Bill Nelson refused to go in the closet for Dallas ISD.
Nelson was a teacher and coach at W.T. White High School in 1979 when a Dallas newspaper printed a photo of him at a “gay rights rally” in what was then called Lee Park.
The district wanted to punish him after a student complained, but he stood up to them, and the ordeal inspired him to become a leader in the gay-rights movement in Dallas.
He was a founder of the Foundation for Human Understanding, which is now the Resource Center Dallas. As president of the Dallas Gay Alliance from 1983-1987, he helped establish the first gay and lesbian community center storefront on Cedar Springs. It is now the Nelson-Tebedo Clinic. And he was an early activist during the AIDS crisis, organizing services like food, clothing and financial assistance.
He died of HIV-related illness in 1990.
It’s June 1. Happy Pride month, Preston Hollow.
Preston Hollow has several other touchstone moments in history as well.
And Preston Hollow resident Laura Miller is considered the first gay-friendly Mayor of Dallas.
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