Drawing Dallas: Cesar

Budding design student Cesar Augusto Fuerte blends his leather fetish with fashion underwear

MARK STOKES  | Illustrator

Name and age: Cesar Augusto Fuerte, 22

Spotted at: Walmart Market on Central Expressway

Occupation: Full-time student, part-time fabric retail

This exquisite Taurus is a full-time student at UNT, studying fashion design and fashion merchandising with a minor in international business. Cesar demonstrated an early talent in art, with a knack for drawing and a keen eye for color. His interest in life drawing led him to consider another creative outlet, fashion design. Cesar’s long-term goal is to design men’s wear, concentrating on men’s underwear. Cesar already designs and sews his own underwear. He gets a secret thrill out of attending conservative events knowing that underneath his dress clothes, he’s wearing provocative skivvies.

The eldest of three brothers, Cesar emigrated from Michoacana, Mexico, with his family when he was very young. His youthful countenance and his friend’s constant referral to him as a “kid” inspired Cesar to play up that boy role and he often dresses up as a school boy or cub scout when he goes out on the town.

Cesar came out formally when he was 16. “Since I came to terms with my homosexuality, I’ve learned to appreciate all types of gay people.” He was in the talented and gifted program at a magnet high school, where his creativity was allowed to flourish. He was vice president of Gay and Lesbian Alliance of Denton in his junior year, and president his senior year.

He enjoys dancing and socializing. He is a member of the Fashionistas, a non-profit group that helps out up-and- coming designers with parties and charity events. He has also worked behind the scenes with DIFFA for several years as a stylist working with Jan Strimple.

Cesar, like the Emperor. Don’t let his boyish looks deceive you: This tantalizing young man is neither shy nor submissive. He enjoys the look and feel of leather, and finds something empowering about wearing it. He had a “leather and lace” party on his 21st birthday, attended by many of his friends wearing one or the other.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 23, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Lawrence Galloway says he is blessed to be the new ED for Legacy of Success Foundation

Lawrence Galloway

TAMMYE NASH | Senior Editor

Legacy of Success Foundation is getting fired up for a new year, under the leadership of a new executive director.

Lawrence M. Galloway has been tapped as the organization’s fourth executive director in its 10-year history. He replaces Paul Lyons, who resigned last September.

Galloway, originally from Baton Rouge, La., has a bachelor’s degree in economics, with a finance minor in management, from Southern University and A&M College. He currently works as an online instructor supervisor for Learn-It Systems, based in Maryland, but previously worked as a math teacher in the DeSoto Independent School District’s Amber Terrace Elementary School and at Hampton Preparatory School in Dallas. He also taught math at Scotlandville Magnet High School in Baton Rouge.

Galloway said he started attending LOSF’s regular discussion forums for gay men of color after he moved to Dallas. That led to getting involved in the organization’s other activities, he said.

“I was really impressed with Legacy of Success Foundation and all the work the organization does in the community — things like the Hazel Hatcher Scholarship and the fundraisers,” Galloway said. “So when [board chair] Chris Davis told me they were looking for a new executive director, I knew I wanted to apply.

“I believe I am truly blessed to have been chosen as the new executive director for this organization,” he said.

Galloway said that as ED, he will focus on working with the LOSF board of directors “to ensure that we are moving in the direction of fulfilling our mission statement.”

The organization began as a business and cultural organization focused on bringing together North Texas’ LGBT community of color, creating “an environment that will aide the LGBT and affirming community of color to be proud of who they are by empowering them to action through social activism and economic growth,” according to the LOSF website.

The organization also works to eliminate homophobia and racism in the overall African-American community to break “the chains that bind our minds” and to promote social awareness and social justice.

“We want to focus on awareness, on bridging the gap between the homosexual and the heterosexual communities,” Galloway said. “We want to collaborate with other organizations to bring our whole community together.”

The board members Galloway will be working with include chairman Chris Davis, along with Kim Abernathy, Lamond Ayers, Willie Hall and Delbert Johnson. And LOSF’s next event will be a membership round-up Saturday, April 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Center for Community Cooperation, 2900 Live Oak St.

The organization’s next big event will be the annual Juneteenth Celebration, on June 18, featuring a barbecue picnic at a location to be announced later, followed in August by the annual Heritage Celebration Honors Awards.

LOSF also sponsors a free community mixer on the third Wednesday of each month, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Catfish Blues, 1011 S. Corinth St.
And on the third Sunday of each month, LOSF holds The Set, a discussion forum for “mature-minded” African-American men, and House of Glamour, a discussion forum for African-American lesbians.

The Set is held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh St., and admission is free. For more information, email Nelson Eason at nelson.losf@yahoo.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 8, 2011.

—  John Wright