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Title Connections, Vol. 2, No. 6, June 1980
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  • Olinger, James K.
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date June 1980
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
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  • Austin, Texas
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Transcript Breakfast Festival for Huma.'1 Rights, May 7, 1978, Town Lake Park, Austin VOL.2 N0.6 GAY PRIDE WEEK FOR AUSTI A parade and rally, a "town rreeting" and numerous cultural events are in store for Austin as the city's lesbian/gay camunity gears up for the eleventh nation­al "Gay Pride Week." This event celebrates the Stone­wall Resistance of 1969 , which was the reg-inning of the lesbian/gay camumity's errergence as a political and social force in the United States. This year's celebration will regin on Sunday, June 22 with Austin's first lesbian and gay "town rreeting. " The meeting will offer a grass-roots discussion of lesbian/gay issues in Austin. Representatives fran various organizations will be on hand for a question and answer session. The Lesbian/Gay Pride Parade will regin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 28. Marchers will gather at the fire tower on Town Lake, at East First and Colorado, beside the Sheraton-<.::rest Inn . They will proceed up Congress Avenue until they reach the Capitol. They will turn east at Eleventh Street and march to Wool­dridge Park at Tenth and Guadalupe. The rally will regin at 12 noon at WOOldridge Park. Teatro Alegre will perform excerpts fran "Jatos" and various other Austin entertainers will perform. Pran­inent lesbian/gay social and political leaders will be guest speakers. Alcohol ic and non- alcoholic drinks wil l be available. Femini st, lesbi an , and gay J::usi­nesses will display their wares . Austin Laml::x'l.a cultural Center will present v.0rk­shops , poetry readings , and various other lesbi an/ gay cultural activities throughout the 'M=el<. This year 's Austin Lesbian/Gay Pride Week will be roth eventful and entertaining. Don't go to Houston or Dallas . Stay right here and give our camo.mity 's straight population a good dose of lesbian/gay pride. Nowhere else bJ.t Austin! Anyone who is interested in v.0rking on one of the planned events or in coordinating one of their own niay contact the Gay Pride Week Planning Camlittee through Gay Camunity Services at 477- 6699 bet¼een 6 :00 and 10:00 p.m. kut•fm cancels different drummer Austin 's gay radio program, A Different Drurmer, has been cancelled by KUI'-FM station nianager William Giorda. The program, produced by Carr Strong and the ~tin Gay Radio Co~lective, ended May 25 , after only thirteen shows. This cancellation cares in spite of a warm reception of the program in roth the gay and straight camunities of Austin. . Manager Giorda said, "This seri es , over the past 3 (sic) rronths , has provided a service of interest to one of the numerous segroonts of the camumity. Regret­tably, air time that is avq,i.lable for these sorts of st:iecial interest programs is finite ; and, as a conse­quence, it needs to be shared as equitabl y as possible arrongst other segments of the camunitv." ' (continued on page 3) ii 2 ., CONNECTIONS C O N N E C T I O N S 2401 :-lanor Road #118, Austin, TX 78722 512/474-1660 HOURS: 6-10 p.m. Editor/Publisher .Jim Olinger Graphics. • • • • .Don Typing • • • • • • • Wayde Frey Distril:::ution. • • .Wayde Frey National Advertising .Joe DiSabato, 666 6th Ave., New York NY 10010, 212/242-6863 ARI'ICLES - Larry Bush, Gary Fitzsimrons, Wayde Frey, Rob Gips, Andrew Glass, David Miller, Ron Moss, Jim Olinger, Gary Reese, Carr Strong, Gerry Tarr. POETRY - Lynn Aday, Hektor Munoz. ~ - Jim Olinger, Alan Pogue, Richard Rogers. PUBLICATIOOS - A. p. , ALGPC Newsletter, Aus tin Laml:x1a Newsletter, Cox News Service, Dialog, Gay Austin, IGNA, It's Time (NGI'F) , Metro Star, Time, 'IWIT, Upfront Arrerica, Washington Post Service. CCNNECTIOOS is dedicated to providing a forum for the lesbian/gay ccmrunity of Austin and Texas. Pub­lication of the name or photograph of any person or organization is not to be taken as any indication of the sexual orientation of that person or organi­zation. CCNNECTIOOS welcares unsolicited news and/or feature articles, photographs , drawings , and poetry. , If return or acknowledgerrent is requested, please enclose a stamped, self- addressed envelope. CCNNECTIOOS will not assume responsibility for unsolicited material. Published by Gay Camunity Services , a program of the University YWCA/Yt!CA, 2330 Guadalupe, Austin, Texas 78705. Telephone: 512/477-6699 Gay Camunity Services Coordinating Council Meml::ership •••.•• Lynn Aday Office • •• .•••• Rob Gips Speakers Bureau ••••••• Publications ••.••••. Univ. Y Liaison •.•••.• Troy Stokes Jim Olinger Gary Fitzsimrons !'. '? ? q 9 ? ? ? 'l. 9 . • ? ;:> • ') .,::) • '\ 'l. ? 'l ,· Questi6ns? q_ ') '? ?~ ?.1,) f' 'l. 1. II • ? • • 1·? ~? ? I ;J • GAY COMMUNITY SERVICES '? ? HOTLINE 1 ;, • 477-6699 GAY POWER, GAY PRIDE Sunday, May 25, A Different Drul1lrer made its last broadcast. The program was canceled because lesbians and gays are "a special interest group" which has gotten all the attention we deserve. There is only one lesbian/ gay radio program left in Texas. Significantly, the manager of the station which broadcasts it is gay. April 26, CBS Television broadcast "Gay Power, Gay Poli tics , " which purported to be a docurren tary. It depicted gay men as satanic creatures out to destroy "the wholesare Arrerican nuclear family" and ignored lesbians. The fear this program has engendered among straights has already been used against us at the Travis County Democratic Convention (see page 11). My way of screaming "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore" is publishing this newspaper. This rronth, I'm going to do sare other screaming: at KUl'- FM, at CBS Television News, at the Austin CBS af­filiate, KTBC, and probably at the Federal Carmunications Ccmnission. Please join me. Write a letter to KUl'-FM and tell them that thirteen shows aren't enough to correct centuries of fear and superstition. Write CBS-'IV News and tell them you "\\On't tolerate irresponsible, biased journalism any longer. Write the FCC and tell them you don't like seeing your airwaves polluted by slander. The FCC has finally recognized lesbians and gays as a "legitimate minority group" which broadcasters must consider in their prograrrrning. Write your local sta­tion and tell them you want prograrrrning on hcrrosexuality which isn't poisoned by fear and superstition. We have gotten this far by "\\Orking together. But we can lose everything we've gained very quickly. We must support and protect all our lesbian/gay media and all our gay brothers and sisters. If we don't hang together, we will surely hang separately. Please help us show what gay power and gay pride really are. Addresses Federal Camunications Ccmnission Canplaints and Carpliance Division Washington, D.C. 20036 Station Manager KUI'-FM Radio Camn.mications Building B University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas 78712 KTBC-'IV P.O. Box 2223 Aus tin, Texas 78768 CBS Television News 524 West 57th New York, New York 10019 AUS'l'IN ORGANIZA'l'IOOS Austin Laml:da AA Center ...