Pete Burns of Dead or Alive has died

Posted on 24 Oct 2016 at 4:41pm

Pete Burns of Dead or Alive — dead at 57

Pete Burns, singer of ’80s hitmaking band Dead or Alive, died Sunday of a “massive cardiac arrest,” according to his statement released by his management company. He was 57 years old.

The statement, signed “Lynne, Michael, Steve,” said in part: “All of his family and friends are devastated by the loss of our special star. He was a true visionary, a beautiful talented soul, and he will be missed by all who loved and appreciated everything he was and all of the wonderful memories the has left is with. We have no more words, we will make a further statement when we have had a chance to come to terms with our devastating loss.”

Burns and the band are perhaps best known for their 1985 album Youthquake, featuring the hit singles “You Spin Me Round” and “Brand New Lover.” Burns himself was best known for his gorgeous androgeny. Burns began crossdressing when he was 8 years old, and as he told Rolling Stone in a 1984 interview, “The trouble is that people are all too ready to jump to conclusions about anybody who they think looks a bit strange. They think you must be mentally subnormal. Over the years I’ve had to learn how to deal with people who refuse to take me seriously. That’s where I learnt the blunt side of my character.”

Beyond the 1980s, though, Burns became more famous for his appearances on reality TV and the drastic changes in his appearances due to what he claimed were more than 300 plastic surgeries, as Rolling Stone notes in the story announcing his death.



Early voting starts today

Posted on 24 Oct 2016 at 2:52pm


As of the morning of Thursday, Oct. 13 — two days after the cutoff to register to vote on Nov. 8 — 15,015,700 Texans were registered to vote, according to Texas Secretary of State Carlos H. Cascos. That is, Cascos said, about 78 percent of Texas’ estimated voting age population of 19,307, 355 people (a population estimate that includes people not eligible to vote, such as non-citizens and convicted felons who have not fully discharged their sentences).


And today, those 15-million plus registered voters can start going to the polls for early voting.

When you vote early, you can go to any early voting location in the county in which you are registered to cast your ballot. Be sure to carry your photo ID and your voter registration card with you. But if you don’t have one or either of those items, go anyway. At least cast a provisional ballot.

In Dallas County, polls are open for early voting from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. today through Saturday, Oct. 29; from 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, and again from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31-Friday, Nov. 4.

Over in Tarrant County, the polls are open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today through Friday, Oct. 28; from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31-Friday, Nov. 4.

Live in Collin County? Ellis County? Johnson County? Kaufman County? Rockwall County? Denton County? Wise County? Parker County?

Wherever you live, your early voting locations and times should be posted online. If all else fails, check with the Texas Secretary of State.

And if you choose not to vote early, then vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Support your candidate. Vote your conscience. Vote.


The line at the Grauwyler Recreation Center polling location went out the door and around the building on Monday morning, Oct. 24, the first day to vote early in Dallas County. (Chad Mantooth/Dallas Voice)


Cher making one more final appearance

Posted on 21 Oct 2016 at 3:12pm


Cher’s coming to Dallas. No, she’s not on yet another farewell tour. She’ll be here campaigning for Hillary Clinton.

Tickets begin at just $250, but if you want a picture with Cher, that will cost at least $1,000. Not so bad, really. Less than tickets to one of her many final appearances at American Airlines Center.

The local hosts for the event are Mark Parker and Eric Johnson and Sue Moster and Julie Johnson.

Want more information? No info’s available. Time — well, it’s sometime on the evening of Oct. 28 — and location aren’t being revealed until tickets are purchased.


Parkland is holding a big garage sale

Posted on 21 Oct 2016 at 11:27am

Parkland HospitalParkland Hospital is putting thousands of non-medical items from the former Parkland Hospital building on sale. Everything must go!

More than 5,000 items will go on sale including iPhones, furniture, chairs, desks, file cabinets, refrigerators, ice machines, flat-screen TVs, art and much more. Furniture includes recliners, chairs , cafe tables and bookcases.

The sale will be held in a warehouse at 2420 Butler Ave. from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23.

All items are final sale and are cash and carry only.


Cafe Brazil will move and double in size

Posted on 20 Oct 2016 at 2:29pm

cafe-brazilCafe Brazil on Cedar Springs Road will double in size when it moves two doors down to the old Liquid Zoo space.

