Gay Dallas in a Different Light

Author: , March 5th, 2017
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Adam Shows Us Gay Dallas in a Different Light

My hometown city is a place I saw surprisingly little of despite living there for 18 years. My wasted youth was spent mostly beside a swimming pool, in an heavily air-conditioned mall or in the local ice cream shop. Can you blame a guy? A brownie fudge sundae for a couple of dollars is hard to resist! The suburban life can be so hard…

So, on my most recent trip home (I now live in Berlin, where I write my travel blog Travels of Adam), I decided to finally dive into the deep end of Dallas. Growing up, I never heard much about the gay scene there (but then again, I wasn’t really looking for it either).

But, over the years, Dallas has had an increasingly visible presence for its LGBTI locals. Dallas Pride has been running consistently for nearly 30 years, and the gayborhood of Oak Lawn is consistently ranked among the most gay-friendly places in the USA (despite some recent anti-gay attacks in 2015 and 2016).

By Adam Groffman – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Street Art in Deep Ellum, Dallas

Author: , June 1st, 2016

Deep Ellum

I love it when I visit a place without any expectations and end up being pleasantly surprised. And I happened to visit one such place this month. A place I never even thought I’d visit: Dallas. In my head, Dallas was a big, personality-lacking, dull, corporate kind-of-city.

Instead, I found a city filled with interesting attractions, a fantastic restaurant scene, great bars, street art (even more than in much more alternative Austin!).

To be honest, I didn’t even plan to visit any other Texan cities while I was in Austin, but as so often, the opportunity to go up there for the weekend arose suddenly, and I jumped on it, because.. Why not? And I already began to think that I should’ve allocated more time to exploring Dallas when I, upon researching cool stuff to check out in Dallas, came across this list of 50 free fun things to do in Dallas of which I wanted to check out over a dozen! All I got during this brief weekend trip was a teaser of the city, and the desire to come back for more (which is luckily extremely likely to happen if I get to spend more time in Austin in the future, which I’d love).

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Eating Out: Dallas

Author: , February 5th, 2016

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Dallas is proud of some of its stereotypes. The “Big D” is, after all, where you’d head to find big hats and big cowboys wearing them, most of them sporting big appetites to boot. Then there’s football, another Big D, the silver-starred Cowboys. Even the classic TV show Dallas is something locals are proud to call their own, and not just for the big hats and big hair that made it the ultimate, iconic melodrama of the 1980s.

On the other hand, there are quite a few Dallas clichés ready to get bucked. Top among them is that this city is too conservative to have much LGBT culture. On a recent visit to Oak Lawn, one of the state’s, and perhaps all of the South’s, busiest gay neighborhoods, it was plain to see that queer folks are also pretty big in Dallas. Of course, where there’s a vibrant gay community there tends to be a strong dining scene. In Dallas, that’s true both in the gayborhood and around town. From staples like Tex-Mex and barbecue, to spicy send-ups and restaurants with soul, it’s time to refresh our notions about what Dallas has cooking.

LOCKHART SMOKEHOUSE

Vegetarians beware: This may not be the restaurant for you. The first tipoff are staff T- shirts that read, simply, “Wood fire meat beer.” The second is a menu that lists chick- en and turkey under “TX Vegetarian.” But for those who appreciate barbecued brisket, ribs, and other carnivorous delights, Lockhart Smokehouse delivers. This family operation is a relative newcomer having opened in the cute, walkable Bishop Arts District in 2011. Today it upholds the standard for central-Texas-style smoked meats and is considered by many to be one of the best places for barbecue nationwide.

By Kelsey Chauvin – Full Story at Passport

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Eating Out: Dallas

Author: , January 28th, 2016

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Dallas is proud of some of its stereotypes. The “Big D” is, after all, where you’d head to find big hats and big cowboys wearing them, most of them sporting big appetites to boot. Then there’s football, another Big D, the silver-starred Cowboys. Even the classic TV show Dallas is something locals are proud to call their own, and not just for the big hats and big hair that made it the ultimate, iconic melodrama of the 1980s.

On the other hand, there are quite a few Dallas cliches ready to get bucked. Top among them is that this city is too conservative to have much LGBT culture. On a recent visit to Oak Lawn, one of the state’s, and perhaps all of the South’s, busiest gay neighborhoods, it was plain to see that queer folks are also pretty big in Dallas.

Of course, where there’s a vibrant gay community there tends to be a strong dining scene. In Dallas, that’s true both in the gayborhood and around town. From staples like Tex-Mex and barbecue, to spicy send-ups and restaurants with soul, it’s time to refresh our notions about what Dallas has cooking.

LOCKHART SMOKEHOUSE

Vegetarians beware: This may not be the restaurant for you. The first tipoff are staff T- shirts that read, simply, “Wood fire meat beer.” The second is a menu that lists chick- en and turkey under “TX Vegetarian.”

By Kelsy Chauvin – Full Story at Passport Magazine

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City Sundays: Dallas

Author: , November 1st, 2015

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Hey all,

We’re launching a new weekly series on the blog and our Facebook travel groups – City Sundays. Each week we’ll select a different LGBT friendly city to talk about, and we’ll invite our innkeeper and travel agent/tour operator friends to come talk with us about it as well.

Today we’re talking about Dallas. Part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, Dallas is a gay friendly city in the fifth-largest metro area in the US. The city is a tech and commerce center with a huge LGBT population, and its gayborhood is the Oak Lawn area.

Have you ever been? What did you do while you were there?

Do you wanna go?