•... 1403 East Sixth 6:30 - 10:30μn nightly . .•... .• . 472-0336 Austin Larnl:x:l.a cultural Center • . . . 603 West Twelfth 7 - 10μn nightly ... ... .. .•. 478-8653 Austin Lesbian Gay Political caucus ... P.O. Box 822 Austin, 'l'exas 78767 Gay Cornnunity Services 6 - 10μn nightly .. Gay Law Students .... . 2330 Guadalupe .. .. 477-6699 2501 Oldham #207 ... . 478-4595 Gay Nurses Alliance of Austin 1010-B Rareria Drive Austin, Texas 78757 ........• 453- 0816 Holy 'lrinity Church of Austin .. 1606 South Congress . . . • . . • . . . . . • . 447-7359 Metropolitan Carrnunity Church of Austin . 614 East 6th . • • . . . . • . . . • . • 447-7747 • CONNECTIONS 3 DIG-lITY CCNVENTION IN AUSTIN Dignity/Austin will host the Dignity Region VII Convention June 6, 7, and 8 at the Castilian, 2323 San Antonio. Dignity meml:ers fran Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort worth, Lubtock, and El Paso are expected to attend. Tan Oddo, csc, a pioneer in the gay Catholic noverrent in the United States, will l::e a featured speaker and guest hanilist. Mike Caudry, SJ, forrrerly of the University of Washington, will also l::e a fea­tured speaker. The there of the convention is The Harosexual Christian: Past, Present, and Future. Dignity/Austin plans the v.eekend as an educational experience as well as an opportunity to prarote fellowship anong gay Chris­tians. Of course, it will also l::e a lot of fun. Father Thanas Oddo, Congregation of the Holy Cross (CSC), is a national figure in ministry to gay Catholics. He is a Holy Cross priest and is currently assistant professor of religious studies at Stonehill College outside of Boston. He has a Ph.D. in theology fran Harvard University. Father Oddo has teen active in gay ministry for nine years. He served for four years as Secretary to Dignity, Inc. and continues to serve as Chaplain to Dignity/Boston and colunmist for the Dignity, Inc. Newsletter. He will give a Y.Orkshop on l::eing gay and dealing with one's sexuality in today's scx::iety and Church. He will also speak on the future of gay Christians in his hanily during the convention's liturgy. Further information al::X:)Ut the convention can l::e obtained by calling 477-6699 or by writing P.O. Box 7471, Austin, Texas 78712. Program producer Strong was shocked by the news that A Different Drwmer had teen cancelled. "The news carre very suddenly to us, after we had already planned out and started production on June's programs. I was not officially notified until over av.eek after the program had been cancelled." The program is l::eing replaced with SoundSight, four hours of programs for the blind on Sunday norning. A tv.o-hour time slot had opened up on Sunday evenings and Strong had hoped?:_ Different Drurrrrer might get a half-hour. G~orda refused. The KUT-FM programning departrrent also offered A Different Drwmer a prime time 7:30 Friday night slot, and the 3:00 Wednesday afternoon space usually devoted to minority programning. Both time slots are currently running "filler." KUT-FM is seeking regular programs for them. Giorda has flatly refused to con­sider A Different Drwmer for either space. strong responded, "When the positive audience response and the gay carmunity's reactions are con- ~ CCM1UNITY SERVICES HOLDS COUNSELLING IDRKSHOP On May 3, 1980, Gay Camunity Services of Austin sponsored a telephone counselling and interpersonal camu.mications Y.Orkshop. Fifteen volunteers fran GCS and Metropolitan Camunity Church of Austin attended. The ...orkshop was led by Michael Menefee and Rich Kline, t\\O psychologists asscx::iated with the University of Texas at Austin•. The YPrkshop consisted of brief lectures and discussion sessions, as well as role-playing exercises intended to help teach the participants how to cannun­icate nore effectively with telephone clients, such as those GCS and M:::CA encounter. Another Y.Orkshop is l::eing planned for early sunner. Any interested individual is welcare to attend, wt the number of participants is limited. For nore infor­mation, call Gay Carmmity Services at 477-6699 l::etween 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. GCS PHONE COUNSELORS NEEDED by Rob Gips Gay Carmunity Services currently needs volunteer counselors. Duties include telephone and drop-in peer counseling, as well as making referrals to various Austin service organizations, rosinesses and professionals. We need mature, service oriented, individuals to \\Ork fran 6:00 to 10:00 PM one night per week. You'll l::e 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 l::etween 6:00 and 10:00 PM for more information. , . sidered, the program must l::e tenned a success. The o~ly reasons I can see for its cancellation are.poli­tical - there may have teen pressure fran the Univer­sit:( of Texas administration. We did get sore pressure during the early days of the series, wt I thought it had abated. Another possible reason is the fear the program created anong the possibly gay high-level managerrent of the Carmunication Center." Strong also said, "It seems strange to rre that Giorda Y.Ould consider three nonths of half-hour programs as l::eing an 'equitable share' of air tirre for gays. The blind will have four hours per v.eek, and eventually a full-time reading service on KUT's SCA sub-channel. The Blacks have three hours every weeknight. Waren have an hour v.eekly. We are asking for a very small amount of time in carparison." The Gay Radio Collective will now try to start the series up on another Austin radio station. 4 CONNECTIONS • Gay Nurses' Alliance The Gay Nurses ' Alliance of Austin held its third rreE}ting on April 28, 1980. We welcared h-.o rrore fem.μe nurses into irembership. The Alliance menr bership n<::M stands at 17. The S'ID program reported that as of April 28 , they had obtained 392 blood samples for syphilis screening and 155 cultures for gonorrhea screening. Results fran 133 syphilis tests have been returned so far. Ten new, untreated, contagious cases of syphilis were found. That' s 7. 5% of the individuals tes ted. The majority of these ten new cases carre fran the l::x:lok­stores and baths . We are conterrplating increasing the frequency of the S'ID cl inics . A stationary clinic is also under consideration. (See survey) . The 'Ihird National Lesbian and Gay Health Con­ference will be held in San Francisco, June 18- 22 at the San Francisco State University. Registration fee is $45. 00 for a ...orking profess ional and $10.00 for students. Continuing Educational units wil l be avail­able for nurses and possibly for physicians. Pl ease add $15 . 