Cece Cox makes Dallas 500 list

Posted on 23 Nov 2016 at 11:43am

Resource Center CEO Cece Cox

Cece Cox was one of just a few LGBT community members to make D magazine’s Dallas 500 list of the most influential leaders in North Texas.

Cox is CEO of Resource Center. Among her accomplishments this year is the culmination of an $8.7 million capital campaign (there’s still about $250,000 to go) used to open the new LGBT community center on Cedar Springs Road in May and the complete renovation of the health campus on Reagan Street.

Of course, Cox deserves to be listed, but what makes her inclusion even more impressive is how few community members made the list. David Griffin is included under real estate executives and Stephen Pyles under chefs and restaurateurs.

Nancy Lieberman, who is an assistant coach of the Sacramento Kings and played for the Dallas Diamonds in the early 1980s, is listed for Nancy Lieberman Charities, which is based in Plano.

Under arts? None. Civic organizations? None.

And here’s an odd one — not community-related, just odd. Under living legends: George W. Bush. Of course he belongs on the list. But he’s listed as co-founder of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Wasn’t he, um, president or something? And Laura Bush. She lives here, right? Not on the list. Eh. What’s she ever done, right?


Israeli newspaper takes a look at politics in Oak Lawn

Posted on 22 Nov 2016 at 4:50pm

round-upThe liberal Israeli newspaper HaAretz took a look at politics in Oak Lawn and even posted a video of line dancing at the Round-Up Saloon.

The reporter talked to a number of customers at the Round-Up who voted for Trump because they believe that he’s actually liberal and only spouted his anti-LGBT rhetoric to get elected. HaAretz reports:

Dallas is actually the friendliest city in Republican Texas for LGBT people, but even in the center of the city’s most welcoming quarter many residents feel that danger is lurking just around the corner. Some 30 gay men have been attacked on the streets near the Round-Up over the past year. The locals have a hard time trying to explain this wave of hate crimes.

Also in the story:

One local resident who is worried about the rise in hate crimes in the city is Justin, who was sitting with a group of friends who are planning to move to Florida. He whispers very quietly that he voted for Trump, and jokes that he is generally “in the closet” as to how he voted.
“What, you voted for him too?” asks one of his friends at the same table, and shakes his hand.
Things need to be shaken up, Justin asserts, “and I think Trump will do it. We need someone who is not a politician.”

The rest of the story and Round-Up video is here.


TDOR 2016: Remembering transgender lives lost in the last 12 months

Posted on 21 Nov 2016 at 4:39pm


How many transgender people have been killed this year in the U.S.? It depends on who you ask.

The International Transgender Day of Remembrance website lists 15.

http://www.hrc.org/campaigns/transgender-day-remembranceHuman Rights Campaign lists 21, but then notes that four others also died — one under suspicious circumstances, one killed by police, one by suicide and one who initially thought to be the victim of violence but who, it was later discovered, died of an accidental overdose.

The Advocate lists 26 transgender men and women who died of violent means. That list includes the accidental overdose victim, the trans man killed by police and the trans woman who died under suspicious circumstances.

And whichever list you look at, everyone agrees that the actual number of transgender men and women who are victims of violent crimes is likely much, much higher, because many attacks go unreported, and victims are often misgendered by law enforcement and by the media

But any way you count it, the fact remains: Transgender men and women — especially transgender women of color — “continue to experience violence at alarmingly high rates and are often targets for fatal hate violence,” according to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs.

According to an NCAVP study, more than two-thirds — 72 percent — of the victims in hate-motivated homicides in 2013 were transgender women; and trans women of color accounted for 67 percent of those homicide victims. “This data follows a multi-year trend where the victims of fatal hate violence are overwhelmingly transgender women, and in particular transgender women of color,” the NCAVP study notes.

That same report showed that transgender people were 3.7 times more likely to experience police violence, compared to cisgender crime survivors and victims, and the rate jumped up to 6 times more likely when you’re talking about trans women of color. These stats, NCAVP suggests, show why trans people — especially trans women of color — are less likely to report attacks to police.

Trans women, the study indicated, are 1.8 times more likely to experience sexual violence.

And none of those statistics address the pervasive discrimination that keeps transgender people from losing their families and friends, from finding good jobs, from accessing adequate health care, from finding housing or accessing services for the homeless … . The list goes on, and that discrimination can — and does — result in suicide, drug use, and on and on.

