Rally set for Sunday in response to attacks

Posted on 09 Oct 2015 at 12:15pm

Screen shot 2015-10-09 at 11.57.17 AMDallas LGBT activists are calling on the community to rally Sunday night, Oct. 11, on National Coming Out Day, at the Legacy of Love Monument as a show of strength and solidarity in opposition to a recent rash of possible hate crimes in the Oak Lawn gayborhood.

Three gay men have been injured in three separate attacks since Pride parade day in Dallas on Sunday, Sept. 20. About a month and a half earlier, on July 29, the body of murdered trans woman Shade Schuler was found in a field near the Medical District.

And overnight Thursday, Oct. 8, glass doors at JR’s Bar and Grill and TMC: The Mining Company — two Caven Enterprises bars located in the 3900 block of Cedar Springs Road — and at Woody’s Sports and Video Bar — one block over at 4011 Cedar Springs Road — were broken out when someone threw something, possibly bricks, through the glass.

“We say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!” declares the Facebook page announcing the Sunday night rally. “On this National Coming Out Day join members of the Dallas LGBTQ community and our allies as we say publicly that we will not be pushed back into the closet by fear, intimidation and hatred. Join our call for justice and vigil with us for the victims of these atrocities.”

We Are Not Afraid: LGBTQ Response to Hate begins at 7 p.m. at the Legacy of Love Monument, located at the intersection of Oak Lawn Avenue and Cedar Springs Road. The list of speakers is still being finalized, but you can check for updates at the event page on Facebook.

Organizers ask that those attending bring signs, banners, flags, candles and other light sources.

Here is the info on the three men who have been attacked:

• A young man named Blake, who has asked that his last name be withheld because his attackers are still at large, was walking near Cedar Springs Road at 9:15 p.m. on Sept. 20 after the Dallas Pride Parade when he was attacked him with a baseball bat and abducted by four men. They pulled him into a car and then dumped him, bloody and beaten, near the intersection of Sylvester and Wycliff.  Because his assailants used anti-gay slurs during the attack, police are investigating the case as a possible hate crime.This case is being investigated as a hate crime. A GoFundMe account is still collecting donations to help Blake.

Jaime (Michael) Domingez was walking home down Cedar Springs Road, near the Cedar Springs Tap House, when he attacked around midnight on Friday, Oct. 2. He was attacked from behind and stabbed and cut several times with a razor blade or knife, leaving him with stab wounds and cuts on his arms, stomach and across his eye. There is also a GoFundMe account set up to help cover his medical costs and other expenses.

A third man named Michael, who also asked that his last name be withheld, said two people punched him recently as he was walking to a Cedar Springs bar. He said he didn’t call police right away because he’d been drinking before the attack happened, but he changed his mind after seeing televised reports about the attack on Jaime Domingez.

Shade Schuler’s badly decomposed body was found July 29 near the 5600 block of Riverside Drive. Police are still trying to determine how she was killed and a possible motive for her murder. Schuler, 22, is one of 21 trans women killed nationwide this year. Most of those victims have been trans women of color.


UPDATE: JR’s, TMC’s and Woody’s doors smashed over night

Posted on 09 Oct 2015 at 11:29am
TMC door

A door at TMC and two other bars were smashed in over night.

Carlos Almeida, a Dallas Police Department public information officer, released a statement regarding the smashed doors along Cedar Springs.

“The only thing we can confirm right now is that criminal mischief offense reports have been created,” he said. “DPD has no information saying the doors were smashed.”

This is an ongoing story.

Check out instant tea throughout the day as information comes in.

Original post:

JR’s Bar and Grill, The Mining Company’s and Woody’s doors were smashed over night, according to multiple Facebook posts.

JRs door

The door at JR’s.

I’m waiting for statements back from Caven and the Dallas Police Department.

Check out instant tea throughout the day as information comes in.


JR’s, TMC’s and Woody’s doors smashed over night

Posted on 09 Oct 2015 at 10:42am

JR’s Bar and Grill, The Mining Company’s and Woody’s doors were smashed over night, according to multiple Facebook posts.

JRs door

A door at JR’s and two other bars were smashed over night.

It is unclear if the damages are related to the recent uptick in violence along Cedar Springs.

I’m waiting for statements back from Caven and the Dallas Police Department.

Check out instant tea throughout the day as information comes in.


Office Depot closing lot to after hours parking

Posted on 09 Oct 2015 at 9:44am

OfficeDepotCars parked at Office Depot on Oak Lawn Avenue after hours will be towed beginning this weekend.

