Starbucks art auction to benefit homeless youth charity

There are times in life when the strangest ingredients can come together to make something wonderful: wasabi and chocolate, curry and cranberries, peanut butter and pickles… That’s the case with Montrose Grace Place, a charity serving homeless youth in the Montrose area. Take one part 90 year old Lutheran Church willing to help without preaching, add a desire to serve homeless youth regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, mix with a passel of volunteers of all religious backgrounds (Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and more than a few Atheists), let steep in a community desperate to help queer homeless youth and voilà, a vibrant charity that has provided food, clothing and, most importantly, interaction with adults who give a damn to dozens of kids over the last two years.

Of course all that doesn’t happen without expense. Despite Grace Lutheran Church donating space and volunteers donating hundreds of hours of labor Grace Place still has some expenses. The employees of the River Oaks Starbucks (the one at 2050 West Gray, not the one at 2029 West Gray or the one at 2030 West Gray) wanted a way to pitch in so they organized an art auction tomorrow evening, January 1 starting at 6 pm. The auction features donated works by local artists as well as works by the Grace Place kids themselves. Stop by for a latte and some art to go.

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Even with a big family (3 kids and 5 grandkids), retired schoolteacher Richard John du Pont projects a dandy’s fashion sense

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Name: Richard John du Pont

Occupation: Retired elementary school teacher

Spotted at: Kroger’s on the Strip

Colorful and vibrant, Richard was born and reared in upstate New York in a small town on the Mohawk River called Crescent. Retired since 2003, this tireless educator spent 30 years teaching 4th and 6th grades, and continues as a substitute teacher for the Dallas I.S.D (Sam Houston Elementary and Maple Lawn Elementary). He graduated with a bachelor’s in elementary education from the Central University of Iowa and a has masters in education from North Texas State University at Denton.

A man of taste: This silver-haired taste maker owns an exquisite collection of antiques, tastefully chosen to accent his beautiful home. He also lends his skill and expertise as a salesman to two estate sales and as a sales rep for Metrotex at the four large annual shows at the Dallas Trade Center.

Daddy dearest: This proud patriarch of two sons, one daughter and five grandsons sees family as the root of his life. His close-knit clan lives in the area so he is able to spend a lot of time with his children and grandchildren.

His hobbies include volunteer work for DIFFA, Legacy Counseling Center and Fresh, as well as traveling, reading, working out at Gold’s Gym Uptown, dancing and shopping. He collects vintage clothing and jewelry (more than 100 suits at least — he attends the Cathedral of Hope every Sunday in one of them with an antique brooch), and Converse and Vans shoes.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 29, 2011.

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There’s A Perfectly Good Explanation For Why Dead MI6 Spy Had Women’s Clothing + Wigs

Dead MI6 spy and code sleuth Gareth Williams, whose body was found locked inside a duffel bag in his home in September, was totally not gay, insists a childhood sweetheart. Despite all the women's clothing he owned. And his web browser history that was full of bondage sites? Just a part of his job!

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What About “Transvestite Clothing” In The Military?

Eek-gads, what a 22-second Moment of Zen we have here from Sen. John McCain from the 1993 Armed Services Committee hearings on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:

Sen McCain had it clarified for him that marching in a “homosexual parade” wouldn’t be proof that a servicemember was a “homosexual.” Then, Sen. McCain asked a follow up question about crossdressing in a “homosexual parade”:

Well, how about, General Powell, if they went in transvestite clothing?

The Wonk Room goes a bit further in what was said in the Senate Armed Services Committee, (July 20, 1993) Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell hearings after that question from Sen. John McCain:

SEN. MCCAIN: Well, how about, General Powell, if they went in transvestite clothing?

GEN. POWELL: I think that would be something that I as a commander would find troubling and I would begin to wonder about that situation, but just the attendance solely at the parade -

SEN. MCCAIN: This policy says marching in a gay rights rally in civilian clothes will not in and of themselves constitute credible evidence that would provide a basis for initiating an investigation.

GEN. POWELL: I would still take a hard look at it to see whether the costuming that was used started to slop over the good browns of ordered discipline.

SEN. MCCAIN: According to this regulation, you can’t.

GEN. POWELL: But Senator, this is the problem we’ve had with the regulations that exist now. We are in court now, and as the Attorney General says -

SEN. MCCAIN: I’m not — (inaudible word ) — the present regulations; we’re examining the proposed regulations.

