Log Cabin calls Republican platform the most anti-LGBT ever

Posted on 13 Jul 2016 at 10:17am
Gregory-Angelo

Gregory Angelo

Log Cabin Republicans President Gregory Angelo has condemned the Republican Party platform as “the most anti-LGBT platform in the Party’s 162-year history.” Here’s an excerpt from the letter he sent out following passage of the platform:

“There’s no way to sugar-coat this: I’m mad as hell — and I know you are, too.

“Moments ago, the Republican Party passed the most anti-LGBT Platform in the Party’s 162-year history.

“Opposition to marriage equality, nonsense about bathrooms, an endorsement of the debunked psychological practice of ‘pray the gay away — it’s all in there.

“This isn’t my GOP, and I know it’s not yours either. Heck, it’s not even Donald Trump’s! When given a chance to follow the lead of our presumptive presidential nominee and reach out to the LGBT community in the wake of the awful terrorist massacre in Orlando on the gay nightclub Pulse, the Platform Committee said NO.”

Angelo then went on to ask for donations to allow Log Cabin to run ads in the Cleveland newspapers during the convention next week.

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PHOTOS: Images from the Memorial Service for fallen officers in Dallas

Posted on 12 Jul 2016 at 5:44pm

Read David Taffet’s account of the service here, and watch the Friday, July 15 issue of Dallas Voice for more details.

Photos by Tammye Nash

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Obama, Bush address DPD officers at Meyerson event

Posted on 12 Jul 2016 at 5:01pm
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President Barack Obama addresses Dallas Police officers at the Meyerson (Tammye Nash/Dallas Voice)

President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush spoke to Dallas police officers and the families of the victims of the ambush that took place on July 7 at the Meyerson Symphony Center this afternoon (Tuesday, July 12).

The Arlington Police Department filled in for Dallas police to provide security around the Meyerson to allow DPD officers to attend.

The Dallas Police Choir was joined on stage by choirs from six church choirs from around the city. They began with a powerful rendition of “Love is Stronger than Hate.”

In addition to state and local officials, governors Jay Nixon of Missouri and Suzanna Martinez of New Mexico attended. Mayors from New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Lewisville and Columbia also flew in for the event.

Mayor Mike Rawlings welcomed the crowd and said they were there to comfort the families of the victims and “to honor those who were wounded, not only in body but soul,” acknowledging how hurt everyone on the police force is.

Police Chief David Brown said earlier today he may require his officers to go through counseling, so that they don’t have to request it.

The Rev. Sheron Patterson of the United Methodist Church of North Texas, Rabbi Andrew Paley of Temple Shalom and Imam Omar Suleiman on Valley Ranch Islamic Center offered a prayer for unity, healing and peace.

Sen. John Cornyn thanked Rawlings and Brown for the strength they’ve shown since the ambush, calling them men of uncommon courage.

He said Dallas police officers ran toward the bullets, shielded citizens and sacrificed their own lives.

“They put the people of Dallas before themselves,” Cornyn said.

After receiving a standing ovation, Bush said, “Today our nation grieves. Those of us who call Dallas home lost five members of our family.”

He said the Dallas Police Department has been an inspiration for the rest of the country.

“We are grief stricken, heartbroken and forever grateful,” Bush said.

Rawlings introduced DART police chief James Spiller saying, “Leadership is hard. Great leadership is unique. We experienced that leadership from James Spiller.”

As he introduced Brown, whom he called “a rock” and “my friend,” police gave an ovation with whistles and cheers.

When the president stood at the podium, he began with a tribute to each of the officers. Before the event, he met with the wounded and he talked about the son of Shetamia Taylor, who brought her children to the demonstration. Her 12-year-old son told the president he wants to become a Dallas police officer.

“Despite the fact police conduct was the subject of the protest, the men and women of the Dallas Police Department did their jobs,” Obama said.

They posted photos of themselves with demonstrators on social media, he said.

Throughout his speech, the president expressed frustration that he “hugged too many families.”

But he praised the Dallas police who “didn’t flinch and didn’t act recklessly,” and because of their actions, “saved more lives than we will ever know.”

He praised Brown for being at the forefront of improving relations between police and the city and called DPD a national model for the way a police department should be run. But he enumerated the shortcomings.

“We ask police to do too much and we ask too little of ourselves,” Obama said, echoing frustrations Brown expressed yesterday.

“We refuse to fund drug treatment,” he said. “We flood communities with guns.”

The event closed with the choirs singing “Glory Hallelujah.” When Michelle Obama took Bush’s hand and both began singing along with the choir, the others on stage held hands. That included Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, in whose district the shooting took place, who held hands with Sen. Ted Cruz. Then the entire audience stood, held hands and joined the singing.

Outside, we encountered one protester, a white woman, whose scribbled sign read, “Obama’s a racist.” We weren’t sure if she actually knows what the word means.

More details in Friday’s Dallas Voice.

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Funeral services set for three officers killed in ambush

Posted on 11 Jul 2016 at 2:24pm
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The memorial to ambushed police officers set up in front of DPD headquarters on July 9

Funeral services for three of the police officers killed in an ambush in downtown Dallas on July 7 have been set. Details are below.

Westboro Baptist Church announced on its webpage that it plans to be in Dallas to protest during this week. The “church,” listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, usually lists its protest plans here. As of this writing, Dallas is not on the schedule, but organizers want to be ready to shield family members from having to see the group’s hate signs. Members of the DFW Sisters have expressed interest in being angels who block the view of protesters from family.

Funeral services have been set for Lorne B. Ahrens, Michael J. Smith and Brent Thompson. Services for officers Patricio Zamarripa and Michael Krol are pending.

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Ad on transgender people and public bathrooms set to air during RNC, DNC

Posted on 11 Jul 2016 at 2:06pm
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A new ad from FairnessUSA explains why it’s dangerous to force transgender people to use the wrong restroom.

Even as the nation mourns the deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Philando Castile in a suburb of Minneapolis and Officers Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarippa, Michael Krol, Michael Smith and Lorne Ahrens in Dallas, right-wing anti-LGBT forces continue to ignore the need to address the systemic racism at the root of the violence and instead focus their efforts on making sure LGBT people don’t have equal protection and transgender people can’t pee in public.

Tomorrow (Tuesday, July 12), one month to the day after 49 people were murdered in an Orlando gay bar in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on the First Amendment Defense Act, which would allow individuals, many businesses and nonprofit organizations to legally discriminate against LGBT people. It would, for instance, allow a privately-owned business to refuse to let an employee take time off to care for a same-sex spouse who was ill. It would also eliminate many of the protections for LGBT people enacted under the Obama administration

Donald Trump, presumptive GOP nominee, supports the measure, of course.

But there are those who are fighting back against the hate. FairnessUSA — a joint project of Freedom for All Americans Education, Fund, the Movement Advancement Project, the National Center for Transgender Equality and Equality Ohio Education Fund — will be airing a new ad depicting challenges faced by transgender people accessing public restrooms during both the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention.

The ad, which you can watch below, will have its national TV debut on Fox News Channel on Thursday, July 21, during the final night of the RNC in Cleveland. It will air nationwide again on MSNBC during the DNC in Philadelphia.

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Petition to remove Lt. Gov Dan Patrick from office circulates

Posted on 11 Jul 2016 at 1:08pm
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Dan Patrick could only look on as Mayor Rawlings brought the city together

Petitions to remove Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick from office have been circulating, including this latest one on Change.org, posted in response to Patrick’s comments about the ambush of Dallas police officers.

The morning after the Orlando shootings, Patrick posted on his Twitter account, “Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”

While Patrick claims that tweet was not in response to the massacre or about the victims of the mass murder, he removed the tweet and never apologized to the victims’ families.

After the Dallas police shootings, Patrick blamed the demonstrators and called them hypocrites for running from the gun fire.

