MISSING: Family, friends searching for Anthony Gurley, missing since Sept. 18

Posted on 26 Sep 2016 at 12:53pm
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Anthony “Miss Celie” Gurley has been missing since Sept. 18.

Family and friends of Anthony Gurley — aka “Miss Celie” — have asked that anyone with information regarding his whereabouts contact family members or Dallas police.

According to reports, Gurley’s sister saw him on Sunday, Sept. 18, as he left his home in Anna, Texas to drive to Dallas for the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade. That was the last time anyone saw or spoke with him.

Anyone who has any information on Gurley’s whereabouts is asked to call 214-901-3976 or 214-310-2541, or to call Dallas Police Department’s missing persons unit at 214-671-4268.

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UPDATE: Missing Mansfield man found

Posted on 25 Sep 2016 at 6:45am
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Clint Crabtree

UPDATE:

Clint Crabtree has been found safe. His brother reported around midnight that he was located and he was on his way to pick him up.

On his Facebook post, his brother wrote:

“We just went and picked him up. He’s pretty down and looking rough, but he is physically ok. I apologize for the panic, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. We do what we have to do to protect family, blood or otherwise. Thank you for your concern and help. He has a lot of good friends. When he is ready, I’ll let him explain the rest. ”

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Gay Mansfield man missing 8 days

Clint Crabtree has been missing for eight days. He’s from Mansfield, but was last seen in Dallas. Mansfield police have been notified.

Here’s what his brother posted on Facebook:

What we know…he was last seen in Dallas after a trip to north Arlington. He was on several web sites that day. His phone was last used on Saturday the 17th. He had planned to attend pride. We have contacted the numbers he called and have filed a missing persons report with police. Any help or information would be appreciated. We are very worried for his safety.

We’ll post more information when we get it. Please let us or police know if you’ve seen Clint since Friday, Sept. 16.

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Paxton whines to SCOTUS over Texas’ unconstitutional Voter ID Law

Posted on 23 Sep 2016 at 4:35pm

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is at it again.

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AG Ken Paxton

If filing 900-thousand lawsuits against President Obama to try and force the federal government to let him mistreat transgender people isn’t enough to keep Paxton busy, now he has filed “a petition for a writ of certiorari in the United States Supreme Court to reinstate Texas’ voter ID law.”

In other words, the AG is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to please let him and the other Republicans in Texas keep on preventing Texans who might not vote for them from voting at all. (You can see the petition here.)

A press release issued today (Friday, Sept. 23), quotes Paxton as saying, “Safeguarding the integrity of our elections is essential to preserving our democracy. Voter ID laws both prevent fraud and increase the public’s confidence in our elections. Texas enacted a common-sense voter ID law and I am confident that the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately reinstate it.”

The press release also notes that the petition will have no effect on the Nov. 8 elections “for which an interim remedy has been ordered by the courts.”

The folks over at the Lone Star Project — an admittedly partisan organization that has little fondness for any Republican — don’t think too highly of Paxton’s petition. Lone Star Project Director Matt Angle criticized Paxton and Gov, Greg Abbot for having thrown “another bale of taxpayer money in the dumpster and set it on fire” with this latest effort.

Angle added, “It’s unlikely that the Supreme Court will even take up Paxton and Abbott’s appeal. Today’s announcement is nothing more than a political move designed to provide cover for Texas Republicans’ utter failure to defend their discriminatory voter ID law. The voter ID appeal is irresponsible, a waste of taxpayer money and yet another example of Paxton and Abbott putting politics ahead of common sense and fiscal responsibility.”

Rebecca L. Robertson, legal and policy director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas, issued a statement reiterating that the petition will have not effect on the Nov. 8 election. “But,” she added, “with Texas’ already abysmally low voter turnout, the real question is why Attorney General Paxton would waste upwards of 3.5 million taxpayer dollars (and counting) defending a law that disenfranchises more than 600,000 eligible voters. Instead of suppressing the vote, we ought to do everything in our power to ensure that every qualified voter participates.”

