Equality March Dallas honors Pride, remembers those lost to violence

Dallas’ LGBT community joined LGBT people and our allies nationwide on Sunday in marching for equality and unity and Pride. After gathering for a rally at Resource Center, 5750 Cedar Springs Road, participants marched down Cedar Springs Road to the Legacy of Love Monument, at the intersection of Cedar Springs and Oak Lawn Avenue, where a ceremony was held remembering and honoring the 49 victims of the Pulse massacre on June 12, 2016, and the trans men and women who have been murdered this year.

A national Equality March was held Sunday in Washington, D.C., and — following the model of the Women’s March in January — events were held around the country on the same day, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Abilene and Texarkana.

Chuck Marcelo with Marcelo Media captured the Dallas rally and march in photos for Dallas Voice.

—  Tammye Nash

No Pride proclamation from Trump

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Note to all those gay Republicans and others who claimed that President Donald Trump was going to be a friend to the LGBT community: YOU WERE WRONG.

On Wednesday, May 31, Trump signed a proclamation declaring June to be “National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2017.” Apparently, there is not enough room in June for Caribbean-Americans and the LGBT folk, because Trump has failed — at least so far — to issue a proclamation honoring June as national LGBT Pride Month.

(We were spoiled with eight years of President Obama recognizing Pride month with proclamations and actual celebrations; you know, like bathing the White House in rainbow lights for Marriage Equality Day in 2015.)

Trump is not only NOT a friend, he is, in fact, a huge enemy to our community, despite his daughter’s claims of love and support for all her LGBT friends.

As a statement from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation noted, “Since Day One of his presidency, Donald Trump has approved policy that systematically erases LGBTQ Americans from the fabric of this nation. From removing any mention of ‘LGBTQ’ on government websites to rescinding guidance that protection the rights of transgender students at their schools, the Trump Administration has made a point to halt full acceptance for LGBTQ Americans.”

Oh yeah, and let’s not forget that thanks to Trump, Indiana’s former Homophobe in Chief, Mike Pence, is now vice president.

 

—  Tammye Nash

DVtv in Spayse

This week, Israel Luna, Brandi Amara Skyy and I talk about TGRA’s Texas Gay, about transgender visibility, about Brandi’s column on asking her evangelical Christian parents for their blessing before her wedding, about PrEP and the new format and new website for Dallas Pride.

Check us out! And don’t forget you can watch DVtv in Spayse live each Friday on the Spayse Station YouTube channel, and then catch the reruns right here every on DallasVoice.com.

—  Tammye Nash

DVtv: Pride on parade in Dallas

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Brad Pritchett and the DVtv crew hit the streets of Oak Lawn Sunday, Sept. 18, to see, participate in and talk about the 2016 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade and the Festival in Reverchon Park.

Watch all the fun here:

—  Tammye Nash

MARCELO MEDIA PHOTOS: 2016 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade (#2)

Parade photos by Chuck Marcelo of Marcelo Media, #2 (watch for more photos as the week goes on).

—  Tammye Nash

And the winner is: Who won what in the Dallas Pride Parade

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Kaliente won the trophy for Best Overall Entry (Photo by Chuck Marcelo)

The biggest Pride parade in Dallas history took to the streets of Oak Lawn on Sunday afternoon, with more than 120 total entries making their way down Cedar Springs to Reverchon Park. Today (Monday, Sept. 19), organizers announced the winners in the nine different categories. They are

  • Best Performance: Oak Lawn Band
  • Best Walking Group: Turtle Creek Chorale
  • Best Costume: LULAC
  • Best Social Commentary: Dallas Victims of Crime
  • Best Overall Entry: Kaliente
  • Best For Profit: Bank of America
  • Best Non Profit: United Court of the Lone Star Empire
  • Judge’s Choice: Veteran’s for Diversity
  • Best Interpretation of the Theme (“Solidarity Through Pride”): Abounding Prosperity

(Watch for more of Chuck’s photos of the parade here on Instant Tea throughout the week.)

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The United Court of the Lone Star Empire won the trophy for Best Nonprofit Entry (Photo by Chuck Marcelo)

—  Tammye Nash

Cleveland Pride cancels parade, just 2 weeks before event was to take place

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Citing safety concerns, officials with Cleveland Pride announced Thursday, July 28, that the city’s 28th annual Pride parade and rally — which had been pushed back to Aug. 13 to accommodate the just-finished Republican National Convention held in that city — have been cancelled.

