,
came out, and there was a very attrac
tive, tall, slim, blond-headed young
man who looked like he could be in his
late teens or early 20s. He was wearing
a baseball cap and standing beside the
door to the booth when I came out. His
shirt toll was out.
"I went into another booth. When I
came out, he was standing beside that
one. I did that three or four times; each
time he was standing beside the booth
when I came out. He was definitely
following me and I was flattered, but
very wary because he exactly fit the
description of one of the vice squad
officers from Q-Notes that was posted on
"I went into one of the video booths
and spent three or four tokens. When I
came out, there was another fellow
wearing a blue baseball cap just like
the blond's and he fit another of the
Q-Notes descriptions. His shirt tail was
out, too. That's when I decided to just
watch what those two were doing.
"The dark-haired one who had just
come in cruised me hard when he
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Actors In Love With ‘Life Of The Party’
By DAWN FIELDS
Charlotte theatre audiences are getting another opportu
nity to see Bryan Phllbeck on stage.
The young actor who awed audiences as Arnold in "Torch
Song 'Wlogy" -will ploy Brad, a sympathetic gay yuppie,
when the Queen's Players present "Life of the Party" at Spirit
Square's Entertainment Place Sept. 10, 11, 17, 18 and 19.
John Dickson, also well known to theatre goers, •will play
the flamboyant Curtis. Dickson has acted, sang and danced
on many Charlotte stages, and directed and performed In two
large-scale productions at Charlotte gay bars including ex
cerpts from "A Chorus Line" and "Dreomglrls" at Charades In
Doug Holsclaw's "Life of the Party" was first produced in
San Francisco to brilliant reviews. The Charlotte performance
is Its East Coast premiere and the first production of the
Queen's Players, a group formed with the help of Queen City
The comedy presents six characters exploring the joys and
sorrows of love and friendship since the advent of AIDS.
Theatrical director Ken Stikeleather chose the play as the
Queen's Players first production because he believes it can in
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