Michelle Obama proves Stevie Wonder really is her favorite

_MG_7088At the memorial for Dallas police officers held at the Meyerson on Dallas Police Chief David Brown recited a Stevie Wonder song to hundreds of his police officers who were in the audience.

President Barack Obama, who followed Brown, quipped, “I’m glad I met Michelle first, because she loves Stevie Wonder.”

When Michelle Obama appeared on The Late Late Show’s carpool karaoke, she proved the president was right when she and James Cordon began with Stevie Wonder’s “Signed Sealed Delivered.”

“I know every Stevie song on the planet,” Obama tells Cordon.

Here’s the video that also features the Obama cover of “Single Ladies” and Missy Elliott joining to sing “This Is For My Girls.”

—  David Taffet

UPDATE: Chief Brown issues statement after meeting with LGBT leaders

Chief David O. Brown

Police Chief David Brown

As he promised yesterday (Tuesday, May 31), Dallas Police Chief David Brown has issued a statement regarding his appearance in April at a press conference staged by the Rev. Robert Jeffress, anti-LGBT pastor of First Baptist Church Dallas, and Jeffress’ offer of counseling services to Dallas police officers, and on his meeting yesterday with LGBT leaders.

Brown did not, in his statement, specifically acknowledge that his appearance with Jeffress caused harm to the LGBT community, as Resource Center CEO Cece Cox said Monday afternoon was expected. He did, however, stress that his department “values the LGBT community” and is committed to working with the community to improve communication and enhance safety.

Here is the statement, released about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, in its entirety:

The Dallas Police Department values the LGBT community and is committed to improving communication and working together to enhance public safety. The Department takes the role of protecting our entire community seriously.

Today, the Dallas Police Department met with members of the LGBT community to listen to their concerns and to acknowledge their hurt associated with Pastor Jeffress’ comments. The discussion started with the main concern regarding the perceived relationship with First Baptist Dallas, which held a Back to Blue event on April 17, 2016.  The event was to show support for the Dallas Police Department and offer free services to officers and their families. Chief Brown reiterated that there is no agreement or relationship with First Baptist Dallas. Attending this event was not an endorsement of anyone’s views or religion. The purpose was the acceptance of support to help our officers. The discussion continued with an update on the investigations of criminal offenses in the Oaklawn area, efforts to improve communications, and the dedication of police resources.

The meeting was very productive and everyone agreed to work together to continue to grow the trust in the community.

—  Tammye Nash

DPD warns on ‘phishing’ scam using chief’s name

Chief David O. Brown

Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown

If you get an email from Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown asking for donations and wanting you to give out personal banking information, guess what: That email isn’t from Chief Brown and it isn’t a legitimate fundraising effort.

Dallas Police know these emails are going around, and they are warning the public against responding in any way. According to a post on the DPD Blog:

“The Dallas Police Department is aware that the public is receiving ‘spoofing’ or ‘phishing’ emails that have the appearance of being sent from Chief David O. Brown. These emails are fraudulent and should not be replied to.

“The Cybercrime Unit of the FBI is currently investigating this issue.

“The Dallas Police Department would never ask for personal banking information in an email. If you receive one of these fraudulent emails, please delete it.

If you are a victim of this crime, please contact the Dallas Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unite at 214-67-3517.”

—  Tammye Nash

Laura Martin is now a senior corporal

Laura Martin, the Dallas Police Department's LGBT liaison officer, accepts her senior corporal badge from Chief David Brown last week.

Of the 400 Dallas police officers who took an exam to become senior corporals this year, LGBT liaison Laura Martin received the highest score.

Martin was one of 37 officers promoted to senior corporal last week (photo above).

She’s been with the department for almost 14 years, including the last five as LGBT liaison officer.

Martin, currently assigned to a community engagement unit at DPD’s Northwest Division, said she doesn’t expect her duties or position to change as a result of the promotion, although she acknowledged that down the road it could “open up the department.”

“You can move around more, although I’m happy where I am,” Martin said. “It’s always good to promote if you get a chance. It’s a little more money and a better pension. … I don’t expect that I’ll be doing anything differently than what I’m already doing.”

—  John Wright

Dallas officials to host 1st Pride Month reception, but flag at City Hall must wait till next year

Delia Jasso

Dallas city leaders will host what is believed to be the first-ever official LGBT Pride Month reception in the Flag Room at City Hall next week.

District 1 Councilwoman Delia Jasso organized the reception with the help of the LGBT task force she created after first being elected two years ago.

Jasso said she will read an LGBT Pride Proclamation from the city and present it to the task force during the reception, which is open to the public and will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday. Jasso is hosting the event along with District 14 Councilwoman Angela Hunt and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Medrano, who represents District 2.

City Manager Mary Suhm, Fire-Rescue Chief Eddie Burns and Police Chief David Brown are expected to attend, Jasso said. She also plans to invite Mayor-elect Mike Rawlings. The Pride Reception will take place on the same day a new mayor and council members are sworn in, so it’s likely others will be there as well.

“I think it’s the first time,” Jasso said. “I have no idea why it’s never been done before, but the task force took it upon themselves.

“It’s an important day in the gay community, and we wanted to be sure we did something for it,” she added, referring to the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, June 28.

Jasso said a banner marking LGBT Pride Month has been on display in the lobby of City Hall since June 1.

