Deborah Vial and Jane Doe tonight at HOB

Homecoming queen
VialThis week’s cover story focuses on the reunion of Jane Doe, but let’s not forget that it’s a big night for Deborah Vial too. The singer returns to Dallas to host the CD release of Stages and Stones. It’s gonna be like a vintage night out at Sue Ellen’s in the ’90s but like huge. Yeah. They’re even playing the big room at HOB.

DEETS: House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St. 7:30 p.m. $10.

—  Rich Lopez

Starvoice • 05.27.11

By Jack Fertig


Heidi Klum turns 38 on Wednesday. The model turned TV host and producer changed the way we look at the fashion world with her very popular Project Runway. Because of the show, some gay designers have gone to be stars of their own like Austin Scarlett, Santino Rice and season four winner Christian Siriano. A Runway all-stars is apparently in the works.



Mercury squaring Neptune in Pisces while entering Gemini inflates wonderfully imaginative notions. Jupiter entering Taurus could ground them and find profitable applications. Jupiter in Taurus for the next year should_ be good for the economy. It will be good for bankers at least.


GEMINI May 21-Jun 20
Get creative. You have big challenges in the next year. Your intuition is now unusually sharp to see how you can turn those into opportunities. Spiritual guidance can be especially helpful now.

CANCER Jun 21-Jul 22
Dreams lure you too easily into never-never-lands of fantasy and escape. Sharing some of those phantasmagorical reveries with friends can help you find some practical outlet for them.

LEO Jul 23-Aug 22
Remember the difference between dreams and goals. Friends encouraging you to chase after your dreams offer helpful inspiration, but don’t let them distract you from practical aims.

VIRGO Aug 23-Sep 22
Your brain is buzzing with schemes for success. Your partner encourages all your wildest ideas. Not. You need a leveler head with a bit of critical distance to give you pragmatic advice.

LIBRA Sep 23-Oct 22
Expansive, fortunate Jupiter is starting a year in your house of sex. The deeper you go the greater the rewards. Don’t be shy. Neither is without risks, but Jupiter is good to have on your side.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 21
You and your sweetie are due for some frolic. That could open up some questions and confusion. Keeping communications clear is a small challenge. The rewards are well worth it.

Job opportunities open up for you. Have faith in yourself. If familial encouragement is unrealistic, don’t worry about letting them down for what’s in the real world. If you’re happy, they are too.

CAPRICORN Dec 21-Jan 19
You’re way too open to distractions and thus, accidents. Mediation, poetry, music or art will get you back in balance. Take classes in any of those . You need new ways of seeing the world.

AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18
Struggle between your deepest desires and economic necessity feels brutal. A light, playful conversation with your partner  can help you find a way to afford your dreams, or find reconciliation.

PISCES Feb 19-Mar 19
Whatever you have to offer, make it heard and known. Your family will back you up in your endeavors, but you really need to be very clear on who you are and what it is you’ve got.
ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Your recent lucky spree will focus more on financial fortune. Mad dreams and inspirations offer some clues. Talk out your crazy notions with friends and find a way to bring them to the bank.

TAURUS Apr 20-May 20
Recent hard times turn around. Cash in on your good fortune. Turn your friends’ suggestions into practical ideas. Inspirations now point the way to future fulfillment of your dreams.

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

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 27, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

DEATHS: James ‘Kissey’ Olson, James Edward ‘Beaux’ Geer, Ray ‘Alpha Pup’ Witt

James “Kissey” Olson, 62, died at his home in Dallas on March 30 after recently being diagnosed with liver cancer.

Olson was native of Iron River, Mich. After graduating from high school, he served in the U.S. Air Force for six years. He went to work for AT&T, living in Phoeniz, Little Rock and finally Dallas, where he retired.

He had lived in the Dallas area for more than 24 years.

His home here was party central and was always open to his many friends who will miss his and his hospitality.

