Let’s hear it for Gloria’s restaurants!

Earlier today, during a conversation with Dallas Voice Distribution Manager Linda Depriter, she told me that she had been told about a year-and-a-half ago to remove Dallas Voice newspaper racks from the Gloria’s restaurants on Lemmon Avenue and in the Bishop Arts neighborhood. She said the managers at those two locations told her they didn’t want our paper in their establishments.

Well, I was irritated by that, and posted a note on my personal Facebook page saying that if they didn’t want a gay newspaper in their restaurant, then I wouldn’t be eating there anymore. That post spread like wildfire, and almost immediately angry folks were calling for a boycott. BUT — and this is very important — within an hour, Gloria’s owner Jose Fuentes had contacted our publisher and co-owner, Leo Cusimano, to let him know that he (Fuentes) and his co-owners at Gloria’s most decidedly did want Dallas Voice racks in their restaurants, and that the restaurants’ owners owe a lot to the LGBT community — here in Dallas and in Houston and other cities in which Gloria’s restaurants are located.

“The gay community built Gloria’s,” Fuentes told Cusimano. And in a follow-up call with me, Fuentes said that the LGBT community “was always there when we needed them most.”

Dallas Voice newspapers will be available again in the restaurants here in Dallas by the time the Friday, May 26 issue hits the streets.

And the lesson here is just because one employee of a business might have a problem with LGBT people, doesn’t mean that every employee does, and it doesn’t mean that the people who own and operate that business have a problem with LGBT people. A little communication can go a long, long way.

So thanks, Jose Fuentes. We appreciate your support. And I’ll be heading over to Gloria’s for lunch very soon.

—  Tammye Nash

DVtv in Spayse: Our April 21 show

The first few minutes of our April 21 show didn’t record, so we — me, Brad Pritchett, Brandi Amara Skyy and Israel Luna — pick up talking about former Alabama state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, whose removal from the bench last year was upheld last week by a specially-appointed court of retired justices.

Check it out, and remember to watch us live each Friday at 4 p.m. on the Spayse Station YouTube channel. This next Friday, April 28, we start our new Pet of the Month video, featuring adoptable pets from the SPCA of Texas.

Do you have an idea for a DVtv video? Is there a topic you think we should discuss? Let me know at nash@dallasvoice.com (put DVtv in the subject line).

—  Tammye Nash

George Michael, pop superstar, dies at 53 in Oxfordshire home

george-michael-net-worth-600x422The legendary pop star and gay icon, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and continued his success as a solo performer, passed away peacefully at his home in Goring, Oxfordshire on Christmas Day. Michael’s manager, Michael Lippman, says the cause of death was heart failure, as reported by AP.

Having sold more than 100 million albums throughout a career spanning almost four decades, Michael became one of the world’s biggest-selling artists.

On Twitter, his former Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley said he was “heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend.”

The pop superstar split from Texas art dealer Kenny Goss in 2009 after 13 years.

The loss of Michael continues a year of grief in the music industry, with David Bowie, Prince and Glenn Frey among those dying before age 70.


—  Leo Cusimano

HG Sply Co. to open in Fort Worth next week

QuesoHG Sply Co., the foodie-centric restaurant and bar that helped continue the resurgence of development along Lower Greenville Avenue, will expand to a second location, this time in Fort Worth, beginning Monday.

The Cowtown version will continue to use all-natural ingredients when it opens in the WestBend mixed-use development at 1621 River Run. The menu — which will include salads, burgers, brats and queso, pictured, among other items — has been created by chef Danyele McPherson, while Eric O’Connor, formerly of Winslow’s Wine Cafe, will serve as the location’s chef de cuisine.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

UPDATE: Police negotiating with suspect in El Centro garage

Chief David O. Brown

Chief David Brown

Police Chief David Brown said in a press conference at 12:35 a.m. that negotiators are talking to a suspect in the El Centro parking garage. They have exchanged gunfire with the suspect.

The suspect said to police, “The end is near,” and told negotiators bombs are “all over downtown Dallas.” The suspect is threatening to kill more officers.

Brown said several people are in custody, but police aren’t comfortable that they know everyone involved.

Brown said that a woman who was in the area near the parking garage is in custody and is being questioned, and that two people who were carrying bags and left the area of the shootings in a car were stopped near Polk and 67 and have been taken into custody.

Mayor Mike Rawlings are asking that everyone stay away from the crime scene in downtown. Check DallasCityNews.net before going into the downtown area. Much of the area will remain closed off as it remains an active crime scene.

Rawlings said, “It is a heartbreaking morning, to lose these four officers, that proudly served… . We as a city, we as a country, must come together, lock arms and heal the wounds that we all feel from time to time. Words matter, leadership matters. I am proud of our chief.”

No answers yet as to who these shooters are, why they did this, Chief Brown said. “We’re waiting for the suspects to break and let us know what they’re doing,” he said. He also suggested that the way that the suspects positioned themselves indicated “some prior knowledge” as to what route the protest march would take.

Brown and Rawlings left the press conference to visit officers and family at Baylor and Parkland hospitals.

Reporters are talking with family members of the civilian who was injured. The woman, whose last name is Taylor, was attending the protest with her four sons. When the shooting started, they started running. She was shot in the right calf and is in surgery now. She managed to shield on of her sons from the gunfire, but the other three ran in different directions. One was taken to a friend or family member’s apartment. The other two remain locked inside one of the nearby buildings.

Students at El Centro College are still been held inside buildings because the campus has been on lock-down with the active shooter on campus in the parking garage. Passengers are also been held at the downtown Dallas Greyhound Bus Station.

—  David Taffet