Miss Firecracker pageant tonight at the Eagle

Camping out

The 23rd Annual Miss Firecracker pageant returns just in time for July 4. Heavy on the camp and actual singing, the contest is also a benefit for TGRA and its charities. The winner goes on to compete for Miss Charity America. The lovely Victoria Weston will serve as one of the hosts.

DEETS: Dallas Eagle, 5740 Maple Ave. 7 p.m. DallasEagle.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Spoiler alert! Gay chef exits ‘Top Chef Masters’

Suvir Saran

One of the out chefs on the current season of Top Chef Masters was told to pack his knives last night.

The series, which pits established and celebrity chefs against one another in cooking competitions to raise money for charity, is near the start of its second season on Bravo.

Suvir Saran, an Indian chef who is a practicing vegetarian, was booted from the show for cooking a tasteless vegan burger with a low calorie count for a weight-loss challenge. Saran has stayed true to his no-kill principles since the season began, refusing to even use bugs in a weird challenge last week. He has, however, cooked meat this season which had already been butchered, although his default has been to find vegan alternatives for carnivorous dishes.

Last night, he lectured the diners, including the panel of food critics that included gay judge James Oseland, about how red meat was responsible for obesity and why his substitute was healthier. Perhaps, but it ended up being flavorless and not juicy enough for the diners.

Saran owns a farm in Upstate New York with his partner, Charlie.  He raised about $8,000 for his charity before being let go.

Lesbian Tracy Des Jardins fared better for our tribe, winning her second “quickfire” challenge of the season.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Hope for the future: Another youngster speaks up for LGBT equality

Malcolm and his letter

Back in November, 2009, then 10-year-old Will Phillips of West Fork, Ark., made headlines around the country when he refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance with the rest of his classmates because the pledge includes the phrase “with liberty and justice for all,” and Will knew that LGBT Americans aren’t really guaranteed that liberty and justice.

Now, a 7-year-old named Malcolm is speaking out for LGBT equality, and putting his money where his mouth is.

Recently, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center received an envelope containing a $70 donation and a hand-written note that read: “I am sending you this money because I don’t think it’s fair that gay people are not treated equally.” It was signed, “Malcolm.”

There was another note with the donation, this one from Malcolm’s mom. She explained that in an effort to help Malcolm learn the importance of helping improve the world around him, he had been given $140 to donate to the charity of his choice. And when Malcolm heard a story on the radio about LGBT people being mistreated, he got so upset that he decided he would donate his money to LGBT causes.

Malcolm chose to split his his $140, giving half to the LA Gay and Lesbian Center and the other half to the Human Rights Campaign.

We all know that nonprofits of all stripes always need money. But they — and all of us, in fact — also always need hope. Malcolm gave the Gay and Lesbian Center and the HRC both. And he gave hope to all of us.

—  admin

Your last chance to take part in the ‘Faces of Life’ photo campaign

You know you want your supermodel moment

Face of LifeThe ilume Gallerie and photographer Jorge Rivas invite people to come get their photo taken as a benefit for AIDS Arms Inc. You saw the Faces of Life exhibit during the parade with rich, colorful pictures of local people in the community adorned by a red ribbon. That could be you! Only not as big and not in the parade. Nonetheless, it all goes to charity and you’ll have a heck of a Facebook profile pic.

DEETS: Through Nov. 5. Call 214-507-7369 for an appointment. $50 for singles, $75 for couples. ilumeGallerie.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Gay publishers ante up for World Series

Is it just us or does Giants closer Brian Wilson look like someone you’d run into at the Dallas Eagle?

Dallas Voice Publisher Robert Moore felt left out last week, after the publisher of New York City’s Gay City News refused to make a friendly, legal wager on the Rangers-Yankees series. I won’t repeat Robert’s exact comments here, but basically, the publishers of San Francisco’s Bay Area Reporter and The Philadelphia Gay News had bet on the National League Championship Series, and Robert badly wanted a piece of the action.

Well, good things come to those who wait, and thanks to the Rangers first-ever World Series berth, Moore is finally getting in. Moore and Bay Area Reporter Publisher Thomas E. Horn have agreed that the loser will contribute $1,000 to a charity in the winner’s city and appear in the opposing team’s gear in a photograph to be published in the winner’s newspaper.

And while these are some pretty high stakes already, we’d also like to see Moore don a leather-daddy beard a la Giants closer Brian Wilson should the Rangers lose.

—  John Wright

Salahis Raise Zero for Charity at DC Gay Bar

Salahisx390 (Screengrab) | Advocate.comThe White House crashers said a recent party would raise money for the troops, but the charity says it will receive nothing from the event at a D.C. gay bar.
Advocate.com: Daily News

—  John Wright

LSR kicks off 10th year with party at Salum

The 10th annual Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS got off to a big start Sunday, May 16, with a kickoff party at Salum restaurant.

LSR Co-Chairs Laura Kerr and John Tripp said today that 140 people signed in at the party. A total of 67 riders and 31 crew members registered for this year’s ride — which takes place the weekend of Sept. 25-26, beginning and ending each day at the American Airlines Conference Center in Fort Worth.

They also sold 34 tickets for a chance at a gorgeous new Trek Madone bike. Tickets are $20 each for the bike raffle and the winning ticket will be chosen the weekend of the ride. Check the website at LoneStarRide.org for details.

Just to put things in perspective, at last year’s kickoff party, 120 people signed in, and 32 riders and 31 crew members registered. So it looks like this is going to be a banner year for Lone Star Ride.

For a better idea of how things went Sunday, check out this DVtv video.

—  admin

Happy birthday Donna Dumae!

Donna Dumae (aka Don Jenkins)
Donna Dumae (aka Don Jenkins)

He’s been Don Jenkins all his life. But for the last 26 years, he’s also been known as Donna Dumae, a paragon of charity in the Dallas/Fort Worth LGBT community.

And every January, Donna rounds up a cast of her talented friends to host her annual birthday celebration and show to raise money for a worthy cause. This year’s birthday bash fundraiser is Sunday, Jan. 24, at Dallas Eagle. Show time is 7 p.m., and all the money raised will go to AIDS Services of Dallas.

And p.s., the Eagle will be offering some excellent drink specials, from what I hear.

So happy birthday Don “Donna Dumae” Jenkins. And thank you so much for all you do — and have done through the years — for our community!

—  admin

Hot Lips Charlize

Charlize Theron: Kissing for a Cause

Charlize Theron: Kissing for a Cause

SheWired.Com has reported that at an Oct. 22 charity event in San Francisco, when bidding for a trip to South Africa to meet Nelson Mandela stalled out at $37,000, South African native — and award-winning actress — Charlize Theron offered to throw in a “makeout session” with the winning bidder, an offer that managed to get the bid up to $140,000.

SheWired says Theron “took one for the team” when the winning bidder turned out to be a woman, and engaged in a girl-on-girl kiss that lasted “more than 20 seconds.”

My first thought when I saw this was, “Kudos to Ms. Theron” — not for being willing to kiss a girl; I mean, I consider getting to kiss a girl a real privilege, not a chore — but for being willing to kiss a stranger for charity. I wouldn’t do it.

My second thought was, how sad that people are more willing to pay big money to kiss Charlize Theron than to meet Nelson Mandela.

And, I admit, my third thought was to be jealous of the winning bidder, not just because she got to kiss Charlize Theron but because she had the $140,000 to spend that it took to get that kiss!

The event, by the way, was raising money for OneXOne, which delivers food and water to children around the globe.

—  admin