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Connections, Vol. 2, No. 6, June 1980 - File 004. 1980-06. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 3, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/2324/show/2310.

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Title Connections, Vol. 2, No. 6, June 1980
Contributor
  • Olinger, James K.
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date June 1980
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962584
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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Title File 004
Transcript DIGNITY CONVENTION IN AUSTIN 'CONNECTIONS5 =3 Dignity/Austin will host the Dignity Region VII Convention June 6, 7, and 8 at the Castilian, 2323 San Antonio. Dignity members from Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Lubbock, and El Paso are expected to attend. Tom Oddo, CSC, a pioneer in the gay Catholic movement in the United States, will be a featured speaker and guest homilist. Mike Caudry, SJ, formerly of the University of Washington, will also be a featured speaker. The theme of the convention is The Homosexual Christian: Past, Present, and Future. Dignity/Austin plans the weekend as an educational experience as well as an opportunity to promote fellowship among gay Christians. Of course, it will also be a lot of fun. Father Thomas 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 Stohehill College outside of Boston. He has a Ph.D. in theology from Harvard University. Father Oddo has been 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 columnist for the Dignity, Inc. Newsletter. He will give a workshop on being gay and dealing with one's sexuality in today's society and Church. He will also speak on the future of gay Christians in his homily during the convention's liturgy. Further information about the convention can be obtained by calling 477-6699 or by writing P.O. Box 7471, Austin, Texas 78712. GAY COMMUNITY SERVICES HOLDS COUNSELLING WORKSHOP On May 3, 1980, Gay Community Services of Austin sponsored a telephone counselling and interpersonal communications workshop. Fifteen volunteers from GCS and Metropolitan Comnunity Church of Austin attended. The workshop was led by Michael Menefee and Rich Kline, two psychologists associated with the University of Texas at Austin. The workshop consisted of brief lectures and discussion sessions, as well as role-playing exercises intended to help teach the participants how to communicate more effectively with telephone clients, such as those GCS and MCCA encounter. Another workshop is being planned for early summer. Any interested individual is welcome to attend, but the number of participants is limited. For more information, call Gay Community Services at 477-6699 between 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. GCS PHONE COUNSELORS NEEDED by Rob Gips Gay Community Services currently needs volunteer counselors. Duties include telephone and drop-in peer counseling, as well as making referrals to various Austin service organizations, businesses and professionals. We need mature, service oriented, individuals to work from 6:00 to 10:00 PM one night per week. You'll be performing a valuable service for Austin. Peer counseling is a lot of fun, too! Interested lesbians and gay men should telephone the GCS office at 477-6699 any evening between 6:00 and 10:00 ■ PM for more information. (continued from page 1) - Gary Reese (left), .and Gary Fitzsimmons sign off final Different Drummer. Program producer Strong was shocked by the news that A Different Drummer had been cancelled. "The news came very suddenly to us, after we had already planned out and started production on June's programs. I was not officially notified until over a week after the program had been cancelled." The program is being replaced with SoundSight, four hours of programs for the blind on Sunday morning. A two-hour time slot had opened up on Sunday evenings and Strong had hoped A Different Drummer might get a half-hour. Giorda refused. The KUT-FM programming department also offered A Different Drummer a prime time 7:30 Friday night slot, and the 3:00 Wednesday afternoon space usually devoted to minority programming. Both time slots are currently running "filler." KUT-FM is seeking regular programs for them. Giorda has flatly refused to consider A Different Drummer for either space. Strong responded, "When the positive audience response and the gay community's reactions are con sidered, the program must be termed a success. The only reasons I can see for its cancellation are "political - there may have been pressure from the University of Texas administration. We did get some pressure during the early days of the series, but I thought it had abated. Another possible reason is the fear the program created among the possibly gay high-level management of the Communication Center." Strong also said, "It seems" strange to me that Giorda would consider three months of half-hour ' programs as being an 'equitable share' of air time for gays. The blind will have four hours per week, and eventually a full-time reading service on KUT's SCA sub-channel. The Blacks have three hours every weeknight. Women have an hour weekly. We are asking for a very small amount of time in comparison." The Gay Radio Collective will now try to start the series up on another Austin radio station.
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