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Volume 17/Issue 2

1st TX Transgender Lobby Day

The Texas Gender Advocacy Information Network (TGAIN) is pleased to announce the participation of the National Gay/Lesbian Task Force in the first Texas Transgender Lobby Day to be held Jan. 27 in Austin, TX. Their participation follows what has been ongoing support from the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (LGRL) for the Transgender Lobby Day event.

NGLTF participation will take the form of providing forms for tracking legislative lobbying results and providing expertise in effective lobbying techniques. Clarence Bagby, NGLTF board member, will participate in training events the evening before the lobby day event and provide any help needed on the day of the event itself.

This event marks a major turning point for Texas Transgenders according to Sarah DePalma, Executive Director of TGAIN. "Members of our organization have lobbied in Austin before, but this is the first time we have lobbied with the state wide participation of our members and the help of two key players in the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/movement. It's a sign of maturation on the part of all concerned and follows the national trend begun by the NGLTF of full inclusion rather than the politics of division and exclusion."

For more information about TGAIN and this lobby event, please contact Sarah DePalma at

Riviera's Mardi Gras Benefit Schedule

The Riviera Nightclub in Pensacola is one of the three nightclubs to be officially sanctioned by Mardi-Gras of Pensacola, Inc. The other two are straight clubs. Mardi-Gras of Pensacola, Inc. holds a 40 day fundraising event to benefit local charities. The Riviera has chosen EASE, OASIS, White Heat, Red Ribbon Foundation, Appetite For Life, Emerald Coast Pride, Holy Family American Catholic Church and Holy Cross Metropolitan Community Church as its recipients.

The club that raises the most money chooses the queen of Pensacola's Mardi Gras.

The Riviera has already held Battle of The Bitches on Jan. 12 to benefit Appetite for Life and Art On The Green, an art show and sale, on Jan. 16 to benefit E.A.S.E. Other functions scheduled are Over The Rainbow, a theme party, Jan. 21, for Emerald Coast Pride; Mardi Gras Mini Putt-Putt, miniature golf, Jan. 30, for E.A.S.E.; Super Bowl of Chili Cook Off, Jan. 31, for Holy Cross M.C.C.; Battle Of The Drags/Drag-a-thon, Feb. 2, for Appetite For Life; Mr. Riviera/Mardi Gras, male fashion competition, Feb. 7, for E.A.S.E.; Miss Heart of Pensacola II, female impersonation pageant, Feb. 11, for Appetite For Life; Grand Dame Formal Masque Ball, formal ball and mask competition, Feb. 14, for Holy Cross M.C.C.; Priscus Parade, a traveling party, Feb. 16, for Escambia Westgate School for Special Children; and, two dates yet determined for Pride In Your Car Wash, for Gulf Coast Pride and Business After Hours, a social gathering.

All Budweiser and Captain Morgan Rum product sales during Mardi Gras functions get donated to a recipient. All Budweiser draft beer sales for the 40 days of Mardi Gras go to E.A.S.E.

Last year the Riviera generated almost $22,000 in proceeds. This year they desire to double that amount.

LGCCNO Sponsors Lecture on Barney Frank frank

The Lesbian and Gay Community Center of New Orleans will present "The Wit and Wisdom of Barney Frank," a presentation by local author/historian Roberts Batson, Thurs., Jan. 21, at 7:30pm at the Center, 816 N. Rampart St.

This should mark the last function the Center sponsors in its old home, prior to moving to 2114 Decatur St. on Jan. 23. Drawn from notes taken during his recent personal interview with Congressman and pundit Barney Frank (D-MA), Mr. Batson will regale you with Rep. Frank's cutting and on target Gay wit in a presentation that is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 504.522.1103.

Covenant House Offers Computer Training

The Covenant House New Orleans Division of Employment and Training is currently accepting applications for its sixteen week Computer and Office Procedures program sponsored by the Office of Family Support. The training program is available to anyone who meets the FITAP criteria.

The program will begin Feb. 1 from 8:30am to 2:30pm, Mon. - Fri. The next cycle will begin the first week in June at the Covenant House New Orleans Christopher Ciaccio Community Service Center, 1000 N. Rampart St.

To register or for more information contact Toya Jackson at the Ciaccio Center, 523.3292.

1st Annual "Pink Ribbon Fling"

The First Annual "Pink Ribbon Fling," a fund raiser for the Louisiana Breast Cancer Task Force, will be held Fri., Jan. 22, at Anne Rice's St. Elizabeth's Building, 1314 Napoleon Ave.

The Louisiana Breast Cancer Task Force is a grass roots Louisiana organization whose mission is to increase awareness through education.

The "Fling" will consist of a Patron Party from 7- 8pm followed by a "Swing Fling" from 8 to 11pm. Al Belleto's Swing Band and Ronnie Kole on the Piano will be the entertainment. In addition, there will be food from fine local restaurants, a silent auction of art, travel, wine and other delights.

Tickets for the Patron party are $75; for the Swing Fling, $30. In addition, sponsorships are available. For more information, call 504.454.0066 on the South Shore and 504.845.4696 on the North Shore.

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