Survey to assess needs of transgender people living with HIV/AIDS

Posted on 03 Aug 2015 at 3:39pm

transgender law centerThe Transgender Law Center has launched the Positively Trans (T+), a survey to examine the legal and policy landscape as experienced by transgender women, men and gender non-conforming people living with HIV/AIDS across the country.

“As transgender people living with HIV/AIDS, we are capable of forming our own network, telling our own stories, and developing our own strategies for advocacy,” said Cecilia Chung, senior strategist at TLC and project lead for Positively Trans. “This survey is a groundbreaking opportunity to not only highlight our needs, but also our resilience when there are few resources available. We are ready to offer policy makers, providers and legislators our own solutions.”

Positively Trans was made possible with the support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The survey’s findings, which will be released in October, will ultimately inform policy and program recommendations, prioritization of needs, strategic planning and advocacy efforts.

To take the survey, which is available in English and Spanish, click here.


Crossroads needs crosswalks

Posted on 03 Aug 2015 at 3:01pm

CrossroadsThere’s not much paint left on the crosswalks at what’s been traditionally known as The Crossroads — the intersection not just of gay culture in Dallas, but of Cedar Springs and Throckmorton roads. (A bookstore and gathering place called Crossroads Market stood on one of the corners for 25 years.)

The intersection has some of the heaviest pedestrian traffic in Dallas outside of Downtown — maybe as much as Downtown, especially on weekends.

Danny Sikora, owner of Thairrific, sent us the above photo with the note: “Not much paint left on the crosswalks at The Crossroads. Do you think the City can repaint this?”

Cedar Springs Road divides Districts 2 and 14 (Councilmen Adam Medrano and Phillip Kingston respectively). Their offices have been notified.

How about rainbow stripes, anyone?


25 Stories of LifeWalk: Brady Allen, M.D.

Posted on 03 Aug 2015 at 12:20pm

Brady Allen

AIDS Arms’ website posts a continuing series of stories of LifeWalk supporters. This week, Dr. Brady Allen — one of Dallas’ pioneering specialists in the treatment of AIDS and HIV — talks about having missed only two LifeWalks in the past 25 years, and what the event means to him.

“In the summer of 1981, I finished my residency at Yale right as the HIV Epidemic was being described,” he begins. “It was called GRID (gay-related immune deficiency).”

Read the rest of the story here.


BREAKING: Attorney General Ken Paxton has been booked

Posted on 03 Aug 2015 at 10:55am

Attorney General Ken Paxton’s mugshot

Attorney General Ken Paxton was booked this morning and released from the Collin County following a trio of felony indictments handed down by a Collin County grand jury last week.

The three indictments — including two first-degree felony counts  and a third-degree felony count — stem from a months-long investigation by the Texas Rangers and two special prosecutors who looked into Paxton’s securities practices before he took office.

In 2014, while running for attorney general, he admitted to violating state securities law after failing to register with the State Securities Board before soliciting clients for investors. He paid a $1,000 fine.

First degree felonies carry a prison sentence between 5 to 99 years in prison. A third degree felony carries a $10,000 fine and between two to 10 years in jail.

Tarrant County judge George Gallagher has been appointed to lead the trial.


Attorney General Ken Paxton indicted on three counts

Posted on 01 Aug 2015 at 3:50pm
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton has been indicted on three counts of securities fraud by a Collin County grand jury.

The indictment came down Tuesday, July 28, when it was first reported two special prosecutors and the Texas Rangers had presented evidence to the grand jury.

The evidence was sealed following the decision but will be unsealed on Monday, when Paxton is expected to turn himself in.

The New York Times reports the indictments include two first-degree charges of securities fraud and a third degree charge of failure to register with the state securities board. If found guilty, Paxton could spend between five and 99 years in jail.

The indictment comes after a year Paxton admitted he violated state securities law for failing to register with the state securities board before soliciting clients and investors for two companies while serving in the legislature, for which he paid a $1,000 fine.

He was elected as attorney general in 2014.


Local LGBT group organizes for Bernie

Posted on 31 Jul 2015 at 1:51pm

Sen. Bernie Sanders

About 25 people gathered at Resource Center on July 29 for a Bernie Sanders for President event. The local event was organized by members of the LGBT community, but attracted a mixed crowd.

At the same time, about 100,000 people participated in 3,500 similar events that took place in every state around the country.

Sanders broadcast a short speech live from a house meeting in Washington, D.C. He called this the largest online political organizing effort in history. So far, Sanders has received 325,000 contributions, more contributions from individuals than any other candidate.

