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Title Connections, Vol. 2, No. 9, September 1980
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  • Olinger, James K.
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date September 1980
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
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  • Austin, Texas
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Transcript SEPTEMBER,'80 AUSTIN TEXAS VOL.2 NO.,9 GAYRU N '80 DRAWS 500 RUNNERS FROM TEN STATES-ENGLAND-CANADA by John Knoebel San Francisco - Gayrun ' 80, the first gay-organized, AAIJ-sanctioned footrace was held in San Francisco's Gol­den Gate Park on July 27, 1980. Five hundred runners fran 1 O states, England and Canada carq;ieted for honors in five- and ten-kilorreter events. The event was blessed with perfect San Francisco weather and was, by al l r un­ners' accounts, a huge success. Gayrun '80 was sponsored by 'IHE ADVCCATE, the Bay Area-based national gay newsmagazine, and Frontrunners, San Francisco's gay running club. The race was the first gay-organized running event sanctioned by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). It was open to everyone and at­tracted runners fran age 15 to 63. At.out one-quarter of the runners were '\\Orel1. First place honors in the Men 's Open Division (age 20- 39) were taken by Russell Knudsen in the 10- kilareter race and John lt:>rrissey in the 5-kilareter race. Firsts in the Waren's Open were ¼On by Janice Wambaugh in the 10-kilareter and Marylyn Galastis in the 5-kilareter. Malcolm Robinson, president of the New York City chapter of Frontrunners, took top honors in the Men's 40 and Over Division in the 10-kilareter race . Proceeds fran Gayrun '80 were donated to the Golden Gate Park Maintenance Fund, a non-profit group. Staff­ing for the race was provided by a group of 70 volunteers fran 'IHE AD'IJIXKIB and Frontrunners. First aid stations were provided by the Bay Area Physicians for Human Rights, San Francisco's b-.0-year old organization of gay doctors. Calistoga Mineral Water Carpany donated l::ottled water. Gayrun ' 80 was conceived by ADVCCATE p.iblisher Peter Frisch and associate editor Scott Anderson , l::oth active runners and rreml::ers of Frontrunners. Scott An­derson was the Race Director. Said Frisch, "Seeing 500 rrostly gay rren and ¼Oren set off on a footrace was a new kind of high for rre . It shattered yet another myth aJ::out who gay people are. I 'm proud to have been a part of Gayrun ' 80 and look forward to niany races in. other cities where gay people will have the opportunity to canpete and have fun." Scott Anderson had the following ccmrent: "Our atten,pt in Gayrun '80 was to provide another way for gay people tc express and feel good al::out ther.iselves. The real exciterrent for rre was not only the number of gay people who told rre that this was their first race PICKLE VOTES FOR "CHRISTIAN VOICE" J.J. (Jake) Pickle, United States Representative fran Austin , District 10, voted to include an arrend­rrent inspired by the right-wing fundarrentalist lobby "Christian Voice" in an in;x)rtant appropriation bill. 'IHE DALLAS TIMES HERAID of Sunday, July 27, 1980, reported that Jake Pickle was one of the U.S. Represen­tatives fran Texas ¼tlo voted for an arrendrrent to HR 7584 "to prevent the Legal Services Corporation fran praroting, defending or protecting harosexuality. " The Legal Services Corporation is a quasi-govern­rrental agency, like the United States POstal Service. Its purpose is to "provide legal defense and counsel to those to ¼tlan it would not be otherwise available." Christian Voice and other anti- human rights lob­bies in Washington have been planning anti-gay arrend­rrents for a long tine, according to Steve Endean of the Gay Rights National Lobby (GRNL) . In a GRNL Legisla­tive Alert mailed late in May, Endean warned, "These bills will be dealt with on the floor of Congress in a week or two. It is likely they will pass, due to 1· the current conservative political climate. " I Endean speculated that the Legal Services Corpor- 1 ation Act ¼OUld be a likely vehicle. A similar bill I had been arrended by Congressnian Larry ~Donald in 1977. That arrendrrent passed by a vote of 230- 133, rut failed to care up in the Senate and was sul::sequently dropped in conference carmittee. Endean cautioned, "That was before the creation of Christian Voice, :.bral )1ajority, Airericans Against HR 2074 (the gay civil rights bill), and the Arrerican Family Institute. We can't expect such luck this year. " The GRNL Legislative Alert requested that readers send a mailgram to their Congressional Representative urging opposition to any such arrendrrent. One mail­gram and Representative Pickle 's response is on page 4. and they loved it, wt also the wide representation of '\\Orel1 and minorities, young and old, gay rren and les­bians as well as straight runners. I was really pleased with how well the race was .:ianaged and by all the sup­port we got fran the non-gay rurming camunity. I a.'Il sure that next year's Gayru.'1 '81 will be even better." 2 CONNECTIONS C O N N E C T I O N S 2401 ::anor Road =118, Austin, T'/. 78722 512/~74- 1660 H~':'S: 6-10 p.m. Editor/Publisher. .JL~ Olinger Graphics . . . . . . Don Typing . . . . . . . . . . lvayde Frey Distrirution . . . . . . . .l·layde Frey ~;ational Advertising .. .. Joe DiSabato, 666 6th Ave., ;-;ew York t,Y 10010 , 212/242- 6863 Articles - Stephen Caldwell, Lars Eighner ;vayde Frey, Rob Gips, Jim Olin~er , Gerry Tarr, Roy Teele, I-Jade Vernon Pictures - Cindy Charles , Kv.eng Hui, Joe Kirby, Jim Olinger Publications - ALGFC Newsletter, Austin Lambda Newsletter , Daily Texan, CGK: Newsletter, This Week in Texas ro!NECTIOOS is dedicated to providing a forum for the lesbian/gay cc:mnunity of Austin and Texas . Pub­lication of the nrure or photograph of any person or organization is not to l:e taken as any indication of the sexual orientation of that person or organi­zation. CGr,'ECTICX.s welcares unsolicited news and/or feature articles , photographs, drawings , and poetry. If return or acknowledgerrent is requested, please enclose a stamped, self- addressed envelope. CCNNECI'IOt-lS will not asswte responsibility for unsolicited material . Published by Gay Cc:mnunity Services, a program of the University 'NK:A/'fl!C.A, 2330 Guadalupe , Austin , rexas 78705 . Telephone: 512/ 477-6699 Gay Camunity Services coordinating Council .Meml:ership . . . . . . . . . Office ......... • . Speakers Bureau ... ... . Publications ....... . !' . I ? -~ • ? -~ • ? Lynn Aday Rob Gips Troy Stokes Jim Olinger 'l • 9 • ;:> ') • .::> • '\ '1. ? '1 ., · Questi6ns? q 9 .. ? ? 1 .? ~ ·1,) ~ • '"'I '1. 