Olson is survived by his mother, Minnie, and sisters, Ruth and Doris, of Iron River; his brother, Ron, of Milwaukee; his ex-wife, Jo, of Yuma, Az.; his two children, Scott and Amy of Phoenix, and six grandchildren; and his beloved Chihuahua, Moose.

Olson was cremated and his ashes were buried at Iron River. A celebration of his life will be held on the patio at The Hidden Door, 5025 Bowser St., on Saturday, April 30, at 2 p.m.


James Edward “Beaux” Geer, 46, died April 13.

Geer worked as a hairdresser with Salon D for 23 years. He was also an artist who founded “Healing Texas through the Arts” to showcase new artists and make their works available to the public.

Geer was truly loved by friends and family, and he had an innocent sweetness of spirit and extraordinary talent that turned everything he touched into a thing of beauty. His paintings provided a view into his soul. He will be profoundly missed by those who knew him and will keep him forever in their hearts.

Geer is survived by his mother and stepfather, Bill and Millie Ritter of Plano; his father, Thomas Geer, Lafayette, La.; his brother Greg “Blackie” Geer, wife Kayce, daughter Typhane and grandson Thor, all of Austin; his best friend and brother-of-the heart, Dale Hall; and a host of other family and friends. Plans are pending for a celebration of life memorial gathering.


Ray “Alpha Pup” Witt, 59, died March 30 from an apparent stroke. Witt, loving boy and partner to Daddy Ron Hertz of Dallas and a member of the Dallas leather community, was a former member of Discipline Corps and NLA-Dallas. He held the first International Puppy title presented in 2001, thus becoming the “Alpha Pup.” His gift for storytelling and his warm heart endeared him to many in the community and his presence will be missed.Witt is survived by his partner of 9 ½ years, Ron Hertz of Dallas; his mother, Duluth Witt of Lexington, Ky.; and his canine friend “Mugsy.” A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.


—  John Wright

UK Host Jonathan Ross: ‘My Daughter is Gay’

Former BBC host Jonathan Ross revealed his daughter Betty Kitten is a lesbian, in an interview with the UK's Gaydar Radio.

Said RossRoss

"My eldest daughter is gay, so that's a question which I've dealt with on a regular basis already, which is, providing it's a nice woman, I'm thrilled. I've got no problems at all, obviously. I think that's pretty much out there – she talks about it on her Twitter feed. As any dad, really, I love my kids regardless of who they are, what they do, and I would love them if they were in trouble, I would love them if they were going through difficulties. Certainly, their sexuality is a, really none of my business and b; certainly none of my concern. I just want them to be good, happy, stable people and so far, all three of them seem to be that."

Towleroad News #gay

—  admin

Golden Globes 2011: Host Ricky Gervais Mocks John Travolta’s Closet

Joe. My. God.

—  admin

Texas Radio Host Attacks Joel Burns

The day after openly gay Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns made his now-famously impassioned speech about bullying and gay suicides, local radio host Chris Krok launched a vile and homophobic attack on Burns that is just now getting wider attention. “Stop lying, you don’t have a ‘husband.'” Etc, etc.

Joe. My. God.

—  admin

Ken Mehlman, Peter Thiel, and Paul Singer Host Manhattan Fundraiser for Team Challenging Proposition 8

Guestblogger COREY JOHNSON

Tonight I attended a highly anticipated fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) in New York City at the Mandarin Oriental in the Time Warner Center. The fundraiser was co-chaired by former Republican National Committee Chair Ken Mehlman, Paypal Co-Founder Peter Thiel and Elliott Management hedge fund CEO Paul Singer.

Mehlman The fundraiser was initially supposed to be held at Singer's home but had to be moved to accommodate a crowd of over 120 people. It was announced by Mehlman that more than 1.2 million dollars was raised tonight. The energy in the room was hopeful, enthusiastic and celebratory even in the face of yesterday's setback on Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

The crowd was a diverse mix of Wall Street titans, Republican establishment figures, LGBT community advocates and politicos (partial list below after the jump). Barbara Bush, President George W. Bush's daughter attended the event — which was a surprise to people in the room.

