Radio host Kellie Rasberry angers fans by coming out against same-sex marriage

KISS-FM’s morning co-host Kellie Rasberry set off a firestorm of criticism on her Facebook page when she said on the air the she doesn’t support same-sex marriage.

Kellie Rasberry

Rasberry has been a popular figure in the LGBT community and has been the guest celebrity at GayBingo Dallas on a number of occasions.

Her comment was accompanied with the explanation that her belief is related to how she was raised.

The Facebook comments ranged from disappointment to viciousness.

Resource Center Dallas’ Communications and Advocacy Manager Rafael McDonnell said he was trying to contact Rasberry for a clarification.

“Your opinion was not innocuous, it was bigotry, and bigotry is social poison,” wrote Gabriela Equality Valdepeña.

“Man, Kellie, that’s just all kinds of wrong what you said,” wrote Emily Scott. “And your reason was lame. It wasn’t even a reason, just an excuse for you not to think.”

“Just because you were raised ignorant don’t mean you have to remain so,” wrote Paul Jay Ritter, Jr. “People change, and it’s okay.”

Rasberry sent out the below statement that she’s posting on her Facebook page:

—  David Taffet

Game time!

RCD puts a twist on  themes for its 10th season of Gay Bingo

David Taffet  | Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com

The 10th anniversary season of Resource Center Dallas’ monthly Gay Bingo fundraiser begins Jan. 15 with a celebration of the Super Bowl and gets more fabulous with each coming month.

Gay Bingo Football XLV is just the first of the monthly themed games, which in 2011 — Dallas’ 10th season of the event — plays like a list of greatest hits from previous years.

“For our 10th anniversary, we decided to revisit some of the best themes over the past decade, and put a new spin on them for 2011,” said Henry Ramirez III, center programs manager for Resource Center Dallas and coordinator of Gay Bingo, which has released a new logo.

Jenna Skyy and Patti Le Plae Safe will continue to co-host Gay Bingo in Station 4’s Rose Room, along with celebrity guests and M.C.s. Asia O’Hara has officially joined the cast as well.

Proceeds from the campy game support RCD programs and initiatives, but partnerships with more organizations in the new year will also help with fundraising for Black Tie Dinner, Home for the Holidays and other charitable events.

“I think what’s important is that people understand Gay Bingo is a part of RCD and know more where their money is going to,” he says.

For 2011, the themes are:

Feb. 19: Gay Bingo Carnival will celebrate Mardi Gras madness.

Mar. 19: It’s Spectacular! Spectacular Gay Bingo at the Moulin Rouge.

Apr. 16: DIVA of Gay Bingo wants you to bring out that inner diva.

May 21: Tribes of Gay Bingo will test players’ survival skills.

June 8: Gay Bingo Studio 70 will bring back the bellbottoms and flared collars.

July 16: Gay Bingo Live! will be the official 10th anniversary celebration.

Aug. 20: Gay Bingo Cinema will ask what your favorite black and white film is.

Sept. 17: Hope your hair wins at Wigstock Gay Bingo.

Oct. 15: The Gay Bingo Daily Planet will pit superheroes against villains.

Nov. 19: Do ask, do tell at Gay Bingo Platoon.

For more information and to pre-order tickets, visit RCDallas.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 17, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens

GayTravel.com Guru hits Dallas

Nick Vivion
Nick Vivion

Nick Vivion, who recently won the online contest to be the new GayTravel.com travel guru, brings his tour to Dallas this weekend. Look for him around town — calling numbers at Gay Bingo Saturday, attending Uptown Players’ Closer to Heaven Sunday — and tell him everything that makes Big D a great travel destination.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 15, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

A single man

Jason Dottley is still married to queer Texas scribe Del Shores, but he plans to dominate the dance charts one spin at a time

STEVEN LINDSEY  | Contributing Writer stevencraiglindsey@me.com

JASON DOTTLEY
The Rose Room,
3911 Cedar Springs Road.
Sept. 18. Gay Bingo at 6 p.m.;
concert after 10 p.m.
“Hit Play” and “Party Round the World” on iTunes.

…………………………

Getting a song on the Billboard Top 20 is probably the dream of every singer, but to have it happen on the first song you’ve ever released? That’s reason to party.

Such is the recent success of Jason Dottley. He’s familiar as the actor who played Ty on TV’s Sordid Lives, written and directed by his (legal!) husband Del Shores. But he expanded into recording artist faster that you can say Bruce Willis and The Return of Bruno. His first single, “Party Round the World” with Debby Holiday, spent 11 weeks on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs chart, peaking at No. 19. Dottley’s newest single, “Hit Play,” just dropped this summer.

Dottley will be in Dallas for Gay Pride weekend performing (not in drag, he promises) in the Rose Room Saturday, which coincides perfectly with the single’s official release for Billboard charting purposes.

But despite his successes in the studio, Dottley says has no plans of releasing a full album. “I think it’s a single’s world like it was back when Elvis ruled the radio,” he explains. “Hit record after hit record: That’s my plan.”

The new track, he says, is an ode to DJs.

“To the Dallas DJs Roger Huffman, Erik Thoresen, Ronnie Bruno, Ric Herrington and Renee Brown who supported my

‘Party Round the World’ so much,” Dottley says. “When I lost my dad at 18, I would go to clubs three nights a week. They were my church, my sanctuary. And as they say, God was the DJ, so I’m asking him to ‘Hit Play’ — to open the doors of the dancetuary, so to speak.”

Though breaking the Top 20 on a debut is impressive, Dottley has set the bar higher for “Hit Play.”