00 to the registration fee for CEU credits. Registration forms are available through the Gay Nurses ' Alliance of Austin, 1010B Rareria Dr. , Austin 78757 , phone 453- 0816 . The All iance has decided to conduct Voter Regis­tration Drives during the S'ID clinics . No candidates have been endorsed at the present time. We will focus on getting individuals registered to vote. The Gay Nurses' Alliance of Austin does not limit its irembership sol ely to nurses . I ndi viduals who are involved in health care and are concerned about gay health care issues are welcared to join us . We invite your suggestions , criticism, caiplaints and/or crnpli­rrents . REVEREND NAISBITT ORDA INED Ordination Service for M.C.C. Austin pastor Rev. Candace A. Naisbitt, May 25 at M.C.C.A. Fran left: Rev. Naisbitt, Rev. Don Eastman - Dallas, Rev. Elder Freda Smith - forner pastor of the first church where Rev. Naisbitt was Exhorter, Rev. Chuck Larson - Houston. Rev. Naisbitt is the new M.C.C. south Central District Co-ordinator. rnAA SURVEY The Gay Nurses ' Alliance of Austin is seeking your inp.it on issues M'lich directly concern your health. Gay Carrrunity Services of Austin has offered a roan at the university Y (2330 Guadalupe) where rnAA can con­du<? t_a stationary sexually transmitted disease (S'ID) clinic to screen for syphilis and gonorrhea. rnAA wishes to thank GCS for the beautiful invi­tation and for their concern about gay health issues. If rnAA establishes a stationary S'ID clinic, it ~ ld replace the S'ID clinics n<::M being held at various gay establishrrents . S~e this issue directly affects you, we want your opinions. PLEASE caiplete the questi onaire below and return it to rnAA at your earliest convenience. It is very :i.npor tant that we know your feel ings. Thank :YOU for your time and cooperation. In Gay Pride, The Gay Nurses ' Alliance of Austin l (questi;:;;) - - - - 7 1) I feel that a stationary S'ID cl inic at 2330 Guadalupe v.Ould better sui t my needs I and/or the needs of the carrruni ty. I understand that the S'ID clinics currently conducted at various gay establishrrents v.0uld stop. 2) I feel that you should continue to hold I the S'ID c l inics at the various gay estab­lishrrents, as this ~ld better suit my I needs and/or the needs of the carrrunity. I ( CIRCLE CNE) . -~ · ... :·,.: Yes No I ~ ld like to see the establ ishrrent of a I "'!ay cl ini c" which ~ld deal specifically I with gay heal th care. (The narre and location of such a clinic v.0uld not necessarily be the above. ) ase return_your questionalle to GNM, 10100 lkmeria I Drive, Austin, Texas 78757_. Thank :Y()u. ----- • Metropolitan Community Church I 614 E. 6th ST, AUSTIN, TEXAS 78701 I (512) 477.7747 SUNDAY SERVICES WEDNESDAY 12 00 NOON AND 7 30 PM 7 30 PM REV CANDACE A NAISBITT Pastor Tuesday Bible Study: 7:30 μn Tuesday, June 10: Board of Directors Meeting - 7: 30μn Saturday, June 21: Pot Luck Supper and Awards Dinner - 7:30 μn CHURCH PROGRAMS Sunday WOrship: 12:00 noon and 7: 30 μn Wednesday Counseling: 7:30 - 9:30 μn ., ....... -~ .. ... . . . . .. .. . ,. , CONNECTiJONS 5 I SYPHILIS/ GONORHEA I~ SYPHILIS/ GONORRHEA by Gerry Tarr One of life's great joys is the thrill and excite­rrent of sexuality, Since the beginning of tine, indivi­duals have indulged themselves in erotic ecstasy. But, as with rrost things, there are drawbacks. Syphilis and gonorrhea are spread by sexual con­tact. In Texas, over the past b-.o years, infectious syphilis increased 36% arrong women and rren 20-24 years old. It increased 18% for those 15-19 years of age. Over the past four years , gonorrhea increased 23% in the 15-19 age group and 24% in the 20-24 age group. Signi­ficant increases in J::oth syphilis and gonorrhea have teen seen in the age group 25 and over. With syphilis, if any symptans appear at all, tile first stage symptoms will generally begin 10-90 days (average 21 days) after exr:osure. A painless lesion (sore) appears on the genitals, rrouth, rectum, vagina, or any other site exr:osed to the germs. This lesion may last several days or weeks. It will gradually dis­appear without treatrrent. Within a few days, or even up to 1 0 weeks after the first lesion disappears, a body rash, whitish patches in the rrouth, swllen joints, flu-like illness, and/or loss of hair may occur. Any of these symptans will last several weeks and then disappear witllout treatrrent. In the last stage of syphili$, if untreated, these complications may occur 5, 10, 15, even 20 years after Syphilis screening at Club Dallas baths. SID clinics are appearing all over the country, Roy Hall/METRO STAR infection: brain and organ damage, insanity, paralysis, heart disease, death. The symptans of gonorrhea_us~a~ly appear 2-6 days after contact with an infected mdividual. They may re so mild that they go unnoticed or they may n<?t al:'pear at all. Men may have a J::urning pain wh~ ur matmg and a discharge of whitish pus fran the penis• Sorre rren with the disease have no apparent symptans. There are usually no symptans of gonorrhea in w::xren. For J::oth sexes, there may be no symptans or a mild to severe sore throat, fever and chills, if the infection is oral. An anal infection may have either no symptcrns, or a discharge, intense rectal irritation, a feeling of an incorrplete to<.-.€1 rroverrent, and !::.urning during defecation or intercourse. If untreated, Pelvic Inflanrnatory Disease (PID) is the rrost carrron and dangerous corrplication of gon­orrhea in v.emen. Every case of syphilis and/or gonorrhea re­quires .imrediate examination and treatrrent of all sexual partners in order to prevent serious corrplica­tions and the p::,ssibility of further spread. By stat:e law, all cases are confide.ritial. Minors may request their own examination and treatrrent without fear of parents or guardians finding out. Renember, only you can protect your health arrl that of those you care al::out! For further assistance, call your physician, local health departrrent, the Gay Nurses' Alliance of Austin, or the National Hotline, (toll free) 1-800- 523-1885 . Protect yourself and others! Human Rights Advocaf es P .0 Box 39406 San Antonio, Texas 78239 512/655-3724 YES! I believe In I professional approach to leglslotlve adv~cy for gay civil righu In Texos. PLEASE INCLUDE MY NAME ON THE LEGISLATIVE ALERT LIST. Name _____ ______ _ ____ _ Add~"-- - - -------- ---- City/State - - --- --- ---:!Ip __ _ CONNECTIONS ALGPC AI.GPC ENDORSES JIMMY S~ "Jimny Snell has l:een the kind of friend we need to keep in public office, " says Co-<::hair Scotty Scott, as the Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus announced endorserrent of Jimny Snell in his run-off election for Travis County Corrmissioner of Precinct 1 on June 7. In the ~lay 3 Primary, Snell and his opponent, Irene Snyder, ran neck and neck , with each garnering 44% of the vote. A third candidate, Hylon Adams, forced the run-off by receiving 12% of the vote. The endorserrent was issued after AI.GPC officers interviewed l:oth candidates . It was based on Snell's proven record of support of gay rights . Snell is cur­rently serving his third term on the Austin City coun­cil. Shortly after his first election in 1975 , Snell supported the enactrrent of Austin 's Equal Errployrrent Opportunities Ordinance, a progressive rreasure which extended civil rights to lesbians and gay rren. In early 1976, Snell .-Prked for the Public Accarodations Ordinance which also prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. In mid- 1977, the Council con­s i dered a ~ful, carprehensive Fair Housing Ordinance. In the wake of Anita Bryant and Dade coun­ty, the sexual orientation provision of the ordinance becarre the central issue of debate . Sul::sequently, the McClellan majority del eted the protection of gays and enacted a weakened, irrp:>tent version of the or­dinance . Throughout the several, ronths-long battle, Snell consistently .