Women's History Month

Amanda Robinson

Meet Amanda Robinson, the visionary founder of Real Live Connection and the driving force behind Teen Pride in Dallas!

Amanda's passion for creating safe spaces for LGBTQ youth shines through in the remarkable growth of Teen Pride, which has blossomed from a small gathering to a massive event drawing over 15,000 attendees. Her dedication to addressing the challenges faced by LGBTQ young adults and allies has made a profound impact on the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.

Join us in celebrating Amanda's leadership and commitment to empowering LGBTQ youth and their allies. Together, we're building a brighter and more inclusive future!

Betty Neal

Meet Betty Neal, a true icon in the Dallas LGBTQ+ community and Dallas Pride community engagement specialist!

Betty's journey began in the vibrant Dallas gay scene of the 1980s when she arrived in the city and quickly became involved with Sassy's on McKinney. From there, her passion for community involvement blossomed, leading her to volunteer for the Pride Parade and become deeply engaged in the local LGBTQ+ movement.

Over the years, Betty has played a pivotal role in shaping the Dallas LGBTQ+ community, from her early days as a club employee to her current position as one of the most tenured members of the Pride Parade Steering Committee. Her dedication to ensuring a safe and inclusive space for all has earned her numerous accolades, including the DFW Pride Movement Award, the Tommie Ross Pioneer Award, and the Texas Freedom Parade 35th Annual Executive Directors Award, among others.

Betty's commitment to justice and equality has not gone unnoticed, with State Senator Eddie Bernice Johnson recognizing her as a Drum Major for Justice Award recipient. Her legacy extends beyond awards, with over 30 years of parade security under her belt and her involvement in creating Dallas Black Gay Pride in 1991.

Through Betty's tireless efforts, she has witnessed the evolution of the Pride Parade from an unorganized mess to a structured business, bridging the community into the future. Her story is a testament to the power of perseverance and the importance of fighting for visibility and equality. Thank you, Betty, for your incredible contributions to Dallas Pride and the LGBTQ+ community!

Tamara Stephney

Join us in celebrating the remarkable Tamara Stephney, a true trailblazer and champion of health equity in Dallas, Texas!

As the Chief Executive Officer of Abounding Prosperity, Inc., Tamara leads a leading non-profit organization dedicated to addressing health, social, and economic disparities among Black Americans, with a special emphasis on marginalized communities. Her tireless efforts extend to her role as the Executive Director of HOPE Health Center, where she promotes sexual health, HIV/STD prevention, and mental health services in Dallas County.

With over twenty years of experience spanning various sectors of healthcare, Tamara's commitment to serving medically underserved populations has been unwavering. Through her leadership, she has directed numerous federal and state-funded programs, providing crucial biomedical interventions, HIV testing, mental health services, and support for marginalized communities.

Tamara's dedication doesn't end there. She actively mentors HIV-positive individuals, advocates for Black women's health, and contributes to various committees and organizations focused on ending the HIV epidemic and promoting child advocacy.

Her resilience and passion for equity-driven healthcare make her a true inspiration. Let's honor Tamara Stephney's extraordinary contributions to our community this Women's History Month!

Sharon Herrera

On this International Women's Day, we celebrate the extraordinary Sharon Herrera, a true beacon of strength, advocacy, and leadership within the LGBTQ community of Tarrant County!

As a Veteran of the United States Air Force, Sharon's commitment to service extends beyond her military service. She is the Founder and Executive Director of LGBTQ S.A.V.E.S., dedicating herself to uplifting and empowering LGBTQ individuals. Additionally, as the Consultant and Owner of SHARE Link LLC and a Member of DEI Consultants, LLC, Sharon works tirelessly to further education on LGBTQ issues, collaborating with organizations, universities, and school districts.

Her impact goes even further as a Founding Board Member of Transform 1012 N. Main Street, leading efforts to transform the former Ku Klux Klan auditorium in Fort Worth, Texas, into The Fred Rouse Center for Arts and Community Healing—a testament to her dedication to fostering inclusive spaces.

Sharon's advocacy doesn't stop there. She played a pivotal role in challenging the Fort Worth Independent School District to add a Non-Discrimination Policy, championing equity for staff and students alongside fellow LGBTQ activists and leaders.

Sharon's leadership, resilience, and dedication to justice serve as an inspiration to us all. Today, and every day, let's honor her remarkable contributions to our community.

Robyn Crowe

Continuing our celebration of Women's History Month, we proudly present Robyn "Pocahontas" Crowe, a true trailblazer in advocacy and empowerment right here in Dallas, Texas!

Robyn's journey is one of resilience and compassion, rooted in her role as Owner, Co-founder, and Co-director of House of Rebirth. From her beginnings at the House of Osiris to her transformative leadership at Abounding Prosperity, Robyn has been a tireless advocate for the Black and Brown Trans Women community.

Her visionary leadership has birthed innovative programs and safe spaces, including the groundbreaking Transparency, offering vital services and fostering a supportive environment. Robyn's commitment to her community shines bright, earning her recognition such as the prestigious Trotter Productions' 2019 LGBTQ Trans-Woman of the Year accolade.

Moreover, her pivotal role in raising awareness and visibility for Black Transgender individuals in Dallas was acknowledged with a proclamation by Mayor Eric Johnson. On May 18, 2021, Mayor Johnson proclaimed it as Dallas Black Transgender Day of Awareness and Visibility, commemorating the legacy of resilience and advocating for the rights and recognition of Black Transgender individuals in the city.

Robyn's story is a testament to the power of resilience and community, inviting us all to stand in solidarity with Black Trans Women. Let's honor her legacy and continue to support inclusivity and equity for all.

Sherrell Cross

This Women's History Month, we're shining a spotlight on LGBTQ+ trailblazers in our local community, starting with Sherrell Cross, the first black woman executive director of Dallas Pride and our fearless leader!

Cross brings an incredible dedication to LGBTQ+ causes, advocating tirelessly for equality and inclusion. With a track record of leadership within local LGBTQ+ organizations, she's made a lasting impact. As assistant executive director of Real Live Connection for six years, Cross played a pivotal role in growing the organization within Dallas Pride's Teen Pride Zone, increasing attendance and sponsorship each year. She's also lent her talents to Lambda Legal, volunteered with Promise House, and spearheaded initiatives like water drives for the homeless with Love 2 Give.

Sherrell's commitment to diversity and creating safe, inclusive spaces makes us proud. Join us as we celebrate her remarkable contributions this Women's History Month!

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