Local briefs • June 12, 2009

Posted on 10 Jun 2009 at 10:12am
By Staff Reports

Firedancers celebrate 22nd anniversary
The Firedancers leather/levi club celebrates its 22nd anniversary June 12-14.

Registration starts at 8 p.m. Friday night, and will be followed by a show and auction at 9:30 p.m. There will be a pool party at a private residence Saturday afternoon and the 22nd Mr. FireDancer Contest, a preliminary to Mr. Hidden Door/Mr. Texas Leather at 9 p.m. at The Hidden Door.

The anniversary weekend will conclude on Sunday with an awards presentation.

There will also be various cocktail parties and games conducted during the weekend celebration and all funds raised will go toward various charities.

For more information go online to www.firedancers.org.

Bernice Powell Jackson to speak at CoH
The Cathedral of Hope will observe Juneteenth with guest speaker the Rev. Bernice Powell Jackson, president of the North American Region of the World Council of Churches, at its 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services on Sunday, June 14.

Jackson, an advocate for civil rights, including equal rights for LGBT people, will preach on the topic "Oh, By The Way" as part of the Cathedral’s month-long series, "A Generation of Pride," which commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

Jackson formerly served as the executive minister for Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ and has been a visible and vocal supporter for marriage equality. She formerly served as the executive director of the United Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice, and prior to that as the executive associate to the president of the 1.4 million-member denomination.

Jackson served for three years as the director of the Bishop Tutu Southern African Refugee Scholarship Fund, where she also was the archbishop’s representative in the U.S. She was also on the staff of New York Gov. Hugh Carey and on the communications staff of the National Urban League.

She is a graduate of Wilson College in Chambersburg, Penn., and holds master’s degrees from the Columbia University School of Journalism and Union Theological Seminary. She received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Defiance College in 1994. She is married to Dr. Franklyn Jackson, a retired school administrator.

Worship services are free and open to all. The Cathedral of Hope is located at 5910 Cedar Springs Road.

‘Wizard of Oz’ cast performing in benefit
Mama’s Party presents "Friends of Dorothy: A benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS" featuring the company of Dallas Summer Musicals’ cast of "The Wizard of Oz," on Monday, June 15, at the Contemporary Theater of Dallas, 5601 Sears Ave.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Cover charge is $5 per person, and additional donations will be solicited. All proceeds benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The event is supported in part by the Dallas Summer Musicals Guild. For more information contact Mama’s Party on Facebook.

Forum on LGBT, black civil rights set
Gus Klein will host a community forum on the topic "Is gay the new black?" on Wednesday, June 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Rainbow Room at Resource Center Dallas, 2701 Reagan St.

Klein said the purpose of the forum will be to identify differences and similarities between the African-American civil rights movement and the LGBT civil rights movement.

GAIN presenting program on health
Resource Center Dallas’ GAIN (GLBT + Aging Interest Network) will present a program Thursday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. on "Keeping Up Your Health: Challenges for Today’s GLBT Seniors." It will be held at Resource Center Dallas, 2701 Reagan St.

The program will feature Dr. Mitch Carroll, medical director of Ambulatory Clinics at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. He is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine with a special interest in geriatrics. Carroll earned his M.D. from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Church holding garage sale
Celebration at the Lake Church, 9120 S. Highway 198 in Mabank, will hold a garage sale beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 20. Items for sale will include furniture, appliances, books, clothing, household items, collectibles, electronics and more.

For information call 903-451-2302.


Burns, Fitzsimmons to speak at event

Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns and Dallas County Clerk Gary Fitzsimmons will be the keynote speakers at the June 20 event celebrating the sixth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling striking down the Texas sodomy law.

The event, presented by the Southwest Regional Office of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, will be held at Eddie Deen’s Ranch, 944 S. Lamar St., from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The ruling, issued in June 2003, came in the case Lawrence v. Texas, which started in 1998 when John Lawrence and Tyrone Garner were arrested in Lawrence’s Houston apartment after police officers responding to a false report found the men having sex.

Lawrence and Garner were jailed overnight and eventually convicted of violating Section 21.06 of the Texas Penal Code, also called the "homosexual conduct" law, which made it a class C misdemeanor for two consenting adults of the same gender to engage in sexual conduct together.

The Supreme Court ruled that the Texas sodomy law violated the constitutional guarantee of a right to privacy.

The ruling, which reversed the court’s earlier decision in Bowers v. Georgia in 1986, invalidated sodomy laws still on the books at that time in 13 states, including Texas, that criminalized same-sex sexual acts and some sexual acts between heterosexual couples.

Stonewall documentaries to screen
Tarrant County Stonewall Democrats and Fort Worth’s Q-Cinema will present a screening of the film documentaries "Before Stonewall" and "After Stonewall" on Saturday, June 27 at the Fort Worth Public Library screening room, 500 W. Third St. Admission is free.

The screening of "Before Stonewall" begins at 2 p.m., and "After Stonewall" follows at 4 p.m.

"Before Stonewall" uses extensive archival film, movie clips and personal recollections to construct an audiovisual history of the gay community before the Stonewall riots. "After Stonewall" explores the fight for equal rights and the rise of AIDS that followed the Stonewall Uprising.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 12, 2009.

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