DVtv segment producer Israel Luna has an iPad 2, and he isn’t afraid to whip it out. As a matter of fact, Luna was so anxious to show off his gadget that he came by DV offices last week and started putting it in people’s faces. And who could blame him; it’s a pretty nice one.
As Luna demonstrates above, the iPad 2 allows you to shoot, edit and upload HD video on the spot. After a test run here at the Brewery, we gave the iPad 2 a real-world trial at the kickoff for the GLBT Press Tour. I don’t know why, but in the press tour video I decided to look at the Apple logo on the back of the iPad instead of into the camera lens. I guess our publisher just needs to buy me one so I can practice.
LORIE BURCH | Chairwoman, North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce
As chairwoman of the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce, I am disappointed with Mayor Tom Leppert’s recent statements denouncing the Obama Administration’s statement that it will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act, which prevents the federal government and certain states from honoring same-sex marriages in other states and jurisdictions.
Mr. Leppert has purported to be an advocate of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community through his tenure as Dallas mayor. He’s been an honored guest at many of our community’s most prestigious events like the North Texas Chamber’s Anniversary Dinner and the Black Tie Dinner. He has been part of the International GLBT Press Tour, and helped to sell Dallas as a preferred destination for important GLBT conferences.
In light of his recent resignation as mayor, presumably to pursue Kay Bailey Hutchinson’s Senate seat, such a reversal is politicking at its worst and is a slap in the face to the North Texas GLBT community who have shown him its support.
It is time to expect more from our leaders. No longer should we tolerate this “back of the bus” argument that the GLBT community can have some rights, but not all rights. You cannot qualify equality and we deserve leaders who will stand up for us and be our voice and not cow-tow to their political base. Equality is not a political platform; it is the foundation of our country. Civil rights are not a matter of public opinion; they are a guarantee to us under our Constitution. It is, simply, our way of life.