Pride 2013: 5th time a charm for Voice of Pride winner

Posted on 13 Sep 2013 at 9:50am

Walter Cunningham on his singing idols, the most memorable moments from the 2013 competition — and what he plans to do with the prize money When his name was announced late on Aug. 11, Walter Cunningham had finally achieved a dream he’d had for five years: Winning the Voice of Pride competition, sponsored by the [...]

Pride 2013: Family firsts at Festival in Lee Park

Posted on 13 Sep 2013 at 9:45am

Inaugural Family Pride Zone for LGBT parents, children will include Cub Scout troop selling popcorn, which may be unprecedented   DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer A Cub Scout troop selling popcorn will be part of a new Family Pride Zone section of the Festival in Lee Park on Sunday. Cub Scout mom Kim Bowles, who’s organizing [...]

Pride 2013: Cathedral puppets bring Pride to life

Posted on 13 Sep 2013 at 9:40am

Five-person teams will animate 12-foot, rainbow-colored marionettes designed by chuch member and nationally known puppeteer Dan Peeler DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer Seven puppets each 12 feet tall will dance down Cedar Springs Road accompanied by more than 300 members of Cathedral of Hope as the church’s entry in the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade. [...]

Pride 2013: At 30, Pride sees new kind of fight

Posted on 13 Sep 2013 at 9:35am

Nudity warning from organizers angers some activists, threatens to overshadow anniversary of Dallas’ Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade   JOHN WRIGHT  |  Senior Editor Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will be absent for the first time in three years and the lawn of the iconic Melrose Hotel will be closed to spectators as the Alan Ross Texas [...]

COVER STORY: Dallas Pride 2013 preview issue

Posted on 13 Sep 2013 at 9:15am

  Click on the links to view stories from our Dallas Pride 2013 special section: At 30, Pride sees new kind of fight Cathedral puppets bring Pride to life Family firsts at Festival in Lee Park 5th time a charm for Voice of Pride winner She’s got the Teen Pride Connection DFW Pride Movement hosts 5th [...]

Back-to-school ABCs from a lesbian mom

Posted on 26 Jul 2013 at 12:15pm

LGBT parents’ fears go beyond kids being harassed because of who we are, but these basic principles can help same-sex families navigate My son is about to start fifth grade. I’m excited to shop for school supplies with him and thrilled that he’s growing and learning — but like many parents, I also wonder what the [...]

Guarded hope

Posted on 26 Jul 2013 at 12:00pm

Gay man aims to win back guardianship of partner after sister-in-law tore apart couple of 34 years   DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer Months after going public with his story of being forcibly separated from his partner of 34 years, Lon Watts is raising money and working with an attorney to help them reunite. In [...]

‘Heather Has Two Mommies’ author reflects on 25 years

Posted on 26 Jul 2013 at 11:45am

  Lesléa Newman writes about happy families, functional relationships and well-adjusted children. That’s earned her a place on the American Library Association’s list of most banned writers. Author of 60 children’s books, Newman wrote the iconic Heather Has Two Mommies in 1989 so her friends’ children could read a story about themselves. But she said [...]

‘You need to fight’

Posted on 26 Jul 2013 at 11:30am

LGBT parents who seek custody are starting to win — even in Texas courts   ANNA WAUGH  |  News Editor TYLER — After 14 years of marriage and two kids, Scott Morrison found himself fighting to see his sons. Following a divorce in 2009, Morrison came out to his sons, now 12 and 14, and his [...]

Chaos in Tejas

Posted on 26 Jul 2013 at 11:15am

Dallas couple’s case illustrates confusion created by high court’s marriage rulings   DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer When Chris Chapo moves to California in August, he’ll still be married to his husband, Don Chapo. But Don, who plans to remain in Dallas for the time being, won’t technically be married to Chris. That’s because California [...]