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Title Austin Lambda Newsletter, July 1988
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Transcript AUSTIN THE INDIAN SWEAT LODGE RITUAL Fc•r me, the first wonderful thing about the sweat is looking forward to being with people who are into doing something wonderful for themselves. I know there wi 11 be so much magic in the air afterwards. During the feasting. I wish I was cloned several times so I could part­icipate in every conversation. The next perfect JOY is doing the fire to heat the volcanic rocks. I bury the rocks in wood and keep a bonfire burning for 3 hours before the scheduled sweat time. This is a very spirit­ual time fc•r me. I am alone, no other human sounds; Just wood smoke, sunshine and a bird or SC•. Frequently I get very warm and ta~e my clothes c,f f. Just wearing mc11: •:assi ns, I feel a part of it all. Sometimes I read and everything is so intensified and meaningful. I feel the energy rising •:•n the land. {Those •:•f yc•u my land know And then, arriving! My run tc• bark lc•ve sweats. whc• have been to C•f its energy.} pe•:•pl e start al arm Ca.d) dc•g5 and greet. They The food goes in the kitchen. rt always looks great. We've been fasting. The newcomers 'oh' and 'ah'. The returnees say 'this place is so pretty' 'I lc•ve it 1 ' We troop across the footbridge which spans my LAMBDA FILES We are updating our educational fi 1 es. I f you have articles, bc•oks, or recordings that would be useful to us, please contact LAMBDA. Items could range from informatic•n c•n AIDS, to recent articles on homosexuality - articles from magazines or newspapers. As part of our educational "c•utreach," this would be useful doing research, Newsletter staff articles. This WC•Ul d al so be participants on Spea~er's bureau. i n f c• r mat i c•n tc• stL1dents or to writing information useful to LAMBDA'S LAMBDA 1988 cavernous Dripping Springs creek. The fire-tender hellos us. Known ones hug. Others are introduced first. We mill around a little and explain the proceedings to newcomers. Then we take our clothes off. Sc•me shyly, keeping their towels about themselves. We decide the order in which we wi 11 enter and pl ace our 'sitting on' towel in the sweat lodge in a circle around the pit in the middle which will hold the hot rocks. Our sweat leader, Sandra, puts a hot coal in her abalone half shell to burn fragrant sage which smokes profusely. We are each smudged with this smoke • Smudging is having the sage smoke pass over your body to cleanse your aura. A purification rite. As 1s fasting. We then enter the lodge, bending to the low entrance, in the order we decided upon. The leader goes first. When all are settled, the fire-bearer brings in the first h•:•t rock. They glow internally from the intense heat they hold . Four rocks are brought in and placed in the pit. The fire-bearer enters last and closes the door flaps. The lodge is dark except for the glowing roe cs. Sandra puts sweet grass on the hot rocks. The lodge is filled with the scent. She invites in the spirit of the East and talks about the meanings of that gate or l ~'td . P. ;2... We can use articles on -AIDS -alcoholism and drug abuse-in the heterosexual or homosexual communities - abuse and battering in relationships especially info. on lesbian/gay relatic•nships gay parents - children of gays ~ A.C.O.A - Adult Children cd Alcoholics - Co-dependency - Rel at i onshi ps d1rQCtl•-•n. Sh then 11oy il prayer or gives than~s or sings a sing-a-long song. Or all three, and more, or not. When she is done, which she si gni fies by saying 'ho', the time to communicate passes to her left. That is usually me, the fire-bearer. I am still kind of shy and tend to speak a prayer or give thanks with minimum words. Then it's ,ho' for me. Others 1n the circle also say 'ho' if they 1 i ke what was said. You may, of course pray silently. The round ends with Sandra who may or may not do an after-round prayer or song. This is the end of the first round. Thoso who want to, get out of the lodge to cool off a bit. Then we file back in, more roc~s are brought in, the flaps are