-Prked for the inclusion of gays . He, along with Councilrrembers Goodman and Trevino, voted against the McClellan housing ordinance, declar­ing it a civil rights farce. Recently, Snell (again with Goodman and Trevino) fought a behind- the-scenes battle to reappoint forrrer' AI.GPC CO-Chair Janna Zumbrun to a third term on the Human Relations Carmission. The McClellan majority was well on its way to retiring Zumbrun fran the Can­wission when Councilrrember Ron Mullen defected to the liberal carrq::,, ensuring a majority vote in favor of the reappointrrent. Finally, as much as is possible within the con­straints of a Council-Manager form of governrrent, Snell has advocated on behalf of gay city errployees vmo have l:een harrassed or discriminated against on the job. The Snell endorserrent follows on the heels of the AI.GPC erldorserrent of and successful carrq::,aign .-Prk for Guy Herman, who was elected Justice of the Peace. AI.GPC Co-<::hair Scotty Scott camented, "We proved to ourselves and to local politicians that we are an asset to a candidate, that we can turn out the lesbian and gay voters fo;:- a friend. Ji.miy Snell has been the kind of friend we need to keep in public office. We ca'1 cou."1t on Jimny as a Cou.'1ty Corrmissioner to .-Prk for equal Opj:X)rtunity i.'1 Cou.rity persomel policies, to look out for our interests in county funding of social services, a""ld to help ensure that gays are treated fairly by the County criminal justice system." AI.GPC is orga"1izing volunteers to assist in Ji.miy Snell's carrq::,aign. 1-:orkers are needed each eve­~ i.rig to staff phone banks arid identify Snell supporters. Volu.riteers are also needed to help with mailouts, putting up yard signs, placing dcorhangers on Precinct 1 houses, a"1d ha'1ding out car:paign literature at the gay bars. The Snell phone bank is located in Suite 802 of the Vaughn Building, 807 Brazos. The Snell carrpaign headquarters is at 3124 :-lanor Road (1 block east of Airport Blvd. ) , phone number 472- 4898. s N E L L AI.GPC-MCKED GUY HERMAN WINS JPS RACE Guy Herman handily .-Pn his May 3 Primary race for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5. Herman tallied 4, 685 votes to opponent David Brooks 's 3, 030. Herman had l:een endorsed by the Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus after the Steering Cornnittee conducted exten­sive candidate interviews. Herman acknowledged the ALGPC endorserrent in a display ad in the DAILY 'IEXAN . He also becarre the first political candidate to carrq::,aign in gay bars in Austin. AI.GPC rranbers acca-rpanied Herman to the Pri­vate Cellar, the Austin Country, and Tex 's Colorado Street bars . AI.GPC leafleted bars, mailed out endorse­rrent information, and staffed a phone bank to identi­fied gays in Precinct 5 on election day. AI.GPC also forrred a Political Action Carmittee, which contriruted $125 to Herman 's carrq::,ai gn. Caucus officers estimate we reached sare 4, 000 gays and probably produced hundreds of votes for Herman. AI.GPC Political Action Chair Scotty Scott remarked, "We feel we made a real difference in this carrq::,aign. We were so enthusiastic about Guy in general , as well as his strong support for our issues , that we organized the lesbian and gay carmunities behind a carrpaign as has never been done before in Austin. This effort will make it difficult in the future for candi­dates to claim that our endorserrent and our assistance is a political liability. " vote for _/ JIMMY SNELL~ Travis County Commissioner precinct one Endorsed by the Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus Pol Ad Pd to< by tho Jornmy SneHIOebon Comm.•72-48118 3124 Man01 Aoed, Austin, Ttxas 78723, Chlrlff Urd';', Trtu " < CONNECTIONS 7 LESBIAN/GAY DEMX:RATS OF TEXAS NEED HELP The Lesbian/Gay Derrocrats of Texas desperately need your support if an effective gay voice is to be heard at the Texas State Derrocratic Convention in San Antonio June 21 - 22 . More than one hundred l esbian and gay delegates were elected at their county and senatorial district conventions in May. They will represent the gay and lesbian constituency of Texas . LGDT is trying to coor­dinate a concerted statewide effort so that the conven­tion as a whole will have to seriously address the issues of gay rights . Specifically, this rreans getting a gay rights resolution on the f loor of the convention to be voted on by all the delegates present; placing gay and lesbian delegates in important positions on convention carrnit-tees , such as Naninations and Resolutions; educating non-gay delegates on gay-related issues; and being visible, showing straight, uptight Texas that we will not fade away, rut intend to take an active role in the power brokerage of this state. The gay rights resol uti on, as passed in county and senatorial district conventions across the state, calls for repeal of Section 21. 06 of the Texas Penal Code (the so-cal led "Sodomy Law") , an end to discrim­ination in errployrrent, housing and public accarodations , and an end to considering a person 's sexual orientation as the sole criterion in civil and criminal courts , such as in child custody cases . LGDT intends to see this resolution incorporated in the Derrocratic Party's national platfonn. Because of skillful grassroots organization, we are three tirres stronger than we were at the last state Derrocratic Convention t...o years ago. But, our dele­gates at San Antonio ...on ' t be able to flex any gay political muscle if they don ' t have the funds to pub­licize our concerns and political goals . That rreans MJNEY ! Projected total costs for the statewide effort approach $2 , 000. This arrount will cover the costs of advertising, publicity flyers and leaflets , sare travel expenses , phone charges and renting a "hospitality suite" (where much of present­day politicking goes on) . Austin 's share is $300. Area gay and lesbian organizations have already offered their support, rut we can' t make it happen without you. Contrirutions and requests for rrore information al::out the Lesbian/ Gay Derrocrats of Texas effort should be addressed to LGDT, P.O. Box 822, Austin , Texas 78767, or call 512/ 472-1221 . It's not much to ask for the people who are standing up for your rights. SCOTT, STRONG ELECTED ALGPC CO-OWRS Scotty Scott and Carr Strong were elected as Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus CO-Chairs at the regular rronthly rreeting on J:vlay 20. Scotty has served as Political Action Chair for the Caucus during the past year, and has led Austin's participation in the l-larch on lvashington, the showing of the film "Nord is Out" as an alternative to the rrovie "Cruising," the voter registration drive, and the recent Guy Herman campaign. Strong has se..--ved as General Coordinator of Gay Conmunity Se:vices . He recently produced "A Different Dru!lTner," a gay radio series on KITT-FM. Other officers elected are Donna Johnson, finance chair; Ginny Cleaver, program chair; Gary Fitzs.irmons, publicity chair; Sage White, political action chair; Steve Thomas, legislation chair; Janna Zurnbrun, recorder; and Becky Badgett, at-large steering corrmit­tee member. The next ALGPC rreeting will be June 24 at 7:30 p.rn. at Austin Lambda Cultural Center, 603 W. 12 . For rrore information al::out ALGPC , call Scotty scott at 454-3893 or Carr Stror.g at 441-4231 . LESBIAN/GAY CAOCUS SCORES VICTORIES !IT DEMX:RATIC C'CNVENI'ICN The Lesbian/Gay Caucus of the Travis County Derrocratic Convention scored a number of significant victories on Saturday, May 10. At least seven dele­gates and six alternates to the State Derrocratic Con­vention were elected from the rrore than 75 lesbian and gay delegates and alternates to the County Convention; In 1978, five delegates and three alternates were se­lected. Members of the Lesbian/Gay Caucus also served on convention carrnittees: T¼O LG Caucus members on the Credentials Corrmittee, tv.o on Naninations (inclu­ding Sage White) and one (Scotty Scott) on the Resolu­tions Corrmittee. A corrprehensive gay rights - repeal of Section 21 . 