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FEBRUARY

• Feb. 14: Dannee Phann Productions presents Second Saturday: Adore Delano!
RuPaul’s Drag Race entertainers perform at 9 p.m. at the Brick & Joe’s, 2525 Wycliff. Ticket prices from $20–$150. Tickets at Bit.ly/adoreatbrick.

• Feb. 14: LGBTQ SAVES Youth dance
Valentine’s dance for youth 7–10 p.m. at Agape MCC, 4615 E California Way, Forest Hill. For more information visit LGBTQSaves.weebly.com or e-mail LGBTQSaves@gmail.com.

• Feb. 14: Dash for the Beads
Oak Cliff Mardi Gras-themed walk, run and festival benefits local area schools to help promote healthy eating and physical activity. 9:30 a.m. at Kidd Springs Park. Register online at Bit.ly/1tZOtxv.

• Feb. 14: QueerBomb Dallas’ QueerBomb L.U.S.T. 2015: Queer Candy
9 p.m.–2 a.m. at Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. $10 donation. Bit.ly/lustparty.

• Feb. 15: Mardi Gras Oak Cliff Parade
Bishop Arts District at 4 p.m.

• Feb. 15: Mr & Miss Charity America’s Red & Pink Ball
6 p.m. at Club Reflection, 604 S. Jennings, Fort Worth. Benefits Home for the Holidays. Contact Linze Serrell at sablelindsey@aol.com.

• Through Feb. 15: Bruce Wood: A Retrospective
A new exhibition celebrating the life and creative contributions of the renowned Fort Worth dancer, choreographer and creative genius at the Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St. Arlington., Tuesday–Saturday 10–5 p.m. Sunday 1–5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Children 12 and under are free. Call 817-275-4600 or email ama@arlingtonmuseum.org for more information.

• Feb. 17: JEWEL Lesbian Fiction Book Club
Monthly book club discusses From the Hat Down by Andi Marquette, who will be in attendance. 7–9 p.m. at ilume, 4123 Cedar Springs Road. Free. All women welcome. For more information e-mail jewel@myresourcecenter.org.

• Feb. 17: Equality Texas Faith Advocacy Day
Lobby legislators in Austin about issues facing LGBT people. First of three EQTX’s lobbying days at the Capitol. Co-sponsored by the Texas Freedom Network. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Austin Family Life Center, 1300 Lavaca St. Advanced registration required. Register at EqualityTexas.org.

• Feb. 18: DFW HRC Federal Club HRC 101 workshop
Learn more about the Human Rights Campaign’s work and advocacy at an interactive learning session hosted by the local chapter of HRC. 6:30–8 p.m. at Corgan, 401 N. Houston. Free self-parking. Refreshments provided. Register at Bit.ly/DFWHRC101.

• Feb. 18: GEAR Women’s Rap Session
Peer group discusses topics relating to feminine gender identity and transitioning every third Wednesday of the month. 6–8 p.m. at Resource Center, 2701 Reagan St.

• Feb. 19: Gray Pride “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: Texas Legislature 2015”
Resource Center Communications and Advocacy Manager Rafael McDonnell takes a look at the Texas Legislature and legislation that could impact LGBT Texans. 6:30–8:30 p.m. at Resource Center, 2701 Reagan St. For more information call 214-528-0144 or e-mail GrayPride@myresourcecenter.org.

• Feb. 19: Urban Engagement Book Club: Tomlinson Hill by Chris Tomlinson
CitySquare’s monthly Urban Engagement Book Club explores various social justice issues with writer Randy Mayeux and local social justice leaders. Free. Noon of every third Thursday at the Opportunity Center, 1610 S. Malcolm X Blvd. More information at CitySquare.org.

• Feb. 19: 15th Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair
The largest recruiting event for diversity and inclusion in the United States takes place 11 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Conference Center North Dallas at Preston, 6055 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway. Open to the public. Business attire and resumes required. 18 years and old only. Pre-schedule interviews by  identifying potential employers at Citycarrerfair.com and sending resumes to fasttrack@citycareerfair.com with DALLAS in the subject line.