closed and we begin the second round. This is repeated for four round~. At the end of the sweat we Jump into the swimming pool to cleanse our bodies and refresh our s~in. Then we share food and conversation. A togetherness of spirituality prevails as we share ourselves with each other. The food is always great! Some people get sick afterward. Maybe the next day or a few days later. Flu­like symptoms. Some have gotten sic~ right away with nausea and headache. This is just from toxins released into the body, and not everyone is a ffected. When I first started doing the sweats a year ago, I was usually fatigued afterward for several days. Also my face would break out. It seemed lHrn I'd JUst get to feeling good again and we'd do nother swat! It doesn't bother me much now. The ultimate joy I get out of doing the sweat is a feeling of on ness with the people 1n the swe t circle, the universe, and myself. I also get to overcome barrier of spea~ing my he rt out loud with th full nd silent attention of others. TAX DEDUCTIONS! I I! I!! I! LAMBDA is a non-profit org~n1z~tion contributiun are tax-deductible' Your gifts and donations !)help pay the rent 2>help fund the Newsletter 3)and keep our Treasurer from beating her head against the wall monthly! Present needs at LAMBDA telephone installation answering machine computer and printer for this Newsletter our own copier would be nice, but it's not a necessity now. IMAGES IN OUR COMMUNITY ... How do you feel about images and relationships in our community? Do we still see ourselves the same way we did 5 - 10 years ago? Do the terms Lesbian and Dyl·e still apply? What kind of attitude(s) still prevail in the Lesbian comnmunity regarding "feminist" issues? How do you feel when someone calls you a "91rl 11 ? Do the terms "Butch" and "Fem" st i 11 apply? How much ar~ we into "Roles" today in the lata '80's? LAMBDA PROM POSTSCRIPT We forgot to thank some people who helped with tha Prom in May - sorry, fc•lks! It wasn't intent1c•nal, just due to a hurried trip home on my part, and disorganization Thanks to the Decoration/Clean-Up Committee - Mari , Diana, Kati, Suzanne, Marsha, Mimi, Cheryl. We couldn't h ve done it without you! Special thanks to Misha for helping me trash and close building. Kelly and carry out up th.a Thanks, also, to the folks who worked the door - Diane and Tony, Anne, Kasey and Barbara, - and to everyone who worked the bar! We didn't make a lot of money at the dance - too much r~in, too many other things 9oing C8\.Cf-6· p. s Relationships - making them WOY~,., Relationships are the hardest things in our lives to control or direct . The right combination that worled once may not wor~ in the next relationship Each new relationship is a learning experience - teaching us more about ourselves than we could learn any other way. We t1no ou~ quickly that positive attitudes wod best, while fear of failure dooms relationships from the start- " I failed with so-and-sc•, time, so this probably won't wc•r I• out, either." Someone once told me that each relationship we have merely prepares the groundwor~ fc•r the •=•ne "real"relationship that will woYI , .., nd ]i'l';t. f C•r ever and ever . " We may not bel i ev~ in "f 1.:0r eveY and aver, in C•ur romanr.es, but we can still learn from the ones that didn't succeed . We may eventually write out a list of-what we thinl• we are looking for in the other persc•n, and try ti:• leep it in mind while we are single. Logic,sanity,and lists usually get left behind when we meet &omeon•, and the physical,sexual attraction takes ovmr. We proceed with blinding spee~ to fall madly,passionately in lc•ve, mal•e al 1 sc•rts of rash promises, including loving her fc•rever, and sit ba•:I cc•ntentedly, sure that this romance is the real thing, and :..illl last. Sometimes, it does - puYely by a•:ci dent. There is n•-• simple, ea"'y formula for a successful relationship - otherwise , our relatic•nships wc•l.tld last 10, 15, :o, 30 years! Right? So ... There is no perfect combination to loo~ for in creating a perfect "match, "either. Opposites are as likely to attract as those individuals who arC? very alil.e. - ~'!