The Gay Agenda • 02-05-16

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FEBRUARY
• Weekly: Lambda Weekly every Sunday at 1 p.m. on 89.3 KNON-FM. Community counselor Candy Marcum is this week’s guest; United Black Ellument hosts discussion on HIV/AIDS in the black community at 7 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month at 3116 Commerce St., Suite C;
Fuse game night every Monday evening but the last of the month at 8 p.m. at the Fuse space in the ilume, 4123 Cedar Springs Road, Apt 2367; Fuse Connect every Wednesday from 7 p.m. at the Fuse Space.
For more information call or e-mail Ruben Ramirez at 214-540-4500 or rramirez@myresourcecenter.org.

• Feb. 5: Resource Center Toast to Life Sponsor Party
Sponsor appreciation party for Toast For Life – Mad Hatter’s Ball from 7-9 p.m. at 3525 Turtle Creek Blvd., Ste. 20BC. For more information to reserve tickets call 214-540-4458 or e-mail bscott@myresourcecenter.org.

• Feb. 6: Pride Adult Valentine Bingo
A game night for adults that benefits Tarrant County Gay Pride Week Association. 5-8 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 4201 Trail Lake Dr., Fort Worth.

• Feb. 6: Lovebomb 2016 Benefit for Queerbomb Dallas
Benefit for Queerbomb Dallas’ annual event with entertainment and more at Zippers,
3333 N. Fitzhugh Ave. For more information visit On.fb.me/1Pf7ZQf.

• Feb. 6: Dash for the Beads
Mardi Gras festival with 5K fun run, one-mile walk, costume contest, beer garden with live music. 9:30 a.m. at Kidd Springs Park, 711 W. Canty St.

• Feb. 9: Ed-U-Care Building Bridge Network
Training group for caretakers of LGBT seniors hosts a dinner followed by screening of the movie Gen Silent for LGBT senior and caretaker needs 6-8:30 p.m. at The Senior Source, 3910 Harry Hines Blvd. For more information and to RSVP e-mail Sharyn Fein at educaredallas@gmail.com.

• Feb. 9: Terry Loftis: ‘Two for the Road
Terry D. Loftis presents “Two For the Road,” an evening of romantic and love lost songs for Valentines. 7:30 p.m. at The Women’s Museum at Fair Park.

• Feb. 9: East Texas P-FLAG
Discussion on making P-FLAG’s presence better known in the community. 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Genecov Room, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, 315 N. Broadway, Tyler.

• Feb. 11: Out & Equal DFW “Frame Your Love” Community Celebration
Receive a free picture frame to display a photo of your family in your workplace, enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar from 6-8 p.m. at Primo’s Tex Mex,
1400 Hi Line Dr.

• Feb. 11: LGBT Retirement Planning Workshop
GALA presents a free workshop by Prudential Financial for LGBT couples and individuals. 6:30-8:15 p.m. Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church, 1641 Hebron Parkway, Carrollton.

• Feb. 11: Young Professionals Advisory Council Mixer
Mix and mingle with young professionals making a difference in the community and learn how to get involved. 5:30-7 p.m. at Chino Chinatown at Trinity Groves, 3011 Gulden Ln., Suite 110.

• Feb. 12: High Tech Happy Hour
Texas Instruments Pride, the LGBT and ally diversity group, hosts its monthly High Tech Happy Hour to increase professional and social contacts between groups and individuals and to foster community. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Primo’s Tex Mex, 1400 Hi Line Dr. For more information e-mail Paul von Wupperfeld at pavw@ti.com.

• Feb. 12: Dallas Red Foundation takeover at Azure Addison
An opportunity to learn about Legacy Counseling and Dallas Red Foundation while drinking DRF Signature Cocktails, from 8-10:30 p.m. at Azure, 4080 Beltline Road, Addison.

• Feb. 12-14: HRC Time to Thrive Conference
Annual national conference promoting safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBT youth features speakers, workshops and more at Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine. For more information and to register visit Timetothrive.org.

• Feb. 13: LGBTQSaves Valentine’s Dance
LGBT-friendly youth and young adult dance includes free food, drink and entertainment from 7-10 p.m. at Celebration Community Church, 908 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Worth.

