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Title Gay Austin, Vol. 3, No. 2, Nobember 1978
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  • Kay, Kelly
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Date November 1978
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
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  • Austin, Texas
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
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Transcript .._____......;;;;.....~------~-[reef november 78 vol. 3 no. 2 ~2- --=-v~ol.~3. n~o=.--=-2- ---i8 ay au st in november 1978 GAY AUSTIN 1s the monthly publication of Gay Conmunity Services. The advertisements si gni fy that the following businesses sup­oort the work of the organization. Patron­ize t hese establishments and, above al l else, let the people know that you appre­ciate thei r equal, open- hearted support. ADULT BOOKSTJRES A11 American News 2532 Guadalupe 478-0222 Stallion Bookstore 706 E. Sixth 477 -0148 BARS Austin Country New Apartment BODY AWARENESS Safari COIN SHOP 705 Red River 472-0418 2828 Rio Grande 478-0224 2004~ Guadalupe 472-6828 Capital Coin Company 3004 Guadalupe 472- 1676 HAIR & BODY PRODUCTS Uncommon Scents, Etc 1916 Guadalupe LAWYERS Lega 1 Clinic 501 W. Twelvth 478-9332 RESTAURANTS Old Pecan St. Cafe 314 E. Sixth 478-2491 GAY AUSTIN is published by Gay Connnunity Services of the Univer­sity YWCA/YMCA, 2330 Guadalupe, Austin, Tx. 78705. The Coordin­ating Council of GCS includes: Art Morris ..... ..... . . ......... .. . . .... General Coordinator Bob Prewitt ...... .. . . ... . ... . ........ .. Office and Peer Counseling Coordinator Kelly Kay .. ... . .. • ....... . ....... . ..... Publications Coordinator Troy Stokes •. . •.•......... . ...•........ Media Coordinator Phil Conrad .•.•••••••................•. Finance Coordinator Peter Graham .•• . • • ••............. . ..... Speakers Bureau Coordinator STAFF I EDITOR Kelly Kay I CONTRIBUTORS Kathleen Cabble Harvey Neville Georg Stojcevic Troy Stokes Carr Strong I ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE Georg Stojcevic I CONTRIBUTIONS & LETTERS for the December 1978 issue of GAY AUSTIN should be mailed or deliver­ed by November 15 to the GCS offices: 2330 Guadalupe, no. 7 Austin, Texas 78705 OPINIONS expressed herein are those of the writer or editor, and not necessarily those of Gay Community Services nor the advertisers . The publication herein of any individual ' s name, portrait or photograph is not an indica­tion of that individual's sexual orientation. All contents copyright 1978 by GAY AUSTIN. Reprints allowed when credit is given to GAY AUSTIN. contents VIEWPOINT Gay Strategy at the Polls by Troy Stokes .......... . ... ... 3 NEWS local .......................... 6 State .......... . ............... 7 Nati ona 1 ...................... 10 Gay Celebrities Raise Money in Texas by Ke 11 y Kay ... . ......•........ 4 Finding the Right Man: the Mr. Gay Austin contest . .... 8 ARTS Poetry by Georg Stojcevic .................. 12 A Friend of the Family photographs by K. Cabble . ..... 14 Calendar ........ . ................... . ...... 16 Classified ............. . ...... . .... back cover GCS got a new image with a l i ttle help from some friends. Story Page 3. COVER PHOTO of the Mr. Gay Austin contest by Harvey Nevi 11 e. ,cf? ot l;n ot l;n ot l;n of l;n ot l;n ot l;n_ --' )99 477-0h99 477-r;h99 477-0h99 477-Gra99 477-fh99 477-rch99 V~ie::::.__:W~P~O::.....=i=-=n-=-l-------~8ay auslin 3 Gay strategy at the p·oll5 By TROY STOKES SINCE GAY COMMUNITY SERVICES is part of the University Y, a tax-exempt charitable insti­tution, it cannot endorse candidates for po­litical office. But we can and do assert that it is in our interest to inform our­selves and make the best choice -- even though we might not be enthusiastic about any of the choices . I maintain that a gay Democrat should not "go fishing" or "sit this one out" -- but should cast his or her vote for the party's guberna­torial candidate, John Hill. It is true and unfortunate that Hill has not made the kind of pro gay rights statements which we would like. It is also true that Texas Democrats at the 1978 convention in Fort Worth failed to pass -- after debate -- a resolution cal~­ing for the repeal of State Penal Code Section 21.06, which makes homosexual intercourse be­tween consenting adults in private a misde­meanor offense . I was unhappy about this' . After all, I started fighting 21.06 while it was still in the drafting stages, before it became law. But consider the alternative to Hill and the Democrats. The Republicans considered no gay rights resolution, and, in fact, passed a resolution calling for the firing of gays teaching in t he public schools. So far, this argument is beginning to resem­ble an appeal to go with the candidate who throws you a crumb, rather than the one who kicks you in the teeth . My