Outrageous Oral, Volume 1: Bruce Monroe

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this I'm not Lori masters and Norway

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player on TV I

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my name is Bruce Munro I know a lot of these stories firsthand except for

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don mason's because I was really young tyke problem not even out

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at the time in the village station raid and certainly Dallas wasn't even on my

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radar at the time my story begins in nineteen eighty-six

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I think my memory fails me and that my friends is why we have little sway

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so we can collect the stories age was definitely in full swing in Dallas yet

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for me

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no one significant had died yet

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the dow scale alliance now the dow stay in lesbian alliance

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and that's another story had formed the eight Resource Center three years

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earlier in 1983

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in order to educate your taxes about the disease which was severely impacting

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both coasts

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mark Rogers have been hired by the Centre to raise money

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we had to people who were ringing the bell

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loudly about aids Mike Richards

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and how we dare arm and Mark

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who works for us through a generous grant from the Robert Wood Johnson

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Foundation

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decided he threw a party when the first

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if not the first aids fundraiser in Dallas the call it

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aids is a drag so we went went shopping

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in downtown Dallas mark took John Rogers

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Tony Anthony and me to a store called

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I paradise was on Elm Street

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just literally two blocks from where I work today and when you went there

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when we went there I noticed on the on the the outside the building

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he clearly said I paradise but there were two shadow

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pieces right next to the eye and apparently the W in the G

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falling off so

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we went into I paradise and I shop for my very first way

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needless to say I chose the biggest and longest way I could find

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now I've never done drag before and had no skills in the fine art of

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wigwam ping so I put the weight on its way ahead and started pushing her around

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the face

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you know thinking all this I think this would look good

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and then so I laid the whole thing down on the floor

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face up and then I so reform the hair the way I want it now use hair spray and

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sprayed it

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and got it exactly the way I want it

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and then I went to pick it up and it was stuck to the floor so in the kitchen I

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got a spatula

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and had to scrape it off the floor

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news this is an old wooden floor so

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I guess it was okay and I picked it up

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intercourse it was this huge round halo of hair that had exactly what I wanted

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in terms of the lock

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except for his flat as a pancake on the back to you

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it had been there was on the floor and I

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I don't think I will there was in 30 seconds more

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ready yes this is my hair so I got more cans hairspray and I just sprayed the

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hat

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spray tan spray and spray a arm

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our permit exact lo and behold

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I had this beautiful blonde halo and the face

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was perfect the way it wrapped around my face I was so thrilled

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I completely lost it I had a total gay moment

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I think today we call it I nailed ouch

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it was perfect I called mark Rogers like all John Rogers nice that I think I've

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got

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so I by Mark and hair spray and sprayed again and again and again

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so our vans was scheduled for a Saturday night

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the night after Halloween and

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I'm I was one of about 25 posts at the party

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we were tasked to transform

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an empty design space at the Design Center I think it became the party

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palace for quite a few years

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afterwards and I while putting the party together

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I met many people who are not count as friends today 26 years later

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I including buddy Milano and other people who I had no

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sorry context for connecting with them

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but Mark Rodgers new lots and lots of people

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and one of the loveliest things about mark Rogers

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was that he didn't care where the supported the age Resource Center

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or the Oaklawn Counseling Center which

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at the time were completely different camps of people

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I if you support the ongoing calyx and Counseling Center

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you it was doubtful you supported the age Resource Center

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just different times different missions we're all working through the same good

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but marked in care any purchase altogether but this party together

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and that was one of the best things about that party

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arm in the beginning but he in one of his other 1i love

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are other host John Rogers they both had friends in Austin

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and they were also planning an event on Halloween weekend for

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aid services Austin but they're backwards on

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Friday night Halloween

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the day before party we all want to go but we had our own event here in

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in Dallas the next day on Saturday so what to do

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what to do so we decided we do both

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which meant we'd have our Saturday party ready to go off all day early

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have in you've ever done party planning

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that's an impossible task but

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we did and then we left

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which is on thinkable I can remember how do you decide to go I think it was

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eleven

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we decided we'd fly Southwest Airlines to Austin

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on Halloween the last business flight of the day

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so we attend their party that night and then we fly home early Saturday morning

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and then

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put the finishing touches on our party and have a party in Dallas on Saturday

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and we decided we fly and drag

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pay it was Halloween even Southwest flight attendants

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more costumes on Halloween denying

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while getting 11 drag queens ready at the same time and getting them to Love

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Field in three security in time for afternoon flight

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was no easy task and if you ever needed proof that God exists

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here was we made it

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yes some other flight attendants were costumes

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something like pirates I recall not much an eye patch here a bandana their

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throw in an armored and you have a pirate

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they were not ready for eleven men dressed in full drag

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do I tell you it was 1986 it

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so as we boarded the plane people were incredulous

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most averted their eyes a few others laughed

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many applauded well that was all we needed

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so we ramp down the aisle

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three-year France kids know Tony Anthony and Bob browning of dressed in identical

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wigs and hats

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as debbie reynolds only the color the dresses were different

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I recall one rush down the aisle turned around screen back to the others

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hey Deb a what's the capital of Wyoming

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and the other two responded in unison W

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the other passengers 8 it out

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so now we're looking for our seats way back in the smoking section

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yes it was that long ago we found another empty seats

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three my friends at the rear bulkhead facing the back

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facing me I had to sit between two business men dressed in suits

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the others sat across the aisle in various seats the three degrees of

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course that together

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the two businessmen would have nothing to do with us

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to say they're unhappy is an understatement

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I think we've seen all the posts about do you sit next to on a plane today

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bro I got Facebook from other media were around

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time they simply open up the newspapers and shut their faces in it

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and decided they were going to ignore what was going on around them

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right I am I here was big

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like really Bay

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and flat really like

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flat my hair is so big that both businessmen had a lean away from me

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so they wouldn't poke their eyes out their eyes out with my hair

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so we take off and a few minutes later years softly

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being being and one in my seat mates proceeded to light up a cigarette

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I turned to him and I said oh I wouldn't do that if I were you

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he asked why not

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I pointed my hair and said flatly

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10 cans of hairspray lone survivor recalls

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fireball shooting down the aisle he started laughing

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the other businesses businessman's newspaper was visibly shaking

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he put it down in tears laughing and said I give up I give up

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at least all have a story to tell my grandkids

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and I said great you can help me finish my nails

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and to my surprise he did

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the rest the flight you know we're talkin forty minutes

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was fairly normal if if normal means free drinks from the flight attendants

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and if normal means having a runway show up and down the aisle

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where the passengers voting for most real

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I didn't win when he arrived at the Austin Airport

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and Austin Fran but we really had a range for wheelchair

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for sick woman mark Rogers or should I say I need a martini

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threw herself into that chair and by twister at the airport so fast

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to know waiting limousine I've which all of us

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roadway in the blink of an eye out on austin-bergstrom Airport Boston didn't

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know what hit them

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what a great time at the party that night in Austin

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the next morning a friend John Rogers David berry banderas

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presented me with a large pizza box so I could probably carry my weight back

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bells

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home that night aids the drag proved to be a great hit

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a recall we raised about twenty five thousand dollars for the age Resource

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Center

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unheard of and I made a lot of friends

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and I made a lot of memories and that's the way it was

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written thank you