UNT Democrats want Rudy Guiliani uninvited

Posted on 29 Sep 2016 at 11:00am

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani

College Democrats of the University of North Texas would like former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani to be uninvited to their campus.

The outrage on campus isn’t because of Giuliani’s political affiliation, but because of his racist history as mayor. In their petition, the group sites Guiliani’s unconstitutional stop-and-frisk policy that allowed police to randomly stop anyone in the city to frisk. The policy was used almost universally  to stop black men.

Recently, Giuliani, a staunch Trump supporter, called Hillary Clinton, “too stupid to be president.” That was despite Clinton leading the effort to get federal money to bail New York City out financially after the Sept. 11 attack.

The Guiliani event is scheduled to be held at the Hilton Anatole on Oct. 27. If the event goes forward, demonstrations outside the hotel are being planned.

College Democrats of the University of North Texas meet Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in Wooten Hall 312 on the UNT campus in Denton.

Here’s a link to the petition that UNT students, faculty and staff can sign.


Nationally known rabbi to lead High Holiday services for Congregation Beth El Binah

Posted on 29 Sep 2016 at 9:43am
Rabbi Steve Gutow

Rabbi Steve Gutow

Following the sudden resignation of Rabbi Steve Fisch a week ago, Congregation Beth El Binah has contracted with Rabbi Steve Gutow, one of the most prominent rabbis in the U.S., to conduct High Holiday services.

The High Holidays are Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, which begins on Sunday night, Oct. 2 and Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, which begins on Tuesday night, Oct. 11.

President Barack Obama called Rabbi Gutow “outstanding” last year as he appointed him to the President’s Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

For two years in a row, Rabbi Gutow was listed as #20 on Newsweek’s list of most distinguished rabbis in the U.S.

“It’s exciting to be part of a community that cares so deeply about the holidays,” Gutow said. “When invited, I was honored to say yes and I look forward to spending the holidays with such a terrific group of people.”

Gutow, a Dallas native, attended several Beth El Binah events in the 1980s and as a rabbinical student, led services for the congregation several times in the ’90s.

“I’ve participated with this congregation before, so I feel like it’s home to me,” Gutow said.

After participating in Ann Richards’ election as governor in 1990, Gutow went to Washington to organize the National Jewish Democratic Council. After a five-year stint with that organization, as well as leading the Texas Democratic Coordinated Campaign in 1996. Gutow attended and graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Penn. In 2003 and he served a congregation in St. Louis for two years.

Gutow became executive director, then president and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, where he served until 2015. During his tenure, he created Jewish Energy Covenant Campaign to increase the Jewish community’s participation in climate change and energy debates, combated hunger in America by launching the There Shall Be No Needy Among You initiative and expanded the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life.

He is an executive committee member of the Save Darfur Coalition and was arrested with George Clooney and others at a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C.

He has served on the state board of the Texas Civil Liberties Union and the national board of the American Jewish Congress.

Tickets for Beth El Binah’s High Holiday services are available by contacting the congregation through its website.


Skateboarding god Brian Anderson has come out as gay

Posted on 28 Sep 2016 at 3:17pm

Skateboarding legend Brian Anderson

Brian Anderson, a 40-year-old professional skateboarder based in Queens, N.Y., has recently come out publicly as gay. From the looks of this video, it makes not a bit if difference to his colleagues.

What the nearly 27 minute video below to hear Anderson discuss coming out and his colleagues in the world of skateboarding talk about Anderson, the “burly,” “manliest,” most “bad-ass” skater they know.


BREAKING: No injuries in Oak Lawn gas explosion

Posted on 28 Sep 2016 at 11:36am

explosionPolice said there were no serious injuries in a gas explosion on the corner of Knight and Congress streets. At least two apartments were damaged or destroyed.

More than a dozen emergency vehicles responded to the explosion at 2801 Knight St., but there were no serious injuries. One maintenance person was treated on the scene to remove glass from his arm.

Atmos Energy was on the scene to shut off the gas along with two plumbing trucks to seal any exposed gas lines.

Residents of the complex had been reporting the smell of gas in the laundry room to the property manager for at least five months. The owner of the complex had done nothing about it, according to the residents standing outside the complex.


BREAKING: Explosion reported in Oak Lawn

Posted on 28 Sep 2016 at 11:16am


Dallas Voice senior staff writer David Taffet just left our offices in the Design District to go check out reports that there has been an explosion at or near the intersection of Knight and Congress streets in Oak Lawn.