lover often says of such sit ua tions, "dry shit is better than wet shit. " Once you ge t pas t all this creative writ ing, t here r emains t he dull but no less obvious fact that we take what we can get -­even if we don't like it . There is another fact as well . Precinct dele­gation size at the county and state conven­tions is based on the turnout for the Demo­cratic nominee for governor . For every 25 votes, 1 delegate goes to the county conven­tion; for every 300 votes, one delegate goes to the state convention. For this reason it is probably in your interest to vote for Hill. Take my precinct as an example. Precinct 334 is in a liberal west campus neighborhood. It has passed gay rights resolutions several times. It will continue to do so. If my friends and I can turn out the vote for Hill, we can increase the size of our delegation which clearly strengthens the gay rights cause . You may live in a conservative neighborhood . Or you might be a Republican. If so, your strategy would be different from mine . The important thing is to investigate the situa­tion and devise some strategy for promoting your own civil rights -- or, as Mr. Clements is fond of saying, you have to have a 'pla­yun' . The governor's race is not the only issue on November 7. There is the Senate race as well as Proposition Six out in California. The Senate race doesn't offer much of a choice on the gay rights issue, but it is interesting that bot h candidates, Republican Tower and Democrat Krueger, are stopping just short of calling each other faggots. Krueger dwells a t length on Tower's size, his t aste in Euro­pean suits and his womanizing . Tower , in turn , ment ions t he fact that Krueger doesn't talk like he's from Texas and says that Krueger knows nothing about the institution of mar­riage since Krueger is a bachelor . CONTINUED PAGE 7 GAY COMMUNITY SERVICES experienced a long­awai t ed day Sept. 30 when the organization mounted i t s new green and white sign along­side t he University Y sign at t he GCS head­qua r ter s above Sommer s Drugs at 2330 Guadalupe. Designed and constructed by Tommy Connell, the 10 foot l ong s i gn gives GCS unprecedented visibility and presence . It was wort h the wa i t. _..;;.4_. 8BJ austin Gay celebrities By KELLY KAY FORMER PRO F00TBAIL PI.AYER Dave Kopay, former USAF Sgt. Leonard Matlovich, feminist aut:h:>r Del Martin and Metropolitan Cormunity Clrurch founder the Rev. Troy Perry made a whirlwind ftmdraising tour for the Texas Gay Task Force (TGTF) and the It> On Six \ Comnittee Oct. 11-13. Dinners and receptions in San Antonio, Austin, Lub­bock and Dallas made approxim3.tely $12,000, half of . which will go to It> On Six, the C'.alifomia effort l fighting the Briggs Initiative, propose<l leeislation/ which\olOUld force the firing of all public school teachers in C'.alifornia who are gay or who advocate , the gay lifestyle. \ The other half of the proceed3 will be used to ftmd TGTF's lobbying effort during the upcan:ing session of the Texas Legislature. According to Kathy Deitsch, TGTF mxlerator, $8,000 in pledges of $500 and Sl,000 was also raised, with many of the donors stipulating that their total gift benefit the task force's legislative lobby. rESCRIBIN:; SAN A.l'UONIO as the "em::>tional high" of the tour, Deitsch said that it was in Austin, how­ever, that the llDSt !lDney was raised -- just under $5, 000. About $4, 000 was raised in Dallas, and about $3,000 in San Antonio. In Austin, nearly 150 people attended the Thursday, Oct. 12 $25-a-plate dinner at the ~lity Inn on South IB-35. During the dinner, several posters de­signed by artist Steve Akin -- and all autographed by Matlovich, Martin, Kopay and Perry -- -were sold by auction for amrunts varying from $15 to $50. Perry served as auctioneer. Before the dinner Bunch Brittain of the Austin Cow.try hosted an open-bar cocktail reception for the four guests of horor. ALlHXIli ID !}\'IBS HAVE been set, Deitsch says that TGTF will invite to Texas another personality, pos­sibly non-gay, to continue the ftmdraising effort. Deitsch says the only real fault with the October I november 1978 raz• se money for The Rev. Troy Perry at the Austin fund­raiser for No On Six and the Texas Gay Task Force. tour was that no straight gay rights advocate was included am:ing the celebrities. She feels that a non-gay w::iuld draw support for the task force's effort from the s£_raight coommity. TGTF has set a goal of $25,000 to fund its legisla- ----------~-------~-- A&& ··----·· ==-=--=--=--=-S-U-NDAY0-0 V-WR5 ====-= ·-·- (}.j SUNDAY NoVEMBER 5 AT FOUR P.M,, RICK, AN IN­STRUCTOR FRct-1 ONE OF THE LOCAL NAlJfILUS ATHLE- 2 532 Guadalupe. TIC CENTERS, WILL DISCUSS WEIGHT-TRAINING AS A 11 OZ- ~/ MEANS TO IMPROVE PHYSICAL FITNESS, ~oi tne adive man'' the best selectlon In aclult materlal ••• Anywhere! T(t!IS TALK WILL BE HELD AT 2005A lROOUOIS LANE, IAKE THE 0LTORF EXIT FROM l-35 AND GO EAST TO BURLESON, TURN RIGHT AND GO TO IROQUOIS,) CALL 441-4231 FOR MJRE INFORMATION -------FREE PEER ! ! ! !:------J ~no~'V-=-e=mbe=--=-.:.r--=1:....:....9-=-..:78:;__ ____________ ~8ay auslin TGTF, Noon 6 tive lobby during the next session of the state le­gislature. 