Dallas Voice was told that cars have been broken into recently and the store doesn’t want to shoulder the liability. Broken bottles have also littered the parking lot that store staff has had to clean up daily.

The towing service will begin removing cars parked around Office Depot this weekend.


Out & Equal odds & ends

Posted on 08 Oct 2015 at 5:32pm

Jason Collins

After astronaut Sally Ride died, her obituary mentioned she was in a relationship of 27 years.

“I couldn’t live like that,” NBA player Jason Collins told attendees at the Out & Equal Workplace Summit.

That’s when he came out.

Collins said he was lucky to have a supportive family. He came out first to his twin brother, who has become a strong ally, and to an aunt, who always asked him about his social life using gender-neutral language.


The day marriage equality passed, ExxonMobil began offering benefits to its employees with same-sex spouses.

Ever since Exxon and Mobil merged in 1999 and former Mobil employees lost their partner benefits, the new company had resisted every attempt to reinstate those benefits. ExxonMobil recommended “no” votes against shareholder resolutions to add nondiscrimination to the company’s HR policies. But to be fair, the company has recommended “no” votes on every shareholder resolution it was ever forced to allow a vote on.

While other companies — including companies scoring 100 on the Corporate Equality Index — have had discrimination complaints filed against them, ExxonMobil employees didn’t seem to file those types of complaints against their company.

No one from ExxonMobil was registered as attending Out & Equal this year, but the company is listed as a gold sponsor of the event.

Stonewall 50

Stonewall50Make plans to be in New York on June 26, 2019. Stonewall 50 is already being planned.

A week after the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village was declared a historic landmark, board members of the organization were in Dallas promoting plans for the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the modern LGBT rights movement.

New York’s annual Pride celebration already attracts more than 2.1 million people to 11 events that include two dances on a pier, a march, a rally and a festival.

The events in 2019 promise to be huge. NYCPride.org has the annual information and Stonewall50.org will have information about the anniversary celebration including travel packages and hotel space that will be at a premium.


Urgent plea from Legacy Founders Cottage: new client arrived with just the clothes on his back

Posted on 08 Oct 2015 at 2:15pm

Legacy Founders Cottage

We received an urgent plea from Legacy Founders Cottage. Most of their new clients arrive with few belongings and fewer resources, but a new client arrived yesterday with nothing but the clothes on his back.

“We had a new resident move in yesterday,” Courtney, Legacy’s housing coordinator wrote. “He’s been chronically homeless for the past 12 months and has virtually no clothing besides what he was wearing when he came to us.”

Here are his sizes:

Underwear: L/XL

Shoes: size 12

Pants: 38W, 34L (he’s 6’2)

Shirt/Jacket/Sweatshirts: XL

Socks: L

“Would you be able to wrap our new resident in care?” Courtney wrote. “We are asking for new Socks/Underwear and new or gently used outerwear to make this the best he has felt in at least a year.”

Drop off clothing items at Legacy Counseling Center, 4054 McKinney Ave., Suite 209, or at the Cottage, 828 S. Tyler Street. Cash donations are also welcome so staff can buy him a few things he needs.


Flowers appointed Dallas Senior Affairs Commissioner

Posted on 07 Oct 2015 at 4:36pm

Cannon Flowers addressing the LGBT aging summit earlier this year

Councilwoman Tiffinni A. Young has appointed Cannon Flowers to be commissioner of senior affairs representing District 7. City Council confirmed the appointment this morning (Wednesday, Oct. 7).

In February 2015, Flowers visited the White House to attend the National Summit on Elder LGBT Housing. He realized Dallas lacked adequate housing and services for LGBT elderly and created the Coalition for Aging LGBT.  He put together the first Dallas summit to discuss aging in the LGBT community.

Flowers worked for Texas Instruments for 23 years and was assigned to many parts of the world. While living in Singapore, he met his husband RafiQ. During his years of fighting to keep RafiQ in the U.S., Flowers helped create several organizations, including Immigration Equality. He’s served on a number of boards including AIDS Interfaith Network.




First out general in Dallas to address Out & Equal

Posted on 07 Oct 2015 at 4:23pm

Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith

Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith, the first out brigadier general in the U.S. Army, addressed the Out & Equal Workplace Summit this afternoon (Wednesday, Oct. 7). For 25 years, Smith said, she served under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and learned to compartmentalize her life.

“I kept solid walls,” she said. “I honed the ability to remain silent.”