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Tarrant County Gay Pride Week Association announces parade honorees

Posted on 23 Sep 2016 at 12:13pm

PRIDE 2010 | The Rev. Carol West was one of the grand marshalls for the 2010 Tarrant Pride Parade. Tarrant County Gay Pride Week Association announced the 2016 honorees for Grand Marshal, Honorary Grand Marshal, Raina Lea Awards, and Banner Honorees.

An awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Pride Opening Ceremony located at the Fort Worth Water Gardens in Downtown Fort Worth. The opening ceremony includes an official ribbon cutting to kickoff Pride Week in Tarrant County and the changing of the lights at Avenue of Light to pride rainbow colors for the duration of Pride Week (Sept. 28-Oct. 9).

Pride Banner Honorees

The Briggle Family

Adam and Amber Briggle are the proud parents of MG (8) and Lulu (4). They recently hosted Attorney General Ken Paxton for dinner in their home, so that he could meet their transgender son and see firsthand that trans kids like MG are just as amazing and wonderful as any other child.

Adam and Amber have appeared on all major news outlets in DFW, and several more across the state, as they have advocated for their son and the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming kids and adults throughout Texas. During the lead up to the Paxton dinner, Amber had the opportunity to be a guest on the public radio program Texas Standard. Their activism and advocacy gained momentum last spring after Amber did a TEDx talk on “Pioneering the Space Between: Parenting a Transgender Child,” and Adam has written several blog posts on this subject, some of which have been reprinted by the Dallas Morning News.

Grand Marshals

David Reed

David currently serves as president of the Tarrant County Lesbian and Gay Alliance. He has been an LGBT and AIDS awareness advocate in Tarrant County for nearly 20 years.

Rhonda Mae Wall of Food

Rhona Mae Wall of Food is a food pantry program started by Rhonda Mae and Hayward (Yogi) Anderson in 1989. Since 1989, they have raised over $608,022 in support for the AIDS Outreach Center Food Pantry.

Rhonda Mae’s Wall of Food is currently performing shows at Club Changes on the first Thursday of each month and at Club Reflection on the third Thursday of each month. The Wall of Food became a National Recognized Organization in 2013.

Carol Cappa

Carol Cappa is the Co-Chair of the Tarrant County Stonewall Democrats, and has served as past president, vice president and membership chair over the years. Additionally, she and her partner, Sue Spell, attended the LGBT March on Washington in April of 2000 with over 7000 people from across the country.

Honorary Grand Marshals

Dallas Bears

The Dallas Bears is a non-profit, charitable and social organization based in Dallas, Texas serving the greater Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. Our membership consists of gay men from all over the Greater Dallas region who consider themselves to be part of the Bear Community, their Admirers and Allies.

First Congregational Church

First Congregational United Church of Christ is a progressive Christian church founded in Fort Worth over 100 years ago and part of the United Church of Christ. First Congregational Church has a long heritage of full affirmation of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender people and continually seek to embrace those who are forgotten or undervalued. Members of FCC are involved in many outreach programs throughout Fort Worth, including Pride Week, and were also Trans advocates at the recent school board meetings in support of equal rights for all students at FWISD schools. They are pastored by the Reverend Lee Ann Bryce.

2016 Raina Lea Community Service Award Nominees

David Mack Henderson

David Mack Henderson has a long history of advocating for LGBT rights in Tarrant County and is the current President of Fairness Fort Worth. Most recently he led the proactive fight for transgender equity and inclusion at FWISD garnering national attention for FW as a city comprised of progressives willing to stand up for what is right.

Ruby Harse

Ruby Harse is the Fort Worth PFLAG Publicity Vice President, responsible for the organization’s monthly speaker program and public relations, a role that she’s held for 10 years. Fort Worth Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (FWPFLAG) promotes the health and well-being of LGBT persons, their families and friends through support, education, and advocacy, to end discrimination and secure equal civil rights. A volunteer and supporter of the Tarrant County Pride Parade and Picnic, Q Cinema, the AIDS Walk, and Fairness Fort Worth, Ruby has twice meeting with Texas state legislators to advocate on behalf of her son and LGBT families.