'Ihe lobby will concentrate on repealing Section 21.06 of the penal code (the sodomy law), and on preventing descriminatory legislation, such as California's Proposition Six (the Briggs Initia­tive). MATLOVIQ{, MARTIN, PERRY and Kopay also rriade an appearance in Houston during their Texas tour, but proceeds form benefits held there are to be split between No On Six and the l-buston Gay Political Cau­cus (rather than the TGTF legislative lobby). HGPC treasurer Bob Lockett said profits from the Houston events arrmmted to $7, 000. HGPC's half, $3,500, which will be used for the cau­cuses general operating expenses, should be exhausted bu the end of Noverrber, Lockett said. According to Deitsc~. several people present at the Houston benefits also inade donations to TGTF. Dave Kopay shared personal experiences with the audience at the Austin benefit dinner . CAPITAL COIN COMPANY 30J4 GL.Lc\DALUPE 472-1675 AN EXTENSIVE COLLECTION OF corns AND CU~CY ffiLD JE\fLRY FffiM ALL OVER nlE \·KJRLD ALSO BUYING ANTIQUES AND ALL GOU) 2{]7. DI SCOUNT ON GOLD JEWELRY AND COIN SUPPLIES WITH THI S. AO. I I Proposition 6. Its not just dun;ih. Its · dangerous. D Fund raisinjl; D Prt><'in<'I ,..ork-f't>I out tht> H>lt> 0 Offi<'t>, phont> ,..ork D Oi~tributt> literaturt>. I Hl'rC'·, In) rontrihution of.------ 1 I I I Srnd to: :'lo on Propo8ition 6, 5106 \J, ilshirr Bh<l., Los Anf!:t°ll'S, California 213/930-2520 54 Mint ~1. San Francisco, Calif. 94103 415/777-0100 I '\aml': ____________ _ I Addrt>s~: I Cit)'------------- Statr: _______ Zip: ___ _ I (Forn111trih11t111n' ofl50.00 I or o\C"r~statf' la"" rt"quires that'"" inrludl' \our or<·11j1ation and ,.·mplo~rrs add rt'"·) I l>ou!(la, Ill' '10111111:. /.OiiiiO I T""""' 0 L-----...!--J 5 _6_8BY ausUn ... austin AUSTIN LESBIANS FORM LOCAL NLFO CHAPTER An Austin chapter of the National Lesbian Feminist Organization (NLFO) has been formed. The group has discussed activities such as political action centered around Lesbian issues, social events and special programs for Lesbians, an outreach program and a speakers' bureau. The national organization grew out of a spring conference for Lesbians held in Los Angeles. The Austin chapter will announce meetings in the Our Time Has Come newsletter and through posters at WomenSpace and the Common Woman Bookstore. GCS ELECTS NEW OFFICERS Gay Connnunity Services elected officers at its September meeting. Reelected as General Coordinator, chief officer of GCS, ls Art Morris. Reelected as Publications Coordinator and editor of Gay Austin is Kelly Kay. Troy Stokes, former Finance Coordinator, was elected as Media Coordinator. The new Finance Coordinator is Phil Conrad. The new Speakers Bureau Coordinator is Peter Graham and the new Office and Peer Counseling Coordinator is Bob Prewitt. Serving as secretary of the group is Scott Lind. GAY WRITERS/POETS COLLECTIVE TO FORM A gay writers/poets collective is being formed in Austin as an alternative to existing "straight" writers groups. Organizer Georg Stojcevic says, "As gay writers we have the unique challenge of all oppressed minority groups, that is to reach out in our struggle and make our voices heard. We need all our gay brothers and sis­ters who write to join together and instead of one small voice there will be a larger, stronger voice." Stojcevic may be contacted at 451-2282 or by leaving a message at the GCS sw~tchboard , 477-6699. WOMEN/SPACE is a counseling and infor­mation center for the women of Austin. It pro­vides a variety of services for women such as walk-m counseling, legal and medical and birth­con t rol information, and information about community resources. WOMEN/SPACE also coordinates mp !Jroups and consciousness-rais­ing groups Phone 472-3053. news READERS PRESENT HOMOSEXUAL LIT FROM JAPAN DO SEI AI (Same Sex Love) in Japane se liter­ature will be the topic of a public r eading Sunday, Nov. 5 in the University Y audi t orium, 2330 Guadalupe above Sommers Drugs. Professor Roy Teale of the Oriental Languages Department of UT, and Randy Conner of t he UT English Department, will read from the works of Yukio Mishima, Japanese novelist and play­wright. Lynn Burson, who recently completed a two­year Mombusho Fellowship for literature study in Japan, will read from her new translation of SEI SHOJO by Yumiko Kurahashi . ;~.,.