Rosa Lopez (Dallas Voice file photo) City adds sign toppers in Los Alto neighborhood to recognize the late Latina lesbian activist JESÚS CHAÍREZCourtesy of News Is Out | newsisout.com DALLAS, TEXAS — Dallas’ gay Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Omar Narvaez, who represents District 6 on the city council, unveiled ceremonial street sign toppers Friday, May 31, honoring Rosa Lopez, the lesbian Latina community activist who lost her battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Feb.
21, 2017. Narvaez initiated the process of honoring Lopez with the street sign toppers in her West Dallas neighborhood of Los Altos, then the community stepped up to help, said Mary Velez, board president, of Vecinos Unidos, a non-profit Lopez established to bring affordable housing to Dallas’s lower income West Dallas neighborhoods.
It was, Velez said, really a big effort by the entire community to get the sign toppers approved, with many neighbors signing petitions, writing letters and speaking at city council meetings.
Street sign topper honoring Rosa Lopez (Photo courtesy of Juan Contreras via Jesus Chairez), Narvaez called Lopez a pillar of the Los Altos neighborhood in West Dallas who brought much needed affordable housing to a community when no one else was even considering such an effort.