• Feb. 20: Hope 4 Peace and justice’s 2015 World Day of Social Justice: “I’m Queer and I Care”
Gather with local social justice activists at H4PJ’s annual celebration of social justice at 5:30 p.m. at the Legacy of Love monument at the intersection of Cedar Springs and Oak Lawn. For more information contact Todd Whitley at 214-351-1901 or todd@H4PJ.org.

• Feb. 21: Stonewall Democrats of Tarrant County Strategic Retreat

• Feb. 21: Gaybingo: Gilligan’s Island
Monthly fundraiser for Resource Center takes place 6–9 p.m. at Rose Room at S4, 3911 Cedar Springs Rd. Doors open at 5 p.m. For more information call 214-540-4495 or e-mail Gaybingo@myresourcecenter.org.

• Feb. 21: GEAR Voice Feminization Support Group
Monthly meeting to study and practice voice feminization training. Free, but seating is limited to 30. 2–4 p.m. at Resource Center, 2701 Reagan St. For more information call 214-528-0144 or e-mail gear@myresourcecenter.org.

• Feb. 21: Chi Tau Epsilon Dance Honor Society Benefit Concert
Texas Christian University’s Chi Tau Epsilon Dance Honor Society hosts their annual benefit concert for AIDS Outreach Center at 7:30 p.m. at Studio Theatre at Erma Lowe Hall, 3000 South University Dr., Fort Worth. Call 817-257-4255 for ticket information.

• Feb. 21: Dallas-Fort Worth Gay for Good Volunteer Project
DFW Gay For Good’s Habitat for Humanity volunteer project from 8:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. at 2606 Wilhurt. Arrive between 7:45-8:00 a.m. Register at Bit.ly/DFWG4G21. Contact Rob Peters at roblpeters70@gmail.com or 781-472-0745 for more information.

• Feb. 21: Miss Gay Texas Pageant System’s Miss Tri City State and State-at-Large Pageant
The system that promotes both female impersonation and community support holds a themed pageant and fundraiser to benefit AIDS Arms Life Walk. Categories include presentation, performance and more. Male interviews begin at 2 p.m. and show begins at 8 p.m. at Garlow’s, 308 E. Main Street, Gun Barrel City. $75 entry fee. Contact Sable Alexander at sablelindsey@aol.com.

• Feb. 21: Fit4Life Calendar Launch Party: Benefiting Dallas Red Foundation
Fit4Life 2015 calendar launch benefitting the Dallas Red Foundation and HIV/AIDS research 7–9 p.m. at ES Collection, 3926 Cedar Springs. Complimentary cocktails. More information at On.fb.me/1zbd742.

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SPOTLIGHT: Learn and Lobby at the Lege

Texas-Capitol
If you’re interested in how the sausage is made during the 84th session of the Texas Legislature, you’ve got two rich opportunities to find out over the next week.

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, Equality Texas hosts the first of three themed lobbying days at the Texas Capitol this session. In partnership with the Texas Freedom Network, Equality Texas encourages LGBT and allied people of faith to spend the day in Austin learning about and lobbying for the bills that most impact the LGBT community, from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. The day begins with an informational session at First United Methodist Church of Austin Family Life Center, 1300 Lavaca St., before moving to the Capitol for lobbying.

Many local groups plan to caravan from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Advance registration is required at EqualityTexas.org.

If you’re not ready to meet with your legislators just yet, Resource Center has just the event for you. As part of its monthly Gray Pride Senior Moments series, Resource Center’s communications and advocacy manager, Rafael McDonnell, will speak about the Texas Legislature from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Resource Center, 2701 Reagan St.

For more information call 214-528-0144 or e-mail GrayPride@myresourcecenter.org.

It’s a great way in an intimate setting to have access to McDonnell’s insights, which might come in handy at Equality Texas’ two other lobbying days on March 23 and April 13.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 13, 2015.