A Feathered Affair on Saturday

A Feathered Affair, sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Dallas, takes place Saturday and benefits the Trinity River Audubon Center.

The funds will be used to repair, upgrade and maintain its Outdoor Wildlife Pond in the Children’s Discovery Garden and to support its science and environmental education program that reaches more than 22,000 Dallas pre-K through 12 students annually.

Former councilwoman Veletta Forsythe Lill, her husband, John, and SMU Dean David Chard and his partner, Richard Lena, are the event’s honorary co-chairs. U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson will attend and make brief remarks.

GLFD promotes equality and raises awareness of the personal and financial contributions of gays and lesbians to Dallas by bundling donations to recipient agencies that do not discriminate in their hiring, employment and service practices. Since 2000, the Gay & Lesbian Fund for

Dallas has raised more than $1.2 million to support Dallas nonprofits that value and foster diversity.

The 120-acre TRAC is located on Great Trinity Forest Boulevard (South Loop 12) in South Dallas along the Trinity River. The living laboratory of forest, grassland, and wetland habitat introduces nature as a context for life-long learning and enriched life.

A Feathered Affair at Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 S. Loop 12. Oct. 19 from 7–11 p.m. $75. For more information, visit GLFD.org.
TENT seeks trans military veterans for Texas Outserve-SLDN conference

The Transgender Education Network of Texas is looking for trans veterans to serve on a panel at the 2013 Outserve -SLDN leadership conference.

TENT needs those who can attend the Oct. 25–27 conference in San Antonio and are comfortable telling their stories but is also looking for people who are not comfortable speaking in public to privately share their stories to collect for a “public narrative.”

Although “don’t ask, don’t tell” ended for gay and lesbian service members, trans personnel may still be thrown out of the military.

The Saturday afternoon panel is entitled “Transgender Veterans: Stories to Move the DADT Transgender Service Members Forward.” Those interested in participating should contact Oliver Blumer at olblumerdc@aol.com. Those interested in participating in the public narrative should contact TENT’s Katy Stewart at katy@transtexas.org.

Among the other presenters at the conference are the American Military Partner Association that has been following the Texas National Guard’s refusal to register same-sex partners of military personnel so they can receive an ID and federal benefits.

The conference will be held in San Antonio on Oct. 25–27 at the Marriott Rivercenter. Tickets are available online. For more information, visit TransTexas.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 18, 2013.