I recently received an e-mail from the father of a 13-year-old. His daughter had come out to him, and he wanted to know more about our programs for youth and their families. I was grateful that she has a dad who supports her. I was also happy that Resource Center’s Youth First program offers support and activities for the youth of our community – our future. I hope you will join me March 5 at Toast to Life, which raises funds to ensure that Youth First and all the other services of Resource Center thrive.
GIVE Toast To Life: Time is Ticking Away on Ticket Purchases! Saturday, March 5 The Empire Room
1225 N Riverfront Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207
Don’t miss out on one of our most popular events of the spring season! Toast To Life-Mad Hatter’s Ball is just around the corner. Join us through the looking glass for an evening of wonder and excitement to raise funds supporting Resource Center’s programs and services. Event co-chairs: Judy Sherman & Steve Atkinson Attire: Mad Hatter chic
Featuring DJ Lady Bunny and the most delectable treats cooked up from the finest chefs in town.
COMMUNITY Youth First Attends Time to THRIVE
Over Valentine’s Day weekend, Youth First participated in the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s third annual Time to THRIVE Conference in Grapevine, where over 800 teachers, counselors and advocates, came from across the nation to learn and share best practices for supporting LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,
and questioning) youth.
Program manager, Johnny Humphrey, facilitated the pre-conference’s “LGBTQ 101” workshop, in which attendees gained understanding of basic LGBT terminology as a provider in their everyday interactions with LGBTQ youth. In addition, Youth First participated as a conference exhibitor. Wrapping up the conference, several youth, parents and staff from Youth First attended Sunday’s youth conference, where national youth advocates, pop-culture icons, business and HRC leaders spoke on a variety of youth-focused topics. As one of the only LGBTQ-focused youth programs in North Texas, Youth First addresses the many challenges youth face with family members, peers and fellow students. Now serving middle and high school aged youth, 12-18, Youth First equips them with the skills they need to lead an open life through social activities, counseling and educational programs.
HEALTH Transgender Health Clinic Expands Service Operations
Due to overwhelming demand, the Transgender Health Clinic at the Center’s Nelson-Tebedo Clinic has expanded service operations to better meet the health care needs of transgender people in North Texas.
Previously, the clinic only held appointment bookings once a month with volunteer physicians from Uptown Physicians Group who rotated every third Monday. Now, additional physicians from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have joined the volunteer medical staff to provide additional clinic days.
The expanded hours and additional medical personnel help to alleviate the waiting list which allows for a faster turnaround time for patients to schedule follow-up office visits.
General healthcare for transgender patients can be more difficult to navigate than it is for others. Lack of health insurance or health care coverage is a barrier among many in the transgender community. High rates of unemployment and poverty also make affordable health care coverage unattainable for many. Through the Transgender Health Clinic, the Center offers low cost, health care options for all members of the transgender community. For more information on the Transgender Health Clinic and other
transgender resources visit here.
ADVOCACY Dallas County District Attorney Visits the Center
On February 10, Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk visited Resource Center to learn more about our programs and services.
Center officials extended the invitation for Hawk to visit late last year, when the DA hosted a forum on hate crimes and the LGBT community. In addition to touring the facility and getting an up-close look at the facility renovations, Hawk discussed the recent attacks in the Oak Lawn area and explored potential new ways to partner with the Center’s constituents.
ABOUT RESOURCE CENTER:
Resource Center, a United Way agency, operates the John Thomas LGBT Community Center, Nelson-Tebedo Clinic, Youth First and United Black Ellument. For over 30 years, the Center has provided programs of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community members and critical assistance to people living with HIV and AIDS and for their families. The programs of Resource Center promote understanding of the LGBT community and aim to eradicate the spread of HIV and AIDS.