Clinton wipes the floor with Donald at first debate

Posted on 27 Sep 2016 at 12:35pm

trump-clintonAbout 100 people gathered at the Round-Up Saloon to watch Hillary Clinton wipe the floor with Donal Trump in their first — and possibly last — debate.

Trump began his performance looking very presidenty, He was serious and actually answered a question or two. Then his eye rolling began. Then his interrupting.

But as Clinton gave actual answers to questions, she got under his skin. For example, she clearly laid out the reasons Trump, whom she kept calling “Donald” as if they were friends, won’t release his tax returns: He’s not as wealthy as he claims. His businesses have repeatedly failed. He didn’t pay any taxes.

Trump’s response to her suggestion he didn’t pay taxes wasn’t a denial, but a smug suggestion that he’s smart, implying those of us who actually do pay any taxes are idiots.

He tried turning the tax claim on Clinton by saying he’ll release his taxes when she releases her deleted emails. Clinton addressed that bluntly saying she made a mistake and learned from it. Trump ranted some more.

He was rattled again when Clinton brought up the birther issue. He tried to blame her for first questioning President Barack Obama’s birth place, but she handed the issue back to him calling it racist and mentioning other times he’s been racist. Early in his career, he was sued by the Department of Justice for preventing African Americans from renting in Trump properties. He claimed that suit was settled without an admission of guilt. His wording was quite interesting. He never said it was a frivolous lawsuit — just that he never admitted guilt.

Oddly, toward the beginning of the debate, Trump brought up the small multimillion dollar loan he received from his father to start his business, which generated quite a bit of laughter at the Round-Up. “Good for you Donald,” one person watching at the bar said. “I only got a million from my father and squandered it on alcohol and prostitutes.”

Trump tried to question Clinton’s stamina. She turned that on him saying that when he’s traveled to 112 countries to negotiate treaties as America’s chief diplomat and sat through 11 hours of grilling in front of a congressional committee, he can talk to her about stamina.

One of Trump’s biggest criticisms of Clinton — he repeated it several times through the debate — was that she laid out a plan to defeat ISIS on her website. He said he has a plan, but wasn’t going to let ISIS know his plan before attacking them.

So will there be a second debate? Well, next week the vice presidential candidates meet, but the Trump campaign is probably deciding right now if they’re going to show up for the second presidential debate.


Want to be in an opera? The DO could use you for something fishy

Posted on 27 Sep 2016 at 9:19am

moby_12The Dallas Opera’s season kicks off in a few weeks, with the return of the Jake Heggie-Gene Scheer adaptation of Moby-Dick, and while all the singing roles have been cast, there are still a few openings. The DO is looking for me who are “athletic, agile, adventurous, and unafraid of heights” to be supernumeries (extras) in the ocean-set opera. You don’t need to sing, just be willing to be eaten by a great white whale.

The open call is that the Karayanis Rehearsal Center on the Fair Park grounds on Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., but you need to respond with your interest no later than noon, Oct. 1 by emailing


UPDATE: Family says Anthony Gurley last seen at work in Anna; no indication he was headed to Dallas Pride parade

Posted on 26 Sep 2016 at 2:43pm

Anthony Gurley has been missing since Sept. 18. He was last seen leaving his workplace, the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at 2605 W White St. in Anna.

Contrary to reports on Facebook, there is no clear indication that Anthony Gurley was headed to the Dallas Pride parade when he was last seen at his job in Anna, Texas on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Anthony’s mother, JoAnn Gurley, told Dallas Voice today (Monday, Sept. 26), that she last saw her son Sunday morning, Sept. 18, when he left home to go to his job at the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Anna. She said she was still in her bedroom when he called out to tell her good bye as he left the house to walk to work, but that he was probably dressed as usual — wearing a tank top or T-shirt, bike shorts and sneakers and carrying his work clothes.

“He said, ‘Bye Mom. See you later.’ That was the last time I talked to him,” JoAnn Gurley said.

When Anthony didn’t come home at the usual time, his mother said she wasn’t worried because she thought he was just working late. When she hadn’t heard from him by about 8 o’clock that night, she sent a text message. When he didn’t respond, she called and the call went straight to voicemail.

