Virginia denied stay; marriage may begin Monday

Posted on 13 Aug 2014 at 3:31pm

VirginiaThe Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals declined to place a stay on its marriage ruling. The appeals court gave the U.S. Supreme Court five days to intervene.

Unless the Supreme Court does intervene, as it did in Utah after the Tenth Circuit decided not to stay its decision, marriage equality will begin in the state on Monday.

In Utah, Justice Sonia Sotomayor intervened after several weeks of marriage equality in the state. U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts is the circuit justice for the Fourth Circuit who may decide to overrule the court and stay the ruling until the case is heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.


Former Dallas Voice staffer Kelly Murphy dies

Posted on 13 Aug 2014 at 11:00am

Murphy.KellyDallas Voice staff today mourns the passing of our colleague Kelly Murphy.

Kelly worked at the paper in the late 1990s and early 2000s in the Voice’s art department. He was also involved in production for and was a limited partner in QTexas and TXT Newsmagazine.

Publisher Leo Cusimano expressed condolences, both personally and on behalf of the Voice staff, to Kelly’s partner Jim Walker, and to the rest of his family and friends.


Lauren Bacall dead at 89

Posted on 12 Aug 2014 at 7:46pm

Lauren Bacall, who made her film debut at age 19, has died. She was 89.

Actress Lauren Bacall has died of a stroke at her home in Manhattan, according to reports in numerous media outlets, including Variety. She was 89 years old.

Her death was announced in a Tweet by the estate of her late husband, Humphrey Bogart: “With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall.”

Bacall, who started as a model, made her film debut in 1944 at age 19 in To Have or Have Not, starring opposite Bogart. They married soon after, even though he was more than 20 years her senior, and remained devoted to one another until he died of cancer 12 years later in 1957.

Bacall won two Tony Awards, in the musicals Applause and Woman of the Year. She was nominated for an Academy Award in The Mirror Has Two Faces, with Barbra Streisand, in 1997. That same year, at age 72, she was named one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful Women.” Also in 1997, she received the Kennedy Center Honors, and in 1999, the American Film Institute voted her one of the 25 most significant female movie stars in history.


Got a new healthcare plan? Learn more about it at this event

Posted on 12 Aug 2014 at 4:45pm

The city of Dallas and Enroll Dallas Coalition will host “Got Healthcare? Get Educated,” an event designed to help those with new healthcare plans understand their benefits, from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 16, at the West Dallas Multipurpose Center, 2828 Fish Trap Road.

Monica R. Alonzo

Monica R. Alonzo

Dallas city officials noted that more than 700,000 Texans signed up for a healthcare plan under the Affordable Care At during the first open enrollment period, But because Dallas County has the most uninsured residents in Texas, the push to get more people to enroll in a healthcare plan will continue this fall.

Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Monica R. Alonzo and the Enroll Dallas Coalition are hosting Saturday’s event, which is open to the public. The event will be bilingual. Representatives will be onsite to discuss healthcare basics, the upcoming fall enrollment period and children’s Medicaid, CHIP and WIC programs.

This event is the first in a series of educational events presented by the Dallas County Affordable Care Act Coalition., which is led by Alonzo, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Director Marjorie Petty.


Resources for suicide prevention and depression

Posted on 12 Aug 2014 at 4:05pm

Robin WilliamsIn the aftermath of Robin Williams’ death, we thought this would be a good time to put some resources online:

If you are thinking about suicide, call:

The Trevor Project   866-488-7386

National Suicide Prevention Hotline   1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Deaf hotline   800-799-4889

For people with HIV, Legacy Counseling Center offers private and group sessions that include alcohol and substance abuse programs. 214-520-6308.

Youth, transgender and adult counseling is done at Resource Center in conjunction with SMU’s Master of Science Counseling Education Program. 214-393-3680.

Many local counselors also specialize in the LGBT community. Stonewall Behavioral Health is a mainstay in the area, having formed in 1983 specializing in relationship and romantic issues. Hall Counseling and Associates has offices in both Dallas and Arlington.

Area hospitals also offer depression and grief support groups. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Fort Worth and Tarrant County meets at Baylor All Saints on the first and third Sundays of the month.

Religious and Spiritual Support

Many area religious organizations are open and affirming to the LGBT community. These churches and synagogues not only provide the confidence you will be understood in your struggle, but also provide a spiritual path whether you are coping or healing.

Cathedral of Hope is an affirming congregation affiliated with the United Church of Christ. Other churches in Dallas include Northaven and Oak Lawn United Methodist churches as well as numerous congregations part of the Metropolitan Community Churches in Arlington, Dallas and Fort Worth. A quick Google search lead me to find an open and affirming church directory. Dallas is also home to the LGBT-friendly synagogue Beth El Binah.

Look for a complete story and additional resources on depression in Friday’s paper.


Davis and rape victims speak at Dallas City Hall Plaza

Posted on 12 Aug 2014 at 12:38pm
Davis City Hall

Sen. Wendy Davis speaking to rape victims at Dallas City Hall Plaza (Dallas Voice/David Taffet)

Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis and three rape victims spoke at Dallas City Hall Plaza today (Tuesday, Aug. 12). Among those speaking was Courtney Underwood, who co-founded Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center and who helped establish the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, or SANE, program at Presbyterian Hospital.

In the Texas Senate, Davis sponsored legislation that became law requiring all hospitals with emergency rooms to provide rape kits. In Dallas, only two of 46 hospitals provided treatment for rape victims before the law.