06 resolution was reported out of ccmnittee unani­rrously. It passed the convention with only rrodest opposition. Many non-gay supporters expressed a will­ingness to speak for the resolution, and three of them - Janice Robinson, Stuart Hersch, and Paul Finkleman - did so. Janna Zurnbrun also spoke in favor of the resolution. One opponent spoke at length atout the recent CBS special report, "Gay Power, Gay Politics." . The delegates and alternates elected on May 10 will go to the State Conventions in San Antonio June 21 - 22 and in Houston in September. • Reports fran around the state indicate that there will be over 100 lesbian and gay delegates to the State Conventions. (See story on funds needed for Lesbian/Gay Derrocrats of Texas hospitality suite, page The participation and successes of lesbians and gay rren in the Derrocratic conventions, bJth in Travis Coru:itr and statewide, will have an effect on non- partisan politics , too. Combined with the electoral success of candidates endorsed by gay organizations, they serve to derronstr~te the increasing political clout wielded by the lesbian and gay ccmnuni ties . 8 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! C O N N EC Tl O N S,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!~!!!!!!!!!!!c ON N EC TIO N s:~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!~_ 9 C) 2 0 ~ t­V> ~ ~ <( u >co­V> 0 t­o I a. MISS THING FANTASY BALL AND COTILLION REVUE THE U .:;r N wOUNTRY MAY ~1, 1980 10 CONNECTIONS THE AUSTIN COUNTRY: a 9!!!! gay place_t_o_·,b._e_ ____ "There are l::oth p::isitive and negative eleirents of ~.. .... 3ay bars. We want tote a p::isitive_one." This state­rrent sums up the philosophy of Austill Country manager James Spiller. Spiller feels that the 15 to 20 i:ieople associa~ with the country are rrore like a family than a 1:usi­ness . Several have teen there for seven years. They feel the Country isn't just another bar , 1:ut a gay carrnunity. Spiller says "It's the only bar envirorurent I 'd feel comfortable ,.orking in." The bar is owned by Keith iliwards and Bunch Brit­tain. It has several sections, including a dance floor with an elal::orate light and sound system, a patio, pool tables, an aquarium, a plush quiet bar, and a big screen 'IV viewing roan. Improveirents are teing ma.de constantly. The latest is a brand-new deck for the patio. Owner Bunch Brittain is active in gay p::ilitics, l::oth in Austin and statewide. He serves on the steer- . ,-~- . - Bunch {in l::oat) and Keith (purrping) deliver the teer at Hippy Hollow Splash Day (sponsored by the Austin Country and the New Apartrrent I.ounge) • ing camiittee ltlhich directs the lobbying efforts of the Human Rights Advocates of the Texas Gay Task Force. Bunch has taken an active role in establishing carrnun­ications l:el:'.-.ieen the gay carrnunity and law enforceirent officials in Austin. He also serves on the Holy Trinity Church of Austin l::oard of trustees. The Austin Country has teen the scene of fund­raisers for nUID2rous lesbian/gay organizations. It has hosted l:enefits for the Metrop::ilitan Carrnunity Church of Austin (M:CA) J:uilding fund, the California "No on 6" Campaign, the March on Washington, and Gay Carrnunity Services of Austin. T\o.o traditional annual events the Country sp::insors are Splash Day at Hippy Hollow (the first Sunday in May) ana the party at Keith and Bunch's suite in the Menger Hotel in Sa, Antonio on Saturday night during Fiesta in April. The Cour.try staff doesn't oeheve that the Country should l:e the only bar in town, with everyone packed ir. ::.1ke sard1..."es. Ma,ager Janes Spiller recalls other • p::ipular a,d successful bars. In the 1950 's, there was The iarJiatta, on Congress Avenue. It was a delicates­sen by day a"'ld a bar at m.ght. :::ts sign was later part of the Pearl Street Warehouse decor. The ·:ew Apart:rrent I.ounge is the longest-lived gay bar i."1 Austin. Bob Clifton's Griffon Club and the Tap, l::oth on Guadalupe, have passed, as have the once p::ip­ular gay discos Friends and I.overs and the Pearl Street Warehouse. .nglish' s on Guadalupe was a gay bar called the Carousel in the early 1960's. The Austin Country's J:uilding has an interesting history. According to James Spiller, it is actually three large barns connected together. They ;.ere orig­Lrially used as a stable. General Pershing kept his horses there at one tirre. The maze of small roans up- Doorkeepers Jerry Shayne, left, and Bill Durrell greet custorrers . stairs , \olhich still exist tOday, originally housed prostitutes. In the early 1970's , a lesbian bar called Pearl ' s Place opened on the ground floor . A huge p::ir­tr ai t of Janis Joplin hung l:ehind the bar. Then, it was a straight bar called the Waterloo Country for three weeks . Keith and Bunch opened the Austin country as a gay bar in 1973 . The Country staff works on the sound and light systems constantly. The DJ plays rock and new wave music as well as disco, and it's all gOOd dance music. The Country tries to create a "party" atrrosphere and plans to feature "theme party" nights , such as "Rock" and "Country and Western" nights soon. The "Miss Thing Fantasy Ball and Cotillion Revue" was held May 21. The Austin Country has hosted entertainers like Mr . Tiffany Jones , The Montrose Men, R.C. Cola, and the Blandscrew Sisters. Weekly features include cookouts on the patio at 7:00 p .rn. Sunday, the Monday night ma.le dance con­test, and the Thursday night female impersonators' show. Perforrrers scheduled during June 1980 include Tiny Mac and Tragedy Ann, Pauletta Lay, R.C. Cola, Lindsay I.ove and Lindsay :--lcCall, Linda Weatherby (of the Bland­screw Sisters) , and Teresa Cole and Chatty Kathy. The Country will l:e hosting the Texas caipetition for Miss Gay U.S.A. on July 6. The Austin Country management is dedicated to con­tinuing to irrprove its facilities and services to pro­vide an enjoyable environrrent for the Austin ccmnunity. The City of Austin has plans to perhaps expand the p::ilice station onto the land the Country now occupies. If this ever happens, Spiller says, the Austin Country will sirrply rrove to sate other location in the area. Terry Stout, left, and "bar back" .. ---· ~-. - L CONN EC T IO N S~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11 PROTEST FOLLOWS ''GAY POWER•GAY POLITICS'' I~--Howls o~ pro~st, foll~ by the filing of official carplamts with the National News Council, greeted the recent CBS television docurrentary "Gay Power, Gay Politics." The program purported to examine the effect of harosexuals on the recent Mayoral el ection in San Francisco. It proved to be a call for hetero­s~ als_across the nation to be on guard against gay liberation goals in their carmunities. The National Gay Task Force, Mayor Dianne Fein­stein and Supervisor Harry Britt of San Francisco and many others, have prepared staterrents that condemn the program. It is felt that CBS News failed to rreet reasonable s~dards of accuracy and fairness for broadcast journ­~ ism. Further, the producers are being accused of nusrepresentation, distortion, and sensationalism. Chief am:mg the carplaints are the use of u-.o children as wi~ess to "Ii'llblic sex" in the heavily ~.ooded Buena Vista Park in San Francisco and the shavr mg of S&M paraphernalia in a deceptive and shocking way, capi~izing <;>n ignorance and fear of the subject and equating S&M with the results of gay pol itical power. It is also claimed certain scenes ....ere edited to make evei:its seem to have occurred sirru.lltaneously when they did not. _The Juxtaposition of eccentricly <ll:essed_people (during Hall~ celebrati onsj with discussions of serious gay grievances resulted in a manipulation of the facts which could only lead viev.ers to false conclusions about gay life. AUSTIN RESPONDS TO "GP.