Starvoice • 07.29.11

By Jack Fertig


President Barack Obama turns 50 on Thursday. While the president has frustrated the LGBT community at times, he made strides by recently signing the law that repeals “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Gays and lesbians will be able to serve openly as of September. He also just nominated openly gay judicial candidate Michael Walter Fizgerald to the U.S. district court.



The sun in Leo is beach weather. Vacations, fun, strut your stuff! But as Sol is sextile Saturn in Libra needful limits and responsibility are lurking behind the fun. A constructive project, maybe a charitable fundraiser, could even be the fun. Work with others to focus your creative juices.


LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Your birthday month is your time to roar, but keep quiet. Words are too important to waste and quiet intensity is stronger than loud declarations. Deal with serious issues; then celebrate.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Tough times bring out your inner strength. Meditation as well as thoughtful organization helps to economize better. Helping others less fortunate inspires you to greater effectiveness.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
You have a lot of hard work and challenges now, but keeping an eye to the future helps you see through the gloom of the present. Your friends help you keep perspective.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Doubts push you too hard at work. Calm down, meditate. Family helps you get solid grounding. They also wear you down, so pick your confidants and approach them carefully.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
You need a mental challenge in a new venue. If you can’t afford a real vacation, find movies, art shows or a good book that take you to different worlds and stimulate your brain. Invite a friend.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Take charge in the bedroom. This is your chance to be supremely powerful and dominant — or to make an art form of being a pushy bottom.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Disagreements with your partner are nothing new. The serious ones gain special importance, not in a divisive way, but as a challenge for you to learn something and grow closer.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Be very careful of sports injuries and sunburns. Get very serious about your health! There may be some very serious problems lurking. The sooner you deal with them the better.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Let your partner guide and focus your dazzling brilliance. Restrictive suggestions are the most helpful. If you’re single, a durable love is out there in someone much older or younger.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Parental responsibilities loom large. If you don’t have kids or elderly parents needing your attention, think about your community and keeping it strong for your own benefit and others’.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Get more meaning in fewer words. Practice the communicative art of silence: the subtle nod, the lift of an eyebrow, the discreet gesture. There is power in saying more by talking less.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
You’re at the beginning of a 15-year career upswing. Take good stock of your virtues and your flaws to have a clear idea of what foundation you provide to build on.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 29, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Americans to Pakistan: Drown

There’s little LGBT about this. I’m writing it because I haven’t seen anyone else in the media say it. It’s not my recommendation. It’s my observation.

Americans don’t sit by when people are in desperate need. The LGBT community doesn’t just let others suffer. Or so it seems, until now.

The LGBT community locally and nationally is usually very responsive to crises. We got little help with the AIDS crisis but have taken the lead in helping others affected by the disease.

When the earthquake hit Haiti, fundraising events spontaneously popped up all over the U.S. What had Haiti ever done for us? Nothing. They’re the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and needed our help. Most of us gave and felt guilty for not giving more.

The LGBT community in Dallas got together and produced an eight-hour fundraising event with performers from within and from outside our community to raise money for Haitians. Thousands of dollars were sent to the Clinton-Bush Haiti fund. The only wish in the community was that we could have done more.

When the tsunami swept the Pacific, donations poured in to help a dozen or more poor countries recover. Some of those countries were allies. Others, not so much. But desperate people needed our help.

Dallas Voice reported at the time that Cathedral of Hope and White Rock Community Church joined forces and raised more than $20,000 for that relief effort.

Today, floods have displaced 8.5 million people in Pakistan. As the crisis continues, homes have been destroyed and people are consumed by illness and hunger. The reaction is quite different.

—  David Taffet