~iu ' . ' . . ~:!? - I.! ff-0 ~~ 'i, ~· vr Yukio Mishima received instant fame when he turned to writing after beginning his career as a corporate lawyer. He has written many works in several genres, including the novel THE SAILOR WHO FELL FROM GRACE WITH THE SEA. Mishima died of dismemberment at the hands of friends in a group suicide pact in 1970. Yumiko Kurahashi is a contemporary writer who studied briefly in the U. S. and who draws heavily from American films and culture. She is currently working with the literary maga­zine WAVES. SEl SHOJO is a novel of love and incest. Sunday's program will begin with an open read­ing for local authors at 7:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Texas Circuit and the City of Austin, and is the first of a new season of Downtown Li t erature Series performances . A $1 donation is reques t ed a t Lhe door. GAY RALLY TO BE HELD AT UNIVERSITY NOV. 10 A r ally celebrating Freedom of Self-expres­~ ion on Campus ( f or Gays ) will t ake place ~ov. 10 at noon on the UT Union Patio. The speeches and music will be sponsor e d by the Lesbian/Gay Al l iance at the Univer sity. The rc lly will focus on t hr eats to that f reedom like the Briggs ' initiative which will be voted on in California Nov. 7. ~no~¥...:::::.e=mb=-e:::::...:rc......:1=9....::..;78::::;__ ____________ ---18ay austin 7 GCS DISCO DANCE PLANNED FOR NOV 10 Gay Community Services will sponsor a disco dance in the University Y auditorium on Nov. 10. The dance will run from lOpm until 2am . ... texas Glffmi\TORIAL CPIIDIDA1E HILI.. rfffS WITH TGTF Menbers of the Texas Gay Task Force met with Dem­ocratic gubernatorial candidate Jolm Hill Oct. 21 at his hotel suite in Austin. According to TGTF nnderator Kathy Deitsch, the meet­ing offered no surprises. TGTF already knew that Hill, if elected governor, will neither lead nor put together an effort to repeal the Texas sodomy law (Section 21.06 of the penal code), which makes pri­vate consensual lurosexual acts between adults illegal. But, Deitsch said, Hill is willing to wrk with and learn frcm the Texas gay coom.mity. Hill realizes that he is rot knowledgeable about the problems of gay Texaas and has expressed an intention of beccm­ing better info~d. Deitsch said. While Deitsch was overall pleased with the results of the meeting with Hill, other neibers of the TGTF delegation were less enthusiastic. Im Austin TGTF neiber said that due to the meeting he could ro longer support Hill, and ~d vote in Noverrber for the Raza Unida candidate. '!he, TGTF men­ber was upset due to a last minute ~e in the lo­cation of the meeting initiated by Hill s staff, and due to the apparent fact that Hill's staff did rot infonn the candidate of the meeting until less than an h:lur before it was to take place. Deitsch ccmielted that TGTF could offer neither mmey nor personpower to Hill's caI!'q)Clign, and should therefore expect little, if .anything, in return. She said that as a wh:>le the Texas gay ccmrunity is po­litically very naive and has a lot to learn. She CJAY STRAlEGY AT Tif POLI..S CONTINUED FRO"! PAGE 3 None of this gives any clear indication of which is the better candidate. It says only that each will use the tactic of impugning his opponent's masculinity. In short, it is an appeal to bigotry in the electorate. As for Proposition Six, this is a referendum question on the California ballot. It is pop­ulism in the vein of Proposition 13 . This one calls for the firing of any public school teacher who publicly expresses any positive sentiments about gay life or gay people . Gay rights advocates in California predict a nar­row victory for our side. My own view is that this is wishful thinking. I feel that Proposition Six will pass by a margin of 60% to 40%. If this should be the case, my feeling is that our time would be best spent in finding our brothers and sis­ters who are hurt by this display of preju­dice, and surrounding them with love. stressed a need for patience ("it takes nnre that I ever imagined"), persistence and participation. GAY DEMOCRATS READ~ VISIBLE AT CONVENTION Lesbian/Gay Dem:>crats of Texas wve their way through a political process never before tackled by Texas gay delegates during the State Dem:>cratic Convention in . Ft. Vbrth, Sept. 14-16. The gay caucus had begun its wrk last February and by May 6, the gay vote was identified to a greater extent than ever before. Dem:>cratic and Republican precinct conventions saw resolutions introduced related to gay people and in­dividuals supportive of those resolutions elected as delegates to senatorial district conventions. In lm­gust, SODE 50 openly gay and lesbian delegates and alternates met to plan for the State Dem:>cratic Con­vention. Eventually, llO elected gay/lesbian dele­gates and alternates trade themselves known to the caucus, all in varying stages of openness about their lifestyle. Elected to party ccmn:ittees to serve te:ip:>rarily at the convention were Janna Zumrun, Austin, Resolutions; Bettie Naylor, San lmtonio, Rules; and a lone rural delegate (cannot name) on Nalri.nations. Many supporters iol&e elected to the State Dem:>cratic Executive Ccmni.t­tee. The caucus was fortunate to have one of its CM1 elected by his district to serve on the party's govern­ing board (SDEC). The Lesbian/Gay Dem:>crats' primary goal at the conven­tion was to pass a resolution supporting repeal of Sec­tion 21. 