£. PCmER, GK£ roLITICS" "Gay Pov.er, Gay Pol itics" was as much of a shock in Austin as it was nationally. Austin activists ....ere quick to respond to this attack on the lesbian/gay camn.mity. The crnNE.CTIONS staff was finishing pasting up the May 1980 edition when the program carre on. After watch­ing it, a hasty, indignant review was written and·in­serted at the last minute. The Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus and Austin Laml::da piltural Center .irmediately initiated letter­writing campaigns against the CBS News production. Austin Lambda cultural also sh~ a video tape of the program on Saturday, May 31 . The Lesbian/Gay Caucus of the Travis County Dem­ocratic convention reported that repercussions of this horrophobic "docurrentary" have already been felt. At the ~avi~ County Derrocratic convention, the majority of obJections to the introduction of a lesbian/gay rights plank in the party platform \-.ere based on fears generated partly by "Gay Power, Gay Politics." THANKS The Austin Country, along with the New Apartrrent LOunge, l:egan advertising in GAY AUSTIN in that paper's first year , 1976 . The country, the Apartrrent and M:CA are the only organizations which have placed display advertiserrents in all seven issues of CONNECTIONS . Their faithful financial support have made Austin's own lesbian/gay news magazine possible. Without them, CONNECI'IONS s:i.rrply v.0uld not exist. The managerrent and staff of the Austin Country care about the readers of our paper, and they care about our lesbian/gay cc:mnun­ity as a ;,.hole . The National Gay Task Force condemned the program as causing "damage to the cause of civil rights and human dignity for the nation's lesbian and gay citizens and a further erosion of public confidence in the rredia's ability to accurately and fairly report the truth. II The program has brought up imfortant questions about the way information is conveyed to the PJ.blic. If the press is untrusu-.orthy, where can a fact­finding citizen turn for information? In a live panel discussion that follc:,,...e:l the show­ing of the docurrentary (broadcast only in the San Fran­cisco area, not nationally) sare of the major partici­pants in the program rret face- to-face with producers George Crile and Grace Diekhaus. A furious debate ensued. Cleve Jones , who was the man chosen as the focus of the program, said that he felt betrayed by the producers. Armistead Maupin, author of Tales of the City, said he was surprised that producer Crile had spent so rruch of the show pointing out and deploring gay back-roan sex when Crile himself had told Maupin that he envied the sexual freed.an of gays , because he felt hemred in by his marriage. Gv.enn Craig, a black l esbian, asked why alrrost nothing about lesbians appeared in the program. The producers said they had decided to leave lesbians out because they couldn ' t find anything controversial about them. THUP.SDAY 10 PM SHOW STARRING TRAGEDY ANN SAORINA MISS RIKI AND GUEST SUNDAY COOK OUT 7-10 PM 35¢ OAP. DP.INKS AND CANNED DEEP. FREE DEER 11 PM-MIDNIGHT FRIDAYS 10 PM·MIDNIGHT TUESDAYS .. ~ •~:- _ ... -~ ·/f 11 . -:1. '. ;i ,1-!' ~~~! 12 A:HTA BRYA:JT FILES FOR DIVORCE Selma, Alabama (AP) - The breakup of her marriage may be the rrost painful experience in her life, b.lt controversial singer Anita Bryant said trouble had been brewing in the 20-year union fran the very start, In an interview arranged by Hurst, Texas, evangel­ist Jarres Robison, Bryant talked atout her fight to save the marriage and the circumstances leading to the break­up with husband Bob Green, a forrrer disc jockey. "\·le sought counseling, different kinds of counsel - ing fran different approaches," she said. "I wanted to save my marriage, b.lt because of a (recent) set of circumstances, I decided that was not quite the route to go." Since filing for divorce in Miami, Bryant has been in seclusion in Selma, Alabama with her four children. In her divorce petition, Bryant charged that Green, her manager, had cooperated "with certain hired staff rranl::ers who conspired to control me and to use my narre and reputation to b.lild their personal careers instead of my ministry. " She said she believes divorce is a sin and "I have to accept 5 0 percent of the blarre. I am seeking the will of God, living one day at a time. There are hurts and scars that need time to heal. "I carre fran a broken hare and have been so con­cerned al:out my own family that. divorce has not even been in my vocal::ulary. It's against everything that I believe in." Bryant has resigned frcrn Anit:a Bryant Ministries and asked that its narre be changed. After gaining national attention for her anti-harosexuality stand, she established the organization to help harosexuals change their lifestyles. All her Christianleor1certs were canceled when news of the divorce was made public and she has 1:¼0 secular concerts scheduled. "The only inccrre ~•ve had has been with the min­istries and now that's gone," she said. Robison , a fundamental evangelist who also gained attention when his Dallas television program was cancel­ed following an anti-harosexualit.y serrron, has counseled Bryant since the breakup, she said. "When I asked if he 1•.ould stand wit.h me, he said he 'i.OU.ld a.'1d all I could do was cry. I never suspected anyone in the fundamentalist camunity could embrace me in that way, and I have praised the LOrd ever since," she said. ". !y irmediate goals are licking my v.Ounds, concen­trating on my children and clinging to the Lord, "God loves me where I am. " CITRUS roMISSIOO PRUNES BRYANT KPFT--Singer Anita Bryant may have made her final camercial on behalf of the Florida Citrus Camussion. The agency which handles the carrnission is adver­tising says that no rrore camercials with the contro-• versial singer are planned. According to t1:e agency's Douqlas Hoffer, Bryant is through as a Florida oran~e juice spokesperson, "if the ccmnission goes along with it." It is believed that gay-sponsored J::oycotts of Florida citrus products have cut into orange juice sales nationwide. Recently, 1:¼0 major Florida orange juice carpanies applied for permission to rerrove the v.0rd "Florida" fran their labels, indicating that the desig­nation on the label was having an adverse