WATCH: ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ at the Dems

Posted on 27 Jul 2016 at 11:03pm

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Bill Clinton wore a lovely blue pantsuit to the Democratic Convention

Posted on 27 Jul 2016 at 3:28pm
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Bill Clinton (Photo (c) Washington Blade by Michael Key)

Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s husband Bill wore a blue tie and white shirt under a dark blue pantsuit as he introduced his wife at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night, July 26.

First gentleman watchers speculated that Mr. Clinton’s suit may have been designed by Hart, Schaffner Marx or Hickey Freeman and expected a buying frenzy when the actual label is revealed.

Mr. Clinton, who looks like he had his hair done for the convention, has been sitting in front row center of the balcony of the Philadelphia Convention Center, acting as the charming host, surrounded by Democratic dignitaries as his wife campaigns before addressing the convention on Thursday.

The presidential candidate’s husband spoke about Mrs. Clinton’s experience but apparently has had quite a career for himself as well. In addition to two terms as governor of Arkansas, he served as president of the United States. He also addressed the Democratic Convention in 1988 as the keynote speaker and is expected to be a trusted adviser in his wife’s administration.

Dallas Voice has sent a message to Dallas-based delegates to find out if the potential first gentleman can bake chocolate chip cookies.

Now, can we stop talking about who designed Mrs. Obama’s dress and concentrate on how she gave one of the best speeches ever delivered at a political convention?

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Trans woman murdered in Mississippi

Posted on 27 Jul 2016 at 1:07pm
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Dee Whigham

A Navy seaman in training has been arrested and charged with robbing and murdering Dee Whigham, 25, a transgender woman from Shubuta, Miss., who was found dead in a motel room in Ocean Springs, Miss., near Biloxi on July 23.

According to a count kept by The Advocate, Whigham is the 16th trans person to be murdered in the U.S. this year.

Whigham was found stabbed, according to the South Mississippi SunHerald based in Gulfport. She was staying at the Best Western Plus Cypress Creek hotel off Interstate 10 in Biloxi with several people after traveling to Biloxi to attend the Gulf Coast Black Rodeo at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

Dwanya Hickerson, 20, of New Orleans, was arrested Monday morning, July 25, and charged with capital murder in Whigham’s death, according to the SunHerald. Jackson County Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Stratton said Hickerson was shown on surveillance video leaving the hotel , and investigators obtained a warrant to search the Hickerson’s residence at Keesler, where he had been in training since April.

Sheriff Mike Ezell has said his department is investigating and “If this turns out to be a hate crime, we will pursue this to the fullest in court.”

A GoFundMe page was set up to help the family pay for funeral expenses. The photo of Whigham with this post was taken from that page.

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Lambda Legal sues nursing facility for elder abuse

Posted on 27 Jul 2016 at 12:58pm
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Marsha Wetzel (Photo courtesy of Lambda Legal)

Lambda Legal filed suit today, Wednesday, July 27, against Glen St. Andrew Living Community in Niles, Ill. for failing to protect Marsha Wetzel, a lesbian senior who is a resident of the facility. In her suit, she claims the facility and its administrators failed to protect her from “harassment, discrimination and violence she has endured at the hands of other residents because of her sex and sexual orientation.”

From Karen Loewy, Lambda Legal Senior Attorney and Seniors Program Strategist:

Glen St. Andrew calls itself ‘a community of caring,’ but when the staff ignores the harassment and violence directed at Marsha, they are not caring at all.

There is a clear pattern of discrimination here. The facility and its staff have ignored our client’s pleas for help after being harassed and attacked because she is a lesbian and because she is a woman who loved and created a family with another woman for 30 years.

Marsha deserves the same compassionate care and safety provided for all the other seniors at Glen St. Andrew but instead, the staff have created an environment where it is acceptable to isolate, harass and attack someone because of who they are and who they loved.

Over the weekend, the Coalition for Aging LGBT held a conference at the SMU campus in Plano to discuss issues that included treatment of LGBT elderly in assisted living and nursing facilities.

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More photos from Dallas delegates to the Democratic Convention

Posted on 27 Jul 2016 at 9:48am

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The politics of hope: Bill Clinton at the podium

Posted on 27 Jul 2016 at 9:38am

Jones, Arnold WayneI’ve decided there are only two reasons anyone votes anymore. One if fear. And one is inspiration.

The fear side can be powerful. There’s a lot to fear in the big bad world — not the least of which, in my opinion, is the thought of a planet where Donald Trump is president. It’s a legitimate thing, fear: Part of the human fight-or-flight instinct. It can protect us.

But then there are irrational fears — fears that prey on us with suspicion, exaggeration, even falsehoods. You’re more likely as an American in America to be killed by an asteroid than by an ISIS attack. Not all illegal immigrants are Mexican, or even “sneak” over the border. No one wants to ban all handguns. Christianity it not, I assure you, “under attack.”