In a press release posted yesterday on organization’s website, Cleveland Pride Inc. President and CEO Todd J. Saporito said: “We have been entrusted by our community to create a secure parade and festival environment for our LGBTQ brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, friends and allies. Because of the changing social climate, Cleveland Pride did not have enough time to engage in the development of awareness programs and training that we believe is critical in today’s environment. Therefore, we regretfully cancelled our 28th annual parade, rally and festival this year.”

The press release went on to thank “all partners, sponsors, vendors, volunteers and service providers for their dedication and energy,” and noted that the Pride planning team’s next steps will be to “refund monies to vendors, sponsors and service providers. A team of board members and lead volunteers will initiate discussion for town hall meetings to further map out a program where we and other LGBT community partners, will be able to start crafting awareness and training programs, that will be beneficial on a day-to-day basis as well as prepared for our celebration in 2017.”

Saporito also noted, “Cleveland Pride, Inc. seeks to remind everyone that Pride is not a one-day celebration, but a daily act of visibility throughout our community. While we may not be marching as a large, unified body, we can come together throughout Cleveland and continue our support of local LGBTQ establishments and LGBTQ community members.”

But some community members aren’t buying it, including activist, radio host and Baldwin Wallace University associate professor Ken Schneck.

In a blog post on Huffington Post yesterday, Schneck called the cancellation “inconceivable,” given that Cleveland hosted the Republican National Convention, complete with “protesters with many, many guns,” just last week; that there is a city-wide celebration happening this weekend to thank Cleveland for hosting the RNC; that Cleveland hosted the Gay Games just two years ago; that the city took less than 48 hours to plan a parade to celebrate the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA championship (a parade that drew more than a million spectators); and that “cities all over the country have been celebrating Pride post-Orlando for months now.”

—  Tammye Nash

Pride Month aboard the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan

Today — three days before Independence Day and one day after Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that the Pentagon is lifting the ban on open military service by transgender men and women — I received this photo and caption from the Navy Office of Community Outreach.

And we are proud to share it here on InstanTEA.

160625-N-NF288-070 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 25, 2016) Yeoman 2nd Class (SW/AW) Elexis Rogers, from Jacksonville, Florida, sings the National Anthem during a pride month observance ceremony organized by the Gay, Lesbian and Supporting Sailors (G.L.A.S.S.) association on the aft mess decks aboard the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The G.L.A.S.S. association organizes events for the ship including fundraisers, community relations projects and morale building events. The USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jamaal Liddell/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (June 25, 2016) Yeoman 2nd Class (SW/AW) Elexis Rogers, from Jacksonville, Florida, sings the National Anthem during a Pride month observance ceremony organized by the Gay, Lesbian and Supporting Sailors (G.L.A.S.S.) association on the aft mess decks aboard the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The G.L.A.S.S. association organizes events for the ship including fundraisers, community relations projects and morale building events. The USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jamaal Liddell/Released)

—  Tammye Nash

Wings lose to Indiana in Pride Night game

The WNBA’s Dallas Wings lost to the Indiana Fever 92-87 in the teams first Pride Night game on Saturday, June 25.

Warming up on the court pregame, both teams wore rainbow Orlando United shirts and the large screen in the center of the arena announced, “Wings Pridenight, Saturday 6/25 vs Indiana.”

Plenette Pierson, profiled in this week’s Dallas Voice, scored seven points. Karima Christmas racked up 21 points, Odyssey Sims 18 and Glory Johnson, back after a suspension, 15.

The season runs through Sept. 18 with eight more home games that are played at College Park Center on Center Street in Arlington on the UT Arlington campus and Dallas Wings games are a blast.

—  David Taffet

Pulse employee heads Houston Pride parade

Imran YousufImran Yousuf, a U.S. military veteran and bouncer at Pulse Nightclub, will be honorary grand marshal of the Houston Pride parade on June 25. His actions at Pulse saved dozens of lives.

The parade begins at sunset with a 30-foot by 20-foot Rainbow Flag inscribed with the names of the Orlando victims at the head of the parade.

Meet Yousuf at 1:30 p.m. on the Barefoot Wine® Stage in front of Houston City Hall.

Last year, the Houston Pride parade moved from the Montrose neighborhood to downtown. Held the night after the marriage-equality decision, the parade attracted more than half a million people.

The Houston Pride Festival runs noon-7 p.m. at McKinney and Smith streets.

The Houston Pride Parade starts at 8:30 p.m. and runs through about 11 p.m. The route begins at Lamar Street, goes north on Smith Street, to Walker Street, makes a right to Milam Street and then makes a left and continues to Jefferson Street. Bleachers, high rise parking garages that are open to viewers and sidewalks line the route and are open to attendees.

—  David Taffet