Lesbian activist joins RCD management staff

By Tammye Nash Senior Editor

Cox to serve as associate director of GLBT programs at center



Cece Cox

Longtime LGBT community activist Cece Cox has been named as associate executive director of GLBT programs for the Resource Center of Dallas.

“We’re very excited to have Cece joining us here at the Resource Center,” said Mike McKay, executive director of the group, in a telephone interview on Wednesday, Sept. 26. He added that Cox was chosen from a field of 36 applicants after a two-month search.

Cox will join the staff effective Nov. 1.

“Actually, when I heard that Cece might be interested, I called and recruited her,” McKay said. “I just felt that, with her years of experience as an advocate and a business person and with her legal background, she would be perfect for the job. This takes us to a new height in the effort for equality and justice. It is a perfect fit.”

Cox said she, too, is excited at the opportunity.

“The Resource Center is at an amazing point in its history. So many things have happened to move our community forward. But there are so many things left to do to nurture our community, to help it grow and keep moving forward,” Cox said. “I am very excited to have the chance to be a part of this team and use our programming to continue the efforts in education and empowerment and to increase the visibility of our community.”

Cox earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism, with a certificate in women’s studies, in 1984 from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and began her professional career as a staff photographer from the Garland Daily News that year. In 1986, she started Cece Cox Photography, maintaining that business until 1997.

Cox was director of development and marketing for the Turtle Creek Chorale from 1997 through 1998, and then went to Performance Consulting International where she was director of marketing and business development from 1998 to 2000.

Cox then returned to school to study law at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, graduating in 2004. As a law student, she was recipient of the Maguire Center for Ethics Fellowship for July and August of 2001, and the Emily J. Young Public Service Internship recipient from May through July of 2002, both fellowships allowing her to work for Dallas Legal Hospice during those times. She was also the Lambda Legal South Central Regional Office legal fellow from May of 2002 through May of 2003. After graduating, she worked as an associate with Cowles & Thompson, P.C., from 2004 to present.

Cox has also been active in the GLBT community in North Texas for more than a decade. She was co-chair of the Dallas chapter of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation from 1992-1994, and president of the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance from 1994 to 1996.

She is also a board member for the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification Issues Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, and has been on the board for the Dallas/Fort Worth Black Tie Dinner since December of 2006. She was co-chair of the Lambda Legal Women’s Brunch in 2005 and 2006, a Dallas Legal Hospice volunteer from 2001-2004, and on the board of the AIDS Resource Center from 1994 to 1995.

Cox won the Black Tie Dinner’s Kuchling Humanitarian Award in 1999, and was a member of the Leadership Dallas class of 1999.

She has been a member of the SMU Dedman School of Law Barristers since 2003, and a member of the law school’s Board of Advocates since 2002.

Cox was co-author of the photography book, “One Million Strong: the 1993 March on Washington,” published by Alyson Publications in 1993, and her photography has been included in “Philmont,” “Where Spirits Soar,” “Hands Across America” and “The American Heart Association Quick and Easy Cookbook.”

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 28, 2007

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