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AUSTIN GAY PRIDE RALLY
The gay pride parade and the town meeting, victims
of Austin's low summer energy level and lesbian/gay
organizations' conflicting commitments, were cancelled.
However, several people met June 16 at Metropolitan
Community Church of Austin to try to salvage some kind
of Gay Pride Week celebration for Austin.
Those present were Dianne Draper, Scotty Scott,
Michael Femandes, Becky Badgett, Jim Olinger and Wayde
Frey. The result was that a Gay Pride Rally was scheduled for Thursday, June 26, at Wooldridge Park, sponsored by Austin Lambda, Austin Lesbian-Gay Political
Caucus, Gay Community Services and Metropolitan Community Church of Austin.
Michael Fernandes arranged for Jubilation to play
at the event, which was to run from 6 to 10 p.m. Also
lined up to entertain were Hektor Munoz and Teatro
Alegre (Gay Theatre), Richard Howard, and Deanna Stevenson. Rev. Candace Naisbitt of MCCA also agreed to
Fernandes printed up and distributed a leaflet
advertising the rally. Jim Olinger arranged for the
changed date for the park permit. Lynn Aday handled
beer arrangements, so that GCS could recoup the costs
of the park permit and other expenses for the event.
GCS had originally fronted the money for the rally
to the Gay Pride Week Organizing Committee, which attempted to organize Gay Pride Week festivities for
Austin, but then gave up and wanted to call everything
However, MCCA pastor Candace Naisbitt, Dianne
Draper, other MCCA members, Fernandes, Olinger, and
many others wanted to have some sort of gay pride celebration in Austin for 1980, and the June 26 rally
was an outcome of their joint efforts.
Austin Lambda had scheduled a performance by
Jubilation, but needed a place to hold a dance. GCS
had reserved Wooldridge Park for a rally, but needed
people to entertain. Eernandes and Olinger agreed to
combine their efforts and to have Austin Lambda and
GCS jointly sponsor one event for all of Austin, along
with ALGPC and MCCA.
GCS COMPLETES OFFICE RENOVATION
Through the efforts of several people, the Gay
Community Services office at 2330 Guadalupe has been
renovated and airconditoned.
Larry Palmer, George, Leo Cazares, Michael, Gerry
ITarr and Francisco stripped paint from window frames
and the door, sheetrocked, taped, patched and'painted
walls, and scraped up asphalt tile, buffed the pinewood
floor and varnished it to a lovely shine. Cork bulletin
boards and a stuffed sofa and matching chairs completed
the comfortable, homey decor. All this was done in
In March, Dick Ehlert organized a fund-raising
benefit for GCS at the Austin Country. Part of the
proceeds from this benefit was used to reimburse people
who had bought materials for use in the office renovation and had rented a floor buffing machine.
In May, part of the proceeds from the benefit were
spent on a window airconditioner for the GCS office.
The work was completed just in time for summer and hot
weather. GCS has also taken over an unused hall for
Lynn Aday located and installed a used airconditioner. He and Gary Fitzsimmons planed, painted and
installed a wooden door to keep the cool air inside
the office area.
CONNECTIONS readers are invited to come by GCS and
to enjoy the cool, attractive surroundings.
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