Man stabbed multiple times on Cedar Springs on Thursday night

Posted on 06 Oct 2015 at 7:00pm

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 6.58.08 PMA man stabbed multiple times on Cedar Springs Thursday night said he was the victim of a hate crime.

Jaime Dominguez, 32, was walking home along Cedar Springs at 1 a.m. when he was stabbed on the side of his head, chest, neck and ribs.

But he remembers little about the incident.

“I only remember waking up in a trauma unit [afterward],” he said.

He was discharged from the hospital on Saturday.

Friends said they believe the incident occurred near the Cedar Springs Tap House.

Because he wasn’t robbed and only his phone is missing, he isn’t sure if the stabbing was related to another recent attack on Cedar Springs.

A police report has been filed.


Annise Parker helps open Out & Equal Workplace Summit

Posted on 06 Oct 2015 at 5:29pm

The first full day of Out & Equal began with a breakfast. Singer Cris Williamson performed and Houston Mayor Annise Parker and basketball player Jason Collins both spoke to attendees.

Parker discussed her frustration with having to defend the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance in a recall election and told her audience LGBTS need to “be our own true authentic selves at work.”

Collins spoke about his coming out and having his family’s support. He said he came out after astronaut Sally Ride died. In her obituary, it was revealed for the first time she had a partner of 27 years. He realized for the first time, he said, he couldn’t live like that.

The exhibit hall included a number of local companies like Texas Instruments and AT&T that were pioneers in LGBT workplace equality. Five federal agencies also had booths along with dozens of global companies.





UPDATE: Alarm prompting evacuation at hotel hosting LGBT workplace equality conference was false alarm

Posted on 06 Oct 2015 at 3:16pm

UPDATE: David Taffet reports that officials with the Dallas Hilton Hotel report that “an issue in the boiler room” set of fire alarms in the hotel, prompting the evacuation of the facility. But only briefly.

He said that fire trucks from the Cedar Springs fire station came to the hotel, but left again shortly afterward, and that the several hundred people — including many attending the Out & Equal Conference — who had been evacuated have no returned to the building.


UPDATE:David Taffet reports that fire trucks are arriving at the hotel, but people are being allowed back into the building.

Still no word on why the facility was evacuated.

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The Hilton Anataole Hotel, located on I-35E at Market Center Blvd in Dallas, is being at this moment being completely evacuated, according to Dallas Voice senior news writer David Taffet, who is on the scene.

Taffet was at the hotel to cover the 2015 Out & Equal conference, which started today. He said he doesn’t know yet why the hotel is being evacuated, but will provide updates as they happen.



The Tarrant County Pride Parade — from the inside looking out

Posted on 06 Oct 2015 at 3:00pm

Pictures I took as we lined up for the parade and from the pick-up I rode in the parade. Then a few shots of entries behind us.


Out & Equal opens with leadership day

Posted on 06 Oct 2015 at 10:03am

Out & EqualThe Out & Equal Workplace Summit opened on Monday with Leadership Day with all-day intensive conferences that a number of executives attended.

Out & Equal is a national organization that works with employee resource groups at corporations and in government to achieve equality in the workplace. It’s annual national convention takes place at the Hilton Anatole Oct. 6-8. Some attendees arrived early for Leadership Day, a one-day intensive workshop.

At one Monday workshop, corporate executives from around the world discussed finding biases within yourself and unconscious biases among colleagues in the workplace. Most of the companies represented already ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. So the exercises were about identifying hidden biases and how to address them.

What’s unique about Out & Equal is it brings together executives from many competing companies that rarely share ideas. However, more than 3,000 people will be attending this week’s conference to share ideas on achieving diversity and making a diverse workplace successful.


Fort Worth Pride Picnic

Posted on 06 Oct 2015 at 9:28am

The Tarrant County Pride Picnic took place in Trinity Park on Sunday, Oct. 4. I was proud to share the Raina Lea Community Service Award with two wonderful Fort Worth community activists and mega fundraisers — Ben Smith and Madison Deveroux.

In his booth for the Unitarian Church, Daniel Polk displayed their trophy for best overall float awarded after the Pride parade on Saturday.


Faces of Pride: Tarrant County Pride 2015

Posted on 05 Oct 2015 at 5:30pm

One Saturday evening we posted photos from the Tarrant County Gay Pride Week parade through downtown Fort Worth on Saturday afternoon. Now here’s a slide show from the festival after the parade in General Worth Square.

(And the Voice’s own David Taffet — one of the winners of the Raina Lee Community Service Award this year — will be posting photos from the Pride picnic on Sunday, as well as some photos from his vantage point of riding in the parade on Saturday.) Photos by Tammye Nash.



LifeWalk sets one record, hopes for more

Posted on 05 Oct 2015 at 5:27pm

As of Sunday, Oct. 4, when the event took place, the 25th anniversary LifeWalk had already brought in $527,000 “and counting,” according to Tori Hobbs, chief development officer for AIDS Arm INc., the AIDS service organization that presents the walk each year. That total, Hobbs added, sets a record for funds raised as of the day of the event.

The goal for this year’s LifeWalk was $600,000, and Hobbs said that by the time the final deadline of Oct. 23 rolls around, the organization expects to have reached its goal. The final total for LifeWalk 2014 was $592,628.

And the teams and individuals competing for top fundraiser honors also have until Oct. 23 to turn in their funds to be considered for prizes and recognition.

Here are a few photos from Lee Park on Sunday during LifeWalk, and special thanks to Avita Pharmacy for letting us post their group photo of walkers just before they stepped off. Other photos are by Tammye Nash.


UCC signs agreement with Boy Scouts

Posted on 05 Oct 2015 at 11:39am

890px-Boy_Scouts_of_America_corporate_trademark.svgThe United Church of Christ is scheduled to sign an agreement with the Boy Scouts of America to affirm the right of UCC congregations to charter Boy Scout troops that are in line with its religious principle of inclusion without discrimination.

The memorandum of understanding will be signed this afternoon during a BSA board meeting says that UCC’s position is consistent with BSA values and polices.

Cathedral of Hope, one of UCC’s largest churches, has tried to charter Boy Scout troops in the past and has been turned down by the Irving-based organization.

Earlier this year, Boy Scouts changed its policy to allow LGBT Scout leaders. A year earlier, the organization began allowing gay Scouts, but those Scouts were kicked out of the organization when they turned 18.

The Memorandum of Understanding will by signed at the DFW Marriott in Irving by Michael B. Surbaugh, the BSA’s chief scout executive. The Rev. Michael Schuenemeyer, executive for the UCC’s Health and Wholeness Advocacy Ministries, will represent the Rev. John C. Dorhauer, the UCC’s general minister and president.



2015 Tarrant County Gay Pride Parade

Posted on 03 Oct 2015 at 7:54pm

Here’s a quick look at the Tarrant County Gay Pride Week Parade through downtown this afternoon (Saturday, Oct. 3). Stay tuned for more photos from the parade and the festival in General Worth Square AND from the TCGPWA picnic coming up tomorrow (Sunday, Oct. 4). at Trinity Park. Photos by Tammye Nash.