Stay tuned for details.


Clinton wipes the floor with Donald at first debate

Posted on 27 Sep 2016 at 12:35pm

trump-clintonAbout 100 people gathered at the Round-Up Saloon to watch Hillary Clinton wipe the floor with Donal Trump in their first — and possibly last — debate.

Trump began his performance looking very presidenty, He was serious and actually answered a question or two. Then his eye rolling began. Then his interrupting.

But as Clinton gave actual answers to questions, she got under his skin. For example, she clearly laid out the reasons Trump, whom she kept calling “Donald” as if they were friends, won’t release his tax returns: He’s not as wealthy as he claims. His businesses have repeatedly failed. He didn’t pay any taxes.

Trump’s response to her suggestion he didn’t pay taxes wasn’t a denial, but a smug suggestion that he’s smart, implying those of us who actually do pay any taxes are idiots.

He tried turning the tax claim on Clinton by saying he’ll release his taxes when she releases her deleted emails. Clinton addressed that bluntly saying she made a mistake and learned from it. Trump ranted some more.

He was rattled again when Clinton brought up the birther issue. He tried to blame her for first questioning President Barack Obama’s birth place, but she handed the issue back to him calling it racist and mentioning other times he’s been racist. Early in his career, he was sued by the Department of Justice for preventing African Americans from renting in Trump properties. He claimed that suit was settled without an admission of guilt. His wording was quite interesting. He never said it was a frivolous lawsuit — just that he never admitted guilt.

Oddly, toward the beginning of the debate, Trump brought up the small multimillion dollar loan he received from his father to start his business, which generated quite a bit of laughter at the Round-Up. “Good for you Donald,” one person watching at the bar said. “I only got a million from my father and squandered it on alcohol and prostitutes.”

Trump tried to question Clinton’s stamina. She turned that on him saying that when he’s traveled to 112 countries to negotiate treaties as America’s chief diplomat and sat through 11 hours of grilling in front of a congressional committee, he can talk to her about stamina.

One of Trump’s biggest criticisms of Clinton — he repeated it several times through the debate — was that she laid out a plan to defeat ISIS on her website. He said he has a plan, but wasn’t going to let ISIS know his plan before attacking them.

So will there be a second debate? Well, next week the vice presidential candidates meet, but the Trump campaign is probably deciding right now if they’re going to show up for the second presidential debate.


Want to be in an opera? The DO could use you for something fishy

Posted on 27 Sep 2016 at 9:19am

moby_12The Dallas Opera’s season kicks off in a few weeks, with the return of the Jake Heggie-Gene Scheer adaptation of Moby-Dick, and while all the singing roles have been cast, there are still a few openings. The DO is looking for me who are “athletic, agile, adventurous, and unafraid of heights” to be supernumeries (extras) in the ocean-set opera. You don’t need to sing, just be willing to be eaten by a great white whale.

The open call is that the Karayanis Rehearsal Center on the Fair Park grounds on Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., but you need to respond with your interest no later than noon, Oct. 1 by emailing mobydicksupers@dallasopera.org.


UPDATE: Family says Anthony Gurley last seen at work in Anna; no indication he was headed to Dallas Pride parade

Posted on 26 Sep 2016 at 2:43pm

Anthony Gurley has been missing since Sept. 18. He was last seen leaving his workplace, the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at 2605 W White St. in Anna.

Contrary to reports on Facebook, there is no clear indication that Anthony Gurley was headed to the Dallas Pride parade when he was last seen at his job in Anna, Texas on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Anthony’s mother, JoAnn Gurley, told Dallas Voice today (Monday, Sept. 26), that she last saw her son Sunday morning, Sept. 18, when he left home to go to his job at the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Anna. She said she was still in her bedroom when he called out to tell her good bye as he left the house to walk to work, but that he was probably dressed as usual — wearing a tank top or T-shirt, bike shorts and sneakers and carrying his work clothes.

“He said, ‘Bye Mom. See you later.’ That was the last time I talked to him,” JoAnn Gurley said.

When Anthony didn’t come home at the usual time, his mother said she wasn’t worried because she thought he was just working late. When she hadn’t heard from him by about 8 o’clock that night, she sent a text message. When he didn’t respond, she called and the call went straight to voicemail.

