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Gay Austin, Vol. 2, No. 9, July 1978 - File 007. 1978-07. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. March 30, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/566/show/547.

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Title Gay Austin, Vol. 2, No. 9, July 1978
Contributor
  • Kay, Kelly
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date July 1978
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962538
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 007
Transcript GAY AUSTIN JULY 1978 Coming out at TGC V 3y R. H. The Texas Gay Conference Five in Dallas in mid- June was an incredible awakening for me. It was the first gay activist meeting I had ever participated in, and I was extremely apprehensive a- bout attending. My reasons for attending were threefold: 1) t.-> hopefully meet a "higher class" of gay people than I had been meeting at Austin bars and parties; 2) to see who the activist leaders were; and 3) to benefit and learn form the various workshops offered. The first of my expectations was realized at the kick-off cocktail party Friday night when I spotted someone standing alone in the shadows looking as forlorn and out of place as I felt at that moment. His opening comment was to compliment the graphics on the cover of the official program we were all dutifully clutching. The cover design of a vortex with a superimposed number "5" proved to be an apt symbol for the conference, a heady barrage of dizzying stimuli and sensations which affected each of us at different levels of consciousness during the course of the weekend. Beginning Saturday morning with the presentation of keynote speeches, I began to fulfill my second expectation concerning what type of leadership we have at the forefront of Texas gay activism. The speakers represented all colors, shades and textures you could possibly imagine. They were witty, touching, eloquent knowledgeable, informed, caustic, and inspiring--but most of all they were committed; committed to giving each one of us a sense of pride in being gay. They challenged us to stand up for our civil rights--if not as activists, then by boycotting products and establ ishments whose endorsers or policies seek to discriminate against us. My third cxpectat^-i. was realized when the workshops began on Satmday afternoon. The workshops varied in quality, but the ones I.attended, gay physical health care the law as it affects homosexuals, and gay literature and movies, were informative and practical. I was most impressed by the professionalism of some of these presentations. As coincidence would have it. the person I met at the cocktail party Friday night was from Austin also. We spent the entire weekend together, sharing both the conference experiences and each other's company. We shared our innermost thoughts, desires, fears and self-doubts. In many ways he was the most intellectual and stimulating person I have met in tne gay lifestyle. Toward the end of the conference I remember fervently wishing that the weekend would never end; that my consciousness and sensitivities would never stop expanding. The theme of the conference was "Setting Sites on Human Rights" and I believe I left Dallas having set my sights on new values,beliefs, priorities and goals that I had not been forced to confront before. I have never felt so much pride in being gay as I experienced that weekend in Dallas. TGC V was everything I had hoped for, and more. I made a special friend whose self-revelations significantly altered the way I perceive gay relationships. I am grateful to him and to the sponsors and leaders of TGC V for restoring pride I had lost, raising my consciousness and providing me with memories of a weekend during which all those who attended walked a bit taller in the sun. ?AY STRATEGY . continued from page U OAVE WILL BE ON VACATION UNTIL JULY 23 Do you need the services d a. professional painter but are put otf by the thought o\ a. sweet-tilKmq coi f hofnophcfei prayjTiq mow furrf. Then call us.3 We've been "m twe traitor and a. crew of homopnooic alcoholics spravmo \jour furniturer business four \jears iTid specialize in commercial Yernodelinq and fine interiors. , Gay owned and operated. J)av e'sPctinuTiq can be very heavily influenced by surveys and letter writing campaigns Equally important is the development of contacts within government agencies at all levels. Remember, it was one of those often-maligned federal bureaucrats who wrote regulations last year which made gay couples eligible for federal housing. We need to build on the positive spirit characterized by the Breakfast Festival for Human Rights and the Gay Freedom Week Celebrations. To do so means putting off the symbolic issues until we are more certain of winning without stirring up opponents who can win in the short run because fear is on their side. It's too late in 1978 to develope a full- scale strategy for the November elections. There is plenty of time, though, to begin recruiting candidates, funds, and workers for next spring's city council elections.
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