Rachel Carr

Rachel Carr is a transgender woman in her 60s. She is currently treasurer of Tarrant County Stonewall Democrats, secretary of PFLAG Fort Worth and president of DFW TG Ladies. She has participated in many transgender panels at TCU, UT Arlington, TCC South, TCC Northeast and Planned Parenthood Dallas. She has developed, coordinates and presents the LGBT presentations in the Diversity Awareness class required of all FWPD Academy recruits.

For more information, go to the Tarrant County Gay Pride Week website.

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Save the Day: Get registered and VOTE

Posted on 23 Sep 2016 at 9:57am

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There are less than three weeks left — 18 days, as of today (Friday, Sept. 23), to be exact — to register to vote in what may be the most important election of our lifetimes. And no, considering the candidate the Republicans have put on the ballot, that’s not hyperbole.

And remember, there is more at stake here than the presidency. We will be electing U.S. senators, U.S. representatives, state leaders. The future of the U.S. Supreme Court is on the line.

Are you registered? Do you even know for sure? Find all the information you need to know for sure at Texas’ statewide elections website. Dallas County voters can check here for their status, and Tarrant County voters can look here.

And now, just to drive the point home, here’s a whole shit-ton of famous people talking about how important it is to vote Nov. 8.

(Seriously. Register. Vote.)

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If Abbott is 7th most popular gov, there must be some really horrible govs

Posted on 22 Sep 2016 at 10:37am
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7th most popular governor, Greg Abbott

According to a new poll by Morning Consult, the polling partner of Fortune Magazine and Bloomberg News, Gov. Greg Abbott is the seventh most popular governor in the U.S. Did the poll exclude people in Dallas or Austin?

Abbott has a 63 percent approval rating and 23 percent disapproval, with 14 percent who didn’t know, according to the Morning Consult poll.

Gov. Sam Brownback, who has helped destroy the Kansas economy with tax cuts and comparable cuts in services, education and everything else a state does, is the least popular governor with a 23 percent approval rating.

Daniel Mallot, the governor of Connecticut is second most unpopular and Gov. Chris Christie is third. As the “Bridgegate” trial continues and Christie’s popularity sinks, New Jersey’s Observer suggests impeachment may be a possibility.

Gov. Mary Fallon, the disaster at the helm in Oklahoma, is the 10th most unpopular governor with an approval rating of 40 percent and a 53 percent disapproval rating.

The most popular governor is Gov. Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota, and second is Massachusetts’ moderate Republican governor, Charlie Baker, with approval ratings of 74 and 70 percent respectively.

North Carolina’s Gov. Pat McCrory is an interesting case. He’s the 15th most unpopular governor with a 46 percent approval rating and a 44 percent disapproval. He’s been working to destroy the economy of his state through the anti-LGBT HB2 he signed into law within a day of it first being proposed. He’s in a tight re-election race this fall.

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I-30 is complete and is an absolutely horrible nightmare of a road

Posted on 21 Sep 2016 at 2:39pm

i-30I was shocked as I drove to Fort Worth this morning that construction is complete on I-30 west of Sylvan Avenue. After years of work, it’s done.

Really?

Getting to Fort Worth now takes almost twice as long as it did before construction.

What’s impossible to do now that was possible before I-30 was reconstructed was pick a lane and stay in that lane from Dallas to Fort Worth. On the new improved I-30, lanes come and go. Sometimes the highway is three lanes. Sometimes it’s five. The right lane keeps dropping off as exit lanes so traffic keeps merging over. Sometimes it’s the left lane that disappears.

And those lanes are narrow in some places. Cement barriers come right up to the edge of the left lane making them unsafe. The amount of paint from cars and trucks scraping the barriers is proof of that.

Most of the construction was for HOV lanes. Years of constructing HOV lanes that no one uses. Well, not no one. On my trip back from Fort Worth between noon and 12:30 p.m., the HOV lane was closed going to Dallas. But for about 10 miles the lane was open going toward Fort Worth. I counted eight cars in 10 miles using that lane.

Eight cars. Really?

Years of construction to accommodate eight cars? Lanes that charge tolls supposedly to pay for the construction aren’t open all the time? That’s the definition of stupidity.

