Michelle Obama proves Stevie Wonder really is her favorite

Posted on 21 Jul 2016 at 11:20am

_MG_7088At the memorial for Dallas police officers held at the Meyerson on Dallas Police Chief David Brown recited a Stevie Wonder song to hundreds of his police officers who were in the audience.

President Barack Obama, who followed Brown, quipped, “I’m glad I met Michelle first, because she loves Stevie Wonder.”

When Michelle Obama appeared on The Late Late Show’s carpool karaoke, she proved the president was right when she and James Cordon began with Stevie Wonder’s “Signed Sealed Delivered.”

“I know every Stevie song on the planet,” Obama tells Cordon.

Here’s the video that also features the Obama cover of “Single Ladies” and Missy Elliott joining to sing “This Is For My Girls.”


Williams Institute finds food insecurity prevalent in LGBT community

Posted on 21 Jul 2016 at 11:17am

Williams-Institute-Logo copyThe Williams Institute at UCLA, which conducts research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy, released a study this week that finds that LGBT people are more likely to suffer from food insecurity than the population in general.

Among the findings, 27 percent, or more than one in four LGBT adults — 2.2 million people by Williams Institute’s estimates — experienced a time in the last year when they did not have enough money for the food that they or their families needed, compared to 17 percent of non-LGBT adults.

More than one in four LGB adults aged 18-44 (27 percent) participated in SNAP, compared to 20 percent of non-LGB adults in the same age range.

Food insecurity is not distributed evenly in the LGBT community: 42 percent of LGBT African-Americans, 33 percent of LGBT Hispanics, 32 percent of LGBT American Indians and Alaskan Natives, 31 percent of women, 30 percent of unmarried individuals, and 33 percent of those raising children are particularly likely to report not having enough money for the food that they or their families needed at some point in the last year. (There is overlap among those groups).


Help kick off Leslie Jordan’s Legacy fall fundraiser tonight

Posted on 21 Jul 2016 at 10:56am

Leslie-JordanLeslie Jordan is a regular denizen of Dallas, thanks largely to his appearance every fall as a fundraising event for Legacy Counseling Services and Founders Cottage. Last year’s big event at the Majestic Theater actually netted more than $89,000.

Well, you can be a part of it this time. Tonight in the Design District will be the kick-off and sponsorship party for this year’s event, again at the Majestic, called Leslie Jordan Uncensored. You mean he’s been censoring himself until now?

Stop by from 6–9 p.m. and get a drink or a bite for a $20 donation, and learn more about being a sponsor. It all takes place at the Allan Knight Showroom, 150 Turtle Creek Blvd, Suite 150.


Thursday is Dollar Day at the Dallas Zoo

Posted on 20 Jul 2016 at 4:48pm

ElephantsIf you haven’t seen the new elephants who call Dallas home, Thursday, July 21 is the perfect time to do that. Admission to the zoo is just $1 with dollar deals throughout the park all day including selected $1 snacks and $1 nectar to feed the lorikeets.

Extra misting stations and spray fans will operate throughout the zoo to keep guests cool. And after undergoing a $3 million renovation, the zoo’s Wilds of Africa Adventure Safari monorail is back for visitors to experience a bird’s eye view of several exhibits, including a few not accessible by foot.

The new baby elephant and his mother haven’t wandered out into the savannah yet, but several of the others have. They’re interacting well with The Golden Girls, the four females that have called Dallas home for several years.

Dollar Day last year set an all-time single day attendance record with 41,422 guests. Because of expected heavy attendance, zoo officials recommend taking DART. The zoo is on the Red Line in Oak Cliff. Dallas Zoo Station is across the street from the main entrance to the zoo.


5th Circuit Court: Texas voter ID law is unconstitutional

Posted on 20 Jul 2016 at 2:32pm

I votedThe 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling today upholding lower court rulings declaring that the Texas Voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act, the Texas Tribune and other sources are reporting.

