Tim Tebow visits teammate injured in Orlando shooting

Posted on 23 Jun 2016 at 3:11pm

Screen shot 2016-06-23 at 3.09.45 PMFormer NFL quarterback Tim Tebow visited his former high school teammate, Rodney Sumter, in an Orlando hospital. Sumter is a bartender at Pulse and was shot during the Orlando massacre and sustained three gunshot wounds. Tebow and Sumpter played together at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Fla.

Sumpter posted the picture on Twitter and Instagram and wrote, “My high school quarterback left the Bahamas to come and see me. Tebow has always been an awesome person.”

Sending you get well wishes from Dallas, Rodney.


Celebrating Tammye Nash’s anniversary as managing editor

Posted on 23 Jun 2016 at 12:17pm

anniversary---Tammye-NashTammy Nash, managing editor of Dallas Voice, has a 28-year history with Dallas Voice.

Tammye started at Dallas Voice in June 1988 as a news writer and worked as a news reporter through March 2001. She worked about three years in the mainstream press, as a reporter for Cleburne Times-Review, before returning to the Voice staff in May 2004. Named senior editor in October 2006 following the death of longtime editor Dennis Vercher, she remained through mid January 2012. She spent a year as a freelance reporter and photographer before once again joining the staff of Cleburne Times-Review.

In June 2014 Tammye returned to Dallas Voice as managing editor.


5 reasons you need to stop treating your gym like a bathhouse

Posted on 23 Jun 2016 at 9:18am

Portrait Of A Muscular Man Relaxing In SaunaVisit a gym in any major city and you’ll quickly pick up on the local “culture.” You know what I’m talking about. New York and Los Angeles, specifically, are notorious for the goings-on in its gyms showers, steam rooms and saunas. It’s become such a huge problem in certain places that there are signs posted warning guests about lascivious behavior, and a handful of locations have removed the locker-room relaxation stations altogether to discourage such activities. While I contend that exercising your demons to completion can be exciting and fun and – probably, the most appealing part of it – anonymous, it can make other gym-goers uncomfortable. Thus, five reasons you need to stop treating your gym like a bathhouse – if you know what’s good for you.

1. You’re making other people uncomfortable with all that cruising.  Although it may seem like everybody came to the gym to get a “full body” workout — from your perspective, anyway — not every guy in the joint is looking for play. Believe it or not, the majority of dudes are there to get their lift on and go about their day. Staring bros down with come-hither glances may work on some patrons, but there are a high percentage of people who aren’t into it — at all. Of course, as gay men we think every hot bloke pumping iron must be at least a little bit homo, but that’s rarely the case. Do what you came to the gym to do — stay active and healthy — and save the cruising for the bars and bedroom apps where they belong, lest you become a homophobe’s new punching bag.

2. Most guys prefer discretion in the locker room.  It must be a generational thing, because when I’m in the locker room I rarely see guys my age — I’m 35 — milling about with their junk hanging out. Rather, it’s the older crowd that likes to walk around naked, stand at their locker for an extended period of time in the buff (sending minutes-long emails, no less), and generally move at a glacial pace drying off every nook and cranny of their bodies. Certainly that’s not a definitive statement — there are men of all ages trying to entice the rippling mass of man-flesh next to them with an ample showing of their own skin – but from my experience there’s consistently an age gap between those of us who from go from soaking wet post-shower to dry and draped in clothing in less than 60 seconds and those who could’ve had a three-martini lunch in the time it takes them to put on a pair of underwear.

3. Likewise, most guys came to workout and relax, not hookup.  Your gym’s saunas and steam rooms exist to serve its customers with a place to unwind and loosen tight muscles after an intense workout. They were not installed for anybody to have sex inside them, despite popular opinion. But thanks to the bathhouse culture that’s deeply rooted within our community, we’ve come to regard any heated, clothing-optional area as a destination of desire. Sure, these spaces and situations can be sexy — exposed private parts have a way of getting a rise out of people, after all – but not all occupants are up for getting down. That’s not to say that two consenting adults can’t make a go of it, but you shouldn’t put anyone else out, run them off, or otherwise make them uncomfortable because you want to act out a fantasy. You have a bedroom for that. And if your boyfriend is home — making a one-on-one tryst with a gym trick a no-go — that’s your problem and nobody else’s.

