Martinez speaks to GALA Youth
Cathedral of Hope youth minister Yadi Martinez is the guest speaker at GALA Youth, 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, at 1641 W. Hebron Parkway, Carrollton.
Martinez is executive director of Real Live Connection, a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide a safe space to educate, develop, and connect LGBTQ youth. The CoH Youth Ministry plans lock-ins, cookouts and a Six Flags Day to summer mission trips and fundraising work for community organizations.

DCDP swears in officials
Dallas County Democratic Party will hold a swearing-in ceremony and brunch at 10 a.m. New Year’s Day at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 300 Reunion Blvd. Newly elected and re-elected officials take the oath of office followed by a reception. Tickets are $50. Link to tickets at

Leadership ball at The Brick
Money Truck Elite presents the LGBT Purple Carpet Formal Leadership and Achievement Ball on Saturday, Dec. 27 at The Brick, 2525 Wycliff Ave. Call details and reservations at 972-375-8796.

The event recognizes community legends and trendsetters. Formal wear only. $20 admission. $45 VIP admission includes skip line pass, stage and table access, a VIP-only band and a bottle of champagne.

TPride film and fundraiser
Trans Pride Initiative collaborates with CineWilde for a movie screening and fundraiser at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, at Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd.
CineWilde presents the 2003 anime film, Tokyo Godfathers about three homeless people — a down-on-his-luck alcoholic named Gin, a tough-talkin’ trans woman named Hana, and an embittered teenage runaway named Miyuki —  who discover an abandoned newborn left in the streets of Tokyo on Christmas Eve. Together, they embark on a miraculous journey through crowded subways, a yakuza wedding, a raucous drag bar, and other unlikely haunts as they search for the child’s parents.

Before the film Trans Pride Initiative will be spinning dance tunes with specialty cocktails at the bar to raise money to set up a shelter and community center for local trans and gender-nonconforming persons.

After the film, bring a gift and join the hilariously competitive white elephant gift-giving game.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 26, 2014.