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SEPTEMBER 2015
MESSAGE FROM CECE

Since Dallas likes to do things its own way, we will soon be enjoying Pride activities – yes, in September. While we reflect on the advances the LGBTQ movement has made, we also remember our mission to serve our area community every day through programs for youth, seniors, people affected by HIV and much more. We look to the future, as well, with the construction of our new building that will allow us to expand services. Top off your Dallas Pride festivities and celebrate what you have made possible with your support by joining us at 5 Factor on September 25!

Best regards,
Cece
HEALTH
Setting the Standard in Specialized Dental Education
Last month the Center’s Nelson-Tebedo Clinic dental staff attended the Southwest Dental Conference in Dallas.  Held each year, this conference serves as a way for dental professionals from across the region to learn and exchange information regarding new advances in dental care.  As a Clinic that specializes in HIV dentistry, our dental staff not only values the continuing education the conference offers, but also enjoys being a resource for other practices and educational institutions.


During the conference, dental staff had the opportunity to share information about the Clinic’s HIV Dental Program with colleagues, stressing the importance of oral care for patients living with HIV.  People living with HIV experience a high incidence of common oral health problems (e.g., dental decay/cavities, gingivitis) as well as other oral health problems that are directly related to HIV infection. Poor oral health can impede food intake and nutrition, leading to poor absorption of HIV medications, leaving these patients susceptible to the progression of their disease.  In addition to oral health complications, patients living with HIV may also face forms of discrimination from dental offices due to the stigma associated with HIV.  Educating colleagues and future oral health professionals is a priority for dental program staff. 
At the end of the conference the Clinic’s dental staff was recognized at a luncheon hosted by Baylor College of Dentistry for their mentorship to dental students. Throughout the year dental students from Baylor College of Dentistry and Texas Women’s University rotate through the Clinic.  Dental students from these institutions provide patient care while receiving instruction from dental staff to prepare them to handle the specialized needs of HIV positive patients once they begin actively practicing. 
The goal of the Dental Program is to improve the health and quality of life for Clinic dental clients through a restorative care approach that empowers clients to remain healthy.  Through in-kind and monetary donations dental staff are able to provide clients with free oral hygiene kits and upgrade digital equipment to assist in the running of day-to-day program operations.  If interested in making an in-kind or monetary donation please contact Cameron Hernholm by email.

 
COMMUNITY
Youth First Art Show
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "Every artist was first an amateur."; however, we beg to differ regarding the level of talent that was showcased in this year's Youth First Art Show.

 


Over twenty young artists were represented in the art show which took place August 1-14 at the ilume GALLERIE. The two week showing was kicked-off with a reception inviting the community to meet the aspirational artists and browse their original artworks. The annual art show is always an exciting time for the Youth First participants.  Many of the youth in the program use art as a form of therapy to cope with issues such as bullying, mental health or a lack of family acceptance.  Additionally, the art program has brought families together in support of their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) youth as they express their identity in a creative medium.  Through funding provided by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, the Youth First Art Show was made possible.  Bring home this year’s art show by purchasing an online copy of the Rainbow Review, a collection of the original artworks from the show, poems, and short stories by the participants of Youth First. Available exclusively online at CreateSpace, all book sales help support the Youth First program. Get your copy here.
ADVOCACY
Becoming Bully-Proof
School bullying continues to be a major issue on campuses across North Texas and beyond. School counselors from across Dallas and Collin Counties met August 15 in Richardson to look at ways to address this issue at the first Beyond Bullying Conference.


The Center’s Rafael McDonnell, communications and advocacy manager and Johnny Humphrey, Youth First program manager, were among the featured presenters. Their presentation, “Breaking the Bullying Cycle,” looked at how current school policies can be used to address bullying, as well as the role that programs such as the Center’s Youth First can support and nurture the self-esteem of LGBTQ youth. The conference was an initiative of the Grant Halliburton Foundation, committed to improving mental health for teens and young adults through a community-based, collaborative approach to providing help, education, resources and encouragement. 

Education and advocacy is a vital component in providing services to the community.  Resource Center is recognized across North Texas and statewide for the training we provide to businesses, area schools, colleges and universities, and governmental bodies. From leading the efforts to get Dallas ISD to adopt a comprehensive anti-bullying policy to advocating to Dallas County to add transgender employment protections, we deliver results.  Click here to read more of our notable achievements. 

 
GIVE
2015 Honorees from left to right:  Chelsie Paine-Reynolds (Pinky's Valet); Terry D. Loftis; Courtney Kerr; Brent Willmott. bottom: Purple Foundation

5 Factor Honorees Announced
If you haven’t already heard, we recently announced the five individuals who will be honored at this year’s 5 Factor slated for September 25 at 7 for Parties located at 150 Turtle Creek Blvd., Ste 107 in Dallas.
This year's honorees are:


Arts: Terry D. Loftis, Tony Award-nominated producer, President of
Eisenberg & Associates
Fashion: Courtney Kerr, fashion blogger and radio co-host, 103.7 KVIL
Commerce:  Pinky's Valet (Chelsie Paine-Reynolds, President & CEO)
Design:  Brent Willmott, co-founder Total 360 Interiors
Philanthropy: Purple Foundation

Enjoy dining and beverage stations featuring bites from area restaurants.
View participating beverage and restaurant sponsors.  

Admission is $50 per person, and sponsorship opportunities are available for the event benefiting the programs and services of the Center. 

Become a sponsor of the Center’s 5 Factor this September!  Your event sponsorship helps the Center to honor five of North Texas’s most noteworthy people or groups, and in turn provides valuable support for Center programs and services.

Click  here to purchase event sponsorships and tickets. 

North Texas Giving Day
Support Resource Center in the largest online giving event in North Texas!  Join us on September 17th from 6am to midnight for North Texas Giving Day to raise awareness for Resource Center and our programs supporting people affected by HIV/AIDS and LGBT youth, individuals, families and seniors.


North Texas Giving Day provides nonprofits the opportunity to gain new donors while uniting the people of North Texas to raise as much money as possible in just one day. Thanks to your support, $15,000 was raised last year, benefiting our more than 60,000 clients.

In addition to making a meaningful difference to the HIV/AIDS and LGBT communities, every gift made on the Center's North Texas Giving Day page helps our chances of winning prizes given throughout the day ranging from $500 to $5,000! The more individual donations we receive, the greater our chances of being awarded a prize to benefit our clients and the community we serve. Plus,every gift of $25 or more will receive a portion of the projected $2 million dollars in bonus funds.

On September 17, get up and give by clicking here.

Dallas Gay Pride:  Watch out for the Center during Pride weekend on
September 20 at The Alan Ross Freedom Parade and festival at Riverchon Park!
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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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