Gay Fort Worth native running for Congress to visit Dallas tomorrow

Posted on 12 Feb 2016 at 3:23pm
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Christian Cano

An out gay Latino Fort Worth native and Congressional candidate will be in Dallas tomorrow for a meet-and-greet.

Christian Cano is the Democratic nominee running against Rep. Robert Pittenger, a first term Republican in North Carolina.

In an announcement, the TCU alum said he felt compelled to run because he is tired of self-serving, ideological politicians.

“I have become fed up with politicians who are only interested in pushing through their own agendas, when they were elected to represent us–THE PEOPLE! I’m running for Congress to be able to speak for my neighbors in the 9th District,” he wrote on his campaign website.

He’s not only visiting the area because he’s a native Texan and has family here. He wants to promote better relations with North Carolina’s neighbors.

The full release is below:

Neighbor Christian Cano will be promoting the benefits of better relations and of more exporting with Texas and Mexico from our Congressional District 09. 

Promoting and increasing exports with our #BuyNC09 campaign is vital for our region’s continued growth and our need to increase Good Paying Jobs in #NC09. 

Neighbor Christian Cano will also be listening to how our Lone Star State has been able to deal with our current political cycle of immigration rhetoric.

Responsible Immigration long term policy is needed so that we can ensure security for our neighbors and so that we can move our efforts onto other vital issues like our declining infrastructure with I-77 and are aging bridges.

The event takes place from 5-7 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 13 at Renfields Corner, 2603 Routh St. Ste. A. To RSVP or for more information contact Neighbors@CanoForCongress.com.

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Ted Cruz pulls ad starring porn star

Posted on 12 Feb 2016 at 2:44pm
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This is a Christian conservative Republican porn star

“I’m Ted Cruz and I approved this message,” the presidential candidate says at the end of his ad.

But then Cruz unapproved the message after he found out the actress in the spot is a porn star. A Republican, Christian conservative porn star, to be sure.

But still, a porn star.

To paraphrase another Texas dumbass: Oops.

 

Here’s the ad:

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eXXXotica lawyers up and plans to file injunction against Dallas

Posted on 12 Feb 2016 at 1:36pm

eXXXoticaEXXXotica, the largest event in the USA dedicated to love and sex, has hired an attorney and plans to file an injunction against the city of Dallas in reaction to the Dallas City Council refusing to rent its Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center facility to the group.

Here’s a statement sent to Dallas Voice:

After Wednesday’s approval of an unconstitutional resolution by Dallas City Council blocking the EXXXOTICA Expo (http://eXXXoticaExpo.com) for its planned return in May to the city, the news media in Dallas and the nation has been anticipating a suit to be filed by the producers of the nation’s largest event dedicated to love and sex.

EXXXOTICA Dallas, on the recommendation of the Free Speech Coalition, have retained the services of renowned First Amendment attorney, Roger Albright, who is currently preparing to file a preliminary injunction to be decided by a Federal Judge seeking the immediate right for EXXXOTICA to take place as planned at the city-owned Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in May of 2016.

On Wednesday morning Mayor Rawlings and members of the Dallas City Council passed a resolution with a vote of 8 to 7 that directs the City Manager to not enter into a lease with the producers of the expo. During discussion before the vote, both prior to Wednesday and during the proceedings, the City Attorney warned the Mayor and Council that EXXXOTICA was a lawful event, well within its constitutional rights to lease exhibit space, and that the city would most likely be sued and lose, potentially costing the city and taxpayers a large sum.

Despite those warnings, the resolution was passed, with many acknowledging publicly EXXXOTICA was within its legal and constitutional rights, understanding the potential legal ramifications, and still voting to deny EXXXOTICA due to personal, moral or religious beliefs.

Dallas District 1 Councilman, Scott Griggs, posted on Facebook, “Exxxotica ban from City of Dallas facilities in an 8 – 7 vote. Although 15 voted today, a Federal Judge will be the 16th and final vote. The Mayor’s statements about the First Amendment and DPD vice data showing no crimes committed at last year’s event and no associated increase in crime from the event will be used against the City of Dallas. The 16th vote will settle this matter in Federal Court at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars to Dallas taxpayers.”

In its suit, EXXXOTICA’s producers will be seeking an immediate and permanent injunction, as well as attorney fees and damages.

“On Wednesday the Dallas City Council acknowledged our First Amendment rights and then voted against them,” Said J. Handy, Director of EXXXOTICA. “We’re going to fight to not only regain our rights, but the rights of the citizens of Dallas.”

Note to residents: Your street have potholes? Plan for them to remain unfilled.

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CASA, Jonathan’s Place to be honored at Time to Thrive conference this weekend

Posted on 12 Feb 2016 at 12:36pm

16450403150_9e6eb05fd8_bAustin-based Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates and Jonathan’s Place of Garland will receive the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s All Children–All Families seal of recognition this weekend at the Time to Thrive conference.

Both organizations will be honored for their commitment to supporting and serving LGBT families.

The conference, now in its third year, focuses on the best practices, strategies and emerging trends for educators and others working with LGBT youth.

The HRC Foundation’s All Children–All Families initiative provides a comprehensive framework, from client non-discrimination policies to staff training, that assists agencies in establishing policies and practices that welcome, support and affirm LGBT youth, and implementing ongoing efforts to improve LGBT competency.

“Texas CASA is honored to receive this distinction from the HRC Foundation, as it recognizes the hard work of our staff and board to create an environment that emphasizes diversity, cultural competency and inclusion so that all children in the child welfare system, especially those in the LGBTQ community who are so over-represented in the system, can have the opportunity to thrive,” said Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs.

“Texas CASA works tirelessly to ensure that the 72 local CASA programs across the state have the skills, knowledge and support needed to serve our most vulnerable citizens; and this recognition directly reflects our continuing efforts to achieve a safe and positive future for all Texas children and youth,” Spriggs said.

“We are honored to receive the HRC Foundation’s All Children-All Families Seal of Recognition for our work with LGBTQ families,” said Allicia Frye, CEO of Jonathan’s Place.  “Our foster and adoptive families make all the difference in the lives of abused and neglected children and have contributed to making our agency what it is today.”

“As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we look forward to expanding our work with LGBTQ families and youth, ensuring that every child receives the respect and love that they deserve,” Frye added.

Presented by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the National Education Association and the American Counseling Association, the three-day conference takes place Feb. 12-14 at the Gaylord Hotel in Grapevine. Day-of registration is available. For volunteer opportunities visit Volunteersignup.org/WXQL4.

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Looks like we’re not done with sex at the Kay

Posted on 12 Feb 2016 at 10:58am

AdultconThe Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center may still be the site of a porn expo.

No, not eXXXotica — and, by the way, they don’t like being called a porn expo. They describe themselves as “The Largest Event in the USA dedicated to love & sex.”

That is until the Dallas City Council got involved and passed an ordinance this week that said there will be no more sex in this city, or something like that.

While eXXXotica is threatening a lawsuit, Adultcon is applying to stage an “Adult Entertainment Convention” at the Kay. Their website, which I opened purely for research purposes, features mostly female porn stars. Adultcon was founded in 2001 and has produced 30 expos. (See? I researched their historical information.)

The city of Dallas’ position on Adultcon is, “We are officially evaluating the request.”

The city’s unofficial position is: “We already looked like idiots banning eXXXotica from city property and opened ourselves to a major lawsuit. We can either play favorites, allow Adultcon and hand eXXXotica an even bigger lawsuit, or we can ban Adultcon and lose two lawsuits.”

Hmmm. What to do? What to do?

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Richard Sheridan given probation and provide restitution in graffiti cases

Posted on 12 Feb 2016 at 9:46am
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Former Dallas City Council candidate Richard Sheridan has been given felony deferred adjudication probation in 2014 graffiti cases that targeted the LGBT community.

Sheridan entered the first half of his plea to graffiti charges on Thursday, Feb. 11. His case was reset for a pre-sentence investigation and evaluation. A restitution hearing will be held on April 15 to determine the amount of restitution to be paid as a condition of probation.

Sheridan was arrested in March 2015 for spray painting “666” on the Legacy of Love monument on the corner of Cedar Springs Road and Oak Lawn Avenue in June 2014. He also was accused of tagging Cathedral of Hope property and sidewalks in front of The Dallas Morning News, D Magazine and The Observer. Dallas Voice distribution boxes were defaced as well. Tagging attributed to Sheridan was later found in Dallas City Hall’s parking garage as well.