The current Cafe Brazil has been in its current spot since 1999. Before that, Steak ‘n Egg Kitchen was a 24-hour breakfast spot that stood there for at least 30 years.

Cafe Brazil’s new location originally was U-shaped with an open courtyard. The main door was toward the back of the courtyard and off the street, so when a card store, the first LGBT business in the spot, opened in the early 1980s, it was called Off the Street. That store moved several times before closing about 15 years ago.

The courtyard was enclosed in the 1990s before it became Mickey’s.

The current Cafe Brazil building will be torn down to become part of the Melrose Hotel expansion project. The hotel is trying to put together as much of the block as possible for its expansion project, but has no firm plans to begin construction.


Cathedral of Hope participates in Fall Recycling Roundup

Posted on 20 Oct 2016 at 12:44pm

fall-roundup-flyer_final1Two Dallas locations — including Cathedral of Hope — will be collecting items such as scrap metal, used cooking oil, tires and packing foam for recycling on Oct. 22 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

They’ll also be collecting food donations, toys, furniture and bicycles.

See the complete list above.


SCOTUS, LGBT rights make the final presidential debate

Posted on 20 Oct 2016 at 11:08am


Clinton, Trump — not surprisingly — take different stances on who should be appointed to the Supreme Court

Lisa Keen | Keen News Service

In the first few minutes of the third and final presidential debate of 2016, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton reiterated she would appoint justices that would preserve marriage equality. And Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reiterated his promise to nominate conservative justices, but he did not specify, as he has in the past, that his nominees would be in the mold of Antonin Scalia.

U.S. Supreme Court appointments was the first of several issues raised by Fox News moderator Chris Wallace Wednesday night, Cot. 19, at the nationally televised debate in Las Vegas. Among the other topics addressed, sometimes brought up by the candidates themselves, were the attack on Pulse, the LGBT nightclub in Orlando, and the acceptance of donations by the Clinton Foundation from countries where gays are executed.

Democratic activist Richard Socarides said the contrast between the two candidates on the Supreme Court is paramount.

“Now we know, we must elect Hillary Clinton to protect a Supreme Court majority for civil rights, but also to protect our very democracy,” Socarides said. “The choice could not be more clear.”

Log Cabin Republicans national president Gregory Angelo said the most poignant moment was when Trump challenged Clinton to return donations to the Clinton Foundation that have come from countries that persecute gays.

“Trump directly confronted Hillary Clinton on her hypocrisy in being in favor of LGBT equality but accepting money from countries with horrendous records on LGBT equality,” Angelo said. “Hillary Clinton never answered that question. She never said whether she would return those monies.”

The Clinton Foundation issue came up when Wallace asked Clinton whether, as secretary of state, she gave “special access” to donors to the foundation. Clinton answered, “Everything I did as secretary of state was in furtherance of our country’s interests and our values.”

She praised the Clinton Foundation for making it possible “for 11 million people around the world with HIV/AIDS to afford treatment.”

Trump called the Clinton Foundation a “criminal enterprise” and said it had taken money from donors in countries “that push gays off buildings.”

“These are people that kill women and treat women horribly. And yet you take their money,” said Trump. “So I’d like to ask you right now: Why don’t you give back the money that you have taken from certain countries that treat certain groups of people so horribly? Why don’t you give back the money?”

Clinton responded that she would be “happy to compare what we do with the Trump Foundation, which took money from other people and bought a six-foot portrait of Donald.” She noted that 90 percent of the Clinton Foundation’s money was spent on providing HIV treatments around the world.

Socarides called Trump’s challenge a “ludicrous idea.”

“Would he like to try to get the HIV drugs back?” Socarides demanded.

On the first question of the evening, about the Supreme Court, both Clinton and Trump responded with positions they have already fairly well established.

Clinton said, “We need a Supreme Court that will stand up on behalf of women’s rights, on behalf of the rights of the LGBT community, that will stand up and say no to Citizens United, a decision that has undermined the election system in the country because of the way it permits dark, unaccountable money to come into our electoral system.”

“I have major disagreements with my opponent about these issues and others that will be before the Supreme Court,” Clinton continued, “but I feel that, at this point in our country’s history, it is important that we not reverse marriage equality, that we not reverse Roe v. Wade, that we stand up against Citizens United, we stand up for the rights of people in the workplace, that we stand up and basically say the Supreme Court should represent all of us.

