Outrageous Oral, Volume 20 - Dickie Weaver, Mary Mallory

Dickie Weaver and Mary Mallory tells the story of the Black Tie Dinner for Outrageous Oral, Volume 20, May 12, 2016, at the Round Up Saloon. Outrageous Oral is a quarterly evening of poignant memories and stories from Dallas' GLBT past. The Dallas Way is committed to our mission to gather, store, organize, and present the complete GLBT history of Dallas, Texas.

J. Richard (Dickie) Weaver was born in Longview, Texas in 1938 and graduated as president of the student body from Longview High School... his last personal foray into politics. Having grown up in a staunch Republican family, he found enlightenment receiving 2 degrees from Southern Methodist University in 1961 and 1964. Dickie is now completing his 50th year in the insurance industry as a broker for Burns & Wilcox... and looking forward to retirement soon.

A person no less than Anita Bryant galvanized his interest in our community's civil rights and he later served on the board of the Dallas Gay & Lesbian Alliance, even later a founding member of Razzle Dazzle Dallas and even later still, in 1982, as a founding member of the Black Tie Dinner. Dickie is a past chairperson of the Northaven United Methodist Church board of trustees, past president of Resource Center Dallas, first president of Razzle Dazzle Dallas, a Life Member of the advisory board of Black Tie Dinner and presently serves on the board of the Park Towers Condominium Association. A member of the SMU Mustang Club and Northaven United Methodist Church, Dickie is the recipient of the Black Tie Dinner Kuchling Award, Legacy Foundation Extra Mile Award, Resource Center Dallas' Volunteer of the Year, and a recipient of the Alan Ross Freedom Award.

Dickie's interests are genealogy, English history and soon writing a retrospective on the life of his great, great grandfather, Thomas Peyton Weaver. Dickie desires to see the day when human rights advocacy groups are no longer needed. His passion is SMU football. His heroes are Winston Churchill, William Wayborn and Bill Nelson.

Mary received a Bachelor's of Nursing degree from Texas Women's University in 1978 and a Masters of Nursing degree as a Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from the University of Texas Arlington in 1986. She started working in the HIV community as the 1st medical provider at Bryan's House in 1988 and has continued providing care to HIV-exposed infants and HIV-infected children at Children's Medical Center for 27 years.

Mary began her involvement in the LGBT community over 30 years ago through the original AIDS Services of Dallas Supper Club, as an Oak Lawn Community Services and AIDS Life Walk volunteer. She started on the Black Tie Dinner Board of Directors in 199, serving on the active board for 8 years and co-chair in 1994-1995. She continued on the advisory board for 14 years and has been honored to serve as a Lifetime Advisory Board Member since 2012.

Mary and her partner, Lisa Holmes, are parents of an 18-year old daughter adopted from China. Mary has been active in the International Adoption Community serving as President of North Texas Families with Children from China group for 5 years and serving on boards of My Treehouse and Mazescape.