Still, she said, “we didn’t get too alarmed. I mean, he’s 43 years old, a grown man; he can do whatever he wants.” And, she added, it wouldn’t be unheard of for him to have caught a ride somewhere with a friend.

But by Monday, when Anthony still hadn’t returned any texts and calls were still going straight to voicemail, his mother decided to go to the restaurant where he worked. That’s when the manager there told her that Anthony had left work early the day before — at about 1 p.m. — saying he wasn’t feeling well. “He just recently started a new medication, and he had been having some problems with it making him feel bad,” she said.

Anthony’s coworkers at the KFC told his mother that Anthony had clocked out and walked over to the Carl’s Jr. located inside  the Love’s Travel Stop nearby. He returned a short while later to check his work schedule for the week ahead, then left again. It was the last time anyone saw him, as far as his family knows.

Monday passed, and still Anthony had not returned any texts from family, and calls to his cell phone continued to go straight to voicemail. By Tuesday, when they still hadn’t heard from him, Anthony’s mother and sister grew “even more concerned,” JoAnn Gurley said.  “I stopped one of our local police officers on the street here in Anna and asked how long it had to be before we could report him missing, and talked about that whole process. They told us that he’s a grown man and has a right to go off somewhere if he wants to. And we know that, but at the same time, you don’t know if he’s gone somewhere because he wanted to go, or if something is wrong. We just felt we would rather be safe than sorry.”

Although he was scheduled to work on Tuesday, Anthony didn’t show up for work, and he didn’t call in. On Wednesday afternoon, JoAnn Gurley filed a missing person report with the Anna Police. She said that police checked back with her on Thursday and when no one had yet heard from Anthony, the police entered the report into the system, including adding information to the national database.

JoAnn Gurley said one of Anthony’s coworkers at KFC told her they thought they had seen him walking “toward Sherman” — north from Anna — on Monday. But she said she doesn’t have much confidence in that report “because my son is not much of a walker, really.” She said police are checking records from his cell phone now, and that they know he talked to his brother, Chris, and to a friend, also named Chris, both on the Friday before he disappeared. During the conversation with his friend, JoAnn Gurley said, “the idea of him going to the Pride parade in Dallas on Sunday was discussed, but he never really said he wanted to go or that he was going. But maybe he did, maybe he tried to get a ride into town. We don’t know. We just don’t know anything.”

Anthony didn’t have a car, she added, so it wasn’t easy to find a ride into Dallas. Still, JoAnn Gurley said, she wanted to cover all the bases. So she and her daughter, Trasa Gurley, have posted flyers seeking information on Anthony everywhere from Oak Lawn to Sherman. “We just want to know where he is, if he is ok.”

Anyone with information is asked to call JoAnn Gurley or Trasa Gurley at 214-310-2541 or 214-901-3976, or the Anna Police Department at 972-924-2848.


Lone Star Film Fest films include some queer-friendly offerings

Posted on 26 Sep 2016 at 1:32pm

screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-1-57-25-pmThe Lone Star Film Festival is one of the newer such events in North Texas, but has been growing exponentially over the years. The 2016 fest, which runs in Sundance Square Nov. 10–13, will include 134 screenings, including 34 features and documentaries. Among the line-up are some that look especially inviting for LGBT and Texas audiences, including:

Bear with Us, a screwball comedy featuring Cheyenne Jackson about a couple besieged by a bear (it’s not The Revenant).

Honky Tonk Heaven, a documentary about famed Austin dancehall the Broken Spoke.

The Other Kids, pictured, a combined fictional/true hybrid (called a ficumentary) about teenagers today, including tomboy Abby and her apparent attraction for new girl Cricket.

Jackson, a documentary about the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi.



MISSING: Family, friends searching for Anthony Gurley, missing since Sept. 18

Posted on 26 Sep 2016 at 12:53pm

Anthony “Miss Celie” Gurley has been missing since Sept. 18.

Family and friends of Anthony Gurley — aka “Miss Celie” — have asked that anyone with information regarding his whereabouts contact family members or Dallas police.

