Pet of the week • 08-15-14

Posted on 15 Aug 2014 at 8:15am

PeeWee is a 2-year-old, brown-and-white, Chihuahua-Italian greyhound mix. He loves to snuggle and lay his chin on your shoulder. He is calm but also alert and playful. He’s been at the shelter since July 16, so his adoption fee has been waived. He’s vaccinated and microchipped and will be neutered when you adopt him. Please [...]

Local Briefs • 08-15-14

Posted on 15 Aug 2014 at 8:10am

Stonewall Denton’s Blue Party Stonewall Democrats of Denton County celebrates its seventh birthday with its Blue Party from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Castle Hills Community Center, 2501 Queen Margaret Drive in Lewisville. Those attending should wear blue. A minimum donation of $20 is requested. For information email   HRC Fruit Bowl Human [...]

Uplift Education institutes new anti-bullying policy

Posted on 15 Aug 2014 at 8:00am

Area advocacy groups help charter school network develop procedures   JAMES RUSSELL  |  Staff Writer An area charter school operator began the new school year with a tough new anti-bullying policy that impacts 14 campuses and 10,000 students, thanks to the work of two area LGBT advocacy groups. The Resource Center’s Rafael McDonnell and Fairness [...]

Sisters refused entry to Gay Games

Posted on 15 Aug 2014 at 7:55am

Gay Games officials believe the incident involving a Cleveland police officer was isolated DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer Members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in Cleveland for the Gay Games this week say that a Cleveland police officer stopped them from handing out safe sex kits outside Q Arena and then forced them to [...]

Davis ad targets Abbott on rape case

Posted on 15 Aug 2014 at 7:50am

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, left, and three rape victims spoke at Dallas City Hall Plaza on Tuesday, Aug. 12, as Davis’ first televised ads in the governor’s race began airing around the state. The ad focuses on then-Texas Supreme Court Justice Greg Abbott’s opinion that a company employing a door-to-door salesman convicted of raping [...]

Death • 08-15-14

Posted on 15 Aug 2014 at 7:45am

Kelly Murphy, 42, was found dead at his residence on Aug. 13 by his partner, Jim Walker. A graduate of University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo., Murphy was creative director at Mary Kay Cosmetics. He was born in Sheridan, Wyo. and has mostly lived in Dallas for most of the past 20 years. During that [...]

Finding hope, getting help

Posted on 15 Aug 2014 at 7:15am

Counselors talk about the warning signs and treatments for depression and provide a number of resources DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer Robin Williams’ suicide this week has sparked widespread discussion about depression, substance abuse and their warning signs and treatment in the LGBT community — and beyond. Counselor Candy Marcum breaks depression down into two [...]

The first lesbian evangelist

Posted on 15 Aug 2014 at 7:00am

Minister who repeatedly provoked her church by performing same-sex weddings to speak at Cathedral of Hope DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer The Rev. Jane Spahr isn’t quite sure what she’ll talk about when she speaks at Cathedral of Hope on Sunday, Aug. 17. But it’s guaranteed she’ll get in a few good laughs. When Spahr [...]

Telling stories from the epidemic

Posted on 15 Aug 2014 at 7:00am

POZ magazine founder Sean Strub in North Texas this weekend DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer Sean Strub has been telling the stories of people with HIV and AIDS since early in the epidemic. “If we’re not telling those stories — those of us who were there — they’ll be told by others with agendas,” he [...]

Plans for national LGBT veterans’ memorial unveiled

Posted on 15 Aug 2014 at 6:45am

Memorial 15 years in the making with many more to go   JAMES RUSSELL  |  Staff Writer Supporters of a plan to build a LGBT veterans’ memorial unveiled their design last month in the Historic Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Now they just need to raise the funds to build it. The proposal is the [...]