NEW GAY UT GROUP
by Wayde Frey
Gay activism has returned to the undergraduate
campus of the University of Texas at Austin in the
form of the University Gay Students Organization,
which held its first general meeting in mid-December,
A social organization for gay UT students, faculty, and staff, the group was begun by Chairman Paul
Gonzales and Faculty Sponsor Dr. Michael Menefee to
create a positive image for gays on campus.
Sixty people attended the January 27 meeting in
the Sinclair Room of the Texas Union to hear Dr. Helm-
reich, a psychologist at UT, speak on his findings on
masculinity, femininity, and androgyny.
Dues are S3 a semester. General monthly meetings
are open to everyone. Separate business meetings are
for members only. Officers of the group are Paul
Gonzales, chairman; Chuck Hickerson, treasurer; Fred
McDavid, public relations; Tim Rogers, general officer;
and Michael Menefee, sponsor.
The next meeting of the UT student gay group will
be from 7 to 10pm Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Texas
GCS PHONE COUNSELORS NEEDED
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.
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University Gay Students Organization officers
(from left): Chuck Hickerson, treasurer;
Paul Gonzales, chairman; and Fred McDavid,
AUSTIN COUNTRY REOPENS
Hordes of gays from Austin, Dallas, Houston,
San Antonio, and points between packed into the
newly reopened Austin Country on Wednesday, January
The Wednesday night affair was billed as an
"informal opening for invited guests" before the
formal Grand Opening Party featuring Hot Chocolate
on Thursday. "We invited the State of Texas, and
they all came," beamed owners Bunch Brittain and
Keith Edwards as they surveyed the crowded dance
floor and packed bar, where hundreds were lined up
for free drinks.
By the time CONNECTIONS arrived at midnight,
people from almost all Austin clubs and businesses
had dropped in to pay their respects. Several people
from the Babylon Disco in Houston arrived wearing
t-shirts with the "Babylon" logo on front and "Welcome back, Austin Country," on back.
The festivities continued on Friday with a costume ball. Prizes, including a $250 First Prize,
The Austin Country will be presenting a week
filled with entertainment, Bunch and Keith bold us.
Friday and Saturday have been declared "costume
nights." Employees will be costumed and patrons are
encouraged to join in the fun. Every Sunday night
will feature "Punk, Trash and Comedy with the Grease
Sisters," Kitty Litter and Albina Grease. The popular Sunday "Champagne Brunch with Bunch" and T-dance
will resume in mid-February. There will be shows
featuring Texas' finest entertainment every Thursday.
The bar will be closed Mondays.
Since the Country closed in late 1980, "We've
spent a lot of money remodeling, adding lights, and
generally improving things for our patrons," Bunch
The Austin Country has hosted benefits for the
Metropolitan Community Church of Austin building fund,
the California "No on 6" campaign, the March on Washington, and Gay Community Services. The Country has
also been one of CONNECTIONS' most consistent advertisers .
Welcome back, Austin Country!