Postcard from the Big Apple

Posted on 03 Jul 2015 at 6:15am

Jenny Block has never been to Pride in any city but Dallas. So when the marriage equality ruling coincided with extra frequent flyer miles, she took the plunge and headed for Pride in New York City. Here’s her experience “I’m going to marry you one day, you know,” my girlfriend Lacey whispered to me one morning [...]

Geek like me

Posted on 19 Sep 2014 at 6:15am

Confessions of a bisexual cosplayer — and DFW’s growing cos-munity   CHAKA CUMBERBATCH  | Special Contributor Carrie Bradshaw would have a panic attack in my closet. Seriously — if there was ever a parody musical inspired by my life, it would undoubtedly be titled Chaka and the Ridiculous Technicolor Nightmare Closet. Getting dressed for [...]

Am-booze -ador

Posted on 19 Sep 2014 at 6:00am

Style maven Steve Kemble embraces his new role as the first-ever U.S. LGBT brand ambassador for Stoli —and he plans a makeover of the tarnished brand   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor Most liquor companies have “brand ambassadors” — folks who travel around promoting the value of their brand over another. The title “ambassador” [...]

Big Manny on campus

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 at 7:20am

Out DJ Manny Lehman headlines this weekend’s Big Long and Proud dance party in Arlington SCOTT HUFFMAN  | Contributing Writer Don’t let Manny Lehman’s cool exterior fool you. This humble DJ, producer and remixer — or, as he puts it simply, “a Puerto Rican male from New York” — regularly headlines circuit events and [...]

Bell of the Ball

Posted on 06 Jun 2014 at 6:30am

Erasure’s Andy Bell headlines Razzle Dazzle’s kick-off event, the fundraiser MetroBall   SCOTT HUFFMAN  | Contributing Writer Even before “out” was “in,” Andy Bell dared to be honest. Best known as one half of the iconic pop duo Erasure, the gay singer and songwriter — unlike so many pop stars — never misled the [...]

Sophia’s choices

Posted on 27 Sep 2013 at 8:15am

Dallas Black Pride’s Miss Sophia McIntosh emphasizes comedy over glam We’ve come to expect our drag queens to work in glitzy gowns, high-to-heaven hair and that serious eye makeup that evokes ferocity (or anger — so hard to tell these days). But none of that is necessary for Miss Sophia McIntosh, a Texas-born drag queen [...]

Teenage dream come true

Posted on 21 Jun 2013 at 12:10pm

In high school, Hal Heath always wanted to be in color guard. At 29, he finally achieved his goal — by forming ROTC Dallas RICH LOPEZ  | Contributing Writer High school seems like a comparative breeze for many gay boys nowadays: They go to prom together, come out at commencement speeches, get named “cutest [...]

Statewide Pride

Posted on 31 May 2013 at 10:30am

Gays across the state gear up for National Pride Month with festivities As Dallas prepares to get razzled and dazzled for National Pride Month, sister cities across Texas do the same. From the far reaches of West Texas to the Gulf Coast, Lone Star gays know how to party big time. Sorry, Gov. Perry. Dallas.  [...]

Belle of the ’Ball

Posted on 31 May 2013 at 9:30am

Disco diva Thelma Houston was a gay activist before it was cool   In a recent op-ed for Advocate magazine, out musician Eric Himan blasted organizers for having straight performers play Pride celebrations. He made some valid points, but even Himan might carve out an exception for Thelma Houston. Sure, her signature song, “Don’t Leave [...]

Dual identities

Posted on 05 Oct 2012 at 8:30am

For rising musician Nehemiah Akbar, being black and gay in the R&B music world isn’t the contradiction it once was ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor For a lot of young gay men — especially, it seems, those reared in the African-American community — coming out is a process fraught with risk and tension. Add [...]