Month: August 2006

White Rock Friends get help from DIFFA

By Staff Reports 15-year-old church group provides services to 4,000 HIV-positive clients Dan Godfrey The Board of Trustees of the Dallas Chapter of Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS has named White Rock Friends as a beneficiary of their fundraising efforts in 2006 and has awarded the Friends organization a grant of $24,000. Patricia Deason and David Nelson, board members for the Dallas Chapter of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, presented a check for $24,000 recently to Dan Godfrey, president of White Rock Friends, and Douglas Shaffer, administrator of White Rock Friends. White Rock Friends has, since 1991, provided personal hygiene and household cleaning products, congregate meals, clothing distribution, pet food/supplies, pastoral counseling and referrals in a caring and supportive environment to more than 4,000 people living with HIV/AIDS. It operates the General Store, the Saturday Meals Program and the Clothes Closet for clients’ use. The group is a community service project of White Rock Community Church. For inquiries about client services, volunteer opportunities and donations, please contact Shaffer at 214-324-1193. This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, August 25, 2006. mailbrutix.comпродвижение сайта в поисковой системе...

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Dallas’ gay-friendliness remains a secret to many

By David Webb Staff Writer Provincetown serves as model for how LGBT tourism can encourage tolerance among an area’s residents We’ve got it pretty good in Dallas these days, but it only takes a visit to Provincetown, Mass., on Cape Cod to realize how far our LGBT community still has to go. After spending a week in Provincetown in late August, I came home to Dallas declaring it the gayest city I’d ever seen, and I’ve seen most of the big gay tourist spots. Everywhere I went, I saw gay and lesbian couples walking hand-in-hand on the street without attracting attention from anyone. The transgender community, a minority group that sometimes finds itself discriminated against even by the gay and lesbian community, enjoys widespread acceptance in Provincetown. One of the more humorous sites I saw was a group of straight couples asking a group of drag queens to let them take pictures of their children standing with them. Even the local straight bars, of which I understand there are only two, often get mistaken for gay bars. But no one seems to mind. One of those bars, Governor Bradford’s, features female impersonators leading karoke shows every night. It was the gayest straight bar I”‘ve ever visited. And if you hear anything about discrimination involving sexual orientation in Provincetown, it will more likely be about straight people complaining gay people...

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Local Briefs

By Staff Reports Jubilee Fellowship Church opens new thrift store in Mesquite Jubilee Fellowship, the DFW Metroplex’s only fully GLBT affirming and inclusive Apostolic Pentecostal Church, has acquired the 2,000 square foot space at 3911 Casa Ridge Drive, directly beside it’s present sanctuary in Mesquite. Jubilee Fellowship will be reopening its Thrift Shop, as well as opening and Affirming Christian Bookstore/Library called the ARC (Apostolic Resource Center). It will also house their new fellowship area for various functions and meals. Donations are immediately welcome. You may either bring them by or call 214-282-0192 to arrange pickup. Sunday services continue to be conducted at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday evening Bible studies are conducted at 7 p.m. All are welcome. www.GayJubilee.org. Gay business group schedules happy hour at Sushi Sapporo High Tech Happy Hour, a community service by TI-LEGEND, Texas Instruments’ GLBT employees’ organization, will be held on September 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Sushi Sapporo, 3211 Oak Lawn Ave. The event is open to all. Controversial bishop schedules appearance at Cathedral of Hope The Cathedral of Hope and Unity Church of Dallas is proud to present Bishop John Shelby Spong in an extended weekend of events, including two performances of “A pebble in my Shoe: The Life and Times of John Shelby Spong,” at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16. Written and directed by...

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Soundout

5 questions with Mark Wright Mark Wright is chairman of the board for Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage, an organization that provides counseling for people affected by HIV and hospice facilities for those in the final stages of HIV disease. The organization’s largest annual fundraiser, Be An Angel, will be Sept. 9 at Eddie Deen’s Ranch. How did you first get involved with Legacy? I first got involved with the Founders Cottage when a good friend of mine had a partner who needed a place to live out the end of his life. Melissa Grove, who is the executive director now, was the director of the cottage at that time, and she helped us out. I started out by volunteering at the counseling center. And at the time, I lived in Oak Cliff near the cottage, so I started doing odd jobs for them, things like painting and gardening. Then last year, I chaired the auction committee for Be An Angel. How long have been on Legacy’s board? I have been on the board since October of last year. I was elected chairman of the board this past January. What sets Legacy apart from other AIDS service organizations? Everything about Legacy is geared completely towards its clients. We have the lowest administrative costs of any AIDS service organization in the city, which means that more of every dollar...

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Query of the Week

By David Webb Staff Writer How safe do you perceive commercial airplane travel to be today? “I feel a lot safer because of all the security measures.” Larry Williamson Retired “It’s safer than car travel.” Steve Pecha Retired “I think it is just as safe as it has always been.” Tommie Kinney College tutor “I think it is probably more safe to travel right now after a major accident because everyone is more careful than usual.” Lisa Sears Barista “Relatively safe but not completely safe.” Jim Lambright Retired Have a suggestion for a question you’d like us to ask? E-mail it to staff writer David Webb at webb@dallasvoice.com. This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, August 25, 2006. race mobilпиар...

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