Forgetting Fred Phelps

Posted on 21 Mar 2014 at 9:50am

Forgive him if you want, but the ultimate payback is to cut him from our conversations and lives EMERSON COLLINS  |  Contributing Writer Fred Phelps Sr., the patriarch and founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, died. The hate-fueled antics of Westboro have been media fodder since the Phelps landed in the national news by picketing [...]

Good riddance to rubbish

Posted on 21 Mar 2014 at 9:40am

We turned Fred Phelps protest into a fundraiser that brought in $11,000 DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer Fred Phelps died, and all I can say is good riddance to rubbish. No forgiveness needed. No hand wringing necessary. Phelps was never anything more than a few stupid signs. When his church picketed my synagogue with a [...]

Smarmy is the new black

Posted on 21 Mar 2014 at 9:00am

Act like you know everything, especially when you don’t, and you might even get a job on Fox I’ve decided being “smarmy” is in. Well, maybe it’s always been in, but I’m slow to catch on to fads. When platform shoes were in during the 70s, I was wearing boots. When boots were in, I [...]

‘Do you have to be soooo gay?’

Posted on 14 Mar 2014 at 7:55am

The point of the rainbow should be that all colors are welcome I was recently asked this question by someone who genuinely loves and cares about me but perceives that my behavior, social media commentary and the subjects I publicly obsess over all seem to be gay and gay-focused. The contrarian in me wanted to [...]

If CBS knows a reason these 2 people shouldn’t be joined

Posted on 07 Mar 2014 at 8:05am

Before the Rev. Bill McElvaney had George Harris and Jack Evans exchange rings and have them do “whatever public display of affection you’re comfortable with,” he didn’t ask, “If anyone knows any reason these two people should not be married, speak now or forever hold your peace.” However, CBS-11 found someone to object. All of [...]

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 [...]