Equality Texas adds staff and board members

Posted on 19 Sep 2014 at 9:00am

Freedom to Marry is collaborating with the Austin lobby group to prepare for 5th Circuit marriage equality cases   DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer Equality Texas recently added two Dallasites to its boards of directors and increased its staff by three. The new staffers were brought on board to file amicus briefs with the Fifth [...]

Working for change in the church

Posted on 19 Sep 2014 at 8:55am

Rather than leave the Catholic Church for a more liberal spiritual home, Cathy Gonzalez chose to stay and fight to make the church more accepting for her lesbian daughter and other LGBT people   Renee Baker  |  Contributing Writer nash@dallasvoice.com Cathy Gonzalez is not shy about speaking up to the Catholic Church on LGBT equality [...]

Oak Lawn Library to house 2nd largest LGBT collection in U.S.

Posted on 19 Sep 2014 at 8:50am

ilume developer Luke Crosland donated 6,000 books acquired from the Stonewall Museum and Archives in Fort Lauderdale   DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer When ilume donates 6,000 volumes to the Oak Lawn Library on Sept. 20, Dallas will have the second-largest collection of LGBT reading material in the world, after the Stonewall National Museum and [...]

LHT celebrates 25 years

Posted on 19 Sep 2014 at 8:45am

Legal Hospice of Texas has slowly transformed from an agency that helped clients end their lives with dignity to one that saves lives   DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer Legal Hospice of Texas Legal Director Joel Lazarine has been with the agency for 20 years. He volunteered for LHT for several years before actually joining [...]

The long road home

Posted on 19 Sep 2014 at 8:40am

TRAC program for youth aging out of foster care gives LGBT young people a second chance to succeed   Tammye Nash  |  Managing Editor As of July 1, there were 1,750,000 homeless people in the United States, according to statistics from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. Of those, statistics show, 7 percent [...]

An engine, an Index and frustration

Posted on 19 Sep 2014 at 8:35am

After months of getting nowhere with complaints to GM about problems with his car, gay Arkansan Todd Elkins questions why HRC’s Corporate Equality Index doesn’t also address customer service issues in its rankings   James Russell  |  Staff Writer Todd Elkins’1999 Cadillac Deville was overheating. In April and May, the Arkansas real estate agent had [...]

Ready for the big leagues

Posted on 19 Sep 2014 at 8:30am

Dallas businessman Dr. David Alameel takes on incumbent Sen. John Cornyn and ‘the establishment’ in both parties   James Russell  |  Staff Writer Dallas businessman and dentist David Alameel is no stranger to Texas politics. He has donated to both Democrats and Republicans and in 2012 ran for the Democratic nomination for a new congressional [...]

Support times 5

Posted on 19 Sep 2014 at 8:25am

Resource Center recognizes supporters, LGBT allies with 5 Factor Awards   DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer Since Resource Center began honoring people who’ve supported the agency with the 5 Factor Awards, the categories have changed. What hasn’t changed is how a variety and combination of talents blend to make Resource Center successful. “We couldn’t do [...]

Will Oklahoma have a gay congressman before Texas?

Posted on 19 Sep 2014 at 8:20am

Al McAffrey, the first out legislator in the Oklahoma House and Senate, runs for U.S. Congress   DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer When Oklahoma state Sen. Al McAffrey finished in second place in his June primary race for the nomination for U.S. representative from the state’s 5th District, it was the first time the openly [...]

Helping build the gayborhoods

Posted on 19 Sep 2014 at 8:15am

Hunky’s celebrates 30 years of business in two booming locations   James Russell  |  Staff Writer Cedar Springs was a rough street when brothers Rick and David Barton opened Hunky’s Hamburgers 30 years ago. But on a recent Friday afternoon, Rick credited David, who has since died, with being the one to see what was [...]