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Posted on 17 Mar 2010 at 9:46am



WHEN WE GROW UP, WE WANNA BE LIKE HER | Cece Cox has been with Resource Center Dallas since 2007, but her activism stretches back two decades. (Photo by Tammye Nash)

BEST LOCAL LGBT ROLE MODEL
Cece Cox, Associate Executive Director, Resource Center Dallas
2701 Reagan St.
214-528-0144
RCDallas.org

That Cece Cox would be a favorite LGBT role model follows naturally from the many roles she has played over her 20 years of activism. Cox has headed the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance and the Dallas Chapter of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, worked in development for the Turtle Creek Chorale, chaired the Lambda Legal Women’s Brunch and served on the board of Black Tie Dinner.

Cox joined the staff of Resource Center Dallas as associate executive director of GLBT programs in 2007, where her role now includes traveling around the state to provide LGBT diversity training to employees at all TABC offices. But Cox’s most fulfilling roles are probably as mother to her son, Mateo, and lifemate to her partner, Judge Barbara Houser.

— Tammye Nash



THE BEST OF TIMES, THE WORST OF TIMES | Fort Worth gay leader Todd Camp stands outside the club where a raid last summer energized the LGBT community of North Texas. (Photo by Tammye Nash)

WORST THING TO HAPPEN TO THE LGBT COMMUNITY
The Rainbow Lounge Raid

BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO THE LGBT COMMUNITY
Community response to the Rainbow Lounge Raid/Todd Camp

It was the wee hours of the morning on June 28, 2009 — 40 years, nearly to the minute, since the Stonewall Riots in New York — when seven Fort Worth police officers and two TABC agents entered a newly-opened gay bar in Fort Worth and began arresting people for public intoxication. One patron, Chad Gibson, suffered a head injury while in TABC custody that left him hospitalized for a week. It was the worst thing that happened to North Texas’ LGBT community — perhaps to the nation’s gay community — last year.

But within hours, the best thing to happen to the community was underway. Fort Worth gay leader Todd Camp and friends, who were at the Rainbow Lounge when it was raided, began rallying the troops. Outraged gays staged two protests that same day and the attention of the world was focused on Cowtown. Throughout the following weeks and months, emotions ran high and tempers flared, but in the end, with national and international attention focused on the city, officials had made great strides toward improving ordinances, policies and attitudes. And the LGBT community across all North Texas had been re-energized for activism.

— Tammye Nash

BEST LGBT ORGANIZATION
Cathedral of Hope
5910 Cedar Springs Road
Services 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays
214-351-1901
CathedralOfHope.com

BEST PLACE OF WORSHIP
Cathedral of Hope
5910 Cedar Springs Road
Services 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays
214-351-1901
CathedralOfHope.com

BEST LGBT NATIONAL ORGANIZATION
Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.
800-777-4723
HRC.org

BEST LGBT FUNDRAISER
Black Tie Dinner
4015 Lemmon Ave., Suite 4001 #321
Next Black Tie Dinner: Nov. 6, 2010.
972-733-9200
BlackTieDinner.org

BEST DALLAS CITY COUNCIL PERSON
District 14 Councilwoman Angela Hunt
1500 Marilla St.
214-670-5415
DallasCityHall.com

BEST FORT WORTH CITY COUNCIL PERSON
District 9 Councilman Joel Burns
1000 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth
817-392-8809
E-mail: District9@FortWorthGov.org
FortWorthGov.org

BEST GAY BLOGGER • TIE
Rick Vanderslice and R.J. Jackson
The Rick and R.J. Collaborative
RickandRJ.com

Hardy Haberman
Dungeon Diary
DungeonDiary.blogspot.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 19, 2010.

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