Dale Hansen to appear at Black Tie Dinner

Posted on 18 Aug 2014 at 6:13pm

dalehansenHere’s a video Dale Hansen made accepting an invitation to attend Black Tie Dinner. Each time he addresses the subject, he proves himself to be a bigger and bigger ally.


DART begins service to DFW Airport

Posted on 18 Aug 2014 at 2:41pm

DART mapThe final station on DART’s Orange line now links Dallas to DFW Airport — in a way it doesn’t link Dallas to Love Field. The new DART station is actually inside DFW Airport at Terminal A. Walk from the station to the terminal and once inside security, link to any of the airport’s gates.

DART skirts Love Field and does not go to the airport. A bus takes passengers from Inwood Station to Love Field’s terminal.

While the trip to DFW airport might take longer than driving, riding DART can save quite a bit of money. Terminal parking is $20 per day and long-term parking is $9 per day. A DART trip is $2.50 each way, but parking is free at DART stations. Overnight parking is available at Market Center Station and Inwood Station in Oak Lawn and Hampton Station and Westmoreland Station in Oak Cliff.

From any of the downtown or Oak Lawn stations, take the Orange line. From Oak Cliff, transfer to the Orange line at West End Station. On the Red or Blue lines from the north, transfer to the Orange line anywhere between Mockingbird Station and West End Station. From South Dallas, transfer from the Green line anywhere from Arts District Station to Bachman Station.

Travel time to DFW Airport is 50 minutes from West End Station downtown, 43 minutes from Market Center Station, 41 minutes from Parkland Station and 39 minutes from Inwood Station.

Once the Orange line splits from the Green line at Bachman Station, the train makes five stops in Irving before arriving at the airport.

The Orange line originates in Plano during rush hour, LBJ at other times, and is DART’s longest line. From Downtown Plano Station to DFW Airport is a 90 minute train trip.

DART and Fort Worth’s The T continue to operate the TRE, which stops at CentrePoint Station south of DFW Airport with a shuttle bus transferring passengers to each of the terminals at the airport.

From Denton, train travelers can take the A train from downtown Denton to Trinity Mills Station, transfer to the Green line to Bachman Station and transfer to the Orange line to the airport.


Out WNBA stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson engaged

Posted on 18 Aug 2014 at 2:37pm
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Griner wrote “Last Night was a Night to Remember I became the happiest person on this earth! (almost pass out but when that one word came out I came back to life) Me and my baby @missvol25 are in it for Life!”

Baylor University alumna and Phoenix Mercury Brittney Griner proposed to her girlfriend Glory Johnson, of the Tulsa Shock, this weekend.

The couple posted photos of their engagement on their Instagram accounts.

Griner, who is from Houston and played basketball at Baylor, came out in an interview with SI.com, Sports Illustrated’s website, in 2013. She published In My Skin: My Life on and off the Basketball Court, a memoir, earlier this year, detailing her struggles growing up and remaining in the closet as a lesbian.

According to the Washington Post, “Griner was not to come out publicly because university officials, including [coach Kim] Mulkey, worried it would hurt recruiting. She lived in what many call a “glass closet;” she would bring her college girlfriend to events, but elsewhere, both online and offline, Griner was expected to live under a cloak of ambiguity.”

The couple have been together since June.


Virginia could become marriage-equality state No. 20 this week

Posted on 18 Aug 2014 at 11:10am
John G. Roberts portrait

Chief Justice John Roberts

Virginia could become marriage-equality state No. 20 on Thursday if U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts doesn’t stay the lower court’s ruling.

Roberts set a deadline of 5 p.m. today for the attorneys representing same-sex couples in Virginia’s Bostic v. Schaefer case to respond to the defendants’ request for a stay of the Fourth Circuit’s ruling overturning the state’s marriage ban. If Roberts rejects the stay request, gay and lesbian couples could begin receiving marriage licenses in Virginia starting at 8 a.m. on Thursday morning.

The Bostic plaintiffs case are represented by Ted Olson and David Boies on behalf of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, who are joined by the ACLU and Lambda Legal. Olson and Boies were the attorneys on the winning side of California’s Proposition 8 case.

If put on hold, Virginia will have to wait until the Supreme Court rules on marriage equality. That happened in Utah when the Tenth Circuit refused to stay its decision, but the Supreme Court put the ruling on hold. Both Utah and Virginia have been referred to the Supreme Court for review.


Power outages across Oak Lawn follow sudden storm

Posted on 16 Aug 2014 at 5:58pm

A downed tree on Lahoma Street in Oak Lawn buried a car.

A sudden thunder storm hit Oak Lawn about 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon causing power outages and downed trees. Police were diverting traffic on Cedar Springs headed toward the Strip from the direction of Love Field because of trees and debris in the road.

Oncor reported more than 30,000 people without power.

The storm caused temporary flooding on streets and temperatures dropped from 100 into the 70s during the storm.


Idaho has a gay candidate running on an anti-gay party ticket

Posted on 15 Aug 2014 at 1:16pm

Steve Pankey

A gay candidate is running for governor of Idaho. And, no, it’s not the state’s former Sen. Larry “Wide Stance” Craig.

According to the Twins Falls Times-News, Steve Pankey is the candidate for governor on the state’s Constitution Party, which broke away from the Republican Party earlier this year. The party tried to rescind its nomination of Pankey when he mentioned he was gay in a letter of support for same-sex marriage to the attorney general.

Pankey claims he’s celibate.

