What’s Brewing: Obama unveils LGBT website

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. The White House has launched a website, called “Winning the Future,” to highlight President Barack Obama’s LGBT accomplishments.”In honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) History Month, The White House launched our first ever LGBT specific constituency webpage: http://wh.gov/lgbt . This webpage is designed to keep you updated on how the President and the Administration are Winning the Future for LGBT Americans,” White House gay liaison Brian Bond wrote in an email.

2. Four of the five openly gay former Dallas City council members, along with 11 of 14 current council members, have now endorsed Mike Rawlings for mayor. Gay ex-Councilmen John Loza, Craig Holcomb and Chris Luna were among those who appeared alongside Rawlings at a news conference Wednesday, and Ed Oakley previously said he’s backing Rawlings. That leaves Craig McDaniel, Dallas’ first out gay councilman, as the only one who hasn’t publicly endorsed Rawlings in the runoff against David Kunkle.

3. Razzle Dazzle Dallas is in full swing.

—  John Wright

DPD’s gay liaison moves to Northwest Division, where she can keep a close eye on Oak Lawn

Laura Martin

Laura Martin, the Dallas Police Department’s LGBT liaison officer, recently transferred from Jack Evans Police Headquarters to the department’s Northwest Division.

“I’m still citywide, even though I’m stationed at Northwest,” Martin said. “I still do the same thing. It’s just I have a different desk.”

Martin said she was assigned to the Northwest Division because it includes Oak Lawn and the city’s largest gay entertinament district — the Cedar Springs strip.

“That was their reasoning for sending me here, so I could be close to the Oak Lawn area and find out more about what’s going on in Oak Lawn by talking to patrol officers,” Martin said. “I feel like nothing will get lost, so to speak.”

In addition to DPD headquarters, Martin has done stints in the Central Business District, the Northeast Division, and the Central Division.

Last year, Martin’s LGBT liaison duties became full time in response to a request from City Councilwoman Delia Jasso.

Martin’s new desk phone is 214-671-0130. She can still be reached via email at police@rcdallas.org.

—  John Wright