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            from handcuffs and restraints, and being hanged by the neck until par-
            ents complained. (See my feature “Mike Dayton: The Last Gladiator” in
            California Action Guide, November 1982, pages 9-14, San Francisco.)
               Because of the Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott who wrote Ivan-
            hoe and popularized kilts as review-proof menswear, the straight Walter
            Scott’s name was instantly memorable and stays so years later because of
            his cop look, his mustache, his arms, and his buoyant personality. In that
            same June 1978, he and his straight partner obliged me and Bob Cato by
            driving around in their police car in a way I directed so I could shoot some
            additional footage of them chasing Cato.
               Little did any of us know then that the SFPD would be arresting Cato
            for real on Sunday, September 5, 1982, for driving his Dodge van into
            a cab carrying Broadway star Mary Martin, 68, and Oscar-winner Janet
            Gaynor, 75, and killing Martin’s press agent Ben Washer, 76, for which,
            at the insistence of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Cato went to prison.


                                 Cops versus Gays:
                           “He Loves Me. He Loves Me Not”
                  How Softball Games Turned into the White Night Riot

               In the background of my 1978 cops-gays softball film, of course,
            are the inevitable drag cheerleaders and their pom poms trying to get to
            “second base,” but the real back story was this. On that 1978 playing field,
            the SFPD cops and gay men met in detente as community equals who
            did not divide until the White Night Riots, May 21, 1979, when gays set
            twelve police cars on fire outside City Hall and the cops marched down
            Castro Street beating everyone in their path.
               The White Night Riot occurred almost exactly ten years after the
            Stonewall Riot, June 28, 1969, and is described in Some Dance to Remem-
            ber, Reel Three, Scene One.
               (In my drag-driven story, alternative to Drummer, comic eyewitness
            details of the Stonewall Riot appear fictively in “Stonewall, June 27, 1969,
            11PM,” Harrington Gay Men’s Fiction Quarterly, 2006, Volume 8, Issue
            1.)


                During the time I was editor in chief of Drummer, I was recruited by
            the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department which led to my doing outreach
            with the SFPD. “Sensitivity training” meant my taking a dozen young
            recruits on an introductory evening tour of gay spots on Castro Street and
            on Folsom Street. I cut a deal with manager Tony Tavarossi and owner

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