The largest event of its kind in the nation, the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Black Tie Dinner will take place Nov. 17th at Adam’s Mark Hotel.
The dinner has set the record for fundraising as well, according to Dallas Voice. Actor Martin Sheen is the keynote speaker for this year’s event in its 26th year. The event will take place in the Lone Star Ballrooms on the second floor conference center again.
The address is 400 Olive Street, Dallas.
Black Tie is a nonprofit organization that raises funds for gay and lesbian supportive organizations that serve North Texas through a premier event of empowerment, education, and entertainment in partnership with the community, according to their website. This year 18 organizations will benefit from the event, among them the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. On Dec. 19th the dinner distributed $1.35 million, the highest amount in 25 years to its 18 local beneficiaries and the Foundation.
Last year’s theme was Jubilee.
For more information, go to blacktiedinner.org.
In unrelated news, Equality Texas is asking citizens to sign a petition to embark on a multi-year Safe Schools Initiative to address the prevention, intervention, and elimination of bullying and harassment in Texas schools due to sexual orientation. A Texas Safe Schools Coalition, comprised of both lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) and non-LGBT progresive organizations that is representative of students, parents, teachers, and administrators, will focus on the broader message of school safety and child welfare. An independently-researched report on the state of bullying and harassment in Texas schools and the effect of gay-straight alliances (GSAs) on school environment will be written. Community Education Forums will educate the general public about the effects of bullying and harassment on students, how policies can positively affect the school environment, and best practices for prevention and reporting of bullying and harassment incidents and support of Our Youth, Inc.’s statewide GSA Network and resource website for leadership development of GSAs across Texas will take place.
You can commit to the principles embodied in the Initiative by signing the petition calling for school district policies and programs that address the prevention, intervention, and elimination of bullying in Texas schools.
Equality Texas will use your show of support to advocate for policy change with coalition partners, school district administrators, and elected officials.
To sign the petition, go to equalitytexas.org.
In other news, a House Committee heard from gay victims of job discrimination earlier in the month, according to 365gay.com.
A string of gays and lesbians told the committee of being fired solely because of their sexuality and called on Congress to enact the Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act.