What’s that you say? You want to see MORE photos from the 2016 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade? Well, we don’t want to disappoint our readers! So here you go: Parade photos by Chuck Marcelo of Marcelo Media, #1 (watch for more photos as the week goes on).
DVtv’s Brad Pritchett caught up with Miss Red 2016 Raquel Blake and entertainer J Sutta during the 2016 Red Party on Saturday night, Sept. 17. Watch all the fun in our DVtv video.
Charles Dean Bryant, 30, of Haslet is in custody and faces charges murder charges in connection with the death of Jacqueline “Jackie” Vandagriff, 24, of Frisco. Vandergriff’s body was discovered Wednesday morning, Sept. 14, in Acorn Woods Park, near the shore of Lake Grapevine, by firefighters responding to a report of a fire. Her body had been dismembered and burned.
Bryant was arrested after police searched his home in Haslet on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 18.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that friends told police Vandagriff, a junior at TWU majoring in nutrition, had gone to a bar in Denton on Tuesday night. They found video footage of her and Bryant together at the unnamed bar, leading them to search Bryant’s home.
The newspaper also reports that a student at the University of North Texas told the UNT police on Aug. 24 that Bryant was harassing her and the UNT police gave him a “no-trespass order” on Sept. 6. When he violated that order the next day, the university police got a warrant and arrested him on a stalking charge. The student was given an emergency protective order, and police released Bryant after telling him not to contact the young woman again. Bryant apparently ignored the protective order and tried to contact the UNT student again on Sept. 17, at which time two more warrants for his arrest were issued.
Those incidents do not appear to be related to the the Vandagriff’s murder.
Public records show that Bryant was arrested in March 2010 in Grapevine, and later convicted, on a charge of forgery. He was arrested April 2013, also in Grapevine, on a Class B misdemeanor charge of possession of less than 2 oz. of marijuana. The Star-Telegram reports that he was found guilty on misdemeanor assault charges in Washington in 2009.
Urban Cowboy Saloon, located on Lancaster Avenue at Beach Street, is closed today, but a club spokesman posted a statement regarding Bryant on the bar’s Facebook page late Monday evening, Sept. 19: “We, The Urban Cowboy Saloon, would like to acknowledge the disturbing news that has broke today and assure our customers that Charles Dean Bryant was terminated as of Sunday, September 18th, for not showing up to his scheduled shift. Monday afternoon we learned why he didn’t show. We are grieving with our community and offer our deepest condolences for the Vandagriff family and friends. We are cooperative with authorities and will fully support law enforcement in their investigation.”
When Dish in the ilume announced it was closing in February, everyone in the gayborhood wondered: What will happen to Drag Brunch? Owner Tim McEneny told me in June, when the new concept, Cedar Grove, opened, that Drag Brunch would return … but didn’t have a firm date.
Well, now we do! It’s this Sunday, Sept. 25, with three-courses-and-a-show for $35. And you can also get lunch now every Friday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
A meeting on the proposed deck park over I-35E across from the Dallas Zoo will be held tonight (Tuesday, Sept. 20) at Hitt Auditorium inside Methodist Hospital, 1441 N. Beckley Ave. Parking is free and the free trolley that stops outside the hospital will be running.
According to the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, “Dallas Park and Recreation invites the public to attend the second programming and visioning workshop on the proposed Southern Gateway Deck Park. Conceptual design alternatives will be presented for community input.”
Rather than giving an out-of-town developer all sorts of incentives to build a monstrosity of an apartment complex that will destroy Bishop Arts that some city leaders want to build, the deck park will enhance the neighborhood, link the zoo with Oak Cliff (it’s across the highway from Oak Cliff) and give the area a park that will enhance the quality of life.
If you’ve been to Bishop Arts lately and spoken to any of the store or restaurant owners, you’ll get an earful about how tearing down old buildings to make way for a six-story Oak Lawn-style apartment complex will destroy the neighborhood — just as those developments are destroying Oak Lawn. And wonder why the new trolley doesn’t actually go to Bishop Arts? It was a concession to the developer to stop at his (proposed) front door. If you take the trolley to Bishop Arts, it stops on Beckley Avenue, two blocks down a steep hill from the actual Bishop Arts District.
The meeting is open to anyone interested in building what people in Oak Cliff want rather than what a few people at City Hall want.