• Feb. 13: Imperial Court de Fort Worth/Arlington’s Emperor’s Ball
Annual fundraiser benefits Cancer Care Services at 7 p.m. at Urban Cowboy Lounge, 2620 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth.

• Feb. 16: Young Adult Gender Identity Group
In partnership with SMU’s Center for Family Counseling, GEAR is launching a new support group for young trans adults ages 18-29. 6 p.m. at Resource Center, 2701 Reagan St.

• Feb. 20: Gaybingo: Queen of Hearts
Monthly fundraiser for Resource Center takes place 6-9 p.m. the third Saturday of the month at Rose Room at S4, 3911 Cedar Springs Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. For more information,
call 214-540-4458 or email Bscott@myresourcecenter.org.

• Feb. 20: AOC Benefit Concert at TCU
TCU’s School for Classical and Contemporary Dance’s Chi Tau Epsilon Honor Society presents the 2016 AIDS Outreach Center Benefit Concert featuring dance groups from across the region. 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre of Erma Lowe Hall, 3000 S. University Dr., Fort Worth. $20 for adults. $10 for
non-TCU students. For tickets and more information call 817-257-4255.

• Feb. 21: Tarrant County Gay Pride Week Association meeting
Getting ready for fifth annual Easter and Pet Fest /Art Fest and general meeting. 3 p.m. at Barron House, 516 College Ave., Fort Worth.

• Feb. 21: DRF Quiz for a Cause
Dallas Red Foundation, Geeks Who Drink — D/FW, and Cedar Springs Tap House team up to create a Quiz for a Cause benefiting Dallas DRF and Legacy Counseling at 7 p.m. at Cedar Springs Tap House, 4123 Cedar Springs Road.

MARCH

• March 5: Resource Center’s Toast to Life Mad Hatter’s Ball
Enjoy a night of food from top local chefs and entertainment by DJ Bunny at this annual benefit for Resource Center programs from 7-11 p.m. at the Empire Room, 1225 N. Riverfront Blvd. For tickets and more information visit Bit.ly/1VnT1vq.

• March 6:  You’ll Never Walk Alone
Oak Lawn UMC presents “You’ll Never Walk Alone: A Community Gathering of Hope, Unity, and Support for the Oak Lawn Neighborhood.” The program expresses the community’s appreciation for the leadership displayed by Mayor Rawlings and the Dallas Police Department in the face of recent violent attacks in Oak Lawn. Performances by the Dallas Police Choir, the Oak Lawn Band and Oak Lawn UMC’s Chancel Choir. 6-7:30 p.m. at Oak Lawn United Methodist Church, 3014 Oak Lawn Ave.

• March 9: Mother Micheal Community Service Awards
Awards presented by the Imperial Court de Fort Worth/Arlington with performances by category winners. 7 p.m. at Club Reflection, 604 S. Jennings St., Fort Worth.

• March 11-13: Imperial Court Coronation XXXVII
Punking the Palace — The Windsors Meet Steampunk: An Evening at Buckingham Palace. Coronation is at 5 p.m. on Saturday night in the main ballroom of the host hotel. Radisson North-Fossil Creek, 2540 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth.

• March 20: The Wedding Workshop: An LGBT Community Event
Three-hour, hands-on seminar featuring wedding industry experts guides couples through all the steps for planning a memorable wedding. 9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel, 2222 N. Stemmons Freeway. For more information call 214-754-8710 ext. 126 or visitLGBTWeddingWorkshop.com. Admission and parking are free with registration.

• March 20: The Wedding Party and Expo: An LGBT Community Event
Presented by the Dallas Voice, the largest LGBT wedding expo in Texas includes exhibitors, a fashion show, food samples, a community marketplace and free cake. Donnie Brown serves as celebrity host.
1-5 p.m. at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel, 2222 N. Stemmons Freeway. Foe more information call 214-754-8710 ext. 126 or e-mail EXPO@dallasvoice.com. Register at TheWeddingPartyEXPO.com. Admission and parking are free with registration.

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Terry Loftis: ‘Two for the Road’

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Terry D. Loftis

The Denise Lee Free Cabaret Series presents special guest Terry D. Loftis. Lee and Loftis will perform “Two For the Road,” an evening of romantic and love lost songs for Valentines. 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at The Women’s Museum at Fair Park.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 5, 2016.