Beginning next year, she hopes the city can fly the LGBT Pride flag outside the building for the entire month. This year, organizers didn’t have time to obtain a flag large enough and determine the necessary steps for approval.

“The next step is to see what it would take to fly the flag next year,” Jasso said.

—  John Wright

WATCH: Gay travel writers descend on Dallas for GLBT International Press Tour 2011

Former City Councilman Ed Oakley, from right, Sheriff Lupe Valdez, Councilwomen Linda Koop and Delia Jasso all attended the kickoff party.


CLICK HERE TO VIEW MORE PHOTOS FROM THE GLBT PRESS TOUR KICKOFF AT ILUME

San Juan Capistrano has its swallows, Copper River has its salmon, Mexico has its monarch butterflies. But Dallas has its own annual migration: Every spring, gay travel writers from around the world come to town give precious ink (or for the bloggers, electrons) to what makes gay Dallas a worthwhile travel destination. The process seems to have worked: Over the six years the Tavern Guild has been sponsoring this influx of journos — the group that arrived Thursday marks the seventh time — Dallas has popped up on the radar of many “best of” polls for gay cities. And all without a beach or clothing-optional guesthouses.

I’ve taken these tours myself as a writer (surprisingly, the Tavern Guild has never invited me to take the tour), and Dallas usually puts on a pretty good show. First, it’s a lengthy tour (running for most reporters until Monday). Second, it is organized with Teutonic efficiency, including a great variety of dining options (from high-end to down-home) and traversing the Trinity to include our Cowtown brethren. From the responses I heard, the show is a good one.

And another selling point is, our local celebrities turn out. At Wednesday night’s kick-off event at the ilume pool bar, the five journalists in attendance — from  Barcelona, London, Madrid, Los Angeles and Chicago — were welcomed by a slate of local dignitaries including Sheriff Lupe Valdez, Chief of Police David Brown, and three current members of the city council, as well as former councilman and mayoral candidate Ed Oakley and current mayor attache Chris Heinbaugh. After the meet-and-greet, the writers headed off for Nana for dinner, followed Thursday with a trip to Fort Worth.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

DPD says it has not yet made a determination about future enforcement at The Club Dallas

DPD LGBT Liaison Officer Laura Martin

Last week we reported that neither Chief David Brown nor LGBT liaison officer Laura Martin had returned our phone calls seeking comment about the dismissal of charges against several men arrested in DPD’s October raid of The Club Dallas. Over the weekend, Martin did post a comment on our article itself, which we thought we’d pass along for those who haven’t been monitoring the thread:

“We are in the process of gathering accurate information regarding the facts of the dismissal of the charges against some of the men arrested. We are being asked to make a comment regarding future enforcement at Club Dallas. Due to the large number of arrests, and the fact that several cases are still pending prosecution, we are not able to make that determination at this time. I will continue to update the community when we are able to add to this story.”

UPDATE: Martin provided this official statement from DPD on Monday afternoon:

“The Dallas Police Department recently learned that many of the charges involving activities at The Club Dallas in October 2010 were dismissed. The department plans to meet with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office as soon as possible regarding these cases. The purpose of the meeting is to determine the cause of the dismissals, and to determine what, if any, procedural changes may be needed. An update will be provided following the meeting.

—  John Wright

More on Club Dallas

We’re still trying to get in touch with someone at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office to explain why prosecutors have chosen to dismiss charges against several of the men who were arrested in the Dallas Police Department’s raid of a gay bathhouse in October. However, it appears we are running into the same roadblock as the Dallas Morning News. The DMN reports that District Attorney Craig Watkins has designated one person to handle all media inquiries, and prosecutors in the DA’s office have been instructed not to talk to the media at all, and some fear getting fired if they do.

Anyhow, we’ve requested an interview with Watkins himself about the decision to dismiss the charges. The DA’s office’s media representative informs us that she’s passing along our request. It seems as though when the Dallas Police Department goes out of its way to raid a gay bathhouse and arrest 11 people — then the DA’s office declines to prosecute — there ought to be some sort of public explanation. The raid was hugely controversial in the gay community and made national news. We could speculate, as others have, that the DA’s Office believes these cases would be difficult to prove and doesn’t view them as a priority. Again, though, that’s speculation and hearsay — something prosecutors don’t typically like.

We also haven’t received any response from DPD as to what the department thinks about this decision by the DA’s office. We’ve spoken with both LGBT liaison officer Laura Martin and Chief David Brown himself, and both have promised to get back to us. Specifically, we’d like to know whether DPD plans to continue conducting these types of raids in the future knowing that the DA’s office isn’t going to prosecute those arrested. Imagine all the resources it took to plan and conduct the raid, then complete all the paperwork and book the 11 men into jail. And all for nothing, apparently. In extremely tight budget times, that shouldn’t sit well with anyone.

—  John Wright

David Brown at Sue Ellens

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—  Dallasvoice

DVtv: DPD Chief David Brown at Sue Ellens

New Dallas Police Chief David Brown appeared Thursday afternoon at a forum put together by the Cedar Springs Merchants Association, the Dallas Tavern Guild, and the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce. About 50 people attended the forum on the second floor of lesbian bar Sue Ellens, where Brown pledged his support for and desire to work more closely with the LGBT community. Among other things, Brown committed to appearing in the annual gay Pride parade. Have a look.online rpg mobile gamesплатная раскрутка сайта

—  John Wright