A Roundtable Discussion on the history of the Black LGBT Community in Dallas.
Join us for a conversation about the history of the Black LGBT community in Dallas, presented by The Dallas Way, and hosted at the African American Museum of Dallas. A panel of leaders and members of the Black LGBT community, facilitated by Candace Thompson and Byron Proutt, will tell their stories and share their insights into this important piece of Dallas history.
Additional panelists will be named in subsequent updates to this post.
About the series: "Our Stories, Our History: This is Us" is a new roundtable series of The Dallas Way, focusing on traditionally underrepresented stories and histories within the LGBT community of Dallas. Through discussion and intentional organizational partnerships, we hope to expand the collection efforts of Dallas's LGBT history to be more holistic and inclusive of all voices and stories with the community.
"THREADS OF REMEMBRANCE"
Please join us at Dallas City Hall for the official opening reception for the month-long exhibit "Threads of Remembrance" co-sponsored by The Dallas Way, the LBGT Employee Association of Dallas, and the Special Collections Department of the University of North Texas Libraries. This exhibit tells the story of the devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Dallas in the 1980s and 1990s. Speakers will include Dallas city officials and representatives of The Dallas Way: a GLBT History Project,
The one-hour reception will include the unveiling of the Pride Flag, signaling the beginning Pride Month in Dallas. Light refreshments will be served.
The Dallas Way returns to the stage once again for its new 2018 speaker series featuring three speakers with incredible stories to tell.
1. Dr. Wesley Phelps is a professor of history at Sam Houston State University who is currently writing a book covering legal challenges to Texas sodomy laws, including a chapter on Dallas's own landmark civil rights case, Baker vs. Wade, bringing to life the heroic story of the Texas Human Rights Foundation like never before. Come hear the fascinating story of how a humble law suit in Dallas, Texas, filed on behalf of a volunteer plaintiff named Don Baker, rallied the GLBT community of the entire state and started a chain reaction in the world of courts and judges that ended up changing the world for gay people throughout the country. In the end, state laws criminalizing same-sex relations were ruled no longer tolerable under the United States Constitution ... the bold premise of Baker vs. Wade.
2. Betty K Neal is our freind who says, “I have never been in the Closet, I’m designed this way.” Betty is one of the original Alan Ross Pride Parade board members, one of the original Dallas Southern Pride board members (and an avid supporter of its new leadership), and an original member of Stud Takeover Vegas. She’s a lover of all things “Drag,” a pageant owner, and a lifetime friend to the Entire LGBTQ Community. Betty is also an advocate for the homeless population of the city and serves as Co-CEO of THE GOOD JUDY GIRLS Blanket the Homeless.
3. In 2013, Gary Garcia was staring death straight in the face. Through no fault of his own, Gary suffered from sudden and acute liver failure and was told he needed a liver transplant ... a critical medical crisis for anyone. To complicate his situation further, Gary was also living with HIV. After one physician told him to go home and take care of his affairs, he knew he had to fight for his life in more ways than one. Gary’s hope is that by sharing his powerful story, others will have a better understanding of the importance of registering to be an organ donor and help save lives after their own has ended.
Our oral history evening will be hosted by well-known television news reporter Steve Noviello. Steve is a Consumer Reporter, News Anchor and Social Media leader whose work appears weekly on FOX O&O stations across the country. He is a 6-time Emmy Award wInner, has won 3 National Headliner Awards and has been honored multiple times by the Associated Press. On April 5th, Steve will bring his special style of hosting to our special event.
The doors to S4 / Rose Room open at 6:00 PM ... The program begins promptly at 7:00 PM. Address: 3911 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas 75219.
Join us for a conversation about the history of the Latino LGBTQ community in Dallas, presented by The Dallas Way and LULAC Dallas Rainbow Council #4871, and moderated by former Dallas City Councilmember Chris Luna. A panel of leaders and members of the Latino LGBTQ community will tell their stories and share their thoughts on this important piece of Dallas History.
Panelists include: Jesus Chairez. Jose Plata. James Michael Dominguez
The discussion will be held in English.
El discusión se llevará a cabo en inglés.
UNT Special Collections and the UNT Pride Alliance are pleased to present a screening of the film After Goodbye: An AIDS Story as part of a semester-long collaboration dedicated to programming related to the impact of HIV/AIDS on the LGBTQ+ community of Dallas, Texas.
This Emmy-winning documentary produced by KERA examines the impact of AIDS on the Turtle Creek Chorale, a men’s chorus based in Dallas, which lost more than 90 of its members to AIDS at the time of film production, and nearly 200 as of today. The film explores how the Chorale banded together to navigate grief and acceptance through music.
Join us at 6:30pm in the UNT Gateway Center, Ballroom 34 for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The film will begin at 7pm, and members of the Turtle Creek Chorale A Capella group Camerata will perform throughout the evening.
We invite you to join us after the film for a Q&A session. Kathleen Hobson-Bond, Director of the UNT Pride Alliance, will moderate this discussion.
Related events: How to Survive a Plague (part of the Doc Spot Film Series) on November 29, 2017, and the ongoing Threads of Remembrance exhibit in UNT Special Collection (Willis Library Room 437). The exhibit will remain on display through December 15, 2017.
The Dallas Way, in partnership with University of North Texas, will present another great evening of its Outrageous Oral program on Tuesday, October 10th. Join us on the UNT campus at The Forum at Willis Library, Room 140 to hear the speakers tell their stories. The program begins at 6:30.
Join The Dallas Way for a performance of "Hit The Wall" at Water Tower Theatre on August 16h at 7:30PM. TDW guests can purchase discounted tickets for $22. To obtain the discount, call the box office at 972-450-6232, and tell Kayla Freeman you are with The Dallas Way.
The show follows a diverse group of young people as a joyful evening at a gay nightclub, following the death of the iconic Judy Garland, is brutally interrupted by a police raid that touches off days of violent protests. Hit the Wallpremiered in 2012 at Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre. Hit the Wall transports audiences to the Stonewall Riots in New York's Greenwich Village on June 27-28, 1969, when a routine police raid on an underground gay hotspot became a foundational moment for the modern gay rights movement. Featuring a howling live rock band that evokes the era's proto-punk music and fast-paced, sharp dialogue, the vivid theatrical re-imagination focuses on ten unlikely revolutionaries, each claiming in turn "I was there."
Hit the Wall is recommended for mature audiences only due to adult content and language.
Water Tower Theatre is located at 15650 Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001
Box Office: 972-450-6232
The Dallas Way underwrote and worked with the University of North Texas to present an exhibit at Dallas City Hall that includes memorabilia items and a huge timeline that covers a massive wall and gives an overview of major happenings in the Dallas LGBT community throughout its history. About 85 people attended the opening of the display and heard speakers who shared stories about their involvement in the history of the community. Speakers included Terry Loftis, former city-councilman Chris Luna, and Barbara Rosenberg. The exhibit will be on display in the main lobby of City Hall throughout the month of June.