According to reports, Gurley’s sister saw him on Sunday, Sept. 18, as he left his home in Anna, Texas to drive to Dallas for the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade. That was the last time anyone saw or spoke with him.

Anyone who has any information on Gurley’s whereabouts is asked to call 214-901-3976 or 214-310-2541, or to call Dallas Police Department’s missing persons unit at 214-671-4268.


UPDATE: Missing Mansfield man found

Posted on 25 Sep 2016 at 6:45am

Clint Crabtree


Clint Crabtree has been found safe. His brother reported around midnight that he was located and he was on his way to pick him up.

On his Facebook post, his brother wrote:

“We just went and picked him up. He’s pretty down and looking rough, but he is physically ok. I apologize for the panic, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. We do what we have to do to protect family, blood or otherwise. Thank you for your concern and help. He has a lot of good friends. When he is ready, I’ll let him explain the rest. ”


Gay Mansfield man missing 8 days

Clint Crabtree has been missing for eight days. He’s from Mansfield, but was last seen in Dallas. Mansfield police have been notified.

Here’s what his brother posted on Facebook:

What we know…he was last seen in Dallas after a trip to north Arlington. He was on several web sites that day. His phone was last used on Saturday the 17th. He had planned to attend pride. We have contacted the numbers he called and have filed a missing persons report with police. Any help or information would be appreciated. We are very worried for his safety.

We’ll post more information when we get it. Please let us or police know if you’ve seen Clint since Friday, Sept. 16.


Paxton whines to SCOTUS over Texas’ unconstitutional Voter ID Law

Posted on 23 Sep 2016 at 4:35pm

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is at it again.


AG Ken Paxton

If filing 900-thousand lawsuits against President Obama to try and force the federal government to let him mistreat transgender people isn’t enough to keep Paxton busy, now he has filed “a petition for a writ of certiorari in the United States Supreme Court to reinstate Texas’ voter ID law.”

In other words, the AG is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to please let him and the other Republicans in Texas keep on preventing Texans who might not vote for them from voting at all. (You can see the petition here.)

A press release issued today (Friday, Sept. 23), quotes Paxton as saying, “Safeguarding the integrity of our elections is essential to preserving our democracy. Voter ID laws both prevent fraud and increase the public’s confidence in our elections. Texas enacted a common-sense voter ID law and I am confident that the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately reinstate it.”

The press release also notes that the petition will have no effect on the Nov. 8 elections “for which an interim remedy has been ordered by the courts.”

The folks over at the Lone Star Project — an admittedly partisan organization that has little fondness for any Republican — don’t think too highly of Paxton’s petition. Lone Star Project Director Matt Angle criticized Paxton and Gov, Greg Abbot for having thrown “another bale of taxpayer money in the dumpster and set it on fire” with this latest effort.

Angle added, “It’s unlikely that the Supreme Court will even take up Paxton and Abbott’s appeal. Today’s announcement is nothing more than a political move designed to provide cover for Texas Republicans’ utter failure to defend their discriminatory voter ID law. The voter ID appeal is irresponsible, a waste of taxpayer money and yet another example of Paxton and Abbott putting politics ahead of common sense and fiscal responsibility.”

Rebecca L. Robertson, legal and policy director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas, issued a statement reiterating that the petition will have not effect on the Nov. 8 election. “But,” she added, “with Texas’ already abysmally low voter turnout, the real question is why Attorney General Paxton would waste upwards of 3.5 million taxpayer dollars (and counting) defending a law that disenfranchises more than 600,000 eligible voters. Instead of suppressing the vote, we ought to do everything in our power to ensure that every qualified voter participates.”


Tarrant County Gay Pride Week Association announces parade honorees

Posted on 23 Sep 2016 at 12:13pm

PRIDE 2010 | The Rev. Carol West was one of the grand marshalls for the 2010 Tarrant Pride Parade. Tarrant County Gay Pride Week Association announced the 2016 honorees for Grand Marshal, Honorary Grand Marshal, Raina Lea Awards, and Banner Honorees.

An awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Pride Opening Ceremony located at the Fort Worth Water Gardens in Downtown Fort Worth. The opening ceremony includes an official ribbon cutting to kickoff Pride Week in Tarrant County and the changing of the lights at Avenue of Light to pride rainbow colors for the duration of Pride Week (Sept. 28-Oct. 9).

