On July 15, we’re publishing our annual “Pamper Your Pets” edition, and we want to fill up our Scene pages with pictures of our readers with their own pampered pets.
So send us a pic of you and your pet if you want to be considered for inclusion in Scene next week. You can send the photos to the Dallas Voice Facebook Page via message, or email them to calendar(at)dallasvoice.com. Photos must be at least 600 points wide at a resolution of 240 dpi to be eligible for publication in our print edition.
The idea behind the awareness campaign, now in its sixth year, is to confront stigma by sharing the pictures and stories of people who are affected by HIV. By showing that people affected by HIV/AIDS are just like anybody else. Over the past five years, organizers say, “the power of these images—of people at work, families at play, friends and lovers caring for one another—demonstrates a collective resolve to say, ‘this is who we are and this is how we cope—and live.’”
This year, A Day with HIV is Tuesday, Sept. 22. People are encouraged to pick up a camera — a phone, a point-and-shoot, an expensive SLR or any other kind of camera — to capture a moment of their day to share it with the world. Then share that photo, along with a caption describing what is depicted in the photo along with the time and location where it was taken.
Share it by posting it on social media with the hashtag #adaywithhiv.
Email the photo and caption to email@example.com
Emailed and uploaded photos will be featured in an online gallery, and certain high-res images will be published in the November-December issue of Positively Aware. Four photos will be chosen to appear on four different covers of the magazine.
Be sure to include the info about who is in the photo, what they are doing, where the photo was taken and what time it was taken.
Grab your camera next Tuesday and snap a pic. It’s an easy way to help in the battle to erase the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. And erasing the stigma is a first step in erasing the disease.
Last night (Friday, March 22) local LGBT advocates gathered at the Legacy of Love monument to honor the late LGBT activist Harvey Milk with a rally and march ending in a celebration with a birthday cake. The rally featured readings from Milk's interviews with the press and correspondence to activists, corporate executives and even President Jimmy Carter. Speakers included local faith leaders, Resource Center representatives and others. Participants marched down Cedar Springs before ending the evening in celebration on TMC's patio.
NOH8 Photographer Adam Bouska will be in Dallas, camera at the ready, to give North Texans another chance to add their faces to the fight for equal rights.
Bouska will be conducting photo shoots as part of his ongoing NOH8 Worldwide campaign Saturday, March 14, from 2-5 p.m. at Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, 14115 Hillcrest Road in Dallas. No reservations are needed.
Cost is $40 for solo photos, and $25 per person for couple or group photos, cash and credit cards only. Fees cover services and the cost of one edited digital print, made available via NOH8Campaign.com. The cost does not include a physical print.
Those having their photos taken are asked to “come camera ready, wear a white short, post and make a statement.”
Bouska will shoot about 5-10 frames per person. One frame will be selected/edited by our team and made available within approximately eight weeks (although that timeline is subject to change).
Volunteers are also needed to help out with the shoot, and anyone who wants to volunteer should email firstname.lastname@example.org with contact information. Be sure to note that you want to help with the Dallas shoot.
Money raised by the NOH8 Campaign is used to continue promoting and raising awareness for marriage and human equality as well as anti-discrimination and anti-bullying through NOH8’s interactive social media campaign. The NOH8 Campaign is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.
The 25th gathering of fashionistas and fundraising folks — DIFFA 25 — took place Saturday, and by most accounts, it was a smash, from the anything-goes fashions during the cocktail hour to the even-more-anything-goes runway show to even a nice dinner, there was enthusiasm and celebrations while raising money for worthy causes. Here are scenes from the event.
Volunteer Wanda Brown helps get ready for the Breakfast at Cathedral of Hope on Chirstmas Eve
I have been out of the office, on vacation, since Dec. 22, and when I got back to work today and started wading through the thousands of emails in my inbox, I found one from Hank Henley, asking if we could include some information in Dallas Voice about BACH, the weekly Breakfast At Cathedral of Hope program in which church volunteers prepare and serve breakfast to the homeless.
So I am including Hank’s write-up about BACH’s Christmas Eve event here on Instant Tea, just as he sent it to me:
Use the words “Bach” and “cathedral” in a sentence this time of year, and most people will picture the “Christmas Cantata” or “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” But at a certain church in Dallas, BACH stands for “Breakfast at the Cathedral of Hope,” a program that just celebrated its four-year anniversary in November. On Christmas Eve morning, while most of Dallas was nestled all snug in their beds, a small army of volunteers was in the kitchen at the Cathedral of Hope whipping up a hot and hearty breakfast for the homeless and needy that would be coming through their doors by 7:30 a.m. Under the direction of Rev. William Baldridge, Associate Pastor for Community Outreach, this weekly breakfast has grown from serving just 11 guests at the first meal to an average of 200 guests each Saturday morning.
And guests they are: receiving a hot meal served on china plates and with silverware and glasses. The guests may also receive a haircut after they eat, if they so chose.
This week, in addition to the usual food and drink, each guest received a bag with a blanket, hat, gloves, toiletries, water and food coupons. The gift bags were the result of the generous work of Jan Okerlund and Leslie Frye.
Leslie Frye, one of the volunteer coordinators, when asked how the volunteers feel about the work they do, said, “The real blessing is in the cooking for and serving those less fortunate, not only during this Season, but all year long.”
This Saturday’s volunteers included members of the church community of the Cathedral of Hope, members of the Turtle Creek Chorale and a group of 14 students from “I-CERV,” the “Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering.” They are here once a month, all year long. Kenneth Campbell, the Interfaith Services Director Volunteer Coordinator of the Memnosyne Foundation, brought these energetic and focused youth.
The Memnosyne Foundation is a wonderful organization whose mission is “to help a diverse people of the world consciously encourage an evolution of themselves and for future generations by providing the means to encourage positive, peaceful global collaboration.” The diverse crowd of leaders, volunteers and guests were certainly doing that on this morning.
And one guest, who guest shared his story quietly and privately with tears streaming down his face, personifies the spirit of sharing and giving. This time last year, he was on the street, living under a bridge and depending on the generosity of others to survive. He told me he could always count on a hot meal and being treated with respect when he came to BACH. This year, he is able to draw social security and is donating $25 a month to BACH. “They always fed me and helped me get through. Now I want to give back whatever I can. God blessed me and it’s what I want to do.”
Across the room, his hands deep in a bucket of soapy water, volunteer Jamie Rawson, spent the morning scraping plates and glasses, getting them ready for the dishwashers.
“There a few things a person can do which so clearly put Christmastime in perspective as doing something to help others. It is has been said so often as to become a cliché — but it is no less true for being a cliché. It is heart-warming to see so many people gathered to help provide for those in need. It is especially affirming to see so many young people from such a diversity of backgrounds. This has been the most fitting and rewarding way to truly start my Christmas.”
When the guests were finished with breakfast, finished visiting with friends and volunteers, finished with their haircut, and picked up their bag of supplies for warmth and comfort, they left the cathedral and headed back into the rain and the street.
As they left, Richard Boule greeted each of them and wished them a Merry Christmas.
“As I watched those people leaving the Cathedral after breakfast this morning, I could not help wondering where they were going and what each one of them had to look forward to this Christmas time. But I had the feeling that they were grateful for the humanity they were shown, so many left with a smile. May they be blessed.”
If you would like to help with BACH, please call Rev. Baldridge at the Cathedral of Hope at 214-351-1901.
You can see more photos from the Christmas Eve Breakfast at Cathedral of Hope after the jump.