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

Hey Houstonians: Candlelight vigil tonight at The Montrose Center

Folks in Houston and the surrounding area are invited to attend “A Stand Against Hate: Candlelight Vigil for Orlando Tragedy” tonight (Monday, June 13) beginning at 6 p.m., at The Montrose Center, 401 Branard St.

The vigil is organized by Pride Houston, The Montrose Center and Legacy Community Health.

In announcing the event, organizers said: “Tonight we stand in solidarity against hate in any form. Tonight we stand together in strength to show that fear will not win. Tonight we stand in silence as we mourn the lives lost in the senseless act of terrorism in Orlando.

“We stand with our allies, friends, families and loved ones.

“We stand in love.”

—  Tammye Nash

BREAKING NEWS: Armed man ‘in town for Pride’ arrested in Santa Monica

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Screen cap of a photo in the Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times is reporting that Santa Monica police there have arrested a man after finding assault rifles, ammunition and possible explosives in his car.

Police responding to calls about a possible prowler near Olympic Boulevard and 11th Street found the man, who told them he was waiting for a friend, and that he was in town for the L.A. Pride celebration in West Hollywood. When officers inspected his car, which has Indiana license plates, they found several weapons and a lot of ammunition as well as tannerite, an ingredient that could be used to create a pipe bomb, the LA Times notes.

A city official in West Hollywood also confirmed the arrest and stressed that officials were beefing up security at the gay Pride event, the Times reports, noting, “One source in West Hollywood said there was discussion of calling off the parade but that officials decided to go forward, with heavy security including undercover officers in the crowd.”

Authorities have said they know of no links between Omar Mateen, the man who killed 50 people and wounded at least 53 more in a shooting early this morning at Pulse, an Orlando, Fla., gay bar.

—  Tammye Nash

Price named chair of organization devoted to electing Republicans

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price in the Tarrant County Pride Parade last year.

Mayor Betsy Price riding in Tarrant County’s LGBT Pride parade

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price has been named chair of the Community Leaders of America, “the national caucus of Republican mayors and city council members,” according to a statement released today (Wednesday, Jan. 20), by the CLA.

“Up until just over two years ago there was no national strategy focused on supporting conservatives running for mayor and city council. CLA’s commitment to supporting these Republican officeholders and candidates is unrivaled, and I’m proud to continue that record of support in the elections ahead,” Price said in the CLA statement. “I look forward to working with my fellow conservative municipal elected officials to take advantage of the opportunities to grow and expand the Republican Mayors and City Council caucus.”

Outgoing CLA Chair Richard J. Berry, mayor of Albuquerque, N.M., praised Price as “one of the hardest working mayors I’ve had the privilege to work with over the years,” and said her “focus on the issues has made Fort Worth a national leader when it comes to health, jobs, safety, and community engagement.”

Price, a Fort Worth native, was first elected mayor of Cowtown in 2011, just two years after a raid by Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents and some Fort Worth Police officers on a gay bar called the Rainbow Lounge made international headlines. Although municipal elections in Texas are nonpartisan, Price’s status as a Republican was well established — she had served as treasurer of Tarrant County for several years, and those elections are partisan — and the city’s LGBT leaders initially worried that she might derail progress toward LGBT equality the city had made since the raid.

But while she hasn’t been actively promoting LGBT issues at the city level, Price has pretty much stuck by the promise she made during her first campaign to treat everyone equally and fairly. She has served as grand marshal of the city’s annual gay Pride parade, and last fall helped kick off Tarrant County Gay Pride Week, among other things.

“I am the mayor for everybody,” Price said at Pride Week festivities.

When I got the email with the statement from the CLA, I decided to check into that organization’s mission and goals. After all, Republican organizations overall are not known for being particularly LGBT-friendly. So I sent CLA an email:

“I am editor of Dallas Voice, and I received your email regarding Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price being named chair of your organization. Can you tell me where CLA stands on issues related to LGBT equality? Thank you.”

I quickly received this answer:

“Hi Nash – thanks for the note.

The Community Leaders of America (CLA) is the caucus of America’s local elected Republican leaders with representatives from every state and from communities of all sizes. CLA was created as a direct response to the lack of a unified national strategy supporting Republicans running for local elected offices.

“Unlike their state and federal counterparts, America’s local leaders live and work in the very communities they represent. Their constituents are the families they see in the work place, at the grocery store, or out and about in the community every single day. Choosing to push a problem in need of a solution off to another day, or legislative session, is not an option for these local leaders. They must govern and lead practically, in a principled, efficient, and effective manner. These selfless individuals, and the communities they represent, are the ideas engines that will help propel America down a path where every community has the opportunity to thrive and prosper for generations to come.