06 of the Texas Penal Code. If such a resolu­tion wuld have passed, it "'10Uld have reccmnended that the Texas Legislature at its next meeting nove to de­criminalize all consensual sex acts between adults. Thus far, nineteen states have re:ooved such restric­tions. !he sexual/ affectional preference resolution was heard by the Resolutions Ccmni.ttee and failed in a 15-9 MORE NEWS PAGE 10 TD STIJ.Ll91 B991STOU 706 L6th Street AUSTIX. TBKAS ERIC BT.ANCHETTE BECAME the third Mr Austin Oct. l at the Austin Country Runner was Ed Renner. Sa1'mly Loehr cond R_ -n£rup . Gay First was Se- Blanchette went to Dallas to represent Austin in the state contest a week later. But the Mr. Gay Texas title was won by Rick Price of Houston, who was sponsored by Numbers. The high point of the Austin contest occurred during the underwear modeling, when emcee Ms Ricki revealed the contestant's equipment by spraying wa~er on their undies. Besides underwear, other categories of compe­tition included a personal interview with the judges, swimsuit modeling, and self-expression. At the end o' the contest each of the eigh~ entrants was given a question to answer. Asked "Wha• is the secret to success for gay marriages?" Blanchette said that they must be kept open and free to be successful. Hear­ing his answer, the audience hissed Finding the Right The Mr. Gay Austin Contest THE WINNERS , First Runnerup Ed Renner (1), Mr. Gay Austin Eric Blanchette (c) and Second Runnerup, Sannny Loehr. PHOTOGRAPHS BY HARVEY NEVILLE Watersports Man Show and tell was the name of the game when Ms. Riki aimed her water sprayer during the underwear com­netition of the Mr. Gay Austin Con­test. Some entrants, like the con-testant below at left, seemed sur­prized at their discoveries. Others just smiled away, leaving the tar­get perfectly still for Riki's roving aim. november 1978 Ed Renner descends from the stage in his moistened jockstrap--courtesy of Ms. Riki. 10 88Y austin NEWS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 vote . Caucus 1llE!IbeI"s :imrediatel y DDVed with a mirority report wch was the report finally heard on the floor Jf the convention. Lesbian/Gay Caucus leaders spoke .<lth Lt. Gov. lt>bby, Cllairman of the c.onvention, to arrange that the report 'INOUld be re.ad on the convention floor. The caucus was granted ~ spokespersons, Ed Cog­burn of J:buston and Arm Lee Roy of Dallas. The final action on the mirority report was that it was tabled. li:Jwever, caucus 1llE!IbeI"s had accoot>lished rore than ewr before -- high visibility, participation in all levels of convention activities, and education of delegates and alternates wch was accoot>lished through the process of getting the caucus' resolution on the floor of the convention for a hearing. ... national NATIONAL GAY SWITCHBOARD OPENS A toll-free national gay hotline went into operation Oct. 1. Officially known as the Gay National Edu­cational Switchboard, the hotline is avail­able from 2 p.m. until midnight every day, 365 days a year. The number to call for the hotline is 1-800-227-0888. According to the Human Rights Foundation, sponsor of the line, at least one male and one female will always be available to an­swer the line. The new switchboard is intended for anyone seeking accurate information about gay sex­uality and gay lifestyles, and for anyone confused or upset by her/his gay feelings. The switchboard is headquartered in San Francisco. French Cuisine, Courtyard, & Bar. Open 8 a.m. until 2 at night. 314 Easr 6rh St. november 1978 ERA RATIFICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED ..-- • ~ 11'-1 60 to 36 vote the U.S . Senate gave 1ts ~ fiod of approval to extension of the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Already passed by the House of Representatives, the bill went from the Senate to the President's desk for signing. The new deadline is June 30, 1982. To become constitutionalized, the ERA must be ratified by three more state legislatures by this date. The old deadline was March 22, 1979. HOUSE AXES KENNEDY'S CRIMINAL CODE REFORM The U.S. House of Representatives voted to kill Senator Edward Kennedy's controversial legislation to reform the U.S. criminal code. Opponents of the measure, including many gay rights groups as well as the American Civil Liberites Union, had warned that the bill would have given police and other en­forcement officials broad powers and would reduce freedom of speech and assembly, and the right to privacy. VOELLER RESIGNS TASK FORCE POST Bruce Voeller, one of the founders of the National Gay Task Force in 1973, has announced his resignation from the co-executive direc­torship effective January 1, 1979. Voeller reportedly resigned in order to devote more time to personal