An open letter to Donald Trump, the man occupying the White House

Posted on 24 Feb 2017 at 7:35am

Mr. Trump: Your recent gaff about the terrorist attack in Sweden (and other gaffes regarding current events) might be excusable — if you were not sitting in the Oval Office.  As the so-called president of the U.S., you have the most effective information gathering operations in the world at you fingertips, as well as the […]

Remembering Rosa

Posted on 24 Feb 2017 at 7:35am

LGBT Latina community leader Rosa Lopez leaves a legacy of civic pride and activism   Jesus Chairez  |  Contributing Writer editor@dallasvoice.com ……………………. Memorial Service LULAC 4871 — The Dallas Rainbow Council will hold a community memorial service for and tribute to Rosa Lopez on Sunday, Feb. 26, from 6-7 p.m., at the Interfaith Peace Chapel, […]

A transformative weekend

Posted on 17 Feb 2017 at 7:50am

TLI2 offered ideas, inspiration and hope This past weekend, transgender people from all over Texas — along with parents of transgender kids — met in Dallas for TLI2 (Transgender Leadership Institute 2). It was the second such weekend-long seminar on activism organized by Equality Texas and Freedom For All Americans. The first was held in […]

Racism vs. prejudice

Posted on 10 Feb 2017 at 7:45am

Prejudice exists in our LGBT community, about race and more Recently, while making deliveries for a popular millennial start-up to supplement my income (legal pimping ain’t easy but it’s honest), I came across one of many Dallas Voice news stands in the Oak Lawn area. Star Trek star and LGBTQ icon George Takei’s handsome mug […]

Reality check

Posted on 03 Feb 2017 at 7:55am

Fight back, because they’ll come for us sooner or later Here’s a great idea: Kick the Joint Chiefs of Staff off the National Security Council and install a neo-Nazi white supremacist instead! It is a plot no Hollywood producer would ever buy. It’s just too implausible! But it’s not too implausible for Donald Trump’s administration. […]

Erased from our own debate

Posted on 03 Feb 2017 at 7:50am

Argue for us as human beings, not just against an economic hazard   I’m seeing more and more stories pop up on my Facebook page that mention the impending “bathroom bills” popping up in this session of the Texas Legislature, such as Texas’ Senate Bill 6, which is deceptively named “The Privacy Protection Act.” While […]

I am a racist

Posted on 27 Jan 2017 at 7:30am

(and if you’re white, you probably are, too) I am a racist. Trust me when I say I take absolutely no pride nor pleasure in that confession. But it’s the truth. And if you are white, it’s very likely that you are racist, too. I’m not saying that I am (or that you are) a […]

Taking back our story

Posted on 20 Jan 2017 at 7:30am

Today more than ever, we need to remember the adage: United we stand, divided we fall It has taken me several attempts to avoid just venting my anger and instead actually write something coherent regarding our current political situation. I suspect that is a common thread for many people, especially ones who spread their opinions […]

Thank you, Mr. President

Posted on 13 Jan 2017 at 7:50am

  On Jan. 20, we’ll say goodbye to a transformative leader who tied his legacy to advancing LGBTQ civil rights, along with increasing health care access, saving the nation from economic depression, ending two wars, brokering a nuclear deal with Iran and normalizing relations with Cuba. The Obama administration will be seen as a milestone […]

Back of the line

Posted on 13 Jan 2017 at 7:45am

Is there hope for Dallas queer people of color in 2017? Many of us brought in the New Year with resolutions that we hoped to maintain past January, and tried our best to forget the disasters of 2016. But Nov. 8 still haunts some of us beyond cruelty — and for a good reason. No, […]