Iggy Azalea: The gay interview

Posted on 25 Aug 2014 at 1:01pm

Iggy5Let’s get something straight: Iggy Azalea is not a “fake lesbian.” In an era where pseudo bisexuality is all the rage — and though her YouTube breakthrough was basically an anthem for female genitalia — Australia’s rising rap star (real name Amethyst Amelia Kelly) refuses to admit that she kissed a girl and liked it. (And if you wanna see a very different YouTube video, Google “Fancy” and Barack Obama and see what you get.)

Doing it her own way, songs off Azalea’s long-awaited debut, The New Classic — the autobiographical rags-to-riches “Work,” and the boasting liberation single “Fancy” — showcase a fierce fighter who’s resilient, empowered and ready for rap domination, as our Chris Azzopardi found.

Dallas Voice: After several delays, how does it feel to finally get this album out?  Iggy Azalea: Definitely a relief. I think people’s interest and support of “Fancy” came as a bit of a surprise. I didn’t anticipate it being as embraced as it has been on radio, so I think I’ve been very lucky in my situation leading up to my album. I’m very happy at the moment to be putting [the album] out and feeling like, yes, it’s finally out, but also, I have a song that’s doing well and getting radio play, which is something that I never usually get, so I’m very excited.

You’ve been embraced in the gay community since the beginning, when you released your mixtape, Ignorant Art, in 2011.  Well, I am a drag queen, so …

Do you call yourself a drag queen?  I always call myself a drag queen. My hairdresser always says, “You’re a big drag queen. You’re in drag makeup, drag hair…” And it’s true! I can’t help it!

The New Classic embraces themes of empowerment, independence and perseverance. Was that intentional?  That’s the general gist of my album, yeah, but I didn’t go into it thinking, “Oh, I’m gonna do these themes.” I just said, “I’m gonna write about my life.” And reflecting on it, and in retrospect, it makes sense considering it is my life, and my life is a shit fight.


Memory Monday: Mayor Annette Strauss visits the AIDS Resource Center

Posted on 25 Aug 2014 at 11:50am

In February 1988, Mayor Annette Strauss visited the AIDS Resource Center on Cedar Springs Road, which was located about where TapeLenders is now. Strauss served from 1987–91.

This was during the height of the AIDS crisis and the visit marked the beginning of any cooperation between the city and the LGBT community in providing services to people living with AIDS. Until this time, few grants were available and little government money was going to help people with AIDS. After the visit, other government officials visited and began working with the LGBT community to provide services.

This wasn’t the first time a Dallas mayor visited the LGBT community. Jack Evans, who was mayor 1981–83, was the featured speaker at a Dallas Gay Alliance monthly meeting. The next day, the Dallas Morning News got wind of the event. Evans said he spoke to the group, but he didn’t know who they were.

That story was related to Mayor Ron Kirk, 1995–2002. Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance’s monthly was one of his first stops after his election. He opened by thanking everyone at DGLA, the Dallas Gun Lovers Association, for their support in his election.

These are the only pictures I found in our archives of the old AIDS Resource Center/DGA office on Cedar Springs. The building was destroyed in 1989 by an arson fire set by a DGA volunteer to cover up the theft of computer equipment. At the time, the AIDS Resource Center was a non-profit project of DGA, which spun off several years later. Today, it’s known Resource Center.


Rev. Bill McElvaney has died

Posted on 24 Aug 2014 at 2:07pm

McElvaney, seated, officiated the marriage of Jack Evans, 84, and George Harris, 80 in March.

The Rev. Bill McElvaney, an ardent LGBT ally who faced scrutiny for officiating same-sex marriages despite his denomination’s disapproval, has died.

In March McElvaney, the pastor emeritus at Northaven United Methodist Church, officiated the wedding of longtime congregants Jack Evans, 84, and George Harris, 80. The very public ceremony, which was covered by this publication and others, was not held at Northaven but instead the neighboring Midway Hills Christian Church. Later that month, he was suspended from the church.

At the time of his suspension, he told the Voice that given his age, he’d rather be on the right side of history. “I owe the Methodist church a lot, but what I do not owe the Methodist Church is my soul.”

He recently announced he would no longer undergo treatment for liver cancer after four years.

Follow the blog this week for more information.


Cocktail Friday: Cherry POM Bomb

Posted on 22 Aug 2014 at 12:02pm

CherryPOMWhile Southern Comfort-loving frat boys are slinging back Soco and Limes like their paddles depend on it — because heterosexuality is only 55 proof in a house with wall-to-wall dudes — you can take a more sophisticated approach to the New Orleans-born spirit by serving up these come-to-papa Cherry POMs poolside this summer.

1 1/4 oz Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry

2 oz lemonade

1 oz pomegranate juice

Lemon twist garnish

Making it: Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into large rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with lemon twist.


