Belinda Carlisle headlined the entertainment at the 10th annual MetroBall. The dance party last Friday night, June 4, at S4 benefited the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund. Jason Skidmore with The Mug Spot shared these photos with Dallas Voice.
For many in Dallas, it’s difficult to remember a time when Richard Curtin aka Edna Jean Robinson was not stalking the halls of S4 (like, when it was still Village Station). Alas, all things come to an end. After 21 years, Curtin has left Caven Enterprises to strike out on a new venture: owner and manager of Zippers, which he recently renovated (including the addition of a piano bar and new DJ booth). “Im excited about this new chapter; I’m also very ready,” Curtain said.
As a farewell, many of the manager and drag diva’s close friends and well-wishers gathered at S4 on Monday for a farewell salute and party. Among those paying their respects were Kelexis Davenport, Cassie Nova, Lalya LaRue, Krystal Summers and Valerie Lohr (pictured above with Curtin). Of course, it’s not really “goodbye;” it’s just “don’t let the door hit yo’ ass on the way out, beeyotch!” I mean, they are drag queens.
Loni wowed the audience and the judges in her three appearances — two solos, finishing up with a powerful version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and in a duet with fellow finalist Lauren Shafer on Adele’s “Someone Like You” — to take the 11th annual title. In fact, Loni was so good, she and Lauren jointly won the “best duet” award, voted on by the audience, meaning she took home $3,850 — not bad for one evening’s work!
First runner up was Alvaro Ramalho, followed by Vanessa Guzman, Carlos Saenz and Steve Patterson. Congrats, Loni and all the contestants on a great show. And look for Loni, Alvaro and Vanessa in the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade and festival next month.
You can see a slide show of the event by clicking here.
The Dallas Way presents its 9th edition of Outrageous Oral on Thursday with speakers Louise Young and Vivienne Armstrong, Terry Loftis and, um, me.
I’ll be talking about my experiences writing for Dallas Voice and broadcasting Lambda
Weekly for the past 20 years.
Armstrong and Young were at the University of Colorado’s Gay Liberation Front in 1971 where Young was completing her Ph.D. Since then, their lives and relationship have been interwoven with the movement for LGBT rights.
They moved to Dallas in 1976. In 1977 they joined the newly formed Dallas Gay Political Caucus (now the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance) and soon assumed leadership roles. They were the architects of the political arm of DGLA that established strong ties between the Dallas LGBT community and mainstream political parties.
In 1993, they represented LGBT Americans in President Clinton’s Inaugural Parade on the “Family of America” float. They are recipients of numerous awards, including the Black Tie Dinner’s Kuchling Humanitarian Award. Both have been featured in media throughout their relationship of over 42 years and have put a public face on long-term same-sex relationships. They were featured in the books, Uncommon Heroes: A Celebration of Heroes and Role Models for Gay and Lesbian Americans and Creating Civil Union: Opening Hearts and Minds and many articles on long-term relationships and domestic partner benefits.
Young has been especially active in the workplace equality movement. She retired after a 33-year career with Raytheon Company where she was instrumental in Raytheon becoming the first aerospace and defense company to score 100 percent on the HRC Corporate Equality Index. Armstrong retired after a distinguished career of more than 30 years with the Visiting Nurse Association, including leadership in HIV services.
Terry Loftis is a brand strategist and was president of Verve Communications Group, a full service marketing communications firm, from 1997 until 2013.
A Dallas native, Terry’s life began in the North Dallas projects until his family moved into their first home in Oak Cliff where he grew up. He graduated from the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and moved on to Eastfield College as a jazz studies major.
His community work began when he joined the board of directors for the Resource Center, where he served for eight years and ultimately became board president. During his tenure at the Resource Center, Loftis was instrumental in the restructuring of Toast to Life, and he assisted in the creation of the Lone Star Ride and GayBingo.
His company donated over $100,000 in creative services to Resource Center that helped increase revenue across all programs and services. For his efforts, he was awarded the Lambda Legal Civil Rights Award for Leadership.
Loftis returned to Resource Center in 2012 as a member of the Capital Campaign Committee. Terry has served on the boards of Legacy Counseling Center, Friends of the Katy Trail and the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. In addition to his career and work in the community, he is a jazz vocalist and ordained minister.
The Rose Room inside S4, Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. Free.
After he used an app to track down his stolen iPhone and called police, Chad snapped this photo of DPD officers taking the suspects into custody.
One of our sales reps here at Dallas Voice, Chad Mantooth, fell victim to pickpockets on the dancefloor of Station 4 on Friday night. As those of us who look through police reports regularly know, this is an all-too-common occurrence. (I would avoid taking your wallet to the club – but if you do, carry it in your front pocket.)