Pride Banner Honorees

The Briggle Family

Adam and Amber Briggle are the proud parents of MG (8) and Lulu (4). They recently hosted Attorney General Ken Paxton for dinner in their home, so that he could meet their transgender son and see firsthand that trans kids like MG are just as amazing and wonderful as any other child.

Adam and Amber have appeared on all major news outlets in DFW, and several more across the state, as they have advocated for their son and the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming kids and adults throughout Texas. During the lead up to the Paxton dinner, Amber had the opportunity to be a guest on the public radio program Texas Standard. Their activism and advocacy gained momentum last spring after Amber did a TEDx talk on “Pioneering the Space Between: Parenting a Transgender Child,” and Adam has written several blog posts on this subject, some of which have been reprinted by the Dallas Morning News.

Grand Marshals

David Reed

David currently serves as president of the Tarrant County Lesbian and Gay Alliance. He has been an LGBT and AIDS awareness advocate in Tarrant County for nearly 20 years.

Rhonda Mae Wall of Food

Rhona Mae Wall of Food is a food pantry program started by Rhonda Mae and Hayward (Yogi) Anderson in 1989. Since 1989, they have raised over $608,022 in support for the AIDS Outreach Center Food Pantry.

Rhonda Mae’s Wall of Food is currently performing shows at Club Changes on the first Thursday of each month and at Club Reflection on the third Thursday of each month. The Wall of Food became a National Recognized Organization in 2013.

Carol Cappa

Carol Cappa is the Co-Chair of the Tarrant County Stonewall Democrats, and has served as past president, vice president and membership chair over the years. Additionally, she and her partner, Sue Spell, attended the LGBT March on Washington in April of 2000 with over 7000 people from across the country.

Honorary Grand Marshals

Dallas Bears

The Dallas Bears is a non-profit, charitable and social organization based in Dallas, Texas serving the greater Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. Our membership consists of gay men from all over the Greater Dallas region who consider themselves to be part of the Bear Community, their Admirers and Allies.

First Congregational Church

First Congregational United Church of Christ is a progressive Christian church founded in Fort Worth over 100 years ago and part of the United Church of Christ. First Congregational Church has a long heritage of full affirmation of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender people and continually seek to embrace those who are forgotten or undervalued. Members of FCC are involved in many outreach programs throughout Fort Worth, including Pride Week, and were also Trans advocates at the recent school board meetings in support of equal rights for all students at FWISD schools. They are pastored by the Reverend Lee Ann Bryce.

2016 Raina Lea Community Service Award Nominees

David Mack Henderson

David Mack Henderson has a long history of advocating for LGBT rights in Tarrant County and is the current President of Fairness Fort Worth. Most recently he led the proactive fight for transgender equity and inclusion at FWISD garnering national attention for FW as a city comprised of progressives willing to stand up for what is right.

Ruby Harse

Ruby Harse is the Fort Worth PFLAG Publicity Vice President, responsible for the organization’s monthly speaker program and public relations, a role that she’s held for 10 years. Fort Worth Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (FWPFLAG) promotes the health and well-being of LGBT persons, their families and friends through support, education, and advocacy, to end discrimination and secure equal civil rights. A volunteer and supporter of the Tarrant County Pride Parade and Picnic, Q Cinema, the AIDS Walk, and Fairness Fort Worth, Ruby has twice meeting with Texas state legislators to advocate on behalf of her son and LGBT families.

Rachel Carr

Rachel Carr is a transgender woman in her 60s. She is currently treasurer of Tarrant County Stonewall Democrats, secretary of PFLAG Fort Worth and president of DFW TG Ladies. She has participated in many transgender panels at TCU, UT Arlington, TCC South, TCC Northeast and Planned Parenthood Dallas. She has developed, coordinates and presents the LGBT presentations in the Diversity Awareness class required of all FWPD Academy recruits.

For more information, go to the Tarrant County Gay Pride Week website.


