So, I like The CW’s The Flash, although the Flash himself doesn’t quite do it for me. I was spoiled by John Wesley Shipp’s beefcake version of the superfast superhero, so the scrawnier Grant Gustin doesn’t resonate quite as much for me. So I’m delighted to see that The CW has released the first photo of Keiynan Lonsdale — already onboard as Wally West, and now besuited as Kid Flash. Even though he’s also on the leaner side, nonetheless there seems to be a little more “there” there.
Kid Flash debuts with the third season premiere in October.
On Thursday, the Emmy nominations will be announced, and among the contenders is a webseries of documentary shorts called We’ve Been Around. Lasting just five minutes apiece, the episodes each have a different narrator, a different subject, but the same style and topic: Pioneers of the transgender community, from Sylvia Rivera and Marsha Johnson’s courage during the Stonewall riots to obscure trans people like gospel singer Little Axe and Civil War soldier Albert Cashier. And what’s great about the series is, you don’t have to wait for it to come on: The entire series is available on the Internet … and you can watch them all here.
The events in Dallas over the past few days have led many to use the hashtag #DallasStrong. But most of us still haven’t forgot about the massacre last month at Pulse Nightclub — the largest mass murder shooting in modern U.S. history. And despite our own tragedy, Dallas’ LGBT community is still focused on helping out those 100 victims. So on Sunday, a special event called Drag Star Divas for Orlando will gather more than a dozen of the top drag entertainers in North Texas — among them RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants Alyssa Edwards and Kennedy Davenport, pageant champion Asia O’Hara, Dallas Voice columnist Cassie Nova and many more: Krystal Summers, Lalya LaRue, Edna Jean Robinson, Jenna Skyy, Valerie Lohr, Kelexis Davenport, Raquel Blake, Kandy Cayne, Plastique Tiara and Athena O’Hara.
The extravaganza will be at the Rose Room from 6–9:30 p.m. and all proceeds will benefit the LGBT Center of Central Florida. A $5 entrance donation is requested, but give as much as you can to let Orlando know we’re there for them. You can RSVP here.
The memorial to ambushed police officers set up in front of DPD headquarters on July 9
Funeral services for three of the police officers killed in an ambush in downtown Dallas on July 7 have been set. Details are below.
Westboro Baptist Church announced on its webpage that it plans to be in Dallas to protest during this week. The “church,” listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, usually lists its protest plans here. As of this writing, Dallas is not on the schedule, but organizers want to be ready to shield family members from having to see the group’s hate signs. Members of the DFW Sisters have expressed interest in being angels who block the view of protesters from family.
Funeral services have been set for Lorne B. Ahrens, Michael J. Smith and Brent Thompson. Services for officers Patricio Zamarripa and Michael Krol are pending.
A new ad from FairnessUSA explains why it’s dangerous to force transgender people to use the wrong restroom.
Even as the nation mourns the deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Philando Castile in a suburb of Minneapolis and Officers Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarippa, Michael Krol, Michael Smith and Lorne Ahrens in Dallas, right-wing anti-LGBT forces continue to ignore the need to address the systemic racism at the root of the violence and instead focus their efforts on making sure LGBT people don’t have equal protection and transgender people can’t pee in public.
Tomorrow (Tuesday, July 12), one month to the day after 49 people were murdered in an Orlando gay bar in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on the First Amendment Defense Act, which would allow individuals, many businesses and nonprofit organizations to legally discriminate against LGBT people. It would, for instance, allow a privately-owned business to refuse to let an employee take time off to care for a same-sex spouse who was ill. It would also eliminate many of the protections for LGBT people enacted under the Obama administration
Donald Trump, presumptive GOP nominee, supports the measure, of course.
But there are those who are fighting back against the hate. FairnessUSA — a joint project of Freedom for All Americans Education, Fund, the Movement Advancement Project, the National Center for Transgender Equality and Equality Ohio Education Fund — will be airing a new ad depicting challenges faced by transgender people accessing public restrooms during both the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention.
The ad, which you can watch below, will have its national TV debut on Fox News Channel on Thursday, July 21, during the final night of the RNC in Cleveland. It will air nationwide again on MSNBC during the DNC in Philadelphia.
Dan Patrick could only look on as Mayor Rawlings brought the city together
Petitions to remove Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick from office have been circulating, including this latest one on Change.org, posted in response to Patrick’s comments about the ambush of Dallas police officers.
The morning after the Orlando shootings, Patrick posted on his Twitter account, “Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”
While Patrick claims that tweet was not in response to the massacre or about the victims of the mass murder, he removed the tweet and never apologized to the victims’ families.
After the Dallas police shootings, Patrick blamed the demonstrators and called them hypocrites for running from the gun fire.
“All those protesters last night, they ran the other way, expecting the men and women in blue to turn around and protect them,” Patrick said. “What hypocrites!”
Demonstrators were following police directions when they ran.
Patrick never blamed the shooter for the shooting.
During an event a Thanksgiving Square on Friday, just hours after the murder of five officers, Patrick attended but was not invited to speak. Instead, he stood directly behind each of the speakers who appealed for a sense of unity in the city.
A free concert of healing takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 14 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St.
Singers from around the area will participate in a massed choir performance led by Credo, a community choir conducted by former Turtle Creek Chorale artistic director Jonathan Palant.
“We have invited members of every church, synagogue and community choir in the Metroplex to join us not only in singing out against violence, but also to sing out for peace, love, and unity,” Palant said. “The Dallas Police Choir has also been extended an invitation to perform.”
Singers from the Dallas Symphony Chorus, Turtle Creek Chorale, Dallas Independent School District, Cathedral of Hope, Temple Shalom and from many churches plan to perform, Palant said. The concert will include appearances by local opera star Ava Pine and area favorites Denise Lee, Paul Mason and Liz Mikel.
Several speakers, both religious and lay leaders, will offer thoughts and words of encouragement.
Singers who would like to participate should enter the Meyerson through the glass doors on Flora Street by 5:30 p.m. and follow signage toward the stage. There is no pre-registration. Sheet music will be distributed at the start of rehearsal. There is no charge to sing and all singers are welcome. Attire for performers is business casual.
No tickets or reservations. Tickets are open seating.
DPD tweeted they have completed a manual search of the parking garage and nothing was found. To be safe, they’re doing a second search with the K9 unit.
DPD is tweeting out that headquarters is not on lockdown, although it was officers who originally told reporters it was.
Police are concentrating on the garage behind DPD HQ. A masked man was seen running through the garage. A detective tried to stop him, but the man disappeared into a stairwell and hasn’t been seen since.
Earlier, threats were called to DPD HQ that people are on their way from Houston to shoot up DPD HQ.
Earlier reports that shots were fired at DPD HQ were incorrect. Police set off a device in order to enter a locked fence, according to a DPD tweet.
TV media was told to stop showing live feed to the parking garage area for the safety of officers.
Police are saying headquarters is not on lockdown. Police are focusing on the parking garage.
Dallas police headquarters went on lockdown after threats were called in from a group that said they were driving in from Houston to harm Dallas officers.
Dallas SWAT has surrounded the building and media and people paying tribute to officers who were murdered have been moved away from the building.
According to another report, a masked man was seen running through the DPD parking garage. While that wouldn’t normally trigger a lock-down, but with what happened Thursday night, police are taking no chances.
In addition, a man was bowed down in front of the impromptu police memorial that has been set up in front of DPD headquarters as if praying, but was screaming at the top of his lungs, prompting police to stand guard near him.