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Title Connections, Vol. 2, No. 1, December 1979-January 1980
Contributor
  • Lind, Scott
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date December 1979-January 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 006
Transcript PHONE COUNSELORS NEEDED This message is for people who would like to do telephone counselling at Gay Community Services. I want: to encourage you to volunteer as a phone counselor and to discover all over again how good it feels to help someone else. We all have a need to be of service to our fellow human beings. Gay people and some straights, most of whom you will never meet face-to-face, call GCS daily at U77-6699a seeking advice, help, or encouragement . Let yourself experience the joy of being helpful to a stranger. Help strengthen the gay community in the Austin area. Feel the excitement of entering the world of someone just coming out, or of encountering some new, colorful sister or gay brother, Troy Stokes does his part by recording the taped GCS message which answers the hot line number when a counselor is not on duty. The University Y does its part by providing rent-free office space for the gay counseling center. Frank, Larry, Michael, and David do their part by staffing the phones Tuesday through Friday evenings. Would you like to do your part? We have telephone shifts open on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nights from 6 to 10 pm. We make referrals to bars, bookstores, gay groups, baths, churches; and to doctors, counselors, and lawyers. We listen to people who need someone to whom they can talk anonymously'over the phone. We share our life experiences and observations with people who feel lonely or who feel frightened of gayness—their own or ours. In short, we often help people put the pieces together again and find solutions in a fragmented, estranged world. OUT OF TOWN, OUT OF STATE •If- you'.ve ever visited-a new city alone, you can appreciate the graciousness and convenience of having a free gayline that you can call to ask where the bars and baths are. Austin offers that service to visiting lesbians and gays, thanks to Troy, Frank, Larry, David, Michael, Wayde, and the other volunteers from the gay community who work to provide this referral service. Recently, I received a call at GCS from a young man in a downtown hotel who was visiting Austin for a week. He wanted to know where he could meet other guys like himself. He was here from Guatemala. J\. couple of months ago I took a call from a lesbian and her lover visiting here from Venice, California. They asked if we have any womens' bars in Austin, and they were delighted when I told them yes, we do, and referred them to the Hollywood. People can find our phone number easily because "Gay" is our first name. Lots and lots of Austin area teenagers, most of them gay, call GCS just to have another gay person to talk to. They don't even have to know any other gay "people to find help from Gay Community Services. All they have to do is look in the "G" section of their phone book. Many of you Connections readers came out through Gay Community Services. And for those of us who did not have a gay hotline to call when we were coming out, think how much easier for us it would have been if there had been one! What a shame and a waste it would be if Austin decided to allow the GCS hotline to go down the toilet out of sheer neglect. Yes, Gay Community Services has been, and continues to be, a great name. We've been offering our phone counselling service for Ms years. And yet, we are actually hurting for volunteer phone counselors right now. You can help us to continue to provide gay hotline services for the Austin area. Your help is urgently needed. Now. You can be a part of the helping hand we give others by volunteering to be a GCS phone counselor- Lonely, closeted people just learning to deal with their gayness need you. Gay teenagers need your attention .and encouragement. Out-of=town visitors need directions and information about the local scene. People who want to learn about gayness or who want to find out other ways to meet people, need you. Help make our volunteer phone counselling center more of a solid success, instead of being a marginally effective outfit, open little more than half the nights of the week. THE BATTLE GOES ON You see, Gay Community Services is one of those things that everybody is glad to know we have in our city, but that hardly anyone is going to lift a finger to help with. We're glad GCS is there-, knowing it's there makes us feel warmer and more secure. GCS is like the Salvation Army. We feel good, knowing the Salvation Army is there, caring for needy people, but we ourselves aren't about to get involved and actually give our time and energy to assist with the work of the Salvation Army. Well, folks, we Austin lesbians and gays have our own self-help community service agency, and it's called Gay Community Services. And unless some more of us do involve ourselves with our community agency, that warm, contented feeling of knowing it's there, may disappear, because Gay Community Services might well go down the tube. SPEAKING OF HOMOPHOBIA We GCS activists fought the straight men of the University Y Executive Board to get to keep our large green GCS sign in place above the Sommers Rexall Drug sign at 2330 Guadalupe. We won that battle; the women and a few others outvoted the men of the Joint Executive Committee in late September, 1979- The GCS sign stays where it is, instead of being removed, as the men of the Executive Committee had ordered. Now we GCS people face the dilemma of having only a little over half of our phone shifts filled. Our leaders are frazzled and discouraged. Won't you help us? Think about giving one evening of your time each week to be a GCS telephone counselor. We especially need lesbian and third-world gay phone counselors. All we have are gay white males! Help us fill those empty phone shifts and those vacancies that always occur a- round Chiistmas and New Years. Call the GCS office coordinator, Wayde Frey, at kr(h-X660. Wayde will discuss being a phone counselor with you, introduce you to the peer counselor's job, show you the office layout, go through the referral files with you, and help you get started as a GCS volunteer. The added Irony here is that I am imploring people to do something that is so enjoyable, once you've done it! The GCS phone counselor experience can be a thrilling, rewarding way to spend an evening. People need you, and you can help give them the reassurance or information they need. Sometimes the phone doesn't ring for a long while, and sometimes there are lots of prank calls. But more and'more lately, it's serious gay callers who call us up. They won't have anybody to help them on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday nights unless you lesbian and gay Connections readers volunteer to be there when they call. Anybody out there still reading this? Anybody out there going to respond to this article by volunteering? I'm waiting to hear from you. CONNECTIONS December 1979/January 1980 5
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