Best Chick-fil-A pics you’ve never seen

I know, I know, everyone’s tired of hearing about Chick-fil-A!

But I’m with Truth Wins Out founder Wayne Besen, who wrote in a column published by the Voice last week that as long as the chicken chain continues to be known as the right wing’s last stand against LGBT equality, its brand will suffer.

In fact, it was in response to Dallas Voice’s posting of Besen’s column on Facebook that local LGBT activist Elizabeth Parker shared these photos she took on Aug. 3 — the day of the same-sex kiss-ins at Chick-fil-A locations across the country.

Parker reports that she was leaving a nearby store when she stumbled upon these students from the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District, north of Dallas. Yes, that would be the same Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District in which bigoted Farmers Branch Mayor Timothy O’Hare railed against the formation of a Gay Straight Alliance last year.

Anyhow, Parker went over to snap a few photos and tell the students how much she admired their courage, as they stood outside in the intense heat. She said she was disappointed (but presumably not surprised) that none of the students’ parents chose to stand with their children, but glad that she was able to share her mother with them (that’s Parker’s mom in the shades).

Parker said at one point, a female Chick-fil-A customer walked by and called out, “Fags … you’re going to hell … nobody cares about you!!” The customer then told the driver of a car headed to the drive-thru to “run over them.”

“The students simply stood their ground. I, however, suggested to her that her remarks did not sound exactly Christian,” Parker writes. “So, yeah, they got a taste of what the anti-LGBT side can sound like at LGBT actions of ANY size.”

Isn’t there some kind of award we can give these kids?

—  John Wright

Query • 12.10.10

Do you call the two Texas senators when a vote like DADT comes up?

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Gregg S. Gunter — “Absolutely! They have paid staff members to take our phone calls and listen to their constituents! Democracy in action!”

Carl Smith — “No. I e-mail them — repeatedly — and encourage others to do the same.”

Kissiah Aiken — “No. I don’t figure they give a damn, being Republicans.”

Latisha McDaniel — “Never hurts.”

Alex Hanselka — “No. I should probably.”

Elizabeth Parker — “E-mail repeatedly.”

Brian Burcham  — “Definitely call them. They need to know that it is time for DADT to be repealed!”

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 10, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison isn't saying whether she'll support DADT repeal, but we doubt it

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Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas

We’ve received no response from Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s office to our weeks-old inquiry about whether she’ll support an amendment that would begin the process of repealing “don’t ask don’t tell.” But local activist Elizabeth Parker says she did receive a response from Hutchison’s office, and she’s forwarded it along to us.

In her response to Parker, Hutchison doesn’t say whether she’ll vote for or against the amendment, which is expected to arrive on the Senate floor this summer. But Hutchison does indicate she’s concerned that “a drastic change in the military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy could hurt morale, recruitment, retention, and overall combat readiness at a time when our armed forces need to maintain a strong presence at home and abroad.” Hutchison also says she wants to hear from “present and former leaders of our military how they expect this change in policy to impact the military.”

As we said before, considering her recent record on gay rights, we’re pretty sure she’ll join fellow Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn in voting against the amendment. But local gay veteran and DADT repeal advocate Dave Gainer has cautioned us before not to give up on Hutchison just yet. So once more, if you’d like to call her office about DADT repeal, the number is 202-224-5922.

Read Hutchison’s full letter to Parker after the jump.

—  John Wright