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• Weekly: Lambda Weekly every Sunday at 1 p.m. on 89.3 KNON-FM.
This week’s guest is Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.
Fuse game night every Monday evening except the last of the month at 8 p.m. at the Fuse space in the ilume, 4123 Cedar Springs Road,
Apt 2367. Fuse Connect every Wednesday from 7 p.m. at the Fuse Space.

• April 24–26: Earth Day Texas at Fair Park
Billed as the world’s largest Earth Day initiative, colleges, universities, entrepreneurs, non-profits and more come together to address environmental issues with an Earth Day Eco Expo featuring art, activities, exhibits, music and presentations. For more information visit

• April 24: North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce 10th Annual Dinner
Honoring North Texas business and community leaders at 5:30 p.m. at Renaissance Dallas Hotel, 2222 N Stemmons Freeway.

• April 25: Tenth Annual Prairie Fest
Now in its tenth year, Fort Worth’s Prairie Fest is an outdoor festival benefitting the Tandy Hills Nature Center, one of the last remaining natural prairies in the region. Free. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. at Tandy Hills Nature Center, 3400 View St., Fort Worth. For more information visit

• April 25: Fuse Starbucks Social
Meet new friends and enjoy one free beverage at 7 p.m. at Starbucks, 2801 Allen. For more information e-mail or visit

• April 25: DFW Federal Club “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” Party
Federal Club members host dinner for randomly assigned guests followed by an exclusive after-party from 9:30–midnight at Mitchell Bar, 1404 Main St., with select complimentary drinks. Guests will be contacted a day before the event with dining details. Seating is limited and RSVP required. $75. Visit for more information.

• April 26-27: TransTexas Caucus and Lobby Day
Transgender Education Network of Texas and Equality Texas host caucus meeting and lobby day about issues facing transgender people. Caucus meets 1–6:45 p.m. on April 26 at AIDS Services of Austin Offices, 7215 Cameron Road Austin. Lobby legislators from 10:30 a.m.–6 p.m. on April 27 at the State Capitol, 1100 N Congress Avenue, Austin. Advanced registration required. Register at For more information contact Katy Stewart at 877-532-6789 or by e-mail at

• April 27: DFW Fuse Spark! Roundtable
Resource Center’s group for same gender loving men between the ages of 18 and 29 hosts its monthly Spark! Roundtable about relationships, sex, meeting new guys, and more at 8 p.m. at the Fuse Center, 4123 Cedar Springs Road, Apt. 2367. For more information e-mail or visit

• April 27-May 3: National Black Trans Advocacy Conference & Awards Gala
Black Transmen Inc. presents its fourth annual national conference April 27-May 5 at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel, 8250 N. Central Expressway. This year’s theme is “Thinking & Speaking A Better World.” Limited scholarships are available. For more information and a full schedule visit

• April 27: Eve of SCOTUS Marriage Hearings Gathering
Local organizations gather on the eve of the Supreme Court’s hearings on marriage equality to educate others about the importance of marriage equality. 6:30 p.m. at the Legacy of Love monument at the Oak Lawn Triangle.

• April 27-May 5: Early Voting begins for municipal elections

• April 28: Free LGBT Estate Planning Seminar
Resource Center hosts a free estate-planning seminar featuring local financial planning experts on issues important to the LGBT community. 5:30–7:30 p.m. at The Ashton, 2215 Cedar Springs. Complimentary valet parking. For more information and to RSVP e-mail Dean S. Wilson at

• April 30: Fuse midnight screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron
Studio Movie Grill in Arlington. Get reserved seating at Spark! roundtable on April 27.
For more information e-mail or visit

• April 30: 25th Annual LifeWalk Kick-off Party
AIDS Arms benefit features beverages, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and raffle from 6:30–9 p.m. at 3015 at Trinity Groves, 3015 Gulden Lane. For more information and to RSVP visit

