Refinery29.com highlights Dallas trans woman’s comments on being “pro life”

Posted on 30 Jan 2017 at 3:43pm

Valerie Jackson

Refinery29.com, a website claiming that its mission is “to be the #1 new-media brand for smart, creative and stylish women everywhere,” has highlighted a Dallas trans woman’s comments on social media about the “pro-life” movement.

Last Friday morning, Jan. 27, Valerie Jackson posted a thought-provoking statement on her Facebook page which, in essence, calls out so-called “pro-life” proponents for only caring about certain lives. She reflected on her own mother, who was only 18 when Valerie was born. Acknowledging that abortion was a legal option for her mother then, Valerie suggests that a “pro-life” advocate would have worked hard to convince her mother not to have an abortion.

But “all these years later,” when Valerie came out as a transgender woman, would that same advocate have valued her life as much?

She wrote, “Then that same social conservative condemns and judges me for transitioning. Statistics are out folks! 41 percent of transgender and non-gender conforming people have attempted suicide compared to the national average of only 4.6 percent. … Shouldn’t they be trying to help me stay alive when I’m weak and vulnerable again? They say they value life so much, yet I know they see the news stories of us killing ourselves, being tortured, and murdered at record setting rates every year! Where’s the compassion, respect, and love for me now?”

In her article for Refinery29, under a headline about pro-life hypocrisy, Kimberly Truong notes, “Of course, beliefs within a movement can be wide, varied, and complicated — but Jackson makes some valid points, questioning a value that doesn’t always hold up even when it seems to be essential to the movement.”

You can read Truong’s brief article here, and Valerie’s post here.

And just in the interests of “full disclosure;” Valerie is part of the Dallas Voice family. She is the best friend and roommate of our advertising director, Chad Mantooth. So we are extra-special glad to see her thoughtful  post getting some attention.

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Obama breaks his silence

Posted on 30 Jan 2017 at 1:40pm

Former President Barack Obama

Well that was fast.

Former President George W. Bush held his tongue for eight years throughout the Obama administration. Former President Barack Obama planned to do the same. His silence lasted eight days.

In response to the immigration executive order, Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis released the following statement:

With regard to President Obama’s foreign policy decisions, as we’ve heard before, the president fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion.

 

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Rep. Anchia files resolution condemning Trump executive order

Posted on 30 Jan 2017 at 11:51am

Rep. Rafael Anchia

Today, Monday, Jan. 30, Rep. Rafael Anchia will file a resolution in the Texas House of Representatives condemning President Trump’s executive order banning Muslims from entering the United States and he will invite the Texas House Democratic Caucus and the Texas House Republican Caucus to sign on in support.

Here’s the text of the resolution:

By:AA____________________ H.R.ANo.A_____

R E S O L U T I O N

WHEREAS, We respect the rule of law and love of our neighbors;

and

WHEREAS, As elected members of the House of Representatives

of the 85th Legislature of the State of Texas, we have sworn an oath

to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and laws of the

United States and of this state”; and

WHEREAS, The Fifth Amendment of the United States

Constitution states that no person shall be “deprived of life,

liberty, or property, without due process of law”; and

WHEREAS, Article I of the Texas Constitution states that

“equality under the law shall not be denied or abridged because of

sex, race, color, creed, or national origin”; and

WHEREAS, On December 7, 2015, Donald J. Trump, as a candidate

for the Republican nomination of president of the United States,

announced his intention “for a total and complete shutdown of

Muslims entering the United States”; and

WHEREAS, On January 27, 2017, President Donald J. Trump

signed an executive order entitled, “Protecting the Nation From

Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” (“Executive

Order”), which bars all people, including legal permanent residents

and authorized visa holders from the countries of Iraq, Syria,

Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen; and

WHEREAS, The executive order halts the admission of all

refugees to the United States, including those who have helped

America and its allies fight against Al-Qaeda and the Islamic

State; and

WHEREAS, The United States Supreme Court determined in Church

of Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc. v. City of Hialeah, in a majority opinion

written by Justice Anthony Kennedy and concurred by Justice Antonin

Scalia, that “official action that targets religious conduct for

distinctive treatment cannot be shielded by mere compliance with

the requirement of facial neutrality” and that “the Free Exercise

Clause protects against governmental hostility which is masked, as

well as overt”; and

WHEREAS, President Trump ’s aforementioned executive order to

ban travel is, without question or debate, a fulfillment of

President Trump ’s intention to shut down the entry of Muslims into

the United States; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 85th Texas

Legislature hereby condemn President Trump ’s executive order as an

open act of discrimination against Muslims, as a constitutional

violation against legal residents of the United States, and as a

violation of the due process and equal protection clauses of the

United States Constitution; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be

prepared and delivered to President Donald J. Trump as a clear and

unequivocal declaration from the Texas House of Representatives

that we uphold our sworn oath to protect the Constitution, as well

as our moral oaths to respect the rule of law and love our

neighbors.

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Trump Donald!

Posted on 30 Jan 2017 at 11:34am

Do you think “our president” is full of hot air?

Do you just need to blow off a little steam?

Do you wish Trump himself would just blow off instead of being such a blowhard?

Then you need a little TrumpDonald.org in your life.

Seriously. Check it out. (Click on the trumpet; move it around; enjoy.)

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Wilshire Baptist pastor speaks out against Muslim ban, Franklin Graham’s hate

Posted on 30 Jan 2017 at 11:25am

Mark Wingfield

In a piece published Saturday by Baptist News Global, Mark Wingfield, associate pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, condemns Donald Trump’s Muslim bans by calling out Franklin Graham for supporting it.

