Log Cabin Republicans of Dallas president becomes national officer

Posted on 31 Jan 2013 at 6:30pm

Thomas Purdy

Log Cabin Republicans of Dallas President Thomas Purdy has been elected secretary of  National Log Cabin Republicans.

That’s a fast rebound for the Dallas chapter that was decommissioned by the national organization in the fall of 2011 after a disagreement between its then-president and the national group.

A year ago, a newly invigorated club emerged with Thomas Purdy chosen as president. Purdy joined the national board last spring and has now been elected secretary.

At a national board meeting held earlier this month in Las Vegas, Purdy said, board chairman Jerry Katlin encouraged him to run for the position that became vacant at the end of 2012.

Meetings are held quarterly in cities around the country, “so we have opportunities to interact with our chapters across the country,” Purdy said.

He said as a Log Cabin member, he wants to serve as an advocate for freedom and equality of LGBT Americans within the Republican Party.

His goal, and that of Log Cabin,  is “to truly and uniformly apply the conservative principles of limited government, individual liberty and personal responsibility for all — repeat, ALL — Americans,” Purdy said.


Poll numbers show drop in support for same-sex marriage among TX voters

Posted on 31 Jan 2013 at 6:30pm


A Public Policy Polling poll released today shows that 61 percent of Texas voters favor either same-sex marriage or civil unions.

That percentage is down from a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll in October that found 69 percent supported relationship recognition for gay couples.

PPP surveyed 500 Texas voters from Jan. 24-27 and the poll has a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points. The UT/TT poll surveyed 800 voters from Oct. 15-21 and has a margin of error of 4.22 percentage points.

In the PPP poll, 28 percent of Texas voters supported civil unions and 33 percent were in favor of same-sex marriage.

When broken down by liberal and conservative voters, 59 percent of voters who identified as very liberal thought same-sex couples should be able to get married compared to 9 percent of voters who identified as very conservative.

As for civil unions, 41 percent of somewhat conservative voters and 24 percent of very conservative voters favored them while 14 percent of very liberal voters and 18 percent of somewhat liberal voters favored them.

Additionally, women were in support of same-sex marriage more than men with 37 percent supporting it compared to 26 percent of men. For those who didn’t support any relationship recognition, 30 percent were women and 43 percent were men.


AOC kicks off 21st Tarrant County AIDS Walk with a casino party

Posted on 31 Jan 2013 at 12:19pm

AIDS Outreach Center‘s 21st annual Tarrant County AIDS Walk and Fun Run will be held Saturday, March 30, from 8 a.m. to noon in Trinity Park. Sign-in takes place at the Trinity Park Pavilion at 7th Street in Fort Worth.

A casino night kick-off party will be Feb. 8 at the Hilton Fort Worth, 815 Main Street, beginning at 7 p.m.

Volunteers for the walk and fun run are needed for set-up, water stations, path monitors, kids area, registration, food, vendor check-in and clean-up.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Mary Scales by email or at 817-296-0597.

In the eight counties served by AOC, more than 4,500 people are known to be living with HIV/AIDS. Estimates are that 20 percent more in the area are infected and do not know.

AOC was founded in 1986 by volunteers to help people with AIDS in Fort Worth deal with end-of-life issues. Today AOC stands as the largest AIDS social service organization in Tarrant County in the fight against AIDS.

Last year, the agency partnered with AIDS Healthcare Foundation to open a medical clinic at its facility.


Could TX elect a lesbian governor?

Posted on 30 Jan 2013 at 2:34pm

Mayor Annise Parker polled 40 percent against Gov. Rick Perry’s 47 percent in a Public Policy Polling poll

Public Policy Polling’s latest indicates that Texans are ready for a change in the governor’s office. The polling outfit looked at everyone from one of the LGBT community’s staunchest opponents to a member of the LGBT community.

Of Republican Primary voters, 41 percent want Gov. Rick Perry to run for another term while 47 percent want someone else. Among Texans in general, 31 percent favor another Perry term while 61 percent don’t.

Attorney General Greg Abbott is the governor’s closest opponent and trails Perry by just 3 points. But Abbott doesn’t have good name recognition. Among voters who know him, he leads 55 to 33 percent. (Abbott is perhaps best know in the LGBT community for challenging two same-sex divorces.)

The poll shows that Democrats have a better chance to taking the governor’s mansion if Perry wins the Republican Primary.

Against three Democrats, Perry would get 47 percent of the vote, according to PPP. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro polls 42 percent, State Sen. Wendy Davis would get 41 percent and Houston Mayor Annise Parker would get 40 percent.

Castro was a strong supporter of nondiscrimination in San Antonio. Davis ran for re-election last year with support from Equality Texas and Stonewall Democrats of Tarrant County. Parker, who is lesbian, is in her second term as mayor, making Houston the largest city with an LGBT person at the helm.

None of the Democrats has indicated whether they have interest in running for governor yet. Abbott has told supporters he plans to run.

The general election will be in November 2014.


