Local briefs • June 19, 2009

Posted on 18 Jun 2009 at 7:18pm
By Staff Reports

LOSF holding annual barbecue celebrating Juneteenth in Tenison Park

The Legacy of Success Foundation presents its "Fourth Annual Rejoice! A Juneteenth Celebration" barbecue on Saturday, June 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tenison Park, 6200 East Grand Ave. in Dallas.

The event will include games, music and free food.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day that Major Gen. Gordon Granger with the Union Army came ashore in Galveston with news that the Civil War had ended and that President Abraham Lincoln had, on Jan. 1, 1863, signed the order to abolish slavery.

A Legacy of Success Foundation spokesman said that everyone who understands that the LOSF barbecue is a predominantly gay and lesbian event and who are also open-minded enough to leave their negative energy elsewhere are welcome to attend the event.

Cathedral of Hope continues Pride month series with Knox as guest speaker

The Cathedral of Hope continues its month-long series on "A Generation of Pride" with Harry Knox, the director of Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith Program, as guest speaker at the Cathedral’s 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services on Sunday, June 21.

A former licensed pastor of a United Methodist Church in Georgia, Knox joined the HRC staff in July 2005. Under his leadership the HRC Religion and Faith Program has seen the creation of a national speakers’ bureau and a weekly preaching resource that provides scriptural commentary to ministers and lay people interested in an ecumenical LGBT perspective on the Bible. He also has been instrumental in creating a national network for 22 progressive state clergy coalitions around the country.

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

Nelson-Tebedo health center offering free HIV tests all day on June 26

To mark National HIV Testing Day on Friday, June 26, Resource Center Dallas will offer 12 hours of free HIV testing at the Nelson-Tebedo Health Resources Center, 4012 Cedar Springs Road. Free tests will be offered from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Rapid HIV testing — with results available within an hour — will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It’s believed that a quarter million Americans have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and are not aware of it. More than 40,000 Americans are infected with HIV every year; 961 new cases were diagnosed in Dallas County in 2008, up from 953 in 2007.

Storyteller Tim Couch to perform at St. Stephen UMC in Mesquite

Storyteller Tim Couch will perform at St. Stephen United Methodist Church, 2520 Oates Drive in Mesquite on Sunday, June 28 at 9:30 a.m. The event is for all ages.

Couch practiced law in Dallas for 14 years, spending most of that time with the district attorney’s office prosecuting child abuse cases. But in 1992 he decided to change careers and joined the faculty of the Episcopal School of Dallas to teach religion classes to middle school students. It was during that time that he developed his love of storytelling.

St Stephen is a progressive reconciling congregation. For more information call 972-279-3112.

Youth First Texas annouces ‘Gaytona 500′ fundraiser for July 4th weekend

Youth First Texas will present "Gaytona 500," a barbecue and remote-controlled car race, on Sunday, July 5, from noon to 5 p.m. in the parking lot behind JR’s Bar and Grill, 3923 Cedar Springs Road. There will also be live entertainment, and trophies will be awarded to the first, second and third place finishers in the race.

Admission is $10, and proceeds will go to Youth First.

Celebrity chef Blythe Beck, star of the soon-to-air Oxygen Network show "The Naughty Kitchen" and executive chef at Central 214 at Hotel Palomar, is underwriting food for the event. Other sponsors include Central 214, Andrews Distributing (Miller/Coors), ilume and Caven Enterprises.

For more information, go online to YouthFirstTexas.org/gaytona500.

The ONE Church moves into new location in Garland on July 5

The ONE Church, an LGBT-affirming, spirit-filled church east of Dallas, will celebrate moving into its new location in Garland, with a 3 p.m. service Sunday, July 5. A time of food and fellowship will follow the service.

The church’s new location is 6246 Broadway Blvd. in Garland, off I-30 at Exit 59, behind the Dairy Queen and across from the Kroger Store.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 19, 2009.

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