Miss Gay Texas America starts tonight at the Round-Up Saloon

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Miss Gay Texas America 2009 Onyx

When a crowning takes two days, you know it’s a big deal. The Miss Gay Texas America pageant begins tonight at the Round-Up and the winner will be crowned on Wednesday. Miss Gay America 2010 Coco Montrese will be in attendance as will Miss Gay Texas America 2009 Onyx to pass on her tiara to the new queen on the block. But first, the contestants have to get through the competition in talent, evening gown, Q&A, solo talent and the male interview and that all starts this evening.

DEETS: The Round-Up Saloon, 3912 Cedar Springs Road. 8 p.m. MissGayTexasAmerica.biz

—  Rich Lopez

Cornyn gives thumbs up to anti-gay Christine O’Donnell despite his attendance at LCR fundraiser

My friends at the Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud have now been placed in a very awkward position by the social conservatives in the Republican party. The GOP strategy has been to stay away from the social issues that haunt the GOP, but it’s terribly hard for these gay conservatives to explain away the comments and associations that are blooming in the 2010 primaries.

Take anti-masturbator and anti-gay winner of the GOP primary in Delaware, Christine O’Donnell. She has been endorsed by well-known homophobe Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). It’s the same John Cornyn who will be mingling among the homosexuals at a fundraiser for the Log Cabin Republicans. He also offered up a check to O’Donnell for K. (Igor @ The Wonk Room):

“I reached out to Christine this morning, and as I have conveyed to all of our nominees, I offered her my personal congratulations and let her know that she has our support,” Cornyn wrote in an email. This support includes a check for ,000 — the maximum allowable donation that we have provided to all of our nominees.” Later in the day, he appeared on Sean Hannity’s radio show to clear up any confusion about his commitment:
CORNYN: Well, really I don’t know the source of the rumors that were attributed to the Republican National Senatorial Committee. I’m the Chairman as you know and certainly without my authorization I corrected the record, talking to Christine this morning. Told her we will support her, in fact we send her some money already…I’ve encouraged my other colleagues to send money from their leadership PAC funds. We’re going to do everything we can to help her get elected in November.

Igor went the extra mile and asked for comment from the LCR — no one has replied to his inquiry about Cornyn’s disconnect. The issue is that social conservative orgs have denounced Cornyn for attending the LCR fundraiser, but the pro-LGBT conservative orgs like GOProud have not commented on Cornyn’s remarks with any criticism at all. Jimmy LaSalvia of GOProud dodges the crux of the matter:

“if you look at it, O’Donnell wasn’t elected on social issues. She was elected nominated for the same reason that a lot of other candidates are bing nominated and that’s to call an end to the status quo in Washington.”

This does not answer the question of whether support will be withheld from candidates who are anti-gay, and this case quite openly. Where is the line drawn in the struggle for equality? We can’t reform the GOP if their promised bigotry when legislating is a factor. Just playing it down is not the problem — we have to know where a pol stands when it’s time to cast a vote regarding equality matters.

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Dem voters in Purple and Red states are often left with poor choices — the active homophobe (R) and the less-active/homophobe or spine free (D). The point is you have to try to change the moveable candidate and start grooming more equality-positive candidates to unseat the spine free one down the line.

The problem for the LCR and GOProud is they are far away from cultivating actual prospective pols  to run who are neutral or pro-equality. What isn’t acceptable is a PR campaign to present something that does not exist yeta few more allies and actual gays coming out of the closet doesn’t outweigh the boatload of conservatives already in the electoral pipeline who are flat-out anti-LGBT. I wish them luck on effecting change, but until they can openly criticize when there are bigots on the ballot, it only delays accountability.
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—  John Wright

YFT-Collin County still looking for a home

Back in July we reported that Collin County’s organization for LGBT youth was looking for a new home, after being forced to move from its meeting space of 18 months in Plano.

Two months later, the organization still hasn’t found anything permanent or even semi-permanent, according to volunteer Jeanne Rubin.

Rubin tells Instant Tea the the group is still meeting on a temporary basis in the offices of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Frisco, where one of its board members works.

“Attendance has been sparse which is probably due to vacations, etc., but also because it isn’t our space,” Rubin says. “This seems to be a common problem for non-profits, all of which are suffering right now. I have gotten a few leads and followed up but so far nothing has worked out.”

Anyone who knows of space available in Collin County can contact Rubin at CollinCounty@YouthFirstTexas.org.

Collin County YFT will hold its regularly weekly meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, before taking a week off for Dallas Pride. The group’s next meeting is at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26. The group has discontinued its Wednesday meetings until further noticed and instead will plan an activity once or twice a month. For more information, visit the website or the Facebook page.

—  John Wright

Fahari Arts Institute’s Queerly Speaking plans special Pride edition with $500 cash prize

Fahari Arts Institute artistic director Harold Steward sent me this poster for their upcoming Queerly Speaking event. The poster pretty much speaks for itself, but the sweet deal is the $500 cash prize for the spoken word/poetry slam contest. I’m gonna bone up on my Walt Whitman ‘cuz poppa gotta get paid.

Steward did mention that they are gunning for a huge attendance with its timing during Black Pride. The monthly QS events have been successful at gaining an audience in its former Backbeat Cafe home and now in the South Dallas Cultural Arts Center. With national talent coming in and the larger venue, I speculate they are hoping at least to break even. Being a nonprofit, that’s a big deal.

Queerly Speaking

—  Rich Lopez

More info on Saturday’s Prop 8 protest in Dallas

If you’re interested in helping out with Saturday’s Prop 8 protest in Dallas but couldn’t make last night’s organizational meeting, there’s plenty of contact info and volunteer opportunities after the jump.

—  John Wright