Resource Center Dallas Honors Volunteers

It was an evening of glitz and glam as hundreds from the LGBT community packed the Starlight Lounge to honor volunteers for Resource Center Dallas on Sunday.

More than 1,000 people contributed more than 47,000 hours — valued at about $985,000 — to RCD in 2010.

On Sunday night, RCD honored them — Retro Hollywood style.

The moment volunteers and guest stepped out of their vehicles, they were met by valet and shown to the red carpet. Upon entry, they were invited to the posh open bar as well as catered hors d’oeuvres and dinner.

“This event is excellent for the community,” said James Weber, a supporter of the event. “It encourages support, involvement and gives a sense of appreciation to a whole lot of people.”

With more than 100 volunteers to recognize, RCD utilized a dual host technique and a team of (what else?) volunteers to hand out awards.

The true star of the night was longtime volunteer Barbara Foster. For her significant contributions to RCD and various other community groups over the years, Foster received the 2010 Martha Dealey Volunteer of the Year award.

“Come see what a difference — it’ll change in your life — see what you’ll get out of [volunteering],” said Foster. “Because I’ll tell you, I get more out of [volunteering] than I give.”

She added that being recognized by others she works with at RCD felt wonderful.

Cece Cox, executive director of RCD, said the power of volunteers to help an agency succeed in serving the community is what it’s all about — having fun networking but contributing back to the community.

—  admin

Local Briefs

‘Friends of the Library’ group meets

The Friends of the Phil Johnson Historic Archives and Research Library, a newly-formed group to support and advise the library and archives at Resource Center Dallas, will hold its first meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at the center, 2701 Reagan St.

In addition, librarian Sandy Swan has announced that the library will be closed the week of Jan. 18 for minor remodeling.

For more information or to participate as a member of the Friends of the Phil Johnson Historic Archives and Research Library, contact Swan at 214-540-4451,

GAIN sets career changes program

GAIN — GLBT and Aging Interest Network will meet Thursday, Jan. 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Resource Center Dallas, 2701 Reagan St., for a program on “Reinvent Yourself — Strategies for a Successful Career Change,” presented by Bill Blalock. The program will include a question-and-answer period and hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. Call 214- 528-0144 or e-mail gain@rcdallas.org for more information.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition Jan. 14, 2011

—  John Wright

Local briefs • 11.12.10

GAIN holds meeting on Medicare D

Medicare D specialist Deborah E. Marshall will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, Nov. 18 meeting of GAIN, Resource Center Dallas’ group for older LGBT people.

The meeting will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Resource Center Dallas, 2701 Reagan St. The meeting will include a question-and-answer session, and hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Toast to Life Happy Hour set

Co-chairs Laurie Foley and Chad West will host the November Pride Pharmacy Toast to Life Happy Hour Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Go Fish, 5301 Alpha Road, just north of The Galleria.

There will be drink specials and free appetizers provided by Go Fish with Top Chef contestant Tiffany Derry, and interested individuals will be able to discuss sponsorship opportunities for the 13th annual Toast to Life Gala set for Feb. 26.

For information and Toast to Life tickets, go online to ToasttoLife.org.

Book sale to benefit library

A book sale featuring books, movies and music CDs will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12-13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Resource Center Dallas, 2701 Reagan St. Proceeds will benefit the Phil Johnson Historical Archives and Library. Donations of gently used items are needed.

For information, e-mail library@rcdallas.org or call 214-540-4451.

Leather Knights hosting ‘Angel Tree’

Leather Knights host its annual “Angel Tree” project with 75 holiday “angels” to adopt on the Angel Tree that will be set up at Dallas Eagle, beginning Saturday, Nov. 27.

Donations to the Angel Tree program benefit residents of AIDS Services of Dallas and Hillcrest House.

To participate, choose an angel, purchase a gift, wrap it and return it to Dallas Eagle and put it under the tree. All gifts must be turned in no later than Dec. 18 to ensure every resident receives their gift. For more information, go online to LeatherKnights.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 12, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens

Local briefs • 10.08.10

Danny Dean holding benefitat Dallas Eagle for RCD pantry

Danny Dean presents “Danny Ray’s Country Gravy and Biscuits Drag Show,” benefitting Resource Center Dallas’ food pantry and hot meals programs, on Friday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. at Dallas Eagle, 5740 Maple Ave.

Emcee for the event will be Lips LaRue, and performers include Messy Panocha, Anita Protest, Selena and Patti Le Plae Safe, along with live singer Anton Shaw. The event will include a 50/50 raffle and an auction for gift baskets.

Those attending are also invited to bring in donations of dry goods and canned goods to be donated to the food pantry.

