Local Briefs

GAIN holding monthly meeting

GAIN, the GLBT aging interest network that is a program of Resource Center Dallas, will meet Thursday, April 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Resource Center, 2701 Reagan.
Educator, public speaker and writer Deneen Robinson, BSW, will present the program on Alzheimer’s and dementia in the aging LGBT community.
Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Students seeks study participants

Cindy Chwalik, a clinical psychology student at Walden University who is interning with Youth First Texas, is looking for natal females (those who were born biologically female) who were born in the South and came out as lesbians while living in the South to participate in a research project she is conducting. She is particularly looking for women born in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina.

Participation involves a 60-to-90-minute interview. Chwalik said there is no compensation for participating, but the information will help those who come out in the future.
Contact her via email at cindychwalik @aol.com.

TDWCC to hear from candidates

Texas Democratic Women of Collin County will hold their next general meeting Monday, April 25, at 6:45 p.m. at the Preston Ridge Campus of Collin College, 9700 Wade Blvd. in Frisco, Founders Hall, Shawnee Room F148.

The program will feature a forum of candidates in the upcoming non-partisan municipal elections. Confirmed thus far from Plano are Judy Drotman, campaign manager for City Council Place 3 candidate Andre Davidson; City Council Place 5 candidate Matt Lagos; City Council Place 5 candidate Jim Duggan, and City Council Place 7 candidate Pat Gallagher.

Candidates in the Frisco elections who have confirmed so far are Mayor Maher Maso, City Council Place 5 candidate Bart Crowder, and Frisco ISD candidated Anne McCausland and Dody Brigadier.

—  John Wright

Local Briefs • 03.11.11

LOSF introducing new officers

Legacy of Success Foundation will hold a meet-and-greet reception Tuesday, March 15, at 7 p.m. at Chocolate Secrets, 3926 Oak Lawn Ave.
The reception is being held to introduce the foundation’s new executive director, Lawrence Galloway, and new board members.

Meet the mayoral candidates

Two of the three major mayoral candidates said they will meet with members of the LGBT community next week.
Mike Rawlings will be the guest speaker at the monthly Stonewall Democrats meeting on Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Ojeda’s Restaurant on Maple Avenue. Ron Natinsky said he will also attend.
On Thursday, March 17, Natinsky will speak at LULAC 4871 Dallas Rainbow Council at 6:30 p.m. at Havana’s on Cedar Springs Road

TDWCC fundraiser set

Texas Democratic Women of Collin County will hold a fundraising screening of “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” on Thursday, March 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Angelika Theater at Shops at Legacy in Plano.
The film, directed by Abigail Disney, is an account of how Christian and Muslim women demanded peace for Liberia after decades of civil war.
The program for the monthly meeting on Monday, March 28, will follow the theme of the movie and will include a panel discussion on “Religion, Tolerance and Politics” featuring a rabbi, an imam and a protestant church leader. The monthly meeting will be held at 6:45 p.m.

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

—  Kevin Thomas

Local Briefs • 07.23.10

Resource Center Dallas receives MAZON grant for second year in a row

Officials at Resource Center Dallas announced this week that the center, for the second year in a row, has received an $8,000 national grant from MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger in support of the center’s food and nutrition programs.

“This grant from MAZON provides critical financial support to our long-standing pantry and hot meals programs in these challenging economic times,” said Bret Camp, associate executive director for health and medical services at Resource Center Dallas. “Many of our clients live on a fixed income and are unable to work. The services we provide through these programs improve both their health and quality of life.”

Nutritional services are available through a food pantry as well as hot lunches at the center. The pantry, located at 5450 Denton Drive Cutoff, serves more than 800 clients Monday through Thursday. More than 100 clients a day, each Monday through Friday, eat at the center as part of the hot meals program.

ONE holding screening of HBO documentary ‘The Lazarus Effect’

ONE, a global advocacy and campaigning organization dedicated to fighting extreme poverty and preventable disease, will hold a screening of the HBO documentary “The Lazarus Effect,” on Thursday, July 29, at 7 p.m. at the Progressive Center of Texas in South Side on Lamar, 1409 S. Lamar St. in Dallas.

C.U.R.E. will display panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt at the screening, and officials with Resource Center Dallas will conduct a discussion about the film after the screening.

Planned Parenthood’s Kelly Hart to be guest speaker at TDWCC meeting

Texas Democratic Women Collin County holds its next general meeting Monday, July 26. The meeting will be held at 6:45 p.m. at the  Founders Room of Shawnee Hall at the Preston Ridge Campus of Collin College, 9700 Wade Blvd. in Frisco.

Guest speaker will be Kelly Hart, executive director of Planned Parenthood of North Texas, who will discuss the health reform law and recent developments at the national level that pertain to women’s health.

There will also be a report from members who attended the Democratic State Convention in Corpus Christi.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 23, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

Local Briefs • 07.16.10

Equality Texas Foundation offers training in Frisco

Equality Texas Foundation staff will train North Texas residents in Frisco on Saturday, July 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Global Peace Factory Coffee Bar, 1133 Legacy Drive in Frisco.

The training is co-sponsored by Collin County Gay and Lesbian Alliance, Youth First Texas-Collin County, Equality March Texas, Stonewall Democrats of Denton County, and Texas Democratic Women of Collin County.

For more information contact Equality Texas Foundation at 512-474-5475.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 16, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

Local briefs • 06.25.10

Vedda wins Chamber scholarship

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management has awarded its Regent Scholarship to Tony Vedda. The award is given to chamber professionals across the country.

In his application, Vedda stressed the chamber’s need for diversity in its training programs.

Vedda, executive director of the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce, will attend a five-day session at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles in July. The course is part of a four-year leadership-training program. This is Vedda’s third year.

“It’s a testatent to our board that they see value in this,” he said. “It’s just a terrific program.”



AA Rainbow Team salutes Cirillo

FORT WORTH — In celebration of National Gay Pride Month, American Airlines’ Rainbow Team is honoring the sales group’s founder, Rick Cirillo.

For Rainbow Team newsletter, they interviewed Cirillo who talked about being the first employee in Harvey Milk’s Castro Street camera shop. Cirillo had just come out and had a chance encounter with Milk, which led to his involvement in work for LGBT rights.

Cirillo later moved to Dallas and went to work for American Airlines in the marketing department. After the 1993 March on Washington and the airline’s decision to work with the gay and lesbian community and stop discriminating against passengers with AIDS, Cirillo formed the Rainbow Team to market to the LGBT community.

His marketing group was a first for a major American company but has since been copied by most other airlines and a number of other corporations such as IBM.



TDWCC to endorse candidates

The next general meeting for Texas Democratic Women of Collin County will be Monday, June 28, at 6:45 p.m. in the Shawnee Room F148 of Founders Hall at the Preston Ridge Campus of Collin College, 9700 Wade Blvd. in Frisco.

The meeting will include a candidate forum to vet and vote on endorsements for the November election. The following candidates and representatives have confirmed attendance: The daughter of gubernatorial candidate Bill White representing his campaign; Dinah Weems representing the campaign of her husband, railroad commissioner candidate Jeff Weems; 3rd Congressional District candidate John Lingenfelder; Collin County Court at Law Place 3 candidate Sajeel Khaleel; county judge candidate David Smith, Collin County district attorney candidate Rafael de la Garza; county commissioner candidate Rick Koster; justice of the peace candidate Rey Flores; 5th District Court of Appeals Place 4 candidate Bonnie Lee Goldstein; and 5th District Court of Appeals Place 12 candidate Larry Praeger.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 25, 2010.

—  Dallasvoice