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Connections, Vol. 3, No. 4, April 1981 - File 003. 1981-04. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 13, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1840/show/1826.

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Title Connections, Vol. 3, No. 4, April 1981
Contributor
  • Olinger, James K.
Publisher Olinger, James K.
Date April 1981
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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Transcript CONNECTIONS WHU\M AUSTIN TEXAS 2401 Manor Rd. Apt 118, Austin TX 78722 474-1660 Hours: 6-10 pm Editor/Publisher Jim Olinger Assistant Editor Wayde Frey — Graphics Don Jackson Photography Carr Strong Typesetting Kristull Graphics National Advertising .... Joe Disabato Rivendell Marketing Co.. 666 6th Ave. New York, NY 10010 212/242-6863 __ CONNECTIONS is the monthly magazine for gay women and men in Austin and -— Texas. We welcome your contributions of news, feature articles, fiction, poetry, letters, line drawings and photographs. If return or acknowledgement is desired, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope. 1 Articles — Debra Rae Cohen. Brannon Duane, Lars Eighner, Wayde Frey. Elliot Green, Jim Olinger, and Dr. Ronald Sawey Pictures — Don Jackson, Michael Leonard, Jim Olinger. Alan Pogue, and Carr Strong Publications — Metro Times, Mom...Guess What Rolling Stone, and This Week in Texas i I CONNECTIONS is a member of the Gay Press Association. GAY COMMUNITY SERVICES INFORMATION REFERRALS PEER COUNSELING 477-6699 2330 Guadalupe, Austin, Texas 78705 Hours: 6-10 pm CONNECTIONS Becomes Independent This is CONNECTIONS' first issue as an independent publication. We are no longer associated with Gay Community Services or the University YMCA/YWCA. We feel that CONNECTIONS must be an independent business in order to serve the entire Austin gay community. We have enjoyed being a program of Gay Community Services, but it's time to leave the nest If you want to see YCXJR news in CONNECTIONS, just tell us about it Our phone number and mailing address are in the box to the left. CONNECTIONS will be awarding $5 and an Oral Majority bumper sticker to the most interesting piece of news submitted by a reader each month. This issue also introduces the CONNECTIONS "new look.'' Many thanks to Francie Stull and Kristull Graphics for typesetting and production assistance. We're very excited about all these changes. We hope they'll help us serve Austin better. Thanks for your support. Response to AMERICAN STATESMAN 'Gay Paradise* Article The AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN ran a front-page article on Sunday, March 8, titled Homosexuals Comfortable in Austin — City Tolerant of Lifestyles." by Dick Stanley. Some of the people Stanley interviewed said they regard Austin as a kind of heaven for homosexuals. Dr. Ronald Sawey, a professor at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, wrote the following response to the article, which the STATESMAN chose not to print I am deeply appreciative of the time and energy Dick Stanley took to prepare his article about gay people in-Austin. Much of what was in the article was quite on point and even inspiring. Janna Zumbrun was right when she insisted on the importance of "coming out" It is impossible to expect civil rights when you are unwilling to fight for them. The older businessman said something important when he pointed out that gays oppress themselves by taking on ridiculous stereotypical mannerisms or by hiding out under the camouflage of wife and children. There are other ways in which we oppress ourselves: One of these is to delude ourselves into pretending that things are ideal when they are, in fact only better than elsewhere. Another is to insult and demean members of our own group. Dan, the caterer, falls into both of these traps. He goes on at great length about how discipline is the key to success and about how his sorially prominent clients don't care about his being gay. Of course, this is the same man who disparages drag queens and wouldn't reside with gays so as not to be tempted to "party all the time.'' It seems strange that the socially elite straight people would be free of anti-gay prejudice when the gay caterer, himself, is filled with it Also, we don't really know if the upper crust is so sophisticated because Donald has not been quoted by name. Another example of the pathetic need to insalt others comes from Kenny Sacha. He buys into the misogynist folly that men can do anything better than women. Sacha has obviously not read Masters and Johnson. who discovered that women are better lovers of women than men are. (CA. Tripp makes the same observation.) Apparently he is also unaware that Lily Tomlin does impressions of men. Sacha's remarks show ignorance as well as a need to put down. Janna Zumbruns contention that people are afraid to be open about being gay is entirely accurate. I teach at the university level. As I contemplate signing my name to this letter, I am aware that many people believe that open homosexuals have no place in the educational process. There is some possibility that these folks might try to get me fired. A more likely but still unjust consequence is that I will suffer a loss in social standing when people who think that I am straight discover that I am gay. Sincerely, Ronald M. Sawey International Black and White Convention SAN FRANCISCO - Black and White Men Together, the interracial support group, will hold its first international convention in San Francisco, June 25-28. "The recent swing to the Right has created a new — and frightening — climate for minorities, particularly Blacks," a spokesman said today. "Passive reaction to racism is no longer enough. What's needed is a more public sense of interracial concern." BWMT, founded just over a year ago. already has chapters in 24 American cities and in London, England. Further information is available directly from BWMT. 279 Collingwood, San Francisco Calif 94114. u
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