Doing the right thing is not the same as being on the right side of history During the fourth season finale of Downton Abbey, Mrs. Levinson (Shirley MacLaine), the American mother of Lady Grantham, having endured the snipes of the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) for days, finally snaps. In a measured voice, Mrs. Levinson turns [...]
Several state Legislatures are trying to pass anti-gay legislation that would give bigots the right to discriminate based on their religious beliefs The Arizona Senate passed a bill this week to allow businesses to refuse to serve gays and lesbians based on owners’ “sincerely held” religious beliefs. Supporters said the bill isn’t about discrimination but [...]
On Monday night, WFAA’s Dale Hansen delivered a commentary about Michael Sam that quickly became a sensation. We reproduce his editorial below It was quite a weekend. On Sunday, Missouri’s All-American defensive end Michael Sam — the SEC’s defensive player of the year and expected to be a third- to fifth-round pick in the NFL [...]
Some people think we were herded into gay ghettos in the past; if we had been, equality would have come sooner for the LGBT community While editing Tyler Curry’s column for this week’s paper titled “Taking the ‘T’ out of LGBT,” I exchanged a few texts with him about the first couple of paragraphs. Tyler [...]
Sarah Davis endorsement falls short on promoting LGBT equality It’s perhaps as clear a sign as anything that Texas still has a long way to go towards LGBT equality. Last week, Equality Texas endorsed Republican incumbent Sarah Davis in her House bid. It was the first time the organization threw official support behind a GOP [...]
I wish people who make anti-gay comments would stop apologizing for them.
The apology is usually worse than the original statement. It’s insincere and it comes from a publicist. Then I’m the bad guy when I don’t want to accept it.
I’m proud to be from Texas, but I’m also proud to have left behind some of the insanity that goes with it I am an out gay man born in Texas the year after Stonewall. My mom was a wacky matriarch who assumed Auntie Mame offered a blueprint for childrearing and that disco could save [...]
S4 occupies the space once taken by The Old Plantation, but when I walk by it, I remember my first time on The Strip 34 years ago It was a moment that would have done Barbara Walters proud. Last week, I was working with Dallas Voice reporter David Taffet on his story about the evolution [...]
If I could share some accumulated wisdom with my younger self, it would sound about like this Dear Abby, As another year wraps up, I realize I’ve owed you a letter for way too long. I know you feel hopelessly awkward and out of sync with people, but you haven’t been around long enough yet [...]
And why don’t gay men get a cool name derived from Greek mythology? It may not be the topic that most LGBT activists are clamoring to address, but the unspoken differences that divide the boy bars from the girl bars can be seen and felt throughout the country. It’s not because lesbians prefer acoustic rock, [...]