Mehlman opened the event by speaking about the importance of achieving marriage equality and explained how he came to be involved with AFER. He acknowledged and thanked people who helped raise money for the fundraiser and also different members of the LGBT community. Mehlman said that this is just the beginning of his involvement and that he regretted that he hadn't gotten to this place sooner.

Said Mehlman: "As someone who regrets very much not being involved, and not being on the right side of this important effort until recently, let me just say this. This will be my first but not my last event and I hope you will stay involved too."


Aferinvite Mehlman introduced Peter Thiel, a gay conservative who is hosting an event for GOProud at his New York home this fall. Thiel was brief and spoke about how marriage equality should not be a partisan issue.

Mehlman then introduced Paul Singer, a titan in finance and former Chair of the Giuliani for President Campaign in 2008. Singer gave a very moving speech about why equality for gay and lesbian people mattered so much to him. He spoke about his openly gay son and his son-in-law and how personal the issue was to him. He received a loud, standing ovation after his remarks.

A video was played that showed all of the media coverage from the very beginning of the Proposition 8 lawsuit, chronicling all of the events leading up to Chief Judge Vaughn Walker's decision declaring Proposition 8 unconsitutional. The video was inspirational and uplifting, serving as a crescendo to the introduction of Ted Olson and Chad Griffin.

AFER_panel CNN's Campbell Brown then came on stage with Olson, one of the lead attorneys' in the case, along with Griffin, the President and Founder of AFER. Brown interviewed Olson and Griffin on topics ranging from how they came to meet each other, what the next steps are in the appeal process, whether or not Olson was optimistic about the outcome and how this case fit into past marriage decision at the Supreme Court.

Olson's clear and unvarnished optimism was outwardly apparent in all of his remarks and answers to questions from Brown and also from the audience.

OlsonOlson said that he was confident with the case, plaintiffs, witnesses and evidence that opponents of Proposition 8 provided during the trial last January and that he believes that the case will ultimately land at the Supreme Court of the United States with a successful result.

Chad Griffin said this about tonight's fundraiser: "Tonight represented much more than .2 million to fight Proposition 8 in the 9th Circuit and the Supreme Court. This unprecedented gathering of bipartisan political leaders and Wall Street titans demonstrates the shift of momentum that's possible when it becomes clear that marriage equality isn't a special interest issue, but rather one of fundamental American values. That has been the focus of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, and while there is certainly a tremendous amount of work to be done, it is gratifying to see such progress."

After a difficult and painful day in the United States Senate yesterday, the palpable optimism at the fundraiser was unmistakable and welcome for the attendees.

Watch VIDEO of Mehlman, Thiel, and Singer (apologies, we were only able to grab a partial portion of Singer's speech), AFTER THE JUMP



Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts (KKR)
Henry Kravis
Sir Deryck Maughan (former Vice Chairman of Citibank and Salomon Brothers)
Alex Navab
Scott Nuttall
John Pfeffer
Lewis Eisenberg
David Sorkin

Garrett Moran

Third Point Capital
Daniel Loeb

Jay Sammons

Elliot Management
Paul Singer
Sundar Srinivasan
Dan Senor
Terry Kassel

Evercore Partners 
Charles Myers

Clarium Capital 

Peter Thiel

Goldman Sachs
Todd Malan

Lincoln Park Capital
Mark Cozzi

Nick Stone


Former Republican Governor William Weld from Massachusetts
Former Republican Governor Christie Todd Whitman from New Jersey
Former Clinton White House Chief of Staff, Obama Advisor and head of Center for American Progress John Podesta
Former Republican National Committee and McCain finance chairman Lew Eisenberg
Former McCain for President Chief Strategist Steve Schmidt
Former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt (Democrat)
Former Bush Federal Election Commission Chairman Michael Toner
Chairman of the Manhattan Institute and former Chairman of the Giuliani Presidential campaign Paul Singer
Former Bush White House Communications Director Nicolle Wallace
Former Bush Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Mark Wallace
Former RNC Chairman and Bush Campaign Manager Ken Mehlman
Former Advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton David Gergen

