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DECEMBER 2015
MESSAGE FROM CECE
Soon, we will turn the page on the calendar and welcome 2016. The past year has brought both celebrations and challenges. In June, we celebrated marriage equality even as a wave of anti-LGBT politicians attempted and sometimes succeeded in passing anti-equality laws. Through our prevention programs and Nelson-Tebedo Clinic, we tested more individuals for STDs and HIV, even as we lost friends and loved ones who had lived with HIV for years. The services of Resource Center remain as relevant today as they were 32 years ago when we were founded.  Thanks to your support, we move into 2016 committed to serve our community with gusto.  We will open our new community center at Cedar Springs and Inwood Rd., and complete a renovation of our existing facility at Reagan and Brown streets. It’s going to be an amazing year.

I wish you and yours a joyous and happy holiday season.

Best regards,
Cece
HEALTH
United Black Ellument’s Red Tie Affair
United Black Ellement (U-BE), a Center program dedicated to building Dallas’ community of young Black gay, bisexual, and same-gender-loving men, hosted its
3rd Annual Red Tie Affair featuring the B.L.A.C.K (Building Leaders And Cultivating Knowledge) Awards on December 2.  The event held in honor of World AIDS Day, recognized outstanding community leaders who have contributed positively in the prevention of HIV/AIDS in North Texas.


In addition, several young men were recognized for completing The B.L.A.C.K Academy, a free six-series workshop on personal and professional development.  The evening concluded with keynote speaker Phill Wilson, president and CEO of The Black AIDS Institute.  The B.L.A.C.K. Awards seeks to recognize those who work to contribute positively to the health, healing, and greatest potential for good of Dallas’ Black same-gender-loving community. U-BE, along with FUSE and Valor Latino, are members of the Center for Disease Control’s Mpowerment Project, a model HIV prevention program that has been specifically designed to address the needs of the young gay and bisexual men’s community to reduce sexually risky behavior and foster regular HIV testing. U-BE is located in the heart of the Deep Ellum neighborhood at 3116 Commerce St., Suite C., in Dallas.  For more information on U-BE and other Mpowerment Project groups, click here.

COMMUNITY
Youth First Joins Discussion on Teen Homelessness
The Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA) Youth Committee held its
6th Annual “See Me Now:  Teens without Homes” to highlight youth homelessness on November 18.  As a member MDHA’s Youth Committee, the Center’s Youth First program was among the organizations represented at this city-wide event. 

A highlight of the gathering featured a panel of teens, who spoke about their own personal experiences and struggles with homelessness.  Among panel participants, “Sophie,” a transgender teen and Youth First participant, provided insight into homelessness from an LGBTQ youth perspective.  According to seven different studies of homeless youth in the U.S., approximately 40 percent of homeless youth are LGBTQ.  This is disproportionately high when compared to the 10 percent of LGBTQ youth in the general population.  Bill Zeeble, KERA award-winning reporter who has written extensively on homeless youth issues, served as the keynote speaker.  He cites the major reasons homeless youth remain homeless include: lack of affordable housing options, incomplete education, inaccessible job market, and on-going drug use.  After housing needs, acceptance of sexual identity and emotional support is the second most cited need for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.  Youth First serves as that safe place and support for area LGBTQ youth.  Youth ages 12-17 can drop-in during weeknights at Youth First to engage in educational and social activities.  With your support, we can ensure that Youth First will remain a safe space for tomorrow’s leaders.  Show your support for LGBTQ youth by making a monetary gift or become a member of the Young Professionals Advisory Council, a unique giving circle solely benefiting the Youth First program.  
 
ADVOCACY
Nondiscrimination Vote
On November 10, the Dallas City Council unanimously voted to clarify the language in the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance to assert protections for transgender residents and visitors to the city.


The changes were proposed by the city’s LGBT Task Force and have been under discussion for more than a year. Several Center employees are members of the Task Force, and communications & advocacy manager Rafael McDonnell was one of four people who was asked to address the council on the importance of the language change. The Center has been a part of the city’s LGBT Task Force, currently chaired by Councilman Adam Medrano, since it was started in 2009.

 
Response to Charlie Sheen’s HIV Status Reveal
The Center’s prevention programs manager Ruben Ramirez was interviewed by WFAA/Channel 8 November 17, in the wake of actor Charlie Sheen announcing that he is HIV-positive.


Ramirez discussed the Center’s prevention and testing efforts, and highlighted programs such as FUSE and United Black Ellument that provide culturally-sensitive safer sex and HIV anti-stigma messaging. The Center has been a leader in the prevention of HIV/AIDS almost since our founding, providing a variety of services to people living with the virus, as well as testing and prevention materials.  View on-air story here.

 
GIVE
Holiday Message
Resource Center has much to be thankful for, particularly supporters like you. Your ongoing support matters.  Especially to clients like Mabel, an HIV-positive single mom. Read her story.
 
2016 Sponsorship Opportunities
Take part in one or more of the many exciting event sponsorship opportunities available in 2016.  Sponsorship opportunities are open for the upcoming season of
Gaybingo 2016, Toast To Life-Mad Hatter's Ball, one of our most highly anticipated events slated for March 5, 2016 and 5 Factor.  We ask that you make a commitment to support our annual appeal by making a cash donation.  Bundle all three of these signature fundraising events with a sponsorship and receive a 10 percent discount!  Toast To Life, Gaybingo and 5 Factor combined raised over $400,000 for the programs and services of Resource Center in 2015 and our goal is to raise over $500,000 in 2016 with your support. Your generosity will make a difference in our community by allowing us to continue in our work. 

Contact Bill Scott, Development Event Manager, at bscott@myresourcecenter.org to learn more about these exciting sponsorship opportunities! 
Making a Difference 365 Days a Year
Become a sustaining donor and make a difference 365 days a year. As a 365 Club member, your monthly contribution provides predictable and reliable income to help sustain Center programs such as nutrition, HIV/STD testing, dental clinic, counseling, Youth First and Gray Pride.
Meet John David & Ryan
"We attended a recent 365 Club reception because we support the work that Resource Center does. After hearing Cece speak, and learning how the monthly gifts make such an impact, we were moved to participate by joining their 365 Club."
- John David McFerrin & Ryan Mayo

Click here for more information and to join 365 Club.

View photos from the 365 Club/Membership 2015 Red Ribbon Reception, hosted at the private home of Ky Fiser.
 
Resource Center Receives $7,500 from the Aetna Foundation to Assist with HIV Nutrition Programs
Resource Center has received a $7,500 contribution in support of the Center’s nutrition program for individuals living with HIV/AIDS through the Aetna Foundation.  This contribution will assist the Center in covering the rising costs of food products to support the nutritional needs of clients enrolled in the HIV Nutrition Programs.


Nutritional services are available through the food pantry as well as hot lunches at the Center.  Aetna Foundation, Inc. is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna Inc.  Since 1980, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation have contributed more than $465 million in grants and sponsorships.
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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. 
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