As you think about that, here is the most inclusive list of transgender men and women killed in the U.S. this year:

• Jan. 22: Monica Loera, 43, shot to death outside her home in Austin.
• Jan. 22: Jasmine Sienna, 52, beaten to death in Bakersfield, Calif.
• Feb. 4: Kayden Clarke, 24, shot to death by police nside his own apartment in Mesa, Az., after reportedly lunging at officers with a knife. Clarke had reportedly talked in a video posted online about trying to “commit suicide by cop” after being denied the medications he needed to transition.
• Feb. 19: Veronica Banks Cano, mid-30s, found dead in a bathtub full of water, fully clothed, in a San Antonio hotel room.
• Feb. 20: Maya Young, 25, stabbed to death in Philadelphia.
• Feb. 27: DeMarkis Stansberry, 30, shot to death in Baton Rouge.
• March 2: Kedarie/Kandicee Johnson, 16, gender-fluid teen shot to death in Burlington, Iowa.
• March 23: Quartney Davia Dawsonn-Yochum, 32, shot to death by an ex-boyfriend in Los Angeles.
• April 10: Shante Isaac (Shante Thompson), 34, shot to death in Houston.April 16: Keyonna Blakeney, 22, died of upper body trauma in Rockville, Md.
• May 1: Tyreece “reecey” Walker, 32, stabbed to death in Wichita, Ks.
• May 15: Mercedes Successful, 32, shot to death in Haines City, Fla.
• May 25: Amos Beede, 38, beaten to death in Burlington, Vt.
• Devin “Goddess” Diamond, 20, beaten and then set on fire in New Orleans.
• Deeniquia Dodds, 22, shot to death in Washington, D.C.
• July 23: Dee Whigham, 25, stabbed to death in Biloxi, Miss.
• July 30: Skye Mockabee, 26, initially thought to have been beaten to death, later determined to have died on an accidental overdose in Cleveland.
• Aug. 8: Erykah Tijerino, 36, stabbed to death in El Paso.
• Aug. 10: Rae’Lynn Thomas, 28, shot and then beaten to death by her mother’s boyfriend, who disapproved of her gender identity, in Columbus, Ohio.
• Sept. 6: Lexxi T. Sironen, 43, found dead in the Kennebec River in Waterville, Maine.
• Sept. 11: T.T. Saffore, 26, stabbed to death and her throat cut in Chicago.
• Sept. 16: Crystal Edmonds, 32, shot to death in Baltimore.
• Sept. 23: Jazz Alford, 30, shot to death in Birmingham, Ala.
• Oct. 8: Brandi Bledsoe, 32, shot to death in Cleveland, Ohio.
• Oct. 22: Simon (Sierra) Bush, 18, reported missing in late September, their body found Oct. 22 on the outskirts of Boise, Idaho.
• Nov. 6: Noony Norwood, 30, shot to death in Richmond, Va.
Dallas Voice also honors the memory of Dallas trans man Nino Acox Jackson who died in January.


Retired officers warn of politicizing personnel policies for LGBT and women troops

Posted on 21 Nov 2016 at 9:58am

AMPA President Ashley Broadway-Mack, left, and her wife

In response to potential Trump administration members’ comments this week targeting minority military members and calling for the elimination of merit-based personnel policies, 31 retired Flag and General Officers warned against making military personnel decisions on the basis of social judgments and political agendas, according to the American Military Partner Association (AMPA), the nation’s largest organization of LGBT military families.

AMPA President Ashley Broadway-Mack applauded the statement by the retired officers and said, “Many of our LGBT military families are on edge over comments that have been made by potential new administration officials, and it’s a distraction from the mission that no military family should have to face. All of our nation’s heroes, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. It’s crucially important that any efforts by anti-LGBT activists to target minority service members be stopped.”

The statement from the 31 retired Flag and General Officers:

“As retired Flag and General Officers, we believe the incoming administration must firmly commit to ensuring steady leadership of our armed forces based on proven principles of military readiness. More than half a century of history and research has made clear that an inclusive military that prioritizes talent and ability over social judgment and personal prejudice is an essential ingredient of an effective fighting force. This is especially true in a diverse nation like ours, which molds millions of individuals from countless different backgrounds into a unified whole capable of defending our nation and its interests. For generations, women and LGBT service members have been a crucial part of the most effective military in the world, and their service has shown that they are highly capable warriors and that their peers are capable of serving alongside them. No action should be taken to denigrate their honorable service, or to deprive the armed forces of their indispensable contributions.”

