LSRFA announces new route

Poz Pedalers will lead the LSR parade entry and wheel the riderless bike down Cedar Springs Road

Calumn.Jerry
Jerry Calumn

DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer
taffet@dallasvoice.com

Just a week before the Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS, Event Manager Jerry Calumn has revealed the new route for the ride.

Rather than travel though country roads making a loop to the north and west of the American Airlines Training and Conference Center on Saturday, and a loop to the south and east on Sunday, this year’s ride will travel through the Metroplex’s largest cities.

Riders on Saturday will make a loop through Fort Worth, including a pit stop at the Rainbow Lounge and one downtown at The Pour House on 7th Street.

The Sunday route will include a pass by Cathedral of Hope and then travel down Cedar Springs Road for the first time in the ride’s history.

Cathedral of Hope is planning a cheering section. A pit stop is scheduled along the route at Station 4.

The fastest riders should make it to Cedar Springs Road by 9 a.m. while slower pedallers will follow until about 11 a.m.

Calumn said that while last year’s route was scenic, riders wanted to interact with people along the way. With the mostly rural routes followed in recent years, that hasn’t happened.

At first, Calumn said, he thought the ride might stop by the Mustangs in Las Colinas. But another event was scheduled for the square that houses the statue. Instead, the city of Irving arranged for a stop at the new Irving Convention Center.

“Irving really wanted us,” Calumn said. “We’re thrilled to be stopping at the newest, greatest architecture in Irving.”

On Thursday, Sept. 15, Lone Star Ride held a pre-ride event at S4 to recognize those who had excelled in their fundraising.

In bicycling races, yellow is the color traditionally worn by the race leader. To recognize the top fundraisers, 45 yellow polos were awarded for those who had raised more than $1,000, and 27 yellow jerseys given to those who had collected more than $2,000.

This week, the ride topped the $2 million mark in collective fundraising over its 11 years. The money will be distributed to beneficiaries AIDS Outreach Center, AIDS Services Dallas and Resource Center Dallas.

Chance Browning is the participant fundraising chair of the LSRFA Council and has been working to find ways to help riders meet their fundraising goals.

He said he has been spending the past few weeks calling riders to give them fundraising suggestions, often recommending “a multi-pronged approach.”

Browning suggested riders send emails to friends, family and business associates, with links to the LSRFA website. The website provides a fundraising badge for riders to post on Facebook that links back to the rider’s page where donations can be made.

Also, Browning suggested, “Check your company to see if they offer matching funds.”

He said holding fundraising parties works for some people. But he said riders need to keep talking to people and asking for the money.

Browning said he rode for two years, but helping other people raise their money was his way of contributing this year.

In 2010, Dean Wilson was the development director for LSR and now is development associate for Resource Center Dallas. He said he’d be at the ride representing RCD, one of the beneficiaries. He’ll also be cheering on his partner.

“Last year was my partner’s first ride,” Wilson said. “We both had such an amazing time, we can’t wait til this year.”

To begin the final countdown to the 2011 LSRFA, a number of  ride participants will walk down Cedar Springs in the Pride parade on Sunday, Sept. 18. The Poz Pedalers — the team of HIV-positive riders and their supporters — will lead the group, walking the riderless bike, which memorializes those lost to AIDS, down the parade route.

Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS takes place on Sept. 24 and 25. Riders will stay at the American Airlines Training and Conference Center in Arlington on Friday and Saturday nights. Sunday late afternoon closing ceremonies, which will include a performance by the Turtle Creek Chorale, will take place there at the training and conference center.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 16, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Angela Hunt says her separate entry in Sunday’s gay Pride parade was ‘not a political statement’

For Angela Hunt, it’s times like these that owning a convertible comes in handy.

Some may be wondering — as we were — why Dallas City Councilwoman Angela Hunt had a separate entry in Sunday’s gay Pride parade instead of riding on the city of Dallas float with other councilmembers. Hunt’s separate entry prompted at least one local gay Republican to post a photo of the city float on his Facebook page and suggest that Hunt, whose district includes half of Oak Lawn, had missed the parade. That’s not true, of course. Hunt’s entry — consisting of her car, her husband and herself — came near the end of the procession.