GAIN program to feature Dr. Mitch Carroll discussing healthy living

GAIN, a program of Resource Center Dallas for LGBT seniors, presents “Keeping Up Your Health: Challenges for Today’s GLBT Seniors,” on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the center, 2701 Reagan St.
The program will feature Dr. Mitch Carroll, medical director of ambulatory clinics at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, discussing health issues affecting LGBT seniors and suggestions for living a longer, healthier life.
His presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session, and hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

For more information, call 214-528-0144, e-mail gain@rcdallas.org or go online to RCDallas.org.

Postcard project marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Resource Center Dallas is currently conducting a postcard project designed to allow LGBT community members discuss their views and share their stories and art related to domestic violence.

The postcards are blank on one side, allowing people to write or draw a message. The center’s address is preprinted on the other side. Participants can either put a stamp on the card and mail it to the center, or bring it by the center themselves.

The returned postcards will be assembled in a collage. Some may also be used in future advertisements and promotion for the center’s Family Violence Program.

Cards will be available at the center, 2701 Reagan St., starting Friday, Oct. 8. They will also be available at Gaybingo, on Saturday, Oct. 16, at S4, 3911 Cedar Springs Road.

For more information about Resource Center Dallas’ Family Violence Program, call 214-540-4455.

The North Texas LGBT Family Violence Coalition 24-hour hotline is 866-620-9650.

HRC presenting Family Project town hall on LGBT family options

The Human Rights Campaign presents “The Family Project: A Town Hall on Creating LGBT families,” on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road, for individuals and couples interested in adoption, foster care or surrogacy.

The event will include a panel discussion on options, with panel members sharing their own experiences in creating families through adoption, foster care and surrogacy, as well as the legal and financial considerations involved. Local attorney Lorie Burch will facilitate.

The event is free and open to the public.

Vendor tables are available. For information, contact Leo Cusimano at 214-893-1075 for details.
For more information about the event, contact Cooper Smith by phone at 214-329-9191 or by e-mail cooper@coopersmithagency.com.

For more information on the HRC Family Project, go online to HRC.org/issues/parenting.asp.

The Group holding 4th anniversary

“The Group,” an organization for black men who are HIV-positive, will celebrate its fourth anniversary Thursday, Oct. 14, with a meeting beginning at 7 p.m.

The theme or the evening is “Thankful! Celebrating Four Years of Education, Empowerment and Support,” and guest speaker will be Sabrina Y. Taylor, MSW, of Tibotec Therapeutics.

For more information or to become a member of The Group, call 214-455-7316.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 08, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

Local Briefs • 08.27.10

Words of Women contest opens

The 2011 Words of Women International Herstory Project and Essay Contest officially began on Thursday, Aug. 26, according to Christine Jarosz, executive director of the Women’s Communities Association which sponsors the contest.

Women from around the world are invited “to tell our stories and the stories of our mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters to inspire to empower, to chronicle and to build bridges.”

Deadline for entries is Dec. 31, and the awards ceremony will be held in March.

Those wishing to enter should choose one of two topics — “The most influential woman in my life” or “The most significant thing that happened to women this year” — and write an essay of 500 words or less. Essays must be typed and double-spaced, with the writer’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address, along with the entrant’s age category — youth, maiden, mother, wisewoman.

Entries and a $5 registration fee mailed to Words of Women, P.O. Box 180777, Dallas, Texas 75218. Or entries and registration both can be mailed to that address.

For more information and guidelines, go online to WordsOfWomen.org.

Salon holds LifeWalk fundraiser

Lenoir Salon, in partnership with AIDS Arms Inc., will host ”Cocktails and Conversations for a Cause” on Wednesday, Sept. 8, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at ilume, 4123 Cedar Springs Road. Proceeds will benefit AIDS Arms.

The event will feature complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and giveaways. Prizes include a hotel getaway, dinner for two, a deluxe facial, a glamour make-over and photo shoot and more.

There will also be HIV/AIDS prevention and education materials available.

Lenoir Salon, founded by Tim Lenoir, is located inside Salon Republic at 14999 Preston Road. For more information about donations and tickets to “Cocktails and Conversations for a Cause,” call 214-734-6093.

Staff members and clients of Lenoir Salon will also participate in the 20th Annual LifeWalk on Oct, 10, with a goal of raising $5,000. For more information, go online to LifeWalk.org.

‘Gay’ther Homecoming set at CoH

The Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ and Art for Peace & Justice will host an array of lesbian and gay musicians and their friends for the first annual “Gay”ther Homecoming, modeled after the popular Gaither Homecoming events, on Sept. 18 at Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road.
The evening’s proceeds will benefit the Interfaith Peace Chapel. Tickets are $15 for general admission and are available at H4PJ.org.

—  Kevin Thomas