“Thanks,

“Ben Cannatti

“Political and Communications Director

“Community Leaders of America”

So yeah, I still have no idea what Community Leaders of America thinks about us LGBT folks. But I am going to give Mayor Price the benefit of the doubt on this one. After all, she hasn’t done us wrong so far.

—  Tammye Nash

Faces of Pride: Tarrant County Pride 2015

One Saturday evening we posted photos from the Tarrant County Gay Pride Week parade through downtown Fort Worth on Saturday afternoon. Now here’s a slide show from the festival after the parade in General Worth Square.

(And the Voice’s own David Taffet — one of the winners of the Raina Lee Community Service Award this year — will be posting photos from the Pride picnic on Sunday, as well as some photos from his vantage point of riding in the parade on Saturday.) Photos by Tammye Nash.

 

—  Tammye Nash

Marriage Equality Decision Day in Fort Worth

Here is a gallery of photos from the Tarrant County Clerk’s office from Friday morning, June 26. Photos by Cassie Quinn.

—  Tammye Nash

Dallas LGBT Task Force celebrates Pride

Screen shot 2015-06-08 at 5.14.22 PMThe city of Dallas’ LGBT Task Force celebrates national Gay Pride Month beginning at noon Wednesday, June 10, when the Task Force chairman, Councilman Adam Medrano of District 2, presents a proclamation signed by Mayor Mike Rawlings in Room 6EN — the Flag Room — at City Hall.

Here’s a schedule of other Pride events taking place this month:

• June 10, 6 p.m.: LGBT Rainbow Book Club and discussion at the North Oak Cliff Branch Library, 302 W. 10th St. Refreshments will be served. Bring your favorite LGBT book. June is also LGBT Book Month, and the Dallas Library will be Tweeting a new book recommendation each day this month.

• June 13: Bahama Beach LGBT Day, 1895 Campfire Circle. Guests should indicate that they are attending for LGBT Day to receive reduced admission ($9, down from $15).

• June 20-21: Juneteenth Pool Party and Juneteenth Unity Barbecue, sponsored by United Black Ellument in collaboration with Dallas Southern Pride. Pool party, 5-10 p.m. June 20 at 3121 Ross Ave. Unity Barbecue, 2-7 p.m. June 21 at Stone Tables Pavilion, 650 E. Lawther Drive. For information visit UBEDallas.org/Juneteenth. The Unity picnic is also sponsored by Cosmopolitan Congregation of Dallas.

• June 26, 1-5 p.m.: Children’s Rainbow Crafts and Movie, at the Children’s Center at the J Erik Jonsson Central Library, with children and families invited to make fun rainbow crafts and relax with a family-friendly movie. Drop-in crafts start at 1 p.m., and the movie starts at 2 p.m.

• June 27, 4-7 p.m.: Rainbow Family Day at Dallas City Hall Plaza, 500 Marilla St., with activities for the whole family.

—  Tammye Nash

Allstate celebrates Pride by putting everyone in good hands

AllstateAllstate celebrates Pride month with its Safe in My Hands campaign.

In this animated video produced for Allstate, the message is “Everyone deserves to be in good hands” and “being visible should never leave you feeling vulnerable.”

—  David Taffet

Labor Secretary Tom Perez: Promoting opportunity for all Americans

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U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez

By Secretary Tom Perez

U.S. Labor Department

 

Pride Month gives us an opportunity to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans have had on our nation. Here at the U.S. Department of Labor, it’s also a chance for us to recommit to our efforts to ensure equal rights for LGBT workers, and to celebrate the great work we’ve done on this front.

We have a responsibility to make sure that every worker has the same opportunity to pursue and realize their dreams, and we take that responsibility very seriously — and not just because it’s the right thing to do, which it is.  It’s also the smart thing to do.

Diverse and inclusive workplaces are productive workplaces. Our economy works best when we field a full team, so we can’t afford to leave any talent on the bench.

At DOL, our agencies are doing great work to advance the rights of LGBT workers. We’ve worked to implement the president’s Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination, which prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

We’ve taken steps to make sure that all families receive the benefits and protections of our programs and services. We’ve made clear that job training and other workforce programs in the nation’s workforce development system may not discriminate against someone because of gender identity, gender expression or sex-stereotyping. We’ve worked to make workplaces more inclusive for transgender workers.

And we’ve done so much more. In fact, you can read about all of the work we’ve done to protect and empower LGBT workers in a new report here. http://1.usa.gov/1FPeKGy.

We’re proud of our accomplishments on behalf of LGBT workers and job seekers and their families. Of course, for all our progress, there remains more work to do.

As we celebrate Pride month, we also celebrate our continued commitment to building on our accomplishments going forward so that every person in our nation can realize their highest and best dreams, no matter who they are or whom they love.

—  Tammye Nash