Garland adds LGBT protections to keep HUD grants

Posted on 28 Aug 2015 at 7:00am

Three council members vote against equal access, jeopardizing housing for 1,525 families DAVID TAFFET  |  Senior Staff Writer Garland City Council approved revisions to its housing agency five-year and administrative plans to continue to receive funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for its rental assistance program, also known as Section 8. [...]

Battle continues over Keller ISD policy

Posted on 28 Aug 2015 at 6:45am

Haussmann says ‘private town hall’ would have been open to all, except troublemakers JAMES RUSSELL  |  Staff Writer It’s been a year since Keller Independent School District trustees first censured trustee Jo Lynn Haussmann for making disparaging comments about a Muslim election official on social media. But now she may have really gone too [...]

Sanchez murder investigation continues

Posted on 21 Aug 2015 at 7:50am

Dallas Police spokeswoman Sr. Cpl. Tramese Andrews said this week investigators have no new leads in the July 11 murder of Tony Sanchez, a 51-year-old gay man found dead in his apartment at the Budget Suites on North Walton Walker Freeway at Singleton Boulevard. According to information released by police, officers responded to the Budget [...]

Pet of the week • 08-21-15

Posted on 21 Aug 2015 at 7:40am

  Meet Snow! This amazing, cutie pie is looking for his forever home, but he won’t have to look for long. Snow is a mix of Retriever and Terrier, meaning he is smart and athletic too. Like most dogs, his ideal life would include some daily activity followed by a relaxing evening, lounging with the [...]

The Gay Agenda • 08-21-15

Posted on 21 Aug 2015 at 7:35am

Have an event coming up? Email your information to staff writer James Russell at by Thursday at 10 a.m. for that week’s issue. AUGUST • Weekly: Lambda Weekly every Sunday at 1 p.m. on 89.3 KNON-FM.; United Black Ellument hosts discussion on HIV/AIDS in the black community at 7 p.m. every second Tuesday of [...]

FEEDing a Need

Posted on 21 Aug 2015 at 7:15am

Resource Center launches food insecurity project, addressing needs of HIV-positive clients     JAMES RUSSELL  |  Staff Writer In 2013, 14.3 percent of households in the United States — that’s about 17.5 million households, or 1 in 7 — were “food insecure,” according to the World Hunger Education Service. That means, that in 1 in [...]

No progress yet in murder of trans woman

Posted on 21 Aug 2015 at 7:00am

‘Ms. Shade’ Schuler was one of 18 trans women killed this year in the U.S.  Tammye Nash   |  Managing Editor Sr. Cpl. Tramese Andrews said this week Dallas police have no new developments to report in their ongoing investigation into the murder of 22-year-old Shade Schuler, a black transwoman whose badly decomposed body was found [...]

Supporters will keep pushing for Keller ISD policy change

Posted on 21 Aug 2015 at 6:45am

Superintendent cites polarization in the community as reason for delay   JAMES RUSSELL  |  Staff Writer Supporters of a proposed new policy that would have offered protections to LGBT people in the Keller Independent School District said this week that they were disappointed that the school board postponed a vote on the policy. But they [...]

Clock still ticks on Paxton contempt

Posted on 14 Aug 2015 at 7:50am

A.G. has until Aug. 24 to issue new guidelines for issuing birth and death certificates to same-sex couples   DAVID TAFFET  |  Senior Staff Writer Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s refusal to issue an amended death certificate to a man who lost his husband in January will result in many same-sex couples getting both names [...]

Lambda Legal’s efforts aren’t over

Posted on 14 Aug 2015 at 7:40am

  JAMES RUSSELL  |  Staff Writer The fight for equal rights didn’t end with the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v Hodges ruling. Want proof? Just look at the docket of Lambda Legal, which fights for equal rights for the LGBT community as well as those living with HIV and AIDS. The agency still has more than [...]