Gay activist to lecture teens who stole his Pride flag in Kennedale

Felipe Guttierez's home in Kennedale.

Felipe Guttierez’s home in Kennedale.

Tarrant County Stonewall Democrats President Felipe Guttierez had his gay Pride flag stolen from his Kennedale home last night, but he helped track down the vandals.

Guttierez said he was sitting in his home office around 8 p.m. Wednesday when he decided to go outside to see how much it had rained. The office is near the front of his home, so when he got up he saw a teen running in his yard. The teen jumped in a nearby car.

Guttierez said his flag was missing and flag pole was broken when he went outside. But he jumped in his car and followed the car of four teens. He wrote down the license plate number and filed a police report.

This morning a detective called him and said he’d spoken to the teens. Two of them admitted to planning to steal the flag and dump it in a ditch. He will meet the teens at the police station this afternoon to get the flag back and accept their apology.

He said he won’t be filing charges, “but I am going to lecture them.”

Guttierez said he’s very active in his neighborhood and his neighbors know he’s gay. He rarely puts up his Pride flag, which he displayed throughout June this year. He said he thinks the incident occurred because the teens aren’t educated and hopes they don’t target anyone else in the future after they talk and apologize.

“I’ll have them issue an apology and we’ll all go on our way,” he said.

Kennedale is in southeast Tarrant County.

—  Dallasvoice

Dallas, Tarrant County Stonewall Dems endorse in general election

Marc Veasey

Stonewall Democrats of Dallas members voted unanimously Tuesday to endorse state Rep. Marc Veasey for Congress and municipal court Judge Phyllis Lister Brown for district judge in the general election.

Stonewall had endorsed other candidates in the primary, but Veasey and Brown won their runoffs. Veasey is running for the new Congressional District 33 and Brown is seeking election to become judge of the 162nd civil district court.

At last week’s Tarrant County Stonewall Democrats meeting, the group voted on a slate endorsement of the Democratic ticket in Tarrant County with a special mention of Veasey, state Sen. Wendy Davis, Nicole Collier in House District 95, Lon Burnam in House District 90 and Chris Turner in House District 101.

Tarrant Stonewall doesn’t endorse in primaries, so President Felipe Guttierez said the special mention just highlights the group’s strategic plan to get those Tarrant County candidates elected.

—  Dallasvoice