Wilshire Baptist Church, you might recall, voted in November to accept LGBT people as full members of the church, a move that got the church kicked out of the Southern Baptist Convention. Graham is the son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham and president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief organization. Wingfield also isn’t a fan of Samaritan’s Purse.

Franklin Graham

Graham said last week he has no problem with Trump’s Muslim ban because it’s “not a Bible issue.” Wingfield says Graham is dead wrong and, basically, full of hateful BS. “File this under the category of ‘alternative facts,'” Wingfield says of Graham’s claim.

“But how a nation full of Christians — and a government filled with professing Christians — should treat immigrants is indeed a biblical issue. And there’s no equivocation that the biblical mandate is for welcome, not building walls, not closing borders, not seeking our own welfare to the detriment of strangers in dire need,” Wingfield writes. “You cannot make a biblical case for the policies enacted by Donald Trump and tacitly approved by Congress’ silence.”

Go read Wingfield’s piece for yourself. It’s worth your time.

 

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Ellen interviews gay Iraqi immigrant couple

Posted on 30 Jan 2017 at 9:50am


Under the immigration ban, this gay Iraqi couple, who fought for the U.S., would not be allowed in the country now.

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Candlelight vigil will be held at Thanksgiving Square

Posted on 30 Jan 2017 at 9:09am

A candlelight vigil, held as a peaceful show of support for Muslims, refugees and immigrants in the Dallas community, takes place tonight, Monday, Jan. 30 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Thanksgiving Square in downtown Dallas.

Organizers wrote, “We want this gathering to be one of community unity and peaceful hope, but also the conviction that we stand together across all faiths and traditions in our support of the vulnerable newcomer seeking a safe and welcoming home.”

Parking in the area is limited, but all DART lines stop at Akard Station, a few blocks of Thanksgiving Square.

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Protestors at DFW Airport demand refugees be released

Posted on 29 Jan 2017 at 6:37pm

Attorney Pete Schulte said attorneys were speaking to immigration officials on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 29. Schulte spoke from the ticketing level of Terminal D, away from the chaos of more than 1,000 protestors on the arrivals level below.

Shannon Bailey arrived at the terminal to protest at about 4 p.m.

“I’m here because I do not support the order from the president,” Bailey said. “It’s against American values and my personal values.”

One DFW Airport police officer put the crowd in the arrivals hall outside immigration at 300, which, he said, was the capacity of that room. But hundreds more held signs and protested up and down the hall that connects that arrival hall with the other halls.

Protesters chanted about the immigration order and about the wall along the southern border.

Each time someone exited immigration, the crowd cheered, but it wasn’t clear if any of those entering the arrival hall were refugees.

This protest, and others taking place at international airports across the country, is in reaction to an executive order issued by President Donald Trump on Holocaust Remembrance Day restricting immigration by Muslims from seven countries. The countries targeted are not countries Trump has businesses and are not countries terrorists who have targeted the U.S. have come from.

The administration released a statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day that did not mention the Jews killed in the Holocaust. The irony of the executive order is that had the U.S. opened its borders to refugees during the Holocaust, hundreds of thousands of lives might have been saved. Instead, the U.S. blocked Jewish immigration leading up to and during World War II.

Under the Trump executive order, Syrians are permanently banned. Those stuck at airports across the U.S. are refugees who have already been cleared to resettle in the U.S. by both the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security.

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Rylee Spire becomes first-ever trans Mr. Texas Leather

Posted on 29 Jan 2017 at 6:14pm

This week, I wrote about Rylee Janus Spire, a trans man who two weeks ago became the first trans man ever to take the Mr. Dallas Eagle leather title.  I mentioned in the article that he would be competing this weekend for Mr. Texas Leather — a direct feeder event to the International Mr. Leather competition — and if he won that, would also be the first-ever trans holder of that title. And that’s exactly what happened Saturday night.

Spire bested a strong lineup of seven contestants to be named Mr. Texas Leather. First-runner-up went to Ursus.

In addition, Dawn was named Ms Texas Leather. All of the contestants also auctioned off at least one basket of goodies; Dawn broke the band — her one basket took in $1,400 alone.

Congrats to everyone!

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Arrest made in assault on Derek Whitener

Posted on 27 Jan 2017 at 10:49pm

Derek Whitener

WFAA Channel 8 is reporting that police have arrested one of two suspects in the Jan. 14 attack on Derek Whitener that left the theater director/actor with injuries that required him to undergo brain surgery.

The first suspect, a juvenile, was taken into custody tonight (Friday, Jan. 27). The second suspect remained at large as of 10:30 p.m.

Whitener, artistic director at Firehouse Theatre in Farmers Branch, stopped at the Target on Haskell Street on his way home after performing in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”at the theater. Two young men approached him, one carrying a wooden rod. He went past them into the store and reported them to the police officer working security inside. The officer and a Target employee then went out and told the two young men to leave the premises.

But when Whitener left the store later, the two suspects attacked him. One beat him with the wooden rod, leaving him with a fractured skull and injuries that impair his ability to speak and his motor functions.

The suspect still at large is described at about 5’9” and 150 pounds. He was wearing a black hoodie and red jeans at the time of the attack. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 214-671-3639 or Crime Stoppers at 214-373-TIPS/

Friends have started a GoFundMe page to help pay Whitener’s medical expenses.

The man in the black hoodie and red-and-blue jeans, above right, is still at large.

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