effect on sales. -Reprinted fran the METRO STAR ANITA Is FINA."JCES by Larry Bush In fili."lgs recently released by the Internal Rev­enue Service, Anita Bryant has indicated that her anti­gay organizations had provided vir~ually no fund~g_for her premised program while collecting over tv.O mil.lien dollars fran the public. The IRS, while refusing c,..' - ment on Bryant's continued tax-exempt and tax-deuuct-:.ble status, indicated that a tax audit may be in the offing. Both Anita Bryant Ministries, Inc. , allegedly a religious counseling program, and Protect Arrerica's Children, a "rrorality" lobby that engages in political activity, entered tax statements showing the lion's share of expenses had gone to fundraising and that neither group had "launched" its ostensible program. Protect Arrerica' s Children had as its aim an explicitly political function, and it incorporated in 1977 for a tax-exempt, though not tax-deductible status, Under IRS guidelines it could J::-e used as a vehicle for carrpaign activity. Anita Bryant Ministries, Inc., was also launched in 1977 in an effort to counter criticism that Bryant was engaged only in negative activity. Bryant announced with the formation of Anita Bryant Ministries that she v.OUld establish counseling centers for harosexuals as v.ell as for others who had drifted away fran her brand of fundamentalist Christianity. In the filings, ~ver, Bryant is only able to report success at raising funds . Anita Bryant Ministries reports netting alrrost one million dollars in contrib.ltions. Under "Program Activ­ity" it reports that only $150 of that arrount v.ent to "counseling." That was less than the funds spent on press and photos, consulting fees or Christmas gifts. The b.llk of the expenses was for "direct mail fundrais­ing letters for raising contrib.ltions, gif~~ grants, etc. totaling nearly $400,000.00 The remaining half million dollars was bankrolled at the end of the year. Protect Arrerica's Children by its political lobby raised alm:>st 1.3 million dollars that sarre year. Reprinted fran UPFRCNI' CONNECTIONS EVERYDAY EVERYDAY WE PASS EACH OTHER AND IGNORE EACH OTHER 'S SIGHT WE CARE NOT TO SEE EACH OTHER AND FORGET ABOUT THAT NIGHT WHEN YOU WERE MINE AND I WAS YOURS AND WE WERE ONE ••• BUT FELL APART WE ARE NO LONGER OURSELVES FOR WE FORGOT TO GIVE THE LOVE AND NOW WE PASS EACH OTHER AND FORGET ABOUT THAT NIGHT HEKTOR A PASSING When i t cares time to part, It i s really always an art. For you find that your hearts Will not totally part. For time wil l care, And time will go, But your need for each other Will al ways show. For you need him in your way, And he needs you in his . Together this makes The best friendship there is . Lynn Aday TEATRO ALEGRE 'IO APPEAR NJ' GA.5LIGEIT 'IHEATRE Teatro Alegre (Gay Theatre) has been delighting Austin audiences with "Jatos" ("Queers" , revievied in May, 1980 cruND:TIONS) for the past tw rronths . Now this talented Latino lesbian/gay theatre group is re­hearsing for "El Osito Bailarin" ("The Dancing Bear.") It will be presented for six afternoons in July at the Gaslight Theatre, 214 West 4th. Author Hektor Munoz describes "El Osito Bailarin" as "a children's play which is also for adults . It's sarething like ' the three bears go disco, ' only diff­erent. " It 's ab::>ut Teddy Bear, who wants to be a disco dancer rut who rrust struggle with society's prejudices _ and a big, bad v.01f . Teddy Bear will be pl ayed by Hektor Munoz. Pancha, the Discc Queen (Parrela Leighton) accanpanies him in his adventure . Cliff Manuel pl ays Mr. M., the v.0lf , and Diana Sol iz is the Fairy ( "no pun intended") • "El Osi to Bail arin" i s Teatro Alegre 's second production and it pranises to be every bi t as enter­taining as "Jotos ." The bilingual production will pl ay nearly every Thursday and Saturday afternoon in Jul y. Part of the proceeds will be donated to GCS . Showtirne wil l be 3:15 p .m. Don ' t miss it. '"· II II 71 •• •• 14 !!!!:.,.::-V CONNECTIONS 'till death by do us part RON MOSS They looked so alone , at first . Two disting­uished , middle-pged gentlemen in suits seem out of place in a disco crowd . But it soon became obvious they had many friends , There was a constant crowd at their table , When some people would drift away to dance , others would stop at their table to talk . I was a stranger and had never met either of them, but they seemed most familiar. to all the congregation in the bar, As the night progressed , I found the two gentlemen ' s names were James and Tom. One young man spoke of the two as "parents," After several dances with one blonde number , I found myself being introduced to James and Tom, They knew my blonde escort very well , We sat at the table and had a pleasant conversation , As it neared closing time , James and Tom invited me to stay at their house , rather than go to the local baths. It may have been the liquor that I had consumed or it may have been the undaring stares I had been receiving from Tom that made me accept the invitation, The house was located out in the country. We talked about each other on the long drive home and learned even more about each other. James , I found, was forty- three . He had been born in Montana and had been raised on his father ' s cattle ranch. He had originally moved to the city to go to c :_ege. He had met Tom at the bar one night several years earlier , They became fast friends and soon founJ themselves wa~~.i.~ to be around each other re and more . ~hey sett"iet~:2,_wp or a sma.l country ot that ,Jame.; ri·vi bo 1 ·hj· "'1'lieLt,jtP- first u.oved to the ·ity. T ar o d l'1tra Texas , He had joined the army when he was eighteen. After a four year bout with the military , Tom decided to travel , He had gone to California; New York ; Can­ada and many other interesting places , He had orig­inally just planned on passing through the city, but he liked it and had decided to stay a few days longer when he met James . During our conversation about my lovers , Tom said he wanted me to know that he and James were not lovers , but only "good pals," I thought the situation a bi t strange as they certainly acted as if they were lovers , Tom saw the look of disbeli ef on my face and explained that he and James had been lovers , but found that being tied down kept their life together somewhat strained, so they became pals, Soon we arrived at our destination, James ' description had just not done justice to all the hard work they had put into the house and lot , A s i mple frame house sat surrounded by plants of all kinds , sizes , and shapes , Although the house was simple on the outside , it was elegant on the inside , Everything , including the early ceiling fans , looked as if they belonged in the house all along, The natural wooden floors and the natU.'ral brick walls added a f l air that was to be unknown by any other house I was to ever enter again , It was late , so we decided to bed down for the night , I was given a most comfortable room in the back of the house. A waterbed adorned the center of the room, Chocolate brown drapes fluttered on the windows and a rice brown velvet bedspread lashed across the bed, I got ready for bed after taking a sensuous shower, I slipped into my jockstrap and crawled underneath the warmth of the bedspread , I soon flew into a fast and deep sleep. I was very tired after my long trip and the fast- paced evening I spent at the bar, It began to snow during the evening, During the night I grew restless and woke up, I got up to go to the kitchen and get something to drink, Althouv.t. +ried o make very i+-+;le noise, I w"ke '!'om, ·,nd he ''.L'll ·r+o the kit,;hen to he p m loea+c tne thinb"'• I mac..e f a ,1i"h out o ' 3O"le 1° 'tovers ·n +J-fa luy., ,.,. mi r. Tom ·vir rooM +o ,·t th tt vw-1· r ~oa & +., r om 'l. .,!l'a nr th• ~irep 'l.' • t +o .. o, - room, A.; om A.n<i r cu la ea ow y <U'' fte d into 1r wna··ks and d ·iaP1 w wo~ d re ~or the rc.;t o" the ni~ht , Upon reachine Lhe bedroom, we found that our sexua appetites for one c.nother had grown . We ay in P'.i ·ti o+her ' s arms, caressing and kissine: and t'ond ing he obJeet of ~ur deEires , ur folluwing actions and motions he.d us in a stati- of ,.mspendect animation . I-If' wr>re joined not only in body, bu'; in being and essence. 