Ryan White money awarded more than a month late

Posted on 10 Apr 2015 at 6:45am

While AHF continues its suit against Dallas County for a share of the grant, former employees file a lawsuit charging illegal kickbacks   DAVID TAFFET  |  Senior Staff Writer Dallas County Commissioners Court approved distribution of Ryan White funding on April 7 without including funding for AIDS Healthcare Foundation. The fiscal year for Ryan White [...]

The bowled and the beautiful

Posted on 10 Apr 2015 at 6:30am

Drag queen-cum-ex-con-Tupperware lady Dixie Longate: Bringing comedy freshness to North Texas burp by burp SCOTT HUFFMAN  | Contributing Writer I think the most popular [misconception] about Tupperware is that it’s something that went away,” says Dixie Longate, the fiery-spirited alter ego of drag comedian Kris Andersson. Dixie is talking about the iconic kitchenware brand perhaps [...]

Diary of a bridezilla

Posted on 10 Apr 2015 at 6:15am

Dallas Voice contributor Chaka Cumberbatch — a bisexual woman — got engaged to a man over Thanksgiving. Here are excerpts from the wedding planning diary of a girlie-girl on a mission CHAKA CUMBERBATCH | Contributing Writer Nov. 28: Dear diary: I’M ENGAGED. I’m marrying my best friend, we’re going to live happily ever after …. [...]

Honeymoon in Hobbiton

Posted on 10 Apr 2015 at 6:00am

It took a year to plan the perfect wedding …and the adventure of a lifetime JEF TINGLEY  | Contributing Writer It’s only fitting that Dallas couple Scott Cessac and Craig Parsons tied the knot in California. It’s where Parsons proposed to Cessac while cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway, culminating in an elaborate “welcome to [...]

Living his dream

Posted on 03 Apr 2015 at 7:15am

Petropolitan owner Chris Watts wants to help create a community as passionate about animals as he is   Tammye Nash  |  Managing Editor Not everybody gets to make their passion be their profession. Chris Watts is one of the lucky few. And now, his business is growing along with his passion for his work. Watts [...]

AHF sues Dallas County

Posted on 03 Apr 2015 at 7:00am

The national AIDS nonprofit with a local clinic filed suit after being denied Ryan White funding   DAVID TAFFET  |  Senior Staff Writer AIDS Healthcare Foundation has sued Dallas County after being denied any portion of the county’s Ryan White funding. That money comes from the federal government and is distributed by the county to [...]

To RFRA or not

Posted on 03 Apr 2015 at 6:45am

Religious liberty bills promise freedom, but for whom? JAMES RUSSELL  |  Staff Writer In a 1989 decision, Employment Division v. Smith, involving two men who were fired for smoking peyote as part of a sacred Native American ritual and then denied state unemployment benefits, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated a lower court ruling declaring that [...]

Team building

Posted on 03 Apr 2015 at 6:30am

After the tragic passing of Bruce Wood, DTC’s Kevin Moriarty tapped Joshua L. Peugh for the sport-themed play ‘Colossal,’ which explores the complexities of male relationships … including being gay in football ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor It’s a surprising statistic that more people see live theater every year than watch professional sports in [...]

FREAK machine

Posted on 03 Apr 2015 at 6:15am

Renee Phoenix, queer frontwoman of Fit for Rivals, gets her Freak on Sounding like a mix of Tegan & Sara, Joan Jett and Finland’s heavy metal outfit H.I.M., the seven-year-old rock/punk/pop band Fit For Rivals is fronted by out lesbian singer/songwriter Renee Phoenix. Her vocals pack serious punch — and more than a pinch of [...]

Geeky, queer & Texan

Posted on 03 Apr 2015 at 6:00am

This weekend, Austin’s HavenCon offers a safe place for gay gamers and sci-fi fans to get their nerd on CHAKA CUMBERBATCH  | Contributing Writer If you or a gay nerd in your circle of friends is headed down to Austin this weekend, chances are it’s to attend the maiden voyage of HavenCon. The geeks can’t [...]