But after watching the entirety of the Republican National Convention last week, I saw day after day or fear, trotted out like the inevitable result of progressive politics. Many of the claims were all but fact-free. And night after night after night, the reason was Hillary Clinton. Chris Christie, who should know better, even held a kangaroo court in which he had the assembled “convict” Hillary based on his “evidence” that smacked of the Salem Witch Trials; all that was missing was a burning effigy. (They haven’t been able to get legitimate law enforcement to make a charge stick, so that’s all that’s left.) I found it all itchily distasteful. And not because I’m a Democrat (in presidential politics, I have voted for two Republicans, three Dems and three independents) or even a great Hillary supporter. But because I’m an American. Hatred isn’t my go-to. Ah well. That’s politics.

The RNC actually told media that days 1 and 2 of the convention would be anti-Hillary, and the last two days pro-Trump. That never really materialized. Even Trump’s acceptance speech — for all its narcissistic bloviating — could not help but attack his opponent’s character, record, judgment. (This from a man on four bankruptcies and three marriages; Hillary has had the same spouse for 40 years.)

But political conventions only come around every four years; it’s easy to forget the last one, except for moments (Clint Eastwood talking to a chair, “poor George” Bush, born “with a silver foot in his mouth”). Maybe that’s always the tone, even for both parties.

And then comes the revelation that it’s not the way it has to be.

I’ve never voted for any Clinton — not in a primary, not in a general. Never campaigned for one, nor donated money to one. (It’s one reason the Bernie or Bust folks irritate me — who really wants to “bust” the presidency out of ego?) But even so, I have never denied Bill Clinton’s power as a public speaker — how could you? And last night, when I saw his address, I was reminded not just why he’s a great communicator, but why politics can be about inspiring people. About encouraging us with hope, not fear.

The structure was a master class of rhetoric. He mentioned nine states by name, each time eliciting hoots from the assembled delegates, but he smoothly soldiered on with his encomium. (Side note: Last week, Trump released a campaign ad that said only that his speech was 75 minutes, that he got 24 minutes of applause, and then did the math — cuz, ya know, his supporters… — that one-third of the speech was applause. How sad that he gains self worth from that.) Bill painted pictures with words, vividly. He made Hillary seem more human (and humane) than any ad has ever done.

But best of all, he drew a sharp contrast with the Republicans — not just in his portrait of Hillary, who was demonized to the point of caricature by the GOP, but in his style of speech and his off-handed emphasis on the value of public service in a candidacy. Now, I understand “political speech” and selected emphasis. But I can’t recall a single speaker at the RNC who said anything about trump that wasn’t wholly focused on either “he knows how to run a business/create jobs” or “he’s nicer in private than he seems.” I mean that quite literally. What was I missing from the GOP convention? Not just specifics, but any portrayal of Trump as someone who has put others first in his life. Things he’s accomplished that didn’t have a dollar sign in front of them.

Not so with the Hillary who Bill shared. His version was caring, outward-thinking, diligent, public-minded. He elevated rather than tore down. Every day of the RNC show was Bash Hillary Day. But Trump’s name has barely been mentioned these past two days.

It doesn’t have to be. Bill made the case not for voting against someone, but why supporting their candidate is good for America. Trump was never going to get my vote. I didn’t have to be persuaded to support the opposition, whoever that opposition was. But I’ve gotta say, last night Bill convinced me to cast my first vote for a Clinton — and not as a protest, or a compromise, but because I was swayed that she has what it takes to lead. I’ve never used the hasgtag #ImWithHer, but I do now — and with full gusto.

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Fashion suggestions to brighten up your summer wardrobe

Posted on 27 Jul 2016 at 8:23am

Last week, we wrote about how to throw a gay summer pool party. Put what can you wear to look good at it? Let color-blocked brightness, tropical prints and kaleidoscope statement accessories — plus a few spots of leather — help elevate your boardwalk swag this summer.

PineappleSlipons‘Pineappleade’ gold leather slip-ons. Unsuspecting hand grenades masquerading as shimmering pineapples — the signature stencil of Colombian street artist DJ Lu — let you explode onto the scene of your next summer shindig (and make a political statement about the country’s armed conflict that displaced its outer region’s farmers) without uttering a word. Available in women’s sizes five to 10; men, order two sizes up from your normal size. $17, bucketfeet.com.

‘Get Lost’ luggage tag. Your vacay motto may be to “get lost” during your travels, but that sentiment stops at your baggage. Enhance its chances of making it to the final destination with this phrase-embossed tag from American Bench Craft made from a single-piece of full-grain leather and hand cut from vegetable-tanned steerhide. $22, americanbenchcraft.com.

Carbon Collection watches. Parsonii’s Carbon Collection — the box set of which comes with one of its unique watch faces in gold, silver or brushed bronze — keeps your beach-hopping schedule tight and on time while three wardrobe-friendly straps let you swap out a selection of colors to easily transition from drinks at the marina to that bonfire by the bay. $145, theparsonii.com.

Fly Gelada wallet. Simple yet stylish, Paperwallet’s Fly Gelada — with its bold lines and friendly imagery to hold close that jet-setting spirit wherever you go — features two credit card slots, two business card flaps, two side pockets and a cash compartment. It’s Tyvek composition can take a good beating, too… because we know you like it rough. $17, paperwallet.com.

