Pulse employee heads Houston Pride parade

Posted on 22 Jun 2016 at 12:05pm

Imran YousufImran Yousuf, a U.S. military veteran and bouncer at Pulse Nightclub, will be honorary grand marshal of the Houston Pride parade on June 25. His actions at Pulse saved dozens of lives.

The parade begins at sunset with a 30-foot by 20-foot Rainbow Flag inscribed with the names of the Orlando victims at the head of the parade.

Meet Yousuf at 1:30 p.m. on the Barefoot Wine® Stage in front of Houston City Hall.

Last year, the Houston Pride parade moved from the Montrose neighborhood to downtown. Held the night after the marriage-equality decision, the parade attracted more than half a million people.

The Houston Pride Festival runs noon-7 p.m. at McKinney and Smith streets.

The Houston Pride Parade starts at 8:30 p.m. and runs through about 11 p.m. The route begins at Lamar Street, goes north on Smith Street, to Walker Street, makes a right to Milam Street and then makes a left and continues to Jefferson Street. Bleachers, high rise parking garages that are open to viewers and sidewalks line the route and are open to attendees.


CAPE holds coffee sale for Orlando

Posted on 21 Jun 2016 at 4:11pm

CAPE, the city employees LGBT group, will take donations and sell coffee in the lobby of Dallas City Hall. all proceeds will be sent to Orlando.



UPDATE: Body found in Oak Lawn

Posted on 21 Jun 2016 at 11:44am


The Dallas County Medical Examiner is investigating the death as a suicide. The identity of the person hasn’t been released yet.


Dallas Police responded to a call at Hall Street and Turtle Creek Boulevard at 7 a.m. this morning (Tuesday, June 21) where they found the body of a white male probably in his 20s.

The death is classified as an unexplained death pending the results of the autopsy, according to the police report.

More information when it is released.


Have coffee with cops on June 24

Posted on 21 Jun 2016 at 10:52am

DallasPoliceDepartmentCoffee with Cops is this Friday, June 24 from 7-9 a.m. Come hang out with Dallas cops and chat about what is going on in your neighborhood.

Locations are McDonald’s around Dallas:

5722 Lovers Lane

1808 S. Beltline Road

5337 E. Grand Ave.

8333 Lancaster Road

17250 Preston Road

450 N. Merrifield Road

8117 E. R.L. Thornton Freeway


Dallas County Commission proclaims June Pride Month

Posted on 21 Jun 2016 at 10:12am
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Members of the LGBT Community (and ally Judge Ken Molberg) gather in the lobby outside the Dallas County Commissioners Court to celebrate Pride Month in Dallas County (David Taffet/Dallas Voice)

County Commissioner Mike Cantrell has made it a routine to skip the Dallas County Commission’s proclamation of June as LGBT Pride Month. But the court continues to issue the proclamation. And today (Tuesday, June 21), in addition to issuing the proclamation, the commissioners spent time remembering the victims of the Orlando massacre and the one year anniversary of the mass shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. (Cantrell couldn’t be bothered with that either.)

County Judge Clay Jenkins noted this was the first meeting of the commissioners since the Orlando shooting. He called for a moment of silence for those who died in the attacks.

But Commissioner Theresa Daniel, who presented the Pride Month proclamation, was clearly tired of moments of silence that get nothing done: “Instead of a moment of silence, let’s have a moment of action,” Daniel said. “At this table, we have a responsibility for public safety.”

She said when someone comes to a county facility for a flu shot, to serve jury duty, to pay taxes or interact with the county for any other reason, citizens have an expectation of safety. The best way to achieve that is to create an environment where all are welcome.

“Diversity in our society is our strength,” she said.

Commissioner Elba Garcia expressed horror that last night (June 20) the Senate voted to allow people on the terrorist watch list to buy assault weapons.

Commissioner John Wiley Price commented on Mother Emanuel and the history of bombings against the black community.

In her proclamation, Daniel noted the Stonewall riots and the one-year anniversary of marriage equality. She called Dallas County a beacon of light, where same-sex couples are welcomed. Harassment and job discrimination are still problems, Daniel’s proclamation points out, and must be ended.

Once the proclamation passed unanimously (minus the absent Cantrell), Lambda Legal’s Omar Narvaez spoke for the group of LGBT community members and allies who attended the meeting. He talked about the gut-wrenching week the community has endured since the Orlando massacre, but thanked the commission for being allies.


D.C. rally planned to ‘Disarm Hate’

Posted on 21 Jun 2016 at 9:32am

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I received word last night from Sister Lawna Jocqui, of the DFW Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence that organizers have gotten the necessary permits approved and are moving forward with a “Rally in Washington, D.C., to Disarm Hate.”

“So that the Orlando 49 did not die in vain, the LGBT community and its allies will rally in Washington to demand equal rights and sensible gun law reform,” reads the post announcing the event. “Join us.”

The rally is set for Saturday, Aug. 13, beginning at 11 a.m. on the National Mall in Washington.

Stay tuned for details as they become available.


UPDATE: Items from the memorial to Orlando at the Legacy of Love monument have been located

Posted on 20 Jun 2016 at 7:03pm

UPDATE: We have been notified that the items missing from the Orlando memorial at the Legacy of Love monument have been located and are safe and sound.

The items were collected by someone who was afraid it was going to rain and the items would be ruined. They delivered the items to Resource Center, according to posts and Facebook, Resource Center will deliver them to Alexandre’s. From there, the items will be divided, with some going to the GLBT Community Center in Orlando and some going to the LGBT Archives at UNT.


