GCA

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The Gay Callers Association (GCA) is an international organization consisting of individuals who participate in and promote gay and lesbian square dance activities.

The GCA is an affiliate member of the IAGSDC.

The purpose of the GCA is to promote the development of gay callers and to promote square dance, round dance, and western dance as a recreational activity, provide mutual support among members, and to further the education,interest, and participation of the members in the art without prejudice to gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, age, race, or belief.

Membership in the GCA is open to everyone, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, ethnic background, or sexual orientation. The GCA consists of experienced and beginning callers, class instructors,and other professionals who promote square dance activities in the gay and lesbian community.

The GCA sponsors the GCA Caller School which is held in conjunction with the annual IAGSDC convention. The GCA also maintains a directory of members who call during the IAGSDC convention and at various square dance events throughout the year.

The GCA annual membership meeting is held during each annual convention. The members present elect executive board to serve a two-year term.

The GCA produces The Call Sheet, a quarterly publication, which keeps members updated with current topics in the square dance community.

The GCA web site can be found at http://gaycallers.org/

History

Caller workshops were held at several early conventions. At the first convention, All Join Hands, Elmer Sheffield and Paul Marcum and Chris Philips led a session titled "Introduction to Sight Calling", out of which grew the idea of a callers organization that would promote gay callers.

At the first Portland convention, an informal caller school was held, taught by Paul Marcum

No formative action was taken until 1988 at Cross Trails In The Desert, when Harlan Kerr and Anna Damiani met with Bill Eyler and Chris Phillips to get the idea rolling again.

In early 1989 the first newsletters were published and immediately prior to Peel The Apple the first (official) GCA Caller School was held, taught by Harlan Kerr, [[Anne Uebelacker], Joe Uebelacker