Marriage equality and the Supreme Court

Posted on 23 Jan 2015 at 7:15am

The conclusion seems foregone, but SCOTUS’ timeline, other details remain uncertain   DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer When the U.S. Supreme Court accepted petitions from plaintiffs in marriage equality cases from four states, it laid out a timeline and limited discussion to two questions. Unlike the 5th Circuit, which heard one hour of arguments on [...]

lefT ouT in Plano

Posted on 23 Jan 2015 at 7:00am

Trans activist says nondiscrimination ordinance lacks teeth   JAMES RUSSELL  |  Staff Writer Nell Gaither isn’t having it with Plano’s equal rights ordinance. If anything, the Dallas transgender activist and Trans Pride Initiative president says she thinks the nondiscrimination ordinance, passed by the Plano City Council in December, is not just flawed but actually harmful. [...]

Reaching out in faith

Posted on 23 Jan 2015 at 6:45am

Equality Texas seeking participants in Feb. 17 Faith Advocacy Day Tammye Nash  |  Managing Editor The first of three advocacy days hosted by Equality Texas during the 84th Texas Legislature is less than a month away, and Daniel Williams, the LGBT lobby group’s legislative specialist, this week encouraged LGBT people of faith from across the [...]

Taking it to the street

Posted on 23 Jan 2015 at 6:30am

Jonathan Palant re-emerges with a new choir and a mission — to bring attention to homelessness ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor For those who think of Jonathan Palant as merely the former artistic director of the Turtle Creek Chorale, there are many more verses yet unsung. For instance, since arriving in Dallas eight years [...]

Wall of Sound

Posted on 23 Jan 2015 at 6:15am

Out dancer-choreographer Travis Wall brings Shaping Sound troupe to NT Travis Wall was just 18 years old when he shot to the national spotlight as one of the most popular contestants ever on So You Think You Can Dance, becoming the runner-up on the second season of the show. That was nine years ago, though, and [...]

New year, new you, New Orleans

Posted on 23 Jan 2015 at 6:00am

A month-by-month guide to the gay playground that is The Big Easy STEVEN LINDSEY & JEF TINGLEY | Contributing Writers When southern charm, a storied history and wild abandon collide, there’s absolutely no mistaking what city you’re in. The only dilemma a North Texan faces is exactly when to visit New Orleans to maximize the sensory overload. Fortunately, there [...]

A brief herstory of lesbians in Dallas

Posted on 16 Jan 2015 at 7:15am

From politics, to health, from nightlife to spiritual life, lesbians have played a leading role in creating a vibrant, strong and healthy LGBT community in North Texas Editor’s note: Notice the title of this piece says “brief.” We know it is not even close to comprehensive. There are many more lesbian heroes in our community, [...]

Making a real, live difference

Posted on 16 Jan 2015 at 7:00am

Amanda Robinson co-founded Real Live Connection to help LGBTQ teens avoid issues she faced as a teen Jenny Block  | Contributing Writer At first glance, Amanda Robinson might seem like your typical 30-something: She’s the general manager of 123 Technologies and likes to spend quality time with friends and family when she’s not working. [...]

Shekter to receive lifetime achievement award

Posted on 16 Jan 2015 at 6:45am

  DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer The North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce announced four special honorees and the recipient of a lifetime achievement award to be given at its April 24 dinner. Mark Shekter will receive the chamber’s second lifetime achievement award. Shekter is an award-winning architect who also has a real estate company [...]

For laughs

Posted on 16 Jan 2015 at 6:30am

Dana Goldberg killed it at Black Tie. But the lesbian comedian feels her big break is still ahead of her Dana Goldberg is what you might call the comedian next door. She’s wickedly funny, enviably charming and has the kind of bio that young comedians dream of. The notches on her bedpost include performances at [...]