BREAKING: Michael Sam in talks with Dallas Cowboys

Posted on 02 Sep 2014 at 4:13pm

Michael Sam

The game’s not over for Michael Sam yet.

The first openly gay football player to be drafted by a national league, Sam meets with the Dallas Cowboys tomorrow to talk about joining the practice team, reports Outsports.

Sam was cut from the final round of drafts over the weekend by the St. Louis Rams. He was not considered for the practice team.

Earlier in the year, the Rams picked him in the last round of professional drafts.

The Texas native has said in the past that he grew up loving the Cowboys. A proud Texan (heehee!), he held out before signing with Mizzou because he wanted to go to A&M.

Hopefully we can welcome him home tomorrow.


Marriage supporter Abercrombie loses Hawaii primary

Posted on 02 Sep 2014 at 1:26pm
Gov. Neil Abercrombie

Gov. Neil Abercrombie

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie lost the Democratic primary in a 2-to-1 landslide in his bid for re-election, and he says the loss was due to his support for marriage equality.

Despite that loss, Abercrombie said he wouldn’t do anything differently.

“There’s no way I could live with myself if I thought I was diminishing another human’s ability to reach their full capacity,” he said.

After his election, Abercrombie tried to pass marriage equality in the first regular session of the legislature. When the bill was held up in committee, the governor called a special session to consider the issue.

Marriage equality passed in November 2013 and became law in December. Abercrombie attended the first weddings performed in the state.

Most analysts attribute the loss to Hawaii allowing crossover voting. Republicans who voted in the Democratic primary voted for the governor’s opponent, who would be easier to beat in the general election in November.

The head of the state’s Republican Party dismissed that analysis, saying there aren’t enough Republicans in the state to make that kind of difference.


Resources for National Suicide Prevention Month

Posted on 02 Sep 2014 at 1:24pm

Bwi4qpCCUAEm1B1September is National Suicide Prevention Month. A recent issue of the Voice covered ways of identifying, coping and living with depression. You can read the story here.

We also provided an expansive list of resources, including emergency hotlines, LGBT-affirming faith groups, counselors and more. That list is reprinted below.

Did we miss a great resource? List it in the comments.

National Resources
• The Trevor Project:
• National Suicide Prevention Hotline:
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
• NSPH’s Deaf Hotline:
• GLBT National Help Center:
1-888-THE-GLNH (4564)

Local Community Resources
• Alcoholics Anonymous Lambda Group:
214-267-0222 or 214-887-6699
• G.E.A.R. (Gender Education, Advocacy and Resources):
• Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Fort Worth and Tarrant County:
817-654-7100 or
• Legacy Counseling, private and group sessions that include alcohol and substance
abuse programs for people with HIV:
• Resource Center (in conjunction with SMU’s Master of Science Counseling Education Program):
• AIDS Outreach Center/The Journey (support group for people living with HIV):
Brenda Wingo, 817-916-5217.
• AIDS Outreach Center/Mujeres Unida(for HIV-positive women, in Spanish):
Ana Colin-Hernandez, 817-916-5214.
• AIDS Outreach Center/Futuro Unidos(for HIV-positive men, in Spanish):
Bea Lampka at 817-916-5225
• AIDS Outreach Center/Man Talk (for HIV-positive gay and bisexual men):
Curtis Smith, 817-916-5219.
• Mental Health America Of Greater Tarrant County | Warm Line (non-crisis referral number, limited hours, 1-5 p.m.
Monday-Friday): 817-546-7826.
• MHMR of Tarrant County 24-hour Crisis Hotline:
1-800-866-2465 or 817-335-3022.
• The Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas:

Local LGBT-Affirming Counselors
• Stonewall Behavioral Health:
• Hall Counseling and Associates:
• Beth Clardy Lewis, M.A., L.P.C.:
• Cynthia Lovell, M.Ed., L.P.C.:
• Randy Martin, L.P.C.-S.:
• Tammy Tips, M.A., L.P.C.: 817-300-8809.

