The Call Sheet

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The Call Sheet is the newsletter of the Gay Callers Association.

It started as a short and folksy newsletter with gossip, music reviews, and articles of interest to GLBTQ callers, with an eye on developing new callers for the IAGSDC community.


Early Versions

The first instance of The Call Sheet (PDF) is dated April 1989. The 3 page newsletter was "an attempt to establish a line of communication among callers of the International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs". Written by Anna Damiani, it did not yet use the name "Gay Callers Association".

Harlan Kerr sent out a 24 page Lambda Calling (PDF) newsletter and note service dated May 1989. It uses the name "Gay Callers Association" and gives some of the history within the IAGSDC.

Both of these early newsletters laid the groundwork for the 1st GCA Caller School in New York that Summer at convention.


Contemporary Format

Allan Hurst took over editing The Call Sheet in 2006, and switched formats from a 4-to-8-page printed newsletter to a 40+ page technical journal. The new format is distributed only electronically, as a PDF file.

The format change caused some initial confusion, but eventually The Call Sheet came to be regarded as one of the last "caller's notes" services still in publication, read by both GLBTQ and straight callers, with contributions from both the GLBTQ and straight calling communities.

Promotional printed copies of back issues are often given to non-members as a membership recruiting tool at CALLERLAB and IAGSDC conventions.

The Call Sheet is currently produced in electronic format, and is distributed via the GCA's website at http://www.gaycallers.org/callsheet

Current membership in the GCA is required to be able to download current and back issues of The Call Sheet.


Call Sheet Editor Chronology