With their slicked-back hair, finely trimmed facial hair and no-holds-barred sex appeal, Dallas drag troupe Mustache Envy made the girls blush and scream at Sue Ellen’s on Friday for the third year in the national charity event, Kings for a Cause. This year the handsome crew raised more than $1,300, surpassing last year’s total by $200. The money will benefit Resource Center Dallas’ Nelson-Tebedo Clinic and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Last year Mustache Envy placed second for most funds raised nationally, and they are top contenders for first this year. More photos below.
Frank Ocean is a pioneer, Frank Ocean is great, but he’s not the only — or first — hip-hop star to come out. Ever since Austin-based rappers God-Des & She burst onto the music scene following a featured track on The L Word, the lesbian duo has had a following, both in the lesbian and hip-hop communities.
It’s no wonder why: With their sexually explicit lyrics (c’mon — when lesbians sing a song called “Lick It,” you don’t have to wonder what they are referring to) and in-your-face boldness, these Texas tornadoes give an urban, edgy profile. Add to that some gender-bending (for the record: The hardcore butch rapper is God-Des; the zaftig lipstick-and-dress-wearer is She), good airplay on MTV and Logo, and a campaign to get them on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show, and you understand why they have a fan-base.
Their fourth album, United States of God-Des & She, is set to drop Feb. 5, but you can get a preview of it when the duo take to the stage at the Vixin Lounge inside Sue Ellen’s for a CD release party Friday. Doors open at 9 p.m., and God-Des & She will mount the stage at 11. And when we say mount … well, let’s just say you never know what to expect from those two.
Today is Out & Equal’s Bring Your Partner’s Picture to Work Day.
Out & Equal is the national workplace equality organization made up of employee resource groups and individuals who work in a corporate environment.
“We believe that if you want to live in a world where you can bring your partner’s picture to work, it’s time to bring your partner’s picture to work,” Out & Equal wrote in their release.
After work, head over to Sue Ellen’s and meet upstairs in the Vixin Lounge to share your experience from 5:30–7:30 p.m.
The Out & Equal Workplace Summit takes place in Baltimore at the city’s convention center beginning Monday. Online registration is closed but attendees may still register at the conference.
Last year’s Summit took place at the Anatole in Dallas and was so successful the organization would like to return. But negotiations right now reportedly are stalled on Mayor Mike Rawlings’ refusal to sign a pledge in support of same-sex marriage. The convention brought millions of dollars to the city.
Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund board, from left, D’wayne Teague, Tony Rox, David Hearn, Greg Wallace and John Cooper Lara
John Cooper Lara, chair of the Razzle Dazzle Dallas board, presented checks to beneficiaries of the June events at Sue Ellen’s on Monday evening.
The Metro Ball, which took place at S4 on June 8 and featured Taylor Dayne, raised $31,500 for the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund. GDMAF provides financial assistance for critical needs through local organizations when other sources are exhausted.
Funds from the Saturday night street party were split among nine beneficiaries. Those organizations were Resource Center Dallas, AIDS Arms, AIDS Interfaith Network, Turtle Creek Chorale, Cedar Springs Beautification Fund, Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage, GLBT Leap, Uptown Players and Legal Hospice of Texas. That party raised $25,000.
Razzle Dazzle Dallas board, from left, Jimmy Bartlett, Johnny Humphrey, Chris Bengston, Thom Dance, John Cooper Lara, Kris Martin, Ron Adams and Howard Okon
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.
I have to admit my jaw kind of dropped when I saw this on Sue Ellen’s calendar. The club scored a major coup booking country star Chely Wright to headline this year’s fifth annual Dallas Lesbian Festival set for May 6. Props to the club for taking the festival up to a whole other level. Let’s hope it continues.
The Dallas Purple Party, an annual fundraiser for AIDS Services of Dallas now in its 12th year, will hold a volunteer drive … er, reception … at Sue Ellen’s on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Executive director Blake Baker will give a primer to those who want to help put on the party, which takes place at a variety of venues across Dallas the weekend of May 4–6.
The all-volunteer Purple Party Foundation needs all kinds of assistance in putting on the event, from those who can help set up and decorate in the daytime hours to those who can assist with the after-hours events to those helping with clean-up. They even need folks to man their booth at the Easter in Lee Park Festival on April 8 and at the Cedar Springs Arts Festival the Saturday before the event.
“Last year, we had 70 volunteers, which was a lot — the most we’ve ever had — but we could still use more,” says executive board member Chris Huffstutler.
If you can’t make the mixer at Sue Ellen’s, visit PurpleFoundation.org to learn more or sign up for shifts at your convenience.
The Human Rights Campaign Dallas-Fort Worth is joining a national effort to get more women involved in HRC with the third annual “Her HRC” party next Sunday, Jan. 15, at Sue Ellen’s, 3014 Throckmorton.
Drag entertainer Cassie Nova will be the host for the event, which starts when the doors open at 2 p.m. The part includes a trivia tournament (teams need to register between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. that day), and the Bachelorette Auction starts at 5 p.m. Radio personality Psycho Shanon from the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning Show on KISS 106.1 FM will be auctioneer.
Admission is only $10 for those 18 and up, and that admission fee includes HRC membership for a year.
Similar events are being held in 12 other cities around the country next weekend, with four more scheduled later. Organizers for the Dallas gathering warn that space is limited and the club is expected to fill up quickly, so get there early.
For a full list of events taking place around the country, and for more information on each, go here. For more information on Her HRC, go here. And for more information on HRC in general, go here.