Local Religious Resources
• Agape MCC (Fort Worth):
• Beth El Binah (Dallas):
• Cathedral of Hope (Dallas):
• Cathedral of Hope-Mid Cities (Hurst):
• Celebration Community Church (Fort Worth):
• Celebration on the Lake (Gun Barrel City):
• Crossroads Community Church (Dallas):
• Harvest MCC (Denton):
• Northaven UMC (Dallas):
• MCC Dallas:
• Oak Lawn UMC (Dallas):
• St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church (Dallas):
• Trinity MCC (Arlington):


DallasPride.ORG (not .com)

Posted on 02 Sep 2014 at 11:41am


There was a typo in the Friday, Aug. 29 print edition of Dallas Voice. The headline for the article on the new website for the Dallas Tavern Guild and Dallas Pride said the URL for the site is It should have said DallasPride.ORG.

The URL in the body of the story was written correctly, but we just wanted to make sure that the typo in the headline doesn’t interfere with people accessing the site.


The Move is on!

Posted on 29 Aug 2014 at 10:09am


Today (Friday, Aug. 29) is the big day here at Dallas Voice. We are packing our bags and moving across town to our new offices in the Design District — 1825 Market Center Blvd., Ste. 240, in the Chase Bank building at the corner of Market Center and Turtle Creek boulevards, to be exact.

So, as we are in the midst of the move, we may be (we will be) out of touch for a little bit. We just wanted to let you all know that if we don’t return an email or answer your call, it’s not because we are ignoring you. It’s just because our computers and/or our phones are enroute to our new offices and haven’t been set up yet.

So keep trying and be a little patient with us. We will be back up and running soon! And watch for our announcement of the open house to show off our new offices, which we will hold as soon as the dust settles!

Thanks, and see ya on the other side (of town).


BREAKING: Dallas County Schools amends policies to protect LGBT employees, students

Posted on 28 Aug 2014 at 6:50pm
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Larry Duncan

Officials with Dallas County Schools have announced that DCS revised its policies today (Thursday, Aug. 29) to include protections for LGBT employees and students in its nondiscrimination policy.

The new rules apply to both DCS’ 3000 employees and to the 440,000-plus students it serves, officials said.

DCS is a pupil transportation provider that also provides student safety programs, technology solutions, online instructional services, psychology services and risk management solutions to schools throughout Texas.

Officials said the new policy takes “the broadest comprehensive approach” nu prohibiting “all discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, military status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or on any other basis that is prohibited by applicable law and these policies.”

The policy also expressly prohibits retaliation against anyone who complains that they have suffered such discrimination.

DCS officials acknowledged that the policy is “not enforceable on employee health care and retirement benefits because DCS is bound by Texas law to the state Teachers Retirement System for both.”

DCS Board President Larry Duncan said, “We are committed to dealing with all our employees and students on a fair and equal basis. There are no excuses.”

DCS Trustee Omar Narvaez said that DCS had asked Lambda Legal to review its policies and procedures and make recommendations, and that all of Lambda Legal’s recommendations are included in the policy revisions.

“Today, we took a vital step forward in our continued commitment to creating an inclusive, safe and respectful workplace,” Narvaez said.

Duncan and Narvaez noted that DCS has had an anti-bullying policy on the same comprehensive basis since 2011.



Joan Rivers in critical condition after complications during throat surgery

Posted on 28 Aug 2014 at 1:43pm

Joan Rivers


TMZ is reporting that acerbic comedienne Joan Rivers is in critical condition at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York following complications during surgery on her throat early this morning at a clinic.

The entertainment news website initially reported that Rivers, 81, stopped breathing during surgery on her vocal cords. An update to the story indicated that Rivers’ heart stopped beating.


This Week in Marriage Equality

Posted on 28 Aug 2014 at 12:26pm

Gov. Pat McCrory

After Equality North Carolina delivered a petition with 12,000 signatures to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory asking him to stop defending the state ban on marriage equality, the governor responded to a local media outlet:

“We’re going to let the process work,” McCrory said. “During that process we ought to have a stay to allow the current law to remain in place, but this is going to the Supreme Court for all the states. … I firmly believe a marriage is between a man and woman, but I’m going to respect our Supreme Court and the Constitution of the U.S., and that’s what we ought to let happen.”

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has said that he will no longer defend the state’s ban on marriage rights for same-sex couples.