'he hours tnat we .;pent entwined were both fulf.i. 1 'rp 'l.nd ,joyous . We firQ 1y n,•iftect ofr to s~eep and woke in the morning fee 'n · r, newed and refreshed , ' ve lived t~re :n the _;mall frame house for five years w. James and Tom are still good pals, as are J·unes ani I , We are all very close to each other anri mA.ke up a wonderous ittle family . Tom and I are now lovers , We have much joy and tranquility in our relationship . We have shared our love with James and with each other , Our lives are abundant and filled , we truly meant the pledge we made when we held each other ' s hands in the small, but quaint country church and were jouned in .o y Union , We shall be together till death do us pPrt. CONNE,:T.IONS 15 CONNECTIONS CALENDAR JUNE,1980 Sun June 1 9am, Austin Laml:da Cultural carpool to final Houston showing of Judy Chicago's "Dinner Party" 10flll, Showtirre at Austin Country with Tiny Mac and Tragedy Ann Mon June 2 6:30- 8flll, Austin Laml:da Cultural planning collective meeting Tue June 3 and Wed June 4 12 noon, Austin Laml:da Cul - tural bake sale fund raiser by Co-op Wed June 4 8flll, Gay Corrm.mity Services coordinators meeting, Uni versity Y office Thu June 5 6- 8flll, Austin Laml:da Cultural coordinators meeting 1 0flll, Showtirre at Austin Country with Pauletta Lay Fri June 6 7flll, Di gnity Region VII Convention at the Castili an, 2323 San Antonio, through June 8. Hosted by Dignity Austin. 7: 30flll, lesbian films at Austin Laml:da Cultural• Sat June 7 VOI'E in your party primary run-off elec­tions today. ALGPC endorses Jinrny Snell for County Ccmnissioner, Precinct 1 • Sun June 8 7fltl, Austin Laml:da Cultural lesbian i=ot­luck supper 10flll, Showtirre at Austin Country wi th R.C. Cola (punk rock and new wave) Tue June 1 0 7fll\, Aus tin Laml:da Cul t ural meeting to discuss concensus decisi on-making 7:30flll, Metroi:olitan Camumity Church of Austin Board of Director s meeting Thu June 12 5- 7flll, Kay Gardner ..x:>rkshop, Publ ic Li­brary. Everyone welcare. 10flll, Showtirre at Austin Country with Lindsay Love and Lindsay McCall Fri June 13 8flll, Kay Gardner at Hogg Auditorium, UT, $4 .00 Flautist sponsored by Hurrming­bird Productions. Sat June 14 6:30fll\, Austin Laml:da AA covered dish dinner 7flll, Austin Laml:da Cultural auction. Everyone welcaue. 10μn-3am, free STD (sexually transmitted disease) screening by Gay :,urses' Alliance of Austin and Austin-Travis County Health Dept. at the Club Baths Sun June 15 8flll, Austin Laml:da Cultural dessert pot­luck. Terri 1'1cCaslin, speaker Mon June 16 6:30- 8fll\, Austin Laml:da Cultural planning collective Wed June 18 7- 10fll\, Austin Laml:da Cultural planning collective 8flll, Gay Camunity Services general rosiness meeting, University Y office Thu June 19 6- 8flll, Austin Laml:da Cultural coordinator£ meeting 10flll, Showtirre at Austin Country with Linda Weatherby of the Blandscrew Sisters Fri June 20 12 midnight, Gay Nurses' Alliance of Austin meeting. Call 453- 0816 for location. Sat June 21 7:30fll\, 1'CCA pot luck supper and awards dinner Sun June 22 Glfi PRIDE WEEK: Austin Laml:da Cultural exhibit and sale, art ..x:>rk and crafts, to be announced Sflll, GNi PRIDE WEEK: Town Meeting, to be announced Tue June 24 7:30flll, ALGPC meeting, Austin Laml:da Cultural Thu June 26 1 0flll, Showtirre at Austin Country with Teresa Cole and Chatty Kathy Fri June 27 GAY PRIDE WEEK: Austin Laml:da Cultural night of individual or small group rrusic and poetry. To be arranged Sat June 28 10am, GAY PRIDE Parade, 1st and Color ado 12 noon, GNi PRIDE Rally, beer rust and barbecue at Wooldridge Park 8flll, Austin Laml:da AA birthday night for all AA groups . Sobriety birthday cel­ebrants are the guest speakers . 8flll, GAY PRIDE WEEK: Austin Laml:da CUl­tural dance, to be arranged Mon June 30 6- 8flll, Austin Laml:da Cultural collating of July newsletter weekly events in june '80 sunday 12 noon and 7: 30fll\, ..x:>rship services at Monday MetrO!X)li tan Carrounity Church of Austin 1fltl, liturgi cal service, Holy Trinity Church of Austin 3flll, Austin Laml:da AA Step 12 group 4flll, Volleyball, Waterloo Park (Red River be~ 11th and 15th streets) 8flll, Dignity liturgy. Call 477-6699 for location. 8flll, Austin Laml:da AA Monday group 8- 10flll, Austin Laml:da Cultural gay men 's awareness group. $1 donation asked fran non- sponsors Tuesday 7:30flll, Bible study, 1'CCA Wednesday 6: 30flll, Austin Lamtrla AA ¼Oren together meeting 7:30- 9: 30flll, Counseling, 1'CCA 8 and 9: 30flll, Austin Lamtrla AA presents films on alcoholism Thursday 7:30fll\, rap group, 1'CCA 8- 10fll\, Austin Lamtrla Cultural lesbian awareness group. $1 donation asked fran non-s=nsors Friday 8flll, Austin Laml:da AA steps study group 8fll\, Gay Camunity Services rap group, University Y rap group roan 8fll\, CCAA bowling, Brunswick Capitol Bowling Center, 5700 Grover 8fll\, Austin Lamtrla AA Friday group A D V E R T I S E R S Anarchadillo Austin Country Henry 's Mernrys Holy Trinity Libertarian Party of Texas Metropolitan Ccmnunity Church of Austin New Apartrrent Lounge Paths Untrodden Bookstore ~Tirrmy Snell Gerry Tarr - 16· CONNECTIONS connections CLASSIFIED AD SECTION co:~'I'.'ECTI(l,;S reaches a special. audience that other Austin publications don't. l'le '11 assign a blind J:ox number to advertisers who wish to remain anonyrrous. 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Liturgical service Sunday 1 : 00 p.m. David Charles, v-0rship leader. 1606 s. Congr~ss, 447-7359 HENRYS MD1RYS invites you to visit our unusual, funky shop. Vintage clothes, hot party clothes and costurres. Hours 11-5 ~n., Tues. lied. 11:00-11:00 Thurs. , Fri. , Sat. 423 East 6th. 474-6428 GAY HERITAGE - gay owned J:ook service has large selection of J:ooks reflecting the gay man's experience. Catalog $1.00. Paths Untrodden, Dept. C, Box 459 , Village Station, N.Y., N.Y. 10014 FRIENDLY PEOPLE NEEDED to collect signatures to p.1t candidates on ballot. Fullt.ure/ part- t.ure. $5 to $8/hour. Flexible hours/ locations. Petition at rock concerts , ur, gay bars , novies , etc. Contact Lil::.ertarian Party, the party of human rights and civil lil::.erties. Call 476- 2728 or visit our new headquarters at 2201 Manor Road. \QI'E FOR Jil41Y SNELL June 7 for County Ccmni.ssioner, Precinct 1 • Ad paid for by a friend. 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