Photos: Easter in Lee Park, Part 3

Posted on 19 Apr 2017 at 9:00am

Here’s Part 3 of Chuck Marcelo’s photos from Easter in Lee Park and the Pooch Parade. Enjoy!


Baylor hires woman as president. No, really. They really did.

Posted on 18 Apr 2017 at 4:37pm

Baylor University hired Linda Livingstone as its 15th president. It isn’t clear if they know she’s a woman.

The school has gone through a period of great unpleasantness as members of its football team, the Baylor Rapists, have been accused of sexual assaults and other crimes on campus.

No explanation of how Livingstone will function as president of the Baptist university, do her housework, birth her babies and keep her husband happy, all at the same time.

In a statement on behalf of the Board of Regents, Board Chair Ronald D. Murff wrote, “Dr. Livingstone brings an accomplished academic career to Baylor, combined with a strong appreciation and support of Baylor’s mission. A longtime Baptist and former Baylor faculty member, she has a passion for the distinctiveness of Baylor’s Christian mission in higher education.”

That is quite worrisome, because for the past several years, under the leadership of President Ken Starr, the mission seemed to be to protect football players at all costs.

And, as the press release points out, chartered in 1845, “Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in the state.” Oldest in years or oldest in its attitude toward women and the LGBT community? (The school sued its LGBT alumni for using “Baylor Pride” to raise money for the school. GAY money. FOR THE SCHOOL.) Baylor appeared for years on the Princeton list of most homophobic schools.

So, congratulations, Dr. Livingstone. Our best advice to you is, don’t tell anyone you’re a woman.


Black Trans conference meets in Dallas next week

Posted on 18 Apr 2017 at 3:50pm

Espy and Carter Brown

The annual Black Trans Advocacy Conference takes place at the Marriott Quorum on the North Dallas Tollway near Beltline Road from April 24-30.

Black Trans Advocacy, founded in Dallas by Carter and Espy Brown, is the only national transgender organization for black trans men and women.

Workshops include everything from “Love Is Respect: Building Healthier Relationships to help End Family Violence in Transgender Communities” to “Trans Reproductive Justice and Sexual Health.”

For trans women, the conference offers “Bold, Black and Beautiful” and for trans men a trans-masculine support group will meet.

The 2017 Mr & Miss Black Trans International Pageant Contest takes place during the week. A Cisgender women’s support group meets and a workshop offers advice on “Advancing Black Trans Equality as An Ally.”

On Friday, at 12:30 p.m. a press conference at the hotel centers on anti-trans violence.

For more information or to register, go to the Black Trans website.


Photos: Easter in Lee Park, Part 2

Posted on 18 Apr 2017 at 3:00pm

Here’s Part 2 of Chuck Marcelo’s photos from Easter in Lee Park and the Pooch Parade. Watch for Part 3 to be posted here on Instant Tea Wednesday morning.


DVtv: Brad Pritchett and DVtv check out Easter in the Park

Posted on 18 Apr 2017 at 11:20am

It’s Easter in Dallas and that means one thing: Easter in Lee Park and the Pooch Parade.
Brad Pritchett and DVtv bring you all the highlights of the day.


Photos: Easter in Lee Park, Part 1

Posted on 18 Apr 2017 at 9:47am

On Monday, Dallas Voice Executive Editor Arnold Wayne Jones posted a few photos of the festivities at Easter in Lee Park. Dallas Voice photog Chuck Marcelo was there, too, and he’s sent us a bunch more shots of all the fun, including the ever-popular Pooch Parade.

Here’s the first installment of Chuck’s photos from Easter in Lee Park and the Pooch Parade. Enjoy, and watch for Parts 2 and 3 of Chuck’s photo highlights.



Pride flag stolen from Unitarian Church in Plano

Posted on 17 Apr 2017 at 2:27pm

Community Unitarian Church has been flying a rainbow flag on a pole attached to its sign along Parker Road in Plano.

On Easter, the flag was stolen and replaced with an American flag and a note that read, “I didn’t agree with your flag. So I took it down. If you don’t agree with this one, you can take it down. P.S. There are only two genders.”

Yes, because if I don’t agree with you, I have a right to go on your property and steal something from you, as long as I replace it with something I prefer.

Church members are too concerned with the theft and will replace the Pride flag that will fly side by side with the American flag, according to the Rev. Patrick Price.

On the church’s Facebook page, Mark Thompson, obviously not a fan of the church, wrote, “These planted publicity stunts are really getting old….but I guess they still work. Nice one!”

