Dwight McKissic: The anti-Christ is gay; Obama’s support for marriage equality worse than Katrina

Dwight McKissic

At its annual meeting in New Orleans, the Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday passed a resolution opposing same-sex marriage and declaring that marriage equality is not a civil rights issue. According to the Associated Press, the resolution was co-authored by the Rev. Dwight McKissic of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas.

“It’s important to sound the alarm again, because the culture is changing,” McKissic said of the resolution, adding that it’s “an unfair comparison” for gays to equate marriage equality with civil rights.

“They’re equating their sin with my skin,” McKissic told the AP.

The AP story goes on to suggest that while opposing marriage equality, with acceptance of gays growing in America, the SBC at the same time wants to distance itself from more hateful anti-gay rhetoric. For example, the SBC has long since ended its boycott of Disney over Gay Days, and the resolution approved Wednesday includes a statement that the SBC stands against “any form or gay-bashing, whether disrespectful attitudes, hateful rhetoric, or hate-incited actions.”

But if the SBC is truly trying to temper its anti-gay teachings, it has chosen the wrong spokesperson in McKissic. That’s because McKissic statement rhyming “sin” and “skin” — which is not new but will undoubtedly be repeated by anti-gay SBC pastors all over the country — pales in comparison to some of his other recent anti-gay rhetoric.

—  John Wright

LOCAL BRIEFS: AIDS Candlelight Memorial set, Butch Voices seeking submissions

AIDS Candlelight Memorial set

The 28th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial will be held May 15 at 4 p.m. at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1819 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Started in 1983, the International Memorial is one of the oldest grassroots AIDS awareness campaigns and is held the third Sunday in May. More than 1,200 community organizations in 115 countries host local memorials to remember those lost to HIV as well as to raise awareness.

Three people will share their stories of living with HIV including a 15-year-old young woman. At the end of the service will be a candlelight dedication to remember those lost, celebrate those living with HIV and those not infected.

Cornerstone Baptist Church does work with the homeless, people with addictions and provides assistance to those with HIV.

Free forum on redistricting set

Dr. Ruth Morgan, former provost of Southern Methodist University and author of Governance by Decree, will be the keynote speaker at a free public forum on redistricting, “Why Does It Matter,” Tuesday, May 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Center for Community Cooperation, Oak Corner, 2900 Live Oak St. in Dallas.

Other panelists include former League of Women Voters-Dallas president Libbie Terrell Lee and LULAC 4871 President Jesse Garcia.

Although admission is free, advanced reservations are required, and can be made online at NCJWDallas.org or by email at info@ncjdwdallas.org.

The event is sponsored by League of Women Voters chapters in Dallas, Irving, Plano/Collin County and Richardson, the National Council of Jewish Women’s Greater Dallas Section, Women’s Council of Dallas County, Delta Sigma Theta Dallas Alumnae, the Health and Human Services Coalition, LINKS Inc.’s Dallas Chapter, LULAC 4871 and the Dallas Branch of the NAACP.

Butch Voices seeking submissions

Butch Voices, a grassroots organization dedicated to of all womyn, female-bodied, and trans-identified individuals who are “masculine of center” and their allies, is now accepting submissions for workshops, performances, presentations, skill shares, photography/visual art and video presentations for the second national Butch Voices Conference, being held Aug. 18-21 at the Oakland City Center Marriott in Oakland, Calif.

Submission deadline is June 1. Early registration has begun and is $100 for regular attendees, $125 for VIP access and $50 for students. Volunteers can also register online and are needed in all areas of the conference.

For more information, to volunteer or to register go online to ButchVoices.com.

—  John Wright

Local Briefs: Bloomin’ Ball is Saturday; TWCD performs on Mother’s Day

Bloomin’ Ball is Saturday

AIDS Interfaith Network holds its fifth annual “Bloomin’ Ball: Sowing Seeds of Hope” fundraiser on Saturday, May 7, in the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway. The event, which raises money to help fund the agency’s services for people living with HIV/AIDS, will include dinner, two auctions, live entertainment and the presentation of AIN’s Crystal Hope Awards.

Event co-chairs are Andy Smith and Paul von Wupperfeld. Honorary co-chairs are Tim and Thom DeWitt and Dr. Barbara Cambridge with UT Southwestern.

Receiving the Crystal Hope Awards this year will be the James and Gayle Halperin Foundation, Gladys Brantley and the Cathedral of Hope HIV/AIDS ministry.

Tickets are available online at AIDSInterfaithNetwork.org and by phone at 214-943-4444.

 

TWCD performs on Mother’s Day

The Women’s Chorus of Dallas will present a special Mother’s Day concert, Nature & Nurture, Sunday, May 8, at 3 p.m. at the Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park.The one-hour concert will be held on Sunday, May 8th, 2011 at 3:00 p.m., at the Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park. The concert will conclude with a live butterfly release.

Advance tickets are $20, available online at TWCD.org or by phone at 214-520-7828. Each ticket includes admission to the Texas Discovery Gardens.

 

AIDS Candlelight Memorial set

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial will be held Sunday, May 15, in more than 1,200 cities and towns in 115 countries to commemorate the lives lost to AIDS, demonstrate support for people living with HIV/AIDS and mobilize community-based response to HIV/AIDS.