1. ? • ? • • • • ?. ?. ~ GAY COMMUNITY SERVICES '? , HOTLINE ;, 477-6699 UNITY In late J~ly, every United States Representative frcr:i ~exas except Houston's :lickey Leland voted t o deny Federal legal aid to harosexual Arrericans (see pages 1 a'1d 4). This vote was a result of pressure fran right­wing funda:rentalist groups. It's ironic that these "Christians" are a minority group themselves . This is a chilling derronstration of the power of unity of purpose and organization. Now that the right- wing lobby groups "Christian Voice" •and ":-loral Majority" have derronstrated their power , they will not rest in their hysterical atterrpts to create their fantasy v.erld by law. In Houston last spring, City Councilman Frank Mann launched a vicious attack on the gay cc:mnunity as part of his carrpa.ign . ~lann angered the "odd-wads" so l!U.lCh they united against him. He was defeated decisively. The rroral is obvious. There is strength in unity and organization. In the struggle for lesbian/gay rights , rrost of the unity and organization l:elongs to the re­ligious extremists . This isn ' t surprising. We don ' t have a single, well- defined rallying point, such as skin color or religious faith . All we have in camon is society ' s intolerance for our sexuality. The multitude of gay and lesbian organizations in Austin is a case in point. We have religious, cultural, political, and service groups , each rreetinq sare of the needs of its rranbers and the camunity. Austin 's Gay Pride Rally in WOOldridge Park on June 26 was the first tilre a majority of Austin groups (Austin Lambda cultural, AI.GK:, GCS and M:.'CA) pooled our talents and resources for a single project. It was a resounding success. United, there is nothing we cannot do. As Ben Franklin said, "We must all hang together , or we shall surely hang separately." r-1 ~ BAR DISCRIMINATION - lett e r to the editor I am writing this letter in regard to discrimina­tion in the gay bars . We hear of discrimination when­ever the police are involved in anything dealing with the gay v.erld, rut I 've hardly ever heard of it in the bars except fran v.oren , blacks or Spanish-Airer icans. Bar owners and managers, when confronted, say "there's no discrimination in this bar." I know J:etter. I have observed first- hand the discrimination of our gay brothers and sisters. How in the v.erld can we yell "we want our rights , " when we don ' t even give our own brothers and sisters their own rights? We tell the straight v.erld to look at the first ten amendments to the Constitution, rut do we really look at them ourselves? Apparently not. When I started observing in the bars, I was told to keep the "niggers and broads" out. I was to ask for tv.O photo ID ' s fran anyrody I thought should not care in, especially blacks , Mexicans and v.aren . I don't like to do this rut I'm told to do this or lose my Job. I am very ashamed al:out this, bJt everyone rrust do sare­thing they don't like once in a while. I hope the brothers and sisters who I have discriminated against will forgive rre. (Narre withheld by request) REDRIVER CROSSING- OPENS AUGUST 19 4n-0391 611 RED RIVER ,. -- L, ~ ti c: K, a t: s M, i · g. 0 B nc ti bi ac d: ti SJ i f,11 ~ ,. CONNECTIONS 3 AUSTIN GAYS AT ID'DCRATIC NATIONAJ... COOVENTIOf~ Janna Zumbrun and Steve Themas, forrrer Austin Lesbian Gay Political Caucus co-chairs, returned to Austin the week of August 25 fran New York City, where they represented Austin lesbians and gays at the Derro­cratic National Convention. Steve, who was elected first alternate of the Texas Kennedy caucus, and Janna, who was elected to the Nation­al Platform Corrmittee, were l::x:lth seated as delegates at the convention. The lesbian/gay caucus succeeded in acquiring enough signatures to naninate a candidate for vice-president: Melvin Boozer, a black fran the Washington D.C. Gay Act­ivists Alliance. The nanination served the purp;:,se of gaining 15 minutes of convention t.irre for speeches. This occurred al::x:lut 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. Ginny Apuzzo and Bill Krause, lesbian/gay caucus co-chairs, gave Boozer's naninating speeches. The platform plank condemning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation was passed without de­bate. Perhaps rrore significantly, the Derrocratic Party adopted a rule within the Party charter prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation within the v.0rk of the Party. 'I'he lesbian/gay caucus also rret with Presidential special assistant Anne Wexler. Janna rep;:,rted that the rreeting was a very frank discussion of the grievances of gays with regard to the Carter administration, and that Wexler's attitude towards our concerns was basically positive. Other 0pen lesbian or gay Texans seated as delegates included Louise Young, Al Calkin of Dallas, and Larry Bagneris of Houston. Photo by Kwong Hui GCS PHONE COUNSELORS NEEDED by Rob Gips Gay Camumity Services currently needs volunteer counselors. Duties include telephone and drop-in peer counseling, as well as making referrals to various Aus­tin service organizations, rusinesses and professionals. We need mature, service-oriented individuals to v.0rk fran 6: 00 to 1 O: 00 PM one night per week. You' 11 J:e performing a valuable service for Austin. Peer coun­seling is a lot of fun, too! Interested lesbians and gay rren should telephone the GCS office at 4 77-6699 any evening J:etween 6: 00 and 10:00 PM for rrore information. AUSTIN SKATING PARTY . Austin's lesbian/ gay camumity is cordially in-vited to a roller skating party. It will J:e held at Hot Wheels Skateland, 1606 Stassney Lane, in South Austin on Monday, September 22 fran 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. Admission will J:e $2. 50 at the door. This is just enough to cover hall rental and expenses. skating party is sp;:,nsored by Affirmation Gay Morrrons, Austin Laml:da cultural, Austin Lesbian Gay Political Caucus Dignity, Gay Camumity Services, and Metrop;:,lita'1 cdrr­rnun" ity Church of Austin. Y'all care! GCS PERSOOfil AWARENESS GROUP ST.ARTS The Gay Camumity Services rren's personal aware­ness group is now rreeting at 8:00 p.m. every Friday in the rap roan at the University 'Y', 2330 Guadalupe. Several individuals had expressed the need for a small group of the sarre people rreeting each week because of the difficulty of relating ·to a large, ever­changing group of strangers. These groups are intended to fill this need. Tv.O rreetings were held in August with approximately 6 people attending each one. GCS coordinator Lynn Aday is convening the :ren' s group. A lesbian's group convener is still needed. For rrore infonnation, contact GCS or care to the Friday '":_:c:..'"lt rreeting. Readvour news in CONNECTIONS 4 CONNECT IO-NS This Is Our Representative?? ( ( ( ( MAILGRAM SERVICE CENTER ~IDDLETCWN, VA. 22645 REPRESENTATIVE JAKE PICKLE CAP! TOL ONE WASHINGTON DC 20515 ( ( ( ( ( .. I AM ONE OF YOUR GAY CONSTITUENTS. I URGE YOUR OPPOSITI ON TO ANY BILLS OR AMENDMENTS TO BILLS (SUCH AS HR6386, LF.GAL SERVICES CORP) THAT WOULD WRITE ANTI GAY DISCRIMINATION INTO LAW. <... ( IF WE START WRITING LAWS WHICH PERSECUTE ONE MI NORI TY WHO WILL BE NEXT? ( ( CONGRESS SHOULD NOT 80\rl TO PRESSURES TO ENACT SUCH UNAMERICAN LEGISLATION. I WOULD LIKE TO LEARN YOUR VIEW ON THIS ISSUE. (_ ( ( WAYDE FREY 2401 MAYNARD RD 1118 AUSTIN TX 78722 11r. Wayde Frey QCongrtss of tbt Wnitcb ~tatts 11,ou~t of l\epreientatibtf l 2401 Maynard Road, #118 Aus t in , Texas 78722 Dear 11r . Fr ey: _I have hear d _no f~rmal word that an amendment will be offered to the Legal Services Corporation Bill, banning any litigation involving homosexuals. Also I do not know when the bill is coming up on the House floor. ' l. l But Theref ore, I cannot say at this time how I would vote on such an amendment. L-------------------: I wi l l cert ainly keep your views in mind when the bill is considered. Your writing is appreciated. t1Wil I1Y u:ms IN DJIU.AS Dallas Reunion Arena was the site of a "National Affairs Briefing" for an estimated 20 , 000 pastors and individuals fran across the country. The August 21 - 22 event was si;:onsored by the Religious Roundtable - Jai, "'S Robison ' s new i;:olitical organizatior,. Their p.rri;:ose is to rrotivate "Christ i ans" to elect candidates who are opi;:osed to the Equal Rights Arcendrrent, reproductive free­dan, child care , lesbi an/gay rights, the Depart:Irent of Heal th and Welfare, separation of church and state (if the church i s theirs) , and many of the other freedans v.€ enJOy. The strength of this right-wing group (usurping the na-re of Christianity for their own p.rri;:oses) was evider1t fa the recent Republican Convent ion. ;..Ieml:-ers of the Moral :lajority, Jerry Falv.ell's group, v.ere pre­sent in practically every delegat ion a'1d conferred pri vately with Governor Reagan . Ro:1ald Reaga'"c, Phyllis Schlafly, Governor l'li lliam Clerrer.ts a.'1d Jolm Connally ;~e i.'1cluded in the lis t of pranine:1t speal(ers. Members of t.11e Dallas Gay Political Caucus and the • ati.:mal Organization for wa-nen, i.r. coalition with other groui;, , ~e pl anning .ns1~1ve efforts to counter these extrem sts, i;:olitically an reL1..,,1uus./. ...h~s grour:, • tee. the :am of the ... h . .11--ing • laJo 1ty. ... rocets every Sat-,irday at 1 0:CO c.1.: • at tr . o. o fu;es i. .,.:illas. -f:ran the :::x;pc • ~le--ter ;~ ICKLE FCC AS<ED TO UPHQD ROBISON RULING Dallas - The Federal Camiunications ccmnission (FCC) has been requested by the National Gay Task Force to opi;:ose a carplaint by the Janes Robison Evangelistic Association against WFAA- TV of Dallas . The Association lodged the canplaint agains t the television station following an FCC ruling that upheld the right of the station to exercise "edi torial dis­cretion" in its decision to cancel a religious series in which evangeli s t J anes Robison appeared. Robison delivered a serrron on rroral ity in vm.ich he m:i.de anti-gay remarT<s and conderrnations . The program, aired February 25 , 1979 , s t irred controversy and a Dal­las Gay Political caucus canplaint of personal attack pra:pted lvr'AA- TV to cancel the series . ..'he reason for the cancellation, according to the st.:ition•~ ~.xplanation, was ':hat~ progrcir;; o~ a religi rat..;re should not -=ancern ... tse~~ with controversial is~ es o ,ubllc im­P::, rtance, that news a; d p-~blic affdlrs broad~asting provided ~ufficient coverage of those iss~es dS ~11 as opp:.,rtun1ty for eqc.al tire response, • ( ,., .,, i ~ • CONNECTIONS 5 ("(CA h£LCWES ASSISTMT PASTOR by Gerry Tarr There's a new face in town. He's a 33-year-old 5'10" Aquarian with.dark brown hair, brown eyes and~ jark rroustache. His nane is A. Edward Paul and he has just rroved here fran Pensacola, Florida. What brings h:im to Austin? Trust and faith in God. Reverend Ed Paul will !:e assistant pastor of the Metro­politan Carmunity Church of Austin. His first Sunday with the staff is September 7. On Sunday, September 13 Rev. Paul will J::e installed as Assistant Pastor at the' 12 noon wrship service. The carmunity is invited to attend this Joyous event. Rev. Paul is a licensed minister within the univer­sal Fellowship of Metropolitan Carmuni ty Churches . He has an A.A. _Degree fran Pensacola Junior College, a B.A. Degree 111 Bible and a Th. B. Degree in Theology (equiva­lent to a M.A. in Bible) fran Alabama Christian School of R~ligion . He also has a year of wrk on a degree in chemical research at the University of West Florida and is a licensed cosmetologist. Ed Paul has J::een a leader in gay activism in Pensa­cola. He helped found M:C- Pensacola and has J::een their wrship coordin<:1tor for the past tw y§)ars . He developed great rapport with the press - newspaper, television and radio. He had numerous speaking engagements at local universities and junior colleges and has also made tele­vision and radio appearances . M:CA ....elcares Rev. Ed Paul to Austin and ....e are proud to add h:im to the staff. M:CA invites the camunity of Austin and the sur­rounding areas to meet Rev. Ed Paul and get to know him. MONDAYS MALE DANCERS $50 PRIZE TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS 11 PM · MIDNIGHT 705 RED RIVER AUSTIN 478-6806 HO'•DS 00 THE RAN(£ Canada (IG:-lA) - The i:opular notion that the l·Iest­ern frontier was settled by farming families under a strict regime of law and order has J::een challenged by recently assembled evidence that ll'ale harosexual ac­tivity ll'aY have J::een a widespread aspect of settlement. Australian writer Terry Chaμnan has written a study called "Sexual Deviations in Western Canada: 1890-1920," revealing that criminal records of the period relating to b..lggery, sodany, gross indecency, and indecent assault on ll'ales indicate the occurrence of much harosexual activity. Ms. Chaμnan found that prosecutions \~e camon. She accounts for the widespread activity by noting that ll'ales greatly outnuml:ered fell'ales during the settlement period and that logging and mining isolated large num- 1::ers of rren together in rerrote locations. Wayde Frey and Dianne Draper DI.ANNE DRAPER STAATS rec LUBOOCK by Gerry Tarr During the past 5 years, Dianne Draper has bee.'1 an intregal part of the :-1etrop'.)litan Carmmity Church of Austin. She was a founding member when the group re­ceived "Study Group" status fran the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Camunity Churches. She was with '.'-CCA when "Mission" status was received and she was one of the thirty charter members when !-CCA J::ecane a full - fledged church. Dianne felt the calling to preach the wrd of God. Her early Bible background prepared her ....ell. She J::ecane an Exhorter (studenl: minister) in r>CCA and continued her religious education. She has served the congregation of M:::cA with a loving heart. UFMX continues to J::e the fastest-growing organiza­tion which reaches out specifically to the gay camunity. Reverend Candace ::-,Jaisbitt, pastor of M:CA and L'TIL'C Dis­trict Coordinator, had received =y requests fran the people of Lubl:ock, Texas, to start a Metroi:olitan can­llU. ll1ity Church in their city. Rev. Naisbitt decided the LOrd could use Dianne's talents there. M:C Lubl:ock held their first wrship service in July, 1980, with Exhorter Dianne Draper officiating. Dianne has J::een ccmnuting J::et¼een Lubl:ock and Austin for Sunday services since that time. She is n<:M rroving per­ll'anently to Lubl:ock to be HX:L wrship coordinator. M:C Lubl:ock is currently a study group with an average of 35 people attending each wrship service. Since the church cannot own property until