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Community News, No. 7, March-April 1975 - File 003. 1975-03/1975-04. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 9, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/506/show/495.

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Title Community News, No. 7, March-April 1975
Contributor
  • Reid, Allen
Publisher AURA; Texas Gay Task Force Communications Committee (Northern Region)
Date March 1975-April 1975
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 27910176
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 003
Transcript Counseling Conference Supports Gau Cause (Dallas) One hundred mental health and helping professionals from three states attended an all-day workshop on counseling and homosexuality in Dallas on March 1. One of a nationwide series of such conferences sponsored by the Homosexual Counseling Journal, the Dallas conference aimed to sharpen counselors' awareness of the special problems of homosexuals and their families. The Community Services Division of Mountain View College of the Dallas County Community College District hosted the event. Dr. Ralph Blair, psychologist and editor of the Homosexual Counseling Journal and director of the Homosexual Community Counseling Center, Inc., of New York City, gave the keynote address. Dr. Blair emphasized that mental health professionals all too often carry the same attitudes of the general public about homosexuality and have not been adequately prepared to deal with homosexual persons and their families. According to Dr. Blair, homosexuality should be viewed as a variety of sexual expression and not as a deviation which must be seen as sickness The psychologist contended that the family of a homosexual person also needs counseling if they are "blaming" themselves and are distraught or rejecting. "They often ask how their son or daughter could possibly be happy as a homosexual. I often ask them how their homosexual son or daughter could possibly be happy as a heterosexual," stated Dr. Blair. "All that went wrong is the erroneous expectation that everyone will be a heterosexual person." He also believes that if the homosexual can cope with his or her homosexuality, the other unexpected things in life will be easier to handle. Following Dr. Blair's address, a panel of local mental health professionals gave brief presentations and fielded questions from the audience. Panel members included Dr. Robert Dain, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Texas Health Science Center of Dallas; Dr. Bill West, psychiatrist; Dr. Dolores Dyer, clinical psychologist; Ms. Shirley Switzer, social worker; Dr. Perry Gross, a local physician in family practice; Rip Corley, registered nurse and specialist in crisis intervention; and Ms. Betty King, counselor and founding director ofthe "gay line," a crisis intervention and information telephone. During the afternoon session, the work^ shop participants formed small discussion* groups on various topics such as aging and homosexuality, bisexual behavior, coming out, parents of homosexual children, homosexual parents, lesbian/feminists, gay couple counseling, gay social options and religion and homosexuality. Each group summarized their discussion and reported to the closing session. A compilation of these summaries will be published in the July issue of Homosexual Counseling Journal. Final action of the conference was the unanimous passage of the following resolution: "WHEREAS homosexually oriented persons have historically suffered from emotional and social stress due to the criminalization of the private homosexual acts of consenting adults, and "WHEREAS all human beings, regardless of sexual orientation have the inalienable, fundamental right to engage in affec- tional-sexual relations with other consenting adults in private, therefore: "BE IT RESOLVED that the assembled,, helping professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, social workers, ed-^ ucators and others) meeting together at the Homosexual Counseling Workshop at Dallas, Texas, on March 1, 1975, hereby go on record in unanimous support of H.B. 759, the current effort to repeal Section 21.06 of the Texas Penal Code." COMMUNITY MEWS Richard van Cleve Allen Reid Scott Stebelman Communications Director Managing Editor Dallas Editor Staff: Arlo, Randy Beitel, Rip Corley, Ken Cyr, Mark Elgin, Sue Harris, Mike Merrill, Alexander Langham.Wayne Ribble, Kay Wilson and others. Community News is published by the Northern Region of the Texas Gay Task Force (Communications Committee) and by AURA (Awareness, Unity and Research Association), not for profit but as a service to the Gay Community. Opinions expressed in Community News are those of the individual writers and do X not necessarily reflect the views of this publication, AURA, the Northern Region of the TGTF, or of their members. Mailing Addresses: P.O. Box 7367 FortWorth, TX 76111 P.O. Box 9928 Dallas, TX 75214 Telephone: Fort Worth (817) 338-0128 Dallas (214)827-2798 SUBSCRIPTION RATE is $4 (1st Class) and $3 (3rd Class) for 12 issues mailed in plain envelope. LETTERS to the editor of Community News should be signed. However, name will be withheld upon request. All letters are subject to editing to meet space requirements and to remove potentially libelous statements. Publication ofthe name of any person, business or group in Community News should not be constured as any indication ofthe sexual preference of that person, business or group, or of their employees or members. A AD RATES available upon request. ™> WANTADS: See Wantads section of this paper. 2 / COMMUNITY NEWS / MARCH APRIL 75
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