LOCAL BRIEFS: AIN poker tourney at the Brick; Bates set for Dallas Black Pride

AIN poker tourney set at the Brick

A charity poker tournament is set for Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Brick, 2525 Wycliff, to benefit AIDS Interfaith Network.

The Dallas Bears and the LGBT poker league Pocket Rockets will co-host the event with the Brick. Miller Lite is the sponsor and play begins at 3 p.m.

It’s free to play but AIN will benefit in a number of ways. The agency will receive a portion of the drink specials sold. Players may buy additional chips, and the Bears will hold a 50/50 raffle.

A cash prize pool of $500 will be awarded and all levels of players are welcome.

Bates set for Dallas Black Pride

Christopher H. Bates will speak at the Dallas Black LGBT Community Summit on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Dallas Marriott City Center Hotel. He is the director of Health and Human Service’s Office of HIV/AIDS Policy.

Bates will discuss the federal government’s response to the high infection rate among young gay African-American men. He has 20 years experience in public health policy and has been with OHAP for more than a decade.

Bates administers funds for the Minority AIDS Initiative and advises the Undersecretary of Health on education, prevention, testing, research, care and treatment strategies. Information is available at DFWPrideMovement.org.

Martin offers program for couples

Randy Martin, LPC, will facilitate an eight-session program for couples, Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. throughout September and October.

The program is based on the theory and practice of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). The first session focuses on the new science of love and what it teaches us. The next seven sessions focus on helping couples shape and use the seven conversations laid out in the book Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson, the developer of EFT.

Couples interested in participating should contact Martin at 214-520-7575. The cost of the program is $500 per couple and includes a copy of the book Hold Me Tight and other necessary materials.

NGPA seeks donations

The National Gay Pilots Association recently awarded $22,000 in scholarships and is seeking donations for future awards to aspiring LGBT aviators.

Since its founding in 1998, the NGPA Education Fund has given 46 awards totaling $139,000. Donations can be made on the group’s website, NGPA.org.

—  John Wright

Black Transmen group comes to the Metroplex

Today I received an email from Carter Brown telling me about a new group here in the Metroplex, Black Transmen Inc.

According to Brown’s email, Black Transmen, with a Carrollton address, is “the first national nonprofit organization of African-American transmen solely focused on acknowledgment, social advocacy and empowering African-American transmen. Our services include: providing resources to aid in a healthy female-to-male transition, peer-to-peer mentoring, HIV/AIDs education and awareness, employment training, financial consulting and sponsoring local and national events — to name a few.”

The group has a Facebook page, located here.

I don’t know much about the new group yet, and I hope to be able to talk to Carter Brown and other members soon to find out more information that I can then pass along to our readers. But I do know that services and resources for transgender and transsexual people are few and far between here in North Texas. There are some groups out there — for instance, GEAR — that do a great job. But there are still a lot of gaps that need to be filled, especially when it comes to services for trans men, and African-American trans men in particular.

So here’s wishing Black Transmen all the best. I hope to talk to you soon.

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Fahari’s lecture series brings in Kenyon Farrow tonight

Ushering in a new queer agenda
Kenyon Farrow is a man the LGBT community needs to get to know and the Fahari Arts Institute is doing just that with its (Queer)note Lecture Series. Farrow comes to speak to Dallas in the presentation Moving Toward a True Black Queer Liberation

DEETS: South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave. 7 p.m. FahariArtsInstitute.org.

—  Rich Lopez

Weekly Best Bets

Saturday 04.16

No, the jacket won’t make you look fat
DIFFA’s back in a big way this weekend. The event promises to be off-the-charts fabulous, but we can’t wait to see the designer jean jackets. Pretty much our eyes are set on this cotton candy fur-sleeved one. Almost makes us want winter to come back quick. Oh, and we feel sorry for the person who bids against us. You’ve been warned.

DEETS: Hilton Anatole, 2201 Stemmons Freeway. 6 p.m. $300. DIFFADallas.org.

