Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 13, Ed. 1 Friday, August 12, 2011 Page: 13 of 56
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DOWNTOWN COWTOWN | Afloat supporting the repel of 'don't ask, don't tell' was part of the 2010 Tar-
rant county Parade. (Tammy Nash/Dallas Voice)
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But this bigger, better Pride celebration costs
money The budget for the parade and picnic
weekend is $25,000, a significant increase from
the previous budget of $6,600 according to
Tony Coronado, TWGPWA corporate partner
and sponsorships committee chair.
And unlike the Dallas Pride parade each
September that is Staged by a professional or-
ganization, the Dallas Tavern Guild, the Fort
Worth events are mounted completely by a vol-
unteer community organization.
Coronado said the committee has so far
raised about $10,000 of the total needed. But te
confident that upcoming fundraising events
can make up the difference — as long as the
community turns out to support them.
On Aug. 20, TCGPWA is holding a benefit
garage sale, and on Aug. 21, "The Diva Show"
starring local drag legend Tasha Kohl begins at
8 p.m. at Best Friends Club. Three additional
shows are planned at Best Friends through
September, including a pageant, that will all
help bulk up the Pride celebration coffers.
In addition, Coronado said that most groups
that will participate in the parade have not reg-
istered yet. Parade entries cost $50 for an eco-
friendly or walking group, $f 5 for a non-profit
and $125 for a standard entry which may be a
car, float or a truck.
Groups have until Sept. 15 to: register.
Coronado said the association has lined up
some sponsors, the majority of whom are "pro-
viding in-kind services," Coronado said. That
list includes Coors, which will supply the main
stage for the festival.
But, Littlefield added, "We could always use
She said that another way to contribute is to
purchase the weekend package available on
the TCGPWA website. The Sheraton Fort
Worth Hotel & Spa is the host hotel and the
weekend includes lunch at Billy Bob's in the
Stockyards, a film screening at the Water Gar-
dens and excursions to the museums in the
city's Cultural District.
"Buy into that package," Littlefield urged.
"It will help tremendously.''
She said the Fort Worth Convention & Visi-
tors Bureau has been "gung ho supportive" in
helping the association plan and promote Pride
The downtown route is about four times the
length of the old parade route, and Littlefield
said that requires more announcing stations
and more police. And for the first time, the Fort
Worth parade will Use barricades to keep spec-
tators on the sidewalks, adding another ex-
More volunteers are also needed this year for
set-up, clean up and logistics, which also adds
to the price.
Newly elected Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price
will be one of the grand marshals for this year's
parade, and Billy Moon — grand marshal of
the first Pride parade in Fort Worth 30 years
ago — will be one of the honorary grand mar-
shals. Tasha Kohl has also been named hon-
orary grand marshal.
Coronado said the Pride Week association
named Kohl as an honorary grand marshal in
part as a shout-out to the: City's female imper-
sonators who are the ones who started the
Pride picnic and who have always been an in-
tegral part of the fundraising efforts for the pa-
rade and other activities.
Because this year's parade is taking place
downtown, the parade will be more accessible
to Dallasites making the trip across the Trinity
for the parade by train.
On Saturday, the TRE leaves Union Station
in downtown Dallas at 8:49 a.m. and arrives at
the Fort Worth Intermodal Center (the next to
last stop) at 9:44 a.m. That station is three
blocks from the parade route.
The parade begins at the Tarrant County
Courthouse on Weatherford Street at 10 a.m.
proceeding down Main Street to 7th Street. The
festival that begins at noon will be on Main
Street from 8th to 9th streets near the Water
Gardens. The Intermodal Center is on Jones
Street at 9th Street. ■
Volunteers can sign up on line. Forms for parade
entries are also available at TCGPWA.org
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and more likely to answer that there is discrimi-
nation, reflecting the stereotype rather than the
Hqselton said that a theology student at Baylor
spoke to him before applying to Perkins. That
student told Hoselton he came out to a Baylor
dean who told him he could continue to study at
Baylor but would not graduate and would not
find placement help.
The student transferred to Perkins at SMU,
where the dean supports him.
Justin Nichols graduated from SMU's Dedman
College of Humanities and Sciences. He said that
a regular financial aid application that included
parent's income indicated that he could afford the
tuition. However, because he is gay his father cut
him off, so he filed a "special circumstances"
"They made it affordable for me to attend," he
Fink said that she doubts being lesbian would
have qualified her for special financial aid con-
sideration at Baylor.
Despite the official policies and variety of pro-
grams, the ranking is based solely on how stu-
dents view their own campus. Students from at
least 20 other colleges think their schools are
more homophobic than Baylor. And students at
SMU think gays and lesbians are not treated very
"The message: that remains from an under-
graduate student body is they feel it's a homo-
phobic campus," Chard said. ■
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