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Posted on 02 Mar 2006 at 11:10pm
By Staff Reports

Women’s Communities Association marks International Women’s Day
The Women’s Communities Association presents its fourth annual International Women’s Day Celebration at the Women’s Museum from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

The museum is located at 3800 Parry at Exposition in Fair Park.

The event will include Mary Macgregor, 2005 Woman of the Year, presenting the Women’s Communities Association 2006 Woman of the Year Award to Jeanne Rubin; the announcement of the 2006 Essay of the Year contest and a panel presentation on the role of women; with panelists from the Dallas chapter of United Nations Association-USA, Dallas Women’s Peace Conference, Dallas Women’s Foundation, International Rescue Committee, Catholic Charities’ Migration and Refuge Services, Planned Parenthood, Committee on Refugees, People Empowerment Project and Women’s Communities Association.

The Women’s Chorus of Dallas will perform, and special guests will include Wanda Brice, director of the Women’s Museum; former state Representative Harryette Ehrhardt; and former Dallas City Council member Veletta Forsythe Lill.

Admission and parking are free.

Smith gets endorsements of black, and Mexican-American Democratic groups
Andy Smith, a candidate for the Texas House, has received endorsements from the Mexican-American Democrats and the PVL-A New Era Democrats, but has been far outstripped in fundraising by his opponent in Tuesday’s primary.

Mexican-American Democrats is a statwide group promoting the interests of Mexican-Americans through the Democratic Party. PVL-A New Era Democrats originated from the Progressive Voters League, one of the oldest black Democratic groups.

Smith, a communications manager for Texas Instruments, previously won the endorsement of Stonewall Democrats of Dallas. He also is endorsed by 80 percent of the precinct chairs in his East Dallas-Mesquite state House district, according to a statement released by the candidate.

Smith, who is gay, is seeking the District 107 House seat. He faces attorney Allen Vaught in the Democratic primary scheduled Tuesday.

Vaught is an Army Reserve Special Operations captain and veteran of the Iraq war. His endorsements include The Dallas Morning News, Dallas County Tejano Democrats and the Texas State Teachers Association.

According to reports filed with the Texas Ethics Commission, Smith has raised about $44,000. Vaught has raised about $68,000. More than half of Vaught’s war chest came in nine contributions totaling about $38,500 from Texans for Insurance Reform.

Local GLBT health care workersestablish Lambda Medical Network
GLBT health care workers in Dallas recently formed the Dallas Lambda Medical Network, a social organization focusing on promoting goodwill and fellowship among its members, who represent a variety of medical institutions and professions.

The group meets for dinner on the second Wednesday of each month, and members plan to participate as a group in at least one community service project each year.

Of the 73 current members, about 25 percent are physicians in a variety of disciplines. The network also has six nurses, 22 medical students and several epidemiologists and research scientists.

Anyone associated either directly or indirectly associated with the medical field are invited to join the group. For information, check the website at www.dallaslambdamedical.org.

UNT Ally program offering Mary Finley scholarship for GLBT student
The application deadline for the University of North Texas Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Scholarship, presented in honor of Mary Finley, is April 30.

The scholarship application is posted at www.unt.edu/ally.

The scholarship is awarded each year to a student who is either a new, transfer or continuing undergraduate student at the university.

Sue Young, UNT staff member, funded the endowed scholarship in December 2004.

Finley is an Assistant Director for the University Union and has been at the university for more than 20 years.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, March 3, 2006.

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