“That’s how I see the court,” she said. “And the kind of people that I would be looking to nominate to the court would be in the great tradition of standing up to the powerful, standing up on behalf of our rights as Americans, and I look forward to having that opportunity.

“I would hope that the Senate would do its job and confirm the nominee that President Obama has sent to them,” Clinton concluded. “That’s the way the Constitution fundamentally should operate. The president nominates and then the Senate advises and consents or not. But they go forward with the process.”

Trump agreed it is “so imperative that we have the right justices” but disagreed on just the right justices might be.

“Something happened recently where Justice Ginsburg made some very inappropriate statements toward me and toward a tremendous number of people, many, many millions of people that I represent, and she was forced to apologize and apologize she did. But these were statements that should never ever have been made,” said Trump.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton, said in an interview in July that she “can’t imagine” what the court or the country would be like under a President Trump. She speculated that, if her late husband were alive, he would want to move to New Zealand if Trump became president.

Ginsberg later expressed regret for making those remarks, adding, “Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future I will be more circumspect.”

Trump added that the country needs a Supreme Court that “is going to uphold the Second Amendment and all amendments, but the Second Amendment, which is under absolute siege.

“I feel that the justices that I am going to appoint — and I’ve named 20 of them — the justices that I’m going to appoint will be pro-life, they will have a conservative bent, they will be protecting the Second Amendment, they are great scholars in all cases, and they’re people of tremendous respect,” said Trump.

“They will interpret the Constitution the way the founders wanted it interpreted,” he continued. “And I believe that’s very, very important. I don’t think we should have justices appointed that decide what they want to hear. It’s all about the Constitution of — and so important, the Constitution the way it was meant to be and those are the people that I will appoint.”

In defending her idea for a no-fly zone in Syria, Clinton said she thinks the plan would save lives of Syrians. She then referred to Trump’s earlier remarks that stopping Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. would “stop radical Islamic terrorism in this country. .. The killer of the dozens of people at the nightclub in Orlando, the Pulse nightclub, was born in Queens, the same place Donald was born,” she noted.

In one of the most memorable moments of the 90-minute event, Wallace pointedly asked Trump about statements he has been making during the past two weeks, claiming the election is “rigged” against him.

“I want to ask you here on this stage tonight,” Wallace said, “… will you absolutely accept the result of this election?”

Trump balked: “I will look at it at the time. I’m not looking at anything now. I will look at it at the time.”

Wallace pressed again: “Sir, there is a tradition in this country … the peaceful transition of power. And that no matter how hard fought a campaign is, that at the end of the campaign, the loser concedes to the winner. Not saying that you’re necessarily going to be the loser or the winner, but the loser concedes to the winner and the country comes together in part for the good of the country. Are you saying you’re not prepared now to commit to that principle?”

“What I’m saying is I’ll tell you at the time,” Trump answered. “I’ll keep you in suspense, okay?”

Former Log Cabin President Rich Tafel said he thought Trump’s comment that he may not accept the results of the election is “a threat to our democracy,” adding, “I’m hoping Trump loses badly.”

A CNN instant poll following the debate settled some suspense Wednesday night: 52 percent said Clinton “won” the debate, while 39 percent said Trump did.

© 2016 by Keen News Service




Stand with Standing Rock — in Dallas

Posted on 19 Oct 2016 at 1:44pm

This photo by Andrew Cullen of Reuters showed the scene from Standing Rock on Sept. 9.

Have you been wanting to join the protesters in North Dakota to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, but couldn’t get up there to Stand With Standing Rock? Well here’s your chance: The protest comes to Dallas Friday, Oct. 21.


Kelcy Warren, ETP’s CEO

While most people have, by now, heard about the hundreds of people joining protestors the site to stop construction of the pipeline — and of the way the company and local law enforcement have used a variety of means to break up the protests, from pepper spray and attack dogs to arresting journalists and strip-searching protestors. But maybe you don’t know that the man heading up the company behind the pipeline lives right here in Dallas.

The Dakota Access Pipeline is a project of Dakota Access LLP, and that is a fully-owned subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners. Kelcy Warren, who lives in Preston Hollow, is chairman and chief executive officer of ETP. You can read about him and his background here.

Warren is also the man who donated enough money to get naming rights to the city of Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park (he named it after his son), built over Woodall Rogers Freeway. And on Friday, he’s having a big party at the park.