TriggerSunglassesTrigger sunglasses. Give your sure-thing wayfarers a rest and shake up your sunglasses game with the polarized Trigger specs from Sunglasses Warehouse. Pink floral and silver frames with amber non-mirrored lenses provide 99 percent UVA/UVB sun protection to soak up the rays without ruining your retinas. $14, sunglasswarehouse.com.

CotopaxiLuzonDaypackLuzon 18L daypack. Durable, packable and versatile — so you can hit the road fully equipped for the adventure of a lifetime — Cotopaxi’s Luzon Del Día features repurposed ripstop nylon, mesh backpack straps and an internal hydration sleeve… plus a twist: Each pack is proudly made in the Philippines by an employee who has total creative control of the pack’s colorway so no two are ever the same. $50, cotopaxi.com.

 Mixed Brights bracelets. Doublehighfive BK’s hand-curated, multicolored bracelets — made from recycled flip-flops by women in Mali — come in an assortment of cool colors, like mixed bold, brights, pastels, pinks, and blues and greens, so you can keep this “Summer of Pride” haute until the temps take a dive. $20, doublehighfivebk.com.

CoconutGroveSwimTrunksCoconut Grove swim trunks. If you’re nowhere near a beach this summer, you can still invite the essence of the open sea to your bestie’s backyard with the Coconut Groves, tropical-inspired trunks from Chubbies. These macaw-crotched butt-huggers (if you’ve got an ample pirate’s booty, that is) are equal parts ”aaarrr!” and shiver-me-timbers for sky’s-out-thigh’s-out time-outs. $60, chubbies.com.

 Sunnys cap. It’s hard not to light up when you see AMBSN’s Sunnys Cap in melon. Emboldened with an embroidered sunglass-sporting smiley-face emoji, you’ll be doing everyone around you a favor as soon as you pop it on. $32, jackthreads.com.

 — Mikey Rox

 

 

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History is made: DNC officially nominates Hillary Clinton for president

Posted on 26 Jul 2016 at 5:39pm
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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton

The Democratic National Convention has just made history, nominating former First Lady, former U.S. Sen. and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president of the United States of America. Fifteen votes from South Dakota put her over the top.

Clinton is the first woman to be nominated for president by a major political party.

The count ended with Sen. Bernie Sanders moving to suspend the rules and nominate Hillary Clinton by acclamation as the Democratic candidate for president. Final delegate count (not counting super delegates) is  Clinton, 2,842; Sanders, 1,865, with 56 delegates not voting. Go here to see how the final delegate count played out.

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More photos from Dallas delegates to Democratic Convention

Posted on 26 Jul 2016 at 5:00pm
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Delegate Jay Narey casting his vote for Hillary Clinton

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Linda Robb with Eric Johnson

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Texas delegate luncheon

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13th annual Miss LifeWalk Pageant breaks records

Posted on 26 Jul 2016 at 1:56pm

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Tiaras, glamorous gowns and house-rocking performances raised $53,412 — 33 percent more than in 2015 — at the 13th annual Miss LifeWalk pageant Sunday, July 24, at the Rose Room in S4. The 2016 Pageant was produced by the Guys and Dolls LifeWalk Team and hosted by Heather Thomas and Mark Manley.

“Guys and Dolls is delighted that the Miss LifeWalk Pageant continues to grow and gets bigger and better every year,” pageant organizer Landon Starnes said. “It is exciting to watch the contestants competitively raise money and bring in record numbers each and every year, not to mention the passion and generosity of those that give, and this year was spectacular! We are truly grateful to be a part of this journey and work with such lovely people!”

The 2016 contestants were Miss Rita Fine representing Guys & Dolls, Linze Serell representing the Green Team, and Vanity Storm representing Team Metro (GDMAF). Serell raised more than $23,000, a new record for an individual contestant. Special guest performances included former Miss LifeWalk winners Sabrina Starr (2005), Anita Nother (2010), Lotta Pink (2011), Veda Chardonnay (2013), Heidi Liquere (2014) and Charlotte Bardeaux (2015) who crowned the 2016 winner — Vanity Storm.

Miss LW 2016 Vanity StormThe 2016 Miss LifeWalk winning categories are as follows:

Miss Congeniality – Rita Fine

Miss Spirit of LifeWalk – Linze Serell

Miss Money Bags – Linze Serell

Evening Wear Winner – Vanity Storm

Talent Winner – Vanity Storm

2nd Runner Up – Rita Fine

1st Runner Up – Linze Serell

Over the 13 years the pageant has raised more than $189,283 for LifeWalk.

LifeWalk 2016 takes place Sunday, Oct. 9, beginning and ending in Lee Park. This year’s walk will benefit AIDS Arms, Inc. and other AIDS services partner agencies: Abounding Prosperity, AIDS Interfaith Network, AIDS Services of Dallas, Cathedral of Hope, Dogs Matter, Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund, Tucker’s Gift, Turtle Creek Chorale, The Women’s Chorus of Dallas and UT Southwestern Community Prevention and Intervention Unit.

Register for LifeWalk here.

 

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