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Title Gay Austin, No. 1, June 1976
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date June 1976
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
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  • Austin, Texas
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  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962538
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  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
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Transcript NUMBER 1 L, I JUNE 1976 'The n~wsletter of Gay Conununity Services of Austin, Texas for its gay community. 11 I . GAY PRIDE WEEK CELEBRATION, 1976! (Wherein we march on the Capitol Itself) I The following year the Christopher Street Parade was held in N~w York City as the first commemoration of this event. To celcbrat1::. Gay Pride Wed< (June Since then other American cities have 20-26, as proclaimed by Austin Mayor Jeff ·held parades to show the pride we have Friedman) a parade, rally at the Capitol, I in our lifestyles . Stonb~all also marked and party/dance will be held Saturday, I the beginning of gay community s rvices June 26, 1976 . Lesbians, gay men, their l centers around the country. Austin's children, parents, and friends are invited 1Gay Community Services first started to join in the festivities . : operations in summer, 19 75 ·ao-1 bas sine·.:.. PARADE: 10:30-11:00 A.M. - -The paraae:provided Austin gays with an ever-vioen­will organize at 2nd Street and Congress iing rang~ of services. Avenue (downtown) . Participants will i Ev~ryone is inuited to join in our march to the Capitol grounds, and ace I celebration (out-of-towncrs, s~e pag12 4). asked to bring signs, friends, costumes, Organizations participating include Gay and pride. Community Services, :ms tin Lesbian Organ- RALLY: 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.-- ization, Texas Gay Task Fore , · Gay and LLsbian speakers will address i~ om~n/Spacc, ana Austin Metropolitan the massive crowd on such topics as law, .Community Church. For more information, politics, rights of Lesbian/gay parents, ,call GCS at (512)-477-6699. psychiatry, and religion . Music and po~try will providt: the entcrtairur.t.nt and the soon-to-be-annual Gay Pride and Prejudice A~ards will be given . Rally I DECRIMINALIZING LOVE D. P. participants are asked to bring food and The United States Supr me Court . drink for a picnic . practically styrniea the gay rights move- DANCE: 8:00 P .M. to 2:00 A.M . -- ·mcnt earlier this year when it refused Gay Community Services will sponsor a to reconside= a lower court's holding dance at the University "Y'' Auditorium !that sodomy statut..!s do not conflict with upstairs at 2330 Guadalupe to c elebrate 1any Constitutional provisions. Negative Gay Pride Week. Varied types of music reactions to the d cision were voiced will be available for dancing (including 1not only by gay activists but by repr ~ - disco) and drinks (both alcoholic and sentatives of mainstrea~ straight society non-alcoholic) and snacks will be served . ;as well . Editorials appeared in n arly A $2 .00 donation is requested at the all major nci;• spap.::~s and even in our own door . ·local American-Statesman expressing con- The Gay Pride Week concept originat<.:d I CLrn about th..: govl!rnrr.ent 's intrusion in 1969 in New York City, when gay p e opl ~ into the privacy of th~ bedroom. first massed together in opposition to Despite ti.is ~id~spread opposition police harassment of their community . to the court's <leci5ion, it still stands This week is celebrated annually to m~rk as the legal ruling on tht: issue . To the anniversary of the now-famous r e ~ain th .... momentum of our movement "Stonewall riots" . I I (Continued on PAGE 2) ' GAY AUSTIN REPEAL 21.0o (concluded) towards equal rights for gays, we need to study the exact meaning of the deci-1 sion, review the alternatives it leaves us, and unite our efforts for a common I goal. • Despite the psychological impact of tl.e Supreme Court's decision, it did not really say that gay people are per­verts with no rights. In fact, the Supreme Court said nothing about gays at all . What it did do was affirm a lower couct's ruling that the indiv~ dual states could regulate sexual con­duct without trandgressing any provi­sion of the Constitution . This parti­ally explains why so many editors felt compelled to speaK up - -the decision applied not only to gays but also to heterosexuals who practice ' deviat~ 1 1 sex acts such as fellatio or cunnilinb-1 us. The real political impact of the decision, however, is to throw the issue from the federal courts bacK to the state legislatures . If we wish to conduct our sex lives without fear of government intrusion, we must now go to1 the legislature of our own state and get it to repeal all proscriptive laws I relating to private conduct becween I consenting adults. Fifteen states havel alrea~y repealed their laws against homos exual conduct and nullifieo the effect of the Supreme Court's ruling on their gay residtnts . Section 21 .06 of the Texas fenal Code still prohibits homosexual con- I duct however. Considering the law's I potential threat to every gay person I in the state and the Supreme Court's decision not to interfere with the I enforcement of such la~s, it is incum-bent on every gay activist in the I state to make repeal of this law top priority . The prospect of getting the I Texas ltgislature to act may not seem I encouraging, but neither did th~ ! legislatures of Arkansas or New Mexico seem promising, yet both have r '-pec l ed / their laws on homosexual conduct. I Texas will too if we work for it anG. 1 show the members how many people op- I pose such repressive laws . Let's take the initiative and regain the I lost momentum in our movement towards I PAGE 2 full equality for gays. Let ' s unite our efforts and get Section 21.06 repealed! W.E. GAY CO~lMUNITY SERVICES-- and some of the things we do Gay Community Services of Austin offers 24- hour peer-counselling, refer­rals, and information over the phon_, Walk- in peer-counselling and rappin0 are available from 4 to 10 1 .M., Monday through Saturday, in the GCS office at 2330 Guadalupe, Room 7. Our lending library is open in the office during office hours. General busintss mcetin5s are held on alternate Thursdays in the GCS office (call for tim~ and date). Also available in the office are a com­munity bulletin boartl anu a gay calendar of events . Men's rap groups take place every Friday at 7:45 P.H. in the University 1 ·y 1 Audi tori um> next door to the off ice. Our women's rap group has been con­solidated with the Women/Space Lesbian rap group, which happens every Thursday at 7 ~ . M . in tht: Women/Spact: office in the University ' Y . GCS maintains a Speakers' Service which provid~s sp~akcrs on ~ay-relateci topics to int rested groups and classes. Past social events have included a keg party in the park, a danc~, and a coffee house (hopefully soon to oe a regular event). D. ?. GAY BARS IN AUSTIN Pearl Street Warehouse, 1720 Lavaca (18t:n and Lavaca), closed Mondays, open oth~r aavs 9 P.M . to 2 A.M. and after- J hours. Covs r charge (50¢) Fri. & Sat. Disco-bar. Phon • 478-0176. The Nc::w Apartm~ nt, 2828 Rio Grandt: (29th and Rio Granae), open every day, noon to 2 A.M. Cover charge (50¢) Fri. & Sat. Lo~-Key bar with pool, pinball, some dancing. Phone 478-0224. Austin Country, 600 E . 7th, (7th and Red River), opt:n Sat. & Sun., 8 P.M. to 2 A.M. and afcerhours. Cover charge. Phonto 472-0418. D.P. ' GAY AUSTIN PAGE 3 EDITORIAL '.lo resolve this issue; we invite our Since its founding last August, rc~d~rs co sc~d u~ · th~i~ vi~1s. Vote Gay Community Services has had a dual pro and con will not be so important as nature; one part of our activity has been! the strength of the arguments presented. objective--disserninating information !For this issue of Gay Austin, we have about the Austin gay community; the other l)ublicized all events we are aw.'.!re of part has been more subjective--our strug- to help achieve a sucessful Gay Pride gle against sexism both within and 1ith- ~Jeek in Austin. Please mail your out our organization . thoughts by the end of the month to Gay Austin must, of necessity, Gay Austin, 2330 Guadalupe, Austin, Texas represent both facets of our group's I 78701 . life: the impartial role of conununity nei;;rsgiver, and the more partisan role of 1, w.c., TJ.E., J.J . , D.P . 11news - maker11 • We are therefore compelled to pub ­licize all activities of the gay commun­ity in these pages; 'tle must also comncnt I on these activities i1hen ue feel it I WANTED: necessary . j HELP FOR GCS, WELL-KNOWH AS A Individually i;1e believe, and col - ; POOR BUT HONEST GROUP lectively we agree that the abuse or j domination of one sex by the other should! be confronted and vigorously fought . !Would ~ou like to help build a Some examples of sexisr'.1 are easy to commum.ty consciousness among th~ gay identify and confront, as in the case of I people of Austin? Or develop mmrcness the recent film Snuff, wherein a woman ! and understanding of gay people by the is supposedly disemboweled by a group of I rest of the community':' Gay Community men . Other forms are more subtle and j Services is uorking on these and other may not even be recognized by the less ;goals and would appreciate your support. aware populace, as Hhen men are assigneJ I Women and men arc needed to staff to operate heavy machinery and women to plant f loHers although both are hired under identical job descriptions and standards . The examples we nm'l con.!:ront are even less obvious and are likely to be debated . Certain events that we report, and others which have already occurred, have been restricted to 11women onlyi· or "men only11 • We realize that certain activites, such as encounter and con­sciousness -raising groups ~ay need to limit their participants to one sex in order to accomplish their particular purposes . Other, more pas sive, activi­ties such as viewing a