4. What you’re doing in the facilities is unsanitary.  All that grimy sweat pooling on the benches and floors of steam rooms and saunas aside, the fact remains that not everyone showers before they enter; that’s issue number one, and it’s pretty disgusting if you’ve just come from a five-mile run on the treadmill. Secondly, if you’re having sexual contact with another person in these rooms, you’re introducing a whole host of other bacteria to the scenario that, personally, I’d rather do without – and I’m not alone. I’ve witnessed plenty of questionable activities happen here — from making out to oral sex to full-on penetration — and I’m never more disgusted (or run out of a room quicker) than when a guy blows his load all over the wood or tile structures instead of his towel and quickly exits without a second thought about cleaning it up. This is how things like death get spread, and it needs to stop.

5. Performing lewd acts in public Is illegal.  While the after-exercise facilities at your gym seem like private places — low lights and condensation-covered doors have a way of suggesting to your subconscious that they are — they’re still very much public. As such, if you get caught performing lewd acts in public, you’re subject to the codes of conduct that help keep our world free from sexual predators — and that’s exactly how you’ll be defined, perhaps forever if you’re charged with a criminal act. Now, most gyms will simply ask you to leave and revoke your membership in this case, but if you’ve offended or touched someone else without their consent, it could mean big trouble, and in the end that’s just not worth it. Which brings me back to the bathhouse: If you’re feeling frisky, head over there. Otherwise, keep your love muscle to yourself at the gym and nobody gets hurt.

 — Mikey Rox


Cathedral of Hope calls for passage of gun safety laws

Posted on 22 Jun 2016 at 3:10pm



A statement from Cathedral of Hope:

Following yesterday’s devastating lack of action from the U.S. Senate, Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ joins national call to end gun violence and calls for comprehensive gun safety legislation.

Last weekend the LGBT community was the target of what is now known to be worst mass shooting in the history of the United States. The Rev. Neil G Cazares-Thomas, senior pastor said, “Enough is enough. It is beyond time to end gun violence and to implement a comprehensive gun safety laws.

Noting Monday’s (June 20) failure to act, Cazares-Thomas called upon all those who will vote later this year to remember this inaction; to call to account those who fail to serve the desires and wishes of the vast majority of Americans who continue to watch lawmakers fail us on a number of pressing issues in the United States.

“All people should be able to live without fear and this past weekend once again tore away the fabric our society and the sanctuaries that many minorities, including those that LGBT people have created for decades.  Too many people have paid the price for the inadequacy of those protections and for the inaction of Congress,” he said.

Reported LGBT homicides rose by 20 percent in the U.S. between 2014 and 2015, according to a study released this week by The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. Of the homicides reported last year, 62 percent were LGBT people of color.

The United Church of Christ has long advocated for sensible policies to end gun violence. The UCC 20th General Synod passed a resolution entitled “Violence in Our Society and World,” in which it recognized the complicated and interwoven layers at the root of violence.

That same General Synod also passed a resolution entitled “Guns and Violence,” inviting UCC members and congregations to advocate for legislation to strengthen licensing and registration of gun sales, strengthen regulations of gun dealers and ban semiautomatic assault weapons and high capacity ammunition clips.

As a faith community we once again come together in the aftermath of gun tragedies and urge lawmakers to pass laws that prevent gun violence. Tested by our grief, resolute in our faith we remain committed to continuing this drumbeat.


Congressman John Lewis calls on House leadership to bring gun reform vote to the floor

Posted on 22 Jun 2016 at 12:45pm

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U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Democrat from Georgia, is leading a cadre of his colleagues in a sit-in on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, vowing to continue the protest until the Republican House leaders call for a vote on “common sense gun control legislation.”

In an eloquent and impassioned speech before starting the sit-in, Lewis — surrounded by other lawmakers, most of whom, like Lewis, wore rainbow ribbons on their lapels in tribute to the Orlando murder victims — Lewis accused Congress of having “turned deaf ears to the blood of the innocent.” He continued, “Where is the heart of this body? Where is our soul? Where is our moral leadership? Where is our courage?”

Lewis declared that “the time for silence and patience is long gone. We’re calling on the leadership of the House to bring common sense gun control legislation to the House floor for a vote Give us a vote! Let us vote! We came here to do our job. …

“We will be silent no more. The time for silence is over.”

Watch the video of his speech below:


Pulse employee heads Houston Pride parade

Posted on 22 Jun 2016 at 12:05pm

Imran YousufImran Yousuf, a U.S. military veteran and bouncer at Pulse Nightclub, will be honorary grand marshal of the Houston Pride parade on June 25. His actions at Pulse saved dozens of lives.

The parade begins at sunset with a 30-foot by 20-foot Rainbow Flag inscribed with the names of the Orlando victims at the head of the parade.

Meet Yousuf at 1:30 p.m. on the Barefoot Wine® Stage in front of Houston City Hall.