Vice Admiral Don Arthur, USN (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Gen Joseph Ballard, USA (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Kevin Green, USN (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Claudia J. Kennedy, USA (Ret.)
Lieutenant General David Poythress, USAF (Ret.)
Major General Donna Barbisch, USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Christopher Cole, USN (Ret.)
Major General Vance Coleman, USA (Ret.)
Major General J. Gary Cooper, USMC (Ret.)
Major General Paul Eaton, USA (Ret.)
Major General Mari K. Eder, USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John D. Hutson, USN (Ret.)
Major General Dennis Laich, USA (Ret.)
Major General Fred Leigh, USA (Ret.)
Major General Randy Manner, USA (Ret.)
Major General Melvyn Montaño, USAF (Ret.)
Major General Gale S. Pollock, USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Paul Rosser, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Joe Sestak, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Alan M. Steinman, USPHS/USCG (Ret.)
Major General Antonio Taguba, USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Dick Young, USN (Ret.)
Brigadier General Clara Adams-Ender, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General Roosevelt Barfield, USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jay Deloach, USN (Ret.)
Brigadier General Pat Foote, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General David McGinnis, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General Ronald Rokosz, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General John Schuster, USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Michael Smith, USN (Ret.)


GALA honors Plano mayor and council

Posted on 18 Nov 2016 at 10:21am

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance of North Texas honored allies who’ve worked for equality at an event on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Hilton Granite Park, part of a new development near Toyota’s new headquarters.

Attending the reception were a large number of allies who have created their own group headed by Rosemary Odom. Odom is a co-founder of CURE, a Collin County group that will hold a World AIDS Day event on Dec. 1 at Noah’s Event Venue, 2251 N. Greenville Ave., Richardson.

Among those honored were Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere and several members of the Plano City Council who passed the first equal rights ordinance in a suburban Texas city and defended it against attack by a right-wing church and organizers from Houston.


Promise House sleep out raises awareness and funds

Posted on 18 Nov 2016 at 9:18am

Settling in for the night outside Promise House

Promise House staff and volunteers slept out in the parking lot last night (Nov. 17) to raise awareness of youth homelessness and to raise funds.

About 30 people each pledged to raise $5,000 for the organization.

Promise House provides housing for homeless teens. About 40 percent of the youth served are LGBT.

The agency, which has been housing youth since the 1980s, has become such an important part of the LGBT community that they were a Black Tie Dinner beneficiary this year.

CEO Ashley Lind said they have been funded, are creating new programs and found a new home specifically for LGBT youth 18-21 years old who identify that as the primary reason they’re homeless. This new program should begin sometime in December. The program will focus on living skills, Lind said, focusing on job preparation, homemaking and finances.

“Our job is to stay on the cutting edge and meet the community need,” Lind said.

The sleep out is the second annual event. The goal is to raise $125,000. By last night, at least $90,000 has been pledged. To donate, go here.

During the night, temperatures dropped and it rained. Lind said that was OK. Nothing wrong with people who work with homeless youth knowing exactly what the teens have experienced.

Regardless of the reason a young person is homeless, she said, “we’re here to open our arms.”


UPDATE: Threatening flyer appears to be a hoax

Posted on 17 Nov 2016 at 12:51pm

UPDATE, Thursday, Nov. 17, 4:09 p.m.: This statement was just released by the Dallas Police Department: “On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, the Dallas Voice made the Dallas Police Department aware that a derogatory flyer was placed on the windshield of a vehicle in the 3200 block of Fitzhugh Avenue on Saturday, November 12, 2016.  The Dallas Voice has since updated its publication, reporting this incident appears to be a hoax. The Dallas Police Department takes these matters very seriously and will continue to follow up on leads.  No person has come forth and stated he or she found the flyer, however, the department will continue to investigate the incident to determine if an offense occurred.”

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, we posted this blog about a threatening flyer allegedly found on a car outside BJ’sl NXS on Tuesday night. We later updated that original post to note that information passed on later on Wednesday evening indicates the flyer was reportedly found on Saturday evening and appeared to be targeting on specific individual.

flyer-2Today, Dallas Voice has received information suggesting that the flyer is a complete hoax, and that evidence supporting that conclusion has been passed along to police who are investigating the situation. According to information given to Dallas Voice today (Thursday, Nov. 17), an image found on an “alt-left” website shows the same flyer with the headline, “Welcome to Trump’s America.” Beneath that, is the claim that, “This hateful and threatening noted accompanied a burning cross in the yard of a gay friend in Texas at 4AM, 11/16/2016.”

That claim very clearly contradicts what Dallas Voice was told about when and where this flyer was found.