No word on why the stay on marriage only applies to gay and lesbian couples. The Supreme Court’s only ruling on the right to marry is in the Loving v. Virginia case. In that case, the court ruled heterosexual couples of different races have the right to marry. The court, however, has never ruled that heterosexuals of the same race have the right to marry.


On Tuesday, Aug. 26, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals heard two cases challenging marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin. In June, federal judges in both states struck down the states’ bans on marriage equality. Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples in each state were married prior to the states’ attorneys general obtaining stays on the rulings.

The Indiana case is a consolidation of three cases. Paul Castillo, a Lambda Legal attorney based in the Dallas office, is the lead attorney in one of the cases.



Florida Atty. Gen. Pam Bondi, who is on her 4th marriage

After Florida’s marriage law was declared unconstitutional for the fifth time last week, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who believes in traditional marriage so much she was recently married for the fourth time, said she will continue to defend the ban on gays and lesbians getting married even once.

“This is me doing my job as attorney general,” Bondi said. “And I will continue to do that and if anybody wants me to moderate my message or stand for less I have a message for them: I am just getting started.”

By just getting started, we’re not sure if she means she’s already planning her fifth marriage — one for every time the Florida law’s been declared unconstitutional.

Bondi is up for re-election this year.

The Sun Sentinal, a Broward and Palm Beach County newspaper said this in an editorial: “The state of Florida — actually, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Gov. Rick Scott — have lost. They need to admit it and give it up.”

Regarding Bondi and her “traditional” marriage as it’s existed since Biblical times, we have no word on whether her husband paid two goats and a camel for her, or if that dowry is paid only by a first husband.


The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the National Organization for Marriage does not have standing to appeal a ruling in favor of marriage equality in Oregon. In May, a federal judge struck down the state’s marriage ban. Since no state officials would defend the ban, including state Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, NOM appealed the decision. The judge ruled that the group lacked standing, at which time NOM appealed to the Ninth Circuit.


UNT receives grant to digitize 16 years of Dallas Voice

Posted on 27 Aug 2014 at 3:23pm

UNTUniversity of North Texas announced it has received a $19,915 grant to digitize all copies of Dallas Voice from its inception in 1984 through 1999.

Copies of the paper from March 2004 through the current issue are already available on the UNT web portal.

Dreanna Belden, assistant dean for external relations, said $7,200 more is needed “to close the gap.” The grant is from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Digitizing begins on Sept. 1 and must be completed by next August.

Belden said the paper would be digitized from original paper copies to create high-quality, searchable documents online. The copies currently available get high usage compared to the overall collection, Belden said.

UNT collects newspapers from around Texas. Last week the library celebrated 2 million pages of Texas newspapers online. Another half million pages should be available by November.

“In 2013, across the entire newspaper collection, issues on the Portal averaged 15.54 uses for every single issue,” she said. “In 2013, the Dallas Voice experienced an average use per issue of 58.22 uses per issue which is much higher than statistics for the rest of the collection.”

So Dallas Voice issues were used four times as often as the entire historic newspaper collection.


All female California college changes policy to allow trans students

Posted on 27 Aug 2014 at 3:19pm

Mills_Hall_(Oakland,_CA)Mills College, a women’s liberal arts college in Oakland, Calif., recently amended its undergraduate admissions policy to allow transgender students to enroll. Following a unanimous vote in favor of the policy by the school’s trustees in May, the undergraduate admissions policy went into effect today, the school’s first day of classes.

The historically progressive women’s college is the only of the country’s 119 single-sex colleges to have a codified policy, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The policy amendments only impact applicants and students in the undergraduate program. Its graduate programs are co-educational.

Under the new policy applicants may now include self-identified females as well as those who identify as gender-fluid but were born female. Applicants who were assigned female at birth but have legally become male are not allowed to apply to the undergraduate program. The amendments also now allow current students who transitioned after enrolling to graduate.

“Of the roughly 1,000 undergraduates at Mills, three to five each year are transgender or identify as something other than the gender they were assigned at birth,” Brian O’Rourke, vice president of enrollment and admissions, told the Chronicle.

Incoming student body president Skylar Crownover, who identifies as male, said it was always understood at Mills, but not codified. “Mills has the most open policy with regards to trans students” he said.