Resource Center Resources
July 2014



As we reflect on June's LGBT Pride month and move through July when our country celebrates the freedoms we have as Americans, I've noticed how much Resource Center contributes to both our local and national communities. The support of local groups, individuals, foundations and corporations allows us to serve thousands of clients living with HIV/AIDS and to provide services to the community, including youth, seniors and persons in need of mental health programs, just to name a few.  

Your financial support allows us to engage as active citizens not only locally, but also on a regional and national level. For example, Center staff was sought after to provide information and training to Los Barrios Unidos, a community health clinic; host a national meeting for issues impacting LGBT youth; participate in the Dallas unveiling of the Harvey Milk stamp; and host an official of the White House Office of National Drug Policy. Additionally, the Center supported the broad Dallas community through a generous donation of books to the Dallas Library System.  

I've heard some perspectives lately that attempt to separate allies and members of the LGBT community from those who are considered "patriotic" Americans who care about their country. They are not separate. Your Resource Center, thanks to your support, is fully engaged in making our communities better, more vibrant, and more caring and compassionate. Our impact reaches far beyond the walls of our facilities. Thank you for making that possible.  


Finally, I urge you to check out the Center's new website, The website has a renewed focus on you, the supporters and customers of the Center, and we made several changes with the users in mind. For example, the website features a brand new look and feel and will make it easier to find information on Center programs such as Youth First, Gray Pride, Gaybingo and the services we provide to all affected by HIV/AIDS. You can also learn more about our capital campaign and upcoming Center events and connect with us via social media.  


Regards, Cece


HEALTH: Drug Czar visits Resource Center to talk counseling program

On June 23, the Center hosted a visit from Michael Botticelli, acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He spoke to a group of counseling professionals as well as graduate students from SMU's counseling program on the intersections between LGBT issues and supporting people affected by substance use disorders. Botticelli was impressed by the Center's efforts to offer low-cost mental health counseling for the LGBT community. The program is a partnership between the Center and SMU's Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Earlier this year, the partnership expanded to include counseling for LGBT youth and their families.
(Resource Center COO Marisa Elliott (L) greets Michael Botticelli (R). Photo credit: David Taffet/Dallas Voice) 


COMMUNITY: Housing works/Youth First  

 Center staff from Youth First, United Black Ellument, Fuse, prevention programs & communication and advocacy met with the attendees of the 2014 Youth Action Institute on June 18 at the Youth First facility. The Institute, a program of the Campaign to End AIDS, was holding its annual meeting in suburban Dallas. The attendees learned about the life-enriching programs and services the Center provides, as well as the general climate towards LGBT people in the Dallas area and across Texas. Institute organizers reached out to the Center to host this meeting so that the attendees could see firsthand the depth and breadth of the Center's offerings.

(Resource Center's PJ Moton/United Black Ellument) 


ADVOCACY: Pride month roundup   

June is traditionally LGBT pride month, and it was a busy time for the Center. On June 3, Center representatives were present when the Dallas County Commissioners Court declared June to be Pride Month in the county. On June 10, Center communications and advocacy manager Rafael McDonnell and board member Maeve O' Connor participated in a Pride Month presentation at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's regional center for citizenship & immigration services. The next day, June 11, the city of Dallas held its annual Pride Month observance, where Center CEO Cece Cox and Councilman Adam Medrano announced the Dallas Public Libraries will be receiving several dozen boxes of LGBT books that were formerly part of the Center's library. The month wrapped up with Rafael and longtime Center volunteer Nell Gaither doing a presentation on LGBT healthcare issues for the clinician staff at Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic in West Dallas.
(Resource Center CEO Cece Cox, Dallas City Councilmember, Adam Medrano) 

MEMBERSHIP: Making a difference 365 days a year

"The work being done by GEAR, the Center's transgender group, is often life-changing to the participants. I direct my monthly recurring gifts to this program that provides education, advocacy, and resources to the transgender community." Maeve O'Connor  


As a 365 Club member, your monthly contribution provides predictable and reliable income to help sustain Center programs such as our nutrition programs, HIV/STD testing, dental clinic, counseling, Youth First and Gray Pride programs.

Join the 365 Club and receive an invitation for an exclusive behind the scenes tour from CEO Cece Cox, and discounts on Center events!

Visit or contact Dean S. Wilson at 214-540-4424 or email to add your name to the list of community leaders making a difference in the lives of our clients every day!  



The Center's Rafael McDonnell needs your vote!

The Center's Rafael McDonnell has again been selected by the local LGBT community to be a candidate for grand marshal of the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade this September. But in order for him to be chosen as grand marshal, you have to vote for him.  


Go to to vote for Rafael, and feel free to share this information with your friends, family and social media followers.  


Upcoming Resource Center events.








Join Resource Center's Lifewalk Team on October 5 at the 24th Annual Dallas AIDS Lifewalk.
Registration at 11 a.m., walk starts at 1 p.m.

Click here to join team Resource Center   

AIDS ARMS Lifewalk benefits thousands impacted by HIV/AIDS in the Dallas community. Resource Center is a beneficiary of this event. 


Check the Center's website calendar here for a complete list of events.

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 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 their families. The programs of Resource Center promote understanding of the LGBT community and aim to eradicate the spread of HIV and AIDS. 
Resource Center is a trusted leader that empowers the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities and all people affected by HIV through improving health and wellness, strengthening families and communities and providing transformative education and advocacy.
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