Additional legislation required those rape kits to be tested and victims are notified the testing procedure is ongoing. Before the law went into effect, more than 18,000 rape kits remained untested in Texas — 4,000 of those in Dallas County.

Underwood said the percentage of people raped in the LGBT community is even higher than in the general population. One in four women and one in 10 men are victims of sexual assault, she said. Those numbers are two to three times higher among the LGBT community and three to four times higher among homeless LGBT youth.

Davis recently began airing her first TV ads in the governor’s race. Texas Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott is Davis’ Republican opponent, and her ad spotlights his record when he served as a Texas Supreme Court justice. In a case involving a door-to-door salesman who raped a woman in her home, Abbott found the company was not at fault for not doing a background check on the employee. What isn’t mentioned in the ad is that Abbott was in the minority and the court found in favor of the victim’s right to sue the company.

Rape is the most under-reported crime and only about 3 percent of rapists spend a day in jail.


Navy names new ship after Sally Ride

Posted on 12 Aug 2014 at 11:22am

(Courtesy U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams/Released)

Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy, widow of U.S. astronaut Sally Ride, broke a bottle across the bow of the Navy’s new auxiliary general oceanographic research (AGOR) vessel, christening it R/V Sally Ride (AGOR 28).

During her life, Ride, the first female astronaut, never spoke publicly about being a lesbian. That information came out after her death in 2012. She and O’Shaughnessy had been together 27 years and were married for five years.

Lynn Sherr recently spoke to Dallas Voice about her new book about Ride.


Dallas Red Party taps Drag Racer Adore Delano, DJ Patrick Kuzara

Posted on 12 Aug 2014 at 11:11am

AThe Dallas Red Foundation and Pride Pharmacy will host the 6th annual Red Party, a fundraiser for Legacy Counseling and Founders Cottage, on Friday, Sept. 19. And RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 winner Adore Delano will be the featured entertainment.

Adore will perform alongside New York DJ Patrick Kuzara at The Globe, a venue west of Downtown, on the kickoff to Pride Weekend. Tickets are $59 until Aug. 22, then $69 after. Tickets at the door will be $80 (if available). Some special VIP tickets will also be available. Watch the announcement video below.

2014 Red Party Reveal from Dallas Red Foundation on Vimeo.




Sinead O’Connor: The gay interview

Posted on 12 Aug 2014 at 10:01am

Sinead2In 1992, Sinéad O’Connor was at the height of her career following the success of her single “Nothing Compares 2 U” when, during a one-woman protest against sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, she tore up a pic of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live. Causing an uproar, and eventually thwarting her pop-culture presence (not that she cared), that defiance would come to define the Irish singer’s life and career.

More than 20 years later, O’Connor found herself entangled in more controversy — this time with Miley Cyrus, who became the target of the Grammy winner’s digs last year. The two famously feuded in 2013 over the music business, when Sinead warned the twerker that it “will prostitute you for all you are worth” (per O’Connor’s people, questions about the viral brawl were off-limits for this interview).

Does Sinéad have balls? Of course she does — big ones. She talked with our Chris Azzopardi about that region during our recent conversation, insisting that sex — whether it’s with a man or a woman — isn’t necessary for making her “dick hard.” Still, she lets it all hang out on her 10th studio album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss — which drops today — candidly revealing that, Everybody wants something from me / They rarely ever wanna just know me.

The exception: this chat, during which Sinéad recalled her introduction to the gay community — and how that community gave her the courage to be herself, speak out and “take shit.”

Dallas Voice:  With regard to this album and your last, 2012’s How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?, you’ve been on a mission to find yourself. What kind of sacrifices and choices did you have to make on that journey to self-actualization?  O’Connor: Gosh, god, I don’t know. I suppose it’s the same for everybody. It’s not like you’re suddenly there and you don’t have any more work to do; it’s a life’s work for all of us, isn’t it? It doesn’t finish until you get to the other side. I think, actually, the things that help you self-actualize are the mistakes — so-called “mistakes.” I don’t like that word. But the things that you get wrong is how you learn to get things right. 


BREAKING NEWS: Robin Williams is dead

Posted on 11 Aug 2014 at 6:44pm

Nathan Lane, Robin Williams, Gene Hackman and Diane Wiest in The Birdcage.

Robin Williams, 63, is dead of an apparent suicide. Marin County Sheriff’s Office officials have confirmed  that the Oscar-winning actor was found just before noon at his home in Tiburon in Northern California.

TMZ reports that Williams is believed to have died of asphyxia, and notes that he had recently gone into rehab to “focus on his sobriety.” Williams battled alcohol and drug addiction in the 1980s but had been sober for 20 years.

Los Angeles Times reports note that Williams rose to fame in the 1980s as an alien wearing suspenders in the TV sitcom Mork and Mindy and was named the “funniest man alive” in 1997 by Entertainment Weekly. But it was his serious roles that won him critical acclaim: He won a best supporting actor Oscar for his performance as Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting in 1997 and was nominated for Oscars for his roles in The Fisher King in 1991, Dead Poets Society in 1989 and Good Morning, Vietnam in 1987.

LGBT fans also remember him for his role as Nathan Lane’s husband in The Birdcage in 1996 and a divorced father who dons old lady drag to get to spend time with his kids in Mrs. Doubtfire in 1993.

Susan Schneider, Williams’ wife, told TMZ: “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings.  I am utterly heartbroken.”