WATCH: Channel 5 shines a very favorable ‘Spotlight’ on the LGBT community in N. Texas

 

A while back Dallas Voice received a visit from some folks at NBC 5, who interviewed Publisher Robert Moore and Senior Editor Tammye Nash about the newspaper’s role in the LGBT community.

To be perfectly honest, no one around here was quite sure what the segment was for, but thanks to a tip from Rafael McDonnell at Resource Center Dallas, now we know: It’ll be part of a program called Spotlight, which airs at 11:30 a.m. Sunday on Channel 5. On Spotlight, “North Texas correspondents come together in order to spin narratives from real-life stories involving persons who contribute to their community,” according to the NBC 5 website.

We also found a site dedicated to the show, where they’ve posted several of the segments about the LGBT community. In addition to Dallas Voice,  there are segments on Youth First Texas, transgender Dallas Police Officer Deborah Grabowski, a Haltom City lesbian couple that adopted a child; the Dallas Diablos; three LGBT-affirming churches in Oak Cliff; gay filmmaker Marlon T. Riggs; and LULAC #4871 President Jesse Garcia.

We know, it seems like a lot, but each segment is only a few minutes long, and they’re all well done.

Major kudos to NBC 5 for putting these together, but you don’t have to wait till Sunday to see them. We’ve posted all of the segments, in the same order they’re listed above, after the jump.

—  John Wright

Gay former Dallas resident seeks to oust incumbent in Michigan congressional race

Scott Withers
Scott Withers

Scott Withers, 37, has filed to run for the Michigan District 5 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He faces Rep. Dale E. Kildee, 80, in the Aug. 3 primary. Kildee is seeking an 18th term.

Withers is a former CNN host and moved to Dallas to be the news anchor for the Q Television Network, an LGBT cable network that broadcast from Firestone Studios in Haltom City outside Fort Worth in 2005-06.

He owns a small communications consulting business and lives with his partner, Lane, in Flint, Mich. They have been together 10 years.

Withers is the first candidate to challenge Kildee in a primary since 1976.

After Withers filed, Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer asked him to drop out of the race to protect a long-term congressman.

But Withers is in the race to stay.

A series of comedy nights will benefit the Withers campaign. On May 23, Judy Tenuta headlines his kickoff at an event in Flint.

—  David Taffet