The Texas law, passed in 2011, is considered one of the strictest of such laws in the country. It requires that voters show a state driver’s license or ID card, a concealed handgun license, a U.S. passport, a military ID card or a U.S. citizenship certificate with a photo before they are allowed to cast their ballot. Student IDs are not considered valid ID under the law.

Some people, such as those with disabilities, can be exempt. But the law caused many problems with transgender voters, whose presentation many times does not match their official ID.

Ed Espinoza, executive director of Progress Texas, said his organization is “absolutely thrilled” with the decision. “For everyone who believes in a full and representative democracy, today is day to celebrate,” Espinoza said. “Democrats have argued for more than a decade that Republican attempts to pass a voter ID bill are discriminatory. Today, the most conservative court in the country agreed with what we’ve said — that the voter ID bill is overturned because it effectively cancels the protections guaranteed by the Voting Rights Act.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, of course, disagreed. In a statement issued this afternoon, Paxton said, “It is imperative that the state government safeguards our elections and ensures the integrity of our democratic process. Preventing voter fraud is essential to accurately reflecting the will of Texas voters during elections, and it is unfortunate that this common-sense law, providing protections against fraud, was not upheld in its entirety.”


6 tips for throwing a gay pool party

Posted on 20 Jul 2016 at 1:33pm

Sit on your throne as the reigning prince of homemade homo pool parties with these tips on how to throw the dippiest, drippiest Sunday Funday this side of Fire Island.

Build a thoughtful guest list of hard bodies. If you and your friends are often mistaken for CrossFit poster boys, that’s awesome — you win at life. The rest of us, however, are rather ordinary with ordinary-looking friends, and if we’re to host a pool party of legendary proportions we have to bring in the big guns. Invite your besties, of course, but also extend invitations to all the eye candy you know better in your dreams than you do in person. Enlist your pals to invite their network of gym bunnies and bubble butts, and don’t be afraid to make a few new friends by asking some of your strictly social media acquaintances to pop by and say hi … shirtless.

Establish a barely-there dress code. A great way to dictate a dress code (so nobody shows up wearing cut-off jorts like your Uncle Rick and his mooseknuckle are prone to do) is to establish a pool-wear theme. Board shorts alone could be the order of the day — if you’re into that unimaginative bro-on-the-beach kinda vibe (and who isn’t!?) — but you can get infinitely more creative. Try a fruits-and-foodie theme, for instance, where your guests are asked to don edibles-inspired gear, like suggestive burgers-and-hotdogs swim briefs by Addicted.

Hire some muscle-bound mixologists. When I throw parties, I often employ pec-baring bartenders to take care of my guests’ libationary needs. If I’m to have the kind of time I deserve to have after cooking, cleaning, and crunching my abs to rippled perfection, I don’t plan to spend it behind a bar squeezing limes into a lifetime supply of vodka tonics. Maybe you have a hottie friend who’s hard up for cash who’d like the gig. I’ve also found it easy to hop on Craigslist and post an ad in the gigs sections for inexpensive labor that ultimately kicks my fete up a notch.

Create a playlist of Pepper MaShay proportions. Any great gay party — underwater or otherwise — is as much about the ambience as it is the music, and you’d be wise to do your research when creating the ultimate playlist. You’ll need throwback summertime staples from the Beach Boys, Don Henley and Bananarama; a few queen-tested-queen-approved anthems like the “Y.M.C.A.” and Gaga’s “Just Dance;” and samplings of fresh joint’s like J Tim’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” and literally anything by Shamir.

Throw in some phallic pool toys. There’s a penis pool float with your name on it over at Amazon if you don’t mind wading through the — gasp! — bachelorette party section. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, hunt down the skinny-dipper ring toss game that’s played exactly how you think it is.

