Coming out as trans at my 30th high school reunion

Posted on 13 Sep 2013 at 12:15pm

EDITOR’S NOTE: Sophia Featherwind will attend her 30th high school class reunion in Azle on Sept. 21. She will share her experiences in an upcoming edition of Dallas Voice. I’m coming home — or rather, I am returning home — for my 30th high school class reunion in the sleepy town of Azle, Texas. I’m not even [...]

About those ‘new rules’ for Dallas Pride

Posted on 13 Sep 2013 at 12:10pm

Some members of our community have expressed concerns regarding what has been perceived as new rules for participants in the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade. As one of the police operations commanders responsible for coordinating and supervising all of the police officers who will be working the parade, I am in a position to help [...]

Time for Dallas to take back Pride

Posted on 13 Sep 2013 at 12:05pm

  As the Alan Ross Freedom Parade approaches, I have to wonder why we do it. As most folks know, I am a big supporter of the idea of a Pride parade. I think these events help solidify our communities and put a face on us for the “muggles.” Because of that, there has always [...]

Crossing a rainbow bridge

Posted on 13 Sep 2013 at 12:00pm

After I discussed LGBT issues with my parents as my father lay on his deathbed, my rainbow family of choice helped see me through I planned to write a column this Pride weekend reflecting on the progress we’ve made as members of the North Texas LGBTQ community since September 2012. But, as sometimes happens, life gets [...]

Gray is the new black

Posted on 06 Sep 2013 at 9:45am

Taking positions on LGBT topics, from the Sochi Games to Netflix series about women’s prison, isn’t always black and white these days When the deadline for this column loomed, I panicked.  I have absolutely no clear opinions about anything this week, aside from my continued disgust about the status of LGBT civil rights around the world. [...]

What the eff, Sheffie?

Posted on 30 Aug 2013 at 9:30am

Meeting with Dallas City Councilman Sheffie Kadane reveals he believes LGBT people will be equal in death but should remain unequal in life   Ever since the Dallas City Council snubbed a proposed resolution supporting marriage equality, I have been trying to meet with my city councilman for District 9. Sheffie Kadane was vocal during the [...]

Is One of You the Man…?

Posted on 23 Aug 2013 at 11:00am

Friends still ask who’s the man and who’s the woman in lesbian relationships even if they know better It happened again. Friends asked my partner, Traci, and me, “Is one of you, like, more the man in the relationship?” This doesn’t piss me off, but it’s still puzzling. After all, I’ve always thought Traci and [...]

Move Games out of Russia

Posted on 16 Aug 2013 at 10:15am

Final straw came this week in form of statement from interior minister saying anti-gay law will b­e enforced during Winter Olympics in Sochi Last week, actor George Takei wrote on his blog: “The IOC [International Olympic Committee] must do the right thing, protect its athletes and the fans, and move the 2014 Winter Olympics out [...]

Are we a community?

Posted on 09 Aug 2013 at 10:30am

Pitiful response to hate crime victim Jimmy Lee Dean’s fundraising page suggests LGBT people in Dallas are just a loose, fair-weather association Jimmy Lee Dean deserves help from the North Texas LGBT community. In July 2008, he was brutally attacked by two young men bent on robbing and savaging a gay man in the storied Cedar [...]

Time to forgive ex-gays

Posted on 02 Aug 2013 at 10:15am

Exodus officials have apologized, but many in the LGBT community don’t seem willing to move on given tremendous harm they caused When Alan Chambers, the president of Exodus “ex-gay” Ministries publicly apologized for the hurt he has caused LGBT people, I forgave him. There are few things more powerful to change attitudes about LGBT lives than [...]