BREAKING: Boy Scouts lift ban on gay leaders

Posted on 24 Jul 2015 at 7:15am

On Monday, July 27, the National Executive Board ratified a resolution that removes the national restriction on openly gay adult leaders and employees

Marriage and adoption are separate issues

Posted on 24 Jul 2015 at 7:00am

Attorney Suzanne Bryant warns that just because marriage laws have changed doesn’t mean a second parent has additional rights   DAVID TAFFET  |  Senior Staff Writer With marriage equality now established law, LGBT couples might expect that parental rights are automatically granted. But that simply isn’t the case. “Being married and being a parent are [...]

Sweeping federal nondiscrimination bill introduced in Congress

Posted on 24 Jul 2015 at 6:45am

A sweeping federal nondiscrimination bill protecting LGBT people was introduced in Congress today, earning praise from some of the nation’s leading LGBT advocacy organizations and allies. The Equality Act, sponsored by out Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., would amend federal laws to include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity [...]

Valentine’s day

Posted on 24 Jul 2015 at 6:30am

Actress Whitney Hennen plays the girl unlucky in love in ‘Sweet Charity,’ but in real life she and wife Sara Bollinger are a storybook couple ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor jones@dallasvoice.com Charity Hope Valentine is the girl who never finds love. That’s the plot of the musical Sweet Charity. But for Whitney Hennen, who [...]

Smokin’ hot

Posted on 24 Jul 2015 at 6:15am

At 57, newly-engaged actress-singer Lea DeLaria is at the top of her game Since the ’90s, Lea DeLaria has established herself as a standup comic, actress and jazz singer, but the past year has certainly been a banner one for the self-identified butch. Starting in January, when she shared a Screen Actors Guild award for [...]

Bang cook: Malai Kitchen reinvents its summer menu with chef’s tastings

Posted on 24 Jul 2015 at 6:00am

When you own a pan Asian restaurant, certainly one of the great perks is getting to do research. You can’t help but be envious of Braden and Yasmin Wages, who take vacations from Dallas to fly to Vietnam and Thailand in order to conjure up new recipes for their Uptown eatery, Malai Thai-Vietnamese Kitchen. The research [...]

VIDEO: Mark Shekter talks about MOM

Posted on 20 Jul 2015 at 9:40am

Earlier this year, he won the GLBT Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In April, he spoke at Outrageous Oral telling the story of Meals on the Move, the first program in Dallas to deliver meals to the homes of people with AIDS who were too sick to get out of their homes. MOM was responsible for delivering tens of thousands of meals.

Ranch Hand Rescue: saving animals and lives

Posted on 17 Jul 2015 at 7:00am

Animal-assisted therapy approach takes the practice another step   JAMES RUSSELL  |  Staff Writer Ranch Hand Rescue founder Bob Williams had a stroke 10 years ago. The Motorola executive had climbed the corporate ladder for years, becoming one of the company’s leading diversity experts. But the stroke changed him, and ultimately changed his career path. [...]

Vhea’s LaundroMutt Services: a one-stop shop for all your canine needs

Posted on 17 Jul 2015 at 6:45am

And your feline friends, too   JAMES RUSSELL  |  Staff Writer Vhea Cannon loves dogs. When asked if she preferred dogs or people, she definitively replied, “Dogs, every time.” She just doesn’t love dogs; her life revolves around them. She grew up with dogs, as well as cats, cows and horses. She remembers her first [...]

Gimme shelter!

Posted on 17 Jul 2015 at 6:30am

Photographer Sylvia Elzafon combined her profession with her love of pets into a crusade to help animal shelters   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor Sylvia Elzafon takes her devotion to animals seriously. She’s a dedicated vegan with a history of working for non-profit organizations like Mercy for Animals. Just how dedicated? Well, right now, [...]