Houston council delays vote on equal-rights law

Posted on 16 May 2014 at 7:10am

ASSOCIATED PRESS HOUSTON — Houston leaders on Wednesday delayed a vote on a nondiscrimination measure that has become a flashpoint for protesters as supporters of the law seek to extend protections for gay and transgender people. The city council was scheduled to vote on the ordinance but ultimately chose to postpone any action until May [...]

Tarrant County marriage plaintiffs come out as straight

Posted on 16 May 2014 at 7:05am

Austin federal court case stemmed from 2 friends who wanted to fight for marriage equality when no other couple had filed a suit in Texas   ANNA WAUGH  |  News Editor Chris McNosky and Sven Stricker have decided to set the record straight, literally. The two men sat down with Dallas Voice this week to [...]

This literally is ‘The Love Boat’

Posted on 09 May 2014 at 8:40am

A Moonie mass wedding inspired a travel agency owner to take nuptials to the high seas   DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer The captain of the cruise ship Carnival Pride won’t be performing 50 same-sex weddings aboard ship next spring. Instead, ordained minister Karen Emery of A Wedding for You will perform those 50 weddings [...]

Out & Equal plans 2nd ‘Frame Your Love’ event

Posted on 09 May 2014 at 8:20am

Out employees in Metroplex are encouraged to place a picture of their significant other on their desk, meet up later to discuss reactions in workplace at Sue Ellen’s ANNA WAUGH  |  News Editor As same-sex relationships continue to gain acceptance in the political arena, LGBT people have come to hope and expect acceptance in the [...]

LGBT not included in supplier diversity

Posted on 09 May 2014 at 8:00am

County Commissioner Elba Garcia wants to include everyone, but with no federal mandate, governments find it hard to expand their programs   DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer Last month, Parkland Memorial Hospital was recognized for its commitment to supplier diversity. A quick email to a hospital spokeswoman about whether any LGBT companies were included among [...]

Methodist bishop urged not to take Dallas minister to trial

Posted on 02 May 2014 at 7:45am

Advocates petition bishop not to defrock the Rev. Bill McElvaney for marrying gay couple, church calls out site for going against wishes   ANNA WAUGH  |  News Editor Local LGBT leaders are hoping their actions regarding a petition this week will prevent Bishop Michael McKee of the North Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist [...]

LGBT Press Tour returns to DFW

Posted on 25 Apr 2014 at 8:25am

Six writers from around the world will visit Dallas and Fort Worth to see what’s unique about North Texas   DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer Six gay travel writers from the United States, South America and Europe arrive in Dallas this week for the 11th annual Dallas International LGBT Travel Writers press tour. Dallas Tavern [...]

Houston ordinance to include private employment

Posted on 25 Apr 2014 at 8:15am

Parker proposed a broad nondiscrimination ordinance that includes LGBT protections for employment in private businesses DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer HOUSTON —Mayor Annise Parker on Monday released a draft of her proposed Equal Rights Ordinance that includes employment protections in private business. In her State of the City address on April 3, Parker said she [...]

Mid-cities travel agency puts together trans cruise

Posted on 25 Apr 2014 at 8:05am

GEAR says this is the first time something like this is being offered to the trans community and calls organizer an innovator DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer Travel agent Jeff Land blocked cabins on a Royal Caribbean sailing in December for what he believes is the first trans cruise. “This has been a dream of [...]

Gay Realtor calls out Texas PAC for backing anti-gay candidates

Posted on 18 Apr 2014 at 9:16am

The Texas Association of Realtors and its funding arm, the Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee, have long endorsed and funded anti-LGBT candidates