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• HALLOWED GROUND

Garden and Yard Society_2004On March 12, the Garden and Yard Society (GAYS) will dedicate a verdant urban retreat cultivated to remember friends lost to AIDS. Society member R. Michael Lee and his partner, Chuck Gulick, began work on the garden in 1985 on land behind their house off South MacGregor Way. Several hardy GAYS stalwarts gathered on a chilly February morning in the Texas AIDS Memorial Garden: (front row, l-r) Jason Cabot, Jillian Lewis, Kiki Neumann; (standing, l-r) Jeffery Heilers, Vicki McClanahan, Lori Clark, Laurie Jones, Janice Ives, R. Michael Lee, Clyde Williams, and Scottie Scott.

Photographed by Gavyn Aaron in the Texas AIDS Memorial Garden

• ALL THAT GLITTERS

Lachrymosa Diamond MaskThe 936-stone, 136-carat Lachrymosa Diamond Mask designed by jeweler Henry Dunay will sparkle at the March 12 benefit for The Assistance Fund. During the event at The Corinthian downtown, guests can have their photo taken with the bejeweled piece, with proceeds directly supporting the HIV service organization’s medication program. At the kick-off party last November at Neiman Marcus Galleria, Assistance Fund board vice president Barbara Seymour modeled the mask—originally crafted by Dunay in 1991 for Elizabeth Taylor to wear to an American Foundation for AIDS Research gala.

Photographed by John Taton at Neiman Marcus Galleria

• BIG TIME

Houston Big Men's Club_2004Members of the Houston Big Men’s Club, including (l-r) Chris Arasin, Dominic Barciagalupia, and Claude Lovell, will welcome guys from across the nation for the March 19-21 East Coast Conference of the Affiliated Big Men’s Clubs. Based at the Renaissance Houston in Greenway Plaza, the weekend will include seminars, sightseeing tours, and a Saturday-night show and dance. At 12:30 a.m. on March 21, conference participants will chat on “After Hours” on KPFT-FM. The Big Men’s Club holds a social on the third Saturday night of every month at the Houston GLBT Community Center.

Photographed by Gavyn Aaron at the Renaissance Houston

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