PHOTOS: Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade 1

Posted on 18 Sep 2016 at 7:46pm

Some observations about the parade:

More floats than ever. Best looking Dallas parade ever.

Faux pas: Southwest Airlines was immediately followed by American Airlines.

Interesting: Walmart Pride participated but Chik-fil-A Pride didn’t. That’s a thing, right?

Dallas Police: Friendly. Enthusiastic. Had fun while keeping a careful eye on everything going on from rooftops to street. I spoke to a number of them and they’re the best. Parade participants made sure any officer who needed water got it. I saw lots of hugs for officers while they remained vigilant making sure we were safe. I’ve never seen a community and police force love and respect each other during a large event as much as I saw today.

And I can compare. Last year I was at Houston Pride. Not a single smile. They weren’t there to answer a question and not one that I encountered on the entire parade route wanted to be there. Believe me. There weren’t hugs with Houston police.

 

 

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PHOTOS: Teen Pride

Posted on 18 Sep 2016 at 7:14pm

Teen Pride took place at Oak Lawn United Methodist Church on Saturday, Sept. 17. Four protesters stood outside the fence. The woman in the red long sleeve shirt was ticketed the night before for spraying pepper spray in the face of a man leaving BJ’s.

During Teen Pride, after hours of screaming obscenities at the youth attending the event, one of the protesters was arrested after disobeying orders from a Dallas Police officer. That left only two protesters to show up at the Pride festival on Sunday — and police kept them a block away from the park.

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UPDATE: Protester pepper-sprays gay man outside bar, group returns Saturday to protest Teen Pride

Posted on 17 Sep 2016 at 6:43pm

 

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Tyler’s eyes were swollen and sore after an anti-gay protester pepper-sprayed him outside a gay nightclub Friday night.

A protester believed to be with a group called Dallas For God Christian Outreach assaulted a Dallas man with pepper spray outside BJ’s NXS on Friday night, Sept. 16, and the same group — including the woman who allegedly committed the Friday night assault — rallied outside Oak Lawn United Methodist Church Saturday afternoon, Sept. 17, against the Teen Pride event.

The man who was assaulted, who identified himself as Tyler, said he and a friend were leaving the bar at 3215 Fitzhugh Ave., when they were confronted by the protesters. “We started conversing with them, and while the shorter black guy was in my face, [a woman] pepper-sprayed me.”

Tyler said that he called police, who issued a citation to the woman. He also said that he was able to easily identify the woman in photos provided by Jeremy Liebbe, head of security for Dallas Pride.

Liebbe said the same group, including the pepper-spray incident suspect, was outside the Teen Pride event Saturday, and identified them as being part of the Dallas For God Christian Outreach.

According to a Facebook page for Dallas For God, the minister of the group is Clarence Davis II, and says that Davis is minister of Full Gospel Holy Temple in Dallas.

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The protester on right was ticketed for a pepper spray attack in front of BJs. Hate crime charges are being investigated.

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Dallas Pride security chief Jeremy Liebbe said that a woman who allegedly assaulted a man outside a gay bar on Friday night is part of the Dallas For God Christian Outreach group, which also showed up Saturday afternoon at Oak Lawn UMC to protest outside the Teen Pride event. The group is led by Clarence Davis II.

 

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Man who survived Pulse shooting found dead at party

Posted on 15 Sep 2016 at 5:59pm
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After surviving the shooting at the Pulse nightclub, Chris Brodman got a tattoo over his heart in memory of the 49 victims. Brodman was found dead last Sunday at a party in Tampa.

A man who made it safely out of the Pulse nightclub after the shooting started in the early morning hours of June 12 was found dead at a birthday party last weekend, according to reports by The Advocate.

Chris Brodman, 34, was at a birthday party in Tampa early Sunday morning, when someone found his body in the backyard of a residence on Garden Lake Circle. Paramedics who reported to the scene at 1:17 a.m. attempted to resuscitate Brodman, but he was declared dead shortly afterward.

Officials with the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office told the Advocate in an email that the body showed no signs of violence and that the “final conclusion of the official cause of death is pending additional forensics and toxicology examination.”

Brodman had said that he was smoking a cigarette that night at Pulse nightclub when he heard the first gunshots ring out. He thought at first it was just the beat of the music, but when he saw the bloodied bodies began falling, he took cover under a table until he was able to run to safety across the street, according to the Advocate.

Brodman said later that surviving the shooting had given him a “new lease on life,” and that he intended to go back to school, travel abroad and live his life to the fullest. He had even gotten a tattoo over his heart to commemorate the victims at Pulse.

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Brown moves retirement date up

Posted on 15 Sep 2016 at 5:47pm
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Chief David O. Brown

Chief David O. Brown announced on the DPDbeat blog that he would move his retirement date up from Oct. 22 to Oct. 4. He said he’ll be taking advantage “of some time sensitive opportunities.”

Though he doesn’t specify what those opportunities might be, could there be a late-term political appointment for him in the Obama administration? No clue, but he deserves it and we’ll ask him when we see him Sunday at the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade, which may be his last public appearance as chief.

Here’s his statement:

Update:

I have moved my retirement date up to October 4, 2016 in order to take advantage of some time sensitive opportunities that have been presented.

I am confident that a strong leadership succession plan is already in place for the department and I feel comfortable in accelerating my departure date.

Again, I want to thank all of the officers of the Dallas Police Department for your hard work and sacrifice that has made my job easier throughout the years.

Thank you and God bless!

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Australia may vote on same-sex marriage

Posted on 15 Sep 2016 at 1:08pm

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull introduced a bill to allow a non-binding vote on the issue. Parliament would then decide the issue. Voting in that election would be compulsory. Turnbull supports marriage equality.

The government would spend about Aus$15 million ($11 million U.S.) to publicize both sides of the argument.

But the LGBT community believes that giving a government voice to discrimination would legitimize homophobia and bigotry. Dean Smith, a gay senator, said he’d vote against holding the plebiscite.

Turnbull said the reason the LGBT community doesn’t want the election is because they believe they already have the votes in Parliament and don’t want the public giving Parliament the wrong answer.

 

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ACC follows NCAA’s lead, pulls championships games from North Carolina

Posted on 14 Sep 2016 at 4:50pm
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North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore claims that HB 2 was never about discrimination. Most people who are North Carolina Republicans are likely to call B.S. on that.

Just two days after the NCAA announced it is moving all its 2016-2017 championship events out of North Carolina, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) announced today, Wednesday, Sept. 14, that it is following suit.

The two college sports conferences made the move because of North Carolina’s state’s anti-LGBT House Bill 2 — legislation hastily approved by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory last spring which negates all local LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination laws in the states and forbids transgender people to use appropriate public restroom facilities.

“The A.C.C. Council of Presidents made it clear that the core values of this league are of the utmost importance, and the opposition to any form of discrimination is paramount,” Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. “Today’s decision is one of principle,” according to The New York Times.

Four of the ACC’s 15 members are in North Carolina, and the conference has its headquarters in Greensboro.

Clemson President James P. Clements told the NY Times that the decision to move the ACC championship games was not easy, but it “is consistent with the shared values of inclusion and nondiscrimination at all of our institutions.”

McCrory, who has adamantly defended HB 2 since he signed it and is now struggling to stay alive in his race for re-election against Democrat Roy Cooper, has not yet commented on the decisions by either conference. But Tim Moore, the speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, said the decisions were “very unfortunate.”

Moore said, “No one ever wants to lose events under any circumstances, but these organizations are certainly entitled to host their events wherever they choose. The truth remains that this law was never about and does not promote discrimination.”

Most folks disagree with Mr. Moore, to say the least.

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Murder on Maple Avenue near Kaliente

Posted on 14 Sep 2016 at 1:14pm

maple-aveAccording to a Dallas Police report, DPD responded to a shooting call at Maple and Hondo avenues, “where they found the victim, a Latin male 21-years-old, suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.The victim’s name is not being released pending his next of kin being notified about his death.”

The report doesn’t say which corner the man was found. Kaliente is on one corner and a Jack in the Box on another. Freeway Motors, a body shop, is across Maple Avenue.

Police are asking that anyone with information regarding this murder contact Detective Chaney at 214-671-3650 or Crime Stoppers (214) 373-TIPS. CrimeStoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information.

