Dallas Voice was born in 1984, and we think that, in that time, we’ve accomplished a lot for the gay community of North Texas. But let’s face it: We’re not the only one. We asked folks in the community to name people they know — in the arts, in community activism, in business, in fashion, in health, in sports and in entertainment — who were also born in 1984 (or later) who are also accomplishing something for all of us. Here is our cross-section of LGBTQ leaders of all kinds (many, of course, straddle categories — they are there mostly for convenience). Who would you add to it? 



Chadi el-Khoury, dance

Venny Etienne, fashion

Jeremy Michael Calhoun, fashion

Chris Chism, music

Colby Calhoun, theater

Jeremy Dumont, theater

Plastique Tiara, drag

Ra’Jah O’Hara, drag

Walter Lee aka Jada Pinkett Fox, theater/drag

Joshua L. Peugh, dance

Kelsey Leigh Ervi, theater

Joseph Veazie, music

Elliott Reed Jr. aka DJ Ellz, music

Tex Patrello, theater



Michael Sam, sports

Phillip Murrell, real estate

Joey Rivera, dining


Thomas Renner, health

Kendrick Shaw, photography

David Estrada, business

Cassie Brown, business

Char McGaughy, business

Clint Thomson, business

Vincent Verduzco, health



John Anderson

Troy Stacha

PJ Moton-Poole

Lacey Brutschy

Josh Lara


Jose Jimenez

Osama Jordan

Gilbert Guardiola

Marc Tuton

Ronald Wilson

Wesley Smoot

Brian Ivanchan