Scenes from Dallas Black Pride 2013

Dallas_Southern_Pride-DFW_Pride_Movement-Her_Pride_2013_Copyright_2013_Patrick_Hoffman_All_Rights_Reserved  1217The celebration of Dallas Black Pride last weekend had a great variety of sponsored events.

Dallas Southern Pride kicked off with the Miss Dallas Southern Pride event held at the Crown Plaza in Downtown. Emceed by Shemar Garçon, the crown of the pageant went to Loretta Armani Mack with Dimetriya Dickerson, Akeria Davenport, and Alexis Davenport-White finishing in order behind Mack. Notable people in attendance included Tommie Ross and Raquel Lord.

With only two events last year, Dallas Her Pride, which partnered with Dallas Southern Pride this year, drew a crowd of approximately 400 women from all over the country. This year, Teedee Davis, one of the event’s organizers, reported that Her Pride turnout was about the same as last year, but glowingly said that there were now five events instead of just one.

In addition to Her Pride’s success in boosting the variety of events specifically for women, it boasted featured celebrities. Tajir Hawkins, cast member of the hit YouTube series Between Women attended, as well as several former WMBA players that included Scholanda Dorell, Chamique Holdsclaw and Dominique Canty.

Not to be outdone by the draw of celebrities, DFW Pride Movement, now in its fifth year of hosting a separate celebration, had several big names performing. Perhaps the biggest names were found in its comedy night at the DoubleTree Campbell Centre Hotel. Hosted by the LGBT Queen of Comedy Ms. Sophia McIntosh, the show included the headliner Monifah, as well as local comedian Anastasia, and a variety of other spoken word artists. Dallas’ very own LGBT activist Cd Kirven was also in attendance.

Perhaps the biggest event with the most crossover appeal was the Lipstick Ball hosted by Dallas Southern Pride at the Crown Plaza. Contestants vogued, shade was thrown and trophies and certificates were awarded. Jack Mizrahi, emcee of the event, provided exquisite wit and a near perfect recollection of lines from Paris is Burning. Music was provided by the talented AiR DJ. A partial list of houses present include the houses of Ebony, Escada, Davenport and St. Laurent.

View photos by Patrick Hoffman from the various events below.

—  Patrick Hoffman

Weekend health fair aims to ‘bridge the gap’ with free screenings, vaccines

Derrick Spillman

Derrick Spillman

An Oak Lawn health fair and carnival Saturday will bring North and South Dallas together for health screenings and vaccines.

The Stay Strong Movement Heath Fair and Carnival at Walgreens on Cedar Springs Road is a collaborative effort that’s the first of its kind. It came together out of a need for a large health event in central Dallas, DFW Pride Movement Executive Director Derrick Spillman said.

“We just wanted to do something to bridge the gap for people who don’t have insurance and don’t get checkups,” he said.

Spillman helped oversee the planning of the event after coming up with the idea last year. DFW Pride Movement teamed up with the Urban League of Greater Dallas and North Texas, Dallas County Health and Human Services, and UT Southwestern Mobile Mammogram Unit to offer screenings for high blood pressure, diabetes, body mass, HIV testing and STDs. LA Fitness will have fitness demonstrations and vaccines will also be offered for a fee for illnesses, including the flu, meningitis, tetanus, hepatitis and others.

Spillman said an estimated 50 retail vendors and 20 agencies and organizations will be at the carnival, along with activities for children. He said the goal is to connect people to the resources in the community they may need and encourage them to be health conscious.

“We just felt that this was something that was needed and had never been done,” he said, adding that he’d like to see the event be an annual gathering. “We’re doing it this year and taking it from there.”

Lesbian activist Cd Kirven said the event was helping end healthcare disparities among the LGBT community and other minority groups and would serve as a “lifeline” to those who need care and information.

“It is important to us as leaders in the African-American LGBT community that we help bridge the gap in health disparities among people of color within our community,” she said.  “It is equally important that we work with the community at large to address the lack of health care among people of color.”

Spillman said the groups wanted to have it at Walgreens because the management has worked with the LGBT community before and it was a central location to bring all of Dallas together.

James Ross, Walgreens manager, said he wanted to help the community have access to healthcare.

“With the steady rise in health care cost, I feel it was the right thing to do, to give back to a community that has given Walgreens so much support,” he said.

Felicia Flye-Lewis, HIV prevention program manager at the Urban League of Greater Dallas and North Central Texas, said she wanted to work with DFW Pride Movement to spread out her organization’s reach in Dallas.

“We’re showing that we are coming together for a wonderful collaboration and we can better serve the community together,” she said.

Flye-Lewis said she hopes people will take advantage of the free tests and screenings, while also knowing that resources will be there for them if they test positive for anything.

“More than anything, I hope that people see unity,” she said. “We have wonderful services that are free and available throughout the city. I hope they use these services.”

Stay Strong Movement Heath Fair and Carnival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 6 at Walgreens, 3802 Cedar Springs Road. For more information, go here or email 

—  Dallasvoice

“Noah’s Arc” creator announces partnership with DFW Pride Movement to screen new film

Derrick Spillman announced today that his organization DFW Pride Movement will team up with Patrik-Ian Polk for a screening of his new film The Skinny. The director and creator of Punks and the TV series Noah’s Arc will be in attendance when the film screens in Dallas on April 20 at the Magnolia Theatre. Polk’s appearance will also include panel sessions to “discuss the HIV awareness story-lines in the movie and other sexual health issues of importance to the LGBT population.”

