Pet of the Week • 12-19-14

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 at 7:55am

Hennessey is a playful, 2-year-old American bulldog mix. She’s been at the shelter for a long time, so her adoption fee has been waived. All she needs is a toy and a family. Please come visit her at Dallas Animal Services, 1818 N. Westmoreland Road.  Her ID# is A862823. The Adoption Center is open 11 [...]

Local Briefs • 12-19-14

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 at 7:50am

Celebration Church honors Halstead Celebration Community Church honors Fort Worth Police Chief Jeff Halstead at its 11 a.m. service on Sunday, Dec. 21. “We think he’s built some bridges that have welcomed our community into City Hall,” Celebration’s pastor, the Rev. Carol West, said. “He was a strong driving force in the work the city [...]

Planting hate

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 at 7:15am

An Arizona man moved to Fort Worth, declared he’s a pastor and posted a video he calls a sermon saying gays should be killed DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer Donnie Romero recently moved to Fort Worth after being ordained by Arizona preacher Steven Anderson, who made national news on World AIDS Day when he released [...]

Dallas County considers FMLA policy for LGBT employees

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 at 7:00am

DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer Dallas County’s LGBT employees came a step closer to equal benefits this week when the Commissioners Court at its weekly meeting on Monday, Dec. 16, discussed updating sick leave and leave of absence policies to include its LGBTs and other employees. The city of Dallas updated its family medical leave [...]

Legislators file joint birth certificate bills for LGBT parents

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 at 6:45am

Anchia, Garcia said bills would address inequities, not create new rights JAMES RUSSELL  |  Staff Writer Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, and Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, filed companion bills Wednesday, Dec. 17 that would allow adopted children in Texas to have the names of both parents listed on their supplemental birth certificates, regardless of the parents’ [...]

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 [...]