UNT needs bisexual and/or transgender research participants

UNTThe University of North Texas Center for Psychosocial Health Research will soon complete its research study investigating quality of life and wellbeing among LGBT folks over 50.

The study is intended to advance research on health, social support and emotional happiness of the aging LGBT community (50+ years), an under-represented group in current research. Bisexual and/or transgender participants are needed. They already reached their goal for gay and lesbian participants.

The UNT research team seeks to identify needs for the community in the areas of mental health, healthcare, social services and legislation. All information collected is kept strictly confidential, and the results of the study are only published/presented in aggregate.

Participants in the study meet with research assistants from UNT’s Center for Psychosocial Health Research in public places appropriate for the task that are geographically convenient to participants.

You don’t have to go up to Denton to participate. Resource Center is providing use of their meeting rooms to conduct surveys, but researchers will are happy to meet you anywhere in the metroplex. Surveys are conducted in person on a laptop (provided), which usually takes about 2 hours complete. All participants receive a $25 cash incentive for their participation.

If you would like to help advance this important research, please contact: Center for Psychosocial Health Research, University of North Texas by email or call 214-699-7146.

—  David Taffet

UNT looking for 100 BLTs for aging study

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Bart Poche

University of North Texas’ Center for Psychosocial Health Research needs 100 more lesbian, bisexual and transgender participants.

Researcher Barton Poche said the research study, which examines quality of life in LGBT folks 50+ years old, reached the number of gay male participants they need, but they’re still looking for lesbians, bisexuals and trans folks. The study is intended to advance research on health, social support, and emotional happiness of the aging LGBT community (50+ years), an under-represented group in current research.

“We hope to identify needs for the community in the areas of mental health, healthcare, social services, and legislation,” Poche said in an email. “All information we collect is kept strictly confidential, and the results of our study are only published/presented in aggregate.”

Participants in the study meet with research assistants from UNT’s Center for Psychosocial Health Research and will meet team members in public places appropriate for the task that are geographically convenient to participants.

You don’t have to go up to Denton to participate. Resource Center is providing use of their meeting rooms to conduct surveys. Surveys are conducted in person on a laptop (provided), which usually takes about an hour and a half to complete. All participants receive a $25 cash incentive for their participation.

If you would like to help advance this important research, please contact:

Center for Psychosocial Health Research, University of North Texas. ProjectGrayPride@gmail.com, 214-699-7146.

—  David Taffet

32 years of Dallas Voice now available online

University of North Texas digitized and put online 32 years of Dallas Voice from Volume 1, Issue 1 as part of its North Texas LGBT history archives. UNT also has been working on the project in conjunction with The Dallas Way and Resource Center, which donated its Phil Johnson Archives.

Thousands of pages of Dallas Voice articles and ads are searchable. The UNT library began the project with Dallas Voice about three years ago. Money for digitizing was finally raised last summer and the school has been working on the project since then.

So when we were looking for Senior Editor Tammye Nash’s first story, we came up with this beauty:

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Here’s the link to search Dallas Voice in the UNT archives.

This was our first front page:

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And one more. Judge Jerry Buchmeyer overturned 21.06, the Texas sodomy law but this is how we showed outrage at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reinstating the now-unconstitutional law:

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These are screen shots, but the originals are very readable. Take a walk through the past 32 years by searching beginning here.

—  David Taffet

UNT names fashion program after Dallas designer Michael Faircloth

DIFFADallas fashion designer Michael Faircloth — a long-time supporter of DIFFA and famous for designing Laura Bush’s inaugural ball gown — has been honored by the University of North Texas with a fashion program named in his honor.

Lisa Troutt, a former fashion designer, and her husband Kenny donated $500,000 to launch the Michael Faircloth Fashion Design Program in honor of the UNT alumnus. The goal is to raise a total of $2.5 million to support the program.

“I am humbled and overjoyed that my friend [Lisa Troutt] and my alma mater desire to recognize my achievements by name the [program] after me,” Faircloth said in a statement.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Abbott to deliver UNT commencement address

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University of North Texas President Neal Smatresk has announced that Texas’ Republican Gov. Greg Abbott will deliver the keynote address during UNT’s inaugural university-wide commencement ceremony on May 16.

“I can think of no one better to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and kick off our yearlong 125th anniversary celebration,” Smatresk  said in a letter to students.

This will be UNT’s first university-wide graduation, and Smatresk said about 25,000 people are expected to attend.

Saying that school officials are looking forward “with great enthusiasm” to welcoming Abbott and Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott to the UNT campus, adding that he expects the governor’s “message of hope and inspiration will resonate with all of us and leave a lasting impression on the Class of 2015.”

—  Tammye Nash

Tickets to see Laverne Cox at UNT go on sale tomorrow

Laverne-CoxLaverne Cox, the first transgender person to be nominated for an acting Emmy Award and a vocal advocate for LGBT issues, will present her talk “Ain’t I a Woman: My Journey to Womanhood,” at the University of North Texas Super Pit coliseum in Denton on Feb. 24. A Time magazine cover model, Cox is a co-star on the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black, and will discuss the racism, classism and gender bias she have dealt with. She’s being presented through the Mary Jo and V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series of UNT.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday: $10 for the general public, $5 for UNT staff, and free for UNT students. Go here to get yours.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

DADT activist Dan Choi to speak at UNT Feb. 6

0000004401216004555101740Former Army Lt. Dan Choi, an officer-turned-activist after he was discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” is coming to Texas to speak at the University of North Texas on Feb. 6 for its Distinguished Lecture Series.

In 2009, Choi announced that he is gay on The Rachel Maddow Show and he was later discharged. Afterward, he became one of the most well-known faces of the fight to repeal DADT.

Choi will speak at 8 p.m. Feb. 6 in UNT’s Auditorium Building, located at 1401 W. Hickory St. The event will include remarks from Choi, as well as a question and answer session.

Tickets for the public are $10 and can be purchased online or in person at the Stovall Temporary Union Building Information Desk or by calling 940-565-3805.

—  Dallasvoice

UNT hosts reception for LGBT exhibit

13_Resource_Center_Exhibit_Dallas_670x300The University of North Texas LGBT archives hosts its first event this evening with an opening reception at 5 p.m.

The Dallas Way will present an edition of Outrageous Oral at 7 p.m. at the Willis Library.

An exhibit drawn from the former Phil Johnson Library that was housed at Resource Center and are now archived at UNT will be on display. The collection includes about 100,000 items.

As part of the archiving project, copies of Dallas Voice from issue No. 1 published in 1983 have been transferred to UNT along with other Dallas Voice publications including Q Texas, TXT and Texas Triangle. The school applied for a grant to digitize the entire run.

Already online in searchable PDF format are 388 issues of Dallas Voice from 2004 through 2013.

The speakers for Outrageous Oral are trans activist Nell Gaither, UNT Vice President for Equity and Diversity Gilda Garcia, UNT Regents Professor-Kinesiology, Health Promotion & Recreational Studies Chwee-Lye Chng and The Dallas Way co-founder Bruce Monroe. Chng also served on the board of Resource Center in the 1990s.

Willis Library is at 1506 Highland Ave., Denton. The exhibit will remain on display through January.

—  David Taffet

2 ways to come out in Denton on National Coming Out Day

Two LGBT events are planned in Denton on National Coming Out Day — Thursday, Oct. 11. A concert with Justin Roth benefits OUTreach Denton, a support and advocacy group for LGBTQA teens, and The Dallas Way — the GLBT History Project presents its third Outrageous Oral storytelling program, the first outside of Oak Lawn.

Outrageous Oral takes place at the Willis Library on the University of North Texas campus in Denton. The school has begun a project archiving the North Texas LGBT community and opened a repository for papers and artifacts. The Phil Johnson Library has moved from Resource Center Dallas to UNT.

The first two Outrageous Oral events took place in the Vixin Lounge at Sue Ellen’s on Cedar Springs Road.

Each edition of Outrageous Oral includes a number of LGBT community members telling their stories. The program in Denton includes pieces by Monica Greene, Bruce Monroe, Penny Krispin, Buddy Molino, Arturo Ortega and Don Maison.

Restaurateur Green tells her story of transitioning in the ’90s. Her story, as she told it at the first Outrageous Oral evening at Sue Ellen’s, is posted below.

Krispin, a nurse, will recount how she offered Pentamidine Mist treatments to prevent a fatal pneumonia at a time when Parkland Hospital was refusing to administer it. Her work was the beginning of what became the Nelson-Tebedo Clinic.

Maison, President and CEO of AIDS Services Dallas, was an attorney and will recount two cases he handled in the ’80s. He represented Dallas Gay Alliance, which sued in 1988 Parkland to eliminate a waiting list for medication and limit the number of beds for persons with AIDS. In another case he litigated, Southwest Airlines was forced to hire men as flight attendants.

Justin Roth concert: Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1111 Cordell St., Denton at 7 p.m. $10.

Outrageous Oral: Willis Library, 1506 Highland Avenue, Denton. Oct. 11. 7–9 p.m. Free and open to the public.

—  David Taffet

Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy meets with college leaders about LGBT issues

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With Chick-fil-A fights breaking out on campuses across the country, including several in North Texas, company CEO Dan Cathy reportedly met with college leaders to discuss LGBT issues in Atlanta on Thursday.

It was Cathy whose anti-gay comments earlier this summer sparked the protest. The details of Thursday’s meeting were brief and given by an unnamed source, but centered around “diversity, hospitality, and the opportunity to find common ground,” according to the source.

Cathy is trying to repair relationships with colleges in an effort to further expansion plans for more on-campus locations across the country, many at large schools.

The University of North Texas was the first of five area colleges to start a petition calling for the university to remove the restaurant from its student union. UTA later followed and members of UTA’s GSA are preparing to present the petition and a resolution to school officials.

SMU officials have already said they would not remove the restaurant from its campus. Kim Schroder, UNT’s associate director of retail dining services, told its student newspaper that the on-campus location wasn’t going anywhere soon.

Schroder said the petitions from a UNT student and a separate one created by an alumnus have not affected business, and the university’s five-year contract with the company would make removing it soon impossible.

—  Dallasvoice