they are in­corporated, one of the members has purchased a house for Dianne to live in. They are an eager group with a lot of drive and determination. We are sorry to lose Dianne Draper b..lt ....e are happy knowing she will J::e with people who love her and will care for her. We send Dianne off with our love and our orayers for her v.Ork and servJ.ce for :-cc Lubl:ock. • 6 CONNECTIONS M, C, C, A, NEEDS NEW HOME by Gerry Tarr On August 3, 1980, the congregation of the Metro­politan carm.mity Church of Austin was inforrred that their present church wilding had teen sol d . The new landlords are increasing the rent six (6) times the present rate. The Board of Directors of MX:A decided i t was time for the church to relocate. Relocation has teen in MX:A's plans for sore time, wt it is no,, essential. A church wilding at 5500 Avenue G has teen found. At present, the Highland Church of God occupies the wilding , wt the congregation plans to w ild a new church. The wilding is an L-shaped brick structure which includes a sanctuary that will seat approximately 175 people, a large fello,,ship hal l, off ice space, a nursery and a four-roan house adj acent to the church wilding which is used for meeting roans and offices. The asking price is $149,000.00. H:X:A has made an offer for the wilding and is waiting for the Church of God's response. MX:A ITU.lSt re out of our present location by November 1 • It is hoped that the wilding purchase will re carplete by Septem­ber 31. !-ITA has held several fund raisers including a spaghetti dinner wi th the Rev. Zl der Troy Perry as guest speaker and a Haircut-a-Thon. ~ re fund raisers are pla'1l1ed for the f uture. M:x:A hopes to r aise $120,000. 00 to pay for the w ilding. Any donations are tax deduct i ble and certain­ly ~ lcare. If you w uld l ike to donate , please notify Rev. Ca'1dace A. Naisbi tt, pastor of M::.'CA at 477-7747 or write to her in care of ~r:.'CA, 614 East 6th Street , Austin, Texas 78701. t-r:.'CA needs your help to make this rrove a reality. Current Metropolitan Community Church of Aus tin , 614 East Sixth Proposed future home of MCCA, 5500 Avenue G MHMR STILL DIAGNOSES UHOMOSEXUALITYU IMPACT, house organ of the Texas Departrrent of Mental Health and Mental Retardation , notes in its cur­rent issue that the Departrrent will adopt Diagnostic and Statis t ical Manual III on Septeml:er 1, 1980. OMS III is the Arrerican Psychiatric Association 's nationally standardi zed system of di agnosing and naming diseases . The author of the art i cle, Sarah Bird , claims that the "rrost controversial" change in DSM III is that haro­sexuality ~ i s no l onger consider ed a psychosexual disor der. Ms . Bird finds other changes to re "less notorious . " In actuality, DSM III represents no change in the Arrerican Psychiatric Association 's view of harosexuality. It arrended DSM II eight years ago, deleting harosexuality as a rrental disorder . Since that time , "ego-dystonic harosexuality" has teen the only category for recording harosexuality as a disorder . This ailrrent is "a sus­tained pattern of harosexual arousal that the client explici tly states i s an unwanted and persistent source of dis tress." Ha,.ever , a source within the Texas Departrrent of MHMR tells CCNNECTIONS that there are still persons diagnosed primarily as having the disorder of "Haro-­sexuality" and people have reen admitted to state rrental hospitals with no other psychiatric diagnosis since the change in DSM II was adopted. TGTF APPOINTS NEW OFFICERS by Stephen Cald¼ell Jack Wilkinson of Dallas is the new rroderator of the Texas Gay Task Force (TGTF) , as reported in the August CXJ.\'NEx:'I'IONS. He was chosen by the TGTF Board at its meeting held in Austin July 26, 1980. Wilkinson is a l:::oard rremter for the TGTF Northern Region and also serves on the l:::oards of the Camunity Resource Center and Gay Academic Union/North Texas. Ken Waller of Denton i s the group 's new Secretary, a post previously filled by Rosella Klie¼er. The new address for TGTF is Box AK , Denton, Texas 76201 . For further infonnation, calls may re directed to the tw Eastern Region l:::oardrreml::ers, Stephen Cald¼ell at 713/861 - 1473 or Jenny Willingter at 71 3/869- 7231, or to TGTF Moderator Jack Wilkinson at 214/355- 1156 (days) or 214/528- 9038 (evenings) . I Metropolitan Community Church 614 E &h ST , AUSTIN, TEXAS 78701 (512) 477- 7747 SUNDAY SERVICES WEDNESDAY 1200NOONAND730,PM 730PM REV CANDACE A NAISBITT Pastor FRIDAY, SEPTEMEfR 12 -- 14, 1980 SPIRITUAL RENEWAL I WITH REV, ELDER NANCY WILSON INCLUDING ALL-DAY SATURDAY PROGRAM SUNDAY, SEPTEMPER 14, 1980 INST,l\UATIOO Cf REV, ED PAUL AS ASSISTANT PASTOR MCCA FRIDAY, SEPTEMEfR 29, 1980 POT-LUCK SUPPER 7:30 P,M, •- CONNECTIONS 7 G,C,S , BEGINS SIXTH YEAR-- IN TROUBLE by Wayde Frey Austin's oldest lesbian/gay organization is five years old. Since opening its doors August 1, 1975, Gay Carm.m­ity Services has served hundreds of lesbians and gay rren in Austin and in Texas. GCS is Texas ' oldest and virtually only gay telephone hotline. San Antonio's gay hotline cares and goes. Hou­ston's Gay Political Caucus phone line makes referrals_to Houston professionals, rut does not offer~ couns~l~g. Dallas' gay line is a taped rressage announcing activities in Dallas gay circles. sare of the narres that are associated with GCS' founding and early years are WOOdy Egger, Wayde Frey, Tam1y Ingram, Robert Crane, Roy I.oessin, Scott Lind, Casey Jones , Randy Conner, Ellen Rayfield, Mark Schmitz, Dan (Puckett) Transmission, ArITTe Hogan, Caryn Mc:Lane, Art 1'brris, and Troy Stokes. GCS grew out of Austin Gay Liberation, which occas­ionally rret at the University Y fran 196~ to ~972 , and Gay People of Austin which rret at the University Yin 1973-1974 . sare highlights of GCS ' first five years were the opening of the office and gay hotline in 1975; ~ adop­tion of the GCS constitution in 1976; the founding of the newspaper GAY AUSTIN (COONEX::TICNS' predecessor) in 1976; the GCS leadership of Austin's Gay Pride Parade in 1976; the hosting of Texas Gay Conference IV in Austin in 1977; and the 13-v-.eek airin9 of Austin's first- and- still-only v-.eekly gay radio program, A Different Drurrrrer, produced by GCS and the Austin Gay Radio Collective on KUI'-FM in 1980. As GCS enters its sixth year of operations, rrernl::er­ship and involverrent are at an all- tirre low. Perhaps people see no need for a strong lesbian/gay netw:lr~ in Austin, since we have it so canfortable here. Police har-rassrrent is rare and good vil::es and pleasant scenery are ab.lndant. Yet, a few of us continue the GCS tradition of service and friendship to the camunity, Not everyone has a supF()rtive group of friends who love them and understand their gay lifestyle. For those who need to get to know sare other gay person like themselves - any gay person - and for those who need the simple assistance of directions to the nearest gay bar, bath, church, or l:x:lokstore, GCS is there. People who call or care by GCS appreciate the friendliness and peer counseling or referral services they receive, No one else offers what GCS offers. The need is real . Even people in Houston and San Antonio call Austin's GCS for advice, information, or encouragerrent. GCS meets sare of the socializing and counseling needs of many lesbians and gays who are just caning out, including teenagers. Many pre- teen girls and boys also call us. The Coordinating Council is currently defining GCS rrernl::ership in rrore detail and is discussing ways of attrac­ting new rrernl::ers. Lots of people continue to call GCS, although we have only teen able to keep the office open on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday during the s um-- rrer of 1980 due to a shortage of volunteers . . GCS has had to get along without a general coordinator and secretary since the fall of 1979, alrrost a year now. We need volunteers to fill many F()sitions: a social chairperson to organize parties for GCS folks; a rredia person to get PSA's for the organization on radio, on TV, and in the straight rredia; a Y liaison to keep the Univer­sity Y and GCS in touch with each other; and a fundraising person for our nurrerous expenses. In addition, advertising representatives are needed to sell ads on a 35% carrnission basis for CCJ.\'!\'ECTICNS, the GCS newspaper. Help us keep a rruch-needed and appreciated camunity service going. ~- TYPEWRITERS - CALCULATORS - DICTATION EQUIPMENT SMALL COPIERS & CORRECTION TYPEWRITERS SERVICE - RENTALS - SALES ADLER - IBM - SMITH CORONA - SANYO DICTATION RENT PURCHASE PLAN AVAILABLE ON MOST MODELS SANYO DICTATION EQUIP. ADLER SE-1000 N -.. Liiv MON. • A~fft:~E HOURS­FRI. 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM fAA1 2408 SAN GABRIEL - (Just Off 24th At San Gabriel) 474-639&' ·8 CONNECTIONS the CONSE UENCE Truth and Consequences The consequence, directed by Wolfgang Petersen, is a classic fonrulation of vmat happens when toy rreets toy and decides to tell the parents. In this case, telling the truth seems to lead inevitably to harrassment and destruction - of love and of the lovers themselves . Thanas seems to understand these facts When Martin is released, he insists on going with Thanas to see his parents. Of course, they are haro­phobic and harshly reject Thanas' s plea for 1.mder­standing. When he is taken to reform school, Thanas is preceded by the v.0rd that he's queer. His loving, vulnerable nature and his adolescent beauty and vitality rrake him the b..!tt of toth jailers and fellow prisoners . Thanas tries to run away and Martin tries various devices to free him. One is a visit to the reform school disguised as a psychological investigator. There's sare caredy and release of angry tensions, rut Thanas actually ends up v.0rse off. Escaping again, Thanas undergoes so many scarify­ing experiences he returns to the school of his own _ accord,-determined to sarehow last out the ti.rre until he's bf age·. He dOes, enduring and watching sadistic cruelties wit11 outward calm b..!t inner anguish. When Martin cores to rreet him after he's released, Thanas aJ.rrost refuses to recognize him. He is so numb with self-loathing he sin'ply can't react naturally or rationally to the love and understanding Martin is ready to give. In fact, the next rrorning he over­doses, rCMS out onto the placid lake in a small toat, and slips silently into the water. (This is the opening shot of the film. Its rreaning is unclear at the ti.rre, b..!t it hangs over the rest of the film like a cloud.) When Thanas disappears fran the hospital vmere he's taken after hLc; atterrpted suicide, vAe see only 'N announcements asking for help in finding him. There are no results, no assurance that he will return and/Or recover. There is no doubt that this tragic loss iS' due to his parents', and society's, harophobia. Pre­tending to help, they have in fact destroyed Thanas. It is in'p:>ssible not to leave the theatre in a rage at the loss. Ernest Hannawald plays Thanas so YAell that it is hard to thi.nl< of him as an actor. Everyone in the gay ccmru.nity knows of rrore than one· such tragic loss. I.eavfog the theatre, one p..its the cases together into a raging fire of protest. Why? Why? Sick society has done no good for anyone, despite all its nobly rroral pretenses. Life has lost !!Ore than anyone can say. This is the rrost effective film I have seen for - s E Lt CONNECTIONS 9 showing the irrational brutality of the harophobic wrld - supp::)sedly civilized! It cares near to tragic greatness in showing g~y love. Petersen treats his "THE WORLD'S RULES ARE ALL LOADED AGAINST SAME-SEX LOVERS, TRYING TO BE HONORABLE IS JUST WALKING INTO A TRAP," subject cleanly and forthrightly, without sentiment or rroralizing. He does not conceal or cament on the fact that Martin had affairs before rreeting Thanas, and vPUld have them again. This never clouds the sincerity of his attachrrent and his protective (if not very wise) love. Thanas's presurred death is a harsh condemnation of society for its harophobic oppression of gays. i11stinctively and finds it incredible that his newly­found, slightly older lover, Martin, wants to go talk with his parents, as if, in the "straight" language of the past, "to ask for his hand in marriage." Thanas's parents are oorrified and angry and thrpw them out. The lovers go to Martin's house and have their only brief ti.Ire of happiness . Then the i:olice officers care to take Thanas to court and reform school. Thanas was right. There's no use trying to play by the wrld's rules. They're all loaded against sarre­~ ex lovers and trying to be oonorable is just walking into a trap. REVIEWED BY ROY TEELE In case you missed the film, here's an idea of the plot and characters - plus sate advice. Go see it the next tirre it cares to town. It's an oonest and powerful film, even though depressing. Martin, a young actor, is in prison for "rrolesting" a fifteen­year- old boy. Martin (played very convincingly by Jur­gen Prochonow) carries out his prison assignments with outward calm although chance remarks make it clear he is fuming inwardly at the unfairness of the sentence. Martin participates in a play perforned in the prison. One of the other actors is Thanas, the ado­lescent son of one of the guards. \\'hen they talk briefly after a rehearsal, Thanas tells Martin sare­body's called him a queer. ~!artin resp:mds honestly rut. 1:°t enthusiasticall~. He is surprised when he goes to his cell after the final performance and finds ~anas th~e. Their lovemaking, verbal aT"ld physical, is shown in a way that is neither se.