LULAC’s LGBT school supply drive

Posted on 22 Aug 2014 at 11:29am

Dallas City Council members Adam Medrano and Philip Kingston, Dallas County Schools board member Omar Narvaez and DISD School board President Miguel Solis were at Havana last night to accept donations of school supplies from LULAC, Congregation Beth El Binah, Resource Center, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, DIVA, Stonewall Democrats of Dallas and Texas Latino Gay Pride.

The donations went to Maple Lawn Elementary School and Rusk Middle School in Oak Lawn, two of the poorest schools in DISD.

In addition, LULAC made a $400 donation to Promise House in Oak Cliff. Promise House is a shelter for homeless youth and works with Youth First and Resource Center to care for homeless LGBT youth.



Dallas Black Dance Theatre appoints new director

Posted on 22 Aug 2014 at 11:28am

DBDT appointed April Berry as its new artistic director.

Dallas Black Dance Theater announced the appointment of April Berry, a former principal dancer, as its new artistic director. Berry will be only DBDT’s second leader. Founding director Ann Williams retired in May after 37 years of leading the company.

Berry’s a well-known figure in the dance world, having studied under “the matriarch of black dance” Katherine Dunham, according to art & seek. “Berry is one of only a handful of Dunham ‘masters,’ certified to teach the ‘Dunham technique.”

She ran her mentor’s namesake company, has toured around the world with Ailey and taught at multiple universities. She also contributed choreography to Debbie Allen’s The Chocolate Nutcracker. Allen, in collaboration with Imagination Celebration Fort Worth, hosts an annual summer dance institute in Fort Worth.

Berry will begin Sept. 4. Williams plans to help Berry in the company’s transition.


Get in the Zone for some free yogurt

Posted on 22 Aug 2014 at 11:25am

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Yogurt Zone, 4103 Lemmon Ave., will be celebrating its grand opening by giving away free yogurt from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.

All you have to do is:

• Go to www.yogurtzone.com and click the coupon tab.

• Choose Dallas Grand Opening and print the free yogurt coupon, or download the free yogurt coupon to your smart phone.

• Head over to the Zone on Lemmon and when you check out either give them the printed coupon or show them the digital coupon on your phone.

Easy-peasy, right? Then do it. Tell ‘em Dallas Voice sent you.


Flashback Friday: More parade pics

Posted on 22 Aug 2014 at 9:49am

More parade pictures from the late 1980s and early 90s. Cedar Springs was still in black and white.


Nashville Mayor Karl Dean endorses marriage equality

Posted on 21 Aug 2014 at 3:57pm

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean became the first mayor in Tennessee to endorse marriage equality today, according to a statement from Mayors for Freedom to Marry.

tn_rainbow“Tennessee’s denial of the freedom to marry directly harms the state’s more than 10,000 same-sex couples and their loved ones, and by putting obstacles in the path of businesses and families, drags everyone down,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry.

“I believe that all people should be treated fairly and equally and that their individual dignity should be respected,” said Dean. “Embracing and celebrating our growing diversity makes our city stronger. Nashville needs to continue in that direction, and it’s my hope that joining this effort will help us do that.”

“We welcome Mayor Dean as another voice in favor of moving Tennessee, the South, and all of America to the right side of history,” added Wolfson.

Dean joins over 500 mayors across the country who have endorsed marriage equality. Of the 500, only four are in Texas: Austin’s Lee Leffingwell, Houston’s Annise Parker, El Cenizo’s Raul Reyes and Shavano Park’s A. David Mame.

No mayor from Dallas-Fort Worth has yet to sign onto the pledge.


This week in marriage equality

Posted on 21 Aug 2014 at 3:34pm


A federal judge ruled that Indiana must recognize out-of-state marriages, the last of the five marriage equality cases in Indiana that had not received a ruling. All five cases struck down any ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling is stayed pending appeal. Read more here.


The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied Idaho’s request to appeal en banc (or before all of the court’s judges) a recent ruling overturning the state’s same-sex marriage ban. The case Latta v. Otter (otter–heehee!) was brought before the district court Judge Candy Dale this year by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and private attorneys. Dale ruled in their favor. Of note: the case will be heard concurrently with cases from Nevada and Hawaii, which also follow under the ninth court’s jurisdiction.


Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage was ruled unconstitutional today for a fifth time. The difference is that this time, a U.S. District Court made the ruling, so it applies to the entire state. The previous four rulings were in county courts and those rulings applied only to those counties. The ruling is stayed pending appeal.

Department of Veterans Affairs:

Curve ball! The VA isn’t a state, but it’s being sued over not recognizing the partners of veterans in states that don’t recognize same-sex marriage. The case AMPA v. McDonald was brought by Lambda Legal and others, was filed on behalf of the American Military Partner Association.


Waaaaaaay down south, Australia’s senate is considering a bill that would permit the country to realize recognition of foreign same-sex marriages, including Aussie couples who marry abroad. A recent ruling in their high court ruled that only Parliament could enact same-sex marriage.