U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson issues statement on Syrian refugees

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson

U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson

Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson the following statement in response to the Syrian refugee crisis:

“As a result of horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, France and Beirut, Lebanon last week, many elected officials in the United States are demanding that we stop admitting refugees fleeing Syria. While this rhetoric is disheartening and disappointing, we are facing a global refugee crisis that requires a global response. With 60 million people displaced, the United States must do its part to help protect and resettle vulnerable families and children who are fleeing violence and persecution.

“In Dallas, we have always shown our compassion to those who seek safety. I refuse to slam the door on a small fraction of the world’s Syrian refugees. In fact, 184 Syrian refugees have already been placed in Texas and we will certainly welcome more. While we must continue to ensure that screening procedures are able to properly vet those seeking political asylum in this country. I refuse to turn my back on the children and families who are fleeing the atrocities in their homeland and that is not the answer to defeating terrorism. Instead, we must show compassion by promoting peace and diplomacy.”

—  Tammye Nash

Dallas skyline: Respite from the rain

During a brief interval this afternoon when the skies right above my office cleared for a brief time, I went out to the roof of the parking garage and took a series of photos of the downtown Dallas skyline, then stitched them together to create a panorama.

The clouds moved, the sun disappeared again, the skies darkened — as soon as I finished the photos, almost before, the view had changed. But for a brief moment, this is what it looked like:


—  Tammye Nash

March Against Hate on Monday: Dump the Trump; Lose the Cruz


Donald Trump

Are you already tired of the 2016 presidential race, even though it’s not yet 2016. Are you tired of listening to Ted Cruz’s hatefulness and Donald Trump’s stupidity? (Or is that the other way around?)

If so, then you might want to join the coalition of local community organizations and others gathering next Monday, Sept. 14 to march to “Dump the Trump and Lose the Cruz.”

The March Against Hate (Anti-Donald Trump March) steps off at 5 p.m. The march begins in front of the Cathedral Virgen of Guadalupe, 2215 Ross Ave., and concludes at the American Airline Center, 2500 Victory Ave.

Trump, who’s leading the field of Republican presidential candidates, will be speaking at a meeting at the AAC at 6 p.m.

Among the coalition organizing the march are LULAC Council 102, Dallas Councilman Adam Medrano, DISD trustee Miguel Solis, state Sen. Royce West, Dallas County Schools trustee Omar Narvaez, Tejano Democrats and more.

Domingo Garcia, president of LULAC Council 102, said his organization is supporting the effort to “deliver a clear message to Donald Trump that Hispanics, blacks and women are not political pinatas.”

Garcia said that participants are asked to bring only United States flags, to wear red, white or blue clothing, and to march peacefully. He added that all organizations and community groups are invited to participate.

For information, call 214-941-8300 or email garciadtx@aol.com.

—  Tammye Nash

Crossroads needs crosswalks

CrossroadsThere’s not much paint left on the crosswalks at what’s been traditionally known as The Crossroads — the intersection not just of gay culture in Dallas, but of Cedar Springs and Throckmorton roads. (A bookstore and gathering place called Crossroads Market stood on one of the corners for 25 years.)

The intersection has some of the heaviest pedestrian traffic in Dallas outside of Downtown — maybe as much as Downtown, especially on weekends.

Danny Sikora, owner of Thairrific, sent us the above photo with the note: “Not much paint left on the crosswalks at The Crossroads. Do you think the City can repaint this?”

Cedar Springs Road divides Districts 2 and 14 (Councilmen Adam Medrano and Phillip Kingston respectively). Their offices have been notified.

How about rainbow stripes, anyone?

—  David Taffet

Business Insider highlights Dallas efforts to become ‘hot new gay destination’

BIGBusiness Insider published an article this week calling Dallas “one of the most gay-friendly cities in the U.S.” and promoting LGBT travel to the city. The Dallas Visitors and Convention Bureau seems to be behind the campaign to promote Dallas as LGBT-friendly.

Dallas Voice and our upcoming Wedding Party & Expo are both mentioned in the article. The Expo is presented as evidence Dallas is open for business, especially as a wedding destination.

There’s a link to the LGBT Visitor’s Guide on the CVB website. The page links to several resources, with some glaring omissions. For example, under hotels, you can choose properties by location. There’s a Market Center/Love Field selection and Downtown/Uptown, but not one for Oak Lawn, even though on the CVB page, they promote “Oak Lawn” as the LGBT neighborhood. There should be a list for Oak Lawn hotels.

The page also lists nine LGBT events, two of which are no longer in existence, one which is on hiatus and one we’ve never heard of.

We love the enthusiasm of the head of the CVB who thinks people from states all over the country that have had marriage equality — some for years — are suddenly going to think it’s a great idea to come and get married in a state whose attorney general still hasn’t clearly instructed county clerks to follow the law.

—  David Taffet

AT&T celebrates Decision Day

Just catching up and getting more pictures online from all the celebration in Dallas surrounding the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling on June 26. AT&T employees celebrated Decision Day outside their world headquarters in downtown Dallas.

—  David Taffet

Decision Day: The Press Conference

After the announcement that marriage equality would extend to 50 states, religious leaders and community leaders held a press conference at 11:30 a.m. in front of the Dallas County Records Building. Inside, couples began lining up for marriage licenses by 9:30 a.m.

—  David Taffet

Decision Day rally and march in Dallas

Dallas Voice Publisher Leo Cusimano and Associate Advertising Director Chad Mantooth took these photos tonight at the rally and march in Dallas celebrating the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding marriage equality nationwide.

