Local Briefs

Posted on 01 Feb 2007 at 8:54pm
By Staff Reports

“‘Love Makes a Family’ photo exhibit opening Feb. 6 in Dallas

The touring photo exhibit “Love Makes a Family: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People and their Families” will be on display Feb. 6-11 at Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas. The show will be free and open to the public.

The tour is being sponsored by Equality Texas, and Equality Texas Executive Director Paul Scott will attend the opening reception at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the church, located at 11211 Preston Road. The exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 7-11 in the church’s atrium.

The exhibit includes 22 images of LGBT families of all races from around the U.S. Photographer Gigi Kaeser is the co-founder and co-director of Family Diversity Projects. Her co-founder and co-director, Peggy Gillespie, gathered first-person accounts from the subjects to accompany the images.

After the Dallas showing, the exhibit will be in San Antonio Feb. 19-25; in Austin Feb. 27-March 5 and in Houston March 8-13.

Deadline approaching to apply for Gay Pilots Association’s aviation scholarships

Students currently pursuing careers as professional pilots are invited to submit applications for the National Gay Pilots Association Education Fund’s aviation scholarships. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1.

The NGPA Education Fund was established to provide financial assistance to members of the LGBT community, including heterosexual allies, who are working toward a career as a professional pilot, and the fund may award up to $9,000 in scholarship funds to at least three students, according to Steve Walker, executive director.

Applicants will be judged on the strength of their commitment to supporting and bettering the LGBT community, their demonstrated academic ability and their financial need, among other criteria, Walker said.

Details of scholarship eligibility, an application form and information on making charitable donations to the Education Fund are all available on the NGPA Web site, www.NGPA.org.

Kate Clinton performing at First Unitarian in Dallas in benefit for NCLR

Lesbian comedian Kate Clinton brings her 25th anniversary tour, “It’s Come to This,” to Dallas on Saturday, Feb. 10, with a performance at 8 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 4015 Normandy Drive in Dallas. The National Center for Lesbian Rights, PlanetOut Inc., The Advocate and Air America Radio are sponsoring the event.

Tickets are $30 for general admission, $50 for reserved seating and $100 for reserved seating and admission to the reception with Clinton benefiting the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Tickets are available at Crossroads Market or by calling 214-521-8919.

Free childcare is available by reservation. Call 214-528-3990 for information and reservations.

Texas Bar Foundation gives $15,000 grant to Lambda Legal Help Desk hotline

The Texas Bar Foundation, the largest association of lawyers in Texas, has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund to support its Help Desk hotline serving LGBT people and those living with HIV in Texas.

“Our state’s legal system should serve the needs of all Texans,” said Anne R. Yeakel, Texas Bar Foundation’s executive director. “Lambda Legal’s Help Desk benefits the citizens of Texas, and we are pleased to support its vital work.”

Dennis Coleman, regional director for Lambda Legal’s Dallas office, said his organization is “honored to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Texas Bar Foundation in our shared commitment to equality and justice under the law. The people who will benefit the most from this grant are LGBT people and people with HIV in communities throughout Texas.”

Easter in Lee Park to include Pooch Parade, DSO and Easter bonnets

The Turtle Creek Association, in partnership with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, once again presents Easter in Lee Park on April 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Pooch Parade will include a parade and a costume contest with prizes for “Best Little Dog,” “Best Big Dog,” “Best Owner/Pet Look-Alike” and “Best Dressed Dog.” Registration starts at 11 a.m., and there is a $10 entry fee for each category.”

The Pooch Parade begins at 1 p.m., immediately following the SPCA’s parade of dogs available for adoption. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will begin performing at 3 p.m. on the outdoor bandstand,

Admission to the event is free, as is parking on the street, available on a first-come, first-served basis. All proceeds benefit the Turtle Creek Association.
For information check online at www.turtlecreekassociation.org.

Window Media officials announce closing of LGBT newspaper, Houston Voice

Window Media LLC announced Jan. 18 that it would cease all operations at Houston Voice, effective immediately.

Houston Voice was first published Nov. 29, 1980, under the name The Montrose Star. Window Media which, according to its Web site, also operates Washington Blade in Washington, D.C.;, Southern Voice in Atlanta; New York Blade, David Atlanta, Express Gay News and 411 Magazine in Fort Lauderdale; and Genre Magazine in New York acquired the publication in 1998.

Window Media officials said in a written statement, “The decision to close the Houston Voice was based on declining ad sales, along with other challenges facing today’s publishing business.”

The statement directed inquiries to Jake Spencer, publisher of the Washington Blade.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 2, 2007

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