Resource Center is a leader in education and advocacy, whether discussing inclusive policies with government and corporate employers or when presenting health information in a university setting. Our resources and expertise have contributed to initiatives that expanded protections and benefits for tens of thousands of LGBT employees across the region.  Additionally, we reach an equally large audience each year with education about mental and physical health and STD and HIV prevention and care.  Your support makes this educational outreach possible, and we are grateful.

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GEAR Awards “Top-Surgery” Scholarships
On August 27, GEAR’s (Gender Education, Advocacy & Resources) advisory committee announced that Jaek Avants and Vanessa McCoy were the winners of The American Institute for Plastic Surgery’s (AIPS) “Top-Surgery Scholarships."

This scholarship awards one male transgender recipient with a mastectomy-only procedure and one female transgender recipient with a breast augmentation procedure. Dr. Peter Raphael, a member of AIPS, will conduct these specified procedures, which are fully funded. AIPS has generously offered a discounted rate and GEAR, through donor funding, is funding the remaining balance. The mastectomy procedure is valued at $6,000 and the breast augmentation procedure is valued at $5,950.  The recipients have each donated 50 hours of volunteer service prior to interviewing for the scholarship and will complete an additional 50 hours of volunteer service following their procedures.
GEAR, created in 2005, is dedicated to empowering transgender people regardless of gender identity and gender expression, focusing on the well-being of all transgender people.  Through GEAR there are opportunities for transgender people to receive social, outreach, education and medical services.  Further, GEAR provides resources for the allies, families and friends of the transgender community.
Through generous donations, GEAR is able to offer various scholarships. The goal of GEAR is to provide these scholarships to members of the transgender community who cannot afford certain services or assistance for their transformation. To help support GEAR programs and give to the various scholarships, click here.
FUSE Ignites Sexual Health in Higher Education
 The college experience can be a fun and exciting time for a young person venturing out into the world to discover themselves.  However, some college students may be ill-prepared to deal with certain issues involving their health and sexuality if a strong support system is not present.  Last month, Resource Center’s FUSE, an outreach project mobilizing young gay/bisexual men ages 18-29, provided sexual health education activities and events on the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) campus. 

In partnership with the university’s LGBTQ Program, FUSE hosted a “Condom Carnival” with the Center’s other outreach project United Black Ellument (UBE) as a way to break the ice with students regarding sexual health.  At the “Carnival,” condom and lubricant packets were available to students, FUSE staff provided demonstrations on how to properly put on a condom and promoted their program to interested students. 
These engaging techniques prove to be a positive strategy in opening the lines of communication for sex health education among this particular demographic.  Many of these young men might be unaware of the health risks associated with unprotected sex and may come from familial circumstances that have left them without a support system.  FUSE seeks to provide a comfortable and safe environment where these young men can go to have an open dialogue and gain communal support. Due to the success of the “Condom Carnival,” FUSE has brought its popular monthly “Spark!” meetings to the UTA campus where group members can freely discuss these topics. 
In addition to UTA, FUSE will begin working with the University of Texas at Dallas on several of their campus events with a LGBT community focus.  FUSE staff members are planning to continue to expand their program to all local colleges/universities to:  build positive social connections, provide a sense of community for these young men and to encourage safer sex practices.
FUSE along with UBE 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 young gay and bisexual men. Scientific studies demonstrate that the program reduces the rates of unprotected sex among this group, and thus lowers the rate of new HIV infection.  FUSE is located at 4038 Lemmon Ave., Ste. 101 in Dallas.  For more information on FUSE and other Mpowerment Project groups, click here.
DFW Efforts to Support the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance
In a few weeks, voters in Houston will vote to keep or discard specific nondiscrimination protections covered under HERO—the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. On September 16, Resource Center served as the central location for a phone bank of volunteers including representatives of the Human Rights Campaign, Equality Texas and American Civil Liberties Union of Texas.

Houston may be four hours away from North Texas on Interstate 45, but what happens to its equal rights ordinance November 3 is highly important to all LGBT Texans. If you have friends in Houston, urge them to get involved in efforts to support HERO. If you are interesting in volunteering to support HERO, contact one of the organizations listed above.
Resource Center Receives DIFFA Grant
Reinforcing its over 30 years of leadership, services and support for people living with HIV/AIDS, Resource Center received a $25,138 award from the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA)/Dallas for the Center’s nutrition programs. The check was presented at an event held Sept. 10 at Park Place Volvo.

Nutritional services are available through a food pantry as well as hot lunches at the Center. The pantry, which began in 1985 out of a cardboard box at the intersection of Cedar Springs and Throckmorton, is presently located 5450 Denton Drive Cutoff and serves around 1,900 clients every month.
The Center began a hot lunch programs for its clients in the early 1990s. It is one of two agencies in Dallas County providing hot meals in a nonresidential setting to those living with HIV/AIDS, making the critical link between nutrition and treatment adherence. More than 100 clients a day eat lunch at the Center Monday through Friday.
DIFFA is the oldest and one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the United States. Founded in 1984, DIFFA has mobilized the immense resources of the design communities to provide over $38 million to hundreds of AIDS organizations nationwide. With events including the House of DIFFA each spring, DIFFA/Dallas has granted nearly $7 million to organizations across North Texas, including the Center.

5 Factor
On Friday, September 25, Resource Center held its seventh annual 5 Factor, presented by Purple Foundation which recognized five individuals and organizations that have been important to the growth and development of the Center and community.

View event photo gallery here.

Over 250 guests were in attendance to celebrate the 2015 honorees:  Terry D. Loftis (Arts), Courtney Kerr (Fashion), Pinky’s Valet (Commerce), Brent Willmott (Design) and Purple Foundation (Philanthropy). Dining and beverage stations were flanked throughout the event featuring delicious bites and chic cocktails from local restaurants while tunes were spun by DJ Brandon Moses.  Participating beverage and restaurant sponsors included:  Ben E. Keith and Stoli; Bridge Bistro, Howard Wang's Uptown, Komali and Salum, Oak Lawn Coffee, R + D Kitchen, The Original Cupcakery, Truluck's Seafood Steak & Crab House and Wendy Krispin Catering. 
The event held at Seven for Parties in the Dallas Design District, raised over $45,070 of its $50,000 goal to benefit the programs and services of Resource Center. Thank you to all sponsors, participating beverage and restaurant sponsors and guests who helped to make 5 Factor such a phenomenal event. 
You can still help us reach our goal.  Donations can be made to help support the many services and programs of Resource Center by visiting here.

View event photo gallery on Facebook. 

Breaking Records on North Texas Giving Day
You did it!  Due to your generosity and giving spirit, records were broken on North Texas Giving Day, September 17.  Resource Center received 152 gifts totaling $22,955.  As a result, you shattered last year’s total by $5,000!  In all, North Texans gave $33.1 million dollars to over 2,000 local nonprofits.  We THANK YOU as well as the 60,000 clients Resource Center serves each year in the community.

Allies #SpiritDay
We got spirit yes we do, we got spirit how about you!?  Resource Center recently took part in GLAAD's video to promote Spirit Day coming up October 15. You may recognize a couple of familiar faces as we describe the importance of having allies for LGBTQ youth. Watch video here. Learn more about Spirit Day at:
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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