Less than a year after Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed in 2011, Smith married her wife in front of the Jefferson Memorial. But she continued to keep her private life separate from her service. So when she was promoted, she had to come out to her superior for the first time.

Tradition is that a spouse pins the new insignia on the officer’s uniform.

Smith thought a good time to come out to her commander would be at his retirement party, held about a month before her promotion ceremony. What she forgot was that everyone else in his command would be attending as well. So that night she got to introduce her wife, Tracey, over and over.

At her own promotion ceremony, Smith realized she had spent so many years keeping her two roles separate that she had forgotten to thank her wife from her remarks.

Smith opened her remarks to Out & Equal with a story about the first time she jumped from an airplane and her risers getting twisted because she wasn’t pulled in a tight position. She finished with some related advice.

“If your main parachute doesn’t open, you have the rest of your life to activate your reserve,” she said.


Trans woman murdered in Philadelphia, brings 2015 trans murder tally to 21

Posted on 07 Oct 2015 at 3:00pm
Keisha Jenkins

Keisha Jenkins

Twenty-two-year-old Keisha Jenkins was shot to death on a Philadelphia street early Tuesday morning, Oct. 6, becoming the second trans woman murdered in the City of Brotherly Love and the 21st trans woman murdered in the U.S. this year.

Philadelphia Gay News reports that police said Jenkins got out of a car in a park at 13th and Wingohocking streets around 2:30 a.m., and was attacked a few minutes later by a group of five or six men. One of the men pulled a gun and shot Jenkins twice in the back. She was transported to Einstein Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

PGN reports that police say it appears Jenkins was deliberately targeted, but there are no suspects yet, and no motive has been established. The investigation is ongoing.

Another Philadelphia trans woman, Londyn Chanel, was stabbed and killed by her roommate in Philadelphia earlier this year, and at least 18 other trans women — including two in Texas — have been murdered this year.

Here is a list of the other trans women killed this year — or whose bodies were found this year. For more information on each, visit Fusion.net:

Papi Edwards, 20, murdered Jan. 9 in Louisville, Ky.

Lamia Beard, 30, murdered Jan. 17 in Norfolk, Va.

Ty “Nunee” Underwood, ,murdered Jan. 26. in Tyler, Texas

Yazmin Vash Payne, 33, murdered Jan. 31 in Los Angeles

Taja Gabrielle de Jesus, 36. murdered Feb. 1 in San Francisco

Penny Proud, 22, murdered Feb. 10 in New Orleans

Bri Golec, 22, murdered Feb. 13 in Akron, Ohio

Kristina Gomex Reinwald, 46, murdered Feb. 15 in Miami-Dade, Fla.

Keyshia Blige, 33, murdered March 7 in Aurora, Ill.

Mya Shawatza Hall, 27, killed March 30 in Fort Meade, Md.

London Kiki Chanel, 21, murdered May 18 in Philadelphia

Mercedes Williamson, 17, murdered between May 30 and June 1 in George County, Mississippi

Ashton O’Hara, 25, murdered July 14 in Detroit

India Clarke, 25, murdered July 21 in Tampa, Fla.

K.C. Haggard, 66, murdered July 23 in Fresno, Calif.

Shade Schuler, 22, murdered and her body found July 29 in Dallas

Amber MonRoe, 20, murdered Aug. 8 in Detroit

Kandis Capri, 35, murdered Aug. 11 in Phoenix

Elisha Walker, 20, missing since Oct. 23, 2014, remains found Aug. 15 in Johnston County, N.C.

Tamara Dominguez, 36, murdered Aug. 15 in Kansas City, Missouri


Out & Equal releases guidelines for transitioning on the job

Posted on 07 Oct 2015 at 11:48am

IMG_3457At its Dallas conference this week, Out & Equal released its Workplace Gender Identity and Transition Guidelines.

The guidelines detail what a company should know about how to work with an employee transitioning on the job. This manual of best practices helps an HR department plan the transition with the employee.

Among topics addressed are how to answer questions from other employees and customers and what the transitioning employee’s rights are. It discusses healthcare needs and what may or may not be covered by a company’s insurance policy.

The guidelines encourages making transition quite public and inckude a step-by-step guide for the day of the announcement and the first day of full-time work. That first day on the job begins with issuing new identification, name plate, organization charts and email address with the new name.

“The manager should plan to be on site with the worker the first day to make introductions, support the worker, ensure respectful and inclusive treatment and make sure that work returns to normal after a few hours,” the guidelines advise.

For the full transition on the job guidelines, see the pdf on Out & Equal’s website.