Men of Essence plan backpack drive

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Pet of the Week

Meet Winston


Winston

Winston is a 7-month-old salt-and-pepper miniature Schnauzer. He’s cute as a button and all Schnauzer meaning he’s very active, has lots of energy and can be very vocal on occasion. Winston currently weighs 13 pounds and will probably weigh no more than 15-18 pounds when full grown. He’s a great little guy who will make a loving companion. Winston is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and negative for FeLV and FIV.

Dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are available for adoption from Operation Kindness, 3201 Earhart Drive (near Keller Springs Road and Midway Road), Carrollton. The no-kill shelter is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until 8 p.m. Thursday) and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Cost to adopt is $110 for cats and kittens and $135 for dogs and puppies. The cost includes spay or neuter surgery, microchipping, vaccinations and other tests. Those 65 and above and those who adopt two pets at the same time get a $20 discount. For more information call 972-418-PAWS, or visit www.operationkindness.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, June 29, 2007.

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Local Briefs

By Staff Reports

Garcia named to 3rd term as president of Collin County Gay, Lesbian Alliance
Morris Garcia has been named president of the Collin County Gay and Lesbian Alliance for a third straight year. The election took place at the group’s fourth annual meeting, held June 11, according to a press release.

CCGLA also elected Marla Parker as vice president, Dell Mott as secretary and Rosanne Rossetti as treasurer.

For more information on the alliance, call 214-521-5342 ext. 1715 or visit www.ccgla.org.

Jubilee Apostolic Christian Center forced to move due to problems with facilities
The Jubilee Apostolic Christian Center of Dallas, International, described as the only GLBT-affirming Apostolic-Pentecostal church in Texas, has moved again, due to problems with the church’s facilities caused by recent storms.

Officials with the church announced in a press release this week that heavy rains and strong winds caused “major problems with our facility which cannot be readily corrected.”

Officials said the move has necessitated a schedule change, with services now being held at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays, and at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The church moved two miles south to a new location at 8153 Bruton Road in Dallas, near the intersection with South Buckner Road.

Parking is available in the shopping center parking lot adjacent to the church property.
For more information, go online to www.GayJubilee.org or call 214-724-5658.

Gay Christian activist Mac-Iyalla of Nigeria to speak at St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Gay rights Christian activist Davis Mac-Iyalla of Niegeria will speak at the Episcopal Church of Saint Thomas the Apostle Saturday, June 30, at 7 p.m. and Sunday morning.

Mac-Iyalla is the founder of Changing Attitude-Nigeria, an organization for gays and lesbians in Nigeria.

He has been arrested and beaten several times, along with receiving multiple death threats that have periodically forced him into hiding.

Mac-Iyalla’s stop at Saint Thomas is part of his United States speaking tour.

Admission is free. For more information call 214-352-0410.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, June 29, 2007.

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Soundout

5 questions with Cathy Brown



Cathy Brown is the musical director for the New Texas Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra is an all-volunteer group that will perform its eight concert Saturday, June 30. “Symphonic Cinema” will start at 7 p.m. at Sammons Center on Harry Hines. Tickets are $15.

How did the NTSO come about, and has it always been LGBT friendly?
Three years ago, I approached Tim Seelig about creating this organization under the umbrella of the Turtle Creek Chorale. He was willing to support us, so we started rehearsals at Sammons Center for the Arts in August of 2004. It was an amazing beginning. NTSO is all-volunteer and has always been LGBT-friendly. Our vision is the uniting of diverse peoples within our community and beyond through quality orchestral music.

What should we expect at the Symphonic Cinema?
Our tag line for our logo is “the symphony for the rest of us,” and one of the ways we do that is working to make symphonic music accessible. We do not want anyone left out. We facilitate this through programming and in how we introduce the pieces. I always try to find something outside the norm about the pieces we play and share it with the audience. It makes it more fun that way. This concert is a wonderful mix of music that is featured in movies.

Where did your love for music develop?
I was a band geek. My principle instrument is saxophone, so I spent my formative years in the band, which is all that was offered in the school where I grew up. I enjoyed the camaraderie of playing with other people and creating music together. I played with a few groups after teaching in public schools, but it was my time with the Oak Lawn Band that really inspired my music making through conducting. I must admit that I love leading from the podium and having all that sound wash over me. The orchestra is my favorite instrument to play.

