Editor, Hildegard Warner
A workshop, Ethical Issues in Human Reproductive Technology: Analysis by Women,
supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the
Humanities, and sponsored by the Federation of Organizations for Professional
Women will be held June 24 - 29 at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. Houstonian
Barbara Tilley will present a paper on The Risks Associated with DES Exposure as part
of the DES: An Interdisciplinary Subgroup. Barbara Tilley is a doctoral candidate at
the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, and formerly coordinated
a research project on the effects of DES.
Sarah Weddington, special assistant to President Jimmy Carter and the nation's top
governmental representative for women's issues will be the guest speaker at the 24th
annual western area conference of Links, a national women's organization which emphasizes educational, intercultural, and civic programs. Weddington will address the
convention on Saturday, July 7 at 12:30 p.m. in the Galleria Plaza Hotel ballroom.
Tickets are $15 payable to Houston Links. For reservations call 522-0009 or 748-5548.
A new four-week series of activities will begin at the Downtown YWCA July 16.
Classes for children include gymnastics, sewing and cooking, while women may learn
dance of all types, yoga, tennis, Spanish, drawing and painting, guitar or bridge.
Swimming classes for all ages will begin July 9. These are just a sample of the summer
classes, in addition to regular on-going activities at the YWCA. For more information
about schedules, costs, and registration, call the registrar at 523-6881 before July 9 for
swimming classes and before July 11 for all others.
Celebration of Houston Gay Pride Week '79 will officially begin Friday evening, June
22 at MARY'S LOUNGE, 1022 Westheimer. The opening ceremonies are scheduled
for 10 p.m. and will be followed by a production of Gay play, a series of theatrical
sketches directed by Roger Gorton.
Saturday June 30 is WOMEN'S DAY of Gay Pride Week, and the Gay Resource Services at the University of Houston has organized a Lesbian Workshop, to be held at the
University Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The schedule of topics on the workshop agenda are: 9 a.m.. Women in Small Business Administration; Women in Non-traditional
Roles. 10:45 a.m.: Blue Collar Lesbians; Lesbians in Mental Health. 1:30 p.m.: Lesbians in Literature; Lesbian Mothers and Lesbian Rights. 3:15 p.m.: Consciousness-
On Saturday evening there will be a Lee McCormick concert at MARION'S TOO,
beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 1 is the final day of Gay Pride Week, and the celebration will culminate this day with a Gay Pride Parade down Westheimer, from Shepherd to Bagby. The
parade will begin at 3 p.m. sharp. Persons interested in participating in the parade
must file an application with Larry Bagneris, Parade Coordinator.
At 6:30 p.m. the festivities will continue in Spots Park (corner of Waugh & Memorial Drives) where An Expression of Freedom will take place. Entertainment of various
sorts will begin at 7:30 p.m. At 9 p.m., there will be a political rally featuring former
Presidential Aide Midge Costanza, Congressman Mickey Leland, Jean O'Leary, who
recently resigned from an executive position with the National Gay Task Force and
Harry Britt, who succeeded the late San Francisco supervisor, Harvey Milk.
The National Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCASA) will conduct a nationwide
conference for professionals and other individuals concerned with sexual assault, from
August 24-26, at George Williams College, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Conference fee
is $45, covering registration and accomodations. Bus service is available from Chicago's
O'Hare Airport, 80 miles away. Purposes of the conference are to develop a network
for members of the rape crisis movement, establish a political power base, share expertise, experience and knowledge, and provide mutual strength and support to professionals working with victims of sexual assault. A business meeting will be conducted
to further develop the organization. To receive information and registration forms,
write Sandy Lambert, NCASA, P.O. Box 585, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17108.
A Canton Lady, 1861-1864 is one of a series of photographs of Imperial China,
1850-1912, now on exhibit at The Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibit is the work of
photographers who ventured into China to record historic events, the landscape and
the activities of the people in the last years of the Manchu Dynasty, the period in
which China was opening up to foreign commercial and political interests. The exhibition has been organized by the Asia House Gallery and the American Federation of
Arts, and will be on view in Houston until July 22.
Other exhibits currently at the Museum include Patrick Henry Bruce: American
Modernist and Patrick Henry Bruce and His Times: Related Painting, 1916-1936,
in the Upper Brown Gallery through July 19; Wood in Art, an educational exhibition
of wood used as an art medium, through September 23; and Sprouts: Conceptual
Architectural Sketches, a collection of conceptual architectural drawings by local
architects, through July 19.
An E.R.A. Support Committee has been organized to promote the economic boycott
of unratified states. The group supplements N.O.W.'s economic boycott and encourages people in Houston to vacation only in ratified states and to let tourism officials
in unratified states understand exactly how much money they are losing. The Gay
Political Caucus, the Chicana Caucus of G.P.C., Houston Area N.O.W., Harris County
Women's Political Caucus, and Lesberadas have joined the group in passing resolutions
in support of the economic boycott. Between 900 and 1000 letters were collected at
the Texas N.O.W. Conference and sent to tourism offices and legislators in Louisiana,
Oklahoma, Arkansas and Florida. More help is needed in this effort. Interested persons
may call Renee Rabb at 524-0982.
Path Seekers, a non-profit organization which acts as a support system for recently
released female convicts, has recently acquired a residential facility in Houston to
house 17 women. Residents will receive job training and placement assistance, counseling, and educational opportunities at the facility in addition to a home atmosphere
with meals, decorated rooms and comfortable furniture. Donations of furniture,
kitchen and pantry supplies, linens, books and money are needed to establish the
facility. Checks may be mailed or materials taken to Path Seekers, Inc., 3530 Timmons
Lane, No. 393, Houston, Tx. 77027. For more information call 649-4877.
Crisis Hotline, the 24-hour crisis intervention service, needs more volunteers to handle
the more than 5,000 phone calls it receives each month. Especially needed are bilingual speakers (English and Spanish) and volunteers who can work after midnight.
A four-week training session for new volunteers will begin on Saturdays during August
from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Training sessions will teach volunteers how to handle
phone calls about family conflicts, loneliness, depression, battered women, rape
victims, abused children and suicide. Volunteers work one four-hour shift each week.
For more information and an application form, call Crisis Hotline, 228-1505, or Carol
Maxwell, Coordinator of Training and Public Relations, 527-9864, weekdays.
Another training course, "Dealing with Crisis," is being offered by the University
of Houston Sundry School for persons who wish to learn about community problems
and ways of dealing with them, but do not wish to become Crisis Hotline volunteers.
The course is based on crisis intervention skills used by Hotline volunteers but will
be flexible to cover special interests of participants. It will be held Wednesday evenings, June 20 through August 8, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m., and registration must be made at
UH Sundry School. Contact Carol Maxwell at 527-9864 weekdays for more information.
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