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 [...]

Pet of the Week • 12-12-14

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 8:00am

TJ is a handsome Siberian husky mix who was transferred to Operation Kindness from another shelter. TJ arrived with an injury that required treatment. Now he’s all better and ready for a new start. TJ would love an active family who is willing to spend time with this young dog. He is a beautiful work [...]

Local briefs • 12-12-14

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 7:45am

Free spay, neuter services continue Dallas Animal Services, Dallas Companion Animal Project, Spay Neuter Network and the SPCA of Texas continue to offer free surgeries and vaccinations for both owned pets and community cats through March 2015. Pets that do not have a current city registration will also be registered at no cost. Make appointments [...]

LGBT Texan of the Year: Michael Sam

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 7:15am

First openly gay man drafted by the NFL has survived a year of ups and downs, but has lived his story ‘with honesty and integrity’ Tammye Nash  |  Managing Editor Last January, if you weren’t a college football fan, you’d probably never heard of Michael Sam. Today, just 12 short months later, everybody knows who [...]

Plano passes flawed nondiscrimination ordinance

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 7:00am

Gay and lesbian Plano residents called the ordinance a first step but trans community believes the ordinance makes things worse DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer The Plano City Council passed an LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance on Monday, Dec. 8, by a 5-3 margin after a contentious debate, and not without angering some on both sides of [...]

New federal contract rule could affect ExxonMobil

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 6:45am

Companies doing business with the federal government must amend EEO policies DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer A new rule affecting companies that do business with the federal government may finally force ExxonMobil to add gender identity and sexual orientation into its Equal Employment Opportunity policy. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance finalized rules this week [...]