GLBT CommunityCulture & People
The GLBT community thrives in the Dallas Region, with a widespread sentiment of welcome throughout the cities and business communities. Many company headquarters based in Dallas, such as American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Texas Instruments, Sabre Corporation, GameStop and Dallas Mavericks are leading the fight for diversity and gay rights in the state — and those are just a few of the business supporters regionally.
Both the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth scored a perfect 100 on Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index in 2017, which measures cities inclusion of LGBT residents.
Oak Lawn – This neighborhood, affectionately called “The Gayborhood,” hosts a high concentration of GLBT residents, shops, restaurants and nightclubs. Popular joints include Round-Up Saloon, Jr’s Bar & Grill, Sue Ellen’s, Station 4 (S4), and The Rose Room.
Oak Cliff – Home to the Bishop Arts District, Trinity Groves, Kessler Park and many historic designated neighborhoods. Favorite restaurants include Hattie’s, Jonathan’s, Spiral Dinner (vegan) and Hunky’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers.
COMMUNITY RESOURCES & MORE:
Black Tie Dinner – Largest fund raising dinner for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in the nation.
Cathedral of Hope – Dallas hosts the “world’s largest gay church,” Cathedral of Hope, with more than 4,000 members.
The Dallas Voice – Keep in touch with the Dallas LGBT community through the weekly magazine.
North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce – Achieving equality through business and proponents of the LGBT WE Zone
Out of the Closet Thrift Store – Offers free HIV testing and other medical support. The proceeds of shopping and donating go support the Aids Healthcare Foundation.
Resource Center – The Dallas-based center provides culturally sensitive, GLBT-friendly services including low-cost mental health counseling, vaccinations, lab work, transgender health and HIV services.
Visit Dallas – LGBT events in Dallas
You can find a strong GLBT community in the Dallas Region and online. Make sure to know how to protect yourself in different situations online, such as cyberbullying. Click here to view a helpful LGBTQ online safety guide that provides tips and practical suggestions for various situations.