• April 30: 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

• April 30-May 3: TGRA Texas Tradition Rodeo, Music Fest and Fair
The four-day event at Fair Park features out country singer Ty Herndon, live music and a jackpot barrel race as well as $6,000 in prize money covering several events including rough stock, speed and roping competitions. Annual royalty pageant starts at the Round-Up Saloon and finishing at Fair Park Coliseum. Tickets are $20 per day or $30 per weekend pass. Special VIP passes also available. For more information visit

• Weekly: Lambda Weekly every Sunday at 1 p.m. on 89.3 KNON-FM;
Fuse game night every Monday evening but the last of the month at 8 p.m. at the Fuse space in the ilume, 4123 Cedar Springs Road, Apt 2367; Fuse Connect every Wednesday from 7 p.m. at the Fuse Space.

• May 1–3: Austin International Drag Festival
Benefits Austin International Drag Foundation to educate, promote and provide resources and opportunities to the drag community.

• May 2: Oak Lawn Community Outreach Center Home Ownership Conversation
Find out if home ownership is right for you from 10:30 a.m.–noon at the Oak Lawn Community Outreach Center at Oak Lawn United Methodist Church, 3707 Cedar Springs Road To RSVP call or e-mail Rev. Gregg Alan Smith at 214-521-5197 ext. 121 or

• May 2: Tarrant County Gay Pride Week Association Cinco de Mayo Bingo
TCGPWA hosts another Pride Bingo benefit for Pride Week events from 6–9 p.m. at Trinity Metropolitan Community Church, 993 E. Avenue J, Grand Prairie. $20 donation includes 2 bingo cards, 15 rounds of bingo, beverages and snacks. $5 extra donation includes extra rounds of bingo. For more information and prize donation opportunities call or e-mail “Richard” James Tinker at 817-921-3318 or For anonymous donations e-mail Tony Coronado at

• May 2: DFW Trans Ladies Monthly Meeting
Meets from 7:00–8:30 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month at Agape MCC, 4615 E. California Parkway, Fort Worth. For more information e-mail or visit

• May 2: Razzle Dazzle Dallas bus trip to Winstar Casino
First of three bus trips to Winstar Casinos from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. benefits Razzle Dazzle Dallas, Home for the Holidays and The Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund. $75. Party Bus will include adult beverages and soft drinks, snacks, entertainment and raffle prizes. Leaves Cedar Springs at 8:30 a.m. and Collin Creek Mall at 9:00 a.m. For more information and to register visit or contact

• May 5: DFW Transcendence Trans/SOFFA Meeting: Nell Gaither of Trans Pride Initiative.
Trans and ally support group meets monthly on first and third Tuesdays from 7–9 p.m. at Agape MCC, 4615 East California Parkway, Fort Worth. For more information call Finn Jones at 214-499-0378 or by e-mail at


SPOTLIGHT: Earth Day Texas


Regardless of your feelings about Earth Day Texas, the annual Earth Day Expo in Fair Park, it’s once again upon us. Now five years old, organizers say the three-day expo, which takes places April 24–26, is the largest in the world.

“We’ve invited regionally and nationally known speakers to engage the business community and the family at this year’s event,” said Trammell S. Crow, the confab’s founder.

They represent a wide range of perspectives, some of whom you’d least expect. Speakers include Bill Hammond, president of the Texas Association of Business, who recently voiced opposition to anti-LGBT religious freedom bills in the statehouse … and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who has been vocal in his opposition to LGBT equality.

One event, “Conservation Has No Parties” from 1–2 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, highlights that odd divide. National Audubon Society’s President David Yarnold and ConservAmerica’s CEO Rob Sisson will discuss their social media campaign “Conservation Has No Party” and why conservation is an important cause on both sides of the aisle.

Minus the political oddities, participants of all ages will find something to please them. Foodies can attend presentations on farm-to-table cuisine or catch one of four screenings of Racing Extinction, a film by Academy award winning director Louie Psihoyos. The event is free.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 24, 2015.