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Venton Jones: LGBTQ North Texan of the Year

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In his first term in the Texas Legislature, Jones has been a tireless HIV advocate DAVID TAFFET|Senior Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com State Rep.

Venton Jones entered office in January as the first member of the Texas Legislature to be openly HIV-positive. Rather than hide his diagnosis, he has used it as his foundation as he has championed legislation to help end the AIDS epidemic.

For his honesty and bravery — and for his outstanding success as a freshman lawmaker — Dallas Voice names Venton Jones our LGBTQ North Texan of the Year. Winning office In 2022, Jones ran for the open District 100 seat, which includes parts of South Dallas, West Dallas, East Dallas, Buckner Terrace, Victory Park and Oak Cliff in the Texas House.

He ran to replace the Democratic incumbent, Jasmine Crockett, who had served just one term when she successfully ran to replace retiring Rep.

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