Just in time for Tarrant County Pride (Oct. 1-2), Brite Divinity School has released a new logo:
Now for the new slogan: “Not your father’s divinity school”? Or how about, “Take that Rev. Jeffress.” Or maybe: “Brite Divinity School — it’s not just for LGBT people, but anyone who’s open minded.”
The biggest Pride parade in Dallas history took to the streets of Oak Lawn on Sunday afternoon, with more than 120 total entries making their way down Cedar Springs to Reverchon Park. Today (Monday, Sept. 19), organizers announced the winners in the nine different categories. They are
- Best Performance: Oak Lawn Band
- Best Walking Group: Turtle Creek Chorale
- Best Costume: LULAC
- Best Social Commentary: Dallas Victims of Crime
- Best Overall Entry: Kaliente
- Best For Profit: Bank of America
- Best Non Profit: United Court of the Lone Star Empire
- Judge’s Choice: Veteran’s for Diversity
- Best Interpretation of the Theme (“Solidarity Through Pride”): Abounding Prosperity
(Watch for more of Chuck’s photos of the parade here on Instant Tea throughout the week.)
Charlotte mayor warns McCrory not to blame her city for his mistake
Lisa Keen | Keen News Service
North Carolina is a battleground on two fronts these days: Over the state’s recently enacted anti-LGBT law and over the political race for the White House.
And at least one of those battles could come to a major turning point this week.
In a strange twist, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Friday, Sept. 16, said he’d call a special session of the state legislature this week to consider repealing HB2 — but only if the city of Charlotte first repealed its non-discrimination law. That law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as race, sex, and other categories.
According to local news reports, McCrory’s communication office issued this statement Friday:
“For the last nine months, the governor has consistently said state legislation is only needed if the Charlotte ordinance remains in place. If the Charlotte City Council totally repeals the ordinance and then we can confirm there is support to repeal among the majority of state lawmakers in the House and Senate, the governor will call a special session. It is the governor’s understanding that legislative leaders and the lieutenant governor agree with that assessment.”
Charlotte City Council rejected a proposal in May where the legislature said it would “amend” HB2 in return for Charlotte’s repeal of its non-discrimination law. Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts issued a statement today (Monday morning, Sept. 19, that left no impression the Council would consider repealing its ordinance.
“The city of Charlotte continues its commitment to be a welcoming community that honors and respects all people,” read the statement from Roberts. “We appreciate the state wanting to find a solution to the challenges we are facing and applaud the governor for recognizing the state should overturn HB2, which the state can do at any time without any action from the city of Charlotte.
“We are not prepared to add this item to our agenda this evening, however, we urge the state to take action as soon as possible and encourage continued dialogue with the broader community,” Roberts’ statement continued.
The statewide LGBT group Equality North Carolina and the national Human Rights Campaign issued both statements Friday urging Charlotte to reject the proposal.
“It would require Charlotte to drop the very protections for the LGBTQ community that businesses, the NCAA and other organizations have now made clear are needed and are a priority,” said JoDee Winterhof, an HRC senior vice president.
The ACLU and Lambda Legal also issued statements opposing the idea.
“The reason the NBA, NCAA and countless other groups and companies have refused to do business in North Carolina is because H.B. 2 is an unprecedented and targeted attack on the LGBT community that is inconsistent with American values — not because Charlotte commendably decided to protect LGBT people from discrimination,” said Simone Bell, the southern regional director for Lambda Legal.
Meanwhile, the state is still wincing as major corporations and events continue to pull out of the state, citing their opposition to HB2. Just this month, both the NCAA and the ACC college athletic organizations announced they would not hold championship tournaments in North Carolina.
Those announcements set off a political earthquake in the state, which was already reeling from a wave of cancellations — from classic concerts to pop concerts, to travel by employees from New York and other states, to more than 60 major corporations filing statements in opposition to HB2 and, in many cases, putting a halt on their plans for conferences or to build in the state.
Wired magazine estimates the state has already lost almost $400 million because of the law. The NCAA and ACC decisions alone cost North Carolina more than $90 million, says Wired.
Not surprisingly, then, Gov. McCrory — who, according to most recent polls, is trailing Democrat Roy Cooper in that state’s gubernatorial contest — is racing to find a way to stop further damage.