-iti.rne."ltal nor titillating, rut is gentle, sincere and deeply rroving. "IT COMES NEAR TO TRAGIC GREATNESS IN SHOWING GAY LOVE," 10 CONNECTIONS WOODY EGGER LEAVES AUSTIN There are t,.,,o different philosophies al::.out how to proceed: the professional route or the grassroots route. Sare people say v.e should conduct our gay activism on a professional basis or not at all. Others, and I'm one of them, maintain that grassroots activism is better than not doing anything. so which way do you go? Take every route possible. Success in the gay rights struggle will care neither through the legislature nor the courts, rut through society. That's where my street activism cares in. I don't think rrost people have an accurate percep­tion of rre. My t,.,,o sides have confused people. I can be radical or conciliatory. Bettie Naylor, Kathy Deitsch, and Rosella Kliev.er of the Texas Gay Task Force and the Human Rights .Advo­cates, didn't understand rre. They couldn't go along with my "radical" approach to lobbying the Texas Legis­lature. I believed in pushing for a floor vote on the repeal of 21.06 (the "sodcmy law.") Make the legislators bear the rurden of being the bad guys, instead of putting the blarre on gay groups. Make legislators take the heat for not voting for repeal. I caught a lot of flack fran Bettie, Kathy, and Rosella for going into the visitors' gallery of the Legislature with a group of gay activists v.earing black Woody Egger is a long-time Austin and Texas gay annbands. That only alienates those people who don't activist. He grew up in Mullin, Texas, which is near like you in the first place. \ofuen you don't have a Brownwood. He was one of the organizers of Gay cor.z.71un- chance anyway, go ahead and raise hell. • ity Services of Austin and was its General coordinator I resigned fran the 'IGTF Board because of differences at one time. with B, K, and Ron strategy. Professional, closeted The UT Law School graduate was one of the original gays v.ere advising not to push for repeal of 21.06. incorporators of the Texas Gay Task Force. He served I believe each side needs the other. Sare people on the TGTF Board of Directors for thr ~ years, which have to raise hell. Others have to be rrore rroderate, helped tie Austin into the gay organizations and activ- conciliatory, and 1r.0rk through the system. I can be ities in the rest of the state. He eventually resigned radical or v.ear a suit and tie. I don't like confronta-from TGTF due to "strategy differences." tions, rut they cause better results in the long run. Egger is now moving to New York City. CONNECTIONS CONNECTIONS: How do you feel about party politics staffers ~layde Frey and Jim Olinger interviewed hi.71 the right now? evening before his departure in late August, 1980. He EGGER: I consider myself a rroderate-liberal Den-o-expressed a need to leave Austin because he felt he was crat. I felt torn between Kennedy and Carter, rut voted i:1 a rut. "I also wa11t to get away from people's expec- for carter in the !-ay 1980 primary. I'll probably vote tations of ne," he stated. "They can be impossible to for carter in November, too, unless the Anderson can-live up to.,. paign appears to be really viable. If people feel l:oth CO!INECTIOUS: .'low t.'iat you 're leaving Texas behind, carter and Reagan are so bad, they should vote for where do you see the Austin gay community heading? Anderson out of principle.' EGGER: I see Austin as slowly growing, rut apathetic . .;;;i:;.~.~~ ... iiii.iiiii..iiiiiiii•-------------.. I find that frustrating . It's a catch-22. The rrore a'1 activist screams and hollers , the more apathetic the gay ccmrunity becares. This results in a backlash of resent­rrent arrong many closeted lesbians and gays . I think the prevalent attitude is "1-fuat do these gay activists want at the bar this tirre? \'fuy doesn ' t everyl:ody just dance, srroke a J and be happy?" PrOfessional people who have made it on their own say "I don ' t need that gay civil rights organization. All I have to do is just keep my rrouth shut. All anyone has to do is be discreet and they 1r.0n't have any problems fran being gay. CONNECTIONS: That attitude is known as "gay self­oppression . " EGGER: I've lived my life openly and actively. I think I have accarplished what I w~ to do for myself as an openly gay person. The question I ask myself is ''Why should I v.ark hard for people who don't care?" t-bst gay activist organizations in Austin are not known that well in the gay carmmity at large. You try so hard to do sarething as a group, such as GCS , Af..JJPC, or 'IGTF, and 90% of the gay carrnunity doesn ' t know who you are, what you're doing, and doesn ' t really even care. CONNECTIONS: Lesbian and gay leaders are getting a loud and clear message from their constituents: "do nothing. • EGGER: Unfortunately, yes. For people who are determined to "do sarething" anyway, gay activism has reached a fork in the road. CONNECTIONS: Do you have any advice for Austin gay activists? EGGER: WOW! Well, keep up the good 1r.0rk and keep fighting the good fight and keep all routes open. sare­tirres an irrprarptu, errotional, i.rrpassioned speech v.0rks best. Other tirres, citing statistics and Kinsey studies influences people rrore. I believe in doing the unexpec­ted - catch people off guard. • - CONNECTIONS 11 THANK YOU, AUSTIN Austin Lesbian Gay Political Caucus and those in­volved with the Austin Convention Fund Project thank the many people and bJ.sinesses who h.elped with or contribJ.ted to the Fund. Sare $2 , 100 has been raised, so far . We expec~ that the Labor Day ~kend fundraiser at the HollyvPO<i will put us very close to rreeting all expenses, ~ut half the arrount raised so far was through sul::stantial person­al contribJ.tions . We are extrerrely grateful to these people. . We are also deeply indebted to the ownership and managerrent of the Austin country, the New Apartrrent, One-Ten, the Private Cellar, Tex 's Colorado Street Bar, the HollyvPOd , and the Red River Crossing. These bJ.s­inesses helped make the fundraisers a success. Thank you , Austin, for your support. Carr Strong, ALGPC Co-chair 2828 RIO GRANDE/AUSTIN 4 78 0224 ENTRANCE IN REAR Publish your poemin CONNECTIONS ALGPC STARTS f'EMifRSHIP/VO1ER REGISTRATION ffiivE by Carr Strong The Austin Lesbian Gay Political Caucus is starting a combined rrernbership and voter-registration drive on La­bor Day ~end. It will run for five ~ends, ~ough Q::tober 4, the November election' s deadline for voter­registration. ALGPC rrernbers will have tables set up at each of the bars in Austin fran 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. every Friday and Saturday night during the drive. Tables will also be set up during special events at the bars , particularly on Thursday nights . Anyone living in Austin who is not registered to vote here, can register. It is a fast, painless way to change your registration address or to register for the first tine. ALGPC has set a goal of adding 100 new rrembers during the drive. Membership is $12 .00 a year, with special rates for low-incare or sponsoring rrernberships . Persons interested in ALGPC rray care to one of the tables to learn rrore about the organization, to get on the ALGPC Ne-wsletter rrailing list, or to join. ALGPC will · also be selling T-shirts and bJ.ttons . Austin delegates Janna Zumbrun (left) and Steve Thomas NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON GAY AND LESBIAN ISSUES "Cruising and Rejection, " "Problems in the work Place, " "Legal Issues for Gays and Lesbians," and "Ex­amining and Building Support Systems," are a few of the topics to be discussed at the National Conference on Gay and Lesbian Issues to be held Q::tober 10- 12, 1980, in Chicago. Ed White , co-author of The Joy of Gay Sex and author of States of Desire: Travels in Gay Arrerica will speak on "Regional Differences in Gay Life Aroond the country" and "The current State of Gay Culture." Barbara Gittings, lesbian activist and currently coordinator of the Task Force on Gay Liberation of the Arrerican Library Association, will speak on "Setting Parents Straight About Growing Up Gay" and "The Hungry Gay Bookworm." Paul Shanley, the only diocesan priest with a ministry to sexual minorities approved by a bishop, will speak on "The Soft Underbelly of the Gay ~bvene.'1t" and "The Cruel God of the Christians. " The conference is co-sponsored by Oasis Center and Dignity/Chicago. For further inforrration contact Oasis Center, 7463 N. Sheridan, Chicago, IL 60626 or call 312/274- 6777. . . .. . ..... . . 