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Title The Star, No. 13, May 11, 1984
Contributor
  • Hyde, Robert
Date May 11, 1984
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 783846406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 4 The Star/May 11, 1984 Waterloo Counseling Center Provides Help for the Worried Well By Ed Martinez What do gay men and lesbians do when they fall out of love with their lovers, or their lovers fall out of love with them? Where do such people tum when they fall prey to drugs or alcohol, or lose their jobs and just can't cope? What do they do when they feel completely alone, depressed and rejected? They probably do what most people do: they hurt. There is an alternative, however, and one that was not available to lesbians and gay men in the Austin area before December 1983 when the Waterloo Counseling Center opened its doors. Modeled after such resources as the Montrose Counseling Center in Houston and the Oak Lawn Counseling Center in Dallas, the Waterloo Counseling Center exists to address adaptational needs and life concerns of gay men and lesbians in the Austin and surrounding areas. Waterloo Counseling Center is staffed by professionals from the fields of counseling, social work, psychology and psychiatry. All staff members have at least a masters degree in their field, and the Center is fully accredited and accepted by professionals in the field of mental health. Hours are flexible, as is the fee schedule, which is based on a sliding scale depending on income and other factors. No one is refused treatment because of inability to pay The Center is presently located not far from the University of Texas, in an apartment complex. Paul Clover and Anna Escamilla, both with masters degrees, are the founding parents of the Center. They spoke with obvious enthusiasm about their work with the Center and how it came into existence. Escamilla had worked with various agencies in Austin and has lived in the Austin area for about 13 years. Clover came from Lubbock, where he had worked in the field of mental health, and has lived EDMARTINEZ photo Paul Clover and Anna Escamilla at Waterloo Counseling Center in Austin for five years. Both of these concerned young professionals spotted an unmet need for a counseling service for lesbians and gay men and proceeded to fill it. Howie Daire, of the Oaklawn Counseling Center in Dallas, was most helpful in pointing the way and supporting the work necessary to help get the center born. Clover and Escamilla took the responsibility for the service and in December of last year when they saw their first clients. The main problems dealt with at the center are the myriad problems of adjustment to some facts of life—i.e., dependence, drug abuse, relationship problems. In short, the center exists to help solve those problems that gay people have in their lives. Whether or not those problems exist solely because the clients are gay, the problems, nevertheless, tend to lend themselves to solutions more easily when addressed by gay counselors. The reason for this is simple enough: problems do not exist in a vacuum, and the fact of a person's sexual preference should be considered when dealing with personal problems. Gays usually feel uncomfortable discussing this aspect of their lives with nongays. Ergo, gay counselors quite often do a better job of dealing with personal problems that threaten a gay person's emotional health than nongay persons. Clover and Escamilla spoke with admiration and gratitude of the cooperation they have received in obtaining referrals and support from nongay professionals in Austin. "The reason forthis support may be that we're in Austin," said Escamilla. She feels that gays are less alienated in Austin than in larger metropolitan areas. When asked about sex therapy and the use of sex therapists, the two stated that they usually referred clients with specific sexual dysfunction to trained sex therapists. "Although we can help some clients, sexual dysfunction can also be a physical problem, so we prefer to refer such clients," Clover stated. The founders of Waterloo stressed that the case load at the center is supervised by a wide variety of professionals in the health care field, and that the center works closely with its board of directors. This is evidenced by the number and frequency of referrals received by the center from all over the Austin area. Finally, the center can be and is used as a conduit to the Austin gay community by newcomers in Austin. Although only in its first year of operation, the Waterloo Counseling Center has demonstrated conclusively that it is already a part ofthe Austin community, both gav and noneav. Now You Can Paint Your Teeth Are you tired of your yellow teeth? There's no need to cap them, just paint them, says Dentist Harold Horn in American Health. It works just like dying your hair. First you strip the old color then apply the new tint. And if you think your teeth will look too good, the dentist can always brush in a few imperfections. The name ofthe new tooth paint: "Rembrandt." SCIENCE FICTION FOR US Science fiction offers writers a chance to escape the usual earth- bound conventions of sex and gender. More and more, writers are taking advantage of this. In Kindred Spirits, twelve science fiction writers explore the many possibilities of what it could mean to be gay or lesbian in other times and other places. KINDRED SPIRITS an anthology of gay and lesbian science fiction stories edited by Jeffrey M. Elliot with stories by: Mike Conner • Joanna Russ • Edgar Pangborn • Elizabeth A. Lynn Barry N. Malzberg • Rachel Pollack • Jessica Amanda Salmonson Thomas N. Scortia • Paul Novitski • Robert Silverberg Theodore L. Thomas • David Gerrold $6.95 in bookstores, or $8.00 (postpaid) by mail TO ORDER Please send me copies of Kindred Spirits at $8.00 each, postpaid. Enclosed is $ — ■ name address , rity _state zip ALYSON Publications Dept. P-5, 40 Plympton St., Boston, MA 02118 One teenager in ten has a secret. One Teenager in Ten: Writings by Gay and Lesbian Youth Edited by Ann Heron "For every generation that comes out, these essays will be invaluable." — Cay Community News There is a rare sensibility displayed in many ot these essays that is nothing short ot astonishing — International Gav News Agency (IGNA) "...an important and necessary book powerful and very poignant, . ." Womanews One teenager in ten": according to Kinsey, that's the proportion of gays to straights in this country. One Teenager in Ten: twenty-eight young men and women trom all over the United States and Canada, from fifteen to twenty-tour years of age, speak out about their coming-out experiences — about what it is to be young and gay in our society today. $3.°5 in bookstores, or use this coupon to order by mail TO ORDER Please send me copies of One Teenager Enclosed is $ KklllMaSm GAY \M) LESBIAN MM 111 edited by Ann Heron it'll il $4.50 each, postpaid. city _ zip ALYSON Publications, PO Box 2783, Boston, MA 02208
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