Pet of the week • 02-20-15

Posted on 20 Feb 2015 at 8:15am

Kodiak, a handsome blue-eyed Siberian husky, is looking for a home. He is just a big bundle of love, at 76 pounds, and he is looking for someone to give him love and attention and spend some time teaching him some basic obedience commands. He is extremely smart and will learn in no time. Kodiak [...]

Local Briefs • 02-20-15

Posted on 20 Feb 2015 at 8:10am

Lakewood UMC celebrates joining Reconciling Ministries with potluck Lakewood United Methodist Church, 2443 Abrams in Dallas, is hosting a potluck dinner, 6 p.m. on Feb. 22, to celebrate Lakewood UMC’s announcement that it has joined the Reconciling Ministries Network, a group of progressive Methodist churches devoted to mobilizing United Methodists of all sexual orientations and [...]

The Gay Agenda • 02-20-15

Posted on 20 Feb 2015 at 7:55am

FEBRUARY • Feb. 20: Hope 4 Peace and Justice’s 2015 World Day of Social Justice: “I’m Queer and I Care” Gather with local social justice activists at H4PJ’s annual celebration of social justice at 5:30 p.m. at the Legacy of Love monument at the intersection of Cedar Springs and Oak Lawn. For more information contact [...]

Hundreds converge on Austin for Faith Advocacy Day

Posted on 20 Feb 2015 at 7:50am

Even the staffs of anti-gay Republicans were friendly, participants say   JAMES RUSSELL  |  Staff Writer Neither Senate Bill 343 nor House Joint Resolution 10 nor Rep. Molly White could prevent hundreds of members of Texas’ faith community from descending upon the state Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 17, for Faith Advocacy Day. The daylong lobbying [...]

The financial benefits of marriage

Posted on 20 Feb 2015 at 7:45am

Marriage equality plays a huge role in federal taxes, benefits, health care   DAVID TAFFET  |  Senior Staff Writer The Internal Revenue Service is emerging as the hero of the marriage equality movement. After the fall of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the Defense Department allowed gays and lesbians to enlist and service members to serve [...]

Keeping your pink dollars healthy

Posted on 20 Feb 2015 at 7:40am

Planning, good credit are keys to financial success   JAMES RUSSELL  |  Staff Writer Achieving financial success means more than having a well-paying job and expendable income. It also requires a lot of responsibility. With the legislative landscape changing for same-sex couples, financial planners are beginning to take notice. Wells Fargo Advisors was one of [...]

Married in Texas? Maybe, maybe not

Posted on 20 Feb 2015 at 7:15am

Compiled by the Dallas Voice news staff A flurry of legal rulings coming out of state courts in Travis County this week left an Austin lesbian couple with a legal marriage license and a very public wedding ceremony on Thursday morning, Feb. 19. But by that afternoon, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton had stepped in [...]

Dallas City Council updates definition of spouse

Posted on 20 Feb 2015 at 7:00am

Dallas city, county retirees receive equal pension benefits; IRS is investigating Dallas Police & Fire   DAVID TAFFET  |  Senior Staff Writer The Dallas City Council amended the definition of “spouse” at its Feb. 18 meeting for the purpose of bringing the Employee Retirement Fund into compliance with IRS regulations that went into effect on [...]

The Strip: Heart of LGBT Dallas

Posted on 20 Feb 2015 at 6:45am

Strong retail, quality dining and a vibrant nightlife keep the pink dollars flowing on Cedar Springs   DAVID TAFFET  |  Senior Staff Writer When Out Traveler named Oak Lawn the “best gayborhood in the U.S.,” it said “Oak Lawn is a shining star in a city soaked with money and privilege.” The magazine also noted [...]

Openly lesbian ’60s singer/songwriter Lesley Gore has died

Posted on 16 Feb 2015 at 4:10pm

Openly lesbian ’60s singer/songwriter Lesley Gore has died