To those who have questioned the ethics of Dallas Voice, read the original blog again and you will see that we very clearly stated we had not verified the authenticity but were choosing to blog about the flyer because there was a threat of violence to LGBT people. We stand by that decision.

We also noted that we would continue to look into and report on the story. We immediately passed the flyer along to police, as have others. We updated this story as soon as we got new information and will continue to update as more information becomes available.



Clinton has third highest vote total in American history

Posted on 17 Nov 2016 at 11:42am

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote increased to 1.3 million votes bringing her vote total is the third largest in U.S. history.

While the vote total in many state was razor thin, Clinton leads in California by 3.2 million votes. Without California figured into the national total, Donald Trump leads in popular votes among the remaining 49 states. California accounts for 12 percent of the U.S. population, but only casts about 10 percent of the electoral votes. Even with the nine additional electoral votes it would receive if the Electoral College was actually proportional, Clinton wouldn’t have won the election.

Clinton did amass the third largest number of votes for a candidate for president in U.S. history. The only candidate who received more votes was Barack Obama in 2012 and 2008. Trump vote total is also impressive, however. He has the fifth highest vote total in history. In addition to Clinton and Obama, George W. Bush surpassed Trump’s vote total in 2004.


Hate in the gayborhood

Posted on 16 Nov 2016 at 4:32pm

CORRECTION: The flyer was left on a car on Saturday night, not Tuesday. New information suggests that these threats are targeting a specific individual, However, the nature of the threats would indicate others are also at risk.

The flyer below was allegedly left on the windshield of a car outside BJ’s NXS! gay nightclub on Fitzhugh Avenue Tuesday night.

The flyer includes a photo of the fence to which Matthew Shepherd was tied and left to die outside Laramie, Wyoming in 1998 in one of the most infamous anti-gay hate crimes in recent years. Boxed words printed next to that photo say, “Where you belong !!!!” with an arrow pointing to the photo.

There is a second photo of a tribute at BJ’s to the victims of the June 12 massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, next to the boxed words “Kill all fags and anyone who helped them at PULSE.” There is also a badly cropped photo of two young white women in a car, a a copy of the BJ’s logo, along with the boxed words “YOU ARE NEXT!!!” and, at the bottom, a separate boxed area including the threat, “NIGGER LOVERS AND ILLEGAL WETBACKS MUST DIE FUCKING FAGGOT YOU ARE THE NEXT PULSE AND FAGGOT TO DIE BY BEATING !!”

Dallas Voice has left a message asking the person on whose car the flyer was reportedly found to contact us. We have not yet verified the authenticity of the flyer, but felt that the threat contained herein is serious enough to warrant posting here as a warning to our readers to be careful and stay alert.

We will be passing this flyer along to Dallas police.



2nd suspect arrested in October murder of FW gay teen

Posted on 16 Nov 2016 at 4:07pm

Chaz Gilley

Fort Worth police have arrested two men in connection with the Oct. 8 death of a teenager friends have identified as being gay.


James Murphy, top, and Lajerrian Morgan have both been charged with capital murder in connection with the death of Chaz Gilley

James Murphy, 37, was arrested Oct. 18, and Lajerrian Morgan, 24, was arrested Nov. 10, and both have been charged with capital murder in the death of 18-year-old Chaz Gilley.

Relatives told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that Gilley had been living in Mansfield and had only recently moved to the East Berry Street area to live with his mother. He had gotten a job at a local Goodwill store and on Oct, 7 had ridden his bicycle to the Wal-Mart store on East Berry to cash his check.

According to reports, an informant told police that Murphy and “another Blood gang member” were selling drugs at the apartment complex where Gilley lived with his mother. The men “saw a ‘white boy’ looking at his check,” and then followed the teen to Wal-Mart to wait for him to cash the check.

Police said security video from inside the store shows the two men shadowing Gilley, watching him count the money before following him outside. Video from outside the store shows Gilley riding away on his bicycle, with the two men following in a black car.

According to the arrest affidavit, Morgan and Murphy followed Gilley as he rode his bicycle down Berry, then used the car to knock him off the bike, then chased after him on foot, shooting him several times as he tried to run away.

Gilley was able to flag down a passing car, which drove him to John Peter Smith Hospital, but the teen died of his injuries about 24 hours later while in surgery.

The informant told police that several days after the murder, Murphy and Morgan were “laughing and bragging” about what they had done.

There is no indication that Gilley’s sexual orientation played any role in his murder.