LOCAL BRIEFS: HRC and LULAC hold Cinco de Mayo

The Human Rights Campaign will partner with the local LGBT chapter of LULAC — The Dallas Rainbow Council to celebrate Cinco De Mayo.

The annual Salsa Cocktails event —featuring dancers, food and high-energy music — takes place at Havana, 4006 Cedar Springs Road, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5.

“We have already confirmed Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez as one of our speakers,” said Kimberly Williams, HRC event coordinator. “Our dance group will also offer free salsa dance lessons for our guests.”

HRC and LULAC will talk about recent national and local successes. The public is invited to attend. The event is free, although a $20 donation to HRC at the door will get two free cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

“Both HRC and LULAC will have information about membership and ways to get active,” said Jesse Garcia, president of LULAC 4871. “We have great projects coming up this summer. We invite community members ready to get involved to come learn about opportunities to further equality.”

—  John Wright

What Other Companies Can Learn From The Aftermath Of Caitlin Breedlove’s Shopping Center Ouster

Here's what I love most about (what happened after) Caitlin Breedlove got kicked out of a North Carolina shopping center for holding hands with and kissing her girlfriend: York Properties, the management company of Raleigh's Cameron Village, not only publicly apologized but met with Breedlove and asked what they could do to make the situation right. "York Properties gave us everything we wanted," she tells Joy Behar, adding "it's important to tell that part of the story." She's right.

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