In legal, & parental, limbo

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 at 7:15am

Biological dads can’t get their own names on their sons’ birth certificate, judge rules   DAVID TAFFET  | Staff Writer Joe Riggs and Jason Hanna never expected to make national news after a surrogate mom gave birth to their twins. Riggs, 33, and Hanna, 37, have been together almost four years. They’re best known in [...]

Outrageous Oral project charts Dallas’ LGBT past

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 at 7:00am

11th quarterly oral history event returns this week to the Rose Room   DAVID TAFFET  | Staff Writer Planning an Outrageous Oral presentation can be a challenge for a speaker. Pam Curry, one of presenters at the next oral history project organized by The Dallas Way spent a week frantically deciding what she’d include in [...]

Gay Pride! (and prejudice)

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 at 6:45am

Emerson Collins: Gay Pride, however celebrated, is nothing to apologize for June is Pride Month across the U.S., and the kickoff to a season of Pride. Every weekend from June through September, somewhere, the LGBT community amasses in official events and activities celebrating our diversity. And every year, about the same time, complaints about Pride [...]

French twist

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 at 6:30am

Couturier couple Mario Gallegos and Michael Crigger turned their Deep Ellum loft into the Parisian-style fashion studio Petit Atelier J. DENTON BRICKER  | Contributing Writer What started out simply as a beautiful idea while vacationing in France, transformed into an everyday reality for partners Michael Crigger and Mario Gallegos: The business that is not their passion. [...]

My semi Precious

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 at 6:15am

Chatting with Justin Tranter, Semi Precious Weapons’ ambisexual frontman   SCOTT HUFFMAN  | Contributing Writer Many people enjoy celebrating birthdays with a party. But for Justin Tranter — the gender-bending rocker and frontman of alternative band the Semi Precious Weapons — every work day is a party. So, when he turned 34, just a [...]

Good golly, Miss Dolly!

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 at 6:00am

Dolly Parton on her boobs, drag queens and her diva legend When Dolly Parton calls you, greeting you by name with her unmistakable Tennessee twang, it’s a good idea to immediately establish that the lady on the line is the actual legend herself. “Am I talking to the real Dolly or is this an impersonator?” [...]

Wendy Davis: The gay interview

Posted on 13 Jun 2014 at 7:15am

In our exclusive interview — her first with the gay press — Davis defends record of gay support and blasts opponent   DAVID TAFFET  | Staff Writer In her first interview with the gay press, state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor, affirmed her support for marriage equality, employment and housing nondiscrimination, and [...]

The elephant in the room

Posted on 13 Jun 2014 at 7:00am

Texas GOP convention causes a stir with anti-gay platform amendments, exclusion of gay Republican groups   DAVID TAFFET  | Staff Writer Following last week’s Texas Republican Party convention in Fort Worth, which saw the inclusion of gay reparative therapy in the platform and a controversy over the presence of gay Republican groups at the event, [...]

Dallas health dept. falsifies STD records

Posted on 13 Jun 2014 at 6:45am

One man reports being hounded by county even after testing negative   For one Dallas man, a negative HIV test wouldn’t stop Dallas County from contacting him. “At the end of May, I got a call from the county health department saying I may have been exposed to HIV,” said John (he asked that his [...]

Cinderella stories

Posted on 13 Jun 2014 at 6:30am

Out actors Peter DiCesare and Sean Burroughs create their own fairy tale endings   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor For actors Peter DiCesare and Sean Burroughs, the Dallas theater experience had been like a fairy tale. In less than two years, DiCesare has had acclaimed featured roles in The Producers (as Carmen Ghia), Sweeney [...]