UPDATE: Tap House employee attacked; community members vow to fight back


Geoffrey Hubbard

We are getting more information as the morning wears on about the attack last night of Geoffrey Hubbard at the intersection of Rawlins and Knight streets in Oak Lawn. We are also hearing from several people that they intend to take to the streets of the gayborhood this weekend, armed with guns, to protect themselves and others, and at least one man is trying to organize a kind of community watch to patrol the streets in shifts.

This is at least the 12th reported attack on a gay man in Oak Lawn since Sept. 20. At least three other attacks have taken place that Dallas Voice has heard of that may not have been reported to police.

Hubbard, in a post to his Facebook page this morning, said that doctors at Baylor stitched a laceration on the left side of his head, just over his ear, and that a CAT scan “found a temporal fracture in my skull. Got put on morphine and sent to the ICU for observation.”

Information released by the DPD’s Public Information Office this morning said that an off-duty police officer was driving through the neighborhood at around 11:13 p.m. Thursday night, Nov. 19, “when he came across the victim who was hiding underneath a vehicle.” The statement indicates that Hubbard told the officer “he was walking on the sidewalk towards where the suspect was standing and tried to go around him [and] that is when the suspect struck the victim in the head with an unknown object. The victim ran away from the suspect and hid under a vehicle.”

The statement also said that detectives were “able to confirm this morning that robbery was the motive of this offense” because Hubbard told investigators that the suspect when through his pockets after knocking him to the ground and “appeared to be looking for his wallet.”

Geoffrey Hubbard

Geoffrey Hubbard

Police have asked that anyone with information call 214-671-3584.

But Hubbard’s best friend, Caleb Barton, said that Hubbard was attacked by two African-American men, about 5-feet, 9-inches to 5-feet, 11-inches, wearing dark pants, t-shirts and caps/beanies. Barton said Hubbard told him that he saw one of the suspects ahead of him and that a second attacked him from the side.

This description of the attack on Hubbard matches the description of the Nov. 1 attack on Tito Gonzalez. Gonzalez was walking home from his job at Quesa when he noticed a man following him. He tried to cross the street, but someone approached from that side. The two men trapped him and brutally attacked.

The attack on Hubbard, coming less than 24 hours after the second community meeting this week with Dallas Police Department officials over the increased violence, has infuriated many residents of and frequent visitors to Oak Lawn. More than one person has contacted Dallas Voice reporter David Taffet this morning, telling him they are licensed to carry concealed handguns, and plan to be on the streets of Oak Lawn with those guns this weekend.

Justin Penney, who works at Thairrific restaurant, posted on Facebook asking for people to join him in staking out “certain areas around Cedar Springs” this weekend. “Hours of watch will be 10 p.m.-12 [a.m.] to start. The more people we have the more area we can cover. If DPD won’t keep us safe it’s up to us.”

Officer Laura Martin, the DPD’s liaison to the LGBT community, this morning warned against private citizens arming themselves to patrol the streets. “It’s a bad idea,” she said.

—  Tammye Nash

New anti-marriage ad is quite entertaining

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Totally not gay guy talking about being for marriage discrimination

A new anti-marriage ad was posted by YouTube by CatholicVote.

A group of people who don’t realize they’re gay or lesbian get emotional talking about marriage being between a man and a woman. Well, they don’t really talk about it. They just say it and then get emotional being alone.

Of course they’re alone. A majority of Catholics in this country favor marriage equality.

Watch the video here. It’s really very entertaining. Maybe a couple of these guys will find themselves a boyfriend.

—  David Taffet

Jeffress is out of line on Holocaust comment

Robert JeffressPastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church of Dallas recently made the following statement on the Hannity show on Fox News:

“I want to remind people that, you know, the Nazis weren’t able to take the Jews to the crematoriums immediately. The German people wouldn’t have allowed for it. Instead, the Nazis had to change public opinion. They marginalized the Jewish people, disparaged them and make them objects of contempt.”

Jeffress was talking about the impending doom of same-sex marriage coming to the remaining 13 states. He considers that persecution of Christians is equal to 12 million people being killed during the Holocaust (some of them, by the way, gays and lesbians targeted because of their sexual orientation).

While others in the area have tried to unseat him and take the top spot, Jeffress has been the Dallas LGBT community’s public enemy No. 1 since he plastered a “Gay is not OK” sign on his downtown church.

How should we respond? The LGBT community needs to just sit back for a few minutes on this one. Let’s let the Jewish community respond. I’ll add responses here as I get them.


—  David Taffet

Anti-marriage-equality protesters still ‘on the job’


A friend of mine is in Washington, D.C., today, just on a sightseeing tour. She sent me this photo, taken this afternoon in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building, and I decided I would share it here on the blog, just as a warning.

Remember folks, the oral arguments held last month are over, and we aren’t expecting a ruling from the Supreme Court on marriage equality until at least sometime next month. But the opponents of equality remain vigilant. So we must be even more vigilant.