Still, she said, “we didn’t get too alarmed. I mean, he’s 43 years old, a grown man; he can do whatever he wants.” And, she added, it wouldn’t be unheard of for him to have caught a ride somewhere with a friend.

But by Monday, when Anthony still hadn’t returned any texts and calls were still going straight to voicemail, his mother decided to go to the restaurant where he worked. That’s when the manager there told her that Anthony had left work early the day before — at about 1 p.m. — saying he wasn’t feeling well. “He just recently started a new medication, and he had been having some problems with it making him feel bad,” she said.

Anthony’s coworkers at the KFC told his mother that Anthony had clocked out and walked over to the Carl’s Jr. located inside  the Love’s Travel Stop nearby. He returned a short while later to check his work schedule for the week ahead, then left again. It was the last time anyone saw him, as far as his family knows.

Monday passed, and still Anthony had not returned any texts from family, and calls to his cell phone continued to go straight to voicemail. By Tuesday, when they still hadn’t heard from him, Anthony’s mother and sister grew “even more concerned,” JoAnn Gurley said.  “I stopped one of our local police officers on the street here in Anna and asked how long it had to be before we could report him missing, and talked about that whole process. They told us that he’s a grown man and has a right to go off somewhere if he wants to. And we know that, but at the same time, you don’t know if he’s gone somewhere because he wanted to go, or if something is wrong. We just felt we would rather be safe than sorry.”

Although he was scheduled to work on Tuesday, Anthony didn’t show up for work, and he didn’t call in. On Wednesday afternoon, JoAnn Gurley filed a missing person report with the Anna Police. She said that police checked back with her on Thursday and when no one had yet heard from Anthony, the police entered the report into the system, including adding information to the national database.

JoAnn Gurley said one of Anthony’s coworkers at KFC told her they thought they had seen him walking “toward Sherman” — north from Anna — on Monday. But she said she doesn’t have much confidence in that report “because my son is not much of a walker, really.” She said police are checking records from his cell phone now, and that they know he talked to his brother, Chris, and to a friend, also named Chris, both on the Friday before he disappeared. During the conversation with his friend, JoAnn Gurley said, “the idea of him going to the Pride parade in Dallas on Sunday was discussed, but he never really said he wanted to go or that he was going. But maybe he did, maybe he tried to get a ride into town. We don’t know. We just don’t know anything.”

Anthony didn’t have a car, she added, so it wasn’t easy to find a ride into Dallas. Still, JoAnn Gurley said, she wanted to cover all the bases. So she and her daughter, Trasa Gurley, have posted flyers seeking information on Anthony everywhere from Oak Lawn to Sherman. “We just want to know where he is, if he is ok.”

Anyone with information is asked to call JoAnn Gurley or Trasa Gurley at 214-310-2541 or 214-901-3976, or the Anna Police Department at 972-924-2848.


Lone Star Film Fest films include some queer-friendly offerings

Posted on 26 Sep 2016 at 1:32pm

screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-1-57-25-pmThe Lone Star Film Festival is one of the newer such events in North Texas, but has been growing exponentially over the years. The 2016 fest, which runs in Sundance Square Nov. 10–13, will include 134 screenings, including 34 features and documentaries. Among the line-up are some that look especially inviting for LGBT and Texas audiences, including:

Bear with Us, a screwball comedy featuring Cheyenne Jackson about a couple besieged by a bear (it’s not The Revenant).

Honky Tonk Heaven, a documentary about famed Austin dancehall the Broken Spoke.

The Other Kids, pictured, a combined fictional/true hybrid (called a ficumentary) about teenagers today, including tomboy Abby and her apparent attraction for new girl Cricket.

Jackson, a documentary about the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi.



MISSING: Family, friends searching for Anthony Gurley, missing since Sept. 18

Posted on 26 Sep 2016 at 12:53pm

Anthony “Miss Celie” Gurley has been missing since Sept. 18.

Family and friends of Anthony Gurley — aka “Miss Celie” — have asked that anyone with information regarding his whereabouts contact family members or Dallas police.

According to reports, Gurley’s sister saw him on Sunday, Sept. 18, as he left his home in Anna, Texas to drive to Dallas for the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade. That was the last time anyone saw or spoke with him.

Anyone who has any information on Gurley’s whereabouts is asked to call 214-901-3976 or 214-310-2541, or to call Dallas Police Department’s missing persons unit at 214-671-4268.