projects, including the writing of several books, both fiction and non-fiction. Voeller will also be the only pro-gay spokes­person on a nation-wide debate team which in­cludes California Sen. John Briggs, Mike Thompson of Anita Bryant's Protect America's Children, Barry Farber, Conservative Party candidate for New York City mayor, and a psychiatrist who opposes the gay lifestyle, Dr. Voth of the Menninger Clinic. GAY ACADEMIC UNION CONFERS IN LA The fifth national conference of the Gay Academic Union is scheduled for November 26-28 at the University of Southern Cal­ifornia at Los Angeles. The conference theme--"Who We Are"--aims to focus atten­tion on the goals of the GAU : to foster gay-related research and educational out­reach; to provice support groups for aca­demics and professionals; to end job dis­crimination against gays and women. Keynote speakers at the convention will be Kate Millet (Sexual Politics, Sita) and Don Clark (Loving Someone Gay~ A wide variety of panels and workshops in all academic disciplines will be presented along with a film festival, an art exhibit , .:....:....:no::.......:v_.::.:e~m:...::e::b-=~r~ lG_7::....;:8::.___ ____________- -.8CiY au~Lin 11 t he a t rical productions , and organizational caucus e s . Also included among the activi t i es is an awards banquet, at which t he f i r s t s chol­arship awards will be presented t o those students chosen as "having pot ential t o make a significant contribution to t he gay commun­ity in research, training , community serv ice, scientific, or artistic endeavor." Registration for the conference i s $15 for members and students, $25 for non-members. Further information is available from P.O. Box 927, Hollywood, California, 90028. KUNST FORCES REVOTE IN DADE COUNTY Miami gay rights activist Bob Kunst has succeeded in collecting more than 18,000 signatures of registered voters to force a second referendum on a proposed gay rights ordinance. According to the Dade County Charter, commissioners must either pass themselves or put before the voters any petition with 10,000 or more voters' signatures. The proposed ordinance, covering mental and physical health ~ervices, as well as social services, is considerably broader than a similar measure defeated by a 2-1 margin in June 1977. BERKELEY PASSES TOUGH GAY RIGHTS ORDINANCE The Berkeley, Ca City Council has unanimous­ly approved the toughest and most comprehen­sive gay rights bill in the country. The Council voted for the second time to enact the ordinance which forbids discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in housing, employment, use of city facilities and services, credit, education, and ser­vices from retail outlets. Violators of the new law could be forced to pay up to $400 in damages, as well as attor­neys' fees and other court costs. There are now 32 cities in the country with gay rights ordinances . Four counties have also passed anti-discrimination measures. ANN ARBOR REJECTS MICHIGAN AG'S RULING ON ANTI-DISCRIMINATION MEASURE Ann Arbor's broad based anti-discrimination ordinance remains in effect despite the state attorney general's ruling that the measure is not legal. City Attorney R. Bruce Laidlaw dis­agreed with Attorney General Frank J. Kelley's finding that state law preempts local govern­ments from enforcing civil rights laws . Earlier this year, the 1970 ordinance was re­placed wit h an even more comprehensive meas ure. Ann Arbor' s rights ordinance prohi bits dis­crinination i n housing , employment and publ ic a ccommodations based on sexual or i entation , GAY AUSI'IN discovered this drawing of trans-honophobe Jorn Briggs in the San Francisco Crusader (it originally ap­peared in the Los Angeles Timas) . Briggs was drawn after the operaticn. race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, physical limitations, education, association, pregnancy , source of income and family responsibilities. Ann Arbor City Attorney Laidlaw maintained that the attorney general's ruling ignores the home rule prcisions of the constitution. Laidlaw said that those provisions "have been construed as giving local governments ample power to regulate all matters which the local legislative body deems to be of local municipal concern." GAY CENTER RECEIVES FEDERAL FUNDING The Regional Employment and Training Consor­tium of San Diego County has awarded $18,370 to the Gay Center for Social Services for two full-time positions under the federally funded CETA program. One of the positions will be used to organ­ize internal projects at the center . The second position involves researching and writing educational materials to be used by other social service agencies for in-service s t aff training. NATIO'lAL GAY fUTLINE: 1 - 8CO - 'l2.7 - CB88 .. 12 ED IN MJRNTI{; '1y man . reaches down fingers touchlllg, dawn sings as colours shfft change, digress, long hungry reaching fingers soft srrooth hunters from a fading velvet dark; fuming bre.aks as I rise to fingers gentle, smile reaches across the lines of youth on the face of my man ........ . LOVE AND DENIM Bll.lE Eyes that dance, smile, frown, follow me along the hillside path, tracing my every step, my every curve; I 11 I I glance his way . t1! 1 , •• he smiles, hands planted fiimly . on srrooth young hips clad in soft demm blue; Cl0 er .:.. rrove taking in his hair, dlrk s<.md, Ii chin, naku.J <.mc.l clean, his dhoulders loose and narrow, he steps forward with sureness, I trcrrble, he is like a drean, a dream in denim blue His hand encircles mine, ann=; lock, lips brush, we press. tighter and our tongues search m sweet hunger, we r:ove into the brush and fall on uncut grass; denim falls like auturn leaves, flesh m:!E!ts flesh and my lips rrove from lips to chest to his cock standing strong, I Poetry by Georg Stojcevic arts we merge, we mate, and we lay spent, arm5 entwined, loose on denim blue .•......... his hair L..,__ _ __ Drawings by David Dole OOE PUJS CR: ~ US Yester day you found me lost, wandering in tears and violent idiocy; you did not laugh at me, you did not walk away, you said that I was great, that I mattered, that I was mister right; and you wanted me for at least a thousand years ... Today I find I am mre in love with you than I ever thought I could, maybe fairy tales do cane true, . we are not perfect but we are learnlllg, and growing and loving ... Lovers are what lovers are, you give, I give, we live Dl.lSic, books, paintings, films, rainy afternooos sprawled on the floor with the Times, bright sunny rrornings and bagels and slices of good ripe cheese and sweet white wine and tears, and laughter, and rrost of all we live with each other ... Yesterday, today, and rrostly tamrrow, our fingers touching, hands held, eyes bright with dreams, with hopes, TIDstly its torrnrrow with us ... :..!.:::no::....!..ve.::::..:rn~be:::...:::..:...r~l9.::.....:7i::..::;.8 ___________ __ 8ay austin 13 A VERY FINE MAN INDEED c.all out your love by light of day, do not wander in a closte of shadows ; (he looks so f ine indeed) kiss with nei ther fear nor shalre, his rotmded lip so sweet errbraces mine, our tongues like strong hard animals press, stroke , hold as even our bodies ireet in open passion -- c.all out your lolle as flesh ireets flesh on linen fields of dreams desire, (he is so fine, so fine) do not wander hidden; be proud of your love and let closet shadows keep their own coopany - - ire, I' l l keep to l ove and this very f ine man indeed . . .. .. .. . IBOUGHTS I love I!EI1 as I love the sweet stength of spring, the quiet song of the lute, the brash roar of the storm, it is a love that sweeps, nms f r ee, and it i s both veri right and very natural ... I reach out to caress his hard , lean body -­stroke the soft shadow of his thighs -- let my tongue explore the sweetness of his cock, my finger s at play along every line -­and I am filled with joy, with love; pulsing through my very core with the power of our sex -­I am proud of my manhood, our manhood; I walk with head up and laugh and pity those who are afraid to love, to cry, to liv-and be whatever they will be, I love rren and I am a man . • . ..• PASSm; Winds tear back the grey pages of the dawn, reveal faces of crystal ~rint, the silent traces of rolling dew on the ~ald spears of grass; look out the broken windows hazy eye, observe the changes of each distant lonely hour, errpty without prani.se - - a requiem upon the trorning ..... Candles once, now puddles of semi-firm coloured wax on a table with two dirty glasses, all that now stands, since your faded cloak pushed its way through the night's forgetful door .. . . . :UT WOMEN'S ""-,...:::::-:i CENTER. presents\ ~- \ An Evening with --·11m.--a,. • 0 livia Recording Artist ··~ y 'ifERESA TRULL & faovEMBER 19 at HOGG AUDITORIUNfl $3~ 14 ~BJ auslin A FRIEND Della (Gwen Rodgers), the maid, tries to comfort Joanne (Jane Herrick), who fears her marriage has fallen irreparably apart. OF THE Last month Center Stage presented Nick Wilkinson's play "A Friend of the Family." The play concerns a middle-aged couple in Austin -­an alcoholic woman and her distant husband -- who suspect that the young male tenant of their garage apartment, a Longhorn cheerleader and their best friends' son, is gay. Not only do they discover that the young man is straight, but also that their own daughter isn't. The play is understandably very emotional, and it includes many difficult moments shared by many gay people -- and their parents -- when confronted with being gay . But Wilkinson's depiction is an optimistic one. The challenge of the daughter's lesbianism becomes the missing element for pulling back together a family on its way to total disintegration. FAMILY The parents are forced to communi­cate with each other in ways they thought they never could again. And each member of the