Saving Old Parkland

Posted on 31 Jul 2015 at 6:45am

Hundred year old Oak Lawn landmark has been repurposed, preserved and reproduced DAVID TAFFET  |  Senior Staff Writer When the new Parkland Hospital opens in August, the current Parkland facility will close. The original hospital — a property located at the intersection of Oak Lawn and Maple avenues, known as Old Parkland — hasn’t seen [...]

The ‘Gift’ of family

Posted on 24 Jul 2015 at 8:00am

Lerone Landis wrote ‘Gabrielle’s Gift’ so his daughter could see herself and a family that looked like theirs   DAVID TAFFET  |  Senior Staff Writer Lerone Landis wanted a children’s book for his daughter that reflected his family’s diversity. It was harder than he expected. In fact, impossible. Landis and his husband, Danny Valle, had [...]

Pet of the week • 07-24-15

Posted on 24 Jul 2015 at 7:55am

  Zeke is a great dog who is very independent. His favorite pastime is chasing a ball. He will fetch forever or until he drops. He has plenty of energy to play! He always keeps his kennel clean and wants nothing more than to chase his ball and sleep. Zeke knows basic commands such as [...]

Love and money

Posted on 24 Jul 2015 at 7:50am

Marriage is about love but financial commitments, too   JAMES RUSSELL  |  Staff Writer Good news: a new survey reveals finances are at the top of same-sex couples’ minds. The survey, conducted by Wells Fargo in states where same-sex marriages were recognized before the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling, also give financial advisors insight into [...]

Obituary • 07-24-15 • Timothy Udell Thompson

Posted on 24 Jul 2015 at 7:40am

Timothy Udell Thompson, 54, of Dallas, passed away June 7, 2015. He was born Aug. 4, 1960, in White Plains, N.Y., to Henry B. Thompson, Jr. and Barbara (Young) Thompson. Tim grew up in Red Hook, N.Y., and moved to Dallas 25 years ago where he made countless, dear friends who became his Dallas family. [...]

Obituary • 07-24-15 • Mark Arthur Shekter

Posted on 24 Jul 2015 at 7:35am

  Mark Arthur Shekter, Dallas architect and GLBT advocate, passed away from pancreatic cancer on July 19 just before his 73rd birthday. Mark was owner/principal broker of Surrealty real estate firm, founded in 1981. For 44 years, he was the owner of the award-winning nationwide residential design firm Graphic+Design+Group+International+Inc. Since 1971, Mark and his firm [...]

Physician, breed thyself

Posted on 24 Jul 2015 at 7:15am

Dallas fertility doctor helped many couples before he and his husband created their own family   DAVID TAFFET  |  Senior Staff Writer As an obstetrician with a specialty in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, Julian Escobar has been helping others create families for years. Last year, he and his husband decided it was time to create [...]

Marriage and adoption are separate issues

Posted on 24 Jul 2015 at 7:00am

Attorney Suzanne Bryant warns that just because marriage laws have changed doesn’t mean a second parent has additional rights   DAVID TAFFET  |  Senior Staff Writer With marriage equality now established law, LGBT couples might expect that parental rights are automatically granted. But that simply isn’t the case. “Being married and being a parent are [...]

Sweeping federal nondiscrimination bill introduced in Congress

Posted on 24 Jul 2015 at 6:45am

A sweeping federal nondiscrimination bill protecting LGBT people was introduced in Congress today, earning praise from some of the nation’s leading LGBT advocacy organizations and allies. The Equality Act, sponsored by out Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., would amend federal laws to include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity [...]

The Gay Agenda • 07-17-15

Posted on 17 Jul 2015 at 8:00am

Have an event coming up? E-mail your information to staff writer James Russell at by Thursday at 10 a.m. for that week’s issue. JULY • Weekly: Lambda Weekly every Sunday at 1 p.m. on 89.3 KNON-FM. This week’s guest is attorney Lorie Burch; United Black Ellument hosts discussion on HIV/AIDS in the black community [...]