Building a bridge of compassion

Posted on 01 Aug 2014 at 6:45am

Immigrant rights activist and gay man Jose Antonio Vargas calls on LGBTs to reach out to immigrants   Tammye Nash  |  Managing Editor Born in the Phillipines, Jose Antonio Vargas has lived in the United States since he was 12. He has been open about his “undocumented” status — his mother sent him to live [...]

Queer & folk

Posted on 01 Aug 2014 at 6:30am

Out Texas musician Jay Brannan steps off the shortbus and into adulthood   Judging from the comments on Jay Brannan’s YouTube channel, the Texas-born, Manhattan-based, openly queer singer-songwriter doesn’t have many haters. He may have the 2006 film Shortbus to thank for the international fan base he has accrued there: on his May 2014 posting [...]

Musical Keyes

Posted on 01 Aug 2014 at 6:15am

Justin Keyes adds a touch of sexy passion  to his role in DTC’s stirring production of ‘Les Miserables’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor Dallas Theater Center’s acclaimed rendering of Les Miserables has been praised for all the invigorating changes made by director Liesl Tommy, especially the modern dress. But if you’re paying attention, there’s [...]

What’s new?

Posted on 01 Aug 2014 at 6:00am

Gayborhood faves up their games with innovations   We frequent restaurants in part because there’s something reassuring about what they deliver. Even when they change the menu out seasonally, we have a sense for the quality and style. If they don’t evolve, we get bored. But at several gayborhood haunts, recent changes have given us [...]

A tragic start, but hope shines

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 at 7:15am

IAS attendees mourn colleagues killed on MH17 By Tammye Nash  |  Managing Editor The 20th International AIDS Conference, held this week in Melbourne, Australia, began shrouded in a cloud of shock and grief, when six people on their way to the event were killed — along with 292 other passengers — when Malaysia Airlines Flight [...]

Anglin named 2014 Kuchling Award winner

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 at 7:00am

Attorney/activist played a key role in the early days of many LGBT organizations   By Tammye Nash  |  Managing Editor Black Tie Dinner officials announced Thursday, July 24, that attorney and longtime activist Mike Anglin is the 2014 recipient of the Kuchling Humanitarian Award. Anglin’s friends said this week that the honor is long overdue. [...]

A step in the right direction

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 at 6:45am

Obama’s executive orders protecting LGBT employees offer some protections, but more are needed   JAMES RUSSELL  |  Staff Writer President Barack Obama signed two executive orders Monday, July 21, barring companies with federal contracts from discriminating against LGBT employees. The move drew praise from a wide variety of local and national leaders and put a [...]

Pop culture

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 at 6:30am

Gay dads develop website to help families just like them Who knew the lack of a uterus would be such an issue? When new gay dads Brian Rosenberg and Ferd van Gameren turned to the Internet to connect with other gay dads — or just find information about the unique perspective of their family portrait [...]

Life of Benj

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 at 6:00am

Benj Pasek, the gay half of the B’way team Pasek & Paul, talks about the North Texas debut of their musical ‘Dogfight’   SCOTT HUFFMAN   | Contributing Writer From the moment he read the back of the DVD release, self-professed theater geek Benj Pasek, 29, was intrigued with the idea of turning Dogfight — a [...]

Journey to ‘Oz’

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 at 6:00am

Alex Ross reunites with director Cheryl Denson for Uptown Players’ regional  premiere of the flamboyant musical biography ‘The Boy from Oz’   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor When North Texas theater companies want to mount splashy, entertaining musicals, they all know what the secret weapon is to making them great … and it’s not [...]