family finds a new appreciation for the others, as well as for the new friend of the family -- the daughter's les­bian lover. At left, Joanne taun t ingly accuses Stuey (Hal Shelton) of being gay while her husband Ma r t in (Bunch Brittain) waits for Stuey ' s reac­tion. Above, Joanne promises her daughter Andy (Jessie K. Jones) that she will try to understand and to accept her gayness. Disgusted with bis wife's drinking, Martin strikes her upon discovering that november 1q78 15 she is alreadv drunk be­fore noon on Thanksgiving Day. The cast ' s performance was more than adequate. Especially out­standing were Jane Herrick as the mother, Hal Shelton as the young cheerleader, and Jessie K. Jones and Robin Laven as the lesbian lovers. Bunch Brittain of the Austin Coun­try made his theatrical debut with a solid performance as the stern but loving father. -- Kelly Kay photos by Kathleen Cabble ... - ::... 16___&ey~~~u~n--~~~~~~~c~a~1~e~n~d~a~r_ MONDAY-SATURDAY Happy Hour at the New Apartment, 4-8pm MONDAY TUESDAY Lambda AA, 209 W. 27th St., 8pm Pool Tourney with prizes, free beer 1-11:30pm, the New Apartment Lesbian rap group (open), Womenspace, 7:30pm second and fourth Tuesdays of the month Free beer 10-llpm, Austin Country THURSDAY Showtime, 10:30pm, Austin Country FRIDAY SUNDAY Womenspace programs and discussion; coffee at 7:30pm, program at 8pm; see weekly topics in calendar Rap group (open), Gay Colllllunity Services, 8pm. Happy hour, noon-8pm, the New Apartment Volleyball sponsored by GCS and the Capital City Athletic Association, 5-7pm, Ramsey Park, W. 44th at Rosedale. Metropolitan C01T111unity Church services, noon arftl 7:30pm; choir rehearsal, 2pm; 614 E. 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Fruit/Spice flavors $2.95 1 Liqueur flavors $3.95 Open Wed·Sel 11-6 A Women· Owned Business ;,.,-,111~:-i"'JIJ (Above lh• Haircut Slore) 2004 1/2 Guadalupe Austin, Texas 78705 (512) 472-6828l~~la~ Customer parking at 22nd & San Antonio~ · .;iif • 3 5 7 8 november Womenspace: Career and Resume Preparation Workshop, Janet Lenz of the UT Career Choice Information Center, 8pm, 2330 Guadalupe Weight-training Workshop with Nautilus in­structor Rick, 4pm, 2005A Iroquois; free beer Election Day · University Y staff party, 4pm, 2330 Guadalupe GCS Coordinators Council meeting, 7pm, 2330 Guadalupe 10 Freedom of Self-Expression Rally, noon, UT Union patio; gay entertainment sponsored by the UT Lesbian/Gay Alliance Womenspace: Music with Sandra Dancer, 8pm, 2330 Guadalupe Disco Dance with Casey Jones, location to be announced. Call 477-6699 for info 15 GCS general monthly meeting, 8pm, 2330 Guadalupe Deadline, letters, contributions, classifieds for the December issue of Gay Austin 17 Womenspace: the Morning-After Pill, Austin Women's Collective, 8pm, 2330 Guadalupe 19 Lesbian Feminist singer/composer Teresa Trull, 7:30pm, Hogg Auditorium, UT 24 Womenspace closed for Thanksgiving holidays • • c ass1 _1e . GAY AUSTIN reaches a very special audience which ber to your ad, notifying you of all respon ses . other Austin newspapers just can't match. To help you communicate with the gay corrununity, we include All ads must be submitted and paid for by t he pub-a Classified s ection. As an additional service, lication deadline which is the 15th of each month you can remain anonymous and we will assign a num- prior to publication. ... HOUSEMATE WANTED t o share nice 2 Bdrm house. Pref er male--neat & nonsmoking--no pets. $125/mo plus ~ Check. one: D I HOULD LI KE TO PLACE A WORD utilities. Reply to l/KlO Nl\ME CLASSIFIED IN THE --ISSUE OF GAY AUSTIN. SJ.00 fOR 20 WORDS, LOOKING FOR HOUSE & HOUSEMATE in Clarksville area. 10( EACH ADDITIONAL WORD. /1DORESS (2 person house--hopefully with garden). Reply l!Kll D I WOULD LIKE TO PLACE AN ANONYMOUS WANT PRIVATE BEDROOM in apartment. Will rent up to cm ZIP - WORD CLASSIFIED IN TllE ISSUE OF GAY AUSTIN. GCS Wlrr-KEEP $125 (half rent) plus ~ utilities. Must be conven- tlY NN1E CON F IOENTI AL ANI"' ~OT! FY ME ient to downtown. I smoke. Reply IJK12 TELEP~ OF ALL RESPONSES. $4.DO FOR 20 WORDS, l St EACfl ADDITIONAL WORD. MAN LOOKING FOR ROOM or apartment to share-- not a- CLASSIFIED: cross IH 35. Don ' t want to live around kid. Wanted Reply llK13 a . s . a.p. I -z--/ I I I 1 3 4 5 LOVERS NEED predominantly gay dupJex. Want to be _ 6 _ / I I I I honest and open. Reply l!Kl4 7 8 9 10 ROOMMATE NEEDED to share 2 Bdrm l~ bath studio apt. - 11- / I I I ~-rr-- -u-- - 14 15 Furnished, w/bar, dishwasher, disposal. $100/mo _ 1_6 _/ J ____ } I I plus ~ electricity. Reply l!Kl5 -17- 18 19 20 MALE MODEL desires work. If interested please reply lldd1tfonal words: to llK16. - ----- - - ---- l'All HHS FOR!\ TO: GAY cm111U:HTY SERVI CES (Clas s ifieds), 2330 r.uadalupe, . Aus •fn, lx. 78705 ; or drop ft oft at t he GCS office betwf'r>n 6·0'l and 10:00 r.m. daily •
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