~!~, ,,t,!.~!:!.~!~.~ _A,5'>' N t'rnM 8"11t l 101 Au•fln ft'•~s78751 H intUtH•n • ra•li. e M1n1)t1•r ~ Joy Bailey "'-"" 51 214 4 1 ·9191 e Associate Minister Mark Bruzzesse 512/834·8158 Kow many times have we been totally amazed by the romantic combinations that happen in our community, that we would never have tried to place together as a lilely couple. Shades c•f match-making' ' The strangest combinations worl, while the"per feet couple" br eal s up in a wild riot of seething chaos and noise that can be heard two states away, and produce "fallout" that lasts fc•r mc•nths c•r even years. Sc• ... there's fc•rmul a for nc• perfect bL11 l d1 ng and maintaining a successful romance or a perfect relatirnsh1p. •eep that in mind ~h1le re~d1ng these suggestions that come from some of our more successful friends who have maintained lono-term relationships: .. - allow lc•ve time to grow and mature after the first olow of lust beQ1ns to fade - ., learn tc• cc.,;muni•:ate -it's the most important key to the r e 1 at i on sh i p ¥ bring your sense of humor with you, including the ability to ldugh at yourself ., be prepared tc• gr•:.w­together and sep~rately - this 1s a must 4' w1.1r at I •ep 1 rip rc•mc'..\nce 11 ve l • •ng honeymoon is over 4' don't forget l •-•ve end ft er the play leep the I id alive in yc•u ., 1 et her I now you apprec1at her - •-C•mpl i ments arP alw~yc in ~Cd~• n ., dc•n't get in a rut stay1no at hc•me tcu-· much dc•n't becc•me a "couch PC•t• tc•" .. gi e each c•ther space t•:• be separate 1nd1viduals - each of us needs moments of solitude for the sa~e of our sanity, and the sanity of our relationship W trust each other if yc•u can't trust her, why are you toqether? e; cont 1 nue tc• hc'..\ve friends, and to male new ones after you are together any relat1onsh1p will stagnate if it iL nvt replenished and refreshed by the flow of love .01nd ""llflr>.-.r t fr ·-·m fy 1 rnrl• • • don't be ~ worlahvli~ nd "'·PE'• l t.. hP , ti) r> l .. c;pP1'1TI 4L1dl1ty t1ml! w1lh dl1Y•-•nl? in c.i relationship - you must plan spec1dl time toqether ~· don't fo;oet LOVE YOU' ~ - to say l d? W3 GAY PRIDE PICNIC/RALLY - JUNE 2:5TH This p1cn1c/rally was org n1z d 1n Just a few w ~s by Kelly and Diane. From all reports, it was a success, with about 125 people showing up! Speakers included Georqia Cotrell (author - SHOULDER~), Tom Doyle <owner LIBERTY BOOKS, Beth W. and Fran~ M· of the tudent organization on campus GLSA, annd Barbara Risingstar,speak1ng for LAMBDA. There was Live Music furnished by His Boy Tina Bustamante, nd Boe Dee . Next year, p rhaps we can get organized e rlier in the year and make the Gay Pride Week celebration what it ouoht to be, with lots of speal.e~s, workshops, semina'r s, special films, and meetings. Why do this?- When we celebrate ourselves during Pride Week, we destroy ~ lot of our own homophobia, create positive, new images for ourselves and others , do some educating along the way, and just plain have a good time being together! - So •.•. until next year .... ONE NIGHT STANDS ... at LAMBDA??????? Well ... not actually ... But you missed that Thursday night when we defined the topic C is it when you meet a stranger at the bar, and... or when you already know the person and "get arc•und to !!. years later ... one time and one time only!) Is it better to have a One­Night Stand and never see the person again, or to have her fall madly in love with you and move in, bag and baggage the next morning? Are we freer sexually with someone we don't ~now and will never see again? ls it ~afe to £l.Q. Onc-N1oht Stands now? - There are no right or wronq answers to these qu st1ons: but we had a lot of fun trying to find the right answers at LAMBDA a few weeks ago! Other topics you missed includ•d future goals for LAMBDA, Dealing with male acquaintances straight and gay, •nd Gri•f - de ling with the death of friend from AIDS. ~AUSTIN - COMING ATTRACTIONS - K. D. LANG ~ '-y R-t~ She's terrific! She's mainstream country-western, dressed in boots, skirt, fancy shirt, and a crew-cut! She's from Canada, she'5 heading for the top of the charts, and will be at the