GAYS - Loving, Living, Learning - TOGETHER is
the theme for the Texas Gay Task Force Conference
II. Of course, loosely paraphrasing one of our sisters, a
theme is a theme is a theme. It's convenient to have
one around as a tidy slogan or a neat cheer, but -
hopefully - GAYS - Loving, Living, Learning - TOGETHER will be all that a much more. It's not only
our theme; it is who we are! At the least, it is who we
hope to be!
Liberation has no meaning unless we can see it, feel
it, taste it and BE IT whenever and wherever we get
Last June under the leadership of the Fort
Worth/Dallas Metroplex Gay Council, the first statewide Texas Gay Conference was held with approximately 200 brothers and sisters present. Our theme
was "Together We Can" and WE BELIEVED IT! We
heard fine speakers; attended to the point workshops;
witnessed the birth of the Texas Gay Task Force; and,
best of all, began to build supportive, personal and
Well, it is THAT TIME again. The Gay People of
San Antonio welcomes all of our sisters and brothers to
come be with us - GAYS - Loving, Living, Learning -
We hope the conference will move as freely as is
needed to accomplish our purpose in coming together.
Thus, we ask all of you to be sensitive to the mood and
movement of our time together. Our schedule will not
govern us; rather it will serve us. If it doesn't meet our
needs, we can change it, rearrange it, dress it up or just
Friday, June 20
6:00 p.m. - Registration begins.
10:00 p.m. - Reception and Creative Exchange.
12:00 p.m. - It's up to you.
Saturday, June 21
8:00 a.m. - Registration continues.
9:00 a.m. - Coffee and Early Morning Chit
9:30 a.m. - Address by Gene Leggett.
10:30 a.m. - Personal Growth Workshops.
1:00 p.m. - Lunch.
2:00 p.m. - Address by E. Carolyn Innis.
3:00 p.m. - "How To" Workshops.
6:00 p.m. - River Barge Ride and Dinner Break.
8:30 p.m. - Performance by The Festival Ballet
of San Antonio.
9:15 p.m. - General Assembly.
Sunday, June 22
10:30 a.m. - Coffee, for those up to it.
11:00 a.m. - Celebration of Gays Together
12:30 p.m. - Lunch.
1:30 p.m. - General Assembly, with whatever
and business is necessary for TGTF.
We have built the schedule around our theme -
GAYS - Loving, Living, Learning - TOGETHER.
Friday night is our Loving Time, and that's exactly
what we want it to be! "Hey, you don't know me that
well" may be one of your initial responses, and, we are
sure, there will be many other responses or interpretations to this part of our theme. Our plans, however,
will be focused around the Reception and Creative
Exchange. Whatever your talents are (painting,
poetry, singing, playing, etc.), be prepared to share
them Friday night.
Saturday morning is our Living Time. The address
and workshops will be built around What it means for
Gay People to LIVE TOGETHER. This will be an
intensely personal time; we hope all of us will be able
to give ourselves freely to it.
Saturday afternoon is our Learning Time. The address and workshops will be built around Sharing
Organizational Skills that will give supportive structures to Gay People and bring society to a more open
and trusting understanding of us.
Sunday is our Together Time. This period will include a communal celebration of our being together
and will then focus on the concerns for the coming year
with the Texas Gay Task Force.
To date, we have two definite speakers highlighting
Carolyn Innis, one of the founders of Gay Nurses
Alliance and a leader in the Women's Movement in Philadelphia (now residing in San
Diego), was the first recommendation Barbara
Gittings sent to us. Since we have talked to her,
she has become our first choice, too. She is a real
"How To" woman and will help us bring it all
Gene Leggett, suspended Methodist ministerr,
actor and tube swallower, replied yes to the
invitation just as soon as he had asked himself!
(Gene lives in San Antonio now, still stirs up
The United Methodist Church and is also coordinator for our conference).
We had also invited Morris Kight to be with us, and
he had given us an initial yes. However, we hear
that Morris is no longer with the Los Angeles
Gay Community Center, and that he left no
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