Pet of the week • 06-27-14

Posted on 27 Jun 2014 at 8:15am

Meet Louie, an adorable Dachshund Terrier mix at Operation Kindness that is looking for a home. Louie has a wonderful personality and loves people. He enjoys playing with other dogs and will cuddle in your lap. Louie would make a great companion for any individual or family. Come meet Louie today! Louie and other pets [...]

Local Briefs • 06-27-14

Posted on 27 Jun 2014 at 8:05am

National HIV Testing Day June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. AmFAR — the American Foundation for AIDS Research — estimates that of the 1.1 million Americans with HIV, 20 percent don’t know they are a carrier and many of those who have tested positive didn’t find out until years after they were infected. Greater [...]

Rainbow Lounge raid: Five years later

Posted on 27 Jun 2014 at 7:15am

Impact of the raid on a Cowtown gay bar in 2009 continues to be felt in Fort Worth and beyond TAMMYE NASH  |  Managing Editor It was just after midnight on June 28, 2009 — officially, the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York, the 40th birthday of the modern gay rights movement [...]

A ‘unique’ partnership

Posted on 27 Jun 2014 at 6:45am

Director of National Drug Policy Botticelli visits SMU counseling program at Resource Center   DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer Resource Center got a high-profile visitor this week when the White House’s Director of National Drug Policy Michael Botticelli dropped in for a tour of the facilities. Botticelli, who is gay and in addiction recovery, visited [...]

Dallas researcher may have allergy/asthma cure

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 at 9:10am

Clinical trials needed to  confirm research, but anecdotal evidence promising DAVID TAFFET  | Staff Writer Inappropriate responses by the immune system cause allergies and asthma triggered mostly by white blood cells known as T helper 2 or Th2 cells. These cells that are supposed to fight parasites are also behind the symptoms of asthma and [...]

Pride Prom moves to COH

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 at 9:05am

Church to open early, volunteers do hair, makeup for youth who do not feel safe at home   Casey Rickert went alone to his high school prom in Eustace near Cedar Creek Lake, but he didn’t stay long. “My school was against anything gay,” he said. In high school, Rickert was out. He said his [...]

TX Pride roundup

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 at 9:00am

What you need to know about Pride events in Texas this month   Longview holds 1st Pride event GLBT Pride Festival in Longview takes place in Heritage Plaza in Downtown Longview on Saturday. Music, refreshments and local organizations and business from Longview, Tyler and the Shreveport area will have booths. DJ Cody Jack provides the [...]

Persecution claims debunked by PFAW

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 at 8:55am

Studies of right-wing tactics to portray Christians as victims meant to forestall marriage equality DAVID TAFFET  | Staff Writer An Air Force sergeant is fired because he opposes same-sex marriage. As part of an anti-bullying program, two middle school girls are forced into a lesbian kiss by school officials. A man fixing the lights on [...]

Dallas’ new diversity officer plans citywide program

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 at 8:50am

In newly-created position, North Texas newcomer Cheryl Orr still learning about city’s gay community ANNA WAUGH  |  Contributing Writer annamwaugh@gmail.com Cheryl Orr has spent more than two decades working in human resources, but she’s never quite had a position like the new role she’s taking on in Dallas. Orr moved here from Washington, D.C., in [...]

Asst. city atty. John Rogers is stepping down

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 at 8:45am

Gay lawyer shares how Dallas has evolved on LGBT issues in 26-year career   ANNA WAUGH  |  Contributing Writer annamwaugh@gmail.com John Rogers remembers a time when his sexuality hindered him from working at a Dallas law firm. After working at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas for a time, he hired a headhunter to help [...]