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Entertainment Reporer: Lily Khuu | Video Journalist: Sarah Woodward
Dallas, Texas isn’t usually the first place that comes to mind when people think of safe cities for those in the LGBT community. Surprisingly, it is home to one of the largest gay populations in the U.S. and even has a gayborhood — Oak Lawn. AfterEllen decided to check it out during Dallas Pride Weekend, courtesy of the awesome team of Visit LGBT Dallas, and this video gives a glimpse of our time spent out and proud in The Lone Star State.
You can also check out our visit in the following photos, which were taken by AfterEllen video journalist Sarah Woodward.
Our first night in Dallas started off with an emotional bang with a viewing of Fun Home the musical at the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Winspear Opera House. The theatrical production portrays the life of Alison Bechdel. The story is an adventure through adult Alison Bechdel’s eyes as she observes her life via reinactments. We were taken on a heart felt journey through Bechdel’s childhood, first lover, her coming out process, and the tragedies she had to overcome in the midst of her tumultuous self discovery. The musical is based on Bechdel’s memoir graphic novel and won five Tony Awards including “Best Musical”. Backstage we interviewed the leading cast members who played adult Alison Bechdel and Victoria Janicki who portrayed Alison’s first lover Joan. The Fun Home Musical interview will be relased on AfterEllen soon!
AfterEllen was invited to attend The Trevor Project’s A Night Out for Trevor, an incredible organization providing suicide prevention resources to LGBTQ youth ages 13-24. They have saved many lives and we were honored to be able to support an amazing cause at their benefit. We partied with very special unicorn… Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Glitter Fantasy the Unicorn, toasting the night with bubbles!
Dallas has an LGBT nightlife scene including Sue Ellen’s, the only lesbian bar in Dallas, Texas — and one of the few left in the entire country. Sue Ellen’s, known as the “Dallas spot for girls night out,” is situated in the bustling heart of downtown Dallas, where you can walk to your choice of restaurants and gay bars. Owned by Kathy Jack, a lesbian icon in the Dallas community, who has owned the bar since 1989, and in their current location since 2008. AfterEllen reporter Lily Khuu spoke with Kathy about running a lesbian bar in a world where lesbian spaces have continued to disappear. She gave the herstory of Sue Ellen’s and its place as a haven for lesbians and LGBT people in the greater Dallas community. Be sure to check it out on the weekends when the crowds fill two floors, a dance floor, an outdoor patio, private lounges, and there are lesbians everywhere! Watch the video (above) for the full Dallas nightlife experience!
Dallas Pride expressed BIG LOVE with their crowds of LGBT support enjoying a spectacle of horses and floats parading through the streets of downtown Dallas for hours. Our live streaming video on Facebook brought the parade to many people’s newsfeeds in real time. People danced among the sidelines as performers on floats threw beads and souveniers into the crowds.
Despite the 100 degree weather, we kept cool and hydrated at Sue Ellen’ whose upstairs stage The Rose Room is home to where famous Brother Boy of the movie A Very Sordid Wedding once fell off the stage after one too many shots. LGBT history month was seen and felt all over Dallas, Texas during our visit.
We had a blast in Dallas! You can find more fun LGBT things to do in the city on Visit Dallas’ LGBT Weekend page which lists different LGBT hot spots.
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