When I, Roy Oakes, was becoming involved in gay
life in Austin several months ago, Lynn Aday and I
discussed the apparent lack of unity and communication in the lesbian and gay community. We need unity
to face the threat from organizations like the Moral
Majority. Our recent victories at the National Democratic Convention (which for the first time in history adopted a plank upholding the full rights of
homosexuals) and the State Democratic Convention
(which upheld the national convention and endorsed
repeal of the Texas anti-sodomy law) have demonstrated the power of unity.
We believe much good could come from a league
of representatives from each lesbian/gay organization, religious group, business and club in Austin.
We see this league as communicative rather than
authoritative. It would meet several times a year
to assign committees to coordinate community-wide
events, like organizing Gay Pride Week, bringing
important lecturers and entertainers to town, initiating community-wide fund-raisers, organizing
fun activities such as a Halloween or New Years
Ball . . . the possibilities are limited only by our
Key here is strength through unity. United,
we can guarantee our rights as U.S. citizens. United, we are a major political force in Austin. U-
nited, we can discover who we are and how we can
help one another continue to BE! There are a
variety of different organizations and businesses
in our community. They cater to different people.
We should uphold this variety, seeking to establish
a bond among us, not to forge one monopolistic
super organization to replace all others.
If you would be interested in discussing this
concept, please contact us at the numbers below.
We would first like to meet with you personally and
hear your ideas and concerns.
We hope to hold a "rough draft" meeting in
November or December, 1980, with you and others
who are interested in a united community.
Thanks for your support of the lesbian/gay
lifestyle in Austin by reading this. We appreciate
it and look forward to hearing from you.
In Gay Pride, Roy Oakes, 473-2322, work number 345-5700 (ext. 250) and Lynn Aday, 837-5928.
GCS PHONE COUNSELORS NEEDED
by Rob Gips
Gay Community Services currently needs volunteer
counselors. Duties include telephone and drop-in peer
counseling, as well as making referrals to various Austin service organizations, businesses and professionals.
We need mature, service-oriented individuals to
work from 6:00 to 10:00 PM one night per week. You'll
be performing a valuable service for Austin. Peer counseling is a lot of fun, too!
Interested lesbians and gay men should telephone
the GCS office at 477-6699 any evening between 6:00 and
10:00 PM for more information.
GTE INFOCENTRE HAS LESBIAN/GAY DATA
The GTE Infocentre, a service of General Telephone Electronics, has prerecorded tapes on a large
variety of subjects, including homosexuality.
The Austin office of the Infocentre is in
Northcross Mall. The tapes may be heard by calling
the GTE Infocentre at 458-2576 between 10 a.m. and
10 p.m. seven days a week, except holidays. A
live operator answers and puts on the requested
tape. The gay tapes are S0001, "Female Homosexuality," and S0002, "Male Homosexuality."
Each tape is about five minutes'long and
features basic information on homosexuality, presented by a psychologist and a member of a lesbian
or gay organization.
by Gerry Tarr
November promises to be a month of great
changes for the congregation of the Metropolitan
Community Church of Austin.(MCCA). We are excited
about these changes and invite you to join us and
share in our growth.
The MCCA Board of Directors rejected the third
counter proposal from the Highlands Church of God,
5500 Avenue G, for their church building, because the
proposals failed to show satisfactory compromise.
After the contract rejection. Highlands' Board of _
Trustees requested a meeting with the MCCA Board
to openly discuss the possibility of future negotiations .
The MCCA Board predicts a change in the church's
location within the next month. We have learned
that our rent will triple starting November 1 and a
one-year lease will be required as of December 1.
We will keep you informed of any changes as they
November church activities include the District
Spiritual Renewal Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma,
October 31 to November 2. The Thursday evening
Christian Life Series, led by Wallace Hargrave, will
feature "Gay Health Issues," produced by the Gay
Nurses' Alliance of Austin. November topics will
include "Hepatitis B," "Vitamin C," "Proctologic
Problems and the Gay Community," "Female Breast
Exams," and "STD - Sexually Transmitted Diseases."
The Christian Life Series is open to all and meets
each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the church.
Thanksgiving plans include the traditional
"Thanksgiving Dinner with MX San Antonio." This
year is Austin's turn to take salads and desserts
to San Antonio. An invitation is extended to our
community to join in our celebration of Thanksgiving.
For more information please call 477-7747.
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