How has music helped you through difficult times as an LGBT person?
Music has always been my constant. Even before I returned to working in music full time, I was either playing with a band, or directing the Oak Lawn Band, the Cathedral of Hope Orchestra, or NTSO. That stability, even with variety, means a lot. Regardless of what else I was going through, I had music to play or lead. I met my partner at an Oak Lawn Band concert in 1989. Fortunately, music is meaningful to her as well, because we have been together since.

Anything else you would like to add? Anything I’m forgetting to ask?
Hey, we can always use players as well. Maybe it is time to get that violin out of the closet and come play with a group where you know you will always feel a part.

Soundout is a weekly column featuring people whose jobs and interests have an impact on the daily lives of members of the LGBT community. It features those who often go unnoticed by the press and community. If you’d like to recommend someone to cover in this column, contact staff writer Ben Briscoe at briscoedallasvoice.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, June 29, 2007.

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Query

By By Lacey Brutschy

Do anti-gay groups have the right, under the Constitution’s free speech guarantee, to protest at gay Pride events?

“Yes. We have freedom of speech which covers everybody who has an opinion on anything.”
Gary Olsen
Art advocate

“Yes, definitely. I feel that everybody has their own will to voice their concerns.”
Aya Mendoza
Time share employee

“If we have the right to protest who we don’t like, then yes, they have just as much a right as we do.”
Jay King
Retail management

“Anything that’s not physical violence is acceptable. It works both ways.”
Lynne Richardson
Publicist

“I believe they do, but with some kind of control. … If they stay across the street in a controlled zone, then that’s fine.”
Gary Miller
Nightclub owner

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, June 29, 2007.

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Dossier

Angela Bassett joins Tyler Perry’s “‘Madea’



Tyler Perry, aka Madea

Tyler Perry is a strong black woman when he’s cross-dressing as his popular Madea character, that is, in movies like “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.”

In fact, so successful is he at playing the mouthy matriarch that he may now be the country’s most successful drag queen. Madea may have met her match, however, with the news that the consummately fierce Angela Bassett has been cast in Perry’s next comedy, “Meet the Browns.”

Plot-wise, it’s another in Perry’s assembly line of plain-folks-who-triumph stories, with Bassett as a single mom who travels from Chicago to Georgia for the funeral of her estranged father. She gets introduced to the wacky titular clan and even finds romance along the way.

Perry will co-star as both Madea and Uncle Joe, in addition to writing and directing. Audiences will “Meet the Browns” in early 2008.

Rosie Perez Puts on “‘The Ritz’ for revival of classic comedy
Rita Moreno created one of her signature roles as ditzy cabaret singer Googie Gomez in the original 1970s production of gay playwright Terrence McNally’s hilarious comedy “The Ritz,” about a straight man hiding out from mobsters in a gay bathhouse.

Now it looks like another Latina legend will be sinking her teeth into the part Puerto Rican dynamo Rosie Perez is slated to play Googie in a revival of the show, which will co-star Tony nominee Kevin Chamberlin (“Seussical,” “Heroes”).

Previews begin at Studio 54 on Sept. 14, under the guidance of gay director Joe Mantello.

And with any luck, the hoopla surrounding this revival will lead to a long-awaited DVD release of the 1976 film version, also starring Moreno.

“‘Chorus Line’ revival in new documentary
The 1970s Broadway smash “A Chorus Line” returned to the stage last year for a 21st-century revival, and cameras were there to capture every step of the difficult audition process, which featured some 1,700 dancers vying for a handful of roles.

That footage is being turned into a new documentary set to arrive in theaters in May 2008, when the national tour of the Broadway revival will begin. Producers of the film are excited about the story they have to tell.

Avoiding the reality-TV humiliation approach to auditions, the documentary reportedly captures the journey of professional dancers, and the highs and lows that come with looking for work in the competitive field of Broadway. (Not for nothing is the show’s opening number called “I Hope I Get It.”)

Yes, it’s yet another “‘Another Gay Movie’
If there were three “American Pie” movies (not counting the made-for-DVD installments), why shouldn’t the even more sexually outrageous “Another Gay Movie” get another go-round?