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial observance in North Texas will be held at 4 p.m. at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1819 MLK Jr. Blvd. Event Chair Auntjuan Wiley said the theme for this year’s event is “Touching Lives.”

Special guests will include District 7 Dallas City Councilwoman Carolyn R. Davis, Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Zachary Thompson, Minister Kirby Harden and Company from Dallas and keynote speakers Michelle Anderson, Terrance Gilbert and Brianna Lamar.

 

Leather Knights’ Military Maneuvers

Leather Knights of Dallas will conducting their annual “Military Maneuvers” fundraiser for the Nelson-Tebedo Dental Clinic on Saturday, May 21 at Dallas Eagle, 5740 Maple Ave.

Organizers said the goal for this year’s event is to raise enough funds to directly purchase a Cavitron, an ultrasonic device used in the removal of hard deposits on teeth, at an approximate cost of $1,800.

The evening will include a silent auction from 8:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m., boot blacking from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., military haircuts on stage from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., a raffle to include a cash prize, a uniform contest at 10:30 p.m. with case prizes for most authentic uniform and sexiest soldier, and representation from local and national organizations.

To make an online donation, go to LeatherKnights.org.

—  John Wright

Abounding Prosperity promotes HIV prevention

DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer
taffet@dallasvoice.com

Abounding Prosperity will launch its new initiative, “Dallas Taking Control,” at a town hall meeting that will be held next week in conjunction with the first South Dallas AIDS walk.

Kirk Myers, Abounding Prosperity’s CEO, said his organization is the only African-American run AIDS organization in South Dallas. The agency’s offices are located across the street from AIDS Arms’ Peabody Clinic.

Among the initiative’s goals are increased access to prevention education and outreach to men who have sex with men, and increasing awareness of the urgency of HIV/AIDS through social networking and increase partnerships.

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Kirk Myers

Myers said that while AIDS Arms cares for people with HIV, his organization is dedicated to preventing infection.

 

He referred to the $8 million AIDS Arms is raising for a second clinic.

“Eight million dollars can prevent a lot of HIV cases too,” he said.

He said he isn’t criticizing the work of AIDS Arms, but is questioning the county’s and state’s commitment to promoting awareness and preventing the disease.

The South Dallas AIDS Walk will be held on Saturday, March 19. The Anthony Chisolm AIDS Foundation that scheduled the walk planned a town hall meeting the night before at Cornerstone Baptist Church. Phill Wilson is the featured speaker.

Wilson founded the Black AIDS Institute in 1999. Before that he co-chaired the Los Angeles County HIV Health Commission and was director of policy and planning at AIDS Project Los Angeles.

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Phill Wilson

After Wilson speaks, Dallas’ new first lady, State Rep. Barbara Mallory-Carroway, will moderate a panel discussion about the Dallas Taking Control initiative.

Among the panelists will be Dallas County Health Director Zachary Thompson. From the Texas Department of State Health Services, the director and the manager of the TB, HIV and STD division, Felipe Rocha and Dr. Ann Robbins, will appear along with Kevin Jones, a behavioral scientist with the Centers for Disease Control.

A study issued by the CDC last year found that gay black men in Dallas had among the highest rates of HIV in the country. Myers called the statistics a disaster and his organization requested a state of emergency in Dallas.

While the state of emergency was denied, Myers said that the panel is a result. He said this is the first time county and state health officials have come together specifically to address the black gay community in Dallas.

Myers said that his organization continues to grow and is receiving more recognition for its work.

Abounding Prosperity operates Prosperity House in South Dallas as a temporary housing providing low-cost transitional housing.

Myers said his agency is looking to expand to provide free temporary housing for at-risk gay black youth aged 17 or older.

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First South Dallas AIDS Walk steps off on March 19

The Anthony Chisom AIDS Foundation will hold the first South Dallas AIDS Walk on Saturday, March 19.

The 5K walk begins and ends at the South Dallas Cultural Center on Fitzhugh Avenue near Fair Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk at 10 a.m.

“The goal is to inspire, galvanize and rally South Dallas,” the foundation’s executive director, Auntjuan Wiley, said.

He said the dollar goal is $100,000.

“We still need sponsors, vendors, volunteers, walkers and teams,” Wiley said.

At the end of the walk, he said there will be entertainment and children’s activities.

Wiley said the foundation, which began in 2008, provides financial assistance for people with HIV. They help with rent, utility bills, insurance payments and access to medication. Transportation vouchers help clients get to their medical appointments.

For more information, please call Auntjuan Wiley at (214) 455-7316. You may also visit SouthDallasAIDSWalk.org.

The agency also provides HIV and syphilis testing, counseling and referral services. Myers said his group is not a nine-to-five office-hours, HIV testing organization.

“Our goal is to serve the most at-risk people,” he said. “We do it at times convenient to our clientele.”

That includes sending staff to clients’ homes when necessary, Myers said.

Abounding Prosperity also runs substance abuse meetings for men dealing with alcohol and drug problems.

This year, Black Tie Dinner approached the group about applying to become a beneficiary. Myers said the  agency completed and submitted its application and he is waiting to see if Abounding Prosperity is accepted as a beneficiary.

Myers said he appreciated the outreach by Black Tie and added that it confirmed that the work his organization is doing within the black gay community is being recognized beyond the South Dallas community as well.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 11, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas