WATCH: “A-List: Dallas” Christmas Frolics

Pretty much all I can say to this is “Wow.” Someone must really love the A-List:Dallas peeps which is proof positive in this video. Master Marky X uploaded this compilation today of JibJab videos using the cast of the Logo show. You might notice the apparent absence of Taylor Garrett. On the video’s page, X wrote that “other guy not available – having lunch with GoProud & Ann Coulter.” Otherwise, Levi, Ashley, Chase, Philip and James are all having a wonderful Christmastime with clips that have them cast in It’s a Wonderful Life (the very-abridged version), The Buttcracker and in full garb singing “Feliz Navidad.”

It’s a long watch at 12 minutes, but kind of hard not to take a few peeks. Just fast forward through it. You’ll get the idea.

—  Rich Lopez

UPDATED: Taylor Garrett of ‘The A-List’ claims he was assaulted in Oak Lawn on Friday

Taylor Garrett claims someone carved "Fuck Coulter" into the side of his blue 2008 Audi. (via The Daily Caller)

Garrett is shown after the alleged attack. (via Twitter)

As you may have heard, Taylor Garrett, the gay Republican cast member from The A-List Dallas, claims he was assaulted on Friday night in Dallas by someone who carved “Fuck Coulter” into the side of his vehicle, according The Daily Caller.

This marks the second time in six weeks Garrett has reported being targeted for his association with conservative commentator Ann Coulter and for being a gay Republican. Last month, Garrett alleged that a rock with a threatening note attached was thrown at the window of his Dallas Design District apartment. Some gay bloggers have alleged that Garrett falsified the report about the rock as a publicity stunt in advance of the premiere of The A-List Dallas.

We don’t know much about Friday’s incident beyond what’s already been reported, but we did manage to track down a copy of the police report Garrett filed, and we’ve posted it below.

Sr. Cpl. Gerardo Monreal, a spokesman for the Dallas Police Department, said today there have been no arrests, and he was unsure whether the case has been assigned to a detective yet. As you can see from the report, the suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet, 2 inches tall. The suspect had a dark beard and was wearing a baseball hat.

The incident occurred at 10:20 p.m. at 2800 Knight St. (near Congress Avenue), where Garrett had parked his blue 2008 Audi. According to The Daily Caller, Garrett was returning to his car to retrieve a birthday gift for a friend when he noticed the suspect. According to the police report, Garrett yelled for the suspect to get away from the car. That’s when the suspect punched him in the face, causing him to fall to the ground and strike his head against the concrete. Garrett suffered a bloody nose and a cut to his ear. He returned to the party a few blocks away before calling authorities. He was treated at the scene by paramedics from Dallas Fire-Rescue.

Jason Shumaker, a spokesman for Logo, the network that is airing The A-List Dallas, said this morning that Garrett is traveling all day today and was unavailable for comment.

GOProud, a gay conservative group with which Garrett is affiliated, alleged on Twitter this weekend that the incident is an example of “anti-conservative violence from the hateful gay-left (again).”

The full police report is after the jump.

UPDATE, 3 p.m.: Laura Martin, the Dallas Police Department’s LGBT liaison officer, said this afternoon that a detective has been assigned to the case and has already spoken with Garrett.

“We’re definitely aware of it and we’re looking at it and we’re in contact with him,” Martin said. “There are no leads at this point.”

Martin said Garrett was unable to provide any additional info about the suspect, beyond what was in the initial report. She also confirmed that Garrett declined to wait for physical evidence services — or PES — which means police weren’t able to take photographs or attempt to get fingerprints from the side of the vehicle.

“Obviously there is damage to his vehicle and there is damage to his face, so it does appear that he was assaulted,” Martin said. “We just don’t know by whom.”

Martin said regardless, the incident doesn’t appear to be a hate crime.

“From reading the report, it sounds like he was targeted again for his political views and his association with Ann Coulter,” she said. “Unless he was targeted strictly because he was gay, it’s not a hate crime.”

Dallas Voice was contacted earlier today by CBS 11, which reportedly will air a story about the incident this afternoon. Martin said she’d also spoken with a reporter from The Dallas Morning News.

—  John Wright

3 months later, Donnie Pangburn’s encounter with ‘A-List Dallas’ cast member goes national

Dallas resident Donnie Pangburn has written an op-ed piece for The Advocate — the national LGBT mag — about his infamous encounter with A-List Dallas cast member Phillip Willis during a fundraiser for the Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS at Jack’s Backyard back in June. If you’ll recall, Pangburn’s story began as a letter to the editor of Dallas Voice, in which he alleged that Willis, who was selling raffle tickets at the event, referred to people with HIV as “those poor, sad, old people.” In his op-ed for The Advocate — which, interestingly, doesn’t identify Willis or the show by name  — Pangburn fills us in on some of his activiities since the controversy broke:

For my part, I’ve created a Facebook page called “How Would You Know?” to help stomp out the stigma of HIV and AIDS and provide education on where to get tested. It’s not going to solve the world’s problems on its own, but my intention is to offer a one-stop shop (if you will) full of facts, stories of encouragement, breaking news, and the list of needs that goes on and on.

I’ve also developed a Youth Community Forum where education will come directly from physicians and vaccine researchers, or others who just want to tell their stories — like I have. I now understand what it means to be “called.” No one chooses their calling: it chooses you. I am just a small-town Kentucky-bred man who is, let’s face it, a nobody. But like any of us can, I come with a voice of passion, a desire for hope, and a fire burning inside me to change the world.

If my one little voice can do all this in less than three months, imagine if everyone spoke up and said “Enough.” What would be the state of the world in reference to HIV and AIDS? Would there be any stigma at all?

Sadly, Pangburn’s new Facebook page, “How Would You Know?,” has far fewer fans (117) than his old one, “Boycott LOGO’s A-List Dallas” (639). But in case you’re wondering, his next Youth Community Forum is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at Resource Center Dallas.

—  John Wright

FEEDBACK: Incident at fundraiser a stark reminder of how far we have to go

EDITOR’S NOTE: On Tuesday, June 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Dallas Voice and a host of HIV/AIDS service organizations in Dallas-Fort Worth will sponsor a public forum at Cathedral of Hope’s Interfaith Peace Chapel, AIDS @ 30: A Community Forum. Then on Friday, July 1, Dallas Voice will publish a special issue marking the 30th anniversary of AIDS, also exploring where we stand today in terms of prevention efforts, treatments and development of a vaccine, and where those efforts are headed.

This week, Dallas Voice received the following letter from Donnie Pangburn that makes it clear, no matter how far we’ve come in the battle against HIV/AIDS, we still have a very long way to go, even when it comes to educating our own community.

Officials at LOGO were contacted and given an opportunity to respond to the following letter. By press deadline on Wednesday, June 15, they had not responded.

The June 11 Weenies and Martinis event at Jack’s Backyard was produced by Team Dallas Voice to benefit Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS. Team Dallas Voice accepted the offer by the producers of LOGO’s A-List Dallas to participate and film the event.

Appalled by lack of HIV knowledge

I went to Jack’s Backyard to a going-away party for a friend on Saturday, June 11, and soon realized there was a fundraiser raffle going on to support HIV/AIDS services through the Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS. Of course, it made the evening more enjoyable to me as not only have I been a volunteer at Resource Center Dallas for years and have donated a lot of time and money to the cause — not only with our community, but with organizations in Africa as well — I am also HIV-positive myself and therefore know first hand the daily struggles that anyone with HIV faces.

It is my understanding that cast members of LOGO’s A-List Dallas were there at the event to sell raffle tickets.