Within hours of news breaking about the mass murder that started inside Orlando’s Pulse nightclub shortly before 2 a.m. on Sunday, June 12, Dallas’ LGBT community and its allies began leaving messages of sorrow, comfort and support — along with flowers and other tokens — at the Legacy of Love monument.

0715 flash

The monument, located in the heart of the city’s gayborhood, at the intersection of Oak Lawn Avenue and Cedar Springs Road, is maintained by the Oak Lawn Committee. By the time the more than 1,000 participants in a vigil and march reached the monument on the evening of June 12, it was covered in flowers, posters and more — all left in memory of and in honor of the 49 people murdered and 53 others injured by the gunman who attacked Pulse.

The impromptu memorial grew throughout the week, with more flowers, more posters and more tokens of love, grief and solidarity were added to the site. This past weekend, members of Take Back Oak Lawn went over to to remove dead flowers and tidy up the memorial. They also worked with florists in the area, who donated $300-$400 worth of fresh flowers to replace the ones which had wilted and faded, according to TBOL member Cannon Brown.

TBOL had already made arrangements with Oak Lawn Committee to maintain the memorial, leaving the messages, posters, flowers and other tokens on the monument until funerals/memorials had been held for the 49 killed at Pulse, Brown said. At that time, all the posters, messages and tokens would be collected and either sent to Orlando to become part of a memorial there, or added to the LGBT archives at the University of North Texas in Denton, he added.

Brown also that TBOL had already collected three items left at the monument — a concrete statute of an angel, a glass cross and the Texas House of Representatives seal that had been on the flowers left by state Rep. Rafael Anchia’s office — and put them away for safekeeping until they can be sent either to Orlando or UNT.

However, Brown continued, when TBOL members went by on Sunday, they realized that all the items, except for the artificial flowers, had been removed from the monument.

“We talked to Michael Milliken with Oak Lawn Committee, and they didn’t do it,” he said. “We don’t believe it was done with any malicious intent, but we do want to get the items back. We want to save them all and have them be part of a memorial in Orlando or the archives at UNT.”

Brown said that the items taken from the monument could be left, anonymously, on the patio at Alexandre’s, 4026 Cedar Springs Road, if necessary. “We just want to get them back so we can make sure they are preserved,” he said.


Cassie Nova speaks: DMN shares video of S4 show director (and DV columnist)

Posted on 20 Jun 2016 at 3:46pm
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It was shortly before 2 a.m., EST, on Sunday, June 12 when a gunman walked into the Orlando nightclub Pulse with a semi-automatic assault rifle and started shooting, killing 49 people and wounding 53 more before police killed him.

Less than 24 hours later, Cassie Nova (aka James Love) and the other performers at Station 4 took to the stage in The Rose Room, doing their part to help Dallas’ LGBT community move forward in the wake of tragedy.

Dallas Morning News reporter Naomi Martin interviewed Cassie for this article on her feelings about Orlando shooting and the country’s reactions to it. The paper also posted the video below.

Cassie is a regular contributing columnist for Dallas Voice, and we wanted to say nice job Cassie Nova. We’re proud of you, and proud to have you as a Dallas Voice contributor.


Police investigating robbery in Oak Lawn

Posted on 20 Jun 2016 at 2:49pm
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The latest attack in Oak Lawn happened about 1:45 a.m. today, in the 3300 block of Throckmorton Street, between Hall and Rawlins streets

Another person has been attacked in Oak Lawn, according to Dallas Police Department. As in other assaults, the victim was again attacked from behind.

Police said the victim “had left an establishment and was returning to his car” in the 3300 block of Throckmorton Street — which is the block between Hall and Rawlins streets — at about 1:45 a.m. today (Monday, June 20) when two suspects approached him from behind and knocked him to the ground. The victim told police that the two men immediately began patting down his pockets, and that they didn’t say anything.

When the victim told the attackers that he didn’t have anything for them to steal, they “fled northbound on Rawlins Street.”

Police said the victim was unable to give a description of the suspects because they attacked him from behind.

Anyone with information is asked to call the DPD Robbery Unit at 214-671-3584

Robbery on Throckmorton Street

On June 20, 2016, at approximately 1:45 a.m., the victim was leaving an establishment and returning to his car  in the 3300 block of Throckmorton Street.  As the victim walked past an alley,  two unknown suspects  approached him from behind  and knocked him to the ground. The suspects struck the victim and immediately began to pat down his pockets.  The suspects did not say anything to the victim during the offense. The victim told the suspects that he did not have anything. The suspects fled northbound on Rawlins Street. The victim was not able to make out a race, gender or any description of the suspects due to being assaulted from behind. This is an ongoing investigation. This offense is documented on case number 148758-2016.

If anyone has any information about this offense they are asked to contact the Dallas Police Robbery Unit (214) 671-3584.


Chili’s restaurants donating 10 percent of Tuesday’s checks to OneOrlando

Posted on 20 Jun 2016 at 2:27pm

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Every Chili’s Bar & Grill restaurant across the country will donate 10 percent of the total of every check on Tuesday, June 21, to the OneOrlando Fund, the fund established by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to provide support to the victims of the June 12 shooting at Pulse nightclub and their families.

“All you have to do is go to Chili’s and when you order your food, tell your server, ‘We’re here to support Orlando,'” said Renee Ford, catering manager for Chili’s Casa Linda, 246 Casa Linda Plaza in Dallas. “We are all very honored and proud to support the LGBT community, especially during this time of grief.”

The offer covers all food and alcohol sales, whether it’s dine-in, carry out or catering, from the time the restaurants open on Tuesday til the time they close, Ford said. “Just be sure to tell them you’re there for Orlando.”