Heather Kitchen retiring from DTC

Posted on 04 Sep 2014 at 9:27am

Heather Kitchen

Many professions are about forming relationships — some necessary, some welcomed — and when someone clicks with you personally, it makes your job all that much better. In the nearly five years I’ve known Heather Kitchen, she’s been one of the best working relationships I’ve encountered. From the first day we met, she’s greeted me with “Hey, Arnie!” every time she sees me. She has that familiar, dare I say motherly, aura, the kind that makes you feel like you’ve made her day better when in fact it is she who has improved yours.

Since 2011, she’s led the business side of the Dallas Theater Center as its managing director, giving the support that artistic director Kevin Moriarty has needed to make exciting theater and revitalize the 55-year-old institution. By keeping it in the black — and always with a smile — she’s actually contributed to the artistry, and more importantly, the tone of theater in all of North Texas.

So her decision to retire — at 62, she’s been involved in arts administration for 40 years — just as the DTC begins its new season is a personal loss as well as a professional one. She’ll stay on until her successor is found (probably early 2015), but whoever it will be could never replace Heather. She’s someone I’ll miss.

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Battleground Texas holds LGBT organizing meeting at Sue Ellen’s

Posted on 04 Sep 2014 at 9:18am

Wendy-DavisBattleground Texas, the Democratic organizing group working to turn Texas blue in upcoming elections, meets at Sue Ellen’s on Thursday, Sept. 4 for LGBT for Wendy Davis. The strategy is to first turn Texas into a battleground state and hopefully win some statewide offices this year. The plan includes organizing support among key groups, including the LGBT community.

“Let’s make sure that the LGBT community in Texas has their voice heard in November and contributes to turning Texas blue!” Battleground Texas says on its event page on Facebook.

The meeting is 7–9 p.m. upstairs at Sue Ellens, 3014 Throckmorton St.

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BREAKING: Louisiana marriage ban constitutional

Posted on 03 Sep 2014 at 1:24pm
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Louisiana Capitol, Baton Rouge

The ban on same-sex marriage in Louisiana was upheld by a U.S. District judge, according to the Times-Picayune. This is the first time since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of the Defense of Marriage Act that discrimination has been upheld by a court.

Plaintiffs said they would appeal the ruling to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. That court has a Texas marriage case pending as well.

While several cases have been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, there is no conflict in rulings so the court is not forced to act. If the Fifth Circuit rules differently than all other appeals courts, the U.S. Supreme Court would be forced to take up a case and make a definitive ruling.

The judge said plaintiffs failed to prove that banning marriage violates due process or equal protection.

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Gays may earn right to be married by Elvis impersonators

Posted on 03 Sep 2014 at 11:28am

ElvisProstitution is moral and legal in Nevada, but same-sex marriage remains an illegal sin. Britney Spears’ one-day marriage is fully recognized, but couples who’ve been together for 50 years are not.

That all may change later this month if Nevada begins recognizing the right of gay and lesbian couples to be married by Elvis impersonators, just like their tacky heterosexual counterparts.

Same-sex marriage may come to Nevada the way it did in Oregon and Pennsylvania, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. Officials in those states refused to defend the state’s marriage ban and allowed lower court rulings to stand.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has already weighed in on the side of marriage equality, is set to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling on Sept. 8. Nevada’s governor was once a party to the appeal, but has since dropped his opposition to same-sex marriage when he realized gays could hold even bigger, gaudier and more garish weddings in his state than any straight bridezilla ever imagined.

Banning marriage has been bad for tourism, especially in Las Vegas, which has about 100 wedding chapels. In 2013, Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, issued more than 80,000 opposite-sex marriage licenses.

The state said it would need 21 days to prepare for same-sex marriage, mostly to change their licenses to read “Party 1” and “Party 2” instead of “Bride” and “Groom.”

State officials are also looking forward to money that could be earned from quickie divorces and the tourism that will generate, especially as couples who can’t divorce in their home states — like Texas — come to visit. Quickie Nevada divorces were popularized in the 1939 Joan Crawford gay classic The Women.

What happens in Las Vegas will be recognized by the federal government, but not by the state of Texas.

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BREAKING: Michael Sam signs with Cowboys practice squad

Posted on 03 Sep 2014 at 10:23am

Out NFL recruit Michael Sam has signed with the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.

He previously was with the St. Louis Rams.

Check with the Voice for more news about the historic pick.

 

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BREAKING: Michael Sam in talks with Dallas Cowboys

Posted on 02 Sep 2014 at 4:13pm
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Michael Sam

The game’s not over for Michael Sam yet.