He’s been attracting large crowds at events in different cities. His Dallas appearance several weeks ago attracted 7,000 people.

In his speech, he laid out his platform that includes making college tuition-free at public universities, creating a path toward citizenship for undocumented residents, raising the minimum wage and guaranteeing paid sick and vacation time to all workers. He spoke against mass incarceration and police brutality.

The event was to add volunteers to the campaign. More information is available on his website.


BREAKING: Owner of Hunky’s robbed in Kroger parking lot

Posted on 31 Jul 2015 at 11:11am

Hunky’s owner Rick Barton standing at his car after robbery (Joey Depriter/Dallas Voice)

Rick Barton, owner of Hunky’s went to the bank this morning (Friday, July 31), put the cash in a bank bag under the seat of his car and stopped at Kroger on Cedar Springs Road before returning to his restaurant.

When he returned to the car, his window was broken out and the money taken. At the time of the report, he was waiting for police to arrive to file a police report, according to Dallas Voice reporters Linda Depriter and Joey.

Barton said he must have been followed from his bank at Wycliff and Lemmon to Kroger.


When police arrived they looked at parking lot surveillance video taken by Kroger to see if cameras caught who broke into the car.

UPDATE: 12:44 p.m.


Two are arrested. Not clear whether this is connected to the earlier robbery in the Kroger parking lot across the street. (Stephen Mobley/Dallas Voice)

Dallas Voice reporter Stephen Mobley said two men are being detained by Dallas Police at the Valero gas station across the street from Kroger on Cedar Springs Road. He said seven police cars are at the station and two detectives are collecting evidence. He didn’t know whether the arrests are connected to Barton’s robbery earlier this morning.


Marriage equality leads to new marriage equality rulings

Posted on 31 Jul 2015 at 10:53am

Charles David Fancher, left, and Paul Hard. (Photo from Association of LGBT Issues in Counseling in Alabama)

Paul Hard filed one of the Alabama marriage equality lawsuits to force the state to recognize his marriage to Charles David Fancher. That case has now been resolved, according to Alabama Media Group.

Residents of Montgomery, Ala., Hard and Fancher were married in Massachusetts in 2011. Three months later, Fancher was killed in a car accident. Hard sued to get Alabama to recognize his marriage so he could pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.

The family opposing Hard was represented by the Foundation for Moral Law headed by Kayla Moore, wife of Alabama state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. Moore ordered Alabama county officials not to issue marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a stay on a lower court ruling that declared the state’s marriage law unconstitutional. That put marriage on hold in the state until the final marriage equality ruling.

The Foundation for Moral Law argued Hard’s marriage should not be recognized retroactively and even if it was, Hard is not entitled to money that was awarded in the case and being held in escrow because the couple was only married three months.

The judge in the Hard case ruled his marriage must be recognized retroactively and is entitled to the full spouse’s share. Nowhere in case law has a marriage been considered less valid because a couple was only married a few months.

The judge was asked to stay his ruling but he refused.


PHOTOS: Old Parkland repurposed

Posted on 31 Jul 2015 at 9:15am

Earlier this week I visited the Old Parkland campus. The story is in this week’s Dallas Voice. Here are some additional pictures of the repurposed Old Parkland Hospital, now corporate headquarters for Crow Holdings and the federal-style office campus built in around it.


GLBT Chamber begins Welcome Everyone campaign

Posted on 30 Jul 2015 at 4:00pm

We Welcome Everyone copyThe GLBT Chamber of Commerce began a new campaign for businesses in reaction to businesses and even government employees claiming a right to discriminate against anyone.

“When it comes to business we believe in one simple mantra: Welcome Everyone,” the GLBT Chamber wrote on its website and are providing them free to businesses who request them through the Chamber’s Foundation to display on doors and windows.

From an email sent by the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce:

The “WE” stands for “Welcome Everyone” and conveys a powerful message of togetherness, unity, and solidarity. “Zone” ensures patrons and potential customers that they are in a safe space free of discrimination and prejudice.

Everyone deserves respect when purchasing products or acquiring services, and displaying an “LGBT WE Zone” sticker/sign at your location or venue will identify your business as a place that respects and values each and every customer.

As a Member/Partner of the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce we wanted you to be the first to know about this exciting new program designed to serve the our community. The LGBT WE Zone program provides local business owners a vehicle to show their support and participate in that movement. Clients are clients. Customers are customers. Everyone should be treated with equal dignity and respect.

To order, click here.