Volume 15

The Dallas Way Presents:

Thursday, April 23, 2015

In the Rose Room at S4

3911 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas 75219
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Doors Open at 6:00 pm,
Program starts promptly at 7:00 pm
Free Admission

(If you would like to share your personal experience, we will be video taping your Spontaneous Oral story from 6-7pm and 8:30-9:30pm)

Four Incredible Speakers Share Their Amazing Stories
Impacting GLBT Life and History in the Dallas Area.

Lupe Valdez


Lupe Valdez

Lupe Valdez was elected Sheriff of Dallas County on November 4, 2004, and became the highest ranking law enforcement officer in the County of Dallas on January 1, 2005.  Sheriff Valdez is one of a few female sheriffs in the State of Texas, and is the only Latina Sheriff in the Nation.   Sheriff Valdez has been in Law Enforcement for more than 30 years, both Federal and State.  On November 6, 2012, she was re-elected to serve another four years.


Mark Arthur Shekter


Mark Arthur Shekter

Mark Shekter has served five terms as President of the Oaklawn Committee and a Past member of the Oaklawn Forum. He is a past president of the Stonewall Professional Business Association, hosted the first fundraiser for The Dallas Way and is a founding member of the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce.  Mark was the Creator of MOM (Meals on the Move), the first meal program in the late 80’s serving over 200 meals a day to PWA’s (people with AIDS).

Ed Oakley

Ed Oakley

Ed Oakley

Ed Oakley works with Caven Enterprises as Property Manager.  Ed was elected as a Dallas City Council member for District 6 in June of 2001 and as of June, 2005, he was re-elected twice as the Council member for District 3.  In a runoff election against Tom Leppert in 2007 for Mayor of the City of Dallas, Ed was unsuccessful. Had he won, he would have been the first openly-gay mayor of a top ten U.S. city.

Kathy Bowser


Kathy Bowser

Kathy Bowser holds a double major in theology and education. She taught for ten years before changing to nonprofit fund raising and volunteer development with the March of Dimes.  Kathy was called to be the pastor of Celebration on the Lake Church, where she served for four years while still traveling for the March of Dimes. She recently announced her retirement from ministry as of next month.  Kathy received the Extra Mile Award, and was presented with the Kuchling Award at the 1997 Black Tie Dinner.

Master of Ceremonies: Steve Atkinson


Steve Atkinson

Steve Atkinson served as Board Chair of the Lesbian & Gay Political Coalition of Dallas and as President of the Dallas Gay & Lesbian Alliance in the 1990s.  Atkinson also co-chaired the board of Leadership Lambda, served on the board of the Black Tie Dinner, and served as an appointee on city boards and commissions.  He was heavily involved with HRC on the local and national levels for 8 years, served on its Board of Directors, and was the co-chair of the National HRC Board of Governors.  He is a founding board member and current Vice-President of The Dallas Way, and serves on the Resource Center Capital Campaign Committee.  Steve was the recipient of the Kuchling Humanitarian Award in 2009, and was chosen as the grand marshal of the Allan Ross Texas Freedom Parade in 1999.

The mission of THE DALLAS WAY is to gather, organize, store, and present the complete GLBT history of Dallas, Texas.  THE DALLAS WAY is a registered 501(c)3 organization. All contributions are tax deductible. For more information, visit THE DALLAS WAY at www.thedallasway.org.

The Dallas Way

The mission of The Dallas Way is to gather, store, organize, and present the complete GLBT history of Dallas, Texas.

The members of the Board of Directors of The Dallas Way represent 560 years of community service to the GLBT community in Dallas. If one were to add the community volunteers who have already joined to serve the mission of The Dallas Way, that number increases to 970 years. That’s nearly a millennium of community service.

We are a collection of Happy Historians who have joined together to ensure the GLBT community’s rightful place in the overall history of Dallas, Texas. And yet, with all of our knowledge and expertise and experience, we currently do not fully represent the extent, variety, or complexity of our entire GLBT community.

Our mission is incomplete without a representative story from each of the many areas of our GLBT community. Therefore, when we talk about us, we are conscious of our need to include ever more representatives; even those we have not yet met. We need your stories to complete our mission.

Our GLBT history is important because it validates our considerable efforts, and it celebrates our bountiful successes. Our GLBT history proves our rightful place in Dallas history, overall, and our substantial contributions to Dallas as a world-class city.

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