Local Briefs • 12-19-14

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 at 7:50am

Celebration Church honors Halstead Celebration Community Church honors Fort Worth Police Chief Jeff Halstead at its 11 a.m. service on Sunday, Dec. 21. “We think he’s built some bridges that have welcomed our community into City Hall,” Celebration’s pastor, the Rev. Carol West, said. “He was a strong driving force in the work the city [...]

Death • 12-19-14

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 at 7:45am

­Paul Lewis, born Jan. 19, 1945, left this life Nov. 28, 2014. He was preceded  in death by his longtime friends Larry Payne, John Paul Manness and Karen Daley. He is survived by his partner of 27 years, Kenneth Jones, friend Billie Rains, his god-daughter Summer Siemans, and all of his Caven family and friends. [...]

Holiday Calendar • 12-19-14

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 at 7:40am

Holiday spotlight: Linze Serell’s Toys for Tots Drive Linze Serell does not sleep in the morning after she hosts the biggest Christmas show of the year at Garlow’s in Gun Barrel City. Instead, she gathers up her fellow entertainers and they hit the local Wal-Mart at 5 a.m. to start buying Christmas gifts for underprivileged [...]

Black Tie Dinner distributes $1 million

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 8:45am

  Half goes to HRC; Resource Center receives largest local donation DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer Black Tie Dinner distributed $1 million in funds at its annual distribution party on Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Renaissance Hotel on Stemmons Freeway. Of the 15 local beneficiaries that split $500,000, Resource Center received the largest check at [...]

Holiday Calendar • 12-12-14

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 8:40am

Holiday spotlight: Gauge Xavier’s Annual Coat Challenge JAMES RUSSELL |  Staff Writer Gauge Xavier just doesn’t just share updates with his friends on Facebook. He also uses the social media site to get friends involved in their communities. An active supporter of LGBT causes and member of the Dallas Bears, Xavier has plenty to occupy [...]

Texas town hall on same-sex marriage set

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 8:35am

De Leon v. Perry plaintiffs will be among those in attendance at Austin event JAMES RUSSELL  |  Staff Writer The new Texas for Marriage coalition will host a town hall to discuss what’s next for marriage equality in the Lone Star State and across the nation at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15, in the [...]

Habgood to lead Realtor group

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 8:30am

Steve Habgood of Hewitt & Habgood Realtors, pictured here with his business partner Kathy Hewitt, has been elected president of MetroTex Association of Realtors. With 15,000 members from throughout North Texas, MetroTex is the fifth largest real estate association in the U.S. It provides a number of services to its members, including professional development, community [...]

Just because you can …

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 8:15am

Activists urge caution in coming out by claiming benefits; TCDRS clarifies means of designating spouses Tammye Nash  |  Managing Editor Activists Rafael McDonnell and David Mack Henderson recently discovered rules issued by the IRS requiring even states that don’t legally recognize same-sex marriages to recognize same-sex spouses when it comes to federal tax issues. That [...]

My annual ‘Why I Hate Hanukah’ post

Posted on 05 Dec 2014 at 7:45am

I love the Jewish holidays — well, all of them except this one and I’ll probably offend just about everyone explaining why DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer It’s not Krismus, Crissmass or Xristmas. So why do we get to choose Hanuka, Hannuka, Hanukka, Chanuka, Chanukka, Channukah and any other combination of H or CH, one [...]

Holiday Calendar • 12-05-14

Posted on 05 Dec 2014 at 7:40am

Holiday spotlight: Fourth annual LGBTQ Saves winter prom   James Russell  |  Staff Writer Proms are a staple of high school life for many teens, just as much as homecoming, football games and endless college applications. But Sharon Herrera of Fort Worth never felt comfortable attending hers. For the closeted lesbian, dancing with, much less [...]