Working toward equality

Posted on 29 Aug 2014 at 7:15am

A salute to LGBT workers and the unions that protect them Compiled by Dallas Voice Editorial Staff On the first Monday in every September, the U.S. celebrates “Labor Day” as a national holiday. But do you really know where Labor Day came from? According to the U.S. Department of Labor website, it is “a [...]

Texas Youth Leadership Summit organizers think big

Posted on 29 Aug 2014 at 7:00am

Upcoming summit focuses on empowerment and skills   By James Russell  |  Staff Writer Yadi Martinez wanted to do more to help youth. The youth and missions director at Cathedral of Hope initially thought about hosting a health fair. Enter her friend Oliver Blumer. Martinez approached Blumer, a fellow member of the Transgender Education Network [...]

DTG launches

Posted on 29 Aug 2014 at 6:45am

New website puts Pride info front and center in more user-friendly format   Tammye Nash  |  Managing Editor Dallas’ annual Pride parade, the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade, is right around the corner. And Dallas Tavern Guild, which organizes the parade, the annual Festival in Lee Park after the parade and the Voice of Pride [...]


Posted on 29 Aug 2014 at 6:30am

Perpetually sunny musician Jason Mraz hates labels, but vague pronouns and taking up causes for gay rights does little to dissuade speculation about his own sexuality CHRIS AZZOPARDI  | Contributing Writer I won’t tell you what Jason Mraz told me during our interview in early 2012. Realizing after the fact that a political remark [...]

Me & my chateau

Posted on 29 Aug 2014 at 6:15am

Charming, Old World-style Quebec City melds baguettes and bathhouses Editor’s note: This is the final installment in a three-part series on gay Canada. With its fairytale setting high on a cliff-top overlooking the St. Lawrence River, Québec City ranks among the most romantic and historic destinations in the Western Hemisphere. Although it’s grown over the years into [...]

Deep Inside Hollywood

Posted on 29 Aug 2014 at 6:00am

Romeo San Vicent weighs in on casting calls and gay sitcom plots Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher are getting married. Or, rather, their alter egos on the long-running CBS sitcom Two and A Half Men are. No, they aren’t in love. No, they aren’t gay. But according to creator Chuck Lorre, for the show’s 12th [...]

Once a Turtle, always a Turtle

Posted on 22 Aug 2014 at 7:15am

After the quick departure of Turtle Creek Chorale’s former artistic director, Associate Director Sean Baugh jumped right in and picked up the baton   DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer No other organization is as good at wrapping its arms around an audience, Sean Baugh said, proudly describing the Turtle Creek Chorale. This week, Baugh held [...]

‘He’s running against me’

Posted on 22 Aug 2014 at 7:00am

John Cook, Democratic nominee for land commissioner, and his uphill climb against a dynasty James Russell  |  Staff Writer John Cook, the Texas Democratic candidate for land commissioner is blunt, sarcastic and one hell of a funny guy. The former mayor of El Paso faces a Republican opponent with a familiar name: George P. Bush [...]

City ERF board chair stalling on pension policy change

Posted on 22 Aug 2014 at 6:45am

Brewer says staff can’t give LGBT employees equal pension benefits without approval of council, voters DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer One of the city of Dallas LGBT Task Force’s primary goals since the city passed an LGBT equality ordinance earlier this year has been equalizing pension benefits. That ordinance requires every department to review its [...]

Knife imitates art

Posted on 22 Aug 2014 at 6:30am

The recent kerfuffle between volatile chef John Tesar and a food critic played out like a movie plot, drawing national attention to Dallas’ foodie scene. We go inside the controversy and examine how a local steakhouse is redefining a lot more than just social media, it’s also reinventing a sacrosanct Texas institution ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  [...]