DIGNITY CONVENTION IN AUSTIN
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
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.
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
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.
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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.