5 questions with Angela Amos
Angela Amos is co-chair of Dallas Southern Pride 2006, titled “Paparazzi: In Focus.” The annual black gay Pride celebration begins on Thursday. Most events take place at the Radisson Hotel Dallas Love Field, host hotel for the event.
How long does it take to plan Dallas Southern Pride each year?
I have been involved for the last three years. This is my second year as co-chair. Planning the Southern Pride events usually takes between eight and 12 months. I think we started meeting to plan this year’s Pride celebration back in March.
How is Dallas Southern Pride different from previous black gay Pride celebrations in Dallas?
We are a community-based and community-focused nonprofit organization that stresses Pride celebrations that are more than just parties. Our events are designed to empower and educate people as well as entertain them. We changed the name last year because we didn’t want to exclude anyone.
What other organizations are you involved with?
I am president and one of the founders of Women of Distinction, which has been around since 1996. We are a not-for-profit organization designed to educate and empower and entertain the GLBT community. We party for a purpose a portion of the proceeds from every event goes back to some organization, and our focus right now is one women and children. I also volunteer with an organization dealing with heart disease among African-Americans.
Do you have a partner?
My partner is Elizabeth Eastman-Stewart, who is the PR person for Dallas Southern Pride. We will celebrate our fourth anniversary on Nov. 8. We own a real estate company together, Alternative Housing Solutions, and we specialize in refurbishing homes for low-income families. Our passion is helping people in need. We balance one another, complement each other. We have the same passions and that helps keep our relationship strong
What do you think are your best qualities?
I am very passionate about everything I do, and I love giving back. Anytime you are in a position to bless someone, to help someone, you should do that. That’s what drives me in everything I do.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, September 22, 2006.