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Gay Austin, December 1977 - File 005. 1977-12. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 1, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/988/show/975.

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Title Gay Austin, December 1977
Contributor
  • Lind, Scott
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date December 1977
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 005
Transcript F@ In its "Pastoral Letter to the Church, from the House of Bishops" (October, 1977) the Episcopal Church mad* some statements dealing with some rather sensitive subjects. Among these were reinterpretation of Christian dogma that deals with the ordination of both women and "... anyone who advocates and/cr willingly practices homosexuality1', and upon whom a nuptial blessing is to be conferred. In the statement on the ordination of women, the church accepts everyone, regardless of their feeling on the subject. That is, even though many were "...gladdened and encouraged. . -because of the General Convention's action concerning the ordination of women...", one is not a disloyal Episcopalian if he or she abstains from supporting the decision, or continues to be convinced that it was an error. This attitude reflects the concept that the Church should be flexible enough to accept everyone, and appears to be a policy of transition to give extra time to die-hard sexist traditionalists. ON HOMOSEXUALS In dealing with homosexuality in marriage and ordination, the House of Bishops was less than consistent, and hardly compassionate. The bishops said that the sexual union of man and woman is God's will. With an inane logic, they therefore limit its nuptial blessing to "...the union of male and female." They fail tc say that a union of man and woman is God's only desire or that same-sex unions are not God's desire. (God could not be reached for comment.) NO GAY GRDINANDS As if this wasn't enough, they went on further to say, "...the bishops ... deny ordination to an advocating and/ or practicing homosexual person." All this is done on the grounds that each ordinand must fashion his or her life after Christ as an example to the faithful. If such were actually the case, a strong argument for celibacy would be present in the Episcopal Church. The House of Bishops sought to redeem themselves by evoking the old "we are all brothers and sisters in Christ" routine. While support of homosexuals is indeed welcome and commendable, after their statements on marriage and ordination, the rest is mere pablum. They say that we "...as children of God have full and equal claim with all and other persons upon the love, acceptance, concern, and pastoral care of the church." They call upon our society to see that equ al protection under the law is provided. This all is little more than contradictory in the attitude conveyed in their statements on the marriage and ordination of gay men and lesbians. The bishops were middle of the road, at best in their entire Pastoral Letter. They said little more than: cf course homosexuals are entitled to ail the civil rights of respectable folks, we just don't want to deal with them. Granted, their statements are more than the statement from the Vatican, but not much better. Art Morris Those Daemn Queers.... Women s jace is a p ace tor women to come for infor- macK n. for counse ins and for meeting otl er w< men and 1 7-10 earning about pm Tuesday the community through Frida\ We are above >pen from Sommers Drug .it 2}.M) Gua dali pe. Telephone 472 3053 Homophobia is nothing new. But new cases pop up all the time. Here are some recent examples of homophobia: JtJHtSome psychiatrists still give clients infections of paralyzing drugs to 'help' them abolish homosexual tendencies. Despite the declaration of the American Psychiatric Association that homosexuality is Oct a sickness, many psychotherapists are still trying tc convert gay clients tc heterosexuality or helping then adjust to their 'handicap.' -—lesbians leaving a Syracuse, New ":crk bar at closing time were severely beaten up by a group cf fraternity men from the nearby university. Some of the women suffered broken limbs and concussions. ***Many parents disown or institutionalize children who they discover to be homosexual. ***0n the newsstands of Paris, you can buy a cartoon postcard showing two soldiers in the barracks locking at a third who is dressed in a pink nightgown and black mesh sto- :-tings. It is captioned 'la folia du regiment' 'the queer of the regiment). —-Cn a Los Angeles television program, comedian Mort Sahl recently advocated the killing of homosexuals. He was net making a joke, but talking seriously. Immediately after the program, the L.A. Gay Community Services Center received several bomb threats. **#a proposed housing ordinance in Austin, Texas including equal protection for homosexuals, aroused such hostility that the city's news- tauers were filled with anti-homose xual letters even weeks after the ordinance passed, its sexual preference section deleted. ***A study paper on homosexuality commissioned by the Presbyterian Church, U.S. (Southern) was circulated among member churches for discussion. Several congregations pulled out of the denomination, even though the paper did not advocate homosexuality as such. 2532 Guadalupe "3Fet tAe active man" the best selection in adult material* •• Anywhere!
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