The Stonewall Advocate
February 2011Page 2
The February Meeting of the StonewallDemocrats of Dallas will take place 6:30p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, at Ojeda’s Res-taurant, 4617 Maple Ave. Please arrive at6 p.m. for social time. Meeting begins at6:30 p.m. Guest speaker is Dallas MayoralCandidate David Kunkle.
The Dallas Stonewall Young Democrats willhold a fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 12, featur-ing state Rep. Jessica Farrar of Houston.VIP reception starts at 6:30 p.m., and doorsopen at 7:30 p.m. There will be an openbar, hors d’oeuvres and a live DJ. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities and loca-tion of private residence, visit http://www.dallassyd.org/2011fundraiser.html.
Progressive Center Fundraiser
The Progressive Center will hold a fund-raiser at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, atSouth Side at Lamar, 1409 S. Lamar, Ste.1021 in Dallas. Suggested donation is $50.For more information, email Bill Amos email@example.com.
March On & GetEQUAL Fundraiser
Local director Laura McFerrin’s “MarchOn” documents the 2009 National Equal-ity March through the lives of five familieswho put aside their daily routine, packed uptheir hopes and went to Washington, D.C.,to demonstrate. Interviews and power-ful speakers including Lt. Dan Choi, LadyGaga, Cleve Jones and Cynthia Nixonare featured. The Dallas debut of the filmtakes place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb.24, at Studio Movie Grill, 11170 N. CentralExpressway. Donations for entry into themovie benefit GetEQUAL.
Last month, 15 folks either joined or renewed with the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas: David Bradley, L.D. Carter, TracyClinton, Grady Coyle, Hon. ElizabethCrowder, Donald Davidson, Neil Emmons,Phyllis Guest, Randy Johnson, GillianParrillo, Jim Rogers, Richard Shampain,Jesse Tafalla, Jr., Jesse Vallejo and JamesWestbrook. Membership is only $35,which includes memberships for the TexasStonewall Democratic Caucus and NationalStonewall Democrats. To join, visit www.stonewalldemocratsofdallas.org.
By Jesse Garcia
The Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucusconfirmed two national LGBT leaders whowill speak at its upcoming convention.Arizona state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema willbe the keynote speaker at the Welcom-ing Luncheon on Saturday, March 5, atthe Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Austin.The following day Mara Keisling, execu-tive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, will be the keynotespeaker at the Awards Brunch.“We’re looking forward to a truly inclusiveconference line up,” said Omar Narvaez,Stonewall Democrats of Dallas president.“Sen. Sinema, an openly bisexual Ameri-can, is one of our movement’s most pow-erful voices. Transgender leader MaraKeisling has fought for years to make surethe ‘T” in our community is not left behind.Diverse points of view will make this agreat convention.”The convention is being held at the HiltonGarden Inn, 500 N. IH 35 in Austin.TSDC has secured a block of rooms fromMarch 4 to 7. The special group rate is$109/night (not including taxes) for aqueen size double bed room or king sizebed room. Deadline to reserve this rateis Monday, Feb. 14. To reserve, call1-800-684-7250 and ask for the “TSDCCaucus” rate. For the conventionschedule, visit www.texasstonewall-democrats.org. Conference registrationfee is $75.A “Lobby Day” is being organized bystatewide LGBT-rights organization,Equality Texas, and is set for Monday,March 7. Equality Texas encouragesevery LGBT person to come and meettheir state representative and statesenator to advocate for pro-equalitybills. You may register to lobby at www.equalitytexas.org. Free breakfast andlunch will be provided.
On Jan. 25, nearly 100 Stonewall Democrats of Dallas members and friends attended Stone-wall’s State of the Union watch party held at The Brick. Members of Dallas Stonewall Young Democrats and Organizing for America were also in attendance.
Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucusconfirms speakers for convention
Lobby Day at the Capitol to follow convention of Texas LGBT Democrats
Hon. Kyrsten Sinema Arizona State Senator