12 CONNECTIONS DIETSCH AND NAYLOR RESIGN FROM TGTF Kathy Deitsch, Texas Gay Task Force rrcderator, and Bettie Naylor, 66th session Texas Legislature lobbyist for gay rights in Texas, have announced their resignations. Deitsch said in a press release dated July 25, 1980, "With, for example, $1100 ~ Naylor in accrued salary for fund-raising and a $900 telephone bill that I am ultimately responsible for, we were left with little :::hoice !::ut to resign. " A TGTF source has informed C0lll/ECTIO:JS that TGTF also owes money to Edra Bogle, who operated the jewel-ry and TGTF t -shirt sales at Texas Gay Conference 6 held in Austin in August 1979, to Woody Egger, who loaned TGTF money for TGC6, and to several others. Arrangements for paying Bogle and Egger back have been made. The source stat-:s, "The organization is firmly committed to repaying the people to whom it is financially indebted." The TGTF source also said that the resignations of Deitsch and Naylor were received after they were •voted out of office at the July 26 TGTF meeting, which Deitsch and Naylor did not attend. - Editor Naylor stated, "Persons think it is easy to raise rroney. Unfortunately, it takes a specific project that has wide appeal, front rconey, and a lot of direct per­sonal contact. As econanic tin-es have grown rcore diff­icult, statewide travel to set up flll'ldraisers has l:ecare less of an option." Naylor cites travel and direct con­tact as being responsible for a large portion of the organization's success these last 18 rconths in raising nearly $40,000 for gay-related projects statewide, in­cluding the 66th session lobby effort. Deistsch stated, "Although we personally regret the need for our resignations, our record supports our past ccmni.trrent to the organization's programs and their funding. There is seldan a good tin-e to terminate one's relationship with an organization such as TGTF. It cares after rruch thought and consideration." As for the future, Naylor announced the establish­irent of Naylor & Associates, a consulting firm. "Our 1-.0rk will center on specific p..iblic relations and adver­tising projects, fundraising, organizational and legis­lative consulting. We will continue to be involved in efforts around the state which are tin-ely and profess­ior. al in nature," Naylor said. Deitsch and Naylor concluded, "We l::oth wish to ta.'-<e this opportunity to thank gays/lesbians and their supporters statewide for their past support and coop­eration with us and our wrk. We all must continue to v.ark in our own ways for the changes we all desire." THE HERPES BOO< by Richard Hamilton, !1.D. Reviewed by Lars Eighner This one will not head many Christnias lists or rn many coffee tables, for obvious reasons. But, it is as good a J:::cok on this topic for the general r eader as one can expect. There really is not rruch new here - no cure. But if you have gath~ed fran headlines that herpes is a dreadful disease, you need to read this J:::cok. The Herpes Book does not add rruch to the areas c ,vered by any good parrphlet. It does explore th~se as in rruch greater depth. It is very helpful in l aining what the facts rrean as a practical !llatter. ....s is vmere the pamphlets often fail. If you happen to have herpes,'??: if yo~ live_in _ tal terror of getting herpes, this J:::cok is easily th the $1 0 • 00 , al tho_ugh it see.'115 a sharre . to have ~ ted such a nice binding on a J:::cok that will cer­:. ainly ce hidde.'1 away. The Herpes Book. J.P. Tarcher, Inc. o sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90069. $ o.oo TEX'S COLORADO STREET BAR . . '0 \tl \. '-'~· 'I"' ~~\. ~'\ ti- ""~ LATE SEPTEMBER Stage prodution ot EVITA STARRING ,IILUIJ~ ,IILLISON EARLY OCTOBER r·R , TEX' s CQORAOO ST, MR/ R.UEOOY CCJIIPETITION LATE OCTOBER MR, TEXAS/ PLUEOOY CCTvlPETI TI ON for f urther information call 474-7003 ·Currently has. tf2 BILLBOARD MAGAZINS ~,.j sco ,h it FRIDAY ~E TOYS IN Tlf LIGHT SHOrl SATURDAY !Xl.L.AR DRINKS FRo-11O TI L 11 SUNDAY IIAT MKMSAS IWUfCUE Brisket, Suckling Pig, Draft--$.3,po Starts 7 :00 PM MONDAY /lFfER ~ CM: CELEEAATE IF 1EXAS WINS Drown your sorrows if Texas loses . FREE OOIN<S J\FfER_Tlf: GN1: TIL MIDNIGHT •- CONNECTIONS 13 BOOKS f•'ORE TrlAN FRIENDS by Ruth Turk REVIEWED BY LARS EIGHNER George Orwell was extrerrely fond of the term "good bad l:xx:>ks." Bad l:xx:>ks are l:xx:>ks which are not Literature. Bad l:xx:>ks are the l:xx:>ks which even the very literate resort to for arruserrent, rather than edification. Unfor­tunately, Literature contains such tares as Silas Marner, The Scarlet Letter and nUITerous others which ¼OUld never be seen by the rrodern reader, save for their being Re­quired Reading. P.G. Wodehouse was one of Orwell's favorite good bad authors. A. Conan Doyle is certainly one of the best bad authors. Unfortunately, the present age in Alrerican letters seems to have fallen on a dearth of good bad writing. Even the British seem to be at a loss. Possibly, Agatha Christie was the last of the good bad writers. Of course, bad l:xx:>ks around. The trouble is that none of them are very good. Harold Robbins keeps the market well-supplied with mediocre bad l:xx:>ks. Today's exarrq:,le: More Than Friends by Ruth 'furk, has got to be arrong the w:>rst bad l:xx:>ks. Many very good bad l:xx:>ks use stock characters. But Ms. 'furk's fonnula for chicken will scarcely do:_ one slightly-1:::uilt boy who is a bit too pretty and has an overprotective rrother and a distant father figure. Her recipe for chicken hawk: one otherwise heterosexual man in his late-thirtie~ with b..o daughters, a bitchy older sister, a danineering rrother , a distant father, and a career in physical education. These might do very well for secondary characters who bow in and out of good bad l:xx:>ks, along with the rrercenary Jew, the Italian Mafioso, the shuffling Black, the healthy l:::ut dull Swede, and all the other stereo­types. But Muzz Ruth hopes to create a novel based on this w:>oaen pair. She overlooks one of the trump cards of good bad writers, the developrent of rrerrorable central characters. Good bad writers draw very good characters, which often live to outshine their creators. After all, -Sherlock Holires survived to fight Hitler - although in cinema fonn - long after Conan Doyle was in his grave and unable to aid the realm of which he was a knight. Ms. 