PHOTOS: Lady Gaga at the American Airlines Center — but not the Round-Up

Posted on 30 Jan 2013 at 10:55am

As most Little Monsters probably know, Lady Gaga is not allowing media photo coverage of her Born This Way Ball, which stopped at the American Airlines Center in Dallas last night. But our Chuck Marcelo went as a spectator and managed to grab some pretty decent shots anyway. Unfortunately, for the first time in three tours, Gaga didn’t show up at the Round-Up Saloon afterward, leading to some hurt feelings since the bar had announced earlier in the day that she would be there. The Round-Up has since pulled its original post advertising Gaga’s appearance. As of this morning, the bar hadn’t posted an official apology, but this thread on its Facebook page seemed indicative of the back and forth:


Check out the rest of Chuck’s pics below. To read Rich Lopez’s review, go here.


Boy Scouts seek input on gay ban

Posted on 29 Jan 2013 at 3:17pm

Those who want the Boy Scouts to end — or at least soften — their ban on gays can now call or email the organization to voice their opinion.

Calls are being answered at the National Service Desk at 972-580-2330. A representative will answer and ask if you are for or against the policy change.

Emails are also being accepted at nationalsupportcenter@scouting.org.

The national executive board is slated to consider the policy change next Wednesday to allow local troops to decide whether or not to welcome gay members and leaders.


Adam Medrano resigns from city; showdown with Weisfeld looms

Posted on 29 Jan 2013 at 2:53pm

Adam Medrano

DISD trustee Adam Medrano has resigned from his position as a supervisor in the Park and Recreation department— presumably so he can run for the District 2 seat on the Dallas City Council in May, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Under new maps approved by the council last year, District 2 covers most of Oak Lawn, as well as parts of downtown and East Dallas. The seat is currently held by Pauline Medrano, a staunch LGBT ally who is Adam Medrano’s aunt.

Adam Medrano, one-time president of the Dallas school board, has appeared more than once alongside his aunt on the Dallas Tavern Guild’s float in the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade.

The other major candidate who’s declared his candidacy in District 2 is Herschel Weisfeld, who’s openly gay, setting up a showdown for the LGBT vote in what is arguably the city’s most lavender district.

Dallas has not had an openly gay council member since Ed Oakley stepped down to run for mayor in 2007.

Medrano did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.


Scalia claims he’s never expressed his views on marriage equality

Posted on 29 Jan 2013 at 10:46am

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, right, reads from his new book, ‘Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts,’ alongside SMU professor and co-author Bryan Garner. (Anna Waugh/Dallas Voice)

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told an audience at Southern Methodist University on Monday night that he hasn’t previously “expressed [his] views” on marriage equality or gun control.

The comment came while Scalia and SMU professor Bryan Garner were lecturing on their new book, Reading Law: Interpretations of Legal Texts. Part of the lecture focused on interpreting texts in the context in which they were written.

Garner explained that someone can personally disagree with a text but can agree on its interpretation. He explained that he and Scalia differ on gun control and marriage equality because he favors both. Scalia countered that he hadn’t expressed his views on either topic and left it at that.

Scalia’s statement seems at odds with his dissenting opinion in Lawrence v. Texas, which declared state sodomy laws unconstitutional. In the opinion Scalia wrote:

“State laws against bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality, and obscenity are likewise sustainable only in light of Bowers’ validation of laws based on moral choices. Every single one of these laws is called into question by today’s decision; the Court makes no effort to cabin the scope of its decision to exclude them from its holding.”


PIC OF THE DAY: Houston Mayor Annise Parker joins NOH8 campaign

Posted on 28 Jan 2013 at 2:06pm

While doing a shoot at the University of Houston last fall, the NOH8 campaign paid a visit to City Hall and lesbian Mayor Annise Parker’s office. Above is the result, posted on the NOH8 Campaign’s Facebook page today. Any bets on whether Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings would do this? Sorry, I couldn’t resist.


Komen CEO Nancy Brinker hosts fundraiser for gay-rights group

Posted on 28 Jan 2013 at 1:47pm

Nancy Brinker

Since announcing she was leaving her post as CEO, Susan G. Komen Foundation founder Nancy Brinker has been spending some of her time on other causes such as gay rights.

According to the Washington Post, Brinker hosted a reception for Lambda Legal at her home in Georgetown with her son Eric, 37, who is gay.

“Having the most supportive mom in the world, I didn’t have to twist her arm very hard to get her involved,” Eric Brinker said.

And until the Planned Parenthood controversy last year, supporting the LGBT community was apparent in Komen’s distribution of funds. When Resource Center Dallas expanded its health programming beyond AIDS and created a women’s health program, Komen provided the first grant — which was also the Dallas-based foundation’s first grant to an LGBT organization.

Between 2007 and 2011, Komen funded 30 lesbian breast-health projects around the country.

But after the Komen Foundation cut off grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings, there was alarm in the lesbian community. Evidence suggests lesbians are more prone to breast cancer than heterosexual women and many lesbians get their health care through Planned Parenthood, which provides gynecological services to women without insurance.

The cuts to Planned Parenthood came after Brinker hired Karen Handel as senior vice president for public policy. Handel ran for governor of Georgia on a right-wing and homophobic platform. So the fear was Komen would target all lesbian health programs next.

But her son, speaking publicly of being gay for the first time, told the Washington Post that his mother had always been supportive of him.