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DALLAS PRIDE CONNECTION
WELCOME to Pride (214)!
This site aims to provide information on LGBTQ services, and opportunities in Dallas, and North Texas. There are numerous groups, teams, clubs, leagues, and organizations offering support services, and ways to be active in our community at whatever your comfort level is. Our LGBTQ community is among the largest in the U.S., and extremely diverse.
We have MANY glittering annual events - Black-Tie Dinner, Toast to Life, Allen Ross Freedom Parade, House of DIFFA, Life Walk, Purple Party Weekend, Southern Pride, Latino Pride, 2X2 for AIDS and ART, Halloween Block Party, QueerBomb, and many more - so yeah, we like to celebrate :-) If you're looking to get involved in the community there are tons of options, from bingo to politics and everything in between.
Most of the big LGBTQ events in our region aim to raise awareness and money, to support non-profits doing the daily work of maintaining a safety net for our community. The truth is that our community is both full of opportunity and also in great need. As of 2015 our community has the highest rate of HIV infection in Texas. As of 12/31/2016 the Texas HIV Surveillance Report shows 26,752 persons living with HIV in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan area. Our community also grapples with domestic violence, homelessness, and addiction at all socioeconomic and age levels. There are support services in place for our LGBTQ community, and they all need our support, especially our transgender services.
Being a Rainbow minority in a Red State means we must be extra diligent in raising our voices to support not only LGBTQ rights, but the rights off all minorities. We really are stronger together, and I encourage you to support other marginalized groups. GO to rallies, Be Heard, Demonstrate that our community is in solidarity with others, and they will in turn support our causes also.
The good news is that help is here, support is here, big fun is here, love is here. Dallas, and the North Texas Region include 7,000,000+ people & 9,000 square miles. We are big cities, and tiny towns. 50,000+ students are enrolled in our colleges and universities.
Elmo to Azle, Princeton to Glen Rose. The thing to remember is that you are not alone.
You are a part of a community that is bigger than yourself, and your LGBTQ community welcomes you.
By the way - Area code 214 was one of the original area codes established with the North American Numbering Plan in October 1947. It originally covered the entire northeastern quadrant of Texas, from Fort Worth to the border with Arkansas and Louisiana.
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Feel free to send comments and questions - Thanks!