Local Briefs • 03.16.12

Posted on 15 Mar 2012 at 9:43pm

Razzle Dazzle Dallas releases 2012 schedule, announces beneficiaries Razzle Dazzle Dallas — the gay Pride Month celebration and fundraiser on Cedar Springs —  today announced its 2012 beneficiaries and preliminary event schedule. According to a press release, Razzle Dazzle Dallas runs June 6-9 and will include a Wine/Dog Walk on Wednesday, a Pub Crawl on [...]

Louisiana House committee rejects gay adoption bill

Posted on 26 May 2011 at 4:47pm

Advocates say state’s ban on adoption by same-sex couples will fall in the courts eventually Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. — A House committee has rejected a New Orleans lawmaker’s bill that would allow two unmarried, same-sex adults to adopt a child together. Democrat Helena Moreno said that public opinion has warmed to the idea [...]

Trans professor denied tenure

Posted on 05 May 2011 at 7:41pm

DENIED | Rachel Tudor, an assistant professor of English at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, believes she was denied tenure because of school administrators’ bigotry against her identity as a transgender woman. Despite Rachel Tudor’s research credentials being questioned by the administration, the school will honor her with an award for outstanding scholarship DAVID TAFFET | [...]

Oklahoma Rep. Sally Kern gives tearful apology, votes to reprimand herself for racist comment

Posted on 03 May 2011 at 7:31pm

Rep. Sally Kern SEAN MURPHY | Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma House voted Monday to reprimand a state lawmaker who denigrated blacks and women during a debate on an affirmative action bill last week. Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, delivered a tearful apology on the House floor, then voted for her own reprimand [...]

Memphis LGBT center struggling

Posted on 02 May 2011 at 10:44am

From staff and wire reports MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A nonprofit center that has provided services to gays and lesbians in Memphis for 22 years is facing possible closure. Like other nonprofits struggling in the weak economy, the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center is seeing fewer donations and grant opportunities. It already has cut back [...]

No new leads in trans woman’s murder

Posted on 17 Mar 2011 at 7:11pm

Shooting death of Marcal Tye in Northeast Arkansas raises specter of string of unsolved trans murders in nearby Memphis; activists say homophobia, transphobia still rampant in states’ rural areas TAMMYE NASH  |  Senior Editor nash@dallasvoice.com Investigators with the St. Francis County Sheriff’s Department in Arkansas have no new leads in the March 8 murder of [...]

Lawsuit challenges Louisiana’s ‘crimes against nature’ law punishing oral, anal sex

Posted on 17 Feb 2011 at 2:58pm

MARY FOSTER | Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana’s 200-year-old law against solicitation of oral and anal sex is archaic, discriminatory, and unconstitutional. So says a coalition of lawyers and social activists who filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Tuesday challenging the state’s “crimes against nature” law, which makes solicitation of such acts illegal. In [...]

A viewer’s guide to the Proposition 8 arguments

Posted on 02 Dec 2010 at 5:03pm

3-judge panel from 9th Circuit appeals court takes up case challenging voter-approved amendment banning same-sex marriage in California; C-SPAN will televise proceedings Lisa Keen  |  Keen News Service lisakeen@me.com THE NEXT STEP | Kristin Perry, from left, and Sandra Stier, listen as attorney Theodore Olson speaks at a news conference at the Federal Building in [...]

Miss. school district asks judge to throw out suit from lesbian whose photo was left out of yearbook

Posted on 06 Oct 2010 at 11:46am

SHELIA BYRD | Associated Press
JACKSON, Miss. — A school district wants a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by a lesbian who claimed her rights were violated because the senior photograph of her in a tuxedo was left out of the high school yearbook.

A conversation with Houston Mayor Annise Parker

Posted on 23 Sep 2010 at 8:48pm

Houston Mayor Annise Parker speaks during Dallas Pride on Sunday, Sept. 19. (Photo courtesy Steve Krueger) DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com Houston Mayor Annise Parker said she was delighted to be asked to come to Dallas to be Honorary Grand Marshal of the Pride parade. And she was a little surprised other cities hadn’t [...]