While what happened to Chad is common, what makes his story unusual is that he subsequently took the law into his own hands and tracked down the thieves — who are now facing charges. And thanks to him there are a few less pickpockets in the Cedar Springs gay bars. Below is the real-life, gay-on-gay crime story as Chad tells it:
A woman was arrested early Friday morning at Station 4 after she hit a security guard in the face with her stiletto shoe while he tried to take her out of the club.
Janissa Laurice Ford, 21, of Arlington was arrested around 3 a.m. for causing a disturbance at the club, according to Dallas police incident report.
Ford was allegedly intoxicated and was with two other women when a 22-year-old security guard came to remove her from the club. She then took her 3-inch high heel and struck him in the face, the report states.
The stiletto heel left scratches on the right side of the security guard’s face. He was treated at the scene.
Ford was arrested for assault on a public servant, a third-degree felony. She was in custody at the Dallas Council jail on a $3,000 bond.
A female dancer at Station 4 was stabbed by her ex-girlfriend following an argument inside the gay nightclub early Monday.
The woman, 23-year-old Melissa Yung of Bedford, was working as a dancer at the club at 3911 Cedar Springs Road when her ex-girlfriend approached her shortly before 2 a.m., Sr. Cpl. Sherri Jeffrey, a spokeswoman for DPD, told Instant Tea.
The two began fighting and the ex-girlfriend cut Yung with an unknown object, causing serious bodily injury, according to a Dallas police report. She sustained a major cut on the left side of her neck, as well as cuts on her chest and abdomen, the report states.
The suspect was wearing all black and fled the club in an unknown direction, according to the report.
The dancer was treated on scene and told police she was going to go to a hospital in North Richland Hills and refused transport by Dallas Fire-Rescue. A friend took her to the hospital.
Jeffrey said the ex-girlfriend has not been identified, as police are still trying to interview Yung for more information. Jeffrey said it is still unclear what started the fight and what object the woman used to stab Yung.
Rick Espaillat, media director for Caven Enterprises Inc., confirmed that Yung was working as a dancer at Station 4 when she was assaulted by an ex-girlfriend. Contract-labor dancers are regularly hired for the club, Espaillat said. He said staff responded immediately and police were called, but the ex-girlfriend fled and could not be located.
“We regret that there was an injury inside the club; we work hard to provide a safe environment for our guests,” he said. “This appears to be a relationship assault, not a random crime, and we appreciate the prompt response of the S4 staff and City of Dallas emergency services. We’re confident that this will be thoroughly investigated and resolved in the courts.”
Gorgeous and debonair models owned the cat walk Friday night to help raise money for the upcoming Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS, as Station 4 was turned into a fashion mecca for one night only. Summer looks from the Brooks Brothers, Demerara, Gap, Kendra Scott, L.bartlett and Kenneth Cole made their debut for the crowd in the second Passion 4 Fashion charity benefit. Many organizations came together to make the show a huge success, said Keith Hobbs, public relations chair for Lone Star Ride.
“This year’s show was much larger than last year and we had a lot more people get involved and were able to showcase more mixtures of styles,” Hobbs said.
A VIP reception was held beforehand with an open bar courtesy of Stoli Vodka and appetizers from Blue Mesa Grill Dallas. Hairstylists from the Toni & Guy Academy helped give the stunning models an edge in their summer attire.
Everyone was given a tote with coupons and special offers. One patron walked away with a free Trek Alpha Aluminum Series 1 road bike donated by Bike Mart given away in their raffle.
Hobbs said Microsoft was also on hand to launch their new challenge. “They will be giving out free office software to the first 100 riders who raise $1,000 dollars,” said Hobbs.
This year’s two-day bike ride will take place Sept. 29-30. Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS raises money for AIDS Services Dallas, AIDS Outreach Center of Tarrant County and Resource Center Dallas. Hobbs said Passion 4 Fashion provided a big financial boost and gave a lot of good exposure to the cause. More pics below.
Two club-goers were robbed near Dallas’ gay entertainment district over the weekend.
The first robbery occurred at midnight on Saturday when a 30-year-old woman was punched in the back and in the right hand in the 3900 block of Cedar Springs Road.
The woman was leaving Sue Ellen’s and was walking down the sidewalk when the attack happened, according to the address listed in the Dallas police incident report. She was “alone in a partially lit area,” the report states.
The suspect took her purse and fled in a white SUV. He is described as a black male in his late 20s and about 6 feet tall.
The woman waited until she reached a friend’s house before calling 911. She was not injured.
The second robbery occurred in the 3300 block of Throckmorton Street around 11:20 p.m. Sunday.
A 36-year-old woman was walking to Station 4 with a friend when a Hispanic male in his 20s pointed a gun at them and took their property, Dallas police spokeswoman Sherri Jeffrey told Instant Tea. The man got away with $600 in cash, according to the report. He is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with a medium build.
Anyone with information about these robberies should contact Dallas police at 314-671-3001. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at 214-373-8477 or through the department’s iWatch smartphone app.