But others reacted more optimistically. Rafael Jose Torres wrote, “Can’t wait to see the two flags side by side.”

Plano police are looking into the incident.


Dangerous bills are moving through the legislature

Posted on 17 Apr 2017 at 11:00am

Equality Texas warns that this might not be a very good week for equality in the Texas.

While several bills — including the heinous bathroom bill — have been sent to the State Affairs Committee, where, usually, bills are sent to die, several that have passed the Senate are getting hearings in the House of Representatives where they could pass.

A replacement bill for SB 6 — HB2899 — will be heard in the State Affairs committee on Wednesday and Equality Texas urges anyone who is available to be in Austin that day for the hearing. The bill would invalidate local non-discrimination laws, such as those in place in Dallas, Fort Worth and Plano. Sexual orientation was first added to Dallas city code in 1993 for city employees.

More from Equality Texas:

Religious Refusal by child welfare agencies

On Wednesday, April 12, the House State Affairs committee voted out HB 3859, a religious refusal bill that would provide child welfare providers the right to refuse to service clients if doing so conflicts with a “sincerely held religious belief”. The bill is currently being considered by the House Calendars Committee, which will meet next week to discuss placing on the general floor calendar.

Religious Refusal

On Tuesday by a vote of 21-10, the Texas Senate voted out SB 522, a religious refusal bill that would allow clerks to discriminate and refuse to issue marriage licenses based on a “sincerely held religious belief”. Like many of the religious refusal bills filed in the legislature this session, SB 522 radically redefines religious liberty in Texas and seeks to use religion as another way to discriminate against same-sex couples. Sen. Sylvia Garcia said this about SB 522:“Each county clerk and judge in Texas said they would ‘faithfully fulfill their duties and follow the laws of this state and this country so help me God’ and that includes their duties to process eligible marriage certificates for same-sex couples.”

SB 522 now moves to the House, where it has not yet been referred to a committee.

Also in the legislature:

Sanctuary Cities

In addition, SB4, the sanctuary cities bill, cleared committee with this ominous provision: Local police would be deputized as federal immigration law officers and leaders could be jailed for up to a year for failing to assist federal immigration.

At the Mega March, County Judge Clay Jenkins spoke and said our police are already short-staffed and overworked. Their job is to protect the public by fighting crime and no one — not victims or witnesses — should be afraid to call police because of fear of deportation.

Sheriff Lupe Valdez, a target of this bill, said she has cooperated with federal immigration officials when someone in Dallas County custody has a criminal record.

And for the record, Texas has no sanctuary cities.


New York Times debunks ‘Trump will be friend to LGBT community’

Posted on 17 Apr 2017 at 10:01am

Few LGBT people thought Donald Trump would be a friend to the community if elected president. The New York Times editorial board looked at the early record and debunked the idea.

They point out a number of appointments of officials to top positions who are openly hostile to the LGBT equality. Human Rights Campaign highlighted some of the top points:

• Among his first actions, AG Jeff Sessions revoked the Obama Administration’s guidance protecting the dignity and safety of transgender students;

• Tom Price, an anti-LGBTQ politician picked by Trump to head the Department of Health and Human Services, which under Obama expanded access to healthcare for LGBTQ people, has been joined by Roger Severino, equally hostile to LGBTQ equality, to run the Department’s Office of Civil Rights;;

• Trump has nominated aggressively anti-LGBTQ Tennessee legislator Mark Green to head the U.S. Army, most recently led by Eric Fanning — the first openly gay leader of a branch of the U.S. military.

• Under Trump, federal agencies, including HHS, are rolling back efforts to collect data on the LGBTQ communities.

In addition, on Friday, (April 14), Trump nominated former New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett to become president of the Export-Import Bank. Garrett refused to contribute to the House Republicans fundraising campaign because he said it supported gay candidates.


Helping protect LGBT people around the world

Posted on 14 Apr 2017 at 10:49pm

This week, news of gay men in Chechnya being arrested, taken to concentration camps, tortured and even killed has been making headlines around the world. We posted this story by Michael K. Lavers for Washington Blade about the situation on Thursday.

And today, on this week’s episode of DVtv in Spayse, as we talked about the situation, Israel Luna asked the question I think is on many people’s minds: What can I do to help?

Well, has a few suggestions here. I say look for the organizations that are already in place that might be able to help, and then support those organizations. A good place to start would be with ILGA, “a worldwide federation of 1,200 member organisations from 125 countries campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights since 1978.”

And, something every one of us can do, stay informed, stay educated and don’t let yourself become complacent. Don’t let your friends become complacent either; inform yourself and inform your friends.