—  Tammye Nash

Celebrating Marriage Equality: Where to go, when to be there

Judge Parker

Judge Tonya Parker conducts a wedding ceremony for a Dallas couple who were the second same-sex couple legally married in Dallas County. Thirteen other judges sat watching in the jury box, waiting their chance to waive the 72-hour waiting period and perform marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples.

Dallas/Fort Worth
• Dallas Day of Decision events include a rally at 6 p.m. at Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road followed by a march to Legacy of Love monument at 7:30 p.m. concluding with a rally at 8 p.m. at Legacy of Love. Shuttle service provided. For more information visit Action.marriagetx.org/page/s/join-us-for-decision-day.

• Denton Day of Decision events include a celebration 6 p.m. at a Denton Courthouse Square, 110 West Hickory Street. For more information visit Action.marriagetx.org/page/s/join-us-for-decision-day.

• Fort Worth Day of Decision events include a celebration at Celebration Community Church, 908 Pennsylvania Ave. hosts a rally with drinks, hors d’oeuvres, kissing and photo booths at 6 p.m. For more information visit Action.marriagetx.org/page/s/join-us-for-decision-day.

• Amarillo Day of Decision events include a gathering at 6 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4901 Cornell St., Amarillo. For more information visit Action.marriagetx.org/page/s/join-us-for-decision-day.

• Austin Day of Decision events include a gathering at 6 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, 200 East 8th St., Austin. For more information visit Action.marriagetx.org/page/s/join-us-for-decision-day.

• Harlingen Day of Decision events include a rally at 6 p.m. at Mount Calvary Christian Church, 401 N 21st St., Harlingen. For more information visit Action.marriagetx.org/page/s/join-us-for-decision-day.

• Houston Day of Decision events include a celebration beginning at 5 p.m. in Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St., Houston. A post rally event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Hughes Hangar, 2811 Washington Ave. Another event will be held at 6 p.m. at Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 West 11th St. For more information visit Action.marriagetx.org/page/s/join-us-for-decision-day.

• San Antonio Day of Decision events include a celebration 6 p.m. at the Bexar County Courthouse, E. Main Plaza, followed by a gathering at Luther’s, 1422 North Main Ave. For more information visit Sanantonio.hrc.org. Another event takes places 6 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepard, 1630 Goliad Road. For more information visit Action.marriagetx.org/page/s/join-us-for-decision-day.

• Waco Day of Decision events include a celebration 6-9 p.m. in Heritage Square, at the corner of 3rd and Austin Ave. Speakers and entertainment include Susan Duty-Dennard and Heather Grace Ranelle. Another event takes place 6 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Waco, 4209 North 27th Street. For more information visit Action.marriagetx.org/page/s/join-us-for-decision-day.

• Tulsa Day of Decision events include a celebration 6:30-8 p.m. at Oklahomans for Equality’s Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E 4th St, Tulsa.

• Oklahoma City Day of Decision events include a celebration 5:30-7 p.m. at Pedestrian Mall, Jackson Square, New Orleans. After party at Oz New Orleans, 800 Bourbon St., New Orleans. For more information visit Facebook.com/events/886686488059687.

• New Orleans Day of Decision events include a celebration 6 p.m. at Freedom Oklahoma’s Equality Center, 5613 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City.

• Metropolitan Community Churches holds an online event and teleconference with church leaders providing coverage of events in the local areas at 5 p.m. Call in via Adobe Connect link and log in under “Guest” at Mccchurch.adobeconnect.com/communications_bemcc.

—  Tammye Nash

Dallas LGBT Task Force celebrates Pride

Screen shot 2015-06-08 at 5.14.22 PMThe city of Dallas’ LGBT Task Force celebrates national Gay Pride Month beginning at noon Wednesday, June 10, when the Task Force chairman, Councilman Adam Medrano of District 2, presents a proclamation signed by Mayor Mike Rawlings in Room 6EN — the Flag Room — at City Hall.

Here’s a schedule of other Pride events taking place this month:

• June 10, 6 p.m.: LGBT Rainbow Book Club and discussion at the North Oak Cliff Branch Library, 302 W. 10th St. Refreshments will be served. Bring your favorite LGBT book. June is also LGBT Book Month, and the Dallas Library will be Tweeting a new book recommendation each day this month.

• June 13: Bahama Beach LGBT Day, 1895 Campfire Circle. Guests should indicate that they are attending for LGBT Day to receive reduced admission ($9, down from $15).

• June 20-21: Juneteenth Pool Party and Juneteenth Unity Barbecue, sponsored by United Black Ellument in collaboration with Dallas Southern Pride. Pool party, 5-10 p.m. June 20 at 3121 Ross Ave. Unity Barbecue, 2-7 p.m. June 21 at Stone Tables Pavilion, 650 E. Lawther Drive. For information visit UBEDallas.org/Juneteenth. The Unity picnic is also sponsored by Cosmopolitan Congregation of Dallas.

• June 26, 1-5 p.m.: Children’s Rainbow Crafts and Movie, at the Children’s Center at the J Erik Jonsson Central Library, with children and families invited to make fun rainbow crafts and relax with a family-friendly movie. Drop-in crafts start at 1 p.m., and the movie starts at 2 p.m.

• June 27, 4-7 p.m.: Rainbow Family Day at Dallas City Hall Plaza, 500 Marilla St., with activities for the whole family.

—  Tammye Nash