todd-whitleyjpgTodd Whitley joins EQTX staff opens North Texas office
Dallas activist and community organizer Todd Whitley, a regular contributor to Dallas Voice’s Texas Voices pages, has joined Equality Texas as communications manager. He will coordinate statewide communications for the organization and act as liaison between other local, state and national organizations and media outlets.

He will also staff a new EQTX office in North Texas, giving the organization a physical presence in Texas’ four major metropolitan areas.


TPride receives grant

Trans Pride Initiative received a grant from Trans Justice Funding Project to foster greater understanding of trans-identified persons in the Latina community and to encourage trans Latinas to become more involved in social and political advocacy.

Through the grant, Trans Pride will bring Bamby Salcedo and Dante Alencastre to Dallas at 4 p.m. on Jan. 10 at the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff for a free screening and discussion of the film Transvisible: The Bamby Salcedo Story. Tickets and info at


Cedars Open Studios Tour
The 12th annual Cedars Open Studios Tour takes place from noon-6 p.m. on Nov. 22.

Neighborhood artists open their studios to the public, giving visitors the chance to meet artists including mixed-media artist Joshua King, painter/metal sculptor Tony Collins, glass artists Jim and Mary Lynn Bowman and many others.

The event culminates with a sunset performance art piece titled “Decorating the Tree” by Jim Bowman at his studio, 1419 Griffin Street East.

DART’s Cedars Station is within walking distance to many studios, including the artist quarters at South Side on Lamar. A map and list of galleries is available online at


Thairrific collecting for LGBT youth

Thairrific is collecting toiletry goods and non-perishable food through Thanksgiving to benefit LGBT Homeless youth in conjunction with Real Live Connections.

The restaurant is also offering a 15 percent discount on dine-in orders to anyone bringing full-size or travel sizes of soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer, lotion, razors, shaving cream and mouthwash and canned food with pop top lids.

Thairrific is located at 4000 Cedar Springs Road, #E.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 21, 2014.