Last year, the Houston Pride parade moved from the Montrose neighborhood to downtown. Held the night after the marriage-equality decision, the parade attracted more than half a million people.

The Houston Pride Festival runs noon-7 p.m. at McKinney and Smith streets.

The Houston Pride Parade starts at 8:30 p.m. and runs through about 11 p.m. The route begins at Lamar Street, goes north on Smith Street, to Walker Street, makes a right to Milam Street and then makes a left and continues to Jefferson Street. Bleachers, high rise parking garages that are open to viewers and sidewalks line the route and are open to attendees.


#ProudToBe gathers the voices and the faces of the LGBT community on YouTube, refusing to give in to fear

Posted on 22 Jun 2016 at 10:28am

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A coworker shared this video with me today. I am just going to put the info here from the “about” section and let that explain it for you:

“From commemorating Pride parades to opening up about transitions and explaining the ABCs of LGBT, YouTube is a place where anyone can belong no matter who they are or who they love. That is why today we want to help people honor and celebrate who they’re#ProudToBe.

Now, more than ever, it’s important that we help accept, love, and celebrate one another. In the wake of the tragic events in Orlando, we stand together in support of the LGBTQ community. We stand together with everyone who has the courage to own and share their identity. We stand together to show the power of solidarity, the power of love, the power of pride. To those beautiful and brave voices who continue to make YouTube the vibrant, diverse and empathetic community it is, we are #ProudToBe with you.

JOIN IN: Who are you #ProudToBe?
Upload a video or share a post with #ProudToBe in the title so others can find it.”


Our inaction is killing us!

Posted on 22 Jun 2016 at 9:55am

Eddie Bernice JohnsonOur inaction is killing us! Our inaction has allowed mass shootings to become unacceptably commonplace in our country. We have a responsibility to do more to keep guns out of the wrong hands.

Our inaction in our communities, our in action in Congress, and our inaction as consumers has contributed to a gun culture that has claimed too many American lives. The unwillingness of the Republican majority to pass sensible gun legislation to protect the American people is literally killing us.

One of the largest mass shootings in American history recently took place in Orlando. This horrific incident brought an even bigger spotlight to the various shortfalls in our gun laws.  It is only prudent for Congress to pass the bipartisan “No Fly, No Buy” legislation.

The FBI and the Attorney General are not currently allowed to prevent suspected terrorists from buying lethal firearms and explosives. The “No Fly, No Buy” bill ends this loophole, giving the Department of Justice the ability to keep deadly weapons out of the hands of would-be terrorists.

This is a common sense first legislative step to plugging the different loopholes in our gun laws.

The legislation is based on proposals also supported by the Bush administration.  It gives the FBI the ability to prevent those suspected of having connections to terrorism from purchasing weapons. It has been proposed numerous times over the last few years, and each time Republicans, allied with such groups as the National Rifle Association, have fiercely fought against it.

We cannot let such loopholes remain in place as we turn a blind eye to the mass shootings of children, Bible study participants, moviegoers or college students.

Like President Obama, and most sensible Americans, I believe that “No Fly, No Buy” laws must pass, and background check loopholes must be closed. Yet these are only the first steps, the low-hanging fruit that we, here in Congress, can quickly fix.

These steps will go a long way, but these measures alone will not eliminate all possibilities of mass shootings. We must continue to implement common sense rules and checks to make sure that those people that purchase firearms are qualified to do so.

This means that people with histories of certain mental illness should be receiving treatment, not guns. Bans on assault weapons and military-style firearms should be re-instated. Laws governing ammunition purchases, extended magazines and gun show purchasing should all be explored.

Too many innocent American citizens are dying for us to not explore every option that would lead to a more peaceful future.

U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Democrat, was first elected to represent Texas’ 30th Congressional District in 1992, and has held that office ever since. Prior to serving in Congress, she served four years in the Texas House of Representatives and six years in the Texas Senate. She is a long-time ally of the LGBT community.


CAPE holds coffee sale for Orlando

Posted on 21 Jun 2016 at 4:11pm

CAPE, the city employees LGBT group, will take donations and sell coffee in the lobby of Dallas City Hall. all proceeds will be sent to Orlando.



UPDATE: Body found in Oak Lawn

Posted on 21 Jun 2016 at 11:44am


The Dallas County Medical Examiner is investigating the death as a suicide. The identity of the person hasn’t been released yet.


Dallas Police responded to a call at Hall Street and Turtle Creek Boulevard at 7 a.m. this morning (Tuesday, June 21) where they found the body of a white male probably in his 20s.

The death is classified as an unexplained death pending the results of the autopsy, according to the police report.

More information when it is released.