RCD opens new dental suite

United Way provided funding for construction, staffing of new suite being named in honor of Bret Camp

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Bret Camp

Tammye Nash  |  Senior Editor
nash@dallasvoice.com

Resource Center Dallas was set to dedicate a complete new suite in its dental clinic on Friday, Dec. 16, and RCD Executive Director and CEO Cece Cox said the new suite is being named in honor of Bret Camp, former RCD associate director in charge of the agency’s health services.

“We wanted to honor Bret’s 16 years with this agency, and his knowledge and service to our community,” Cox said. “We felt naming this dental suite after him was an appropriate way to do that.”

Camp left Resource Center Dallas last summer due to health issues.
The dental clinic is housed within the Nelson-Tebedo Clinic, located on Cedar Springs Road near the intersection with Throckmorton Street.

Cox also noted that the costs of construction for the new dental suite and the cost of staffing it for one year came to $125,000, and was fully funded by United Way of Dallas. Those funds were part of the $225,000 total RCD received from United Way.

“Dental care is one of the highest priority needs” for people with HIV/AIDS who access health care assistance in Dallas County, Cox said, adding that facilities to meet the growing need were lacking.

“With this new dental suite, we can serve more clients and we can get them in for care faster,” Cox said. With the new suite in place, she said, RCD’s dental clinic will be serving about 1,000 clients a year.

As federal funding priorities shift and funding for HIV/AIDS-related services decline, Cox said last month that RCD is among those agencies looking for ways to expand its clinical services beyond just the HIV/AIDS community. But, she added this week, doing so will be a long and complex process.

“When you have a program funded with federal money, you have to keep that segregated, completely separate from your other services,” Cox said. “You can just lump it all together.”

Cox also said that RCD officials are considering whether some services now housed at the Nelson-Tebedo Clinic on Cedar Springs Road will remain at that location after the center moves into planned new facilities at Cedar Springs and Inwood Road. Construction on the new facility, designed by architect James Langford who was trained by I.M. Pei, is set to begin in 2014.

Cox said that a lot of the work of the Nelson-Tebedo Clinic revolves around HIV/AIDS testing and prevention efforts, and that the clinic’s current location in the center of the area traditionally considered Dallas’ LGBT neighborhood is most advantageous to that work.

“Right now, the clinic is located right in the heart of the neighborhood. It is a good location for those services, and that is a historically important site,” Cox said. “We do see some big advantages to continuing to maintain a presence there even after our new facilities are built.”

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 16, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

World AIDS Day event planned in Plano

Roseann Rosetti opening a Quilt panel

In addition to co-sponsoring the World AIDS Day event at the new Main Street Garden in Dallas, C.U.R.E. will host a commemoration in Plano.

Billed as a ceremony of healing and hope, the Plano gathering will remember people lost to AIDS. Panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display. It takes place at Community Unitarian Universalist Church at 2875 East Parker Road. Plano-based Health Services of North Texas is also sponsoring.

“Our ceremony will include the dedication of new panels created by family and friends of a loved one lost to AIDS,” said C.U.R.E. co-founder Roseann Rosetti. “The new panels will be presented to The Names Project Foundation to be included as part of the nationally acclaimed AIDS Memorial Quilt.”

Anyone with a new panel to present may attend the ceremony.

“If you would like to present a panel in honor of someone you know and love, C.U.R.E. will be honored have you dedicate and present your panel at our World AIDS Day ceremony,” Rosetti said.

The panels will be sent to the Names Project’s home in Atlanta to be sewn into blocks for exhibit.

—  David Taffet

Courting the voters for the title of emperor

Man, woman vying for emperor of United Court of the Lone Star Empire continue organization’stradition of fundraising

DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com

Jimmie Tucker is running against Terry Youdan to become Emperor XXXVI of the United Court of the Lone Star Empire. If Tucker wins, this will not be the first time a woman has become emperor.

Youdan explained that candidates run for the position they’re most comfortable filling, and that the Fort Worth court has had a lesbian couple serve as emperor and empress.

No one is running for empress this year in the Dallas court.

According to UCLSE President Don Jenkins, the court will probably have a regent empress, appointed by the board, to serve in that position.

Jenkins estimated that UCLSE stages shows at least 40 weeks a year, including multiple shows some weeks. And, he added, the court has given in the neighborhood of $1 million to a variety of organizations through the years.

Each emperor and empress is required to attend at least five of the six coronations held by other courts in Texas. They must also attend at least three out-of-state coronations.

The group is active with other organizations, like the Texas Gay Rodeo Association. Jenkins was recently grand marshal of TGRA’s Big D Rodeo.

Serving as emperor can become expensive. Jenkins followed his husband as court royalty. He estimates that they spent $40,000 during their reigns traveling to events including more than 30 coronations.

Jimmie Tucker
Jimmie Tucker

Jimmie Tucker
Tucker has been a member of the court for four years. Previously, she held the National Leather Association title of South Central Leather Woman 2006.

“I just love giving back to the community,” Tucker said to explain why she became involved in the court.

Tucker’s most recent show at the Dallas Eagle netted about $500 that she is donating to Health Services of North Texas.

In addition to performing, Tucker said she and her wife bake Tucker Inn Cookies. She auctions off boxes of Hello Kitty, pink flamingo or high-heeled shoe cookies for $40 to $50 a box.

But despite her love for baking, Tucker said she isn’t sure that “June Cleaver in leather” accurately describes her.

“I’m a leather dyke,” she said. “I’m butcher than some.”

Tucker said that if elected, she would like to see the court do more together as a family.

Tucker participates in Beyond Vanilla and other educational events with National Leather Association.

Terry Youdan
Terry Youdan

Terry Youdan
Youdan also has been a member of the court for four years.

“I love the group,” he said. “I want the opportunity to give of myself and to the community.”

At his shows, he’s been raising money for Youth First Texas, Resource Center Dallas’s nutrition programs and AIDS Services of Dallas.

Youdan said the only Texas city he hasn’t attended coronation in  is Corpus Christi, but he’s been to each of the others several times and is looking forward to visiting the other courts.

As emperor, he would like to add a volunteer coordinator and get the court even more involved with other groups.

He said that they’ve served Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners but he’d like them to do more of that on a regular basis.

Voting
Voting began Oct. 21 at the Hidden Door and continues on Oct. 22 at the Dallas Eagle from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Oct. 23 votes can be cast the Gay and Lesbian Community Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Anyone living in the empire may vote. That area includes Dallas and all surrounding counties with the exception of Tarrant, which has its own court. Voters must show a drivers license to show county of residence and be of legal age.

The winner will be announced at coronation at the Crown Plaza Hotel on Stemmons Freeway on Oct. 30. The evening is billed “Denim & Diamonds, A Night of Big Band and Country Swing.”


More information is available at DallasCourt.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 22, 2010

—  Kevin Thomas