By Ben Briscoe

Entertainment at Sue Ellen’s will follow Saturday’s conference

The Resource Center of Dallas will host the "Borders & Bridges" conference this weekend. The conference will explore gender and identity borders and how individuals can build bridges across those borders to be allies to one another.

It all kicks off with a social mixer Friday night, May 23, at Sue Ellen’s. Then on Saturday, May 24, the conference will be during the day from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Resource Center of Dallas, 2701 Regan St..

Workshops and Seminars cover topics of interest to the LGBT community, including, "Crossing the Bridge of T in LGBT," "Coming Out to Your Kids," "Drag Queen 101," and "Queer Pedagogy: Education and Social Progression through Performance Art."

Activist and performer Jessica Eve Humphrey will be the keynote speaker, presenting "Border Crossings: Community Allyship in Gender/Queer Cultures."

After the conference Saturday will be a performance of "La Revolucion!" at Sue Ellen’s from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Krista Smith, aka Kentucky Fried Woman, will headline it. Smith is nationally known for her work in the LGBT performance community.

Smith says her performances "create a world that is free of the ‘isms’ and give the audience a new reality to hope and fight for."

Also performing will be the Dukes of Dallas, Cher Musico, Something Fabulous!, Gina Coffman and others.

Another performance will take place at Buddies II on Sunday, May 25, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The conference costs $17.99 and attendance at other events requires registration.

If you are on the fence about going, Cece Cox, associate executive director of the Resource Center of Dallas, had this to say: "If you are interested about how different groups in our community can work together, then come. I think we all have things to learn. This will be a welcoming environment where people can build allies and find their own strengths. It will give us tools to take out into the community at large."

To register call 214-528-0144.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 23, 2008.

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