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Connections, Vol. 2, No. 9, September 1980 - File 008. 1980-09. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 3, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1175/show/1165.

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Title Connections, Vol. 2, No. 9, September 1980
Contributor
  • Olinger, James K.
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date September 1980
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962584
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 008
Transcript CONNECTIONS! 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 Community Services has served hundreds of lesbians and gay men in Austin and in Texas. GCS is Texas' oldest and virtually only gay telephone hotline. San Antonio's gay hotline comes and goes. Houston's Gay Political Caucus phone line makes referrals to Houston professionals, but does not offer peer counseling. Dallas' gay line is a taped message announcing activities in Dallas gay circles. Some of the names that are associated with GCS' founding and early years are Woody Egger, Wayde Frey, Tommy Ingram, Robert Crane, Roy Loessin, Scott Lind, Casey Jones, Randy Conner, Ellen Rayfield, Mark Schmitz, Dan (Puckett) Transmission, Arrme Hogan, Caryn McLane, Art Morris, and Troy Stokes. GCS grew out of Austin Gay Liberation, which occasionally met at the University Y from 1969 to 1972, and Gay People of Austin which met at the University Y in 1973-1974. Some highlights of GCS' first five years were the opening of the office and gay hotline in 1975; the adoption of the GCS constitution in 1976; the founding of the newspaper GAY AUSTIN (CONNECTIONS' 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-week airing of Austin's first-and-still-only weekly gay radio program, A Different Drummer, produced by GCS and the Austin Gay Radio Collective on KUT-FM in 1980. As GCS enters its sixth year of operations, membership and involvement are at an all-time low. Perhaps people see no need for a strong lesbian/gay network in Austin, since we have it so comfortable here. Police har rassment is rare and good vibes and pleasant scenery are abundant. Yet, a few of us continue the XS tradition of service and friendship to the community. Not everyone has a supportive group of friends who love them and understand their gay lifestyle. For those who need to get to know some 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 bookstore, XS is there. People who call or come by XS appreciate the friendliness and peer counseling or referral services they receive. No one else offers what XS offers. The need is real. Even people in Houston and San Antonio call Austin's XS for advice, information, or encouragement. XS meets some of the socializing and counseling needs of many lesbians and gays who are just coming out, including teenagers. Many pre-teen girls and boys also call us. The Coordinating Council is currently defining XS membership in more detail and is discussing ways of attracting new members. Lots of people continue to call XS, although we have only been able to keep the office open on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday during the summer of 1980 due to a shortage of volunteers. XS has had to get along without a general, coordinator and secretary since the fall of 1979, almost a year now. We need volunteers to fill many positions: a social chairperson to organize parties for XS folks; a media person to get PSA's for the organization on radio, on TV, and in the straight media; a Y liaison to keep the University Y and XS in touch with each other; and a fundraising person for our numerous expenses. In addition, advertising representatives are needed to sell ads on a 35% commission basis for CONNECTIONS, the XS newspaper. Help us keep a much-needed and appreciated community service going. Dan's OFFICE EQUIPMENT CO. 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 HOURS - /Gfc MON. - FRI. 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM* FREE PARKING RCCCrNOITrOrltD TYPEWRITCRS AVAILABLE 2408 SAN GABRIEL (Just Off 24th At San Gabriel) 474-6396 \KuZM
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