About Dallas LGBT Community
- Dallas has one of the largest gay populations in the U.S., and the biggest in Texas
- In 2014, Dallas's Oak Lawn was voted the number one gayborhood by Out Traveler
The prime gathering place for Dallas' LGBT community and just minutes from Downtown Dallas and Uptown, Oak Lawn is known for its lively atmosphere and adventurous nightlife options alongside beautifully maintained homes. Two must-see spots along Cedar Springs Road, the epicenter of the neighborhood's activities, are J.R.'s and Sue Ellen's, affectionately named after the hit TV show Dallas. J.R.'s is a two-story bar with a Cheers feel on the first floor and a more modern atmosphere on the second floor. The second floor includes a patio overseeing the busy street below and is a highly sought after spot for Dallas Pride weekend. Sue Ellen's is one the largest lesbian bars in the country – you'll find it right next door to J.R.'s and in close proximity to other popular bars, clubs, restaurants and retail shops in the area. Make sure to stop by Cedars Springs Tap House for a beer before hitting up shopping favorites like Flower Reign for unique gifts or Out of the Closet for vintage finds.
The area is home to several events throughout the year with a focus on the LGBT community, including Easter in the Park, a colorful celebration in Lee Park complete with a costume pet parade, and the annual Oak Lawn Halloween Street Party, an energetic block party on Cedar Springs Road that brings bold costumes and hours of mingling, dancing and live entertainment to the neighborhood.
Bishop Arts District
The district is home to the second-largest concentration of gay-owned businesses. Enjoy the small town feel of the area as you walk through streets of art galleries, restaurants and lively retail shops. Start at Bishop Arts Market for gifts and small home décor pieces before stopping by Veracruz Café for a plate of mixiotes de pollo, a traditional Mexican dish comprised of chicken wrapped in banana leaves and covered in a guajillo and ancho chili sauce. For a night out, check out Whitehall Exchange for a refreshing cocktail or Oak Cliff Social Club for a casual night of billards, brews and late-night pizza.
Dallas Pride takes over every September with a month-long celebration of the gay community. The biggest and most popular event during Pride is the annual Heineken Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade, a well attended parade through the Oak Lawn District. You'll find visitors and locals enjoying all the restaurants and shops along Cedar Springs Road as well as planned events at nearby Reverchon Park. The event is family friendly with a family Pride Zone and local vendors, food and beverage stands and live entertinament, so bring the little ones and enjoy a day of celebration.
Cathedral of Hope
The well-attended progressive Christian church is the world's largest inclusive LGBT place of worship. Opened in 1970 and lead by senior pastor Reverend Dr. Neil G. Cazares-Thomas, the church's location on Cedar Springs Road in the Oak Lawn area puts it right in the heart of the LGBT community in Dallas.
Turtle Creek Chorale
Enjoy a night of music and live performances from the all men's chorus. The group, comprised of more than 170 men, performs at the Dallas City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District, just a few miles away from the Oak Lawn area. The group was founded in 1980 and has showcased their musical talents in Dallas ever since, including a full concert series each year that attracts thousands of people.
Women's Chorus of Dallas
Founded in 1989, The 50+ group puts on seasonal events in various performance venues in Dallas. Past events have included a Mother's Day performance at Fair Park and several holiday performances in the Dallas Arts District. The group had their moment in the spotlight when they performed for Queen Elizabeth II during her 1991 visit to Texas and are often performers at inauguration events for Dallas leaders.