 

 

—  Dallasvoice

Florida curriculum designed to make your children as homosexual as they possibly can

Florida state Rep. Charles van Zant

Florida state Rep. Charles van Zant

I love it when crackpots come from other states rather than Texas. I feel we’re overrepresented. Today’s crackpot is Florida state Rep. Charles van Zant.

Florida’s adopting a new educational curriculum called Common Core. The latest Common Core curriculum Florida adopted is in mathematics.

Van Zant completely opposes Common Core because it’s trying to “attract every one of your children to become as homosexual as they possibly can.”

Van Zant warns, “If you just go look on their website, AIR.org, you see that they’re very much in support and say on their website that they’re supportive and provide all sorts of research data and things regarding the LGBT agenda, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender agenda. I don’t believe that that has any place being introduced into Florida’s schools. I further do not believe that we have a place to make that a part of Florida’s curricula.”

If you do a search for LGBT, a number of articles appear on “gay agenda” items like protecting LGBT kids from bullying. From reading a few of them, it seems research proves that when kids aren’t bullied, they perform better in school.

But who wants that? Certainly not Rep. Van Zant. That’s turning kids as gay as possible.

Search the website for other topics like “inner city,” and you’ll find 10 times the number of articles than those on LGBT. Search for “rich kids” and you’ll also find 15 times as much. That’s because AIR, the American Institutes for Research, is looking for ways to teach all kids. Even LGBT kids.

Van Zant said he only wants things like history and civics taught. I guess he thinks there are no gay historical figures. I guess he’d ban singing “America the Beautiful,” since it was written by a lesbian. Or visiting the Statue of Liberty with its inscribed poem also by a lesbian. And civics. As long as you don’t teach about nondiscrimination laws, I guess we’re fine there. Or mention some of our state representatives. Or sheriff. Or district clerk. And if you live in Houston, just don’t ever mention you have a mayor.

Even math’s not safe. Van Zant must be imagining this as the representative gay agenda Common Core algebra question:

The last train to Fort Worth leaves Victory Station at midnight. If a gay man is walking 1.5 miles from JR.’s to the train, and he can walk four miles an hour while drunk, what time should he order his last drink, assuming he can down it in 5 minutes and already has his train ticket purchased, yet still make the train?

I only regret I never got a Florida education. Who knows what my full homosexual potential might have been?

—  David Taffet

WATCH: Trans homecoming shakeup, Springtown hate crime on ‘Agenda’

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We’re a little late bringing you the CW33’s “Gay Agenda” from last week. But in the installment, Doug Magditch touches on the Springtown hate crime, a Russian lawmaker who thinks gays rape children and a Pennsylvania school that won’t allow a transgender teen to run for homecoming king.

The latter is partially upsetting after California teen Cassidy Lynn Campbell was named homecoming queen recently.

Watch it below.

—  Dallasvoice

WATCH: CW33′s Gay Agenda

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In this week’s installment, a sports coat-sporting Doug Magditch reports on efforts to lift the U.S.’s ban on gay blood donors, the Princeton Review’s review of Gay-Friendly and Gay-Unfriendly schools, and, of course, Russia’s anti-gay crackdown and how it will affect the Winter Olympics and Sochi. Watch it below.

—  John Wright

WATCH: CW33′s ‘Gay Agenda’

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In this week’s Gay Agenda, CW33′s Doug Magditch (who’s sporting a new look) reports on the Boy Scouts’ decision to poll parents on its gay ban, an online test that shows how homophobic people are, and news that the Vatican owns a gay sauna. Watch it below.

—  John Wright

WATCH: CW33’s ‘Gay Agenda’

Picture 42In this week’s installment, CW33’s Doug Magditch highlights Texas’ “homosexual conduct” law that’s still on the books a decade after the U.S. Supreme Court found it unconstitutional. The segment also mentions a drag queen who was asked to read at a daycare and then uninvited because his appearance was “inappropriate,” as well as the Phi Alpha Tau fraternity at Boston’s Emerson College that’s raising money for a trans brother’s surgery.

Watch it below.

—  Dallasvoice

WATCH: CW33′s ‘Gay Agenda’

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Zeus Comics’ Richard Neal talks to CW33′s Doug Magditch about his decision not to carry the new Superman comic after DC Comics tapped anti-gay bigot Orson Scott Card to help write it.

