WATCH: Drag queens and Speedos and sarongs, oh my!

IMG_2878Last weekend, over the course of a brief 24 hours, three different charities — AIDS Services of Dallas, Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage and AIDS Arms — received an awful lot of love from the Dallas gay community … and did so with a lot of costume changes.

On Saturday, The Summer Party, a 12-year-old pool bash at a private home in East Dallas, raised money for ASD, and included a fashion show by Skivvies, as well as a sarong contest for the gathered guests. Later that evening, The Red Party, a fundraising group benefiting Legacy, staged a poolside fashion show of its own at the ilume, with vodka by Hudson Ferus, snacks and margaritas from Mi Cocina and swimwear by Aussie Bum, ES Collection, Marek+Richard and others. Then on Sunday evening, the Rose Room gave over to the Miss LifeWalk contest, a fundraiser for AIDS Arms. Thousands of dollars were raised … and a lot of eyes popped.

You can see slide shows of each of them with these links to the Summer Party, the Red Party and Miss LifeWalk.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

PHOTOS: The Summer Party, benefiting ASD

Photos by Arnold Wayne Jones

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

PHOTOS: Red Party fashion show at ilume, benefiting Legacy Counseling

Photos by Arnold Wayne Jones

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Give ‘Em Heel Urban Jungle Fashion Show at the Rose Room

Don’t be fashionably late

The fashion show is the largest annual fundraiser event at YFT that is 100% youth-designed and 100% youth-led.  All proceeds go directly to youth-designed and youth-led programs and activities at YFT.  The show will feature clothing designs by students and up-and-coming designers as well as entertainment in between the lines!  Non-alcoholic “mocktails” and snacks will be available at the bar.” — from Youth First Texas website.

DEETS: The Rose Room, 3911 Cedar Springs Road (inside Station 4). 6 p.m. $10 suggested donation for adults; $5 for youth. YouthFirstTexas.org.

 

—  Rich Lopez

What’s Brewing: Marriage on rocks in Maryland; Lady Gaga premieres ‘Government Hooker’

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. It’s all hands on deck in Maryland, where the fate of a marriage equality bill may be decided today. One pro-marriage equality lawmaker says if a committee vote doesn’t happen, the bill will die. The House committee vote was delayed Tuesday when two supporters of the bill didn’t show up. Now, other co-sponsors are backtracking on their support. As someone who spent part of his childhood on a sailboat in the Chesapeake Bay, I sincerely hope this ship can be righted and sail safely through the stormy waters of Annapolis.

2. Gay students at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., launched an online magazine Wednesday called HU Queer Press, only to have the administration immediately block access to the website on school computers. Change.org has launched a petition, but this is hardly the first time the Church of Christ-affiliated school has tried to stifle free speech.

3. Lady Gaga made her runway debut in Paris — and premiered a song called “Government Hooker.” Watch video from the Thierry Mugler fashion show above and listen to the song here.

—  John Wright

Get fashionably passionate for less

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Yesterday I posted this blog reminding everybody to get their tickets as soon as possible for “Passion 4 Fashion,” a fashion show being held Friday in the Rose Room at Station 4 on Friday night to raise money for Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS’ Lone Star Locker program.

Well, today, I am here to tell you that if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, you’re in luck. But you have to act fast.

For today only, you can get VIP tickets for $56, general seating tickets for $26 and standing room tickets for $19. So go here as soon as possible, before prices go back up, and then head to the Rose Room Friday to see the latest fashions from Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Diesel, Hugo Boss, Seven For All Mankind and more.

—  admin

Get fashionably passionate for Lone Star Ride

Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS celebrates its 10th aniversary this year, and LSR organizers want a bigger, better event than ever before. That means more riders, more volunteers and more money for the three LSR beneficiaries — Resource Center Dallas, AIDS Outreach Center of Tarrant County and AIDS Services of Dallas.

But cycling can be expensive; the kind of bike you need to ride 165 miles in two days doesn’t come cheap. And that’s where the Lone Star Locker comes in. Folks who want to ride but can’t afford to go get a road bike — or who don’t want to drop that kind of cash until they are sure they’re going to stick with cycling — can get a loaner bike from Lone Star Locker. And if they raise at least $2,000 in donations for LSR, they can keep the bike.

But LSR needs bikes for Lone Star Locker. And you can help, even if you don’t have a road bike to donate. All you have to do is head to head over to the Rose Room at Station 4 this Friday night, April 16, for the Passion 4 Fashion Show benefitting Lone Star Locker’s loaner bike program.

The event is sponsored by Caven Enterprises Inc., Dallas Voice, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Linicomn Agency, Belveder Vodka, Spotlight Catering, Ambient Stage-Lighting, Inc., 77 N Motion, Kirk Watson & Neil Patel and The UPS Store at Lemmon and the Tollway in Highland Park.

Tickets range from $25 to $75. And you can go to LoneStarRide.org today to get more info and purchase your tickets.

—  admin