Our first thought, to be honest, was whether this was an indication that Hunt plans to run for mayor next year. We thought maybe she was trying to show up current Mayor Tom Leppert, who was absent from Pride for the second time in four years. But it turns out Hunt’s separate parade entry wasn’t at all politically motivated, or even intentional.

Hunt explained to Instant Tea Tuesday morning that she missed the shuttle that takes councilmembers from Lee Park to the parade lineup. She was told initially that the shuttle would be returning for her, but it never did, and the parade start time of 2 o’clock had come and gone. Hunt said she and her husband began to panic. They quickly jumped in their car and hit the car wash (she says her husband insited that they couldn’t take the car in the gay parade without washing it). They then made a quick visit to CVS to pick up some poster board, magic markers and streamers. Hunt called parade organizer Michael Doughman and explained that she would be cutting him a check for the $250 entry fee.

“It was great fun but slightly stressful,” Hunt said. “I couldn’t miss the parade. My husband and I have been in it for five years, and we were determined not to miss the parade. It’s not a political statement, and I hated not getting to ride with my colleagues.”

—  John Wright

Gays suspected of crashing Texas town’s July 4 parade disguised as Harlem Globetrotters

This alleged parade-crasher was wearing a sash that said “Miss Hap.” And the editor of the Leakey Star believes it may have been a reference to Miss Hap, a drag queen in the U.K. who has a Facebook fan page.

It happened three weeks ago, but this story is so bizarre that we couldn’t resist sharing it belatedly.

The story headlined “Gay Pride, Gay Prank or Gay Ole Time?” is from The Leakey (Texas) Star, which appears to be the “newspaper” serving a small Hill Country town west of San Antonio.

According to the story by the Star’s editor, Penny Maguire, there was an unusual entry in this year’s Fourth of July parade that featured people dressed as Harlem Globetrotters players accompanied by (gasp!) men impersonating female beauty pageant contestants. Some locals, including Maguire, now suspect the entry may have been part of a secret plot to advance the gay agenda. That’s right, only in Texas:

As Independence Day jubileers lined U.S. Hwy. 83 through rural downtown Leakey last Saturday, saluting the U.S. flag under umbrellas and pledging their allegiance to one nation under God, a controversial parade entry made an unexpected appearance. Some spectators, including Chamber Director Glenn Bradley, said the entry was ‘inappropriate.’

Parade enthusiasts are asking, “Was the popular, traditional family venue, when hometown queens, veterans, clowns, tractors, horses, and decorated trailers display the American flag, sabotaged?” “We didn’t mind the rain from tropical storm Alex, but this group rained on our Texas parade,” said one Rio Frio resident. Another spectator said the entry was ‘provocative.’ Many didn’t grasp the concept.

So, who were these participants and what was their entry theme, or was there one? Did a seemingly innocent, entertaining basketball performance by a group imitating the Harlem Globetrotters suggest subtle symbolisms of the gay pride movement? Touting a sign which read: America’s Champions, Miss America’s vs. Harlem Globe Trotters, may or may not have suggested participants were simulating a 2009 reality show (The Amazing Race) when two gay brothers competed with two Globetrotters and a former Miss America. Several of the marchers appeared to be men modeling women’s swimsuits wearing pageant banners and crowns. Homosexuals now compete in nationally acclaimed Miss Gay America competitions. Learn more www.missgayamerica.com.

Pictured above, a male, crowned the title ‘Miss Hap’, sported a hot pink feminine bodysuit. Coincidentally, a Facebook fan page entitled ‘Miss Hap’ advertises drag queen events. Upon our investigation, other pageant banners, to include Miss Matched, Ms. Lead, Miss Cherokee and Miss Dream Catcher, interestingly linked to gay history. Superwoman is an organization that boasts support for lesbian marriages. Some spectators report women in the entry appeared to have sported patriotic superwoman attire.(www.iamsuperwoman.com.)


—  John Wright