Local Briefs – November 14, 2008

Posted on 13 Oct 2008 at 7:19pm
By Staff Reports

SLDN bringing ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ awareness efforts to North Texas
Representatives of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a national organization focused on repealing the U.S. military’s anti-gay "Don’t ask, don’t tell" policy, will be in North Texas this weekend to meet with supporters, to host events and conduct a two-day media blitz.

It is the first time the organization has conducted such efforts in the area.

"With a new president and Congress, we now have greater opportunities to build upon renewed grassroots momentum, take decisive action to lift the ban and remind our supporters that making a decision begins with them," said Aubrey Sarvis, SLDN executive director.

An "Honor All Veterans" reception recognizing former U.S. Army Sergeant Darren Manzella, former U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant David Hall and former U.S. Army Brigadier Gen. Keith Kerr will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Round-Up Saloon, 3912 Cedar Springs Road.

According to SLDN, an estimated 66,000 lesbian and gay veterans live in Texas. An estimated 65,000 lesbian and gay servicemembers are currently on active duty and in the reserves. Since 1993, more than 12,500 LGBT servicemembers have been discharged under the "Don’t ask, don’t tell" policy.

Leather Knights holding ‘Buy Daddy’s Box’ auction to benefit Legacy
The Leather Knights of Dallas, with the help of the Dallas Eagle and corporate sponsor Ben E. Keith, will hold the 12th annual Buy Daddy’s Box fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 9 p.m. at Dallas Eagle, 2515 Inwood Road.

Proceeds benefit Legacy Founders Cottage of Dallas.

The event features live and silent auctions for boxes and items donated by leather clubs, merchants and individuals from around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Raffles will be held throughout the evening.

Event coordinators are Sir Joel Leggett and Sir Steve Goulsby. For more information e-mail them at Chancellor@leatherknights.org.

Unity minister Townley to address topic of gays and the Bible on Monday
The Rev. Ed Townley will address "Spirit and Truth: The Question of Gays and the Bible" for the new Spirit Expressing ministry at the Higher Ground gathering Monday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in the second-floor Gables Room at the Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman (at Northwest Highway).

Townley is a Unity minister, author of "The Secret according to Jesus" and host of the weekly web broadcast "Bible Alive!"

Townley said the topic for the gathering was chosen in response to the series of sermons on homosexuality being presented by the Rev. Robert Jeffress at First Baptist Church of Dallas.

Spirit Expressing is a "non-church" metaphysical ministry dedicated to the creative process, and to exploring and communicating universal spiritual truths. More information about Spirit Expressing can be found at www.spiritexpressing.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 14, 2008.

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