“Another Gay Movie 2: Gays Gone Wild!” goes before the cameras in September.

“Gay” (and gay) writer-director Todd Stephens (“Edge of Seventeen,” “Gypsy 83″) returns for another bawdy turn, which sends his queer quartet of heroes to Florida for spring break, where they’ll enter the “Gays Gone Wild” contest to see who can snag the most booty.

Complications arise in the form of evil gay frat boys, as well as large and ferocious, er, “panty crickets.” (These movies are hilarious, but they aren’t known for their subtlety or good taste.)

Look for the sequel to be finished in time for 2008′s queer film-festival circuit.

Rosie takes herself out of the running for “‘The Price is Right’
Rosie O’Donnell says she’s out of the running to replace Bob Barker as host of “The Price Is Right.”

O’Donnell, a superfan of the CBS game show, said on her blog Friday, June 22, that she had a “nice lunch” with the show’s producers.

Barker, 83, retired earlier this month after 35 years with the show, which is filmed in Los Angeles.

Although O’Donnell has said she would love to fill Barker’s shoes, the 45-year-old comedian has changed her mind.
“Well, here’s the thing: I don’t really need a job,” O’Donnell says in a video posted Sunday, June 24, on her Web site. “I’m in a weird position. I don’t need the money.”

“So to get my entire family uprooted from their lives and move them across the country so that I can have a fantasy childhood indulgence, you know, job … it just doesn’t seem fair.”

O’Donnell lives in Nyack, N.Y., near New York City, with her partner, Kelli, and their four children.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, June 29, 2007.

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Gays march in Jerusalem, rally scrapped

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World Briefs

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Mildred Loving becomes our ally in gay-marriage fight

By Leslie Robinson General Gayety

Plaintiff in 40-year-old case striking down anti-miscegenation law voices her support for gay marriage

How could I feel anything but fondness for a marriage case where those arguing for the right to marry were named “Loving?”

I thought it best to get that out of the way early.

In June, the month when so many Americans celebrate wedding anniversaries, this country has been marking the 40th anniversary of Loving vs. Virginia, the landmark case that ended bans on interracial marriage, and has symbolic and practical meaning for today’s tussle on behalf of gay marriage.

Though this isn’t precisely a wedding anniversary, it’s certainly worth celebrating. If you feel like sending Mildred Loving a token of thanks, well, it’s gonna cost you the traditional 40th anniversary gift is rubies.

Mildred Loving recently sent the gay community a gift, in the form of a statement marking the anniversary. She recounted how in 1958 she and her late husband Richard were arrested in the middle of the night in their own bedroom for the appalling crime of . . . marrying.

You see, Richard Loving was white, and Mildred Jeter was African-American and American Indian. The state of Virginia forbade marriage between a white person and a non-white person, so the sheriffs were enforcing the law, and throwing some late-night terror into the bargain.

After the Lovings were found guilty, Judge Leon Bazile declared, “Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, Malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.”

Case closed. Mind closed, too.

The judge sentenced these public enemies to a year in prison, suspending it if they left Virginia for 25 years. They moved to the District of Columbia, and began the legal struggle that would lead to the U.S. Supreme Court. Mildred Loving stressed that she and Richard didn’t fight for a political cause, but “for our love.”

That works, too.

In 1967 the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Virginia’s anti-miscegenation law was unconstitutional. Bye-bye to Virginia’s “Racial Integrity Act of 1924,” and goodbye to all race restrictions on marriage in this country.

(Call it “The Long Goodbye” it 2000 before Alabama became the last state to junk its law against mixed-race nuptials).
The Supreme Court’s decision referred to marriage as a “basic civil right.” Such a concept!

Mildred Loving said that most of her generation accepted the idea that God wanted the races kept apart, and government should act as the moat. She’s pleased, now that she’s a grandmother, to see younger people believe differently. Each day she thinks about what it meant to her to be free “to marry the person precious to me,” even when plenty of people reacted as though she had married a garter snake.

“I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry. Government has no business imposing some people’s religious beliefs over others. Especially if it denies people’s civil rights.”

She finished her statement by saying, “I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight, seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about.”