In this week’s installment, CW33′s Doug Magditch talks about backlash against DC Comics for tapping an anti-gay bigot to help write the new Superman; the Associated Press’ reluctance to refer to married same-sex couples as “husband” or “wife”; and the furor over an anti-gay prom in Indiana. And as usual, don’t miss my cameo! Watch it below.

—  John Wright

WATCH: CW33′s ‘Gay Agenda’

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This week’s “Gay Agenda” focuses on the high rate of new HIV infections in the black community. The CW33’s Doug Magditch also points out the hundreds of out politicians across the nation, including the possibility of Dallas getting an out City Council member this year. And finally, as the image above shows, a new lingerie line is coming this spring for transgender women.

Watch it below.

—  Dallasvoice

WATCH: The CW33’s ‘Gay Agenda’

This week’s edition of CW33 reporter Doug Magditch’s “Gay Agenda” touches on the Main Event incident involving a gay Plano couple. But instead of senior editor John Wright’s commentary on the issue, Magditch interviewed the lesbian on staff (me) to add a bit of diversity. I also covered the story, so I knew what I was talking about. But John will certainly be back to offer his insight in upcoming segments. Watch it below.

—  Dallasvoice

Potts’ agenda? To show the boring reality of LGBT life

Oral Roberts’ grandson vacuums and makes coffee in a public display designed to debunk the idea that there’s an ominous ‘gay agenda’

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GAY AGENDA | Randy Roberts Potts and his boyfriend, Keaton Johnson, perform ‘The Gay Agenda’ to show what ordinary lives gays and lesbians lead. (Photo by Ange Fitzgerald courtesy of Randy Roberts Potts)

DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer
taffet@dallasvoice.com

To bridge the gap between what most evangelicals imagine when they think of a gay couple and what he knows most gay couples do, Randy Roberts Potts has come up with The Gay Agenda, a performance piece designed to be boring.

For a weekend, Potts, the out gay grandson of evangelist Oral Roberts, and his boyfriend Keaton Johnson will set up house, so to speak, in a public space in various locations in the central U.S. They will watch TV, make coffee and even take a nap.

What they won’t do is kiss or even touch much.

And they hope people from the area will come and watch — but only for a short time. Because what they’ll be doing is extremely boring.

They expect that local media will come and talk to them about their mundane lives. And on Sunday morning, Potts hopes a local church will allow him to come and speak.

Like many gay people, Potts had to deal with family issues wrapped up in religion. And like many other gay men, before he came out, he married and had three kids.

But Potts’ family was a special challenge. His grandfather Oral Roberts’ side of the family was the liberal side.

Potts said that he hasn’t spoken to his mother — Oral’s daughter Roberta who sits on the board of Oral Roberts University — in a year. But he doesn’t mourn that loss. He said he never had a close relationship with her.

On his father’s even more conservative side of the family, dancing was out and they never watched movies. Potts said he taught cousins on that side of the family what the pictures and numbers on playing cards meant.

But Potts is healthy and happy. He shares joint custody of his children and adores them. He and his boyfriend just celebrated their one-year anniversary. And his boyfriend’s family has warmly welcomed him into their family.

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AND PUPPY MAKES 3 | Potts and Johnson spent most of their time at the Aurora Arts Festival on the sofa watching TV. (Photo by Ange Fitzgerald courtesy of Randy Roberts Potts)

But Potts understands the pain many people from similar backgrounds feel. And he knows that much of it comes from the misconception people have about the lives gay people lead.

Before taking their show on the road, Potts and Johnson did a test run at the Aurora Arts Festival in the Arts District in Downtown Dallas on Oct. 30. They set up a living room along the street near the Winspear Opera House and proceeded to do those routine things people do at home. They spent much of the evening sitting and watching TV.

A small sign identified the art project. Potts said one woman watched curiously for a few minutes, then noticed the sign, grabbed her young daughter’s hand and moved along quickly. Others responded with amusement or simple bewilderment.

Potts said that there was little show of affection between him and his partner. He said that normally people don’t spend their time at home being affectionate. They just hang out together and do something dull like watch TV.

And the point wasn’t to shock people: When Potts and Johnson sat together on the couch, they were watching television. They weren’t kissing. They weren’t touching.

One of them got up to make some coffee. He brought a cup of coffee to the other, fixed the way he likes it. Again, that’s something couples do at home.
Boring.

