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New Era in store for Youth First Texas

Story by Renee Baker, Edge Publications, Feb 26, 2009. Volunteering at a youth organization is something many in the LGBT community thrive on. It is in their blood, bones and heart. They know that service work is their calling. They … Continue reading

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A Cottage with a Legacy

A story by Renee Baker, Edge Publications, Oct 21, 2008. What would you do if you were just diagnosed with possibly the worst illness of your life – human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV? If you were gay and not out … Continue reading

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Metroplex Crossdressers feel support from Dallas Police

Story by Renee Baker, EDGE Publications, Every day, she travels 40 miles. Not in her car, but on her bike and on patrol. Police Officer Laura Martin serves as the LGBT Liaison Officer for the Dallas Police Department, and she … Continue reading

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Talkshow Host Making (Radio) Waves in Dallas

Story by Renee Baker, Edge Publications, Sept. 25, 2008. When Jack E. Jett was younger, his mother told him showbiz was a dirty business. So today, he wears The Glove for protection. It is latex. It is yellow. It is … Continue reading

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Gay HS dropout finds second chance with Youth First Texas

Story by Renee Baker, Edge Publications, Sept. 4, 2008. After he was threatened, assaulted and thrown in the trash for being both gay and Asian, Jimmy Bounthavy became a recluse and dropped out of North Dallas High School. With the … Continue reading

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Dallas is in top GEAR for transgender community

Story by Renee Baker, Edge Publications, Aug. 28, 2008. Far from the starting line, the Gender, Education, Advocacy & Resources program (GEAR) is now in overdrive. The Resource Center of Dallas program began in March of 2006, with just a … Continue reading

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Oak Lawn Gets a Colorful Facelift

Story by Renee Baker, Edge Publications, Aug 21, 2008. For Juan Miguel Aguirre, Oak Lawn is “Our Town.” It is the place the Dallas gay community can claim as its own piece of the pie, and to claim a piece … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Coming Out

Edge Publication by Renee Baker, Aug. 20, 2008. Who am I? Who are you? When am I not I and you not you? Why are we not ourselves? Why do we hide? What happens when we reveal ourselves or not … Continue reading

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Keeping Up the Pace

Edge Publications Story by Renee Baker, August 14, 2008. Steven Pace radiates stillness. He is one of the few who has heard the calling to walk among the suffering and bring them peace. He’s too humble to know what a … Continue reading

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Bears Give a Warm Hug to Dallas

Edge Publication Story by Renee Baker, Aug. 1, 2008. Many of my ancestral grandfathers were lumberjacks. They migrated to the woodlands of New Brunswick and worked in the forests, sending rough-cut lumber back to Scotland to build ships for the … Continue reading

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Get Into the “Blue Moon” Groove

Edge Publication Story by Renee Baker, Friday Jul 25, 2008. Dancing is Cynthia Schepps’ prevailing passion in life, so it’s no surprise that she was alarmed upon learning her favorite dance event was going to end. Instead of accepting it, … Continue reading

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Dallas Gaybingo: It’s Not Just a Game

Edge Publication Story by Renee Baker, July 17, 2008. My 21-year-old son once asked me, “Do we really need a gay bingo?” He wondered why we needed a “Separate but Equal” bingo, and why can’t we all just get along? … Continue reading

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Police Beating of Transgender Woman Ignites Controversy

Edge Publication Story by Renee Baker, June 27, 2008. It’s been over forty years since Martin Luther King Jr.’s embarked on his impassioned civil rights crusade, battled with police forces and ultimately was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. The recent beating … Continue reading

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Transgender Pilot Regains Her Wings

Edge Publication Story by Renee Baker, June 20, 2008. Within two hours of coming out as transgendered to her Human Resources department, corporate jet pilot Jamy Spradlin was put on paid administrative leave. To make matters worse, the Federal Aviation … Continue reading

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Dallas author takes a new look at workplace diversity

An Edge Publication Story by Renee Baker, June 13, 2008 A co-worker once told Dr. Susan Gore that she would burn in hell for her lifestyle. That same man, however, also said he would go to great lengths to support … Continue reading

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Chastity Bono Reaches the Summit

Edge Publications Story By Renee Baker, May 16, 2008 Chastity Bono is a real person, a real person with depth and soul and she knows how connect with her audience without even trying. She felt honored to be the first … Continue reading

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Strong Voices Break the Silence

Silence was broken at 7:00 p.m. in Reverchon Park in Dallas last Friday, April 25, coinciding with the National Day of Silence. The Breaking of the Silence event began as both straight and LGBT students ended their days in school … Continue reading

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Under-utilized program can help HIV-positive maintain insurance

Under-utilized program can help HIV-positive maintain insurance Posted on 07 May 2009 at 3:52pm By Renee Baker Contributing Writer Resource Center of Dallas helps those who lose their jobs make often-expensive COBRA payments that keep insurance in place In June … Continue reading

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Transgender celeb headlines nation’s largest one-night transgender event

An EDGE Dallas Publication by Renee Baker EDGE Contributor Friday Apr 25, 2008 The Houston Transgender Unity Banquet (HTUB) will host transgender celebrity Jennifer Finney Boylan as the guest speaker. Dr. Boylan is an English professor at Colby University and is … Continue reading

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Welcome Everyone!

Dear Friend, Thank you for coming by my website!  I am passionate about serving others, so I hope that you find what you are looking for.  There is growing information on this website, so please make use of the search … Continue reading

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