Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 19, No. 21, Ed. 1 Friday, September 20, 2002 Page: 1 of 136
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The Community Newspaper For GayC-Slk.Lesbian Dallas
Thousands expected at city's annual Gay Pride Weekend events
Sunday's parade begins at 3 p.m. at the intersection of Cedar Springs Road and
Wycliff Avenue. The parade will proceed down Cedar Springs Road to Turtle Creek
Boulevard and turn into Lee Park, where the Celebration in Lee Park, featuring
recording artist Thea Austin, will conclude the festivities. Pictured: An entry in last
Gay leaders, police don't expect Christian fundamentalist protesters to
mar Sunday afternoon's 19th annual Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
• Lesbian stand-up comic Georgia
Ragsdale performs at 11 p.m. at Sue
Ellen's, 3903 Cedar Springs Rd.
• Recording artist Thea Austin performs at
midnight at Village Station, 391 1 Cedar
• Gay Day at Six Flags, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
at Six Flags Over Texas. With show at 2
p.m. in the Music Mill Theater featuring
dance diva Thea Austin and stand-up comic
Georgia Ragsdale, hosted by Mark Alan
Smith. Admission to the Music Mill Theater
limited to advance ticket purchasers. Tickets
$30 in advance, $42.89 at the gate.
Advance tickets available at Crossroads
Market, Tapelenders, Outlines, Skivvies,
Sources of Hope Bookstore at Cathedral of
Hope, and the Resource Center of Dallas.
Sponsored by Dallas Voice and Qtexas
• Dallas-Fort Worth Black Tie Dinner, 6
p.m., Trinity Ballroom, Wyndham Anatole
Hotel. Features keynote speaker Stockard
Channing and presentation of the annual
Ray Kuchling Humanitarian Award along
with entertainment, a silent auction and raf-
fles (including a 2003 Cadillac CTS or
2003 Infiniti G35). Proceeds benefit the
Human Rights Campaign Foundation and
20 local gay/lesbian, HIV and breast can-
cer charities. Tickets $250. Reservations
and additional information available by
calling 972-733-9200. Sponsored by the
Dallas-Fort Worth Black Tie Dinner
• 19th Annual Alan Ross Texas Freedom
Parade, concluded by the Celebration in
Lee Park. Parade begins at 3 p.m. at Cedar
Springs Road and Wycliff Avenue, moving
down Cedar Springs to Turtle Creek
Boulevard and into Lee Park. Celebration
features recording artist Thea Austin and
others along with special awards, parade
trophies and recognition of dignitaries,
including Dallas Mayor Laura Miller and
several Dallas City Council members.
Sponsored by the Dallas Tavern Guild.
By Dennis Vercher
Dallas Voice Staff
More than 100 entries and thousands of
spectators are expected at Sunday's 19th annu-
al Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade, officials
Participants will celebrate this year's gay
and lesbian pride theme, "Pride Worldwide,"
with floats, automobiles and walking entries
as gay Dallasites continue a local tradition that
began in 1972 and became known as the Texas
Freedom Parade in 1994 — the first year tne
parade moved to its current September sched-
A small group of Christian fundamentalists
said they intended to show up for this year's
parade to conduct what its leader called a
"Gospel proclamation," preaching that homo-
sexuality is a sin.
Police officials said they were aware of the
group's plans and would monitor its actions
on Sunday. Additional patrol personnel will be
called in if necessary, said Sgt. Lynne Albright,
the Dallas Police Department's liaison officer
to the gay and lesbian community.
Alan Pierce, president of the Dallas Tavern
Guild, which sponsors the annual parade, said
the fundamentalist group, Operation Save
America, would have no effect on the event.
"It is America, and they have the right to
express themselves, as do we," Pierce said.
"Obviously, it won't accomplish anything.
They could spend their time in more produc-
See PARADE on PAGE 16
Oallos rodio jock Chris
Jogger came out two
years ago and was
quickly replaced on his
IV gig. He now returns
to the host seat on the
WB's Change of Heart.
Big Brothel Marcellos
Reynolds doesn't regret
his self-defeating deri-
sions ond says his fel-
low contestants were
the gayest straight men
he's ever met.
Oak Lawn Soccer Club
player Sean Faulkner
joins forces with Team
Americas in hopes of
capturing a gold medal
of the upcoming
Gay Games in Sydney.
Gay Day at Six Flags
comic Georgia Ragsdale
mokes a triumphant
return to Dallas
and offers her wacky
vision of gay-run
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