Sign of the Times: Love Love Love

Just in time for Valentine’s Day some enterprising street artist has posted reminders to all of us in the Montrose to love. Look for these signs scattered around the neighborhood next to the various exhortations to stop and yield.

At Richmond and Montrose

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Holiday heroes

A HELPING HAND  |  Members of Cathedral of Hope distribute more than 400 food bags to low-income families and individuals for Thanksgiving. Volunteers participating in the effort on Sunday, Nov. 20, included, from left, Rusty Baldridge, Marty Cramer, Mark Wright and Alex DaSilva. (David Taffet/Dallas Voice).

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 25, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Sheriff Lupe Valdez, a Democrat, on why she’s going to the Log Cabin Republicans Convention

Sheriff Lupe Valdez

The Log Cabin Republicans will hold their National Convention in Dallas this coming weekend, and we’ll have a full story in Friday’s print edition. But because the convention actually begins Thursday, we figured we’d go ahead and post the full program sent out by the group earlier this week.

Perhaps the biggest surprise on the program is a scheduled appearance by gay Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, who is of course a Democrat.

Valdez, who’ll be one of the featured speakers at a Saturday luncheon, contacted us this week to explain her decision to accept the invitation from Log Cabin (not that we necessarily felt it warranted an explanation). Here’s what she said: 

“We have more things in common than we have differences, but it seems like in politics we constantly dwell on our differences,” Valdez said. “If we continue to dwell on our differences, all we’re going to do is fight. If we try to work on our common issues, we’ll be able to accomplish some things.”

On that note, below is the full program. For more information or to register, go here.

—  John Wright

Movies: Alex Pettyfer Doubled. Plus, Gael & Luis

 Alex Pettyfer taking his shirt off for Ellen two weeks ago. "It's customary"

…would live in the movie theater but for the poor internet reception. He blogs daily at the Film Experience. Follow him on Twitter @nathanielr.

Hollywood isn't as obvious a star-making factory as it was in the studio days when actors got long term contracts and were carefully molded To Be Loved By You. Now it's every struggling actor (and high powered agent) for themselves. Still, every once in a while you do feel that someone is being thrust at you eagerly by Tinseltown like, they're smiling in a grocery store under fluorescent lighting "free sample! free sample!" 

That seems to be what's going on with Alex Pettyfer, the British 20 year old model/actor who was taking his shirt off for Ellen Degeneres two weeks ago, presumably as a way of losing his American talk show virginity with enthusiasm. He's now on 3,000+ screens as the alien "number four" in I AM NUMBER FOUR. In the movie he seems to have acquired every actor's dream superpower, the ability to generate one's own key light.



He's broodily romancing Dianna Agron (Pettyfer's real life girlfriend). Since it's Dianna Agron from Glee and they're being all angsty in high school, you half expect someone to throw a slurpee.

Two weeks from now Pettyfer will be back on thousands of screens (maybe the same ones!) as the star of BEASTLY, a modern retelling of Beauty & The Beast. Surprisingly, he's not playing Beauty. Instead he is cursed with ugliness, which will require all of his thespian imagination to relate to. Said ugliness involves only bald headedness and some Edward Scissorhands style scarring plus tattoos, so it's not so much ugliness as imperfection, since there's still that bone structure and the bod'.


Weirdly his Beast look almost makes him a dead ringer (at a distance) for his foes in I AM NUMBER FOUR who are also baldheaded with scarring and tattoos.

 If this sounds like grasping at straws subject matter well you didn't really want to talk about BIG MAMMAS: LIKE FATHER LIKE SON, did you? Some weeks are… challenging at the multiplex.

In limited release the Mexican horror film WE ARE WHAT WE ARE arrives (and will be on IFC On Demand next week) featuring a fatherless family who uh…dine together. There's a gay subplot involving the eldest son and some heavy handed metaphors but it's completely scary and sickening which is probably the point of horror films, right? (I plead ignorance of the genre.)

If you live on the coasts, you can see the return of the awesome Gael García Bernal in EVEN THE RAIN (pictured left). The film was Spain's Oscar submission though it did not end up securing a nomination for the big night coming up (February 27th!). The film co-stars baldheaded Luis Tosar (who just lost the Spanish Oscar "The Goya" to Javier Bardem) who does not appear to have scarring or tattoos but who is, like Bernal, totally sexy. Just because Hollywood keeps saying bald = ugly/scary, that doesn't make it so.

Towleroad News #gay

—  David Taffet

Watch: Gay Vet Alex Nicholson and Hate Group Leader Peter Sprigg Discuss ‘DADT’ Repeal


If CNN is going to keep inviting hate group leaders like Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council on their shows, I hope they’ll continue to apply tougher questioning regarding the falsehoods that they are peddling.


Towleroad News #gay

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Funeral services today in Rowlett for murdered gay restaurant owner Aaron Cheung

Aaron Cheung

A memorial service for Aaron Cheung, a gay restaurant owner who was found shot to death in northeast Dallas on Sunday, will be at 3 p.m. today at Resthaven Funeral Chapel, at 3761 Rowlett Road, in Rowlett.