Unfortunately, an anti-gay plank tops the party’s main platform. “Lost under the assault of homosexual radicals,” is the main headline on the party’s website. The party tried to have Pankey removed from the ballot, but the state’s attorney general told them it was too late.So the gay candidate will represent the anti-gay party on the ballot in November.

At the convention, Pankey told delegates he didn’t remember writing the letter dated May 20, 2014.

The party platform says, “The law of our Creator defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman. The marriage covenant is the foundation of the family. We affirm therefore that no government may authorize or define marriage or family relations contrary to what God has instituted.”

In a message to its supporters, the party wrote: “His [Panky's] actions in support of so-called ‘same sex marriage,’ both directly and indirectly, discretely and indiscreetly, are in outright contravention of the clearly expressed Platform of the Constitution Party of Idaho regarding actual marriage.


LGBT groups join forces for school supplies drive

Posted on 14 Aug 2014 at 11:20am

imageRainbow LULAC has teamed up with Resource Center, Stonewall Democrats of Dallas, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, DIVA, Texas Latino Gay Pride and Congregation Beth El Binah for a school supplies drive for DISD students at 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21 at Havana, 4006 Cedar Springs Road.

Dallas City Councilmen Adam Medrano and Philip Kingston and Dallas County Schools Trustee Omar Narvaez will be on hand to collect the supplies. Crayons, 3-ring binders, back packs, 5-subject notebooks, pens, pencils and writing tablets are among the supplies needed.

Supplies can be dropped off that night at Havana or during the business day at Dallas Voice, 4145 Travis, Third Floor through Aug. 22.


16 LGBT rights organizations express grief over Michael Brown death

Posted on 14 Aug 2014 at 11:18am

An undated photo of Michael Brown, an 18 year old black killed by a police officer, in Ferguson, Mo.

Sixteen LGBT organizations signed onto an open letter decrying the tragic murder of Michael Brown, an unarmed, 18 year old black man killed by a police officer this week in Ferguson, Missouri. The accounts ofd the incident of the events, but it’s a sobering reminder, according to the August 12 letter, of the all too familiar experience of harassment and violence toward marginalized communities.

Among them are the Human Rights Campaign, Soulforce and the National Center for Transgender Equality.

The 16 organizations denounced the brutality and called on “the national and local media to be responsible and steadfast in their coverage of this story and others like it — racialized killings that have marred this nation since the beginning of its history.” See a copy of the letter here.

The St. Louis suburb has been in turmoil following his death. Numerous leaders and organizations have called for investigations amidst the ongoing anger and violence sweeping the city. Attorney General Eric Holder said he has opened an investigation.



Log Cabin Texas responds to Republican anti-equality amicus brief

Posted on 13 Aug 2014 at 3:35pm

Jeff Davis

Jeff Davis, chairman of Log Cabin Republicans of Texas, sent us the following piece responding to the the Republican anti-equality amicus brief filed in the Texas marriage case before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

On Monday, Aug. 11, 63 Texas Republican elected officials signed an amicus brief arguing that the recognition of same-sex marriage could lead to the legalization of incest, pedophilia and polygamy. The brief, which was filed with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is in response to U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia’s decision which deemed the Texas ban on same-sex marriage violated the 14th Amendment’s clauses regarding due process and equal protection.

The amicus brief states the following:

“The district court broadened the definition of the ‘existing right to marry’ as one that includes the right of people to ‘select the partners of their choosing’ for marriage, without regard to sex. If the right to select ‘partners of their choosing’ is the criterion used to invoke marriage as a fundamental right, then marriage restrictions on age, polygamy, and consanguinity are also ripe for challenge.”

Log Cabin Republicans of Texas wishes to remind these 63 elected officials that they are meant to represent their constituents, most of whom have evolved on the issue of same-sex marriage. A 2013 poll conducted by Public Policy Polling found that 51 percent of Republicans in Texas support same-sex marriage or civil unions. The same poll found that 63 percent of voters in Texas support same-sex marriage or civil unions, meaning 63 percent of Texas voters do not support the same-sex marriage ban these elected officials are trying to restore.

Sixty-three percent is a powerful number, especially in a gubernatorial election year. A vast majority of Republicans are extremely upset with party leadership over the shift to extreme right-wing politics that are making our state the laughingstock of the country. Texas Republicans are angry that the party chose to endorse reparative therapy in the state party platform, an ill-thought and embarrassing move that has given our party nothing but embarrassing press and has given gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis nothing but ammunition against us. Groups like Republican Liberty Caucus, Young Republicans and Log Cabin Republicans of Texas have publicly spoken out against the current platform and particularly the party’s stance on LGBT issues.

The filing of this brief sends a clear message. Party leadership has lost its connection with Republican voters. While there’s no way to fix what has already been done, Log Cabin Republicans of Texas hopes that these 63 elected officials, and all Republican legislators in Texas, remind themselves as to what the party really stands for. We are the party of limited government, and we are the party of inclusion.  Let’s get back to that, and let’s keep Texas red.


Virginia denied stay; marriage may begin Monday

Posted on 13 Aug 2014 at 3:31pm

VirginiaThe Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals declined to place a stay on its marriage ruling. The appeals court gave the U.S. Supreme Court five days to intervene.

Unless the Supreme Court does intervene, as it did in Utah after the Tenth Circuit decided not to stay its decision, marriage equality will begin in the state on Monday.

In Utah, Justice Sonia Sotomayor intervened after several weeks of marriage equality in the state. U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts is the circuit justice for the Fourth Circuit who may decide to overrule the court and stay the ruling until the case is heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.