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Community News, Vol. 1, No. 3, October 1974 - File 004. 1974-10. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. May 29, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1978/show/1972.

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Title Community News, Vol. 1, No. 3, October 1974
Alternate Title Community News, Vol. I, No. 3, October 1974
Contributor
  • Reid, Allen
Publisher AURA
Date October 1974
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 27910176
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 004
Transcript Rev. Ron Anderson Is New Pastor At Fort Worth MCC FORT WORTH HAS A NEW MINISTER. "So what?" you might say. "Fort Worth gets a new minister almost every day." Ah, but not like this one. He has shoulder length blond hair, is very attractive, and is Gay! He's the new pastor of Agape Metropolitan Community Church, Rev. Ron Anderson. This reporter interviewed Rev. Anderson at MCC's new office and parsonage and found him quite pleasant and sincere in his ambitions to contribute to the Community. Tried the Straight Route Rev. Anderson was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, where he had his first sexual encounter with another guy when he was nine. "I've always been gay," says Rev. Anderson. "I can remember watching TV shows and movies and admiring the male stars. I didn't have a name for it then, though." At 15 he decided he would try the straight route. He dated, went steady and had his first heterosexual experience. "I just didn't want it. 1 am just not attracted sexually to the female body." Rev. Anderson acknowledged to himself that he was a homosexual and always would be. Lover Killed in Accident Rev. Anderson met his first lover when he was 15, and they were together for three years until his lover was killed in an automobile accident. This was a very traumatic experience for him; yet he developed the strength to overcome it. During this time his faith kept growing, and he felt a call to the ministry. He enrolled in Evangel College, an Assembly of God school in Missouri. At 21, as he was still preparing for the ministry, he met his second lover. By Ken Cyr His second love relationship ended after five years when his lover was drafted; and Rev. Anderson found himself in San Diego, California, where he discovered the Gay Community. Nowhere Else To Go 'i had never had problems about being Gay until I found the Gay Community," he said. "Then I was hit with the phoni- ness, hypocrisy and materialism of much of the Gay Society, but I didn't know where else to go." Rev. Anderson turned his back on his faith and set a course which too often unhappy Gays think will bring them happiness. He wanted nothing more than to make a lot of money and be a "sugar-daddy" to his lovers. He had two short love affairs and was becoming constantly confused. Discovered MCC Then he discovered MCC. He began extensive Biblical research and concluded that what the establishment churches said about homosexuality just was not true. He knew his calling was sincere, so he joined the ministry of MCC. "The Gay Community has so much to learn and MCC so much to offer," stated Rev. Anderson when asked about his opinion ofthe Gay Community. "The Fort Worth Community seems so plastic and non-acceptant of themselves. They still believe that something is wrong with them, so they try to compensate for it with material things and with tricks." Rev. Anderson thinks the Community needs to be more honest and sincere, and needs more self-liberating. "When you liberate yourself as a beautiful person, and start believing in yourself, then society will accept us." We Have Nothing To Fear Rev. Anderson feels that MCC can be an example to the Community. "MCC offers WHAT'S A DOB? A REPORT ON THE WOMEN'S ORGANIZATION 0Q By Rob Shivers , promises to minister to gU_ the people. the love of Christ. We can be honest and sincere with each other. God loves all of us, but he down not love us for our material things;he loves us for what we truly are. At MCC we can be ourselves; we have nothing to fear." Rev. Anderson was asked about the problems which Agape MCC has had in the past, the resignation of its first pastor and a split in the church. "All churches have trouble at first." he said. "I think God is teaching us, helping us grow closer to Him. Agape knows the Spirit, and He is leading us. Everyone makes mistakes; it's human." Church Split Is Healed "The Friends of Jesus (the split-off group) has merged with Agape, and the former pastor is returning to us as associate pastor at the end of September. The members of Agape have realized some mistakes and were forgiven and forgave. They have been enriched by the Spirit and filled with love because of it. Our membership is growing and God's work is being done." Rev. Anderson is truly a dynamic person, and his pastorship is a blessing for Fort Worth. Agape MCC holds services every Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The church office is open every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Counselling or information about the programs of the church may be obtained by calling Rev. Anderson at (817) 534- 9406. We define ourselves as a Lesbian/Feminist organization, but you don't have to be either to be a member, and you don't have to be a member to participate. Just being a woman is enough. Neither do you have to be an activist. There is room for you at any level of openness and involvement you wish to involve yourself. So what then does a DOB do? First of all, we seek to create an atmosphere where "Gay is Good" and where we can enjoy sisterhood while expanding our experience and knowledge of the many facets of life. To this end we have first and third Friday meetings, usually featuring a guest speaker presenting one of a variety of interesting topics. We also have a Speakers Bureau to provide speakers and panel members for schools and classes, churches, organizations, TV and radio shows and other groups. We consider the Speaker's Bu reau an important public education service. In this same vein we participate in valid research projects and interview situations. Another important DOB outreach is GAYLINE, operating in conjunction with our Lesbian Resource/Drop-In Center. The telephone line serves the gay community and its families without regard to sex. It also provides help in locating resources, answering questions, settling problems, getting your head together or whatever your need. We also offer (for women only) peer counseling by appointment, a library and social activities. We publish a monthly newsletter, as you can see. As a member of the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex Gay Council and the Texas Gay Task Force we keep in the mainstream of what's happening in the gay community. As a member of the Wo men's Coalition we keep in the mainstream of happenings that affect us as women. We probably can't meet every woman's needs, but we try hard! We are convinced that our women are the most beautiful found anywhere (not just physically speaking) . .. But then, come and see for yourself. You're always welcome! Daughters of Bilitis,P.O. Box 1242, Dallas, Texas, 75221. (214)742-1947 (Reprinted with permission from The Monthly DOB'R. publication ofthe Daughters of Bilitis, Dallas) TfQoU.e Jorus.wfw i.. can be } againsT us ? Cmuw6S:Sl *e AGAPE METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH 2800 Purington Fort Worth, Texts Phone: 817-534-9406 Office Hours: Monday — Saturday. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. PASTOR Rev. Ron J. Anderson
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