“Would You Like Guys With That?” tonight at UTD

Youth in revolt

In his theater piece, Would You Like Guys With That, John Michael Colgin’s main character (himself, really) is a snobby kid, the product of private-schooling and a sense of entitlement; he becomes even more judgmental when he attends college in Stillwater, Okla. But then he goes to work at McDonald’s as a kind of social experiment, he begins to see the world anew: Just because he hates small-talk with his co-workers, he discovers that listening to different music doesn’t mean you’re not a human being. His show explores not only his coming out experience but the awkward time before and the self-realization after.

Read our interview with Colgin here.

DEETS: Davidson Auditorium — JSOM 1.118, 800 W. Campbell Road on the UTD Campus, Richardson. Jan 30. 5:30pm. Free. UTDallas.edu/womenscenter

—  Rich Lopez

Drawing Dallas

Even with a big family (3 kids and 5 grandkids), retired schoolteacher Richard John du Pont projects a dandy’s fashion sense

MARK STOKES  | Illustrator

Name: Richard John du Pont

Occupation: Retired elementary school teacher

Spotted at: Kroger’s on the Strip

Colorful and vibrant, Richard was born and reared in upstate New York in a small town on the Mohawk River called Crescent. Retired since 2003, this tireless educator spent 30 years teaching 4th and 6th grades, and continues as a substitute teacher for the Dallas I.S.D (Sam Houston Elementary and Maple Lawn Elementary). He graduated with a bachelor’s in elementary education from the Central University of Iowa and a has masters in education from North Texas State University at Denton.

A man of taste: This silver-haired taste maker owns an exquisite collection of antiques, tastefully chosen to accent his beautiful home. He also lends his skill and expertise as a salesman to two estate sales and as a sales rep for Metrotex at the four large annual shows at the Dallas Trade Center.

Daddy dearest: This proud patriarch of two sons, one daughter and five grandsons sees family as the root of his life. His close-knit clan lives in the area so he is able to spend a lot of time with his children and grandchildren.

His hobbies include volunteer work for DIFFA, Legacy Counseling Center and Fresh, as well as traveling, reading, working out at Gold’s Gym Uptown, dancing and shopping. He collects vintage clothing and jewelry (more than 100 suits at least — he attends the Cathedral of Hope every Sunday in one of them with an antique brooch), and Converse and Vans shoes.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 29, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

HRC Attends The Congressional Black Caucus Conference

The following comes from HRC’s Associate Director of Diversity, Donna Payne:

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) held it’s 40th Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., on September 15th-18th. The CBC represents all of the black members of Congress. For over 10 years, HRC’s political and diversity departments have participated in attending the conference.

This year, our work became a collaboration with the National Black Justice Coalition’s inaugural program – Out on the Hill, which was designed to organize around public policy priorities that have the ability to move black communities to a conversations that includes the entire community, including the black LGBT community. The event worked in conjunction with the CBC Conference so that people could show a strong black LGBT presence at the conference workshops. This is an important collaboration for the LGBT community to support, because many of us have experienced a denial of our presence within our communities.

The inaugural NBJC event hosted a White House briefing, which included presentations from key White House officials and representatives such as Michael Blake, the Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement about African American administration initiatives, and Jeffrey Crowley, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy on the national HIV/AIDS strategy. The session was led by Brian Bond, the LGBT Liaison and Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.

HRC participants at NBJC activities were Marc Nichols from our Business Council, Ashly Smith from the HRC D.C. Steering Committee, John Isa and Mary Snider from our Board of Directors and myself, Associate Director of Diversity and a founding board member of NBJC, Donna Payne. Our new HRC Diversity Assistant for the HBCU Program, Lauren Waters, worked with HBCU students attending the program so that they were up to date on HRC resources and outreach.

For the first time, the CBC workshops included a panel discussion given by the Arcus Foundation entitled:  Breaking Down Barriers: Creating a Progressive Black Agenda for the 21st Century. The discussion included 6 panelists who discussed ways in which the black community can develop a progressive movement from a perspective that is inclusive of the needs and concerns of black LGBT people and other vulnerable communities. Historically, it is the first time that an open panel on African American LGBT concerns has been supported by the CBC. The workshop, overflowing with attendees, was highlighted by the address of Congresswoman Maxine Waters. For so many of us, this speech was the perfect capstone for a truly historic event.

Human Rights Campaign | HRC Back Story

—  John Wright