Dallas lesbian couple to attend White House Easter Egg Roll with grandson

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Felicia Miller, left, and Katrina Franklin with their grandson Kade.

Local couple Katrina Franklin and Felicia Miller and their grandson Kade will be among the thousands of families attending the 135th White House Egg Roll on April 1.

The couple was among 35,000 people who received invitations to the Easter celebration on the south lawn of the White House. The daylong event includes the traditional egg roll, games and stories, as well as sports and cooking demonstrations in support of first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative.

Miller and Franklin, who celebrated their eighth anniversary last year, said they are excited to be included in the festivities.

“Our invitation to attend to the 135th White House Egg Roll allows our grandson to experience first-hand President Obama’s commitment to support equality for all families regardless of race, sexual identity or religion – no matter where you are from – even from East Texas,” Franklin said.

Miller, a longtime local LGBT activist who was named one of Dallas Voice’s 25 Notables in 2009, said the couple is excited that their grandson will be able to experience the event and see President Barack Obama.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our 5-year-old grandson to see a fellow African-American that who not only has risen to the highest office in the land but who also symbolizes strength, bravery, intellect, family and country,” Miller said.  “We are thrilled to be able to share this moment with him.”

—  Anna Waugh

Dallas Business Journal honors Miller with Minority Business Leader Award

4Felicia MillerBlack lesbian leader Felicia Miller will be honored Thursday by the Dallas Business Journal with a Minority Business Leader Award. Miller is regional director of human resources central region for Tenet Healthcare Corp. overseeing 15 hospitals with 11,000 employees in three states — Texas, Missouri and Tennessee.

The award honors minority business owners and executives who also have leadership roles in their communities.

Miller served on the board of Black Tie Dinner and the Human Rights Campaign’s DFW Steering Committee. Nationally she was on HRC’s Board of Governors on the National Diversity Committee. She worked to help HRC partner with groups such as Lambda Legal, Dallas Southern Pride and Legacy of Success Foundation.

She was a founding member of the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce.

Miller joined Tenet in 2010 from Texas Health Resources where she was director of human resources for Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.

Miller was born in San Antonio. She earned bachelor’s degrees in health information and healthcare administration from Texas State University and began her career with the Bexar County hospital system, work in medical records and cancer statistics. She lives in Dallas with her partner, Katrina Franklin.

On Saturday night, Dr. Steven Pounders and Jim O’Reilly will hold a reception in Miller’s honor at their Turtle Creek condo.

—  David Taffet