Purity versus compromise

Posted on 09 Jan 2015 at 7:00am

Tea Party fave Turner challenging more moderate incumbent Straus for speaker’s seat   JAMES RUSSELL  |  Staff Writer At the opening of the 84th legislative session Tuesday, Jan. 13, legislators’ first vote will be on the record. That wouldn’t be unusual were it any other vote on legislation. But the first vote is a contested [...]

Johnson files job protections bill

Posted on 09 Jan 2015 at 6:45am

  Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) this week filed an employment protection bill in the Texas House of Representatives that includes sexual orientation and gender expression. Current Texas law protects workers against discrimination based on race, religion, gender, national origin, age or disability. “Every Texan should have the opportunity to work hard and provide for their [...]

Pet of the week • 01-02-15

Posted on 02 Jan 2015 at 3:40pm

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 [...]

Obituary • 01-02-2015

Posted on 02 Jan 2015 at 7:45am

John “Jack” William Cleary died Friday, Dec. 26. He was born in St. Bernard, Ohio on July 22, 1928. He was preceded in death by his mother Eva, his father John, and his sister Ellen, all from St. Bernard, Ohio. Cleary served in the United States Army from 1950 to 1952, and in the U.S. [...]

The Gay Agenda

Posted on 02 Jan 2015 at 7:40am

JANUARY • Jan. 2: Viva Dallas Burlesque D.C. versus Marvel The largest burlesque show in Texas hosts DC versus Marvel, an epic battle of tongue-in-cheek comic book-themed burlesque performances at 9 p.m. at Lakewood Theater, 1825 Abrams Rd. Doors open at 8 p.m. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Purchase tickets at VivaDallasBurlesque.com. Must be [...]

Local Briefs • 01-02-2015

Posted on 02 Jan 2015 at 7:35am

Walgreens raises money for AIDS Walk South Dallas Throughout the month of January, 12 Dallas Walgreens will accept $1, $5 or $10 donations at check out to benefit AIDS Walk South Dallas. Just tell the cashier to add the amount for the walk. Get more information at AIDSWalkSouthDallas.com. The walk takes place on March 21 [...]

Legislative preview: LGBTs playing defense

Posted on 02 Jan 2015 at 7:15am

  JAMES RUSSELL  |  Staff Writer When the 84th session of the Texas Legislature convenes on Jan. 13, the state’s largest LGBT advocacy group will be ready for any fights. “We’re switching from offense to defense,” said Daniel Williams, legislative specialist for Equality Texas. As a result of the November elections, both chambers of the [...]

Already outdated

Posted on 02 Jan 2015 at 7:00am

‘New’ FDA blood donor rule relies on old anti-gay stigma, local activists say   JAMES RUSSELL | Staff Writer LGBT activists say a new Food and Drug Administration recommendation lifting the lifetime ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men does not rely on current science but on an outdated stigma against gay and [...]

Flu virus has ‘drifted’

Posted on 02 Jan 2015 at 6:45am

Although this year’s vaccine may not provide complete protection, doctors still recommend getting a flu shot   DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer Two flu deaths have been reported in Dallas County since the 2014-2015 flu season kicked into gear, while many people testing positive  for influenza report having gotten the vaccine. There were 55 flu-related [...]

Year in Review: Month by month

Posted on 26 Dec 2014 at 8:00am

January • Celia Israel becomes second openly lesbian member of the Texas House. • Lone Star Ride fighting AIDS shuts down.   February • Federal Judge Orlando Garcia in San Antonio declares Texas’ same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. • Openly gay Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns announces he is resigning to attend Harvard. • Judge [...]