States of hate

Posted on 28 Feb 2014 at 8:35am

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 [...]

Gay discrimination laws: Bring it on

Posted on 21 Feb 2014 at 7:55am

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 [...]

It’s time for us all to celebrate Michael Sam

Posted on 14 Feb 2014 at 8:15am

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 [...]

I remember only one round up, and it was a club

Posted on 07 Feb 2014 at 7:00am

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 [...]

Equality Texas and the Dangers of ‘Good Enough’

Posted on 31 Jan 2014 at 8:15am

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’m the jerk for not accepting the apology, and why Juan Pablo was right

Posted on 24 Jan 2014 at 2:06pm

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.

Outgrowing the Lone Star State

Posted on 24 Jan 2014 at 8:25am

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 [...]

Cedar Springs is our Champs-Elysees

Posted on 17 Jan 2014 at 7:45am

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 [...]

Letter to me, age 14

Posted on 10 Jan 2014 at 8:15am

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 [...]

Gay men, lesbians and the ocean between us

Posted on 03 Jan 2014 at 7:45am

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, [...]