Of the 17 Fortune 500 companies with no gay protections, 3 based in Dallas

The Equality Forum has come out with its list of Fortune 500 companies that include sexual orientation in their workplace nondiscrimination policies.

This year, 96.6 percent of the Fortune 500 companies do so, according to the Equality Forum.

Here’s the bad news. Of the 17 companies that don’t include sexual orientation, three are based in the Dallas area — ExxonMobil, Holly Frontier and Energy Transfer Supply — and four others have Dallas connections.

Exxon is based in Irving. Holly Frontier is on Harwood Street in Downtown Dallas and Energy Transfer Equity is at 3738 Oak Lawn Ave.

Other companies with North Texas ties that don’t include sexual orientation:

• Rock-Tenn, based in Georgia, has a consumer packaging plant on Clarendon Avenue in Oak Cliff.

• Dish Network is a major provider of television service in North Texas. If you have Dish, maybe you should think about switching to DirecTV, which does include sexual orientation in its nondiscrimination policy.

• Targa Resources is Houston-based and has a facility in Denton.

• O’Reilly Automotive is based in Missouri but has stores all over Dallas (including on Lemmon Avenue in Oak Lawn.) Try Auto Zone, which does include sexual orientation in its nondiscrimination policy.

—  David Taffet

Trans drama series “Hit & Miss” debuts

While I have been looking forward the final season premiere of Damages tonight, it’s the show that follows it that has started to get me excited.

The premise of Hit & Miss — heck, even its title — sounds like a dumb sitcom from the ’80s. A professional assassin (Chloe Sevigny) learns she has a child in need of a guardian … only she’s not the kid’s mom … she’s his dad. Sevigny plays a male-to-female trans character (and British at that) who begins a relationship with a family she didn’t even know she had.

Hit & Miss isn’t a comedy, but it’s not even a dramedy a la Showtime’s Shameless (which I can’t stand). it’s an outright drama with Sevigny as a kickass hitman (hitwoman? hitperson?) with a deeply buried soft side.

The tone is overcast and moody, not unlike how you’d imagine an English version of Dexter might be, with shocking violence and nudity (that’s how we first learn she’s trans). But it’s also dazzlingly relevant and smart in how it deals with one of the first serious leading portrayals of a trans character I’ve seen on TV. It’s much more hit than miss.

Premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on DirecTV’s Audience Network.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones