Planting hate

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 at 7:15am

An Arizona man moved to Fort Worth, declared he’s a pastor and posted a video he calls a sermon saying gays should be killed DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer Donnie Romero recently moved to Fort Worth after being ordained by Arizona preacher Steven Anderson, who made national news on World AIDS Day when he released [...]

Dallas County considers FMLA policy for LGBT employees

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 at 7:00am

DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer Dallas County’s LGBT employees came a step closer to equal benefits this week when the Commissioners Court at its weekly meeting on Monday, Dec. 16, discussed updating sick leave and leave of absence policies to include its LGBTs and other employees. The city of Dallas updated its family medical leave [...]

Legislators file joint birth certificate bills for LGBT parents

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 at 6:45am

Anchia, Garcia said bills would address inequities, not create new rights JAMES RUSSELL  |  Staff Writer Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, and Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, filed companion bills Wednesday, Dec. 17 that would allow adopted children in Texas to have the names of both parents listed on their supplemental birth certificates, regardless of the parents’ [...]

Divine intervention

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 at 6:30am

  Bette Midler chats about support from gay fans, wigs and her hot new CD Before the whole world knew her as “The Divine Miss M,” Bette Milder was ours. In the early ’70s, bawdy, belt-y Bette was performing for the NYC bathhouse boys, and don’t think she’s forgotten it, either. “I mean, if I [...]

More is Leslie

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 at 6:15am

The irrepressible Leslie Jordan returns to North Texas for an evening of fairy tales ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor Leslie Jordan is sitting at a Starbucks near his home in Los Angeles — one of three he calls his “office” — when he interrupts our conversation to remark on someone who just passed in [...]

Magic to do

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 at 6:00am

Sorcery and song dominate a rich holiday season of moviegoing: ‘The Hobbit,’ ‘Into the Woods,’ ‘Annie,’ ‘The Imitation Game,’ ‘The Gambler,’ ‘Unbroken’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor The year got off to a slow start, movie-wise. From New Year’s Day until the end of summer, only one film — Boyhood — really stuck out. [...]

LGBT Texan of the Year: Michael Sam

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 7:15am

First openly gay man drafted by the NFL has survived a year of ups and downs, but has lived his story ‘with honesty and integrity’ Tammye Nash  |  Managing Editor Last January, if you weren’t a college football fan, you’d probably never heard of Michael Sam. Today, just 12 short months later, everybody knows who [...]

Plano passes flawed nondiscrimination ordinance

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 7:00am

Gay and lesbian Plano residents called the ordinance a first step but trans community believes the ordinance makes things worse DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer The Plano City Council passed an LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance on Monday, Dec. 8, by a 5-3 margin after a contentious debate, and not without angering some on both sides of [...]

New federal contract rule could affect ExxonMobil

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 6:45am

Companies doing business with the federal government must amend EEO policies DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer A new rule affecting companies that do business with the federal government may finally force ExxonMobil to add gender identity and sexual orientation into its Equal Employment Opportunity policy. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance finalized rules this week [...]

Queer Local: Jonathan Pell

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 6:30am

 As we select our LGBT Texan of the Year, we also want to acknowledge some of the local folks who helped define 2014 for us on the cultural side — people who often don’t get the recognition they deserve, those who made an impact on the discussion and those who simply made North Texan a [...]