Chris Miklos to be remembered at Dallas Eagle Friday night

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Chris Miklos

Chris Miklos, the popular bear who died suddenly in his sleep this week at age 40, will be remembered by his friends Friday night with a celebration at the Dallas Eagle. “Join us for a night of celebrating and dancing, the way Chris would have wanted us to,” the invitation reads. Folks will gather to remember Chris starting at 11 p.m.

You can read the invite and spread the word here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

And your new leather leaders are …

Summer Banks and Jim Benton

Summer Banks and Jim Benton

On Saturday at the Dallas Eagle, Mr. and Ms. Texas Leather contests were held, and your 2014 Ms. Texas Leather is Dallas’ Summer Banks, and 2014 Mr. Texas Leather is Houston’s Jim Benton. Banks scored the first time out in running for a title, and Benton is the 2013-14 Mr. Prime Choice. Both will compete in the spring for the respective national titles. Banks will head to San Francisco in April for the International Ms. Leather contest, and Benton to Chicago over Memorial Day for International Mr. Leather. Congrats to both!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Dallas LGBT community continues to respond to food pantry shortage

Food Pantry

Donations provided some variety at the Resource Center food pantry this week, but the stock on shelves remains low.

Throughout the week, LGBT organizations have jumped to the rescue of the Resource Center food pantry, providing some variety, but the stock remains low. The pantry distributes more than seven tons of food a week.

North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tony Vedda sent a letter to more than 300 member businesses. He reminded them of why the pantry came into existence.

“The gay & lesbian community (as it was called at the time) took care of its own; no one else would,” he wrote. “Making sure that people with HIV/AIDS had food to eat was essential to their survival.”

He asked each business to make a $25 donation, which would total $7,500 in donations for food from the chamber.

Anyone who brings five cans to Fashionista GayBingo at S4 this weekend will be entered into a drawing for a variety of prizes including tickets to future GayBingo and GayBingo North.

Stonewall Democrats of Dallas passed a hat at their meeting on Tuesday and sent Resource Center a check for $500. Log Cabin Republicans meets at Acme Social Club, 4900 McKinney at 6:30 tonight and will also be collecting.

Several of the bars are collection points for food including Dallas Eagle, JR.’s Bar & Grill and the Round-Up Saloon.

Dallas Voice is doing its own food drive and is a collection point for canned goods. Anyone who lives or works in the area is welcome to drop off canned food at the office during business hours. Items may be dropped at Dallas Voice, 4145 Travis St., Third Floor off Mon.–Fri. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

—  David Taffet

Eagle doorman Brian Mooney dies

BrianMooneyA few months ago, I wrote some posts about Brian Mooney, who worked at the Dallas Eagle and was suffering from colon cancer. A few days ago, he was transferred to Hospice care. I heard within the hour that he has died. Here’s the message:

Dear Eagle family and friends: It is with a heavy heart that I have to tell you that our beloved doorman Brian Mooney left this life a short while ago. We all hoped for a miracle that he would beat his colon cancer, but sadly it was not meant to be. He was a valued employee of the Dallas Eagle and a dear friend to a lot of our staff and customers. Our front door will not be the same without him. As much as it pains us to let him go, he is now free of the great pain that these last few months had brought him. As soon as we know more about funeral arrangements we will pass the information on to all of you. The Eagle will be sending flowers once more details are known. We can talk more this weekend about doing some kind of memorial or celebration of his life once we know what his friends and family have planned.

Brian may be gone, but he will always be part of the Eagle family. Every time we walk in the bathroom or past the jail bars display in the front of the bar we will pass Brian’s artwork. It is a testament to the wonderfully funny and creative man that he was. Our condolences go out to his family and his partner, may they find peace in knowing Brian is in a better place.

Adam Lynn, Manager, Dallas Eagle

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Brian Mooney raises nearly $10K more toward medical bills

Mooney BBQ

Last week I wrote about a fundraising effort for Brian Mooney, who worked at the Dallas Eagle and is now fighting colon cancer and needed $20,000 for medical bills. There was an online way to give, and a barbecue on Sunday to help him out.

MooneyWell, the gay community knows how to take care of its own. Since Wednesday, the online giving has grown more than $4,000 (from just under $6,000 to now more than $10,200). Even better, the cookout at the Eagle yesterday was a smash. Benefit organizer Charlie McDonald tells me management at the bar brought in about $5,000 for Brian (pictured seated with the face mask). That puts him within arm’s reach of meeting his goal. Considering it was on Mother’s Day, you could hardly have expected more.