Have a plan to transition from day to night. Don’t let the party stop when the sun goes down. After dark is the best part of partying with half-clad men who’ve been day drinking, and you should take full advantage of the opportunity to get to know your guests more intimately by preparing for an all-nighter. Light a few torches, fire up the grill and offer plenty of fresh towels so your guests can stand around in VPL-enhancing terry cloth while they hunt for a late-night Lyft … which is what you’ve been waiting for all along.

— Mikey Rox


What’s your favorite Melania Trump quote?

Posted on 19 Jul 2016 at 12:22pm

MelaniaMore than one person has said to me today that their favorite part of the election so far is how budding first lady (and wannabe Bond Girl) Melania Trump stole exact passages for her speech last night at the opening of the GOP convention. And not just passages, but from current first lady Michelle Obama. And not just some Michelle Obama speech, but her own convention address from eight years ago. “Who expected that the star of the GOP convention would be Michelle Obama?” someone said.

Well, it keeps getting better, thanks to the internet. The meme #MelaniaTrumpFamousQuotes, which puts others’ words in Melania’s mouth, is trending more than Pokemon GO right now. “The first rule of fight club is: you don’t talk about fight club. — Melania Trump” and “All my life I had to fight, I had to fight my daddy, my uncles, but I be damned if I have to fight in my own house! — Melania Trump” and “And I say to you this: Fish don’t fry in the kitchen. Beans don’t burn on the grill. Took a whole lot of trying just to get up that hill. — Melania Trump” and my favorite, “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die. — Melania Trump.”

What is yours? That you’ve seen or come up with? We need more entertainment round here. Or as Melania might say, “We need a little Christmas, right this very minute. Candles in the window, carols at the spinet.”


Memorial services for Bill Eure set

Posted on 19 Jul 2016 at 11:06am
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Two memorial services will be held for Bill Eure, 60, who died on Monday, July 18. Eure is the husband of the Rev. Michael Piazza, who was the senior pastor of Cathedral of Hope for 18 years.

The first service will be held on Saturday, July 23, at 1 p.m. at Virginia-Highland Church, 743 Virginia Ave NE, Atlanta.

The second service will be in Dallas on Monday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road. The Rev. Shelly Hamilton and the Rev. Carol West will participate in the service. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made online to the Virginia-Highland Church altar guild.


Asian Film Fest screens award-winning ‘Spa Night’

Posted on 19 Jul 2016 at 10:27am

SPANIGHTLast weekend, Los Angeles’ OutFest — the LGBT film festival — handed out its awards for the top movies screening there, and two went to Spa Night: A special recognition for outstanding performance by Joe Seo playing a gay Korean-American, as well as the U.S. Grand Jury Prize. If you didn’t happen to be in SoCal for the fest, though, don’t worry — you can actually see that award-winner tonight.

The Asian Film Festival of Dallas has a few days left in its fest, including a screening of Spa Night at the Angelika Film Center at Mockingbird Station tonight at 10:15 p.m.  Seo plays a closeted gay man who discovers the underground world of gay sex while working at a spa. And if you can’t make it tonight, well, you still have a few mores days of screenings of other films to entertain you.


Oklahoma governor defends anti-LGBT Republican platform

Posted on 18 Jul 2016 at 4:57pm

Mary FallinOklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin defended the anti-LGBT Republican platform on CNN today (Monday, July 18) saying there were gay people on the platform committee.

Actually, of the 112 members of the GOP platform committee, only one, Rachel Hoff, was lesbian. She made impassioned pleas for the party to soften its rhetoric that were completely ignored.

Fallin went on to defend the document that vilifies everything from same-sex marriage to the idea that transgender people have a right to pee by saying the platform is about “how can we make America great and how can we believe and stand for human rights of all people.”

All people — unless they happen to LGBT and want to get married or go to the bathroom.

The platform also calls for passage of the First Amendment Defense Act that would allow anyone to discriminate against LGBT people by simply claiming “a deeply held religious belief.”

Here’s the interview: