eXXXotica update

eXXXoticaThe adult expo eXXXotica sent a letter to Dallas Voice, but it’s addressed to Dallas, so we felt an obligation to post it. They’ve lawyered up and plan to sue the city unless the Kay Bailey Hutchison — the name we never use for the Dallas Convention Center except in connection with porn and other adult-oriented exhibits and expos — allows their show to go on.

They’re charging violations of their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. Well, we’ll let them explain. Here’s their letter with links included:

Dear Dallas,

On February 10, 2016 the City Council voted to unconstitutionally ban Three Expo Events, LLC, producers of the EXXXOTICA Expo, from ever hosting an event at the city-owned Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

From that moment we’ve been working diligently to file an injunction enabling us to regain our May 2016 dates; that lawsuit also includes charges of First and Fourteenth Amendment violations, due process violations as well as claims of their tortious interference.

These claims are all against the City of Dallas, its Mayor and City Council members who voted to ban the event, in their official capacity but also individually as well. To view the complaint, CLICK HERE

As of today, February 23, 2016, our complaint is complete and we have given our attorney, Roger Albright, permission to file at will.

It is important to recognize that once this lawsuit is filed, it is impossible to put the genie back in the bottle. It will likely cost the City of Dallas and its taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not more, in legal fees and damages. This is on top of the already filed potential class action lawsuit filed yesterday in Federal District Court in Texas.

But there is another option. An option that makes this all go away.

We have directed our attorney to pass the finalized complaint to the City in hopes they will review our claim, recognize their mistake, and reconsider their ban. To view the letter, CLICK HERE

We are a lawful event, produced successfully with zero incidents in 2015 at the Dallas Convention Center and attended by over 15,000 Dallas area residents who enjoyed an educational, artistic and fun experience.

So we ask, why spend wasted time and taxpayer money on maintaining a ban their own City Attorney strongly advised them against?

Since the initial vote was 8-7, it only takes one city council member to make this right.



#MakeLoveNot Potholes (their hashtag, not ours, but we warned you about that here — our link, not theirs)

—  David Taffet

Couples needed for wedding apparel fashion show

920x920Dallas Voice is looking for LGBT couples to model wedding attire at our upcoming Wedding Party and Expo. The event, the second that Dallas Voice has hosted since the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision last June 26, will be held March 20.

Mark Stinson-Stokes, the Voice’s conference and events director, said he is looking for “a diverse group of couples/models” to “represent the beauty of the DFW LGBT community.” “Couples” are not required to actually be in a relationship to model as a couple in the fashion show. There is no compensation, other than paid parking and the chance to be a wedding fashion model.

Couples will be interviewed Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Dallas Voice offices, 1825 Market Center Blvd., Ste. 240 (that’s in the Chase Bank building at the corner of Market Center and Turtle Creek Boulevard, in the Design District.). No reservations or booking are required.

A small panel of people will participate in the interviews to choose four lesbian couples and four gay couples for the Wedding Party and Expo, set for noon-4 p.m. on March 20 at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel.

Those who are chosen to participate as models will be notified within 48 hours.

Anyone with question can contact Stinson by email at expo@dallasvoice.com.

—  Tammye Nash

Ladies only? Darn. Visions: The Women’s Expo at Dallas Market Hall starts today

We’d go for the food and the beef

This has caused quite a dilemma. If we were going to Visions: The Women’s Expo this weekend, we’d want to nosh on Fort Worth chef Scott Jones’ culinary demonstrations, but there is no way in hell we’d miss the Hot Firefighters Auction. Along with fashion shows, style makeovers and exhibitors, we are learning one thing — it’s hard to be a woman.

DEETS: Dallas Market Hall, 2200 N. Stemmons Freeway. Through Sunday. $10. VisionsExpo.com.

—  Rich Lopez