Have an event coming up? E-mail your information to staff writer James Russell at by Thursday at 10 a.m.
for that week’s issue.

• Weekly: Lambda Weekly every Sunday at 1 p.m. on 89.3 KNON-FM. This week’s guests are Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes. 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 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 7–8:30 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 a.m. For more information and to register visit or contact

• May 2: 27th Annual Dallas Cinco de Mayo
Parade, festival and car show from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Jefferson Blvd. presented by Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts. For more information visit

• May 2: GEAR Awards Annual Ceremony
Mara Kiesling of the National Center for Transgender Equality keynotes the annual celebration of members of and allies to the transgender community and scholarship recipients at 7 p.m. at Resource Center,
2701 Reagan St.

• May 3: International Family Equality Day North Texas
Rainbow Roundup, a social group for local LGBT families, celebrates International Family Equality Day with a Sandcastle Sunday outing at 1 p.m. at Little Elm Park and Sandy Beach on Lake Lewisville. Sandcastle Sunday is also this months Rainbow Roundup’s outing.  Prizes for the best sandcastle will be awarded. Look for the rainbow flag on the beach. For more information call Leo Cusimano at 214–893–1075 or visit

• 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

• May 7: Trans Network Affiliates Meeting: Dr. Steven Klemow, Parkland Hospital
Networking event and lecture for transgender organizations and service providers features Dr. Steven Klemow of the Amelia Court Clinic at Parkland Health and Hospital System. 7 p.m. at Brazos Room, Center for Community Cooperation, 2900 Live Oak Street. For more information e-mail Nell Gaither at

• May 7: DFW HRC Federal Club Neighborhood Social
Dallas-based Journey cover band Escape performs from 7:30–9:30 p.m. at the Dallas Arboretum during its Cool Thursdays Concert Series, 8525 Garland Road. Gates open at 6 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring picnic baskets or choose from some of Dallas’ favorite food trucks. Alcohol is permitted to be brought on site but will not be available for purchase. Ticket prices vary. To buy tickets and for more information visit or e-mail Linda Reyes at

• May 8: High Tech Happy Hour
Texas Instruments Pride, the LGBT and ally diversity group, hosts its monthly High Tech Happy Hour to increase professional and social contacts between groups and individuals and to foster community. 5:30–7:30 p.m. at Komali Restaurant, 4152 Cole, Ste. 106. For more information e-mail Paul von Wupperfeld at

• May 9: Election Day

• May 9: Bloomin’ Ball: Sowing Seeds of Hope
Spring fundraiser for AIDS Interfaith Network presents Crystal Hope Awards in the individual, corporate and faith leader categories. 5–9 p.m. at Hilton Anatole,
2201 N. Stemmons Freeway. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets available online at For more information call 214-943-4444 or e-mail

• May 13: Lambda Legal Dallas Spring Mixer
Meet new friends and learn about Lambda Legal’s victories, 5:30–7:30 p.m. at Sambuca-Uptown, 2120 McKinney Ave. For more information call Carla McKinzie at 214-219-8585.

• May 13: GEAR:
Transmen Community Session
Monthly meeting discussion topics relating to masculine gender identity and transitioning. 6–8 p.m. at Resource Center, 2701 Reagan St.


Candy Marcum

• May 13–May 23: Couple Communication Workshop
Candy Marcum, LPC, and Jimmy Owen, LPC, conduct a two-weekend workshop for couples. 5-7 p.m. on May 15 and May 22 and 10 a.m.–noon on May 16 and May 23 at 3500 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 260. $440 per couple includes two workbooks and eight hours of instruction.
214-521-1278. For more information call or
e-mail Candy Marcum at 214-521-1278 or







SPOTLIGHT: Bloomin’ Ball: Sowing Seeds of Hope


A celebration of AIDS Interfaith Network’s inspiring individual, faith and corporate leaders, the Bloomin’ Ball, now in its ninth year, is also the spring fundraiser for AIN. This year’s Crystal Hope Award recipients in the individual, corporate and faith leader categories are AIDS Walk South Dallas’ Auntjuan Wiley (faith leader), Sam Bowers and Glenn Romero (individual leader) and Dallas Light and Sound (corporate leader). Texas Instruments is once again the presenting sponsor.

Each award recipient and sponsor, said AIN Executive Director Stephen Pace, has put AIN on track to even exceed Bloomin’ Ball’s fundraising goals “You can always use more help,” he said.

From its small office space off Stemmons Freeway, AIN provides service to 2,000 men, women, youth and children who have HIV/AIDS. They reach an additional 10,000 people at-risk of contracting HIV through their education and prevention programs.
5–9 p.m. on May 9, at Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets available online at For more information call 214-943-4444 or e-mail



To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the Turtle Creek Chorale’s chamber chorus, the Hotchkiss Elementary School choir and Mi Diva Loca present sizzling music from the Mexican choral and pop tradition. The evening honors Sheriff Lupe Valdez. Featured songs include the popular Quien Sera, music of Selena and other Latin pop artists, the beautiful Gracias A La Vida, and of course, La Cucaracha. Musica de Mayo at 7:30 p.m. on May 2 at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St. Tickets are available at








This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 1, 2015.