Tonight’s GayBingo Platoon is the last bingo event of 2011

Bring your bingo face

Get all militarized for GayBingo Platoon. This is the final bingo for the year and they go out with a bang. With LGBT military vets as the special guests, a performance by Something Fabulous and a raffle benefiting Lone Star Ride, the night looks to be jampacked with with excitement as Jenna Skyy, Patti Le Plae Safe and Beaux Wellborn guide you through the evening.

DEETS:
The Rose Room, 3911 Cedar Springs Road (inside S4). 5 p.m. $25. RCDallas.com.

—  Rich Lopez

TCU LGBT alumni group forms

Organizer says school has been helpful, supportive in forming group for gay graduates

DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer
taffet@dallasvoice.com

There are some schools that are — or have been — affiliated with religious institutions that  not only wouldn’t welcome an LGBT alumni group, they would block such a group outright.

But when Doug Thompson, a graduate of Fort Worth’s Texas Christian University, associated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), approached his alma mater’s alumni association about forming an LGBT affiliate, he said, the response was, “Absolutely. No problem.”

TCU’s new LGBT alumni group will hold its first large meeting on Saturday, Oct. 22, after the TCU homecoming game. Thompson acknowledged that sports isn’t the main concern of many LGBT alumni, but homecoming is still a time when many alumni return to visit the campus.

Thompson said when he asked the alumni association whether the LGBT group would need approval by the school’s administration, he was told the administration would back it. The group was approved in April.

Unlike Baylor University, which sued to keep its LGBT alumni from using the school name to organize a group, Thompson said there has been no objection from the TCU campus.

“We just want to get people involved however they want to be involved,” Kristi Hoban, associate vice chancellor alumni of relations, said. “We just reach out, whether it’s a class or the business school or a special interest group.”

She said that black alumni were not participating until the Black Alumni Alliance formed about 11 years ago. Now, she said, they’re active leaders in class reunions, homecoming and department alumni events, adding that she hopes to see the same thing happen with the LGBT network.

Finding LGBT alumni hasn’t been easy, Thompson said, as students aren’t asked about their sexual orientation before they graduate.

But Thompson said about 120 alumni have already responded, mostly to calls on social media sites. And now that the school has a Gay Straight Alliance, he said, finding future alumni will be easier.

“Our goal will be to support gay and lesbian students and start a scholarship,” Thompson said. “And we’ll form activities around things gay alumni have an interest in.”

He mentioned support for the Trinity Shakespeare Festival on campus as a direction for the group.

Thompson said that having an LGBT alumni group will help the school provide a better environment for its LGBT students.

Two years ago, TCU proposed setting aside dorm space for LGBT students. A week after the announcement, when only eight students had signed up for the housing, the school scrapped those plans.

“That got totally blown out of proportion,” Hoban said.

She said the intention was never segregated housing but really just an LGBT campus group.
Thompson said the school would have avoided the bad publicity if it had the alumni group to guide them.

The LGBT alumni group will get together after the homecoming game against New Mexico on Saturday, Oct. 22. They will meet at Tommy’s Hamburgers’ Camp Bowie Boulevard location from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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OUT, PROUD ATHLETE

Pryor.Victor

Victor Pryor

Perhaps one of the best known Texas Christian University grads that will be attending the new LGBT alumni group’s meeting this weekend is Vincent Pryor, a TCU Horned Frogs football star from 1994.

That year, before the final game of the season against the Texas Tech Red Raiders, Pryor came out to his teammates. Rather than shunning him, Pryor’s coach told him he was proud of his honesty

“My teammates and my coaches overwhelmingly supported and accepted me,” Pryor writes on his website, VincentPryor.com. “All of the fears and concerns I had about being kicked off the team, or losing my scholarship, or embarrassing my school — none of that happened.  And the best part of it was that I became a better athlete after I came out.”

That day, Pryor had the biggest game of his college career, tallying a record 4.5 sacks — a record that still stands today. His performance helped TCU win the conference title and a berth in a post-season bowl game.

Today, Pryor works in sales and lives in Chicago with his partner of 12 years, who was a classmate at TCU. To watch his just-
released an “It Gets Better” video, below.

—  Kevin Thomas

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #835

MINNESOTA: CNN speaks to high school lesbian student who was greeted with cheers earlier this month as she walked in the royal court at her school's winter Pep Fest.

STARDUST: NASA probe does fly-by of Tempel 1 comet.

HOLD IT AGAINST ME: Britney Signed.

THE HONEY BADGER: Nature documentary with two snaps up.

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #833

SNL: The Bill O'Reilly-Obama Super Bowl interview, spoofed.

SNL: The O'Reilly-Obama interview, spoofed.

CRAIG GROSS: David Pakman talks to the pastor of XXXchurch.com, who was in the news over Super Bowl weekend, about porn addiction and homosexuality.

DAMIANA GARCIA: Valentine's Day with Madonna.

KID IN A CANDY STORE: Videographer and activist Sean Chapin parodies the CarMax Super Bowl commercial.

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February’s ‘Whistleblower’ is a Convenient Guide to Lies, Gay-Bashing, and Distortions Surrounding ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal

Whistleblower

WorldNetDaily founder Joseph Farah has published the February issue of his side project Whistleblower, which is a contains all the lies and distortions about 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal in one tidy edition.

And it has the proud endorsement of several bigoted veterans.

Check it out online here.

Farah


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Towleroad Guide To The Tube #832

IF? Mitt Romney’s “hypothetical” gets a laugh — and cheers.

KISS YOUR FACE: An old, ridiculous commercial for Kiss make-up.

SMELL THE FLOWER: Commercial for Rihanna’s new fragrance, Reb’l Fleur.

SEEING DOUBLE: Faux Palin psyches out CPAC.


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Towleroad Guide to the Tube: #812

ZINNIA JONES: Reporting on the BBC's "balance" in asking a Christian who supports execution of gays to comment on the Elton John baby.

WILLIAM DALEY: President names his new Chief of Staff.

KRAFT MAC & CHEESE: Their new ad featuring Ted 'Golden Voice' Williams.

REP STEVE KING (R-IA): His solution if you can't afford health care? Move to another state.







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New Year’s Day Open Thread – plus a guide to debating a ‘Christian’

Happy new year everyone — best wishes to all the PHB Baristas, Blenders & peers who make working, writing & fighting for LGBT equality worth it all. It’s an open thread to chat, share links and hand out the java for those who over-imbibed…

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A bonus — from the folks at AtheismResource.com, a handy guide to taking on non-reality-based fundies (should you wish to expend any energy doing so).


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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #807

MACHO MAN: One-man Village People discos up halftime at the UConn Florida State game.

SWORD'S EYE VIEW: Don't get dizzy.

GAY SANTAS: A follow-up interview with the Jim Glaub and Dylan Parker.

LOMA PRIETA: Newly-released documentation of the 1989 San Francisco earthquake which interests me mostly because I was there. But some of you were probably there too.







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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #806

FOX & FRIENDS: Their stupidest moments of 2010.

FLASH MOB GONE WRONG: A modern day parable?

ROBYN VS GLEE: Dancing on My Own in a Teenage Dream.

SF TRACK & FIELD: It Gets Better.







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