Trans hero

Posted on 16 Sep 2016 at 7:55am

‘Alters’ explores a teen beset by superpowers … and new sexual identity When a new comic book title issues a “No. 1,” collectors often perk up their ears. Getting in on the ground floor of a new imprint is like attending opening night of a new play, or discovering a great new chef. So the […]

Walking down memory lane

Posted on 16 Sep 2016 at 7:50am

A spate of gay memoirs shed light on conversion therapy, pro wrestling and two different trans journeys Boy Erased: A Memoir by Garrard Conley (Riverhead Books 2016); $27; 340 pp. From the time he was in fifth grade, Garrard Conley understood that he was a sinner. It became apparent with the thrill he got looking […]

Drawing Dallas

Posted on 16 Sep 2016 at 7:40am

Well-traveled, handsome Kevin Luna will forever call Dallas home Name and age: Kevin Luna, 34. Occupation: Massage therapist and student Spotted at: Kalachandji’s on Gurley Avenue Rolling stone: Born in Lubbock to an Italian/Spanish father and a Mexican mother, this handsome Cancer spent his first 17 years there until he moved to Denver to be […]

In defense of sap

Posted on 16 Sep 2016 at 7:35am

Often maligned as cheesy, ‘Camelot’ remains a solid, satisfying musical ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor Camelot has long been the reputable musical that it’s completely permissible to shit on. It enjoyed a healthy initial two-year run, opening just weeks after JFK was elected and closing less than a year before his assassination, and its […]

Putting the ‘butch’ in Butcher

Posted on 16 Sep 2016 at 7:30am

Lesbian comedian Rhea Butcher is having a moment It’s an exciting time to be Rhea Butcher. She co-starring with real-life wife (and fellow standup) Cameron Esposito in the very meta Take My Wife, a just-released webseries on the online pay service Seeso, where she plays the wife of … Cameron Esposito. And she just dropped […]

You go, twirlfriend!

Posted on 16 Sep 2016 at 7:25am

It took decades, but baton master Bobe McBride has pursued his dream JONANNA WIDNER  | Contributing Writer About 30 years ago, when Bobe McBride was in middle school, he played trombone in the marching band, positioned right behind the majorettes, their batons flashing and glinting in the sun as the majorettes twirled and tossed them. […]

Suddenly, Alvaro

Posted on 16 Sep 2016 at 7:20am

Voice of Pride winner Alvaro Ramalho is no stranger to singing ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor When Alvaro Ramalho’s family moved to the U.S. from Brazil nearly 20 years ago, they no doubt expected to find opportunities wide open before them. But you wonder whether young Alvaro ever expected Justin Timberlake to be instrumental […]

Phann star

Posted on 16 Sep 2016 at 6:30am

How former club kid Dannee Phann turned his passion into his profession… and still gives back SCOTT HUFFMAN  | Contributing Writer Many Dallas residents have known out club and event promoter Dannee Phann (pronounced “pawn”) as a bartender, a manager, and, at one time, even a dancer at a number of local gay clubs. Phann […]

Maui now-y

Posted on 16 Sep 2016 at 6:15am

Whether you’re looking to be pampered or crave an adventure vacay, Hawaii’s low-key paradise offers what you need ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor If you saw the recent news about two hurricanes bearing down simultaneously on the Hawaiian Islands, you might have thought how scary and vulnerable it feels to be in the middle […]

Burning bright

Posted on 16 Sep 2016 at 6:00am

Dallas scion William Blake’s triumphant return to Texas ARNOLD WAYNE JONES |  Executive Editor Even as a scrappy little North Texas theater kid of 9, William Blake wanted to sing. He had the kind of high-pitched voice that people would refer to as “boy soprano” — a falsetto that was in no way false, but […]