Avoid the insta-nest

Posted on 16 Jan 2015 at 7:45am

Don’t lose yourself in a new relationship and jump in to commitment too quickly The funniest jokes are the ones that are true, which is what makes the most famous lesbian joke of all so funny. Too funny for our own good, if you ask me. “What does a lesbian bring on a second date?” [...]

Impressions from the courtroom

Posted on 16 Jan 2015 at 7:30am

Patti Fink recounts memorable moments from the 5th Circuit court hearing on marriage equality Real harm. Democratic process. Immutability. Legitimate state interest. Animus. Equality. Respect. Dignity. Personal liberty. Personal dignity. Equal dignity. These words filled the West Courtroom of the John Minor Wisdom Federal Courthouse in New Orleans on Friday, Jan. 9, as attorneys for [...]

Embracing your inner — and outer — daddy

Posted on 09 Jan 2015 at 7:40am

I created a word for myself — a “cougay” — to reflect my dating of younger me, but the truth was, I was not one of the youth-obsessed gays. I wasn’t seeking them out, they were seeking me

In no hurry over resolutions

Posted on 09 Jan 2015 at 7:35am

Once you retire, tasks that once seemed so important lose their urgency One of the best things about retirement is the ease in which movement from one year to the next takes place. I get in no hurry to do anything, because it’s all optional. Last night, I stayed up until 4 a.m. watching Netflix [...]

Salvation Army: Still no apology

Posted on 02 Jan 2015 at 7:30am

Evangelical organization needs to make a public apology as well as policy changes and feel-good videos With Christmas 2014 done and over with, we won’t see the Salvation Army bell ringers on the streets for another 12 months, more or less. But given the organization’s presence and power, it’s worth talking about it now anyway. [...]

Celebrating a new beginning

Posted on 26 Dec 2014 at 7:50am

U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson Special Contributor As the holiday season approaches, I want to wish all of the residents of the 30th Congressional District a very special Christmas and a joyous New Year. As a community, we should reflect on those things, large and small, that brought us happiness during 2014. Of course there [...]

Plano ordinance: Questions remain

Posted on 26 Dec 2014 at 7:45am

Staff and Board of Transgender Education Network of Texas We, the staff and board of Transgender Education Network of Texas are of mixed reaction in regard to news about the passage of a non-discrimination ordinance in Plano. On the one hand, taking steps towards treating all city employees in a fair and just manner based [...]

Speak up — while we still can

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 at 7:35am

LGBT voices conspicuously absent in the debate over Garner incident, other tragedies The recent spate of stories like the tragic Eric Garner incident in New York City have sparked protests and outcries across the country. Some point to the endemic racism of our country as the cause, while others turn a blind eye and believe [...]

With friends like Plano …

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 at 7:30am

‘Nondiscrimination’ ordinance leaves the Ts twisting in the wind, and LGBs let it happen In the politically correct times in which we live, if you are a savvy city council and wish to permit and condone discrimination against a marginalized class of people, what is the safest way to do that? With a “nondiscrimination” ordinance! [...]

The ‘Golden Rule’ is not enough

Posted on 12 Dec 2014 at 7:35am

Plano serves as the perfect example of why nondiscrimination laws are necessary, despite progress made Despite where I stand on some political issues, I do understand the desire of many people to want to limit the role of government in their lives. And I understand firsthand the importance of faith and why people want to [...]