2015 RVA: Metro

Posted on 20 Mar 2015 at 7:30am
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Klyde Warren Park by Kat Haygood

Locals spent so many years watching the building of the deck park that crossed over Woodall Rodgers and connected Uptown with Downtown, it was easy to overlook what a masterful engineering achievement it was … until it actually opened. The park quickly became a bustling gathering place for everyone. From a dog park to on-site restaurants (Savor, Relish) to food trucks, a playground, music performances, opera simulcasts and outdoor yoga, Klyde Warren Park has established itself a cherished place in the heart of the city.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

BEST LOCAL STRAIGHT ALLY
Dale Hansen — Sports Editor, WFAA-TV

BEST LOCAL LGBT SPORTS ORGANIZATION
Lost Souls Rugby Football Club
LostSoulsRFC.org.

FAVORITE NEIGHBORHOOD IN DALLAS COUNTY
Oak Lawn

BEST LGBT COMMUNITY LEADER
Rafael McDonnell, Resource Center
2701 Reagan St.
214-528-0144. MyResourceCenter.org.

HOTTEST LOCAL PRO ATHLETE
Michael Sam — Dallas Cowboys (formerly)

BEST LOCAL LGBT CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION
Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage
4054 McKinney Ave., Ste. 102.
214-520-6308. LegacyCares.org.

FAVORITE NEIGHBORHOOD IN TARRANT COUNTY
Downtown Fort Worth

GAYEST APARTMENT COMPLEX
the ilume
4123 Cedar Springs Road.
214-520-0588. ilume.com.

BEST PERFORMANCE VENUE
Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora St.
ATTPAC.org and DallasOpera.org.

BEST LOCAL MUSEUM
The P2201 N. Field St.
Open daily at 10 a.m. (noon Sundays).
PerotMuseum.org.

BEST ART GALLERY
Craighead Green Gallery
1011 Dragon St.
214.855.0779. CraigheadGreen.com.

BEST PARTY FOR A CAUSE
BearDance
BearDance.org.
BEST PARK OR TRAIL
Katy Trail

BEST SUNDAY FUNDAY
JR.’s Bar & Grill
3923 Cedar Springs Road.
Open daily until 2 a.m.
214-528-1004. JRsDallas.com.

BEST LOCAL ARTIST
Daniel Padilla
Daniel Padilla Gallery, 829 W. Davis St.
713-392-7014. DanielPadillaGallery.com.

Local-Personality

Sister Helen Holy (aka Paul J. Williams) by Arnold Wayne Jones

Although technically readers declared Paul J. Williams their favorite funny social media personality, we think they actually were referring to Williams’ alter ego, the sanctimonious scold of the Bible Belt, Sister Helen Holy. So we asked the famously homophobic church lady how she felt about being selected by gay Dallas. “Well, you know, I’m much more interested in winning my crown of glory in heaven than baubles on earth, though I must admit it’s certainly an honor — the sodomites are known for their discriminating taste.” Whether on Facebook or at PaulJWilliams.com — “I had to give my site on the inter web an assumed name so the perverts wouldn’t be after me,” Helen told me — there’s no better place to keep up with what’s funny in North Texas.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

FUNNIEST LOCAL SOCIAL MEDIA PERSONALITY
Paul J. Williams
PaulJWilliams.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 20, 2015.

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