“I have a stellar line-up of remixes by the U.K.’s No. 1 hit-maker, Cutmore, the insanely rowdy Perry Twins, circuit-king Manny Lehman, late-night’s Twisted Dee, my gem of a discovery Chris Thomas and the straight world’s Frank Pellegrino. It’s a helluva remix package.”

Because Shores is from Texas, Dottley has been a frequent visitor to the city, so he’s glad that during his trip here, he’ll partake in a grand, gay tradition.

“I’ll also be doing Gay Bingo beforehand,” he says. “That’s a dream come true. I’ve been practicing, ‘O–69!’”

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 17, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

Rolling in for Pride

Girdano’s bike trek ends with reception, parade

PEDAL TO THE METTLE | Girdano will arrive back in Dallas just in time to roll in for the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade. (Photo courtesy Michael Jackson)

Not every journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step — sometimes, there’s pedaling involved.

That’s how Danielle Girdano is finding her way to Dallas Pride: Atop two wheels and a lot of guts.

Girdano set out with her Ride the Arc tour earlier this summer to raise awareness about (and money for) teen suicide, especially among gay youth. Her mission: A 1,200-mile bicycle ride from the Midwest, ending in Dallas just in time for the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade.

Her mammoth trek ends Saturday, as she rides down Cedar Springs Road, alighting at the finish line between the Round-Up Saloon and TMC at 5 p.m.

“We are planning a huge street reception,” says Alan Pierce, co-owner of the Round-Up. “Gay Bingo is that same night, so we are going to divert the waiting line to get into bingo to keep them on the street a few minutes longer. [We want] a show of unity of the [gay] community for what Danielle has accomplished.”

Squeezing the brakes won’t be the end of Girdano’s feat by any means. On Saturday night, she’ll be welcomed at two after-parties (one for 21-and-under at Buli, one for 21-and-up at the Round-Up); then on Saturday, she will help inaugurate the parade by re-crossing the finish line in front of the judges’ stand.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 17, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens

Gay Pride events for Saturday

The parade and festival are only a day a way, and here’s a list of Pride-sanctioned events for Saturday from the Dallas Tavern Guild:

Gay Day @ Six Flags
Once again the “queer” community descends on the largest theme park in the Southwest for a day of food, fun, rides and community. This is a really special outing and should not be missed.
Six Flags Over Texas is located in Arlington, midway between Dallas and Fort Worth at the intersection of Interstate 30 and Highway 360 (Angus Wynne Jr. Freeway).
10:00 am until park closes.

A Gay-ther Homecoming Concert
This event brings together LGBT artists from all across the country for a night of gospel music. Concert will benefit programs of the Interfaith Peace Chapel. Celebrate with LGBT Musicians and Allies as they gather for an evening of Joy, Praise and Musical Memories.
Cathedral of Hope Sanctuary
5910 Cedar Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75219
8:00 pm
Tickets: $15
For more information or tickets, go to: www.cathedralofhope.com

Gay Bingo at The Rose Room
“Gay Bingo Glam” Fierce, Fiery and Fashionable
One of the highlights of Pride Week is Gay Bingo. Lots of guest stars, surprises, great prizes and loads of laughs with Jenna Skyy and her cohorts. Reserve your tickets early because this one is always sold out well in advance of the date.
The Rose Room @ Station 4
3911 Cedar Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75219
Doors open @ 5:00 pm Bingo starts @ 6:00 pm
www.resourcecenterdallas.org

Gay Pride Celebration Party
Round up Saloon
Open at noon with Drink Specials all day
3912 Cedar Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75219
www.roundupsaloon.com

The Annual “High Drag” Ball
It’s not a “Stonewall Riot” but it will be a “fashion and laugh riot” as the gang gathers to model, perform and raise money for charity.
Barbara’s Pavilion
315 Centre Street
Dallas, TX 75208
http://www.myspace.com/oakcliffpav

‘EQUINOX’ – A Celebration of Dallas Pride
The Brick/Joe’s
Featuring superstar DJ/Producer Chris Cox
Doors open at 9pm. Dance ‘til 4am.
Advance $15 tickets on sale.
2525 Wycliff
Dallas, Texas 75219
www.brickdallas.com

Pride Night Karaoke, hosted by Totally Twisted Karaoke
Pekers
Our Saturday night is filled with “Pride” as we sing karaoke and pay tribute to all the great music that made the GLBT community sing and dance through the years.
2615 Oaklawn Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219
www.pekersbar.com

Hot Music Night at Exklusive
Exklusive
Come and enjoy the best top 80′s, 90′s / top 40 music mixed by DJ Style
Strippers starting at midnight (12am)
Drink Specials – $2 wells / $2 domestic from 9pm – 10pm
No cover
4207 Maple Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75219
www.exklusive.tv

Glow Pride Party & Glow Dance
Dallas Eagle
10:00 pm
5740 Maple Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75235
www.dallaseagle.com

Dance Night @ Kaliente
Kaliente
Come and enjoy the best Latino and top 40 music mixed by DJ Puma
Drink Specials – $2 wells / $2 domestic from 9pm – 10pm
No cover 9pm – 11pm
4350 Maple Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75219
www.kaliente.cc

Hear our Pride sponsored by the Sharon St. Cyr Fund, Inc.
Radisson Hotel and Suites, Mockingbird (off of I-35)
Dinner with entertainment provided by renowned comedian, Paul J. Williams. Tyler McCormick, International Mr. Leather 2010 is our special guest. The Sharon St. Cyr Fund, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to raise funds to provide hearing aids for hearing-impaired individuals and provide grants to organizations for ASL interpreting services for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
45 – Individual Tickets or $100 for VIP Tickets
7 p.m. until 10 p.m.
More information can be found at www.SSCFund.com



—  John Wright