Bill White to appear at Gay Pride in Dallas

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill White will appear in Dallas’ gay Pride parade on Sept. 19, according to an e-mail we received Monday night from Stonewall Democrats of Dallas. As mayor of Houston, White made a habit of appearing at Pride. And this is a smart move, because he’ll need a big turnout from the LGBT community all over the state to defeat Gov. Rick Perry. The right-wingers are going to vote for Perry anyway, and it’s doubtful that moderate Republicans and Independents will be turned off by this appearance. From Stonewall Democrats Vice President Jay Narey:

“It’s election season once again — and I have a very special announcement that I would like to make to all of you. We will have a very special guest walking with Stonewall Democrats in the Alan Ross Pride Parade on September 19th. Bill White, the Democratic Nominee for Governor of Texas will be joining us and walking with Stonewall in the Parade! We are thrilled and honored that he will join us and look forward to a very special day.”

According to White’s campaign, he’s also slated to appear at a press conference with Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez on Tuesday morning, Sept. 7. The press conference will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, 300 Reunion Blvd. The e-mail sent by White’s campaign Monday doesn’t say the reason for the press conference, but it’s possible that Valdez will be formally endorsing White.

—  John Wright

Bill White wants ideas from the arts community

Bill White wants to learn the needs and wants of Texas’ arts community. We wonder if ZZ Top gave him some ideas.

What could the Democratic nominee for governor want with local artists?

Theatre Three posted this invitation for Dallas’ creative community to meet with former Houston Mayor Bill White.

White reportedly wants to know the needs and wants of people in the arts around the state, and it sounds like he knows how to appeal to this target audience: Shiner, wine and snacks will be provided. Nice.

The event is at Stoneleigh P Restaurant, 2926 Maple Ave. at 5 p.m. For details, call, 469-855-7680.

—  Rich Lopez