Alex Ortega, one of Cheung’s best friends, said everyone who knew him is invited. Ortega said Cheung was an only child and he hopes the service will help his parents cope.

“I think it’s a really good thing for his family to be able to see how many people he affected,” Ortega said. “He really did do a lot for people who were in his life. If he cared about you, he would give you the world. He would do just about anything to help you out.”

Meanwhile, authorities say the homeless man arrested for using Cheung’s debit card remains a “person of interest” in his murder. Charles Edward Freeman, 58, is charged with fraudulent use or possession of identifying information and is being held on $50,000 bail.

“There’s not enough evidence to list him as a suspect,” said Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse, a spokesman for DPD. “It’s going to take some forensic evidence before they can list him as a suspect.”

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Dallas Police Department’s homicide unit at 214-671-3661.

—  John Wright

Query • 12.10.10

Do you call the two Texas senators when a vote like DADT comes up?


Gregg S. Gunter — “Absolutely! They have paid staff members to take our phone calls and listen to their constituents! Democracy in action!”

Carl Smith — “No. I e-mail them — repeatedly — and encourage others to do the same.”

Kissiah Aiken — “No. I don’t figure they give a damn, being Republicans.”

Latisha McDaniel — “Never hurts.”

Alex Hanselka — “No. I should probably.”

Elizabeth Parker — “E-mail repeatedly.”

Brian Burcham  — “Definitely call them. They need to know that it is time for DADT to be repealed!”

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 10, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens

Watch: Voices Raised Over ‘DADT’ on Hardball, with Gay Vets Dan Choi and Alex Nicholson


Chris Matthews raises the hackles of Dan Choi, asking why no Republicans are on board with DADT repeal, and what the President could possibly do to help out.


Towleroad News #gay

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Florida HRC Members Work to Elect Alex Sink and other Fair-Minded Candidates

With the upcoming election on November 2nd, HRC members across the country are working hard to elect pro-equality candidates. Here in Florida, many HRC members are focused on electing HRC-endorsed candidate Alex Sink for Governor.

Alex Sink currently works as the state’s elected Chief Financial Officer, managing approximately 2,000 employees and an annual budget of 0 million in the Department of Financial Services.  She was also the winner of Equality Florida’s “Voice of Equality” award for the year 2009.

There is an urgency in helping elect pro-equality candidates like Alex Sink.  We cannot afford to start taking steps backwards in the progress we have made thus far. That’s why HRC members have been working the phones for her campaign. On Tuesday, 10 HRC volunteers joined an Orlando phone bank, plugging people into volunteer shifts for more phone banking and canvassing, as well as reminding them that early voting begins next Monday, October 18.

It has been amazing to see the vigor with which the LGBT community is approaching these elections, and I truly believe it foreshadows a pro-equality Sunshine State.

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—  John Wright

Alert: HRC Unveils New “Proud” Collaboration w/Designers Alex & Chloe

I’m just passing along this essential information to the Blend “forward thinking fashionistas.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 10, 2010

Paul Guequierre | | Phone: 202/423.2860

Human Rights Campaign Unveils New “Proud” Collaboration with Designers Alex & Chloe

New Proud Collection in time for National Coming Out Day October 11th

WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization is unveiling its newest collaboration with innovative Los Angeles-based designers Alex & Chloe. Following the success of last year’s collaboration, Alex & Chloe have done it again, creating a new bold limited-edition “Proud” collection exclusively for Human Rights Campaign to encourage all forward thinking fashionistas to come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or straight supporters and raise awareness for LGBT equality. Alex & Chloe are the ultimate authority when it comes to style and originality securing them a dedicated global fashion following among trendsetters and celebrities worldwide.

“We are extremely honored to work with the Human Rights Campaign and fully support their continuing effort to attain equal rights for all people. WE LOVE YOU HRC!” – Alex & Chloe

Launching the collection in time for National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is only fitting since Alex  Chloe have been out as supporters of HRC and LGBT equality for years. National Coming Out Day was founded by activists who believed LGBT people needed to be visible and equality could not be achieved from the closet. The goal of NCOD is to educate America about the lives of LGBT people, to dispel myths and misconceptions and help people live fuller lives. This year’s NCOD theme is “Come Out for Equality” and seeks to open a dialogue between LGBT and straight Americans and urges everyone to come out and get involved in the work for equality.

Made in the USA, the 100% combed cotton, custom dyed t-shirt features eight screen printed activist buttons (notable mentions include: “Closets are for clothes”, “I heart HRC” and the Alex & Chloe logo) on the front left chest and a big safety pin on the bottom right. It is available in unisex sizes XS-XXL in vintage black and is enzyme washed for softness.

The necklace features a laser cut black acrylic “equal sign” pendant with Human Rights Campaign debossed along the bottom edge along with an Alex  Chloe logo charm on an antique brass extender chain that can be worn from 22″ to 26″ inches in length. It comes beautifully packaged in a handsome 100% recycled Alex & Chloe gift box.

Previous designs have been released by Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis, Kenneth Cole, Christian Siriano, Heatherette, Nike and American Apparel.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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—  John Wright