Countdown to a Gay Games decision

Posted on 17 Feb 2017 at 10:45am

Dallas is among 8 cities bidding to host the 2022 Gay Games, and aiming to make the final 3 cut on Feb. 28   Tammye Nash  |  Managing Editor In just 11 days, the Federation of Gay Games will narrow down the field of eight cities vying to host the 2022 Gay Games. And the […]

Mistresses of Illusion

Posted on 17 Feb 2017 at 10:15am

Ashantee Black DeFox and Ivana Tramp bring Grace Jones and Tina Turner to life each Saturday night at Rainbow Lounge   Tammye Nash  |  Managing Editor “It’s drag … but with a twist.” That’s how Ashantee Black DeFox explains the Illusions show that she and Ivana Tramp host each Saturday night at Rainbow Lounge in […]

From liberal to ultra-orthodox and back again

Posted on 17 Feb 2017 at 10:00am

Leah Lax’s memoir tells how she left the Chasidic world and found herself again   DAVID TAFFET  |  Senior Staff Writer It’s the tale of how a child of 1960s liberals, who grew up at classically Reform Temple Emanu-el on Hillcrest Road in Dallas, spent years in an arranged marriage where birth control was not […]

Cabinet level position

Posted on 17 Feb 2017 at 6:30am

We chat with Nathan Dennis, one of the out artists with Cirque du Soleil’s newest show, ‘Kurios — Cabinet of Curiosities’   It’s a cliché that at some point, all young boys dream of running away to join the circus. A circus. Any circus. You’d think it hasn’t actually happened since the Great Depression. But […]

Transforming minds one truth at a time

Posted on 17 Feb 2017 at 6:15am

Trans comedian Ian Harvie on his vast penis collection and comedy as a tool for change   For Ian Harvie, it’s not about earning the title of “first trans person in the world with a one-hour standup special,” though that’s a tag the FTM comedian can now claim. For him, he’s hopeful more trans comedians […]

Ladies sing the blues

Posted on 17 Feb 2017 at 6:00am

The return of ‘Her Song’ is catchy cabaret … with a feminist message   It’s the Jazz Age, a time when men dress in tuxedoes and women wear long strings of pearls and hats with feathers. The champagne flows as freely as the music at the Echo Room, a speakeasy-style nightclub run by three siblings […]

Love is Love

Posted on 10 Feb 2017 at 7:15am

Less than two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed same-sex marriage as the law of the land, and this country’s LGBT community rejoiced in that ruling, and in the other giant leaps forward we’ve made toward full equality over the last decade-and-a-half. Then came Nov. 8, 2016 and the election of Donald Trump as […]

A new day, a new name

Posted on 10 Feb 2017 at 7:00am

AIDS Arms is now Prism Health North Texas DAVID TAFFET  |  Senior Staff Writer More than 30 years ago, a case management agency was created in Dallas to write grants for a network of HIV agencies providing different forms of care throughout the community. They called it AIDS Arms Network. The “Arms” part stood for […]

Making lemonade

Posted on 10 Feb 2017 at 6:30am

Out self-help author and motivational speaker M.J. Dougherty moves ahead by screwing up   Life has handed M.J. Dougherty many lemons — perhaps more than his fair share. Yet he has deftly managed to transform the proverbial sour fruit of hardship into something sweetly satisfying. Compiling anecdotes of his triumph over personal misfortune, Dougherty authored […]

Short & bittersweet

Posted on 10 Feb 2017 at 6:15am

The Oscar-nominated short films are ripe with political importance; also, how ‘The Salesman’ might be this year’s martyred frontrunner This year’s Academy Awards season is a jumble for prognosticating, in no small part because cultural issues like #OscarsSoWhite, the travel ban and other horrors of the Trump presidency give the academy a chance to take […]