The first openly gay football player to be drafted by a national league, Sam meets with the Dallas Cowboys tomorrow to talk about joining the practice team, reports Outsports.

Sam was cut from the final round of drafts over the weekend by the St. Louis Rams. He was not considered for the practice team.

Earlier in the year, the Rams picked him in the last round of professional drafts.

The Texas native has said in the past that he grew up loving the Cowboys. A proud Texan (heehee!), he held out before signing with Mizzou because he wanted to go to A&M.

Hopefully we can welcome him home tomorrow.

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Right-wing media upset with fed money studying lesbian and gay health

Posted on 02 Sep 2014 at 4:10pm
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Random Internet picture of a guy who’s obviously gay, because straight men aren’t as toned, according to new fed study

A new study that’s mostly been reported by conservative-leaning newspapers and blogs says that lesbians tend to be obese and gay men tend to be toned.

But the reason these websites and newspapers are reporting it is because they’re accusing the federal government of wasting money — $3 million so far — studying gay and and lesbian health issues.

The conservative Washington Times reports that dollar amount in its lead sentence.

Right-wing website The Blaze writes, “What have taxpayers gotten for their money? A handful of research papers delivering some small insights into homosexual health.”

That’s because heterosexual health matters. Gay and lesbian health doesn’t.

The conclusion of the study is that lesbians don’t tend to self-perceive as being overweight, while gay men have a greater desire for toned muscles than straight men, but straight men are more likely to go to a gym.

The report also says gay men and lesbians are less likely to be on athletic teams.

OK, so here’s where this report — or at least the right-wing media interpretations of this report — are full of crap.

Lesbians are less likely to be on sports teams than straight women? Please. Go to a local softball league game or a WNBA game. When the WNBA first began playing, announcers were falling all over themselves to report when a player’s husband was in the audience, because they were so few and far between. Lesbians are well represented on sports teams. I’m wondering how many accurately self-reported, because of the blatant discrimination in sports.

On the other hand, lesbians don’t starve themselves to get into a size 0 dress to please their overweight pig of a husband who will dump her when she turns 40 for a young bimbo. Put another way, women are less likely to criticize other women because of their weight than straight men are. What lesbians perceive as good looking is different than what straight men perceive as good looking. Anorexic isn’t a lesbian ideal. Of course, overweight can be unhealthy and finding a healthy weight is something lesbians — really everyone — should do with their doctors.

Gay men are less likely to go to a gym? But we have more toned bodies? Yes, we’re less likely to play on a professional athletic team — maybe because when one gay man is finally drafted into the NFL, all ESPN can think to report on is his showering habits. But the toned bodies don’t come from nowhere. We go to the gym. We exercise on our own. We play team sports. Or maybe the gay gene just makes us better looking with better bodies and that’s pissing off the dumpy straight conservative media writers.

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Marriage supporter Abercrombie loses Hawaii primary

Posted on 02 Sep 2014 at 1:26pm
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Gov. Neil Abercrombie

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie lost the Democratic primary in a 2-to-1 landslide in his bid for re-election, and he says the loss was due to his support for marriage equality.

Despite that loss, Abercrombie said he wouldn’t do anything differently.

“There’s no way I could live with myself if I thought I was diminishing another human’s ability to reach their full capacity,” he said.

After his election, Abercrombie tried to pass marriage equality in the first regular session of the legislature. When the bill was held up in committee, the governor called a special session to consider the issue.

Marriage equality passed in November 2013 and became law in December. Abercrombie attended the first weddings performed in the state.

Most analysts attribute the loss to Hawaii allowing crossover voting. Republicans who voted in the Democratic primary voted for the governor’s opponent, who would be easier to beat in the general election in November.

The head of the state’s Republican Party dismissed that analysis, saying there aren’t enough Republicans in the state to make that kind of difference.

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Steve Grand’s au natural plunge for ALS

Posted on 02 Sep 2014 at 1:24pm
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Steve Grand takes the plunge for ALS

I like country-western music in general, but I have to admit, I hadn’t heard about Steve Grand until a coworker sent me a link to Grand’s FB post about how he answered the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

So I watched the video for his song, “All-American Boy,” (below) which went viral after it his YouTube back in July 2013, and it’s pretty good. And maybe I am not the right person to judge how hot the photo is that he posted for his ALS Challenge answer, but I think he did a pretty good job with the challenge.