One of the A-Listers, Phillip Willis, approached me and my friends and asked us to donate $20 for some raffle tickets. I instantly reached into my pocket and gave him $20. I asked Phillip what they were raffling off, and he stated, “It doesn’t matter; it’s for a good cause. It’s for all those poor, sad, old people.”

I asked whom he was referring to, and he just winked and said, “You know — them.” I replied, “No, I don’t. Who are you referring to?” He said, “You know, those ones who have AIDS.” My response to him was, “I am HIV-positive, and I’m not poor or sad.”

His mouth just dropped open, and he just walked away without saying another word.

I chose then to approach the Lone Star Ride table and, in tears and anger, asked who was in charge. I explained to him exactly what happened. I was immediately dismissed and told, “Well, if you want to go talk to the cast member, Phillip, he’s around.”

That’s all he had to say.

I took his advice and approached Phillip and said, “I’d like to introduce you to my friends.” I then proceeded to educate him on his lack of tact and knowledge. He instantly replied, “I don’t know what you’re talking about, and I never said that.”

He attempted to leave, but I told him I wasn’t finished speaking. I once again tried to educate him, but he didn’t want to have anything to do with it. So he chose to walk away, without saying another word — no apology, nothing.

I am hurt, and I am furious that Phillip Willis was so incredibly uneducated and full of disregard — and he was there to represent an organization in our GLBT community and to represent himself as an upstanding citizen of the GLBT community of Dallas.

I am also extremely upset at LOGO, who obviously did not do their homework in choosing the cast members for their show.

Please know that regardless of how this hurts me personally or how angry I am, this is not about me. This is about the increasing number of men between the ages of 18 and 25 who are contracting HIV in our community. According to my doctor, it is spreading like wildfire. Something needs to be done.

If my letters, conversations and emails prevent just one person from contracting HIV, then I’ve done my job.

Donnie Pangburn, Dallas

A response from LSR

As president of the board of Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS, I would like to thank Donnie Pangburn.

There are specific, definable moments in our lives when an event, a trigger, compels us to no longer be silent and instead, speak out. The comment made to Donnie about people with HIV/AIDS at our Weenies & Martinis event on June 11, was just such a definable moment.

Those words changed everything for him. Instead of simply getting angry, he got busy.

This experience for Donnie and for all of us at Lone Star Ride is a painful reminder that this kind of ignorance and discrimination still exists, as unbelievable as we wish it were 30 years into the fight against HIV/AIDS.

We are outraged by Donnie’s experience, as everyone should be. The fact that these statements were made, not just by a member of our community, but by a person who was attending an LSR event to help raise money for HIV/AIDS, is unfathomable to us.

As a gay female, who has lost many friends and been involved with HIV/AIDS causes, I thought everyone in the gay community knew and cared about HIV/AIDS. I thought our own community would be the place that people living with HIV/AIDS would be safe from the discrimination and stigma. Boy, was I wrong.

According to the prevention program at Resource Center Dallas, it believed that a quarter-million Americans have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and are not aware of it. More than 40,000 Americans are infected with HIV every year.

Gay men, bisexual men and heterosexual men who have sex with men account for more than half of new HIV infections. In Dallas County, we continue to see an increased infection rate in people between the ages of 13 and 25, as well as those over the age of 45.

Although we have made a great many strides in education about and treatment of HIV/AIDS, it is apparent that there is more to be done. There is still a segment of society, even in our own community, that clings to the myth that, “It can’t happen to me.” It is not until we have experiences like this or encounter personal tragedy, that we are willing to change our attitudes and behaviors.

If you, too, are incensed by what Donnie experienced, join him. Do something. Donate time or money — anything. Just please, get educated.

Know your risk, know your status, and above all, make smart choices. If you need help or information, contact one of the local AIDS services organizations.

I would like to personally express my gratitude to Donnie and others like him that continue to speak out against this type of discrimination and strive to erase the stigma of HIV/AIDS.

Laura Kerr, president, Board of Directors,
Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS

—  John Wright