Dallas Southern Pride, the gay Pride celebration for North Texas’ African-American community, gets into full swing next weekend, but it launches officially on Thursday with three events. First, there’s the B/HAP Conference from 6–8 p.m.m followed by the Ms. Dallas Southern Pride contest (also at the Crowne Plaza host hotel, with guest judge Raquell Lord, pictured), followed by the after-party at Havana.

DEETS: Crowne Plaza, 1015 Elm St. For a complete schedule and additional details, visit DallasSouthernPride.com.