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John David Thomas (1946-1999) was born on June 20
Prior to moving to Texas, John Thomas worked for the
Nelson, Tebedo and Thomas were also part of the Gay Urban Truth Squad, a sub-group of the Dallas Gay Alliance that informed the public on various gay and AIDS-related issues in a way very similar to the modern day anti-smoking television ads. John Thomas was involved with many of the core LGBT organizations in north Texas, such as the Dallas Gay Alliance (now known as the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance), the Foundation for Human Understanding, Black Tie Dinner, Cathedral of Hope (Metropolitan Community Church of Dallas), Turtle Creek Chorale (a men’s chorus group which he performed with), Razzle Dazzle Dallas, Log Cabin Republicans, and most importantly, the AIDS Resource Center (now called the Resource Center Dallas).
John Thomas was the first executive director of the AIDS Resource Center, where he championed causes for HIV/AIDS patients and other issues specific to the LGBT community. During his time at the center, Thomas was one of the plaintiffs in
John Thomas continued to work at the AIDS Resource Center until 1996 when he retired due to AIDS-related illness. Never one to quit, John Thomas continued to support his favorite causes even in retirement.
John Thomas died on January 22
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This collection contains the papers of John David Thomas. The collection includes correspondences with William Waybourn, Mike Anglin, Don Baker and others in the gay community, as well as articles published in local papers and magazines. Copies of the John Thomas memorial card, personal documentation of his health as someone living with HIV/AIDS, his activism, letters dealing with his time with the Campus Crusade for Christ, time at the Miami Herald, his thoughts on gay rights and AIDS issues, meeting minutes, as well as letters to his family are part of this collection.