The power in a symbol

Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 7:50am

It was a pink triangle, a simple piece of cloth sewed to the pocket of an overcoat.  A symbol that declared the man wearing it was a pariah, sub-human, worthy only of scorn and derision. He received much the same treatment as those forced to wear two yellow triangles forming a Star of David. He […]

A turning point

Posted on 18 Aug 2017 at 7:45am

It is imperative that people of conscience stand together against the evil that marched in Charlottesville I believe we have reached a turning point in this country. I have been thinking a lot over the past week about that iconic video from April 2003 that shows U.S. troops stepping in to help Iraqi citizens topple a […]

Rethinking the question of Confederate monuments

Posted on 15 Aug 2017 at 2:59pm

What happened in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, Aug. 12, when white supremacists and counter-protesters violently clashed — leaving a counter-protester and two state policeman dead and at least 36 injured — should give all of us here in Dallas pause. The protest rally — staged by members of the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other […]

An Open Letter to the Clergy of America: Time to Decide. You Must Stand Up or Forfeit Your Spiritual Authority

Posted on 13 Aug 2017 at 6:26am

In the name of the God who calls clergy to their ministries, this is a time of decision for the women and men who lead religious communities throughout America.

Any rest for the White House’s weary?

Posted on 11 Aug 2017 at 8:05am

Trump’s ‘working vacation’ doesn’t give all his staff any respite from the drama   Everyone in an organization benefits when the boss takes a vacation. That is especially true in the case of the U.S. government, when President Donald J. Trump checked into his Bedminister, N.J., golf club for 17 days. One can only imagine […]

Don’t undervalue our bars

Posted on 10 Aug 2017 at 4:15pm

The closing of BJ’s NXS! highlights the reasons we need our LGBT bars Last week we learned that BJ’S NXS! on Fitzhugh is closing its doors because they have lost the lease on their space. I’ve only lived in Dallas for six years but have been told this property was a gay bar for more […]

Bridging the gap

Posted on 04 Aug 2017 at 7:30am

The complex relationship between the black transgender community and the larger black community Every time one of our transgender brothers or sisters loses their life to senseless acts of violence, I always ask myself: Who speaks up for them? We can sometimes rely on the LGBTQ community as a whole, but unfortunately, a majority of […]

Texas adoption law harms the most vulnerable children

Posted on 28 Jul 2017 at 7:40am

The 2017 Texas Law, HB 3859, which allows broad discrimination by adoption agencies will undoubtedly harm the thousands of children who have already been abused or neglected by their birth parents and desperately need loving homes. The law allows agencies to discriminate because of any “sincerely held religious belief.”  Private adoption agencies can already set […]

Pro business? Not any more

Posted on 21 Jul 2017 at 7:50am

  With the Texas State Fair coming along soon, I started wondering, what if Big Tex were to suddenly change his welcome speech: “Howdy Folks! Now take your business Elsewhere!” After listening to the condescending tone of Texas State Rep. Scott Sanford, R-McKinney, during a recent Facebook Live roundtable hosted by CBS 11, I couldn’t […]

Beware the bitchy queen game

Posted on 14 Jul 2017 at 7:55am

  As far back as I remember, some young, gay shop clerks have often engaged in a behavior I call “the bitchy queen” when it comes to dealing with some of their gay male clientele. I’m not quite sure why that seems to be an appropriate behavior to indulge in with their client base, and […]