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Raids of Gay & Lesbian Bars, Baths, Bookstores, & Parks
Page 1

Like many cities Houston has a long history of bar raids. Here are
some clippings that tell a little of the story...by no means complete.

Page 1 - 1967 - 1979
Page 2 - 1980 & Mary's
Page 3 - 1981 - 1984
Page 4 - 1987-1993
Page 5 - 1994-1998
Page 6 - 1999
Page 7 - 2006 - Park Arrests

One of the early ones, in 1967, involved the raids of the women's bar Roaring Sixties, due to customers
"cross-dressing," defined as them wearing fly-front pants. This first article tells of that struggle.

1967

The story is also told, by Rita Wanstrom, in this1987 TWT feature.
Download a PDF of the article.

And the Banner Project devoted a panel to the story.

1968

  

1970

1971

Armadillo Club

Milam @ Drew

1972

1976

below, Norm Thompson's comments on this event, posted to Facebook July 2017

1977

1978

the 1982 article below mentions the 1978 Locker raid

1979

Rally Against HPD

Photos below from Upfront files, by J Hardy Williams

Above, with sign, Carol Fennema; Carl Hays to her left, behind her was Richard Burkhardt, and behind him was Phil Slusser

  

Above, Phyllis Frye; Below, Ray Hill

  

above front in dark shirt, Alice Shrader

  

above left, Peter Armato
below, Ray Hill and Alice Shrader

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see next page for 1980