• 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 a.m.–2:30 p.m. at 2606 Wilhurt. Arrive between 7:45-8 a.m. Register at Bit.ly/DFWG4G21. Contact Rob Peters at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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.
• Feb. 22: He Said/She Said
The Human Rights Campaign Dallas Fort Worth presents the inaugural He Said/She Said fundraiser, a new twist on the Her HRC event. Events include trivia with cash prizes, HRC Bachelorette and/or Bachelor live auction and a drag show to cap off the day. Cassie Nova and Jenna Skyy host. 2 p.m. at Sue Ellen’s.
• Feb. 26: Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin screening
Stonewall Democrats of Denton County present a screening of a documentary about the black gay civil rights activist 6:30–8:30 p.m. at Landmark Grill, 1297 Justin Rd/FM 407, Lewisville.
• Feb. 26: GEAR Monthly Mixer
Make new friends and learn about GEAR and Resource Center 6–8 p.m. at La Madeleine, 3906 Lemmon Ave. For more information and to R.S.V.P. call 214-528-0144 or email email@example.com.
• Feb. 26: Bloomin’ Ball Launch Party: Sowing Seeds of Hope
Texas Instruments fundraiser benefits AIDS Interfaith Network 6:30–8 p.m. at The Tower Club of Dallas, 48 Thanksgiving Tower, 1601 Elm Street. Includes complimentary beers, wine and hors d’oeuvres and desserts. $5 self parking after 5 p.m. More information and to RSVP e-mail Bporter@aidsinterfaithnetwork.org.
• Feb. 28: 17th Annual Toast to Life: Voodoo on the Trinity
What do you get when you mix a bunny with magic? You get “Voodoo on the Trinity,” the theme of Resource Center’s annual Toast To Life fundraiser. DJ Lady Bunny will provide entertainment. The fundraiser begins 7 p.m. at The Empire Room, 1225 N Riverfront Blvd. For more information, visit Bit.ly/1BUUp2w.
• Feb. 28–March 1: Denton Church Celebrates African American History Month
St. James AME honors the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and 150th year of Juneteenth on Saturday and Sunday with a health fair 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday and celebration with music and more from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday at St. James AME, at 1107 E. Oak St., Denton. For more information call 940-387-1223 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• March 5: Resource Center Volunteer Orientation
Mandatory volunteer orientation 9:45 a.m.– 1 p.m. at Resource Center, 2701 Reagan St. For more information and to register call 214-528-0144 or visit the Resource Center.
• March 7: 25th Anniversary of House DIFFA Celebration
DIFFA/Dallas celebrates the 25th anniversary of its House of DIFFA black tie fundraiser benefitting numerous North Texas AIDS service organizations. Silent/live auction, seated dinner and fashion runway show begins at 6 p.m. at the Omni Hotel Downtown Dallas, 555 S. Lamar St. Ticket prices vary and
are available at Bit.ly/1ID2U2Y. For more information visit Diffadallas.org.
• March 7: Stonewall Democrats Candidate and Endorsement Screening
Takes place 9 a.m.–4 p.m. upstairs at Sue Ellen’s. Open to the public but membership must be current or renewed at least 30 days prior in order to participate with the Endorsement Committee. 30-day deadline is Thursday, Feb. 5th. Visit Stonewalldemocratsofdallas.org for more information.
• March 11: GEAR: Trans*men Community Session
Monthly meeting discussion topics relating to masculine gender identity and transitioning. 6–8 p.m. at Resource Center, 2701 Reagan St.
• March 12-15: TBRU 20 – Bear On Studio 54: Return to the Discotheque
Annual Texas Bear Round Up gathering at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 7050 N Stemmons Freeway. Call 682-231-2624 or email email@example.com for more information. Register online at Tbru.org/?page_id=12.
• March 12: TBRU 20 Bears BearDance
Texas Bear Round Up hosts fundraiser for HIV/AIDS organizations 8 p.m.–4 a.m. at Station 4, 3911 Cedar Springs. $25 advanced tickets or $35 at the door. Register online at Tbru.org/?page_id=12.
• March 13-14: End with Red: A Time for Solidarity
The Afiya Center’s second annual weekend fundraiser and symposium on the reproductive justice movement includes dinner with a presentation by guest speaker Byllye Avery at 6 p.m. on Friday. Faith-based roundtable discussion on the church’s position on women’s issues such as HIV/AIDS at 9 a.m. Both events at Academy of Black Arts and Letters, 1309 Canton Rd. Register online at Bit.ly/1z8d8Rq.
• March 14: #NOH8Worldwide open photo shoot
Photo shoot with Adam Bouska benefitting NO8 campaign. 2–5 p.m. at Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, 14115 Hillcrest Road. Single/Solo Photos: $40. Couple/Group Photos: $25 per person.
Cash and credit cards only. More information at Noh8campaign.com.
• March 17: JEWEL Lesbian Fiction Book Club
Monthly book club discussion open to all women 7–9 p.m. at ilume, 4123 Cedar Springs Rd. Free. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPOTLIGHT: Screening of Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
Bayard Rustin was a civil rights activist and organizer for the majority of his life. But the black gay Quaker is often overlooked amidst the movement’s other leading figures, in part because of his sexual orientation.
Local audiences have a chance to learn about Rustin’s life and struggles when Stonewall Democrats of Denton County screens Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin at their monthly meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26 at Landmark Grill, 1297 Justin Rd/FM 407 in Lewisville.
The 2003 documentary produced by Nancy Kates, Sam Pollard and Bennett Singer, culls from rare archival footage and interviews to paint a picture of a man committed to social change and nonviolence, who was often found at the margins of his own movement. Rustin died in 1987. He was posthumously awarded the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom, which his longtime partner Walter Naegle received on his behalf.
But it took efforts like the 2003 documentary to get him the recognition he deserves.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 20, 2015.