You can still give online, though. Let’s do what we can to support someone in need.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Bear bar worker Brian Mooney needs your help to fight colon cancer

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Brian Mooney

One of the best things about my job is all the people I meet. But when you do it long enough, one of the worst things is seeing tragedy befall them.

That’s how I feel about Brian Mooney, whom I met about three years ago when he was our poster-boy for the 2010 Texas Bear Round-Up. I interviewed and did a photoshoot with Brian, and was immediately drawn to his personality and charisma.

Brian doesn’t look so good right now. He’s “40 and would like to see 41,” which is in danger due to his diagnosis of stage 4 colon cancer, the result of something called Lynch syndrome. The mischievous, friendly fellow needs $20,000 because he doesn’t have health insurance. It really is needed to save his life. (He’s raised about $6,000 so far.)

You may already know Brian from his job at Dallas Eagle, where he often would smile at you behind a thick beard while sporting a sexy singlet. We all wanna see this Navy veteran back there again, doing his thing. And with BearDance coming up this weekend, we’re thinking about him especially.

Click here to make a donation until May 31. Or you can come out the the Dallas Eagle on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. and support the barbecue and fundraiser sponsored by Brian’s friends to help him out. Do what you can.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

More on LGBT holiday fundraisers

Tavern Guild members put together and distributed gift baskets for clients of area AIDS service providers today

With so many holiday charity fundraising activities going on in the LGBT community this week, there wasn’t room to talk about all of them in Friday’s print edtiion. Here’s a little more about some of the projects and how to give:

—  David Taffet

Mr. and Ms. Texas Leather crowned … but not without some controversy

UPDATED at 1:00 p.m.

The announcement of the new Ms. Texas Leather ended up being the most dramatic thing that happened Saturday night at the Dallas Eagle.

While the Mr. Texas Leather competition was full of deserving candidates, only one woman, who goes by Master Ces, entered for Ms. Texas Leather (which last year took place at a separate ceremony, held in the summer). That might be seen as a sure thing for her to take the title, but apparently that’s not the case. As former IML champ Jeffrey Payne-Roy pointed out in the announcements, in order to win the title, the contestant must score a minimum of 70. Because Master Ces did not reach that threshold, current reigning Ms. Texas Leather Synn Evans was tapped to continue in the position for 2013.

Or so it seemed. That was at 10:20 p.m. By 10:30, things had changed.

The disappointment and empathy for Master Ces in the audience was palpable and within about 10 minutes, the judges rescinded their prior decision. [ED NOTE: Apparently, there was a tallying error; see below.] Master Ces was officially instated as the new 2013 Ms. Texas Leather. Official photos were re-taken with the new titleholder in place.

One thing that did not change that night was the sash bestowing Mr. Texas Leather on Austin’s Bobby Thurman (pictured). One of the co-founders of Austin Gears, a year-old fetish organization in the capital, and the current Mr. Leather Knight, Thurman was clearly a popular choice among the many qualified and well-dressed candidates. He will compete at International Mr. Leather in Chicago next Memorial Day weekend.

Congrats to both.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

The new Gulf Coast Leather Sir 2013 is…

Jason Kloss!

Yep, this Leather Sir/boy/community bootblack competition was held at the Dallas Eagle over the weekend. Kloss took the title from current holder and Dallas leatherman Jack Duke, who also served as one of the judges.

In the leather world, Gulf Coast Leather Sir is a regional feeder competition to the International Leather Sir, held every summer. It’s an interesting competition because, unlike IML which is always in Chicago, ILS relocates every year to a different city. And when Kloss competes next August, he’ll have to go all the way to… Dallas, Texas. Yep, the 2013 International Leather Sir comes to Big D! And Duke is also the reigning International Leather Sir 2012, which puts Kloss in line to succeed him … if he wins, of course. Let’s hear it for hometown advantage!

If Kloss’ name looks at all familiar to you, it might be because just a month ago, we profiled Kloss as one of the out gay residents of the Disney Streets in North Dallas.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Beau and Major marry!

After sparking an international movement for marriage equality with local protests and arrests, Beau Chandler and Mark “Major” Jiminez married Thursday night.

The two looked rather dapper dressed in white tuxes with yellow bow ties and rose flourishes. Among their closest friends and family, the couple married at a friend’s home near Bachman Lake and exchanged their vows in an intimate ceremony.

The reception that followed at the Dallas Eagle raised $788 in addition to a $200 anonymous donation before the event. The money will be divided among Youth First Texas and 89.3 KNON’s Lambda Weekly and the Sonic Assembly Hour programs.

Read more about their love story in last week’s cover story.

Congrats, you two!

—  Anna Waugh