WY1978 GAY AUSTIN 5
ANITA'S COMING !!!
HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS PLAN BREAKFAST FESTIVAL
Anita Bryant will appear as special guest witness
Sunday May 7 in Municipal Auditorium for Allandale
Baptist Church's Great Day celebration.
The Austin Coalition for Human Rights, an aggregate
of women's groups, pro-ERA activists, right-to-abortion groups, and gay rights groups, is planning
a "Breakfast Festival for Human Rights" to be held
in Town Lake Park during Anita's appearance in
Municipal Auditorium. According to the festival's coordinators, it will be a pot-luck breakfast rally without speakers. Starting time is 9am.
ADS TO BE PLACED IN AMERICAN-STATESMAN
There reportedly are efforts to place two
large ads in the May 7 issue of the Austin
American Statesman, which would declare support
for human rights.
TEXAS GAY TASK FORCE PUNS TEXAS GAY CONFERENCE 5
The Texas Gay Task Force announces that Texas Gay
Conference Five will be held in Dallas at the
Mariott Hotel June 10-11. Co-chairpersons for the
conference are Lee Knapp and Steve Wilkins.
The annual TGTF Texas Gay Conference has in the
past included a variety of workshops and other
events. Last year's conference, held in Austin,
included workshops on the gay press, gay activism
and community politics, gay poetry and other
topics of interest to the gay community. Featured
speakers were Miami's Bob Kunst and Houston's Ray
To register for the conference, which is open to
everyone regardless of membership in TGTF, call
GCS at 477-6699 for more information.
THIRD COTLAINT FILED AGAINST CABARET
Since the last issue of GAY AUSTIN, another complaint has been filed with the Austin Human Relations
Department against the Cabaret, a local disco, for
violation of the sexual orientation provision of the
Public Accommodations Ordinance (see GAY AUSTIN, vol.
2, no. 7, April, 1978). According to Terry Harris,
the complainant, the case involves an incident last
October 21 (erroneously reported in GAY AUSTIN as
having occurred in November) in which he and a male
friend were bodily ejected from the club for dancing
together. Harris says he called the police when the
manager of the club threatened to call them himself
as a result of Harris1 attempt to discuss the matter
reasonably, but that the police took the side of the
manager. The police played a similar role in the incident at the White Rabbit disco reported last month.
The two complaints filled previously against the
Cabaret, also involving discrimination on the basis
of sexual orientation, have meanwhile moved a step
closer to the courtroom. Branif Airlines, owner of
Cabaret and the Driskill Hotel in which it is located, have failed to respond to the attempt to
reach a conciliation agreement, and the case has
been sent to the City Attorney for prosecution.
In the meantime, the White Rabbit Disco, the subject of several complaints under the same ordinance
for discrimination against Chicanos and Blacks, is
trying to change its image. It now features salsa
music once a week and advertises over the local
Spanish-language radio station. The word "white"
has been deleted from its name in recent adver-
*" ' --David Morris
AUSTIN MCC SEKS NEW MEMBERS
Austin's Metropolitan Community Church is gearing up
for an active month in May and is industriously seeking to increase membership for its small but active
Now located at 614 East 6th St., MCC is led by its
new minister, Jeff Bishop, in Sunday services at noon
and at 7:30 p.m. The noon service is more formal, the
evening service more "free-wheeling and experimental."
Holy Communion is observed at both.
MCC was host to a spiritual renewal week April 12-16
conducted by the New Freedom Evangelestic Team, whose
wrokshops included such topics as Homosexuality and
the Bible, Community Outreach, Social Christian Action
In a joint effort with churches from Houston and San
Antonio, the Austin MCC will lead a weekend Spiritual
Renewal Weekend Camp in June.
In addition to Sunday worship, church members gather
often for a variety of other social and program
events, including a monthly pot luck supper.
MCC Austin is a mission church of the united Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, founded by
the Reverend Troy Perry in California. Headquartered
in Los Angeles, UFMCC is organized into nine districts in the United States and also has church extension programs in Australia, Great Britain, Canada
Since UFMCCs organization from a single church
founded by Perry, author of "The Lord is My Shepherd
and He Knows I'm Gay," the international church has
become one of the fastest growing churches in the
world. It now has more than 107 congregations in
PEARL STREET WAREHOUSE CLOSES
After a decade of service to the Austin gay
community, Pearl Street Warehouse, affectionately
known to its patrons as "PSW," closed its doors
A significant decline in business is the apparent
reason for the bar's closing. PSW owners have reportedly placed the bar on the market.