Resource Center Dallas’ GEAR program marked its sixth anniversary with a banquet and awards ceremony Saturday, April 14, at Youth First Texas. GEAR is dedicated to empowering transgender men and women through educational and social opportunities, outreach and medical services. Dr. Jaime Vasquez, far left, received the GEAR Lifetime Achievement award for his work as part of the center’s transgender health night. Also pictured are Blair High, coordinator of GEAR; Johnny Humphrey, center programs coordinator; Jamila Davis, Nelson-Tebedo Clinic supervisor; Bret Camp, center health services director; and Oliver Blumer, GEAR steering committee member and board member, Transgender Education Network of Texas. Rafael McDonnell and Felesha Porter received the GEAR Ally Awards for outstanding work in the community by an ally of the transgender community. Lilith Calbridge and Nell Gaither received the Katherine Walton Award for outstanding work in the community by a transgender person. The attendees also heard from Omar Narvaez, community educator from the south central regional office of Lambda Legal, about recent legal and governmental victories involving the transgender community.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 20, 2012.