“All those protesters last night, they ran the other way, expecting the men and women in blue to turn around and protect them,” Patrick said. “What hypocrites!”

Demonstrators were following police directions when they ran.

Patrick never blamed the shooter for the shooting.

During an event a Thanksgiving Square on Friday, just hours after the murder of five officers, Patrick attended but was not invited to speak. Instead, he stood directly behind each of the speakers who appealed for a sense of unity in the city.

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Palant to lead musical concert of healing

Posted on 11 Jul 2016 at 12:26pm
Jonathan Palant

Jonathan Palant

A free concert of healing takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 14 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St.

Singers from around the area will participate in a massed choir performance led by Credo, a community choir conducted by former Turtle Creek Chorale artistic director Jonathan Palant.

“We have invited members of every church, synagogue and community choir in the Metroplex to join us not only in singing out against violence, but also to sing out for peace, love, and unity,” Palant said. “The Dallas Police Choir has also been extended an invitation to perform.”

Singers from the Dallas Symphony Chorus, Turtle Creek Chorale, Dallas Independent School District, Cathedral of Hope, Temple Shalom and from many churches plan to perform, Palant said. The concert will include appearances by local opera star Ava Pine and area favorites Denise Lee, Paul Mason and Liz Mikel.

Several speakers, both religious and lay leaders, will offer thoughts and words of encouragement.

Singers who would like to participate should enter the Meyerson through the glass doors on Flora Street by 5:30 p.m. and follow signage toward the stage. There is no pre-registration. Sheet music will be distributed at the start of rehearsal. There is no charge to sing and all singers are welcome. Attire for performers is business casual.

No tickets or reservations. Tickets are open seating.

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UPDATE: DPD HQ not on lockdown, focus on garage

Posted on 09 Jul 2016 at 7:02pm

IMG_9831UPDATE:

DPD tweeted they have completed a manual search of the parking garage and nothing was found. To be safe, they’re doing a second search with the K9 unit.

Original Post:

DPD is tweeting out that headquarters is not on lockdown, although it was officers who originally told reporters it was.

Police are concentrating on the garage behind DPD HQ. A masked man was seen running through the garage. A detective tried to stop him, but the man disappeared into a stairwell and hasn’t been seen since.

Earlier, threats were called to DPD HQ that people are on their way from Houston to shoot up DPD HQ.

Earlier reports that shots were fired at DPD HQ were incorrect. Police set off a device in order to enter a locked fence, according to a DPD tweet.

TV media was told to stop showing live feed to the parking garage area for the safety of officers.

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BREAKING: DPD HQ on lockdown after threats

Posted on 09 Jul 2016 at 6:38pm

DPD HQ

UPDATE:

Police are saying headquarters is not on lockdown. Police are focusing on the parking garage.

ORIGINAL POST:

Dallas police headquarters went on lockdown after threats were called in from a group that said they were driving in from Houston to harm Dallas officers.

Dallas SWAT has surrounded the building and media and people paying tribute to officers who were murdered have been moved away from the building.

According to another report, a masked man was seen running through the DPD parking garage. While that wouldn’t normally trigger a lock-down, but with what happened Thursday night, police are taking no chances.

In addition, a man was bowed down in front of the impromptu police memorial that has been set up in front of DPD headquarters as if praying, but was screaming at the top of his lungs, prompting police to stand guard near him.

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Stream of visitors pay their respects at DPD HQ

Posted on 09 Jul 2016 at 12:21pm

International media descended on Dallas in the aftermath of Thursday night’s shooting of 12 Dallas police officers and two civilians during a peaceful demonstration.

Police parked two patrol cars in the plaza in front of DPD headquarters on South Lamar Street. Visitors have covered the cars with flowers and messages.

Police stood guard. Some wept and others talked to passersby and to media. Reporters stood in front of cameras speaking Russian, Spanish, German, French and several languages I couldn’t make out.

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