AUSTIN OP'RY July 8th! If you like C-W. qo hear her! Call VASE for in~o or go by the Opry House. TPACY CHAPMAN UNION BALLF'OOM AT THE TEXAS \1\.IL ~ '2. I ~ "She sc•unds l i Le Joan ''She's was at Armatrading ... " terrific!" She Michigan ~ ~ Festival two years ago! Any of those bits-of praise ought to be enough to interest you in hearing Tracy - there ~re albums at CELEBRATION if you would lile to hear her beforehand. J thinh her voice sounds like warm velvet feels. A THERAPY l., AUGUST SISTERS JULY- 7/23 Wh~atsville Cc~p 1pm- 230pm COLORADO ST. CAFE 7:30pm-1030pm 7/~9 RUMORS in Dallas 8/6 CHICAGO HOUSE lOpm­Cl o:ise 8/20 9pm-1 am WATERLOO ICE HOUSE ... . . ...) -··i··. .. .. ~j~ {\ "~I>" " ~.#\*-~ ,~v Mon-Sac. 10-6:30 S1.111tky 12 : ~0-'5 108 W. 43rd St 453-6207 4 Sun Mon Tues 3 4 5 10 11 12 17 18 19 24 25 ... ~ ._t;. JULY-AUGUST TOPICS July 7th - Our Internali:ed Hc•mophob i a July 14th LEANNA-the movie July 21st - Open discussion July 28th - Lesbian politics Aug. 4th Aug. 11th pl ace tc• be Aug. 18th Aug. 25th How can we work for ourselves? Lesbian Battering PICNIC! time and announced later. Lesbian Dating Etiquette Ageism in the Lesbian/Gay Cc•mmuni ty Sand Castles In the sand castles of my mind, In the fairy tales of my heart, No matter what the distance We'll never be apart. For what feelings live inside us And the special way they make us feel, I know I'll always love you With a passion almost surreal. P/?.P M ~i-d . L. J. F'. on that night, but we made a month's rent, and that always helps' Plus, we got a few new names for the mailing list. If you have ideas for future funrlraisers, please bring them with you to the Thursday night LAMBDA meeting, and we'll see about putting them in motion. Wed 13 20 _-,,.. , Thurs Fri Sat 2 21 ~ 22 Cit /¥1 "fu.r un10A.l 12'io,.., ~ L.4fllr:ii:w- 7: 2'3 30 3 fc•r J.C. i still plod through the day until i remember you, and smile through the rest of it until i see you again! your eyes light up when you walk in, a little grin works around the tiredness i see in your face, and a lilt shows in your steps - am i that transparent? you were miles away last night but i slept warm in your arms, remem~ering your love for me, feeling it wrapped around me from midnight until dawn. dianne draper The Fat Cat the fat cat lays under the kitchen table. her big belly growing larger by the day. soon there will be six of her, crying li~e infants, begging for love, but wanting only affection. C.F. Congratulations to Teri and Sandy on their Holy Union at MCC on July 2, 1988 - Austin Good Luck in California in school,finding jobs, making the move, settling in! We wi 1 1 m1 ss yc•u ! lS© Dianne Dr aper ~ PllA~f OIV[ M[ A CHANO: Contrary to popular opinion. I'm not butch I Sexually, mentally, and emotionally. I'm a Lesbian. Politically and socially, I'm a dyke Physically, I'm human female, and middle-aged I'm also an aggressive a.nd honest communicator Yes, I vear my hair cut short I don't vear ruffles, frills, or lace; my attire is that which is comfortable lO me I know that my appearance is in some ways, quite stereotypical. I'm a are that I am perceived as having faults, particularly a volatile temper. I don't deny it Hovever, I'm also warm, caring, loving, sensitive, giving and FEMININE Please don't deprive yourself of the privilege of knowing the real me Please remember that your first impression of me may not constitute the real and total me In spite of all my faults, I'm still a ood catch as a friend and/or as a lover Risk it: take a chance Please ive me. and yourself. a chance IMAGES •••• Your Sister What does it take to make us change our minds about preconceived ideas of images - what ve are comfortable with, what is "acceptable" in~ part of the community, etc. Do we deprive ourselves• of friend­ships because first, second, third impressions are wrong? Probably. Take me -for instance. I still think of someone vho wears short hair, a tough outlook, and vhnt ey family used to describe as the "tailored look," to be Butch, until they prove me wrong by something thnt ,is said or done. Are ve ever correct? We sometimes have just as much trouble with