“Transvestite clothing”? I don’t know if the term transvestite was an pejorative in the United States then, but it certainly would be considered a pejorative by many trans people in the United States now.

But more on point, repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell won’t allow transsexual people to serve openly; repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell won’t allow crossdressers to serve openly; repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell won’t allow those who perform drag frequently to serve openly. I didn’t take to the White House fence on April 20th and November 15th this year because the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) will allow trans people to serve openly — the National Center For Transgender Equality, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, and I am very aware that it won’t. But, let’s not let that get in the way of hyperbole and outright lies from many voices on the religious right regarding transsexual people, crossdressing people, and drag performers being able to sensationally and flamboyantly serve openly in the five military services should DADT be repealed.

From Accuracy In Media‘s Cliff Kincaid:

The MASH television spectacle of Corporal Klinger wearing women’s dresses to get out of the military may now give way to the Pentagon actually permitting transgendered male soldiers to openly wear women’s military uniforms. This is what repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” could mean.

While some might scoff at the idea of transgendered soldiers ever serving in the Armed Forces, the transgendered are an essential component of the so-called LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered) community pushing repeal of the military’s homosexual exclusion policy.

Don’t forget that the Obama Administration has already claimed credit for the first openly transgendered appointee to the federal bureaucracy-a man/woman at the Commerce Department named…Amanda Simpson…

From the Center For Military Readiness‘s Elaine Donnelly:

If [Don't Ask, Don't Tell] is repealed and the military cannot exercise “discrimination” based on sexual orientation in accepting applicants, gender-confused people will join in significant numbers, and have access to the military and veterans’ medical systems for their transgender operations. (The Palm Center recently posted a study on the transgender cause titled Summary and Analysis of the 2008 Transgender American Veterans Association Survey.) Defense and Veterans Affairs Department-funded medical coverage is a big deal for the TAVA.

A number of practical questions come to mind-where should “transitioning” individuals be housed-in the men’s quarters or the women’s? Who gets to decide what a person’s gender is-and when? And what about women who don’t want pre-surgical men sharing their private quarters, or families who are not comfortable with transgender people teaching their kids in DoD schools and child care centers-the largest institutions of their kind in the world? The opposition’s policy seems to be “don’t ask, don’t tell.

From WorldNetDaily‘s David A. Noebel:

Now it’s 2010, and President Obama, a man steeped in radical left-wing politics and a kind of Students-for-a-Democratic-Society commander in chief, wants to allow “open” homosexuals in the United States military. Open homosexuality would have to include the GLBTQ gamut – gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer. Lambda Legal and the ACLU will insist on it. And Sen. Lieberman already proposed on March 8 a bill “legalizing bisexual behavior in the U.S. Military.”

Allowing “gays in the military,” therefore, is misleading. Once gays are openly recruited and accepted in the military, their “cousins” will follow suit (lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersexual, queer, etc.)…

…The United States is currently involved in two wars. Is the president out to destroy our military? Can any thinking American wish to see an “open” cross-dressing homosexual Army general trying to gain the trust of his troops (or for that matter, the nation)? Have we as a nation fallen so far that we need to apologize to Sodom?

From WorldNetDaily‘s Mychal Massie:

Is cross-dressing in fatigues next?

From a Robert A. Knight commentary in the Washington Times:

Forcing open homosexuality on the armed forces would destroy the volunteer military and bring back the compulsory draft. Since women are now deployed close to combat, and the only legal reason they are not eligible is their combat exemption, a new draft could include our daughters. And some would face pressure to have on-base abortions in order to complete their tours of duty.

Chaplains would be the first victims of Mr. Obama’s homosexualization of the military, followed by anyone who violated “zero tolerance” policies for homosexual acceptance. Bible-believing Christians would quickly find themselves unwelcome in Barney Frank’s new pansexual, cross-dressing military.

Other fallout includes family housing, reduction in retention, recruitment and unit cohesion, an increase in homosexual sexual assaults and a boost to overturning the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

From OneNewsNow‘s Chad Groening:

Representative Alcee Hastings (D-Florida) has introduced what he calls the “Honest and Open Testimony Act,” which would allow homosexual and transgender members of the military to openly testify in congressional hearings without fear of retribution. Under the 1993 law passed by Congress, such individuals are not eligible for military service in the first place — but due to Bill Clinton’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” directive, they are able to serve as long as they do not reveal their sexual orientation.

Pam’s House Blend quoted Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr. {from an NPR interview (emphasis added)}:

Interviewer: Today we turn to California Congressman Duncan Hunter. He’s a Republican, and a former U.S. Marine who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Congressman Hunter, welcome to the program.

