Please join us Friday, July 22, when 2016 Fellow Dennis Michael Mims will discuss his project, “A Queer History of Dallas: The Formation, Development, and Integration of Big D’s LGBT Community, 1965-2005” from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Willis Library room 250H.

According to Mims, his project “will start with the founding of the first gay organization in Dallas, the Circle of Friends, and it will conclude the year that Lupe Valdez, the first openly-gay sheriff, took office in Dallas.  In covering four decades, my dissertation will show how significantly things changed for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals living within the city of Dallas.”

Mr. Mims is a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Dallas.  He plans to pursue an academic career in which he researches, writes and teaches about civil rights and social movements. He has chosen this career path because he has always been fascinated by individuals who have organized to bring about social change and social justice for themselves and others. Mr. Mims is a native Texan.

The Portal to Texas History Research Fellowships recognize and support outstanding scholarship or creative work which incorporates unique digital collections. Fellows are invited to present a brief overview of their work with the Portal through an informal lecture on their research or an exhibit of their creative output.



Friday, July 22, 2016 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm


Willis Library