The hirsute of happiness

Posted on 17 Sep 2014 at 12:45pm

Wahl-BarbershopI have to admit, I allowed myself to be flattered a bit on this one.

“As a facial-haired Dallas icon yourself,” the email began, “I thought you’d like to know about this.”

Icon? That’s perhaps overstating it. But as an ageing hipster with an unruly beard (it just celebrated its 20th birthday, if anyone is interested) I do appreciate a good beard story … especially one that doesn’t entail Katie Holmes.

In honor of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, men’s grooming brand Wahl will bring its mobile barbershop to the Addison Oktoberfest celebration — which starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday — offering Cuts for a Cause. For each free moustache or beard trim (hey, I’m not getting rid of it), Wahl will donate one dollar to ZERO, an organization fighting to end prostate cancer. (In November, there’s also the prostate and testicular cancer awareness fundraiser Movember, in case you have balls on the brain.)


Protests planned against genocidal Ugandan president who will be in Irving

Posted on 17 Sep 2014 at 11:22am
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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will be in Irving this weekend, and several members of the Ugandan community are calling on the LGBT community for help in protesting his appearance here.

Museveni’s government has passed anti-LGBT legislation, better known as the “Kill the Gays bill,” that criminalizes not just being gay but protecting family members or friends who are gay. Uganda even asserts the right to extradite gay Ugandans from other countries.

The law was declared unconstitutional on a technicality in August, but was immediately reintroduced in the Ugandan Parliament.

The legislation was originally proposed by American “Christian” pastors, including David Dykes from Tyler.

Museveni will be staying at the Four Seasons Hotel on MacArthur Boulevard in Irving. He will attend a morning service at Irving Convention Center, 500 West Las Colinas Blvd., Irving at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21 and will address the meeting at 5 p.m.

Museveni is in Dallas to promote tourism and look for investors in his country’s oil and gas industry. Irving is a perfect location: ExxonMobil world headquarters are just blocks away.

Several members of the Ugandan community asked members of the LGBT community to join them protesting Museveni and the genocide he has repeatedly threatened to unleash on the gay community. They will meet at the Irving Convention Center on Sunday at 10 a.m. and at 5 p.m.


USPS hiring city carrier assistants

Posted on 17 Sep 2014 at 10:56am

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Got this information from our friends over at the United States Postal Service, and thought I’d pass it along for anyone looking for work:

“The United States Postal Service is recruiting more people to serve in city carrier assistant positions, non-career jobs that offer a stepping-stone toward permanent employment with USPS.

“CCAs fill in for regular carriers on their routes and perform other mail delivery and collection tasks. Since the position was created in 2013, more than 9,000 CCAs have been converted to career status.

“CCAs deliver and collect mail on foot or by vehicle, dealing with the same challenges that regular carriers face.

“If you know someone who may be interested in a CCA job, encourage them to visit the USPS Careers site.”


Symantec online filter no longer automatically blocking LGBT websites

Posted on 16 Sep 2014 at 3:29pm

Officials with the popular online safe-search filter Symantec have announced that the security firm is ending its practice of blocking links to mainstream gay and lesbian advocacy groups for users hoping to avoid obscene sites, according to reports by The Associated Press.Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 3.27.07 PM

Online security firm Symantec told AP that while customers can still set their search to block offensive websites, there will no longer be an option to block websites just because they relate to sexual orientation.

Fran Rosch, executive vice president of Norton Business Unit, Symantec, said, “Making this change was not only the right thing to do, it was a good business decision. Having a category in place that could be used to filter out all LGBT-oriented sites was inconsistent with Symantec’s values and the mission of our software.”


First responders submit amici brief to 5th Circuit

Posted on 16 Sep 2014 at 3:00pm

Sheriff Lupe Valdez

Today, Sept. 16, is the deadline to file amici briefs to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in the DeLeon v. Perry suit that will be heard by the court next month. Texas first responders are among those filing amici briefs. Plano couple Vic Holmes and Mark Phariss are one of two couples who are plaintiffs in the case.

The federal district court in San Antonio found that the Texas marriage discrimination law is unconstitutional.