Let’s chat! Join the conversation here:

Gay (Men) Travelers: Gay Travel Club
Lesbian Travelers: Lesbian Travel Club
Transgender Travelers: Transgender Travel Club
Bisexual Travelers: Bi Travel Club
LGBT Families: LGBT Families Travel Club

Check out our Dallas page here:

https://www.purpleroofs.com/usa/texas/txprairieslakes.html

And our Dallas articles on the blog here:

https://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/?s=Dallas

Five Things You Can’t Miss in Gay Dallas

Author: , March 28th, 2015

Dallas Gay PrideWe’re not really sure why rodeos are assumed to be a straight man’s sport. Think about it: a sexy guy in skin-tight jeans hanging on for dear life while a wild, bucking horse or bull tosses him around like a rag doll sounds like a typical Saturday night in West Hollywood to us. But never mind all that. The good news is, we don’t need those hetero rodeos because we have our own; and the now legendary Texas Tradition (gay) Rodeo in Dallas, Texas is the best one on the circuit for visitors.

From May 1-3, the rodeo will celebrate 31 years and more than $3 million raised for Texas charities. Whether you’re going to enjoy the gay rodeo antics, or protest animal cruelty, it’s a great time to visit Dallas and ride a cowboy. Speaking of cruelty, the Park Inn by Radisson is the official host hotel for the event, but our sources tell us it’s dingy, dated, and smells like pool hall. Don’t despair, we have plenty of incredible hotel recommendations for you including our top pick below. For the event itself, check the rodeo’s website for ticket and registration information and a list of events and entertainment as it becomes available. Grab your cowboy hats, boy (and our top 5 list below): You’re heading to Texas!

By Ed Salvato – Full Story at Towleroad.com | Texas Gay Travel Resources

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Adore Delano Coming to the Dallas Red Party Next Weekend

Author: , September 13th, 2014

Adore DelanoMost fledgling drag queens learn the finer aspects of female impersonation — including advice on makeup, hairstyles, costumes and how to accessorize — from veteran mentors, known affectionately as drag mothers. But gender-bending songstress Adore Delano — alter ego of former American Idol contestant Danny Noriega and nom-de-camp of the RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist — did not have the benefit of such one-on-one coaching.

“I’m a drag orphan!” Noriega boasts. “I had more of a genderfuck, Pete Burns kind of style. My version of beauty was just not what everyone else thought beauty was. No one taught me. All the drag queens hated me. I used to beat them all, though, so it was OK.”

With such intrinsic passion for spirited competition, it is no surprise that Noriega auditioned for — and made the top 3 of — Season 6 of Drag Race. The performer considers the once-in-a-lifetime experience a turning point in his career.

By Scott Huffman – Full Story at The Dallas Voice | Dallas Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Dallas Gay Pride – A Month of Events

Author: , May 30th, 2014

Dallas Gay PrideFor LGBT Dallasites, the options for social outings during National Pride Month in June only continue to grow.

The city’s LGBT Task Force has planned events over the month for the past two years. Last year the events focused more on social than educational as the year prior. A family zoo day was added, and will return this year, and more library gatherings for LGBT families made the calendar. Events are still being finalized

Dallas Gay Pride month kicks off at City Hall Wednesday, June 4, in the Flag Room for a city proclamation declaring it Pride Month and honoring individuals during a Spirit of Equality Award ceremony. Recipients will be selected in categories of leadership, ally and community.

An award ceremony was slated for last year but was derailed when former Councilwoman Delia Jasso removed her signature from the equality resolution memo, preventing a vote on the measure. Instead, the Task Force gave one award to former City Manager Mary Suhm before she retied to honor her longtime commitment to helping the group.

By Anna Waugh – The Dallas Voice | Dallas Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

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New LGBT Play Festival To Debut in September

Author: , May 10th, 2014

PlayPride LGBT FestivalUptown Players moved its Pride Play Fest from September to June this year, so it seems TeCo Theatrical Productions is stepping in to the fall spot.

The Oak Cliff-based company, which is celebrating its 20th season this year, has sent out a call for scripts for its inaugural PlayPride LGBT Festival, which will run Sept. 4-14.

Playwrights will compete to benefit their favorite local LGBT group with a $1,000 donation to the winner’s charity of choice.

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The Purple Party Returns to Dallas in May

Author: , April 28th, 2014

Dallas Purple PartyOne man’s dream of a party that would bring Dallas’ gay community together has blossomed into the Purple Party, one of the Southeast’s major dance events – and one of the largest non-profit, all-volunteer dance fundraisers in the entire country. Since 2001, the Purple Foundation has taken over the Big D for a spring danceathon that brings revelers from all over the country. This is Texas, y’all, so everything is bigger here: The parties, the venues and the smiles on the dance floor. Dallasites are proud of their big event, and they relish being able to show off their out-and-proud gay community.

“It’s not like any of the other big parties you go to,” foundation president Blake Baker told noiZe. “Everybody has a very down-home, very welcoming feeling. We really enjoy all of the people who come from different parts of the country!”

The fun begins on Friday night, May 9, when Ignite sets the town on fire, with one of the most popular DJs on the Circuit. Taking place in one of Dallas’ biggest megaclubs, Ignite has grown exponentially from a cocktail party into a Texas-sized dance party, with more than 1,500 attendees. All those (need we say it?) big men dancing to a state-of-the-art sound and light system need a lot of room – and a lot of time. This party starts early and goes late into the wee hours, so rest up before you head for the man-corral to lasso some stallion of your own.

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