Say so long to Jesse Garcia at Sue’s tonight

Jesse Garcia

A while back we briefly mentioned that gaytino extraordinaire Jesse Garcia is leaving Dallas for Washington, D.C. — and a position at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Children, Youth and Families. Garcia, former president of Stonewall Democrats of Dallas, current president of LULAC #4871-The Dallas Rainbow Council and host of The Jesse Garcia Show on KNON, has declined our request for an interview about his departure. He says he’s barred from discussing his new position with the media, and he wants to leave town “quietly with no drama.” Which is too bad, because there’s plenty to talk about. But the good news is, if you want to hear from Garcia about his time in Dallas and what lies ahead, you can drop by Sue Ellen’s tonight, where Stonewall Democrats’ Board of Directors is holding a “Thank You for Being a Friend” reception. Just don’t start any drama. From a recent email to Stonewall members:

Jesse Garcia former Stonewall Democrats of Dallas President is hanging up his Texas boots and moving to Washington, D.C. He will leave us on July 15th. The board of directors is having a “Thank You for Being a Friend” reception for him on Tuesday July 12th at Sue Ellen’s from 6:30pm – 8:30pm (UPSTAIRS VIXEN LOUNGE). Please stop by, have a drink and bid him good luck on his next journey! For more information, contact

—  John Wright

Pioneering Dallas activist Jésus Chaíréz to appear at gay LULAC meeting this week

Jésus Chaíréz
Jésus Chaíréz

Longtime Dallas activist Jésus Chaíréz is living the good (retired) life in Mexico City these days, but he’ll be in Dallas this week to attend the regular monthly meeting of LULAC 4871-The Dallas Rainbow Council, and he is asking all his friends here in Big D to come see him at the meeting.

Officials with LULAC 4871 recently announced that they have named their annual scholarship in honor of Chaíréz, and he is attending the meeting during which the scholarship will be awarded. The meeting is set for Wednesday, June 16, at 6:30 p.m., at Havana, 4006 Cedar Springs Road.

In honor of national Gay Pride Month, LULAC 4871 will also be honoring some other Latino legends in Dallas’ LGBT community, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and former Dallas City Council members John Loza and Chris Luna.

“I don’t know how long I will be in Dallas, and there is never enough time to see the many friends that I know, so please, if you can, come to this meeting located in el corazon de Oak Lawn. Hope you can make the meeting, not only to see each other but also to meet members of a great GLBT Latino organization that is kicking nalga — I mean doing great work in our community,” Chaíréz said.

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