Dallas Gay Alliance (c. 1981-1991) & Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance (1991-present)
As HIV and AIDS affected North Texas, the Dallas Gay Alliance (DGA)
filled a need for public awareness and funding. In 1983 DGA incorporated
the Foundation for Human Understanding which later became Resource
Center, and two years later launched the AIDS Resource Center on Cedar
Springs. A second location, later named the Nelson-Tebedo Clinic,
followed in 1988.
GUTS, or Gay Urban Truth Squad, was a DGA project designed to create
awareness of the AIDS pandemic through protests and site installations.
In one demonstration, dummies were tossed in front of the Dallas County
Health Department. In another, chalk outlines of bodies were drawn
outside of Dallas City Hall. These techniques were considered shocking
In 1988 Dallas Gay Alliance sued Dallas County, which oversees Parkland
Hospital, to protect the rights of people with AIDS to access health
care. Plaintiffs accused Parkland of assigning only one full-time
physician to handle over 700 AIDS patients each month. Under this
system, seven patients died while awaiting treatment. Hospital beds were
rationed and treatments for AIDS-related illnesses were arbitrarily
denied. Today, Parkland is one of the largest providers of services to
people living with HIV/AIDS in Dallas County, has an openly gay member
of its board of managers and provides both domestic partner benefits and
employment protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.