2021 Year In Review: News • North Texas LGBTQ and HIV / AIDS authorities were busy in 2021
HELP LGBT Health and Wellness Center cut the ribbon at its new facility in Arlington on December 1st.
The DFW Metroplex has long been known for having one of the most organized and effective LGBTQ communities in the country. And nowhere is that more evident than in the plethora of successful organizations advocating HIV / AIDS and LGBTQ equality here in the Dallas / Fort Worth area. Here is a recap of what some of these organizations did in 2021:
As the COVID-19 pandemic continued to hit minority communities particularly hard, Abundant Prosperity Inc. expanded its reach to serve black trans women and other underserved minority communities – expanded its reach again in 2021. The agency had started running food and clothing promotions for people affected by COVID, and in July this year the agency received a $ 1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health to step up efforts to serve more people in vaccinate underserved communities against COVID-19.
Also in 2021, the Atlanta-based Vision Community Foundation recognized Myers for his role as director of Dallas Southern Pride, the organization that hosts the Dallas LGBTQ June Celebration each summer and the annual Dallas Black Pride celebration each fall. The Vision Community Foundation also recognized Abounding Prosperity Inc. for its work in the fight against HIV / AIDS.
After a groundbreaking shortly before the pandemic in 2020 and a fire on the same property later this year Dallas AIDS Services was finally able to start work on his new, independent house in October of this year. What was supposed to be a renovation has, to a large extent, become a remodel. However, this allowed for the addition of amenities such as a washer and dryer in each unit. Outside, the complex will have additional seating and parking will be made more efficient.
Even if The Hidden Door, the bar of the Anthony Bobrow Trust, was closed for most of 2020 and well into 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, co-trustee Harvey Meissner, who is also President and General Manager of Hidden Door, announced in February that the trust would continue Organizations will transfer donations to local beneficiaries.
By the end of April, Meissner had made donations totaling 250,000 US dollars on behalf of the foundation Legacy Advice Center (now Legacy Cares), Dallas AIDS Services, Dallas Hope Charities and AIN. The Bobrow Trust had made small donations totaling about $ 10,000 earlier this year.
Dinner with a black tie Officials were delighted when they announced in June that the annual fundraiser would return to a live in-person dinner in November 2021. With Co-Chairs Brad Pritchett and Terry Loftis at the helm, Black Tie presented an outstanding cast of guests and award winners this year including Shangela, Bobby Berk, Niecy Nash, Todrick Hall, Michelle Visage and Dana Goldberg. The local luminaries Veletta Lill and Chris Luna received the Kuchling Award 2021.
Earlier this month, officials announced that this year’s event raised a record-breaking $ 1.45 million, which was distributed to local beneficiaries and the Human Rights Campaign Fund on December 9 at the Wrap Party.
Tamika Perry became the new managing director of. appointed Dallas Hope Charities in August of this year. The Dallas Hope Center is a transitional residential center for LGBTQ youth ages 18 to 24 that opened in November 2020.
Former executive director of the Dallas Hope Charities, Jason Vallejo, has developed two programs that are the foundation of. form ElevateNTX – A hotel voucher program to provide safe emergency accommodation for LGBTQ people aged 18-24 and an admissions program to provide them with longer-term accommodation. Since opening in September, ElevateNTX has helped more than 50 young people.
Dallas businesswoman Stacey Stevenson was named CEO of the country group in early March Family equalitywhich she runs from Dallas. Family Equality supports LGBTQ families by providing a federal resource guide on everything from starting a family to hosting LGBTQ Family Weeks in Provincetown, to assisting with family-friendly legislation and litigation.
The HELP center for LGBT health and wellness provides services to Tarrant County residents affected by HIV / AIDS and provides education to help fight discrimination and stigma against HIV / AIDS. On December 1, HELP staff and supporters celebrated World AIDS Day by cutting the ribbon at HELP’s new, larger facility located at 602 E. South St. in downtown Arlington. In addition to office space and a clinic offering PrEP, testing for HIV and syphilis, counseling, and other health services, the new HELP Center will include a 2,500 square foot common room for meetings and events – the first physical home for the LGBTQ community in Arlington.
Human rights campaign sacked President Alphonso David in early September after reports emerged that David was involved in the sexual harassment scandal that eventually led to the resignation of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
David had helped the governor fight these allegations.
For his part, David denied any wrongdoing.
The agency, which began providing counseling for HIV / AIDS sufferers and hospice care for HIV / AIDS sufferers in its final days this year, changed its name from Legacy Advice Center to Legacy Cares to reflect its broader mission. Housing construction is currently the largest part of his job. And Melissa Grove, the eternal executive director of Legacy, announced that she will be retiring within the next year. Brooke Henderson was named to replace her. Henderson ran the Legacy Founding House for years before spending a brief stint at Baylor. But she’s back to run the Cottage, Counseling, Homebase for Housing, Grace Project, and more.
Prism Health North Texas moved its headquarters from Jefferson Avenue in Oak Cliff to a building near Baylor campus in March. And just one block away, they bought a three-story building that has previously been used for drug and vaccine trials. The expansion of drug trials meant COVID-19 vaccines for test subjects months before a vaccine was approved for the rest of the population.
Resource Center worked hard to raise funds to get their new senior housing project off the ground, and by October this year the agency passed the $ 2 million mark. The center has partnered with Volunteers of America and developer Matthews Southwest to purchase land near Inwood Station to build the 84-unit building on 2 acres. The total budget of the project is approximately $ 23 million. In addition to funds from the capital campaign, the project is to be financed by public funds from state and municipal sources as well as private mortgage financing.
Dallas-born couple Steven Rayl and Scot Presley said they wanted to make and see real impact in their lifetime and donated $ 500,000 to the center’s capital campaign.
In other news, resource center officials announced in October that gaybingo, which has been on a forced hiatus since early 2020 due to COVID-19, will resume its monthly events in January, with Patti Le Plae Safe coming as a special from Arkansas innkeeper.
And as the year ended, the Resource Center held its Red Ribbon event on World AIDS Day, Wednesday December 1, at the community center on Cedar Springs Road on Inwood Road. The following weekend, the centre’s UBE program enlivened its Red Tie Affair with a Kiki Ball to celebrate World AIDS Day.
Officials with Texas Pride Impact Fund announced in October that the agency will not only be awarding $ 120,000 in grants to 21 beneficiary organizations across the state, but TPIF will also receive a $ 525,000 ViiV Healthcare grant to TPIF over the next three years will be distributed “to strengthen and incubate the grassroots”. Innovations supporting the transgender community, primarily Black and Latin American transgender and MSM (gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men) communities in Texas. The ViiV Healthcare Scholarship is part of ViiV’s Positive Action AMP Grant program.
Each of the 21 beneficiary organizations that received TPID grants in 2021 received between $ 4,000 and $ 10,000.