 

Sunday 04.17

Dog days are just beginning
You think you know what your dog thinks and says? You will when you head to the 5th Annual Dog Bowl. Sipping pools, dog games and the Cotton Bowl as the largest dog park for them to run around in will make them happy as clams. And give you some good karma in the doggie-verse.

DEETS: Cotton Bowl Stadium at Fair Park. 1 p.m. Free. FairPark.org.

 

Thursday 04.21

Ushering in a new queer agenda
Kenyon Farrow is a man the LGBT community needs to get to know and the Fahari Arts Institute is doing just that with its (Queer)note Lecture Series. Farrow comes to speak to Dallas in the presentation Moving Toward a True Black Queer Liberation

DEETS: South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave. 7 p.m. FahariArtsInstitute.org.

—  John Wright

HRC Celebrates Black History Month

The following is from HRC’s Editorial and Web Content Manager, Carolyn Simon:

African-American leaders are some of the strongest voices advocating for equality. And no wonder. The civil rights victories during the 1960s, led by the black civil rights movement, helped propel civil rights advancements for many communities, including the LGBT community.

There’s U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who gave an impassioned speech on the House floor, urging his fellow representatives to “vote yes” on the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” There’s Whoopi Goldberg, a comedian, actor and a New Yorker for Marriage Equality. There’s Bishop John Selders, a founding member of HRC’s Religion Council, who speaks eloquently about the role of sexuality-based stigma in contributing to the spread of the HIV/AIDS epidemic – especially within communities of color. There are Drs. Johnnetta Cole and Michael Lomax, black educators and scholars who are unafraid to raise the issue of LGBT inclusion in black higher education. And there are Rosalyn Taylor O’Neale and Lee Daniels, who are showing our black LGBT youth that being black and being out as LGBT is a powerful way to walk in this world.

We salute and celebrate these and countless other African-American leaders – straight allies and LGBT people – each February as part of Black History Month. HRC is thankful each and every day that we can draw strength from the diversity of the LGBT community and our allies.

Some of HRC’s most important initiatives – such as the Historically Black Colleges and Universities program – demonstrate that African-American LGBT people and straight allies are critical to winning the fight for equality.

“Our sisterhood and our brotherhood – black, gay and straight alike – are found in the common hopes and dreams that we all share for full equality and freedom,” said Cuc Vu, HRC’s Chief Diversity Officer.


Human Rights Campaign | HRC Back Story

—  David Taffet

Pol Mad at Black Gay Pride Ads

I AM GAY BILLBOARD X390 (FAIR) | ADVOCATE.COMA city councilman in Schenectady, N.Y.,
has voiced his disapproval of an advertising campaign promoting gay
pride among black men.
Advocate.com: Daily News

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About Maine Gov. LePage’s Black “Son”

Over the weekend, newly-elected Tea Party-backed Maine Gov. Paul LePage called the NAACP a “special interest group” and told them to “kiss my butt” when they requested his presence at an event honoring Martin Luther King. LePage then offered up his black adopted son as proof that he isn’t a racist. Only, wait. That black “son” of his is actually the son of LePage’s golf caddy and was never adopted, although he did begin living with the LePage family in 2002. A spokesman for the governor said Raymond, now 25 and living in Louisiana, is not available for interviews.

Joe. My. God.

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Must. Not. See. Black. Gays.

The bigots are up in arms. And for the record, how many two year olds can read?




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Johnny Knoxville Will Make You His Black Swan Bitch

No stranger to getting all gay with his Jackass buddies, Johnny Knoxville takes on the role of Vincent Cassel — AS! — Thomas. Throw in a couple of men wearing leotards, some ass grabbing, and Rip Torn, and you've got yourself one dragtastic Black Swan spoof. (No, this wasn't the only movie parody the Jackass crew made for the 2011 Critics’ Choice Awards.)


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Black Swan Gets Homoerotic Spoof

rip taylor.jpgSomething very unexpected has happened to your good girl as the psychological ballet drama Black Swan,
noted for the torrid tryst between Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, gets
a homoerotic spoof by out entertainer Rip Taylor and the cast of Jackass.
Advocate.com: Daily News

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