5 questions with Enrique MacGregor
Enrique MacGregor co-founded the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Dallas five years ago. Among other things, the group hosts a major fundraising gala every two years to benefit a nonprofit, non-LGBT organization and promote equality. This year’s event, to benefit the Parkland Foundation, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in the Great Hall of the Old Red Courthouse, at Houston and Main streets in Dallas.
How did the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Dallas come about?
It was started by myself and my partner, Mark Niermann. It really
started as a small idea of raising money for the Latino Cultural Center. Within three days it had just exploded into this big event. It struck a chord.
How has the Gay & Lesbian Fund affected the gay community?
My own perception is that if I go back to that point in time, a lot of people in the gay community weren’t really out. I think when this happened it gave people a sense that we as a group can out ourselves.
Is it true that the Parkland Foundation amended its nondiscrimination policy to include sexual orientation at the prospect receiving this year’s donation?
The idea is when we give money to nongay causes we should do it in a strategic way. We need to think of how do we can continue making changes like this. I think it’s a very, very significant change. Parkland sets an example for other institutions.
Who have been the other beneficiaries of the bi-annual event?
The first one was the Latino Cultural Center. The second one was the Women’s Museum. The third one was for two children’s organizations, the Dallas Court-Appointed Special Advocators and the Dallas Children’s Theater.
What do you expect from this year’s event?
We have never raised so much money ahead of time for an event. It’s going to be by far the most successful total fund-raising event we’ve had so far.
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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 16, 2007