Rep. Duncan Hunter: Great to be with you.

Interviewer: You are not in favor of repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Why not?

Rep. Duncan Hunter: No, because I think that it’s bad for the cohesiveness and the unity of the military units. And, especially for those in close combat — in close quarters — in country right now. It’s not the time to do it. I think the military is not civilian life. I think the folks who have been in the military, that have been in those very close situations with each other — there has to be a special bond there. I think that bond is broken if you open up the military to transgenders; to hermaphrodites; to gays and lesbians.

Interviewer: Transgenders and hermaphrodites.

Rep. Duncan Hunter: That’s going to be part of this whole thing. It’s not just gays and lesbians, it’s the whole gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual community. If you’re going to let anybody in, no matter what preference — what sexual preference — they have, that means the military is going to probably let everybody in. It’s going to be like civilian life. And, I think that would be detrimental for the military.

There are some on the religious right who know that repeal of DADT won’t result in transgender people being able to serve openly in the five military services. From the Traditional Values Coalition (note how Lafferty stoops to using the extreme pejorative “she-male” to make her point, however):

What was conspicuously absent in the discussion of DADT, was any mention of transgendered individuals serving openly in the military. This omission is significant because the LGBTQ movement has fully embraced the gaggle of cross-dressers, drag queens, transsexuals and she-males (males with female breasts and male genitals).

These transgendered individuals have a mental disorder known as a Gender Identity Disorder and/or Transvestic Fetishism.

Transgenders are lobbying to serve openly in the military, but they face the obstacle of the military still considering sex change operations and transsexualism to be evidence of disordered thinking.

The LGBTQ movement has deliberately left transgendered persons out of any military discussion because they know this is a “bridge too far” for them to accomplish right now. They will first get their gay, lesbian and bisexual goals done and then come back later to demand that she-males and other mentally disordered persons be permitted to “serve” in the military.

Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality has something to say about this too:

Ultimately, homosexual activists hope to make the military “transgender-friendly,” but to crusade for that now would complicate their plans to push the Armed Forces to accept people openly practicing homosexuality.

When Andrea Lafferty and Peter LaBarbera are the ones who publicly state that repeal DADT won’t allow transgender people (and non-transgender crossdressing people) to serve openly — while others on the religious right stoop to hyperbole and lies — well, that says something about the moral character of most of the public voices on the religious right.

For those who are trans and closeted in the military services, you should be sure to read the advice of the National Center For Transgender Equality regarding coming out as trans while serving in the military, as well as the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network’s take on what can happen if a trans person comes out while serving in the military. What the religious right says about trans people serving openly is hyperbole and lies, so don’t assume that what the religious right states about trans people being able to serve openly if DADT is repealed is gospel.
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Here’s the First Look in The Situation’s Clothing Line

Theunit

Yesterday on his Facebook page, Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino of Jersey Shore debuted the first look from his new clothing line, as modeled by a member of his posse, nicknamed The Unit.

Writes Sorrentino: "check out a SNEAK PREVIEW of my SOON TO BE RELEASED, HOT TO DEATH, SITUATION DILLIGAF TANK TOP on my dawgg Jonny Manfre, better known as Jonny "the Unit" – find it in the near future, as well as my whole line on my soon to be dropped website."

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Online shopping experience

I got a press release today about a company called Suddenly Fem, which bills itself as the “largest manufacturer in a unique niche market.”

Suddenly Fem, according to the press release, is a company that manufacturers clothing — and more — specifically for men who want to dress as women. They do not, the press release stresses, offer larger sizes of women’s clothing and shoes.

“What makes Suddenly Fem unique is that instead of buying reselling traditional women’s clothing, this privately-held company designs all clothing and accessories specifically with men in mind,” the press release says. “Each style, manufactured in factories domestically and overseas, is created exclusively to fit men, whose bodies are completely opposite of women. Men are taller, have wider shoulders, straighter hips, longer torsos and longer arms.”

I went to the Web site and I have to say, they truly have some nice clothes, not to mention the special accessories that a man would need to be more convincing as a woman, including the pretty undies designed to hide those more obviously male features if you know what I mean.

Anyway, everybody likes having nice clothes and accessories designed to fit them and their body type, and if you perform as a female impersonator, if you are a pre-op MTF trans woman or if you are a man who enjoys crossdressing, looks like this site has you covered: http://www.crossdresser.com.

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