The new I-30 is horrible. The HOV lanes need to be ripped out and the highway should be made into four open lanes in each direction from downtown Dallas to downtown Fort Worth. And the engineer who designed the road should never be allowed to work in Texas again.

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DVtv: Pride on parade in Dallas

Posted on 21 Sep 2016 at 12:36pm

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Brad Pritchett and the DVtv crew hit the streets of Oak Lawn Sunday, Sept. 18, to see, participate in and talk about the 2016 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade and the Festival in Reverchon Park.

Watch all the fun here:

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Anti-gay pastor kicked out of Botswana for hate speech

Posted on 21 Sep 2016 at 10:48am
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Homophobic asshole Steven Anderson

Last week Brent Paxton wrote this story for Dallas Voice about the government of South Africa banning LGBT-hating so-called “pastor” Steven Anderson from entering their country because of his nasty anti-LGBT “sermons” and hate speech.

Now officials with the government of Botswana have announced that they have deported Anderson from that country. Botswana President Ian Khama of Botswana on Tuesday, Sept. 20, told Reuters he had ordered that Anderson be arrested and deported.

Khama told Reuters he had ordered Anderson’s immediate arrest and deportation after the pastor said in an interview with a local radio station in the capital Gabarone on that morning that gays and lesbians should be killed.

That kinds of hatefulness is par for the course for Anderson, “pastor” at Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona, who applauded the June 12 massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, saying after the shooting that “there’s 50 less pedophiles in this world.”

During the radio interview Tuesday, Anderson said that the government should kill lesbians and gays, said the victims at Pulse were “disgusting homosexuals who the Bible says were worthy of death” and called for pedophiles and adulterers to be killed and said the Bible barred women from preaching in church.

Botswana immigration officers were reportedly with Anderson when he left the radio station, but he has denied being deported, saying instead that he left voluntarily.

According to the Washington Blade, a spokesperson for the organization Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana said that group was told Anderson assaulted someone who attended his church service in Botswana on Monday, Sept. 19, claiming on the LGBB blog that Anderson called the person “a fag, a homosexual … with a mouth full of AIDS” before having the man forcibly removed.

Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana had called on their government last week to follow South Africa’s lead and bar Anderson from the country, the Blade reports, and this week applauded the government’s decision to deport him, “in the process defend[ing] its citizens.”

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New website offers voter registration, how-to info

Posted on 20 Sep 2016 at 3:32pm
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Gov. Greg Abbott

Claiming that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton continue to defy court orders instructing them to get accurate information on how to register and how to vote, in the wake of a July decision by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals striking down the state’s strict voter ID law, Progress Texas officials announced today the organization has launched a new website “to combat the misinformation for Texas Republicans and to help ensure every Texan knows their voting rights — and how easy it is to exercise that right … .”

Following the 5th Circuit’s ruling and after being instructed to inform voters how easy the voting process will be this year, Texas officials negotiated new requirements in which voters would be able to use several alternative forms of identification if they do not possess one of the seven forms of ID required by Texas law and “cannot reasonably obtain it.” Voters would also have to sign a declaration to that effect.

But, as Houston Public Media reports, state officials changed the wording in their new “educational campaign” to “cannot obtain” and “have not obtained” the ID. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos agreed with the U.S. Justice Department that the change in language is misleading, and is likely to discourage minority voters from going to the polls.

Texas state officials now have less than five weeks to revamp its voter education campaign before the start of early voting.

Houston Public Media also notes that Judge Ramos is considering whether statements by Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart, who said he would investigate everyone who signs such a declaration to make sure they aren’t lying, might be considered voter intimidation.

Ed Espinoza, executive director of Progress Texas, said his organization had created the non-partisan GoVoteTexas.org website “to help every Texan learn how easy it is to vote. Republicans refuse to accurately inform other Texans of their voting rights, so we’re doing it for them.

“It is scandalous,” Espinoza continued, “that the Republicans in charge keep trying to confuse voters and make this basic right seem difficult to exercise.”

Progress Texas also posted the video below to explain the content of the new website.

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