HRC hosts Family Town Hall at Cathedral of Hope today

The Human Rights Campaign is in a family way

Upon launching its first ever family committee in DFW, the Human Rights Campaign is having its first panel discussion today. The committee focuses on the ever growing LGBT parenting community in North Texas and serve as a model for future chapters under the HRC’s Family Project initiative. The initiative address topics such as adoption, unions, family law, education, healthcare and more. What’s more, this is prime territory for the Family Project. Texas ranks fourth in states with LGBT family populations.

Today’s town hall is the first in a family-focused event to foster conversation on adoption and foster care and moderated by attorney Lorie Birch. LGBT parents and those hoping to be can gather more and new information on the idea of expanding or starting a family.

DEETS: Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road. 2 p.m. Free. HRC.org/issues/parenting

—  Rich Lopez

Dallas Video Fest goes a little gay, but just a little

For 23 years, the Dallas Video Fest has offered up a strongly diverse selections of work both local and from afar. These kinds of indie projects are prime territory for LGBT filmmakers, and the DVF, thankfully, doesn’t shy away from gay content. This year, though, the selections seem slimmer than in the past … though that doesn’t mean they are less interesting.

This crop of films have certain gay appeal whether it’s behind the camera or on the screen.

Ain’t I A Woman? — Brad Sanders directs this short which follows Lesley, a transgender doll during her transformation. In four minutes, Sanders takes a look at gender and the societal notions that come with it. (Friday at 10:30 p.m.)

Nothing Happened, pictured — This tale by Julia Kots about two best friends played at L.A.’s
OutFest earlier this year. Barb has a secret to tell Liza but they aren’t sure if they want to go there just yet. (Friday at 10:30 p.m.)

Deep Ellum Mural Project — When DART tore down the Deep Ellum tunnel for its new station, people were crushed. That turned around when artists teamed with DART and the new mural was born. Lesbian artist Cathey Miller is one of the locals with her work gracing the piece. (Saturday at 3:45 p.m.)

The Jeff Koons Show — The pop artist gives his own perspective on himself in Alison Chernick’s profile. Gay artist Chuck Close and painter/filmmaker Julian Schnabel also weigh in on his work which you might recognize as stainless steel balloon animals or the famous gay animals photography he did for New York Times Magazine this spring. (Saturday at 6 p.m.)

Fragments From Death Comes for Britney Spears! The Musical — OK, really, this has the three words needed for any gay man to come out and watch. Britney. Spears. Musical.  The DVF describes it though as a parody on the singer amid a world of gossip. (Saturday at 9 p.m.)

The t.a.T.u. Project — This doc by Jesper Nordahl looks at the pop duo from Russia and their marketing as a same-sex couple against a political background. (Saturday at 10 p.m.)

Seven Songs About Thunder — Jennifer Reeder’s film follows three women coming to terms with death, motherhood and even their sexual selves. Apparently one scene in which a mother calls and leaves messages on her dead daughter’s phone will leave you feeling creeped out. But that’s just what we hear. (Sunday at 4:05 p.m.)

Dallas Art City — Players in the Big D art scene open up with their memories and perspectives of visual arts and what they mean to the city. This is an excerpt from a full-length doc that will premiere later this year. (Sunday at 7:30 p.m.)

— Rich Lopez

The Dallas Video Fest runs through Sunday at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane. Passes $25–$75. For a complete schedule of films and events, visit Videofest.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 24, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas