North Texas-based Frito-Lay is letting its rainbow flag fly …. although it’s keeping it in the bag.
That’s because the Dorito’s brand snack chip is debuting its newest product in Dallas — specifically, at Dallas Pride. At the parade and festival this Sunday, Doritos Rainbows will make their debut, featuring chips in the colors of the Pride rainbow. The product will only be available at Dallas Pride or through online donations to the It Gets Better Project, which supports LGBTQ youth. (One hundred percent of proceeds from the Doritos Rainbows benefit the project.) See them flying at your from the Frito-Lay float or their booth in Reverchon Park, and use the hashtag #BoldAndBetter to follow them.
Six people have been nominated for grand marshal of Dallas Pride, and you can vote for your two favorites at DallasPride.org.
All of them deserve to win.
In alphabetical order, the nominees are Oliver Blumer, Carter Brown, Wayne Davis, Patti Fink, Jeffrey Payne and Evilu “Pridge” Pridgeon.
Blumer is chair of the Transgender Education Network of Texas. He has been Dallas/Fort Worth co-chair of diversity and inclusion for the Human Rights Campaign and served on the Dallas/Fort Worth HRC Steering Committee.
Brown is founder and president of Black Transmen, which offers a radical, holistic approach to empowering communities through outreach that provides resources, support and social advocacy. In just a few years, the Dallas-based organization has grown into a national presence.
Fink is the longest-serving president of Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance and is known as The Late Patti Fink to listeners of Lambda Weekly on 89.3 KNON-FM. She has served on the HRC Board of Governors and co-chaired HRC’s National Coming Out Project.
Davis is known as coordinator for Texas Bear Round-Up and is Emperor 32 on the United Court of the Lone Star Empire. He is treasurer of International LeatherSIR and board exchequer/treasurer of the Leather Knights and is Saint B. Tim Harder in DFW Sisters.
Pridge was one of the founders of AIDS/HIV healthcare in Dallas where she was director of the counseling program at Oaklawn Community Services. She is a founding board member and president of The Dallas Way.
Payne is known nationally in the leather community and founded and is a spokesman for the Sharon St. Cyr Foundation for Hearing Impaired. He is co-owner of the Dallas Eagle, CEO & president at InternationalSIR, Leatherboy & Community Bootblack.
Because of the work of Nell Gaither, president of Trans Pride Initiative, you may vote for any two nominees this year, regardless of gender. But you may submit only one ballot. Multiple votes from the same person will not be counted.
Producers of Dallas Pride — Dallas’ LGBT Pride parade and festival held each September on the third Sunday — is being moved from its long-time home at Lee Park, down the road to Reverchon Park.
Organizers made the announcement today (Friday, March 6), along with the announcement of this year’s theme, “Color Our World With Pride.”
Lonzie Hershner, president of the Dallas Tavern Guild — which produces the Pride events each fall — and owner of The Tin Room and Marty’s Live, said the move “raises our event to the next level. Reverchon Park affords us much more room to expand, create new features and add to the quality of the festival.”
The move “enable[s] a larger event that can be scaled to grow in future years,” according to a press release announcing the change. The festival will feature many local vendors, including food and beverage vendors, entertainment and the return of the Family Pride Zone, the press release noted. The festival will be fenced in, as per city requirements, and admission will again be $5, with children 12 and under admitted free.
Moving the after-parade festival will require “only a small change” in the route of the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade. The parade will still stage on Wycliff Avenue and then move from Wycliff Avenue down Cedar Springs Road to Turtle Creek Boulevard. Only this year, instead of turning left as in year’s past to go to Lee Park, parade participants will turn right on Turtle Creek to go to Reverchon.
Parade and festival applications will be available at DallasPride.org
OutTraveler.com calls the “Best Gayborhood” content “the most contentious” and “the most controversial” category in the Out Traveler Awards:
“We have ownership in the neighborhoods we consider our own; those places we can let our hair down and be ourselves. But what really makes the best LGBT neighborhood? Is it restaurants, bars, walkability, clean streets, public transit, or safety? Think long and hard before you vote, because the top queer area may not be the one down the street, but the enclave we discovered while on vacation or during a work trip.”
The site explains that Out Traveler editors chose the 10 nominees on the list, but “we’re amenable to write in candidates in the comments section.” Other nominees are Boystown in Chicago, Boystown in West Hollywood/Los Angeles, Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan/NYC, Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., the Castro in San Francisco, Wilton Manors in Ft. Lauderdale, Washington Square West in Philadelphia, Midtown in Atlanta and Capitol Hill in Seattle.
Dallas Tavern Guild, the association of LGBT nightclubs that puts on Dallas’ LGBT Pride events each year, is rooting for Oak Lawn to win the award, and Executive Director Michael Doughman urged everyone to go to the site to vote.
“We have some good competition but I know if we make an effort we can win this award,” Doughman said. We may not have won much in the midterm elections, but we have a chance for national recognition for our community. Let’s do this!”
Stolichnaya vodka has swung back from a public relations disaster to spirited sponsor of Dallas Pride events from Razzle Dazzle to Black Tie to this weekend’s parade. (We have a story about it in this week’d edition.) They have a few recipes they’ve shared with us. Cheers!
Stoli Raz Lemonade
One of a handful of flavored vodkas in the Stoli stable, the Razberi adds a fruity flavor with a kick.
1 part Stoli Razberi
2 parts favorite lemonade
Fresh raspberries and mint to garnish
Making it: Muddle fresh raspberries and mint (or simply add to a skewer). Pour in vodka and lemonade. Shake well. Pour into a tall tumbler over ice.
Stoli O Rouge
A citrusy take on a Cape Cod.
1 part Stoli Oranj
1 part cranberry juice
Making it: Shake equal portions of vodka and cranberry. Pour into a highball glass. Splash with club soda. Garnish with an orange wheel.
The popular Moscow Mule gets a real kick from Moscow with this creation, which includes an all-new Stoli-brand ginger beer.
1 part Stoli Elit
2 parts Stoli ginger beer
Making it: Squeeze lime into a copper cup with ice. Pour over vodka and top with ginger beer. Still. Garnish with lime wedges.
Dallas Voice is once again sponsoring its annual Gay Day at Six Flags, just in time for Dallas Pride. If you buy the tickets online here, you get access to the park and parking for just $35. Heck, that’s about what it costs just to park on a normal day! Anyway, it’s always a hoot, and a great way to get out and get proud before the festivities on Sunday.
The 2014 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade grand marshals are Rafael McDonnell, left, and the Rev. Carol West
With nearly 1,600 votes cast by the community, the Rev. Carol West and Rafael McDaniel have been chosen as grand marshals of the 2014 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade.
West is the pastor of Celebration Community Church in Fort Worth. She was called in 1998 by the then 35-member congregation to lead the church which now has grown to more than 500 members. In 2010, West was named winner of the Black Tie Dinner’s Kuchling Humanitarian Award.
McDonnell is communications and advocacy manager for Resource Center. He worked 16 years in broadcast news, including seven years as an assignment editor for Fox 4 News in Dallas. In May 2008, became the first person to hold the job of communications manager for the center.
Watch for more about this year’s grand marshals in the Friday, Aug. 1 issue of Dallas Voice.