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By David Webb
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Michael Dougliman is executive director of the Dallas Tavern Guild. In addition to being a
spokesman for the gay bar association, he plans the annual Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade.
Prior to becoming a full-time employee for the Dallas Tavern Guild, Dougliman was art direc-
tor for the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau for 10 years. He has a 15-year background in
show business. He was a dancer in Las Vegas before moving to Dallas. For several years he
appeared as “Michael Lee” in comedy drag shows for various causes.
How did you become involved with so many public appearances for charities in Dallas?
I did my first camp drag and fundraising show in 1983. The character of Michael Lee grew out
of it. I had done stand up comedy when I was in show business. 1 had a good knack for han-
dling the microphone. I just sort of inherited the duties for emcee and host at a lot of events.
You spend a lot of time promoting Dallas. What makes the city so special to you?
five traveled a lot and lived in a lot of cities. I really believe in this city. I think it is incredibly
dynamic. I just believe in it so strongly.
How do you believe Dallas’ GLBT community stacks up in comparison to other large cities?
The.effigma here is the amazing power of the LGBT community within a conservative area. We
live under the misconception that this is not necessarily a safe or productive place for gay men
and lesbians. It actually is a huge, thriving community. I’m very impressed with how men and
women stand on equal ground in our community. That is not the case in a lot of even larger
cities. 1 think it is important for people to know what we are doing here. A lot of it could be good
models for other cities to follow.
How important has the Dallas Tavern Guild been in the development of the community?
I think it has been very important because early on they discovered that they had the strength to
induce support from corporate sponsorship. This was during times when it was not necessarily
trendy or popular to support LGBT causes or events. Over the years that has grown into really
strong, pleasant relationships with corporations, especially beer and liquor companies.
How committed to the improvement of the GLBT community are the individual guild members?
Lach hi their own way does personal things — a lot of which is never publicized. They have
the best interest of the community in mind and in having a good, healthy place to socialize.
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