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.”

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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.”

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First responders submit amici brief to 5th Circuit

Posted on 16 Sep 2014 at 3:00pm
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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

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

Posted on 16 Sep 2014 at 12:50pm

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Liebbe releases confidential report from DISD and responds to charges

Posted on 15 Sep 2014 at 11:34am
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Jeremy Liebbe

DISD investigator Jeremy Liebbe, who was fired earlier this month, has released a document from the district marked “confidential” that explains charges against him.

The school district investigated seven charges against Liebbe during his suspension from the district and responded to the allegations over the weekend. The charges range from attempting to disable the IT department’s access to the computer servers without IT’s knowledge to running a background check on his supervisor who failed to divulge information about her criminal background on her employment application.

DISD hired the firm of Vincent Lopez PC to investigate the matters. Carlos Lopez conducted the investigation, spoke to some district employees as well as Liebbe, and conducted a check of Liebbe’s emails on his district-issued laptop.

“Throughout the past eight weeks I fully cooperated with the district’s administration, attorney Carlos Lopez, and the district’s internal auditors,” Liebbe said. “I wish I could say they extended me the same courtesy.”

In his response, Liebbe discounts each of the charges.

As part of his job description, Liebbe’s responsibility was to “manage the implementation of the security of all investigative files and systems.”

The district claims Liebbe installed security camera in his department without informing personnel outside his department. Liebbe said the district installed two of the cameras and purchased the other four. When the other four were not installed, he and another investigator installed them. Both sides agree he let everyone in his department know the cameras were there.

Liebbe had another employee look up the criminal background of Tonya Grayson, his supervisor. He felt it was inappropriate to check her background himself, since he reported directly to her.

The other employee found her criminal background but wasn’t comfortable with having checked her background, so reported the incident to her superiors that same day.

The district questioned Liebbe’s checking the criminal background of new investigators coming into his department.

“State law requires criminal history background checks on all incoming employees of the district,” Bill Liebbe wrote in his answer to DISD.

Bill Liebbe is Jeremy’s father and has taken over as Jeremy’s lead attorney.

Another charge involves Liebbe encouraging and influencing other members of his team to file grievances over Grayson’s refusal to allow them to work over the July 4 holiday. Because one of his employees didn’t have enough seniority, her pay was docked for the holiday.

Liebbe said he encouraged an employee to speak with the payroll department to see what her options were.

The district wrote, “Liebbe very aggressively attempted to persuade some of the PSO employees to file a grievance against Grayson.”

None of the employees did file a grievance, “despite Liebbe’s encouragements.”

The sixth question involves Liebbe remotely accessing his district-issued laptop and deleting information from it while on administrative leave. Investigators claim they found software on the computer to remotely access the computer and during the investigation found his emails wiped out, user profile deleted and usage of his dropbox.

Liebbe claims he installed the software in case his computer was hacked or stolen because of sensitive and confidential information kept on the laptop.

“Copies of all of those documents remain on district servers,” Bill Liebbe wrote in the response.

A final complaint involves getting parental consent to record interviews during investigations involving student witnesses or complainants.

“An employee shall obtain written consent from a student’s parent or guardian and from his or her principal before the employee may make or authorize a videotape of a student or record or authorize the recording of a student’s voice,” the district wrote.

“The recording by PSO investigators of student interviews, without obtaining consent from the parent or guardian does not violate district board policy or the Texas Education Code,” Bill Liebbe wrote in response.

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Chinese activist wants WHO to condemn ‘gay cures’

Posted on 15 Sep 2014 at 11:12am
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Xiao Chen

Officially in China, homosexuality stopped being considered a “mental disease” in 2001. But there are still thousands of clinics there that offer “gay cures,” according to All Out, an international LGBT rights organization. Xiao Chen —that’s not his real name; it’s a pseudonym being used to protect him — was one of the gay men forced to undergo such a “cure.”

In a video about his ordeal (see below) Xiao Chen, 30, tells how one such clinic used electroshock therapy to “shock the gay out” of him.

He said: “In families like mine, being gay is still seen as something that can be cured, and scam clinics prey on that fear. Now, I want my friends, my family and everyone in China to understand that being gay is normal. If we get the World Health Organization to join in and speak out against gay ‘cures’, it could create a perfect storm.It could help convince officials to finally ban these dangerous gay ‘cures.’”

He has sued the clinic and a ruling in his lawsuit is expected soon.

Xiao Chen and All Out have gotten officials at the World Health Organization to agree to meet with them. They also have a petition circulating online urging WHO Director-General Margaret Chan to denounce so-called “gay cures.”

Watch the video below. Go here to sign the petition.

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