Last week I spoke with Adrianna Thompson, a student at Brookhaven who is also the president of the community college’s gay-straight alliance. She has announced on the group’s Facebook page that she is organizing the first Poverty & AIDS fundraiser to be held May 1 on campus benefiting Resource Center Dallas. She did tell me she’s handling it all on her own and did say she could use a little help.
“I want to have local bands there and even a drag performance,” she said. “The thing is I just don’t know a whole lot of people in the community.”
Thompson is looking for all kinds of help while she balances her class schedule and homework. While she has said she’s refocusing some of the event, she has lined up students to contribute art for sale and Brookhaven’s Urban Dance Crew will join the lineup of entertainment. Dallas County Health and Human Services director Zachary Thompson is also on board to speak. Thompson is still looking for musicians and drag performers to donate time to the Tuesday night event and an additional speaker to touch on topics of safe sex. Initially the event was to be catered but she said that Raising Cane’s pulled out for reasons she deemed suspicious, so she has been forced to take money from the group’s account to offer drinks. With a full schedule of classes and classwork, Thompson has still maintained an air of enthusiasm for the event to really put the GSA on the map. And to think, she’s trying to get this done before she graduates May 10.
“There was a club a while back but it stopped,” she said. “When I found out they needed a student to be the president, nobody wanted that position so I decided to take it on.”
The Poverty & AIDS benefit will have a $2 cover or a food donation of two cans. All proceeds will go to directly to the Resource Center Dallas. For anyone wishing to donate their time and/services, email me here and I can put you in touch.