According to a press release we received here at Dallas Voice, “In solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Native American community of Texas and supporters, including Arthur Redcloud of the Academy Award-winning film The Revenent, plan to protest the pipeline outside a lavish “Dinner & Dancing Under the Stars” fundraiser at Klyde Warren Park.” The purpose, according to the press release, is to “dramatically illlustrate the disparity between [Kelcy Warren] and the Native American community that is being tormented by his company, Energy Transfer Partners.”

Demonstrators will gather on the public sidewalk on the northeast side of Klyde Warren Park, near the covered stage area, from 6:30-10 p.m. to “call on ETP to cease all construction on the pipeline in North Dakota, as well as Trans-Pecos Pipeline in the Big Bend area of Texas. Both projects are evidence of a ‘profit before people and planet’ agenda,” organizers say.

Yolanda Bluehorse of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, said of Warren, “He named a park after his son, so he must understand the value of heritage for succeeding generations. However, that understanding must not extend past his own family, and certainly not to indigenous people, because he has shown no regard for our heritage or our sacred lands.”





UPDATE: Venterra COO notes ilume deal still pending; promises support for LGBT community

Posted on 19 Oct 2016 at 12:25pm

ilume Park

Venterra Realty’s Chief Operating Office Richard Roos said Wednesday that Houston-based Venterra Realty is “well aware of the GBLT community” in Oak Lawn, adding that while Venterra’s purchase of the two ilume properties on Cedar Springs Road goes through, the company will strive to be “inclusive and supportive” of the community.

Venterra is in the process of purchasing ilume and ilume Park, both of which were built by Luke Crosland’s The Crosland Group, and both of which have worked hard to be good partners to the LGBT community in Oak Lawn. Residents of the two properties received notices this week that Venterra intends to purchase the properties by the end of October, and that plans are already in motion to complete some physical updates and improvements right away.

Residents at ilume can expect new carpeting and painting in the hallways, restriping and power washing in the parking lot, a new bike storage area and “exterior metalwork repairs and paint. At ilume Park, the company will make enhancements to the dog park area.

Improvements at both properties will include new fitness equipment, new and improved tanning beds, remodeling in the offices and clubhouses including color and decor changes, new landscaping and ground cover, new pool furniture and outdoor sitting area furnishings, and updated Mac computers in the business centers.

Improvements such as these, Roos said, are part of Venterra’s focus on “quality of living and great customer service.” Venterra, he added, has “a lot of exciting things lined up” for ilume and ilume Park. He said that initial changes will be focused on the physical facilities and management and staff transitions and converting operations to Venterra’s management system.

(Dallas Voice has heard from numerous sources that most if not all of the ilume and ilume Park staff have received termination notices, but we have not confirmed that.)

Roos said that while Venterra is aware of the LGBT community’s prominence in Oak Lawn, “We don’t really understand all the nuances of the community” and its previous relationship with the ilume properties and management. He said he is aware that the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce is housed in offices at ilume at a reduced rate for rent, but that his company has not yet explored that situation and how it might continue.

“Our first priority will be to take care of those first level things [like the facilities improvements and management changes]. There are a number of second- and third-level things that will come later, and understanding how we can best work with the GBLT community is part of those second- and third-level things,” Roos said.

ilume opened in the summer of 2009, and ilume Park opened in 2013.


Venterra Realty purchasing ilume, ilume Park

Posted on 18 Oct 2016 at 1:01pm


A company called Venterra Realty is purchasing both the ilume and ilume Park retail/residential properties in Oak Lawn, and will be taking over the properties by the end of October, according to a notice sent out to residents and shared today with Dallas Voice.

According to the Venterra Realty jobs website, “Venterra Realty manages apartment communities in Texas, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and Tennessee, encompassing more than 14,000 units.” The notice sent to residents indicates that Venterra owns “six other communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.”

The notice also tells residents that “shortly after acquisition” Venterra will be making a number of improvements to the properties. Residents at ilume can expect new carpeting and painting in the hallways, restriping and power washing in the parking lot, a new bike storage area and “exterior metalwork repairs and paint. At ilume Park, the company will make enhancements to the dog park area.

Improvements at both properties will include new fitness equipment, new and improved tanning beds, remodeling in the offices and clubhouses including color and decor changes, new landscaping and ground cover, new pool furniture and outdoor sitting area furnishings, and updated Mac computers in the business centers.

Dallas Voice has reached out to Venterra Realty for comment and will update this post as soon as we talk to them.