Save the Day: Get registered and VOTE

Posted on 23 Sep 2016 at 9:57am


There are less than three weeks left — 18 days, as of today (Friday, Sept. 23), to be exact — to register to vote in what may be the most important election of our lifetimes. And no, considering the candidate the Republicans have put on the ballot, that’s not hyperbole.

And remember, there is more at stake here than the presidency. We will be electing U.S. senators, U.S. representatives, state leaders. The future of the U.S. Supreme Court is on the line.

Are you registered? Do you even know for sure? Find all the information you need to know for sure at Texas’ statewide elections website. Dallas County voters can check here for their status, and Tarrant County voters can look here.

And now, just to drive the point home, here’s a whole shit-ton of famous people talking about how important it is to vote Nov. 8.

(Seriously. Register. Vote.)


No blame, no shame

Posted on 23 Sep 2016 at 7:35am

Raising HIV awareness among Latinos

oriol-guiterrezI graduated college in 1992, the same year I tested HIV-positive. Sometime in the late ’90s, I reconnected with a college friend. He was actually a friend with benefits, so I was quite happy when he tracked me down, which wasn’t that easy back then — at least com-pared with today.

He invited me to a nice dinner in Chelsea, which was becoming the happening place in New York City for LGBTs. (Hell’s Kitchen now has that distinction.) His intentions seemed to be more than two friends catching up.

It turns out, I wasn’t off the mark. He had recently broken up with a boyfriend.

We were all smiles by dessert, but then he became awkwardly silent. “I have to ask you,” he said. “Are you HIV-positive?”

I said yes. He said, “I knew it!”

I said, “What do you mean you knew it?” He said, “Well, come on, we both know what I mean.”

Then I became furiously silent.

Finally I asked, “Because I’m a slut?”

Breaking the tension with a smile and a squeeze of my hand, he looked me in the eyes and said, “That’s why I tracked you down!”

We laughed and moved on, but between his hypochondria and my HIV, it was clear that we weren’t going to be a couple.

Instead, we became close friends with some minor benefits along the way as he became more educated about the virus.

We’re still good friends, but those benefits expired a while ago, which is just fine. Alt-hough I’ve long since forgiven him, I often use this memory as a touchstone.

Even with such a wealth of affection between us, my dear friend couldn’t see past his as-sumptions. His sexual appetite was no different than mine, I eventually confirmed, but nonetheless, as a white gay man, he assumed that I, as a Latino gay man, was naturally more sexual than him.

And there it is, this double-edged sword of a myth.

Just as black men have to contend with the myth of their endowments, Latinos have to counter the myth of our libidos. I admit the Don Juan persona can come in handy on oc-casion, but the price over time for using it is quite high.

Case in point: When citing these statistics — if current trends in U.S. HIV rates continue, 1 in 2 black men who have sex with men (MSM) and 1 in 4 Latino MSM will get HIV in their lifetimes — what often follows is a train of thought among too many people that blames and shames.
Studies show that MSM of color aren’t more sexual nor or they taking more risks than white MSM, and lack of access to health care explains only part of those stats.

Another factor is that the sexual networks of many MSM of color only include other MSM of color. There is a measure of choice in that fact.

However, prejudice from white MSM, no matter how benign, is also at work. That is an uncomfortable truth, but it’s not too difficult to see just by browsing posts on dating apps and sites that clearly rule out certain racial or ethnic identities.
Such sweeping categorical rejections are all too common.

I know many of you are saying to yourselves, “I like what I like.” I agree, in general. I, too, like what I like.

That said, if I don’t find myself attracted to someone, I still take a moment to question why that is. I encourage you to do the same. You may be missing out by sticking to your predetermined likes.

Of course, no matter what our backgrounds are, we are all responsible for own behaviors. Part of taking responsibility is becoming knowledgeable, which is what annual awareness days are supposed to support. This column in particular is in support of National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day, which is Oct. 15. Find an event near you.

Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. is the editor-in-chief of POZ magazine. Find him on Twitter @oriolgutierrez. This column is a project of Plus, Positively Aware, POZ, The Body and Q Syndicate, the LGBT wire service. Visit their websites —,, and — for the latest updates on HIV/AIDS.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 23, 2016.