Among those signing the amici brief is Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez. More than 200 others signed the brief. Others from the DFW area who sign are:

Brad Daugirda, EMT-P/ Firefighter Captain, City of Keller, Texas
Claudia J. Porter Withrow, DART Police Officer
Deanne Flecker, Dispatcher II, Lewisville Police Department
Jennifer LaChance, Firefighter Captain (Retired), DFW Airport DPS
Julie Martin, Senior Sergeant, Dallas County Sheriff’s Department
Karen Donahue, Police Officer & Recruit Academy Coordinator, Arlington Police Department
Kellie Pullin, Officer, Federal Reserve Law Enforcement
Kellie Whitehead, Fort Worth Police Officer
Kelly Lincoln, Police Officer, Arlington Police Department
Lisa Sorrels, Detective, Fort Worth Police Department
Michael Baggott, Detective, Fort Worth Police Department
Nancy Blankenship, Sergeant (Retired), Fort Worth Police Department.
Penelope Flores, DART Police Officer
Tracey Knight, Corporal, Fort Worth Police Department


Get dirt cheap tickets to Six Flags for Saturday’s Gay Day

Posted on 16 Sep 2014 at 12:50pm

Six Flags

Dallas Voice is once again sponsoring its annual Gay Day at Six Flags, just in time for Dallas Pride. If you buy the tickets online here, you get access to the park and parking for just $35. Heck, that’s about what it costs just to park on a normal day! Anyway, it’s always a hoot, and a great way to get out and get proud before the festivities on Sunday.


Barbra returns to ‘Tonight Show’ after 50 years

Posted on 15 Sep 2014 at 5:43pm

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DVR alert! Barbra Streisand — who famously was called an exciting new star by the new host of The Tonight Show (on Johnny Carson) more than 50 years ago — returns to the place it all started tonight. She’ll make a rare television appearance, singing a duet with current host Jimmy Fallon, tonight on the NBC series.

The pairing isn’t so extraordinary. Barbra’s new album, Partners — which we reviewed here — drops tomorrow. Why not duet with Fallon? After all, she does one with Elvis.


Report: Lack of LGBT employment protection is a human rights violation

Posted on 15 Sep 2014 at 4:33pm

Williams-Institute-Logo copyThe lack of protections against employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the U.S. constitutes human right violations, according to a report filed by the Williams Institute with the United Nations.

Based on social science research and legal analysis, the report suggests the United States is not complying with its international human rights commitments, particularly in the areas of employment, health, youth and violence against LGBT people.

The United Nations has recently begun a review of the human rights record of the United States. In its last review, the United States accepted recommendations to address discrimination against LGBT people in order to comply with international human rights standards. However, there is no federal law that protects LGBT people from discrimination in the workplace.


Blythe Beck runs away with the spoon at Kitchen LTO

Posted on 15 Sep 2014 at 1:00pm

Blythe Beck, naughty ... and new at Kitchen LTOCasie Caldwell, the entrepreneur responsible for creating Greenz, branched out with a new concept last year with her Kitchen LTO (for “limited time only”) at Trinity Groves. The idea was: Change out the menu and the chef every few months so that each visit is a new experience … or one you can’t enjoy for long. The fourth iteration of the restaurant — which began with a competition between chefs last month — is set to open soon, and the new chef there will be gay fave Blythe Beck.

Beck was the saucy chef at Central 214 whose “naughty” recipes embrace indulgent, non-calorie-counting decadence. (She was even a Dallas Voice Readers Voice Award winner.) She’ll start at Kitchen LTO with the first dinner service on Oct. 2, and the first lunch on Oct. 3 — her return to Dallas as a regular kitchen denizen. Congrats, Blythe!


Obama appoints gay former Plano man to Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board

Posted on 15 Sep 2014 at 12:09pm
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Maneesh Goyal

President Barack Obama has appointed Maneesh K. Goyal to the board of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Goyal is an out gay men who grew up and went to high school in Plano, where his parents, Madan and Sneh Goyal, still live.

The 12-member J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board oversees the U.S. State Department’s Fulbright Scholarship program. The board members also select students, scholars, teachers and others to participate in the Fulbright exchange program.

Goyal  is founder and president of MKG, an event marketing agency with headquarters in New York City. Started in 2001, the company now has offices in Los Angeles and Chicago. His clients include Delta Airlines, Evian, Chase Bank, JCPenney, Neiman Marcus and Levis. MKG was named as one of Crain’s New York’s “Fast 50″ companies in 2013, honoring companies that have found “unique methods for powering phenomenal growth.”

Also in 2013, Goyal co-founded “Live in Grey,” a resource and consultancy effort focused on workplace culture. And from 1999 to 2001, he was a program officer at Dyson Foundation where he built a national program to train pediatricians.

Goyal helped found and lead Duke University’s gay alumni network was a board member for Empire State Pride Agenda, a New York state LGBT rights organization. He has also established a gay entrepreneurs breakfast group in New York City and he  requires all his employees to spend five paid volunteer days and an annual fund on their favorite non-profit. He is on the U.S. Advisory Council for the American India Foundation, and has served on boards for LifeBeat, South Asian American Forum and Stonewall Community Foundation.

Goyal has a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a master’s degree in public health from Yale.