—  Tammye Nash

TLC pulls ’19 Kids and Counting’ … at least for now

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Josh Dugger

TMZ is reporting that TLC has yanked the reality series “19 Kids and Counting” from its lineup after the Dugger family — which is busy overpopulating the world with bigots — acknowledged this week that one of the 19 kids, Josh Dugger, really did molest underage girls. But, “Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ, the fate of the show is uncertain, but there’s now so much heat in the wake of Josh Duggar’s molestation confession … the network had to make the decision.”

TLC officials released this statement to The Huffington Post today: “Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently from the air. We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time.”

But HuffPo also notes that the TLC website continues to list the show as airing on June 1.

Josh Dugger admitted his guilt after InTouch magazine published a story Thursday, May 21, about police records it obtained from Springdale, Ark., hidden since 2006, that show Josh Duggar confessed to his father, Jim Bob Duggar, who then waited more than a year before telling police what his son did. Reports indicate Josh Dugger molested five girls who lived in the Dugger family home in 2002 and 2003.

Following the InTouch report Thursday, Josh Dugger resigned from his job with the ultra-right-wing Family Research Council. He then apologized in a post to the Dugger family Facebook page, saying, “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. … We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”

Back when he first got caught, instead of contacting police, Josh’s mommy and daddy made him spend a couple of months in a “Christian rehabilitation program” in Little Rock.

The Dugger family is famous for its anti-gay rhetoric and right-wing political efforts, including mom Michelle’s robo-calls pushing for passage of transphobic legislation in Arkansas last August, the family’s support of right-wing politicians like Rick Santorum and Sam Brownback and referring to abortion as “an American Holocaust.” Josh, whose now-former employer the Family Research Council has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, has himself defended Chick-Fil-A for its anti-gay policies, and “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson for his anti-gay statements. He has claimed that LGBT people are dangerous to children, and last November led an anti-gay rally in Little Rock.

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“Mama June” Shannon

While TLC hasn’t said that it is actually cancelling “19 Kids,” a former TLC reality star is threatening the network with a lawsuit if the show isn’t canned, again according to TMZ.

“Mama June” Shannon said her show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” cancelled last October after TMZ published reports that she was dating a convicted child molester and thus putting her children at risk. Mama June, who denied those reports, said today that she would sue TLC if the network doesn’t cancel “19 Kids” after Josh Dugger’s admission.

Mama June said that the cancellation of “Honey Boo Boo” cost her hundreds of thousands of dollars, and that her show was cancelled even though she never molested anyone and the sex offender she was supposedly dating never appeared on the show. Josh Dugger, on the other hand, is a central character in “19 Kids” and he admitted molesting children.

—  Tammye Nash

LeTourneau bans dating for gay athletes, support for marriage equality

Screen shot 2015-05-19 at 2.37.51 PMLeTourneau University, an NCAA Division III school in Longview, has specifically banned any gay student-athletes attending the school from dating, and has banned vocal support among students for marriage equality. Any athlete caught engaging in such “immoral behavior” could be kicked off his or her team.

According to OutSports.com: “The school’s student-athlete handbook, complete with NCAA logo, now reads:

“Consistent with our desire to celebrate and model a Scriptural approach to sexuality, the University prohibits same-sex dating behaviors and public advocacy for the position that sex outside of a biblically-defined marriage is morally acceptable.”

LeTourneau Univ. is an inter-denominational Christian school with an enrollment of about a couple thousand students. The school has a history of being anti-gay, having once brought in “ex-gay” speaker Christopher Yuan to talk about how God can make people not be gay.

—  Tammye Nash

God hath wrought floods, earthquakes and tornadoes because she’s pissed

Angela Hunt Hill BridgeHave you wondered why earthquakes are occurring regularly in Dallas County, but they’re not happening in the city of Dallas?

Let me see if I can explain it in terms that people who watch The 700 Club or attend Prestonwood Baptist Church can understand.

God is pissed at all this anti-gay legislation and is sending a message.

So earthquakes have hit Irving, which recently passed an anti-Sharia Law ordinance; Farmers Branch, which has been trying for years to get rid of its Hispanic population by passing ordinances allowing landlords not to rent to them; and University Park, which is, well, just a red hole surrounded by a sea of Dallas blue.

But, please note, no earthquakes have hit the city of Dallas.

Oh, we feel them. I was home a few weeks ago when one of the bigger quakes hit Irving and it felt like a car crashed into my building. But I realized what it was and just said, “God must be pissed at Irving again.”

While the Texas Legislature spends its time debating a bill to stop state and county officials from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, God destroyed a town in the middle of right-wing East Texas, nearly wiping it off the map with a tornado.

How did the Legislature respond? Not even a short break in their serious anti-gay deliberations to send the town some aid.

Better than the response in early April to super-sized hail. After some severe hailstorms, the Senate passed a bill that would limit insurance claims for hail damage, limit the time to file a claim and increase penalties for inflating claims. After all, if your house is hit by hail, it’s your own damn fault.

And what’s with all the rain?

Here in Dallas, the rain has served as a reminder that it’s not a good idea to put a highway in a river. But the flood waters have mostly just stayed between the levees until they’re safely out of Dallas where they’ve flooded homes across our red counties to the south. Gee, sorry that’s happened Ellis and Navarro counties, but we tried to warn you. Go to church this Sunday and maybe your pastor will explain to you that God doesn’t like homophobia.

Unfortunately, more torrential rain is predicted for later in the week after the Love Your Neighbor Unless He’s Gay bill passes.

Why is all this happening?

Because God is pissed.

—  David Taffet

Galveston B&B removed from property listing site after throwing out a gay couple

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Jonathan Wang, left, and his partner, Brent

A Galveston B&B  has been removed from the Airbnb vacation rental site after the owner allegedly threw out a gay couple who had paid for a two-night stay.

“We have a zero tolerance policy for discrimination on Airbnb. The host in question has been removed from the site. Airbnb has clear guidelines that a host or a guest may not promote hate or bigotry,” Airbnb officials said in a statement to ABC 13 Eyewitness News in Houston.

Jonathan Wang, a commercial airline pilot, and his partner, Brent, had booked a room at the bed-and-breakfast — which was not named in news reports and whose owner was identified only as Heather — for two nights while they were in Galveston for a friend’s wedding.

Wang said he and his partner unpacked at the B&B and then went to the wedding reception. When they returned to their lodgings later that night, Heather stopped him and asked where his wife was. When he told her he had not said he had a wife and asked if it were okay that he instead had a male partner, Heather said no and told them to leave immediately.

Because it was late and a weekendnight, accommodations on the island were already full, Wang said, adding that he had to call in a favor from his job as a pilot to find some place he and Brent could stay the night. He said later when he looked more closely at the Airbnb listing for Heather’s establishment, he noticed small type declaring it to be “straight friendly.”

During a phone call with ABC 13 in Houston, Heather said that in forcing the two men to leave, “I’m completely of my legal realms and morals.” When the reporter asked her is she rented to same-sex couples, Heather answered, “That’s none of your business. That’s my private home.”

Airbnb is an online service through which homeowners around the world can list their accommodations to rent out to travelers. Some rent a room in their home, while others rent out entire homes, apartments, condos, etc.

—  Tammye Nash

Another anti-gay-voting Republican is outed, and he’s ok with that

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State Rep. Randy Boehning

Another Republican lawmaker with a record of anti-gay votes has been outed by someone he sent photos of his junk to on Grindr. But in a refreshing change of pace, this guy isn’t trying to convince anyone he really isn’t gay.

According to InForum.com, North Dakota state Rep. Randy Boehning of Fargo says his exchange on Grindr, complete with a photo of his penis, was made public in retaliation for his vote against SB 2279, which would have protected LGBT North Dakotans from discrimination. Boehning didn’t say who he thought was behind the outing, just that he had been warned by a Capitol employee that another legislator was going to out him if he didn’t stop voting against gay rights bills.

InForum reports: “The exchange came to light when Dustin Smith, a 21-year-old Bismarck man with no known connections to the Capitol, contacted The Forum earlier this month, saying he recognized Boehning from a gay dating smartphone app called Grindr. Chatting under the user name Top Man!, Boehning sent Smith sexually suggestive messages and, in the early morning hours of March 12, an unsolicited photo of his penis, according to exchanges reviewed by The Forum.”

When first asked about the Grindr messages two weeks ago, Boehning declined to comment. But on Saturday, April 25, the lawmaker confirmed that he is Top Man!, and said that sending the photo was not a lapse in judgment on his part because, well duh! That’s what gay guys on Grindr do!

He told The Forum: “That’s what gay guys do on gay sites, don’t they? That’s how things happen on Grindr. It’s a gay chat site. It’s not the first thing you do on that site. That’s what we do, exchange pics on the site.”

Boehning also said that he is attracted to women as well as to men, and that he is relieved that his secret is out: “The 1,000-pound gorilla has been lifted. I have to confront it at some point.”

He also said that he voted against the anti-discrimination bill because he is representing the interests of his constituents, and that’s the way they wanted him to vote.

—  Tammye Nash

Vile anti-gay law up for a vote in Virginia

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Anti-gay Virginia lawmaker Bob Marshall

Legislation has been introduced in Virginia that would allow anyone seeking or holding a business license from the state of Virginia to refuse service or entry to gay people, on the grounds it “would violate the religious or moral convictions of such person with respect to same-sex “marriage” or homosexual behavior,” according to this report by Addicting Info.

House Bill 1414, pre-filed Jan. 14 in the Virginia General Assembly, is being spear-headed by anti-gay lawmaker Bob Marshall. Marshall is notorious for his unsuccessful effort to exclude gays from the Virginia National Guard and for his attempt in 2012 to block the appointment of  a judge on the grounds that the nominee was gay, saying that “sodomy is not a civil right.”

Luckily, Virginia’s governor is Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who has a “track record of expanding protections for LGBT people,” said Christy Mallory, senior counsel at the Williams Institute, who has been tracking nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people across the country. If the Virginia Legislature were to pass the bill, McAuliffe could veto it to keep it from becoming law.

—  Tammye Nash