September_197S GAY AUSTIN
MCC DEDICATES BUILDING
The Metropolitan Community Church of Austin
dedicated Its building 614 E. Sixth Street
Jeff Bishop, worship coordinator for Austin's
MCC since the spring, was officially installed
as Interim Pastor of the church by the Rev. Don'
Eastman, assistant coordinator of the South Central District of UFMCC and pastor of MCC Dallas.
THe South Central District includes congregations
in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and southern Missouri.
The MCC Austin congregation has just completed
refurbishing and air-conditioning the church
On August 4 the congregation approved its local
by-laws and granted permission for incorporation
of its board of directors. The church's petition
for charter has also just been completed and
church members expect to be fully chartered by
KTVV NIXES NBC'S 'SGT MATLOVICH' IN AUSTIN
MCC MINISTER LICENSED TO PERFORM 'HOLY UNIONS'
The Rev. Dr. Jeff Bishop, Interim Pastor of MCC
Austin, is licensed by UFMCC to perform Holy
Unions, and lists the following requirements
for those wishing to be united 1n Holy Union.
--Each party must be legally single, widowed
or divorced at the time of the union. If a
person has been previously married to a person
of the opposite sex, the divorce decree must
be final. If a person has previously had a
Holy Union, that Holy Union must have been
officially dissolved under UFMCC proceedings.
--The two parties must have lived together for
at least one year.
--The two parties must not be involved in an
—Both parties must be regular participants
in church worship services, whether at MCC
or another church.
--Both parties must be of legal age.
--Both parties must as a couple attend three
counseling sessions with the minister with
each session spaced at approximately a two
—The minister's honorarium is $25, which does
not include the cost for use of the church.
After holding the made-for-TV movie 'Sgt. Matlo-
vich vs the US Air Force' for nearly two years since
filming was completed, NBC scheduled the show for
Aug. 21. But unless you caught it on San Antonio's
KMOL via cable, you didn't get to see the movie here
in Austin, even though local newspaper TV listings
indicated it would air at 8.p.m. Aug. 21, a Monday.
KTVV, Austin's NBC affiliate, apparently cancelled
the film at the last minute, showing instead the
Miss Texas pageant and a documentary on tornadoes.
As late as the Friday before the show was to air,
a KTVV spokesperson assured GCS that 'Sgt Matlo-
vich' would be shown Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. as scheduled.
So why did KTVV cancel the first television program ever whose central theme concerned the human and civil rights of gay Americans?
General Manager of KTVV Al Tanksley told GCS that
he made his decision to cancel the show based on
his perception of viewer Interest. He said further that at the time of the decision he did not
know that the film was based on fact nor that it
was an NBC premiere movie. Tanksley said that
NBC usually promotes Its movies very heavily
before their first run and further that NBC almost never premieres a movie 1n the middle of
August. Tanksley said that no one at the TV
station consults the gay community or reads the
gay press and that he had been unaware of the
importance of the Matlovich case to the gay
Leonard Matlovich, awarded the Bronze Star,
the Purple Heart, two conmendatlon medals
and a meritorious service medal as an officer of the US Air Force during the war in
Viet Nam, was honorably discharged from the
Air Force in October, I975, seven months
after having told his commanding officer that
he is homosexual. Matlovich's court battle
to rejoin the A1r Force 1s still before a
US Court of Appeals.
LESBIAN/GAY DEMOCRATS OF TEXAS HEAD TO
STATE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION IN FT. WORTH
In preparation for the semi-annual Texas
Democratic Party state convention, over
fifty gay delegates and alternates have
formed a new organization called the
Lesblan/Gay Democrats of Texas. The caucus may be contacted through the Texas
Gay Task Force, Box 2036, Universal City,
Tx., 78148, telephone (512) 655-3724.
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