film or listeninc to a concert present no obvious need for segregation. Our dilemma, therefore, is wcthcr to be strictly a disseminator of news or whether to apply our moral judgements and censor events which we believe are sexist . m1ich will better serve the community? I our telephone hotline to provide inf or­mation, referrals, and peer -counselling. jVolunteers to help with the Gay Pride 1Dance and Parade can also contribute to 1\thc success of these activities. ~riters and artists are needed to publicize our activites and services . AND, tax-deductible contributions made to t~1e University ·y · may be ear- , marked for use by Gay Comounity Services. !Money is desperately needed to fund and ..:;{pantl our range of services. If you lwish to join or help us in any uay, pleas e call GCS at 477 -6699 or drop by our office to sec what we arc do:.ng . ·Uc arc located at 2330 Guadalupe (upstairs through the doo:- between Sommcr's and Skillcrn 1 s on th0 Drag), in Room 7. Our office is opcr. between l~ .::md 10 P . r~ . aonday through Saturday. IWc would love to have you visit (there are usually some people in the office talking or something); you might even want to get involved! W. E. PAGE 4 --·====:-====-~1;::;..;G=A~Y~HA==P=P=E~N=IN~G=S--I-N-t-.U-S-T-I-N--·~--~~--~ The nation's capital is still rLeling This is an acti•: month for the HETEROSEXUAL SCANDAL UNCOVEREO! after being hit by the biggest bombshell Austin gay community; along with the since Watergate. Elizabeth Ray, an admit- usual GCS activities w~ cel~bratt: Gay ted heterosexual, landed a direct hit Pride Wet:k (June 20-26) with a parade, w~eks ago when she accused Rep. Wayne picnic/rally, an a dance. Pl~ase Join "ays, D-Ohio, of various heterosexual us in the sixth yearly c 1 bration of escapades at the taxpayers' expense. Rep. the Stonewall riots. Hays, kno;vn for some time to be a hetero- The Tt:xas Gay Task Force and the sexual, first denied having committed any Gay Acad~mic Union will sponsor a stat~- heterosexual acts with Ms. Ray but later wide conferenc~ in Houston on tht 18th, on, as evidence mounted, admitted having 19th, and 20th. a heterosexual r~lationship with her but For Gemini gays, Lesbians, an claimed it was not at government expcns~. friends: A costun~ picnic at Shoal Ms. Ray also claimed to have carried Creek Park on Norland Stre~t the 18ch, on heterosexual linisons with other mem- 19th, and 20th. b<::rs of Congress. News reports began to Worn n/Space presents ''Lavendt:r , a surface tr1at FBI investigators haa un- L~sbian film, on th~ 25th at 7 P .. earthed a large heterosexual ring operat- Women only pl~as . ing in the Capitol corridors. The ring Regular gcy events for the rest of includes a close-knit group of political the month iricludc: Sundays--Austin friends who have carried on their hetero- L~sbian Organization Rap Group, 7:30 P.M. sexual affairs discreetly, so as not to at the ALO Center; M~tropolitan C mmun-alarm their constitu~nts back homu. Larg~ ity Church of Austin holds s rvic~s at parties attended mainly by heteros~xuals 2 P.M. in th~ Congr ~ gational Church at were reported. Other low-ranking govern- 2jro and San Antonio. Thursda\s--L sbian ment employees began to come forward rap group at 7 P.M. in the Women/Spec admitting their heterosexuality and claim- office in th~ University ' Y''. Frideys-- ing to have been given their Jobs in Gay meL's rap group at 7:45 P.H. in th return for certain heterosexual favors UnLv~rsity ·y Auditorium. they provided for various congr~ssm~n . ThLr~ will be a general m etLng of Inv scigations are still underwny GCS m\:.mb rs and fri~nds at 7 P.M . am th at this time, with no final report having 17th and a Coordinotin CouncLl m~cting been made, i~ading one to suspect that at 7 P.M. on tl~ 24th . heterosexual politics are rampant in th~ For more up-to-dat information, Capitol and that only th~ tip of the ic~­bcrg has been uncovered. Perhaps th~ . final report will enable Congress to rid itself of those self-proclaimed hetero­sexuals who have indulged their s~tyric desires at the taxpayers' expense. W.E. GAY AUSTIN is: Woody Egger, Joe Justice, Dan Puck~tt friends, contributors, sympathizers, patient (and impatient) lov rs, and fagsymps. If you have any gripes, sug­gestions, comments, questions, or ax~s to grind, ~rite or call us at GCS, 2330 Guadalup1.=: 1.~7, Austin, T~xas 78701 . If you want to joLn us in producing this newsletter, PLEASE contact us NOW. We'll even be nice. Kis~, kiss. call us. w.c. NON-AUSTINITES, PLEASE NOTE: If you are planning to attend Gay Pride We k ce cbrations in Austin, you do not hov• to spend that lavcnd~r cap­ital on housing! Gay Community Scrvicus is providing crash pads at its mernb~rs' hom~s for Gay Pride Week participants. If you need a place to stay, pl~ase writ~ or call as soon as possibl~. Let us know the number of p opl Ln your ~roup and w1 n you plan to arriv~. Then, cnll 477-6699 lhen you get to town and \IC wi 11 have u pl ace for you. D.P. ,
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