According to Assistant Criminal District Attorney Gary McDonald, Sheridan is being placed on felony deferred adjudication probation for a period of two years in each case, as charged.

“This means his plea is to ‘Graffiti of a Monument/Church with the Hate Crime allegation,’ a third degree felony,” McDonald wrote. “He will be fined $1,000.00 in each case, but the fine will be probated because he is indigent.”

Sheridan will be prohibited from contacting either location as a condition of community supervision. As part of the pre-sentence investigation, he will be referred for a mental health/dual diagnosis evaluation to determine appropriate conditions of community supervision in each case.

The amount of restitution to Cathedral of Hope has not yet been determined. The church cleaned the graffiti at its own expense. The Oak Lawn Committee cleaned the monument. Defacing a public monument or a church carries higher penalties than other targets. Hate crime charges can be attached to those as well since they specifically targeted the LGBT community.

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eXXXotica prepares to sue Dallas

Posted on 11 Feb 2016 at 11:20am

eXXXoticaDan Adams, marketing and public relations director for eXXXotica, let Dallas Voice know today (Thursday, Feb. 11) that the Dallas City Council’s action blocking his company’s expo at the Dallas Convention Center wasn’t the last we’ll hear of his company.

“We are in the process of preparing a lawsuit and filing an injunction against the city,” Adams wrote to Dallas Voice.

An alternative location for the event would be Market Center Hall. Since it was Ray Hunt, owner of the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Dallas, who was the most vocal in wanting to ban sex in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, I wondered if arch-rival Trammell Crow would accommodate the expo.

But eXXXotica wants to put sex in the Kay.

“We have not even considered an alternate venue at this time as we are confident based on advice from attorneys that we are within our legal and constitutional rights to return to the convention center for our 2016 expo,” Adams wrote.

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Cathedral of Hope celebrates Ash Wednesday at the Crossroads

Posted on 11 Feb 2016 at 10:44am

IMG_6277The Rev. Neil Cazares-Thomas, along with the rest of the pastoral staff of Cathedral of Hope, spent evening rush hour at the Crossroads, the corner of Throckmorton Street and Cedar Springs Road so people could receive ashes on Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season.

Seen above, Kevin Thomas, Dallas Voice art director, receives ashes from Cazares-Thomas.

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Dallas City Council bans sex in the city

Posted on 10 Feb 2016 at 3:41pm
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Dallas City Council vote tally per Fox 4′s Lori Brown

The Dallas City Council voted to keep the Kay Bailey Hutchison center pure and chaste by banning the porn expo eXXXotica from the booking at the city-owned facility.

The mayor and seven councilmen — McGough, Arnold, Thomas, Wilson, Gates, Callahan and Young — voted for the ban. The three amigos — Medrano, Kingston and Griggs — led the group of seven — Alonzo, Clayton, Greyson and Kleinman — opposing the ban on sex in the Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Councilman Scott Griggs posted on his Facebook page:

Exxxotica ban from City of Dallas facilities in an 8 – 7 vote. Although 15 voted today, a Federal Judge will be the 16th and final vote. The Mayor’s statements about the First Amendment and DPD vice data showing no crimes committed at last year’s event and no associated increase in crime from the event will be used against the City of Dallas.

The 16th vote will settle this matter in Federal Court at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars to Dallas taxpayers.

Councilman Philip Kingston noted that if the city doesn’t want to book controversial conventions in the Dallas Convention Center, we should get out of the money-losing convention business. It’s unlikely the council will debate gun shows in the Kay Bailey that take place regularly. Or gatherings of right-wing religious extremists like the TD Jakes event that happened last year.

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DA Hawk visits Resource Center

Posted on 10 Feb 2016 at 12:04pm
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District Attorney, left, and Resource Center CEO Cece Cox.

Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk toured Resource Center with CEO Cece Cox, today, Wednesday, Feb. 10.

It was the Republican’s first visit to the center since taking office last year.

Rafael McDonnell, Resource Center’s communications and advocacy manager, said he approached Hawk about touring after December’s meeting addressing the uptick of violence along Cedar Springs.

Hawk was familiar with the Resource Center from her time as judge, but the tour offered an opportunity to see how the center operates.

Hawk’s tour included stops in the food pantry, which is currently under construction, and a chance to meet center staff.

McDonnell said the center is interested in developing a relationship with Hawk and her staff. The tour hopefully established that relationship.

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