Thanks to Resource Center donors
To the kind souls who have opened up their hearts, wallets and time to the Resource Center of Dallas, rest assured that you are appreciated.
In 1995 I was dying from full-blown AIDS. I had no health insurance, no primary health care and no safety net of disability income.
In part, because of your generosity, they continue to be there to keep the weakest and most vulnerable of our community from falling through the cracks.
Every day my prayers of appreciation say thank you to people like you. Maybe, in your frustration you have not been able to hear them.
So if it is not too late, please accept this thank you letter from one who has been on the receiving end of services provided by the Resource Center of Dallas.
They are understaffed and underpaid, and I cannot imagine how they would continue without loving hearts like yours.
Remembering a good friend
When school board member Joe May died earlier this week, the gay and lesbian community lost a longtime friend.
I first started working with Joe in the early 1980s when he was a federal employee whose growing passion was local politics. We worked together on various issues affecting the Democratic Party and East Dallas neighborhoods.
He was becoming a full-time local politician, and he was eager to learn about the issues important to gay men and lesbians.
While other Democratic Party activists were still getting used to our out and open presence, Joe was already focused on our issues and supportive.
Joe and I spent many evenings at local Tex-Mex restaurants, talking about developers, voting patterns and the personalities at City Hall. I will treasure those memories, and I will remember him as easy-going honest, and interested in others.
Take back our agencies
It seemed at one time more gay men with HIV and AIDS were at the helm of many of the agencies that now service our community needs. The agencies seemed more organized, more friendly, more caring.
Over the years, the scandals, the laziness, too many chiefs, the county and those who direct the agencies have literally forgotten what a chore being sick on a daily basis (even with today’s therapy and treatment) is like.
The services become less and less and the blame is alwayws put at the noncompliance of the client.
We need to take back our agencies. We need people in them that really do care and really do understand. We need to get rid of much of the politics, and we need more willingness to listen client needs and not what you think we need.
Don’t get me wrong, I am appreciative of the agencies, but they work for us. We are not employed by them, nor their prisoners. Yet, at times you feel like that because of a desperate need.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition of February 17, 2006.