M, C. C. A. NEEDS NEW HOME
by Gerry Tarr
On August 3, 1980, the congregation of the Metropolitan Community Church of Austin was informed that
their present church building had been sold. The new
landlords are increasing the rent six (6) times the
The Board of Directors of MCCA decided it was time
for the church to relocate. Relocation has been in
MCCA's plans for some time, but it is now essential.
A church building at 5500 Avenue G has been found.
At present, the Highland Church of God occupies the
building, but the congregation plans to build a new
church. The building is an L-shaped brick structure
which includes a sanctuary that will seat approximately
175 people, a large fellowship hall, office space, a
nursery and a four-room house adjacent to the church
building which is used for meeting rooms and offices.
The asking price is $149,000.00.
MCCA has made an offer for the building and is
waiting for the Church of God's response. MCCA must be
out of our present location by November 1. It is hoped
that the building purchase will be complete by September 31.
MCCA has held several fund raisers including a
spaghetti dinner with the Rev. Elder Troy Perry as
guest speaker and a Haircut-a-Thon. More fund raisers
are planned for the future.
MCCA hopes to raise $120,000.00 to pay for the
building. Any donations are tax deductible and certainly welcome. If you would like to donate, please notify
Rev. Candace A. Naisbitt, pastor of MCCA at 477-7747 or
write to her in care of MCCA, 614 East 6th Street,
Austin, Texas 78701. MCCA needs your help to make this
move a reality.
Current Metropolitan Community church
of Austin, 614 East Sixth
STILL DIAGNOSES "HOMOSEXUALITY"
IMPACT, house organ of the Texas Department of
Mental Health and Mental Retardation, notes in its current issue that the Department will adopt Diagnostic
and Statistical Manual III on September 1, 1980. DMS
III is the American Psychiatric Association's nationally
standardized system of diagnosing and naming diseases.
The author of the article, Sarah Bird, claims that
the "most controversial" change in DSM III is that homosexuality per se is no longer considered a psychosexual
disorder. Ms. Bird finds other changes to be "less
In actuality, DSM III represents no change in the
American Psychiatric Association's view of homosexuality.
It amended DSM II eight years ago, deleting homosexuality
as a mental disorder. Since that time, "ego-dystonic
homosexuality" has been the only category for recording
homosexuality as a disorder. This ailment is "a sustained pattern of homosexual arousal that the client
explicitly states is an unwanted and persistent source
However, a source within the Texas Department of
MHMR tells CONNECTIONS that there are still persons
diagnosed primarily as having the disorder of "Homosexuality" and people have been admitted to state mental
hospitals with no other psychiatric diagnosis since the
change in DSM II was adopted.
TGTF APPOINTS NEW OFFICERS
by Stephen Caldwell
Jack Wilkinson of Dallas is the new moderator of
the Texas Gay Task Force (TGTF), as reported in the
August CONNECTIONS. He was chosen by the TGTF Board
at its meeting held in Austin July 26, 1980.
Wilkinson is a board member for the TGTF Northern
Region and also serves on the boards of the Community
Resource Center and Gay Academic Union/North Texas.
Ken Waller of Denton is the group's new Secretary,
a post previously filled by Rosella Kliewer.
The new address for TGTF is Box AK, Denton, Texas
76201. For further information, calls may be directed
to the two Eastern Region boardmembers, Stephen Caldwell
at 713/861-1473 or Jenny Willingter at 713/869-7231, or
to TGTF Moderator Jack Wilkinson at 214/355-1156 (days)
or 214/528-9038 (evenings).
Proposed future home of MCCA, 5500. Avenue G
Metropolitan Community Church
614 E. 6th ST., AUSTIN. TEXAS 78701
1200 NOON AND 7:30 P.M.
REV. CANDACE A. NAISBITT
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 - IH. 1980
WITH REV, ELDER NANCY WILSON
INCLUDING ALL-DAY SATURDAY PROGRAM
SEPTEMBER 14, 1980
INSTALLATION OF REV, ED PAUL AS ASSISTANT
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1980
' 7:30 P.M.