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Gay Austin, Vol. 3, No. 1, September 1978 - File 010. 1978-09. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 2, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/584/show/576.

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(1978-09). Gay Austin, Vol. 3, No. 1, September 1978 - File 010. Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive. University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/584/show/576

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Title Gay Austin, Vol. 3, No. 1, September 1978
Contributor
  • Kay, Kelly
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date September 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 010
Transcript 10 GAY AUSTIN September 1978 GCS: serving gay austin for 3 years By ART MORRIS GAY COMMUNITY SERVICES opened Its doors at the University Y in Austin on August 1, 1975. But the organization was actually born across the Drag as a group of UT students who called themselves Gay People of Austin. The People moved to 2330 Guadalupe when the University Y recognized them as a viable group serving a previously neglected part of the Austin community, and offered office space 1n their headquarters above Sommers Drug. A totally volunteer organization, GCS 1s staffed by and for the gay people of Austin and Travis County. Counseling and information services, available to both telephone and walk-1n inquiries, make up the bulk of GCS' day-to-day activities. Although some of our counselors may be professional, they all function at GCS as non-professional peer counselors, relying on personal experiences and their own common sense 1n reacting to and discussing gay people's lives and problems. Many of those who call or come to GCS for peer counseling are gay people 1n the process of coming out who need to talk to someone 1n a non-judgmental position who understands their problem. In more complex situations, GCS operates a referral system using psychiatrists and psychologists screened by the organization so that we know they are supportive of gay people. GCS also makes referrals to other professionals, such as dentists, doctors and lawyers. FREQUENTLY, non-gay groups are interested 1n having contact with gay people as a learning experience. The GCS Speakers Bureau provides speakers to any group requesting them. Frequent requests arrive from UT, St. Edward's University, Southwest Texas State University 1n San Marcos, Austin Community Col lege,Southwestern University 1n Georgetown and Huston-Tillotson College. Church groups, high school classes, and local TV and radio stations have also called upon GCS for speakers. GCS Peer Counseling Coordinator Tommy Connell rapping with Kelly Kay Our newspaper GAY AUSTIN has been published for over two years, starting out as a four page mimeographed newsletter, and gradually growing 1n quality and support. Published on newsprint for nearly a year now, the paper has subscribers 1n Texas, California and Utah. Published monthly and distributed in Austin free, Gay Austin may be found at any of our advertisers' establishments, at GCS, 1n bookshops along the Drag, and in the Austin/Travis County Collection of the Austin Public Library. Since its Inception, GCS has sponsored a Friday night Rap Group which meets at 8:00 p.m. In the GCS lounge above Sommers Drug on the Drag. A good place to meet gay people 1n a quiet atmosphere, the Rap Group is open to everyone. Discussion ranges from coming out to promiscuity, relationships, and whatever else the group wants to talk about. The only Austin gay organization with a permanent telephone line, GCS acts as a clearinghouse for Information significant to other gay organizations Including the Austin Gay Political Caucus, Austin Human Rights Coalition, Austin Lesbian Feminist Organization, UT's Lesb1an/Gay Alliance, Texas Gay Task Force, Lesbian/Gay Democrats of Texas and Metropolitan Community Church. Pertinent Information 1s recorded on the answering tape which 1s available on the phone when GCS 1s closed. Included in the Gay Community Services Directory and Source Book published by the National Gay Task Force, GCS 1s funded by private donations, the advertisers of GAY AUSTIN and the United Urban Council of Austin. GAY COMMUNITY SERVICES 1s open dally from 6-10 p.m. upstairs over Sommers Drugstore at 2330 Guadalupe. The phone number 1s 477-6699.
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