Oak Lawn will survive
I thoroughly enjoyed reading David Webb’s Rare Reporter article this week (“Oak Lawn’s boundaries disappearing,” Dallas Voice, Dec. 7) and every week.
I think it’s actually pretty funny that Uptown is just a district within Oak Lawn. I remember living for a short time on Hall Street near McKinney in the late 1980s when there was no such thing as “Uptown.” I’m glad you and Michael Milliken set the record straight so to speak on this issue.
I think Dallas overall has a much more cohesive and well-organized GLBT community than many other large cities, and we will stick together to preserve our community and its influence well into the future. While the GLBT community is itself a very diverse group, our business and civic organizations and our leadership recognize the importance of working together.
When will Republicans learn?
A headline in the Dec. 7 issue of Dallas Voice stated, “Giuliani seen as top choice among LGBT Republicans.” In the story, Rob Schlein, president of the Dallas Log Cabin Republicans chapter, said, “The clear winner is going to be Rudy [Giuliani]…. I think he believes in civil unions.”
Then, a story this week in Dallas Morning News said, “GOP presidential rival Rudy Giuliani, who appeared [Dec. 9] on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” said he does not believe homosexuality is aberrant. What is sinful are “‘the acts, not the orientation.’” Is this “hate the sin but love the sinner” blather?
We already know that Mike Huckabee said in 1992 that homosexuality was “an aberrant, unnatural and sinful lifestyle.”
When will these folks learn about sexual orientation? Or that the Bible authors could not conceive of any sexual orientation other than heterosexual?
Jesus never spoke against homosexuality at all, ever. So what’s not to like about gays voting for Republicans?
An American heroine
I thought your lead article on American heroine Jocelyn Elders ((“As outspoken as ever,” Dallas Voice, Nov. 30) was very well done and important. I wish we were reading a lot more about her.
Gene Lantz, coordinator,
North Texas Jobs with Justice
I am writing in reference to the editorial in the Dec. 6 issue of Dallas Voice written, interestingly enough, by the Rev. Michael Piazza of the Cathedral of Hope, of which I was a member of for years.
I find it ironic that Rev. Piazza would write a letter complaining of how the “Crossroads” area of Dallas is becoming less “LGBT-identified”, and more heterosexual. I find this ironic because Rev. Piazza was the power behind the move by The Cathedral of Hope to go from being a member of The Metropolitan Community Churches, a group of “LGBT identified” churches, to being a member of the United Church of Christ, a welcoming, but not specifically “LGBT” church.
At the time of the change, I recall that Rev. Piazza said that he wanted to appeal to a broader congregation.
Why is it okay for his church to become homogenized (or de homogenized, in this case!), but not the “Crossroads” area shops? I don’t think he should complain when he was a trendsetter in this case.
Santa Monica, Calif.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 14, 2007