Crosland Group make huge donation of gay-themed books to Oak Lawn Library

booksDallas developer Luke Crosland, whose company The Crosland Group is responsible for ilume and ilume Park, has marked a gift of more than 6,000 volumes of LGBT books to the Dallas Public Library. The collection will be stored at the Oak Lawn branch in the heart of the gayborhood.

The donation was originally housed at the Stonewall National Museum and Archives in Florida.

There will be a presentation of the books during Pride Weekend. Due to space limitations, not all volumes will be on display, but will be available to be checked out.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Doughman: ilume won't be blocking access to sidewalk for future Tavern Guild events

Apparently you had to be dressed like this in order to get onto the sidewalk of ilume during the gay Pride parade.
Apparently you had to be dressed like this in order to get onto the sidewalk in front of ilume during the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade.

In today’s Dallas Voice we printed a letter to the editor from George Castro, who’s miffed that ilume blocked public access to the sidewalk in front of the development during the Pride parade, which Castro called “offensive and quite presumptuous.”

Late yesterday Castro forwarded me the response he received to his complaint from Michael Doughman, executive director of the Dallas Tavern Guild, which puts on the parade. Here’s what Doughman said:

“I am e-mailing to let you know I am aware of the problem the closing of the sidewalk at ILUME caused and accept full responsibility for the problem. We have spoken with [ilume developer] Luke Crosland and the property management and have resolved the issue and the sidewalks in front of ILUME will remain open to the public for any future Dallas Tavern Guild events. I am sorry for the inconvenience it created and we have made the appropriate adjustments to our policies to avoid this happening again.
“Thanks so much for your response and I appreciate the feedback as we strive to make Pride a pleasant and agreeable event for all our neighbors, friends and guests.

—  John Wright