Pet of the Week • 12-12-14

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 8:00am

TJ is a handsome Siberian husky mix who was transferred to Operation Kindness from another shelter. TJ arrived with an injury that required treatment. Now he’s all better and ready for a new start. TJ would love an active family who is willing to spend time with this young dog. He is a beautiful work [...]

Local briefs • 12-12-14

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 7:45am

Free spay, neuter services continue Dallas Animal Services, Dallas Companion Animal Project, Spay Neuter Network and the SPCA of Texas continue to offer free surgeries and vaccinations for both owned pets and community cats through March 2015. Pets that do not have a current city registration will also be registered at no cost. Make appointments [...]

LGBT Texan of the Year: Michael Sam

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 7:15am

First openly gay man drafted by the NFL has survived a year of ups and downs, but has lived his story ‘with honesty and integrity’ Tammye Nash  |  Managing Editor Last January, if you weren’t a college football fan, you’d probably never heard of Michael Sam. Today, just 12 short months later, everybody knows who [...]

Plano passes flawed nondiscrimination ordinance

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 7:00am

Gay and lesbian Plano residents called the ordinance a first step but trans community believes the ordinance makes things worse DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer The Plano City Council passed an LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance on Monday, Dec. 8, by a 5-3 margin after a contentious debate, and not without angering some on both sides of [...]

New federal contract rule could affect ExxonMobil

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 6:45am

Companies doing business with the federal government must amend EEO policies DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer A new rule affecting companies that do business with the federal government may finally force ExxonMobil to add gender identity and sexual orientation into its Equal Employment Opportunity policy. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance finalized rules this week [...]


Posted on 05 Dec 2014 at 8:05am

On Thursday, Dec. 4, the Dallas Tavern Guild presented a total of $12,500 the five beneficiaries of the Allan Ross Texas Freedom Parade. Beneficiaries are AIDS Arms, AIDS Services of Dallas, AIDS Interfaith Network, Legacy Counseling Center and Resource Center. Funds were presented during a reception at the Round-Up Saloon. (James Russell/Dallas Voice)


Posted on 05 Dec 2014 at 8:00am

Resource Center’s Youth First participated in the World AIDS Day observances held Dec. 1 in by C.U.R.E. held in Plano. Youth First volunteer Cristina Hayes, program manager Mike Cruz, and one of the Youth First members presented a quilt panel that Youth First attendees made for the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial quilt.

Pet of the week • 12-05-14

Posted on 05 Dec 2014 at 7:55am

Buddy is a gentle, 2-year-old lab/mastiff mix. Even though his most fervent wish is to be your lap dog, if for some reason you prefer not to have him on your lap, he will gladly defer to your wishes. He’s very people oriented and calm. Ask for Buddy, A863695, at Dallas Animal Services & Adoption [...]

Local briefs • 12-05-14

Posted on 05 Dec 2014 at 7:50am

Resource Center offers health insurance help Resource Center is teaming up with Out2Enroll to help find affordable health insurance for individuals and their families. The center will host trained health care assisters to answer questions and help enroll or re-enroll in affordable coverage from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on each Saturday, Dec. 6, 13 and 20 [...]

My annual ‘Why I Hate Hanukah’ post

Posted on 05 Dec 2014 at 7:45am

I love the Jewish holidays — well, all of them except this one and I’ll probably offend just about everyone explaining why DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer It’s not Krismus, Crissmass or Xristmas. So why do we get to choose Hanuka, Hannuka, Hanukka, Chanuka, Chanukka, Channukah and any other combination of H or CH, one [...]