“I’ve been involved with the Black AIDS Institute since the early days of my Noah’s Arc television series, and I’ve been addressing issues of HIV and AIDS in my work since my first film Punks,Polk explains.So it makes perfect sense to partner with other African American LGBT organizations across the country to promote their great cause and highlight the HIV awareness issues raised in my new film The Skinny,” Polk says in the release.

The film has already opened in limited release in other cities but makes its debut here later this month. You can watch the trailer and read the entire release after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

Forum tonight in response to hate crime

The community is rallying together to prevent further violence after last week’s hate crime attack of two gay men in Northeast Dallas.

United Black Ellument, DFW Pride Movement and Resource Center Dallas will host a meeting at 7 p.m. today that will focus on “a community response to violence in the African-American community and the protection needed to prevent attacks,” DFW Pride Movement Executive Director Derrick Spillman wrote in an email.

Those in attendance will hear from speakers from the Urban League of Greater Dallas Young Professionals, Living Faith Covenant Church, NAACP and the Dallas Police Department.

With the hate crime March 13 involving two black gay men who were beaten with baseball bats until they lost consciousness, Spillman wrote in the email that there is an urgency of various community leaders to address the protection of youth.

“With the recent acts of violence happening to young Black men in Dallas and across the country, no time is more important to hear the voices of a population at an increased risk, young Black gay/bi/SGL men,” Spillman wrote.

The meeting will be at the United Black Ellument Office, 3116 Commerce St., Suite C, Dallas.

Sr. Cpl. Laura Martin, LGBT liaison officer for the Dallas Police Department, said police are still looking for possible suspects, described as five black men in their early 20s believed to be driving a dark four-door car with 24-inch rims the night of the assault.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Dallas police Detective Chris Anderson at 214-671-3616.


—  Dallasvoice

South Dallas AIDS Walk holds kick-off party at Anatole

AIN and DFW Pride Movement will also benefit from the Anthony Chisom AIDS Foundation’s 2nd annual event, scheduled for March 2012

DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer

The Anthony Chisom AIDS Foundation named AIDS Interfaith Network and the DFW Pride Movement as additional beneficiaries for the 2012 South Dallas AIDS Walk set for next spring.

The second annual walk kicks off with a launch party at Nana at the Hilton Anatole on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Teams can register then. Anyone interested may attend. A $20 donation is requested.

About 500 people turned out for the first walk earlier this year, which raised $11,000.

Chisom Foundation Executive Director Auntjuan Wiley said his goal for the second walk is $100,000. To achieve that goal, said he started planning for the event much earlier this time.

“We’re reaching out to more sponsors and vendors,” he said. “And we will increase the number of walkers.”

Baylor’s Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute, Walgreens and K104-FM and KRNB 105.7 are already signed as Walk sponsors and Wiley said he is looking for more.

He said that he wants to bring in more college and high school students, and he plans to have an ambassador on each college campus to organize teams of fundraisers and walkers.

He also wants to get many more high school students involved.

The Chisom Foundation helps people with HIV maintain their COBRA insurance, pay for medications and obtain DART passes.

DFW Pride Movement provides social support within the black LGBT community and holds its main event this year Sept. 29 — Oct. 2. The organization also provides the educational programs during the week of Dallas Black Pride, as well as HIV prevention programs throughout the year.

AIN’s programs include the Daire Center adult day care, a meals program, pastoral services, client advocacy and transportation services.

“The majority of our clients are from South Dallas,” said Travis Gasper, development director of AIN. “South Dallas is one of the hardest-hit areas of the country for new HIV infections so it was a natural fit for us.”

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control found that the HIV epidemic is disproportionately affecting young black gay men. New infections are occurring among African-Americans at eight times the rate among whites. Black males now make up 30 percent of estimated cases.

The 2012 South Dallas AIDS Walk will be held on March 24.

—  John Wright

DFW Pride Movement includes premiere of the new urban LGBT network GLO TV

Let’s just say GLO TV looks like they know how to make an entrance. As part of Black Pride Weekend, the new network is bringing out some big guns for its Dallas premiere party this Saturday. And according to the press release, it’s also a gesture of solidarity with DFW Pride Movement “to support the community activism and social action of ‘The Movement.'”

We can dig that, but we can especially get behind the star power they are bringing to town. The cocktail reception will include appearances by Maurice Jamal (“Dirty Laundry,” “The Ski Trip” and network president), DeMarco Majors (“Shirts and Skins”), Rodney Chester (“Noah’s Arc”) and J.R. Rolley (“Slutty Summer,” “Four Letter Word”). They will also give a peek at the upcoming season with new shows “Friends and Lovers,” “Dating Dwight,” “The Gayest Sh%t Ever” and “Beyond the Heels,” which the network deems as “a ground-breaking shows about the transgender community.”

The best part — it’s open to the public.They reception will be at The Westin City Center, 650 N. Pearl St. on Saturday at 3 p.m.

—  Rich Lopez