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Monica Roberts honored by GLAAD

Posted on 13 Sep 2016 at 2:12pm
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TransGriot blogger Monica Roberts of Houston, right

TransGriot blogger Monica Roberts was honored by GLAAD San Francisco at a Sept. 8 gala.

Houston-based Roberts has written for Dallas Voice and has been blogging on issues of importance to transwomen of color for 10 years.

In its announcement, Nick Adams, GLAAD’s director of transgender media wrote:

“Monica Roberts has used her blog to become a powerful voice for trans women of color and all trans people for the past 10 years. Monica has consistently spoken out about the discrimination and violence faced by our community, and she’s shined a light on trans people, especially people of color, when other blogs and media outlets would not. We are thrilled to honor Monica for her work and for her contributions toward accelerating acceptance for all trans people.”

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NCAA pulls events from North Carolina; GOP spokeswoman issues rant

Posted on 13 Sep 2016 at 2:11pm
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NCAA President Mark Emmert

Texas lawmakers looking to jump on AG Ken Paxton and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s anti-transgender train need to take a good look at what happened yesterday in North Carolina, which became the poster-child-state for anti-LGBT hate earlier this year with passage of HB 2.

On Monday, Sept. 12, officials with the NCAA announced that seven NCAA championship games originally slated to be held in North Carolina are being moved out of The Hate State. That includes NCAA men’s basketball tournament games that would have been held in Greensboro, the 2016 Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, the 2016 Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships, a 2017 Division I Women’s Golf Championships regional, the 2017 Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships, the 2017 Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship and the 2017 Division II Baseball Championship.

In announcing the decision, NCAA officials said HB2 would preclude North Carolina cities from guaranteeing an “inclusive atmosphere” for all, according to The Charlotte Observer.

NCAA President Mark Emmert said, “Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships. We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans and everyone taking part in our championships.”

N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory, who signed HB 2 into law and has steadfastly defended it despite the ever-building negative impact it has had on his state, had issued no statement on the NCAA decision as of Tuesday morning.

But Roy Cooper, the Democrat running to replace McCrory as governor wasted no time in criticizing McCrory and the North Carolina GOP. His campaign spokesman, Ford Porter, told the Observer, “It seems that almost every day, we learn of a new consequence of HB2. Hosting NCAA championship events has long been a point of pride for North Carolina.”

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North Carolina’s state Republican Party, however, had no qualms in blasting the NCAA and once again defending HB 2. Spokeswoman Kami Mueller said: “This is so absurd it’s almost comical. I genuinely look forward to the NCAA merging all men’s and women’s teams together as singular, unified, unisex teams. Under the NCAA’s logic, colleges should make cheerleaders and football players share bathrooms, showers and hotel rooms. This decision is an assault to female athletes across the nation. If you are unwilling to have women’s bathrooms and locker rooms, how do you have a women’s team? I wish the NCAA was this concerned about the women who were raped at Baylor. Perhaps the NCAA should stop with their political peacocking — and instead focus their energies on making sure our nation’s collegiate athletes are safe, both on and off the field.”

Her response brought in swift and mostly disgusted reactions. Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign, called Mueller’s statement “sickening,” and said the North Carolina GOP should “apologize immediately.”

Charlotte Magazine Columnist Greg LaCour decried Mueller’s statement as one of “such incandescent stupidity that it deserves to be examined closely, annotated, studied in the manner of a finely wrought gem or tractate of Talmud.”

He added, “From the mouths and keyboards of North Carolina Republicans in these last few years has emerged a flood of jaw-dropping lunacy. Yet this may be the defining document of their dominance of North Carolina politics since 2010. For brevity, alienation from reality, incoherence, long jumps of illogic, and one particularly bizarre (and offensive as hell) non sequitur, St. Kami’s Epistle to the Cackalackians is worth dissecting in full.”

Ron Clements on SportingNews.com said Mueller’s statement was itself “so absurd it’s almost comical,” and pointed out, as did LaCour, that Mueller issued the statement within hours of tweeting, “Monday nights are for @WoodfordReserve, work, and reading about our first liberty @ericmetaxas,” along with a photo of a glass full of bourbon on the rocks and a book by Eric Mataxas’ book If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty.

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