I’ve no doubt that foes of marriage equality can trot out mixed-race couples who oppose gays marrying. That’s OK. I’m just happy we have reserved, determined, accidentally trailblazing Mildred Loving on our side.

Leslie Robinson’s columns can be read at www.GeneralGayety.com. She can be reached by e-mail at LesRobinsn@aol.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, June 29, 2007.

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Letters

Clerk Fitszimmons says Dupree must go
Judge Maryellen Hicks’ report on the harassment allegations against Constable Mike Dupree has been released. The report does not make for pleasant reading. Judge Hicks’ findings clearly describe a persistent pattern of harassment and retaliation by Dupree against his employees.

Elected officials, including myself, must be held accountable for their actions. Law enforcement officers in particular are held to a high standard of accountability. Dupree’s abuse of authority has violated the public trust, and he should resign his office immediately.

Gary Fitzsimmons
District Clerk, Dallas County

Local T-shirt printer discriminated
This is a sad day for the LGBT community, not just as a people, but as businessmen and women.

My friends and I have an online T-shirt design business and were looking for a local printing company to create our shirts to be sold at the upcoming Dallas Lesbian Festival.

We decided to have our shirts printed by Dallas Screen Printing. We made the arrangements and sent the artwork.

Everything seemed to be going smoothly, but since we are on a tight deadline, my business partner called them to check on the progress.

It was only then that she was told that the owner was shown our artwork and that she was refusing to print our shirts due to her religious beliefs.

This is disheartening not only because it’s blatant discrimination, but more importantly, because it is a failure to perform a service which could result in a loss of revenue to us!

Shame on them.

Rebecca Saunders
Dallas

On the reasons for Oakley’s defeat
I found reading the Dallas Voice’s analysis of the June16 city election runoffs to be interesting, and I agree that being out can be a double-edged sword. I also agree with Dan Weiser’s comment that there were numerous reasons for Ed Oakley’s loss, and I haven’t heard some of them discussed. One was the attack ad that featured Tom Leppert’s facial tic, which hurt Oakley as much as it helped. In the little time I spent on the campaign phones, I heard several comments from supporters who were turned off by it, and Ed’s defense of it during the TV debate was weak. Using a physical trait over which he has no control opened the door to attacks on orientation.

Another was the zoning issue of the Hollywood Door Co., which Leppert used as a club during the last two weeks with a commercial that ran frequently on WRR. If Bill Blaydes misrepresented the issue when asking for Ed’s support, he needed to come out and apologize.

This is not to say that the media buzz over “a gay candidate” and the anti-gay robo calls to voters were not major factors. They were just not the only ones. Most worrisome, as I said on election night, this result validates gay-baiting as a campaign tactic. Perhaps our next candidate can be pictured with a same-gender spouse and at least one child, making a statement on “family values.”

I’m curious to see how the new mayor carries out his agenda, beyond his vague promises which may prove empty.

The city will not be able to retain police officers until the lawsuit is settled, and we will continue to train them for the suburbs. We are unable to raise salaries without bankrupting the city, and the signing bonus may be bringing them in, but does little to keep them.

As for education, there is something the city could do: offer parenting classes! Having worked in a number of schools, I will say that the biggest problem is children who come to school not prepared to learn. After dealing with one bunch of second-graders, I wanted to go work for Planned Parenthood. However, it’s easier to push for teacher training, or even more testing of students.

Thank you Dallas Voice, for your clear and balanced reporting.

Daniel Polk
Dallas

Isaiah Washington deserved to be fired
Re: the firing of Isaiah Washington.
We need more, not fewer, substantial punishments for the crime of bigotry, particularly when it comes from those who should know better. It does Washington no good trying to blame the victim of his hate crime that’s the classic response of bigots in the spotlight.

However, Washington’s remarks and the damage the do pale in contrast to the roles of religious bigots like Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and Der Pope Ratzinger, a former or maybe not so former Nazi.

Somebody should place Herr Ratzinger and Robertson under citizens arrest and deport them to a gay-friendly jurisdiction for trial and imprisonment for the felony of inciting violence against gays and lesbians.

People like them are just as responsible as the killers and thugs who do their bidding with knives, boots, fists and guns.

Bill Perdue
Las Vegas

To send a letter
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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, June 29, 2007.

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