2 ways to come out in Denton on National Coming Out Day

Two LGBT events are planned in Denton on National Coming Out Day — Thursday, Oct. 11. A concert with Justin Roth benefits OUTreach Denton, a support and advocacy group for LGBTQA teens, and The Dallas Way — the GLBT History Project presents its third Outrageous Oral storytelling program, the first outside of Oak Lawn.

Outrageous Oral takes place at the Willis Library on the University of North Texas campus in Denton. The school has begun a project archiving the North Texas LGBT community and opened a repository for papers and artifacts. The Phil Johnson Library has moved from Resource Center Dallas to UNT.

The first two Outrageous Oral events took place in the Vixin Lounge at Sue Ellen’s on Cedar Springs Road.

Each edition of Outrageous Oral includes a number of LGBT community members telling their stories. The program in Denton includes pieces by Monica Greene, Bruce Monroe, Penny Krispin, Buddy Molino, Arturo Ortega and Don Maison.

Restaurateur Green tells her story of transitioning in the ’90s. Her story, as she told it at the first Outrageous Oral evening at Sue Ellen’s, is posted below.

Krispin, a nurse, will recount how she offered Pentamidine Mist treatments to prevent a fatal pneumonia at a time when Parkland Hospital was refusing to administer it. Her work was the beginning of what became the Nelson-Tebedo Clinic.

Maison, President and CEO of AIDS Services Dallas, was an attorney and will recount two cases he handled in the ’80s. He represented Dallas Gay Alliance, which sued in 1988 Parkland to eliminate a waiting list for medication and limit the number of beds for persons with AIDS. In another case he litigated, Southwest Airlines was forced to hire men as flight attendants.

Justin Roth concert: Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1111 Cordell St., Denton at 7 p.m. $10.

Outrageous Oral: Willis Library, 1506 Highland Avenue, Denton. Oct. 11. 7–9 p.m. Free and open to the public.

—  David Taffet

AIDS Services Dallas to celebrate 25 years

Don Maison

AIDS Services of Dallas will celebrate its 25th anniversary Friday with a tribute to its two founders, Michael R. Merdian and Daryl M. Moore.

Both Merdian and Moore died of complications from AIDS — Moore in August 1988 at the age of 27, and Merdian in March 1993 at 36.

ASD’s provides quality, affordable, medically supportive housing for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. The agency is the largest of its kind in Texas and has four residential facilities in Dallas County.

“Providing people with a decent place to live gives them dignity and pride,” said Don Maison, who’s served as president and CEO of ASD since 1989. “Their lives have been enriched and their health improved. I’m proud that we’re a top-notch program recognized throughout the country as among the very best.”

On April 28, 1987, ASD was incorporated as the PWA Coalition of Dallas. Since then the organization has provided more than 1 million nights of housing to more than 1,800 people.

Awards will be presented to honor individuals and businesses whose involvement and commitment to Dallas’ HIV/AIDS Community have made a tremendous impact. These honorees are Baron and Blue Foundation, Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS, DoorKing of Texas, Judith Powell and Terril Slusser and Bradley Patenaude. An ASD resident who has demonstrated excellence in the spirit of the mission of AIDS Services of Dallas will receive the Michael R. Merdian Memorial Award.

The Founders Day celebration will be held at Revlon House in Oak Cliff at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. It is free and open to the public. The Revlon House is at 720 N. Lancaster Ave. in Oak Cliff.


—  David Taffet

ASD property torn up by neighbor’s contractor

Everything to the right of the orange survey flag in this photo is on property belonging to AIDS Services of Dallas, including where the backhoe is parked.

A contractor working on a convenience store adjacent to property owned by AIDS Services of Dallas has done considerable damage to the agency’s lots acquired for future expansion of housing for people with HIV and AIDS.

After leaving a business card and sending two certified cease-and-desist letters, ASD President and CEO Don Maison said he was going to have to hire an attorney this week to have a restraining order placed on the business. However the owner of  City View Food Store finally responded to Maison on Tuesday.

“We own three lots behind the store,” Maison said. “They encroached on one and trespassed on our land on the other two.”

—  David Taffet

The person who’s provided housing for everyone else for 25 years is homeless

Don Maison

AIDS Services Dallas President and CEO Don Maison is looking for a place to live for the next three months after a fire started in the upstairs apartment of his East Dallas duplex.

ASD began providing housing for persons living with AIDS in 1985. Maison has headed the organization since 1989, helping to provide a place to live for thousands of people over the years. But now Maison is without a home.

“I’m fine,” Maison said. “No one was hurt.”

The fire began in the upstairs apartment when Maison’s tenant lit a fire in the fireplace. Flames got behind the wall starting the fire. Ten firetrucks responded. Maison said his part of the houses suffered mostly water and smoke damage. There were no injuries.

Maison said he was surprised when firefighters entered his house with tarps and covered — and saved — his artwork and piano.

However, structural damage will take several months to repair. Insurance is covering the damage and a temporary place to live. Maison said he thinks he found something near his house where they will sign just a three month lease with him.

—  David Taffet