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Gay Austin, Vol. 1, No. 10, June 1977 - File 004. 1977-06. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 8, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/225/show/221.

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Title Gay Austin, Vol. 1, No. 10, June 1977
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date June 1977
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
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  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962538
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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 TEXAS GAY CONFERENCE IN AUSTIN THIS WEEKEND The Fourth Annual Texas Gay Conference is being held in Austin this weekend, June 18 and 19. Sponsored by the Texas Gay Task Force, this year's conference will offer awide range of workshops, speeches by lesbian and gay male leaders, a business meeting, worship services, and recreational activities. Speakers for the conference will be Ken Cyr and Janna Zumbrun, both Texas activists, and Bob Kunst, one of the spokespersons of the Dade County Coalition for the Humanistic Rights of Gays. Cyr, one of the founders of the Texas Gay Task Force and presently active with the Texas Gay Archives in Houston will deliverthe keynote address at 10 o'clock Saturday morning to start the conference. Zumbrun will address the final session of the conference at ll:30Sunday morning concerning our needs and goals for the coming year.Zumbrun serves on the Human Relations Commission for the City of Austin, and is active with the Austin Lesbian Feminist Organization, Texas 'Women's Political Caucus, and the Texas Gay Task Force. Kunst 'will speak Saturday evening in a session open to the general public. One of the leaders of the Dade County Coalition, Kunst appeared frequently on news programs and interview shows during the Miami campaign representing the Coalition's position before the national media. He also attempted to debate Anita Bryant beforethe Miami Kiwanis Club when she countered with the Battle Hymn of the Republic rathsr than substantive arguements. The specific time and place of his address have not been finalized at this time as his appearance was only recently arranged through the efforts of the Gay People of West Texas. The Lubbock group and the conference committee will make further announcements when plans are confirmed. The conference also offers sixteen workshops exploring the needs, goals,and experiences of lesbians and gay men. Scheduled for three separate periods on Saturday, workshops from which to choose include topics related to politics, religion, literature, feminism, the media, community services, and personal relationships. Three workshops on political involv- ment have been prepared by Nick Schuler of San Antonio. The various aspects to be explored are (l)Gaysin the Political Arena,(2) Political Organizations in the Gay Community, and (3) Political Friends and Enemies of the Gay Community. Those who have followed the recent session of the Texas legislature and the Miami campaign will find these encounters helpful in shaping future political efforts. Two of the workshops will explore religious issues. One session will examine the essence of Gay Spirituality and Gay Theology with a panel made up of the Reverend Rob Shivers of the Austin MCC, Chris Broadhurst of Dignity in San Antonio, and Gene Leggett from Gay United Methodists. The other session will consider issues that arise between Feminism and the Church. A. K. Campbell, Nina Wouk,and Reverend Shivers will lead the latter discussion. Consideration of the creative aspects of our culture will be provided in workshops entitled Lesbians and Literature and Gay Male Poetry. The .first, led by Diane Draper of Austin, will explore the treatment of lesbians in literature as well as the contributions of lesbians to writing. Randy Conner, a University of Texas teaching assistant in the English Department, will lead the workshop that examines the themes of gay male poetry in relation to the liberation-movement. Besides the feminist workshops already mentioned, four other sessions are planned for lesbians to explore areas of unique interest to women. There will be separate "how-to" workshops on Setting Up a Peer Counseling Ser/ice for Women and Setting Up a Feminist Bookstore. The first will be led by Malorie Tolles who will draw from her experiences with the Austin Women/Space peer counselling center. The Common Woman 3ookstore Collective which has been in operation in Austin for over a year is sponsoring the second session. Also for women will be a dixcussion of LesbianParticipation in International Women's Year which will focus on the Texas IWY conference the following weekend in Austin andthe national conference later this year in Houston. Leaders in the discussion will be Pokey Anderson of Houston and Nina Wouk and Janna Zumbrun of Austin. A separate session will be devotad to devsioping Lesbian Communication Networks so that matters relevant to the feminist movement can be dissemi= nated to all who are interested. Also focusing on communication will be a workshop on Gay Media by Allen Winter which •-."ill lock at gay access to the general "straight"media as well as examine the use and focus of the rapidly expanding gay media. The session will begin with an introduction by Winter who studied both topics as part of his master's thesis in the UT School of Journalism. The session will then proceed -with a panel discussion then a group dialogue. Transgenerational Relationships will be the topic of a workshop led by Jim Eggling of the For.-ard Foundation of San Antonio. The session will examine the difficulties couples encounter when there is a generations difference in age accompanied by differing values and experiences that are almost as different as cross-cultural values and relationships. Finally, the goals and operation of Gay Switchboards and Ser/ice Organizations will offer an opportunity for the volunteers in such groups around the state to share their experiences and to help new communities start such groups. Dan Pickett, Office Coordinator of Austin's Gay Community Services will moderate the session. After a busy schedule of workshops and speeches on Saturday, the conference will focus on worship and recreation on Sunday.The Metropolitan Community Church •will conduct services at 9 o'clock in the University Y auditorium followed by (continued on page 4) (3)
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