'furk's chicken and hawk hardly last to the last page. That leaves story-line for the bad writer to fall back on. Here we have a very old one. In chapter one, man rreets boy. Fran there, it is only a question of tilre. The tilre required is 1 24 pages • Then, of course, there is the guilt. That takes another 123 pages. The love-making rivals Tess of the D'Urbervilles for carplete obfuscation. Ms. 'furk, having twice missed, strikes out by avoiding the last !.X)ssible source of reader interest available to the bad writer. There is no !.X)rnography here. I believe I have actually read this bad l:xx:>k three or four tilres • The others were ITUCh better. Check the paperback rack for covers with a chicken, a tanned, athletic man, and a shrewish v.anan and you will find several versions of it, too. Ms. 'furk writes an advice colurrn for a Florida newspaper. I hope she uses greater insight and has a better unders~ding of male sexuality - straight, gay and in-between - in the colurrn than she displays here, One sup!_X)ses her lovelorn readers do not mind her prose style very rruch. Bantam Books. $2.50 RECKONING On my back porch you can breathe the air slowly - that's the best way - and inhale the scent of the wet woods as it pours in deeply - it'll clear your head. You don't even have to try. When it's dark the candle flickers and the crickets sing usually the same melody, Sometimes they keep time of cars steady, constant. with the ebb tide far below down the hill and the green stops where the grey begins. - Wade Vernon I 111 r , ant I ou tr , c //c,11 11 u ha bo al/ Jall III l 1c I ah l.utlc lcagu 14 CONNECTIONS ADVERT! SERS Aus~in Country • . . 705 Red River . . • . . 4 78-6806 Dans Office Equiμrent . 2408 San Gabriel 474-6396 Executive Health Club •• 701 Congress .• : : 478-7220 Henrys ~~ys •.• 423 East Sixth ••.•. 474-6428 Holy Tnm.ty Church of Austin •• 1606 s. congress . . 447-7359 MetrofX)ll.tan Camu.mity Church of Austin ••.. 614 E. 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Tickets : $8 in advance for 2 nights, $5 at the door SEPTEMPfR 1980 Mon Sept 1 $1 .00 discount for students all rronth, Executive Health Club 9pn, Miss Gay USA Pageant, Austin Country Free drinks after the UT- Arkansas football garre till midnight, Tex ' s Colorado Street Bar Tue Sept 2 7: 30pn, LOne Star Raintow Society for the Deaf meeting, a:s office Wed Sept 3 8pn, Gay Camiunity Services coordinators rreeting , University Y office Thu Sept 4 6 :30pn, Austin Laml:rla Cultural planning carmittee 10pn, Showtirre at Austin Country with Linsay LOve , Burgandy Woods , Tragedy Ann , Sabrina Ross , and Amateur Winner - Kenny Fri Sept 5 8pn, Meet Tiny Mac Party. New Austin Country manager. Full ruffet and drink specials Sat Sept 6 8 :30pn, Austin Laml:rla Cultural v.aren's dance 10pn-2am, free STD screening by Gay Nurses Alliance at Stallion l:::x:x)kstore Sun Sept 7 7 :30pn, Austin Laml:rla Cultural alcoholism wrkshop. Free. 10pn, Amateur night, Austin Country. Nicole , M2 Tue Sept 9 7pn, Austin Laml:rla Cultural lesbian pot-luck supper Thu Sept 11 6pn, Austin Laml:rla Cultural coordinators rreeting 10pn, Special roadshow, Austin Country. The Grease Sisters return : Lily lvhite , Albina, and Kitty Litter Fri Sept 12- Sun Sept 14 MXA Spiritual Renewal with Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson. All-day program Satur­day, Sept. 13 . Fri Sept 12 1 Opn, grand champion male dancers contest, Austin Country Sat Sept 13 6pn, Austin Laml:rla AA covered dish supper 8pn, Austin Laml:rla Cultural birthday party/ open house. Bring your own beverage. dpn, Fantasy Island Party, Austin Country. Costurres encouraged. care as your favorite fantasy and we ' 11 try our best to make your favorite fantasy care true . Sun Sept 14 12 noon , MXA Installation of Rev. Ed Paul as assistant pastor 7pn, Austin Laml:rla Cultural wine and cheese party 1 Opn, The Grease Sisters at the Austin Country. Different show fran Thursday ' s . Wed Sept 17 8pn, Gay Camumity Services general rt.lSiness meeting, University Y office Thu Sept 18 10pn, Showtirre at Austin Country with Ernes­tine , Tasha Cole, Sabrina Ross , and Tragedy Ann Fri Sept 19 10: 30pn, Grace Jones performance at One Ten 12 midnight, Gay Nurses ' Alliance of Austin meeting. Call 453- 0816 for location. Sat Sept 20 7: 30pn, .\:CCA pot-luck supper 8:30pn, Austin Laml:rla Cultural lesbian coffeehouse 10pn-3am, free STD screening by Gay Nurses Alliance at the Club Baths 12 midnight, The ~ting Garre at the Austin Country, hosted by Tiny Mac Sun Sept 21 Mon Sept 22 9pn, ~lr. Austin Country Contest 8-1 Opn, Austin Skating Party, Hot Wheels Skateland, 1606 Stassney. $2.50. Sponsored by Affirmation Gay Yorrrons, Austin Laml:rla Cultural, Austin Lesbian Gay Political Cau­cus, Dignity, Gay Camiunity Services, and Metropolitan Camiunity Church of Austin Tue Sept 23 Thu Sept 25 7: 30pn, Austin Lesbian Gay Poli tic al Caucus meeting, Austin Laml:rla Cultural 6pn, Austin Laml:rla Cultural coordinators meeting 1 Opn, Showtirre at Austin Country with Leigh Shannon, Ethel, Sabrina Ross , and Tragedy Ann Sat Sept 27 Austin Laml:rla Cultural overnight campout to Enchanted Rock for lesbians and gay rren 8pn, Las Vegas therre night at the Austin Country. All night. CC11ING EVENTS Sun O:::t 5 Mr. Gay Austin contest, Austin Country Thu O:::t 30 Miss Gay Austin contest, Austin Country Sun Nov 2 :-1iss Gay Austin contest, Austin Country Sunday ~ Monday h£EKLY EVENTS IN SEPID1IfR 1980 1 2 noon and 7: 30pn, wrship services at Metro­poli tan Camunity Church of Austin 12 noon- 3pn, Champagne Brunch with Bunch, Austin Country 1pn, liturgical services, Holy Trinity Church of Austin 3pn, Austin Laml:rla AA '1\-.elve Traditions Study 3-7pn, T-dance, Austin Country 6-8:30pn, social volleyball, Duncan Park, 10th and Lamar 8pn, Dignity liturgy. Call 477- 6699 for loca-tion. 8pn, Austin Laml:rla AA Sex and SObriety Study 8pn, Austin Laml:rla AA r-bnday group 8- 10pn, Austin Laml:rla Cultural gay rren 's awareness group 11 pn, male dancers , Austin country Tuesday 8pn, Austin Laml:rla AA Big Book s tudy 11pn till , draft beer , Tex' s Colorado Street Bar Wednesday 6- 8:30pn, league volleyball, Duncan Park, 10th and Lamar 7: 30pn, Austin Laml:rla AA Waren Together Group 7:30pn, M:cA wrshi p service 8 : 30pn, Austin Laml:rla AA Big Book Stories Study 9pn, 35¢ well drinks all night, Tex' s Colorado Street Bar Thursday 8pn, Austin Laml:rla AA steps study gro..i.p i:riday 11 pn till , free draft beer, Tex' s Colorado Street Bar 8pn, Austin LamJ:rla AA open discuss ion 8pn, a:s personal awareness group, Uni versity Y rap roan 8 : 30pn, CCAA tow ling, Brunswick Capitol Bowling Center, 5700 Grover 10pn-1am, AI.GPC rrembership and voter regis­tration drive at Austin bars Saturday 8pn, Austin Laml:rla AA meeting open to all gays 10pn-1am, AI.GPC rrembership and voter regis­tration drive at Austin bars - - 16 CONNECTIONS CLASSIFIED CONNECTIONS ca~oos reaches a special. audie.'1ce that other Austin publications don't. 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