Council to vote on extending FMLA to LGBT employees

Posted on 18 Apr 2014 at 7:00am

City officials denied gay employee leave when daughters were born, but the proposed plus-1 policy will recognize same-sex spouses   ANNA WAUGH  |  News Editor Dallas officials have taken the comprehensive equality resolution passed last month seriously with discussions about the civilian pension plans starting last week, and now the City Council will consider adopting [...]

UNT gender-neutral housing plan hits roadblock

Posted on 18 Apr 2014 at 6:45am

Students say university staff hasn’t followed through on research, but officials say they’re still in discussions without a plan to move forward yet   ANNA WAUGH  |  News Editor DENTON — Students at the University of North Texas hoped to see discussions begin this semester for creating gender-neutral housing. But Taylor Evans, one of the [...]

Speak Out Poll: Are you more likely to be tested for HIV in a retail setting than a clinic?

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 at 11:20am

Local briefs • 04-11-14

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 at 9:35am

  Red Foundation Reveal Party Dallas Red Foundation presents The Reveal Party to announce its main event entertainment and venue. Pride Pharmacy was announced as the presenting sponsor for the season. Red Foundation supports the work of Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage. The party takes place at ilume on April 11 at 8 p.m. [...]

Pet of the week • 04-11-14

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 at 9:25am

Meet Beau, a handsome American Foxhound mix. He came to Operation Kindness hoping to find a loving home. Beau is a friendly boy who’s looking for a house with a big yard he can explore. He is over 1-year old and won’t get any bigger. His short coat won’t require much grooming.  If you want a [...]

Deaths • 04-11-14

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 at 9:15am

Kenneth “Drew” Haynes was born on May 5, 1958, in Amarillo, Texas, and passed away on Tuesday evening, April 8, at St. Paul University Hospital where he was diagnosed with liver cancer. Drew was surrounded by many of his loved ones. His passing was peaceful. He is survived by his partner of 8 1/2 years, [...]

Parker proposes nondiscrimination ordinance for Houston

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 at 9:05am

After voters repealed a similar ordinance in 1986, Texas’ largest city has been without any employment, housing and public accommodation protections   DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer HOUSTON — In her State of the City address on April 3, Houston Mayor Annise Parker said she would introduce a Human Rights ordinance, but a city council [...]

Dallas pension board butts heads with staff over equitable treatment

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 at 8:55am

Board’s vice chair calls changes important, but attorney seems skeptical of every avenue to treat same-sex spouses equally   ANNA WAUGH  |  News Editor The board of trustees for the city’s Employees’ Retirement Fund explored several avenues this week for making the city’s pension plan equal for same-sex spouses, ranging from changing definitions’ to putting [...]

All over but the shoutin’

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 at 8:45am

The insanity of infighting in our community weakens in the battle against our real enemies EMERSON COLLINS  |  Contributing Writer The biggest blowup fights often happen with the family and friends you love the most. You know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, all of the buttons to push, and you have the greatest vested interest [...]

City Council approves Oak Lawn DHA complex

Posted on 11 Apr 2014 at 8:35am

A good-neighbor agreement that could chart a new course for how it works with neighborhood groups is a first for the housing authority   DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer The Dallas City Council on March 26 approved plans for Cedar Springs Place, a complex it plans to build to replace a housing project torn down [...]