Earlier in the month, he asked a federal district court judge to delay the trial challenging HB2 from November until May, noting that the U.S. Supreme Court might take up a similar case from Virginia. Lambda Legal’s national legal director, Jon Davidson, said his group agreed to the delay after the federal court granted a stay of the law as it applies to transgender people at the University of North Carolina.
On Friday, McCrory dropped one of his two counter lawsuits and issued the statement, hoping to persuade Charlotte to repeal its law so the state could declare HB2 no longer necessary.
The law, enacted last March, bars any local jurisdiction (not just Charlotte) from passing non-discrimination laws that exceed state law — and state law does not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. More notoriously, HB2 also bans transgender people from using any public restroom other than one assigned to a gender that matches their birth certificate.
Add to the economic and legal turmoil the fact that North Carolina is one of 12 states that pollsters say is uncertain in terms of the 2016 presidential election, and the implications of HB2 become even more dramatic.
Democrat Hillary Clinton has spoken out clearly against the law. Republican Donald Trump has sent mixed signals.
Speaking to a campaign audience in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 16, Clinton said, “I’m running for the LGBT teenager here in North Carolina who sees your governor sign a bill legalizing discrimination and suddenly feels like a second-class citizen.”
In her remarks, at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, she said she wanted to “make sure every person and, particularly, every child, no matter who they are, what they look like, or who they love, are part of the American dream now and way into the future. Let that be our message. Let that be our mission.” (
Trump initially said North Carolina would have “a lot of problems” for passing HB2 and suggested it was unnecessary.
“There has been so little trouble” regarding the use of bathrooms, he told the Today Show on April 21. But over time, he’s said the issue should be left to the individual states.
Asked about it in July, Trump told the News & Observer, “Well, I’m going with the state. The state knows what’s going on. They see what’s happening and, generally speaking, I’m with the state on things like this.
As of last Thursday, openly gay electoral data guru Nate Silver was predicting North Carolina to be leaning slightly toward Trump, 53 percent to 47 percent. Silver also dramatically downgraded Clinton’s chances of winning the White House — from 70 percent to 60 percent — following her previous weekend’s woes. On Sep. 9, Clinton described some of Trump’s supporters as a “basket of deplorables,” a phrase that the Trump campaign meant Clinton thinks all Americans are deplorable. Two days later, Clinton collapsed outside a 9/11 memorial services and then took three days off to recover from pneumonia.
Analyzing many polls, Silver sees the state has being the fourth most likely to provide the “tipping” point in the Nov. 8 election (behind Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio).
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It was a gay ol’ time at the Emmy Awards last night, especially in the comedy and limited series categories. Indeed, the show got off to a very gay bang. Among the first winners were best supporting actor in a comedy series for Louie Anderson, pictured, playing Zach Galifiankis’ mama in Baskets; that was quickly followed by best supporting actress in a comedy for lesbian Kate McKinnon, mostly for her take on Hillary Clinton as part of the Saturday Night Live cast. Although the variety series has fared well at the Emmys with its guest hosts, McKinnon becomes the first regular cast member since Gilda Radner in 1978 to win an Emmy for the show. And Jeffrey Tambor repeated as best actor in a comedy playing a trans woman in the Amazon series Transparent. He made a plaintive call for producers and casting agents to give trans talent a chance. Also honored were recently out Transparent creator Jill Soloway for repeating as best director of a comedy. Best actress went, for the fifth consecutive time, to Julia Louie-Dreyfuss for Veep, which also won best comedy series.
Under limited series or movie, the big winner was the Ryan Murphy produced The People vs. O.J. Simpson, which took home trophies for outstanding limited series, writing, directing, supporting actor (Sterling K. Brown), leading actor (Courtney B. Vance) and leading actress Sarah Paulson, who thanked her girlfriend, Holland Taylor. Supporting actress went to Regina King for American Crime, which this season dealt with a gay teens.
Best actress in a drama went to Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black, in which she plays clones, including a queer one. Otherwise, the drama category was dominated by Game of Thrones, which won best drama series, directing and writing. Best actor was Rami Malek for Mr. Robot and supporting actress went to Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey. The biggest surprise of the evening was Ben Mendelsohn winning best supporting actor for the Netflix series Bloodline.