phrases and terminolog,r ns ve do physical images - take the words Lesbian, Dyke, Butch/Fer.::!le. Years ago, the definitions we used seemed to change weekly. Some wo~ n who were very closeted cringed at the term lesbian, and said only that they were "gay," the implication being that "gay" vasn 't quite as bad as Lesbian. Then Dyke started to be used quite a bit, and ve argued about that for years. Austin Pykes were a whole 'nother concept o.ltog ther As far as inages go, I run and always have been, more comfortable with a t!X)re androgenous look - a holdover from Detroit days when dressing "tougher" kept me out of trouble (I think ... ) . Austin Dykes seemed to be a lot like that, dressing "comfortably'' - le vi's and boots, or overal1' and hiking boots, anythiqg that was casual. Today, I prefer levi 's and boots or tennis shoes to nnything else, and haven't owned a dress or skirt since I stopped being a teacher. (that isn't to say I will~ own one again.) What do you think? Kick back some ideas on this subject to the Newsletter and we'll discuss it some more - maybe ev n at a Sept. meeting, Kelly? (Kelly is chairing discussions for July-Aug.- Sept.) I:>° I ftvt 11 E 'J::>/UtP.9L ASTR@LOGY by eppolntment e.k. french (512) 462-2501 LAMBDA MAILING LIST - UPDATE Not on the mnilinp; lir.t? Hnrrl'lrn! Amend tha.t foul error t.orlny ! Mail this in or bring it by the office! NAME ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ADDRESS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CITY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ STATE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ZIP ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PHONE ·~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ (Include your phone no. if you would like to volunteer to help­fundraisers, Newsletter, chairing meetings in the future ... specify whnt your interests urc) LAMBDA exists to serve the Lesbian and Gny CommWlity through an outreach tha.t is educational, social and cultural. Your donations, no matter how small, fund that effort ... We are tax-deductible since we're v~ Non-Profit! (Just nsk our Treasurer ! ) We suggest a 3.00 minimum donation~ per month. Any amount is appreciated. Want to advertize a business? We ' ve got a deal for you! 10.00 a month for a business card si~e ad, or s months for 25.00! Larger Ads? Sure! Talk to us! MCC AUSTIN NEEDED: PASTE-UP PERSON I need help with the Newsletter - B~Ciflcully w11.l1 _pu::1t.c::-U.1Jtl, will with Ad selling. I'm working two jobs, doing this Newsletter, and planning to move to Bastrop , not planning to give up the Newsletter. HELP! HELP! You'll get the sa.~e extravagent rate of pay! get - thank-you's, pats on the back, and occasional hugs! Interested ? Call me! Dianne h- 441-2413 w- 471-5931 (best place to find me) (I do not have an ans..,,.ering :machine - cc,11 me nt work!) their fourth annual SU!'"..mer Lesbians dedicated to res­The church is located at Metropolitan Community Church is pleased to announce Program. MCCA is n Christian Fellowship of Guy5 and ponding to the concerns of the homosexual community. 1100 Springdale Road, tel. 929-3660 MCCA activities for the swnmer - A '-'HALE OF A SUMMER ... June produced a trip to Sea \lorld in S.A., u skuting purt.y. July 9 - Tubing in San Marcos July 30th - Fun and games in Bullcreek Pnrk Aug. 7th - special worship service at the church .tl Aug. 20th - Finale - A Talent Show Call the church for more information AUSTIN LAMBDA IS LOCATED AT 4107 Medical Parkway, Suite 205 (.\ ur.t n couple blocks west of LA.mnr ! ) OUR MAILING ADDRESS IS : P.O. BOX 5455, Austin, 'l'exas 1a·r63 Presently the only meetings are on Thursday for the Women's Discussion Group. ~ Hopefully, additional meetings will be set up in the Fall. Ttn tt G- I l..J e ~ ou.R_ NErW~le7rt·n 'A-R.t 1 ~LG" H-Efl (;" ) I : I wHc R.t::"'s TH!f-T PCJc "1 \/o'-' c.u~ T~ "fl, .5om c-oAJ e-o ft:c, , I}- (. ? A-u r.o u $ r IJ •/.(JS t ~ ftl;7C. Pc.If Dt../ II.) r; ,--~~~~~~~~~~;yj~L,;-:.i~~~~~~~~~ llEY ! Wek~ Flt:X1 Bl€ J • 1fL x 1fi /JS /I Bou T r.-r.1 ? •
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