You know what the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is, right? It’s where someone agrees to be doused in ice water and/or donate money to the ALS Foundation to raise money for and awareness research and treatment into the disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and then calls out their friends to do the same. You make a video of your answer to the challenge and post it online, so the effort perpetuates itself.

Everybody is doing it. Some people are ridiculing it. Others are criticizing it for wasting water.

For those making fun of the challenge and those who participate, the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised more than $100 million so far, according to this article posted yesterday by the New York Daily News. For those criticizing the challenges as a waste of precious water, well, Steve Grand found a way to avoid that:

“I didn’t want to waste fresh water (since there are so many without) so naturally, I jumped into Lake Superior, naked, after my performance here in Duluth, MN.,” he posted Saturday on Facebook — along with a naked photo of him getting ready to take the plunge (the one at the top of this post).

Grand notes that in addition to skinny-dipping for the cause, he will be making a cash donation to ALS Foundation and to TheWaterProject.org and to “a local charity” addressing homelessness among LGBT youth.

And, his post ends, “do your research, and donate according to your means.”

So I still don’t know much about Steve Grand, but I know this: I kind of like his style.

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Resources for National Suicide Prevention Month

Posted on 02 Sep 2014 at 1:24pm

Bwi4qpCCUAEm1B1September is National Suicide Prevention Month. A recent issue of the Voice covered ways of identifying, coping and living with depression. You can read the story here.

We also provided an expansive list of resources, including emergency hotlines, LGBT-affirming faith groups, counselors and more. That list is reprinted below.

Did we miss a great resource? List it in the comments.

National Resources
• The Trevor Project:
866-488-7386
• National Suicide Prevention Hotline:
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
• NSPH’s Deaf Hotline:
1-800-799-4889
• GLBT National Help Center:
1-888-THE-GLNH (4564)

Local Community Resources
• Alcoholics Anonymous Lambda Group:
214-267-0222 or 214-887-6699
• G.E.A.R. (Gender Education, Advocacy and Resources):
214-528-0144
• Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Fort Worth and Tarrant County:
817-654-7100 or dbsa_fortworth@yahoo.com.
• Legacy Counseling, private and group sessions that include alcohol and substance
abuse programs for people with HIV:
214-520-6308
• Resource Center (in conjunction with SMU’s Master of Science Counseling Education Program):
214-393-3680
• AIDS Outreach Center/The Journey (support group for people living with HIV):
Brenda Wingo, 817-916-5217.
• AIDS Outreach Center/Mujeres Unida(for HIV-positive women, in Spanish):
Ana Colin-Hernandez, 817-916-5214.
• AIDS Outreach Center/Futuro Unidos(for HIV-positive men, in Spanish):
Bea Lampka at 817-916-5225
• AIDS Outreach Center/Man Talk (for HIV-positive gay and bisexual men):
Curtis Smith, 817-916-5219.
• Mental Health America Of Greater Tarrant County | Warm Line (non-crisis referral number, limited hours, 1-5 p.m.
Monday-Friday): 817-546-7826.
• MHMR of Tarrant County 24-hour Crisis Hotline:
1-800-866-2465 or 817-335-3022.
• The Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas:
214-828-1000.

Local LGBT-Affirming Counselors
• Stonewall Behavioral Health:
214-521-1278, Stonewall@Stonewall-inc.com.
• Hall Counseling and Associates:
214-662-3523, dallasXian@aol.com.
• Beth Clardy Lewis, M.A., L.P.C.:
817-781-3735, bethlewistherapy@gmail.com.
• Cynthia Lovell, M.Ed., L.P.C.:
214-497-6268.
• Randy Martin, L.P.C.-S.:
214-392-8247, martinlpc@yahoo.com.
• Tammy Tips, M.A., L.P.C.: 817-300-8809.

Local Religious Resources
• Agape MCC (Fort Worth):
817-535-5002.
• Beth El Binah (Dallas):
214-500-8304.
• Cathedral of Hope (Dallas):
214-351-1901.
• Cathedral of Hope-Mid Cities (Hurst):
817-354-HOPE
• Celebration Community Church (Fort Worth):
817-335-3222
• Celebration on the Lake (Gun Barrel City):
903-451-2302.
• Crossroads Community Church (Dallas):
214-520-9090.
• Harvest MCC (Denton):
940-484-6159.
• Northaven UMC (Dallas):
214-363-2479.
• MCC Dallas:
972-243-0761.
• Oak Lawn UMC (Dallas):
214-521-5197.
• St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church (Dallas):
214-352-0410.
• Trinity MCC (Arlington):
817-265-5454.

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