That’s the point.

“Most people think of two men having sex,” Potts said. “This project is to push back on that stereotype.”

After the successful tryout in Dallas, Potts plans to take the installation on tour. Over the next year, he’d like to take the installation to some smaller cities, maybe one a month.

Tulsa? Maybe they’ll visit his hometown eventually. He said that may be the finale of the tour. But the first stop will be in his home state in Oklahoma City.

Potts said he’s not looking for confrontation or dangerous situations and he’s not looking to be a martyr. The goal is simply to perform The Gay Agenda in small cities throughout the center of the country.

In Dallas during the art fair, Potts said he felt safe performing out in the street. But in small-town America, he wants some level of protection.

So the plan is to rent an abandoned store window and borrow some living room furniture from some local gays so Potts and Johnson don’t have to haul their apartment all over the country. Then, for two days, they’ll lead their boring lives in the storefront for anyone in town to watch.

On Sunday morning, he said, he hoped a local church would allow the grandson of the famous evangelist to speak to the congregation.

“I don’t consider myself a preacher. “But churches are on the forefront of the battle for gay rights,” he explained.

To help fund the project, Potts is collaborating with the non-partisan Liberty Education Forum, a sister organization of Log Cabin Republicans. Potts said he thought that group would be a perfect partner because of its experience working in conservative areas.

He said the idea is to leave people with a different impression of gay people and what they do in their private lives in a way they’re not getting on television.

Potts said that the characters from Will & Grace and Modern Family have made The Gay Agenda possible. But this time the characters aren’t in New York or California, but right there in small-town America next to the kind of people the LGBT equality message needs to reach.

And while Potts doesn’t expect churches to suddenly embrace their LGBT members and neighbors, he hopes to nudge them toward providing a safer community.

If the piece succeeds in drawing attention and softening views, Potts said he’d like to see other same-sex couples perform The Gay Agenda in their own hometowns. But for now, he just hopes Liberty Education Forum will help him book about one performance a month over the course of the next year.

Why take the risk?

“If I felt accepted by my family, I wouldn’t go out and do this,” Potts said. “It’s my attempt to say, ‘I’m not that weird.’”
Johnson is in his late 20s and has been out since high school. His motivation is different.

“He wants to make things be the way he thought they always were,” Potts said.

Potts noted that there’s not much outreach to the evangelical community. The national organizations mostly work with potential allies. Most people in the LGBT community are afraid of or don’t know how to approach evangelicals.

But Potts knows that community intimately and deals with his strict religious upbringing with some amusement. He speaks of the university his grandfather founded with some pride, mentioning the school’s two best-known alumni — presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and Homer Simpson’s next door neighbor, Ned Flanders.

“Okaly dokaly,” Potts said. “Look at his wall. He has an ORU diploma hanging up.”

And although he tends to avoid contact with his immediate family in Oklahoma, Potts did attend his grandfather’s funeral. But he was not invited to sit with the family. And while his mother was delivering the eulogy, she spotted him in the audience. From the stage, in front of thousands of people, she began yelling at him.

Potts said he figures she was the one who looked foolish, not him.

Sharing the message

A year ago, Potts made an “It Gets Better” video dedicated to his Uncle Ronnie, Oral’s son who was also gay and who committed suicide. The video has gotten more than 130,000 hits.

And when he takes The Gay Agenda to smaller cities in Middle America, he said he hopes people will see that gays and lesbians lead the same sort of lives as straight people, that LGBTs aren’t a threat. If he gets to speak in a church, Potts said he hopes the congregation will get his simple message.

“I will be talking about the difference between tolerance and acceptance,” he said. “The LGBT community has been tolerated, in varying degrees, for the last 40 years since Stonewall. Tolerance is better than what came before, when our freedom of assembly rights were not guaranteed and even gay book clubs could be [and often were] stormed by the police.”

He said he wants people to understand that gays and lesbians would like to be open about themselves on Main Street, not just on a cruise, in a gay bar or on a gay-themed sitcom.

“Our little performance piece is symbolic of a move out of the ghetto and onto Main Street — how we’re received in each community will say a lot about how accepted our community is in that locale,” Potts said. “Our gay agenda, if there is one, is to be loved and accepted.”

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 9, 2011.

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—  Kevin Thomas