LGBT Community Members

Activist and Author David Mixner
Freedom to Marry Executive Director Evan Wolfson
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation President Jarrett Barrios
Board Chair of the Empire State Pride Agenda Frank Selvaggi
Human Rights Campaign New York Marriage Director Brian Ellner
Former Chief of Staff to Minority Leader Dick Gephardt and Deputy Campaign Manager to John Kerry for President Steve Elmendorf
Senior Vice President for External Affairs at the Center for American Progress Winnie Stachelberg
Democratic National Committee Treasurer Andy Tobias
Former Clinton White House Advisor Richard Socarides
Academy Award Winning Producer and AFER Board Member Bruce Cohen
Gill Action Fund Executive Director Patrick Guerrero
Gill Action Fund Deputy Executive Director Bill Smith

Towleroad News #gay

—  John Wright

Government Seeding Americans With Gay-Causing MSG In Juice Boxes, Claims Rational Texas Radio Host

Texas-based radio host Alex Jones, of The Alex Jones Show, knows America's real problem isn't with more gays on television, but more gays in real life. Who's to blame? The government, of course: Jones says he's seen the documents proving the feds are engaged in a "chemical warfare operation … so that people don't have children." And how are they feeding distributing these nefarious nelly chemicals? By putting MSG in juice boxes! It makes dudes want to wear skirts and put on lipstick! Mr. Jones also happens to operate the websites and, which alternate between attacking Lady Gaga fans and pumping up gold prices. (Update: Appears this clip has been circulating for a few months.)

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—  John Wright

Today I host photographer Jo Ann Santangelo

I am honored to be the fortieth veteran photographed for Jo Ann Santangelo’s “Proud to Serve” photo essay tomorrow. I will be hosting her for a night at my mother’s Paint Horse Ranch while she travels across the United States photographing a select few of us who have been discharged simply for being who we are. Not only is Jo Ann a photographer whose works have been featured in Food & Wine, The Washington Post, Austin Monthly, Austin Woman, The Boston Phoenix and the Austin Chronicle, but she is also kind to our environment. She is a photographer / pedicab driver in New York City! How cool is that?


—  John Wright

On the air with Signorile Show guest host Lizz Winstead — and a Q of the Day

Guest hosting on The Michelangelo Signorile Show this week is the incredible hmmm…jane-of-all-trades, stand-up comedian, writer and co-creator of The Daily Show; the late Air America’s co-founder, program director and one of its on-air personalities, Lizz Winstead. Whew, that was only a small sampling.

She’s a big fan of the Blend and we finally met at this year’s BlogHer (photo at right).

I will be on with her at 3:30; you can listen in on Sirius XM’s OutQ: Sirius 109, XM 98 and on the Sirius XM iPhone app. Get a free seven-day pass or, if you have an iPhone, go to the app store and download Sirius XM for free, for a 7-day trial, and listen on your phone.

She wants to talk about my post from the other day, “Daily Kos diary: ‘Who Are The LGBT Community?’ I ask: how do we address leadership?” I sort of went off on a tangent after pointing people to the DKos diary to discuss the lack of clear leadership, how institutionalized leadership can fail of its own weight, and whether we need to define a unified “LGBT community” in terms of representation. After all, the media thinks of us as our Beltway orgs. The faces, economic circumstances and culture are quite homogeneous when the tired producer pulls out a rolodex card to call for a quote and go on air.


UPDATE: The interview is over, of course, so the bulk of the post is below the fold now.

I just nabbed this pic below from producer Sean Bertollo. It’s Lizz while on the air with me (gee, what did I say – maybe she mentioned Sarah Palin):

Blender Orion45 raised some good points in the comments about leaders that I blanked on while on-air with Lizz. It spurred me to do a Q of the Day:

What people in the LGBT community should be seen as a leaders and quoted by the MSM, or on-air as talking heads who are currently not?

We have discussed the need more women, voices of color, regional diversity and certainly have some economic diversity. For instance, poverty is a LGBT issue, and civil rights affect those with less more profoundly.

Available, low-cost or free media training to create a pool of leadership is sorely lacking. Mike Rogers has had training Joel Silberman do some with attendees at conferences, but we don’t have a speaker’s bureau, or any organization to help the lazy producer’s out. And that’s why Joe is always on the air.

A TV/radio producer doesn’t want to think – they want to know if:

1) You’re available;

2) You have access to an affiliate or studio, or Skype as a last resort;

3) You’re well-versed in the subject at hand;

4) You are actually good on camera/radio and know how to generate a sound bite or get your point across as briefly as possible;

5) You have some kind of bio information for them to gauge your credibility if you’re not affiliated with an organization. The one thing that almost guarantees a call is if you’ve published a book. Seriously. It’s still the marker of gravitas.

That last one is just one reason you won’t see me on the air, since merely being a blogger (unless you have those hallowed connections) is not usually sufficient enough to be a go-to person from the POV of the MSM if they have access to org people. I don’t have time to write a book and blog and work a full time job at the same time. I absolutely cannot fit another project of that magnitude on my plate. And so it goes, right?

But back to MSM access – print journalists have it easier, btw. Most just need to know who to call/email, so it’s a matter of being quotable and again, to work quickly as they will be on to the next story or interviewee in short order.


Also, I wanted to pimp tomorrow’s program because Mike’s broadcasting on a significant topic from the National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association conf. (I wish I could be there, but it was one of those hard choices I had to make — not enough in the Blend piggy bank to afford to go to the extremely expensive San Francisco).

Michelangelo Signorile Hosts 20 Years Later: Outing and the Ethics of Reporting on the Sexual Orientation of Public Figures

Tomorrow 2:00 pm ET

Tune in to hear Michelangelo Signorile host and moderate the panel discussion 20 Years Later: Outing and the Ethics of Reporting on the Sexual Orientation of Public Figures live on his daily OutQ show from the 20th Annual National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association media summit and national convention in San Fransisco.

Hear the discussion live with panelists LZ Granderson, columnist for’s Page 2, host of web-based ESPN360 talk show Game Night, and Michael R. Triplett, contributor,, part of the NLGJA Board of Directors and member of the NLGJA Rapid Response Task Force.  (2 hrs)

Rebroadcast: Tomorrow 4:00 pm ET

It happens to almost every “change agent” organization at some point; good leadership seeks challenges to convention to keep adept and nimble in its mission. Poor leaders attempt to stifle or ignore change because of fear of loss of power or access. The strange thing about the latter is that in this mode, the weakness in leadership is quite obvious to the very people an organization is attempting to influence, or change policy or raise money from. That leads to isolation, a defensive posture, and ultimately one is discredited or a leader is toppled.

Of course that doesn’t solve the problem of an organization in distress — that leader is usually replaced by someone breathing the same stale air and nothing fundamentally changes.

That’s what spurs renegade organizations to form because they see the system is broken and too incestuous to change.

I addressed this from a different angle later with “What is ‘holding this President accountable’ – and who determines what that means?”

Obama told us to hold him accountable (do you think he regrets saying that aloud now?), but we’re all apparently struggling with what that means. Obviously, there are plenty of flat-out angry and profane critics, more nuanced ones, and those who fall somewhere in between.

Who is to judge what to take seriously — or dismiss — in terms of criticism of this President?

A good number of self-appointed arbiters of what is appropriate criticism and what is productive or not productive populate the comments and show up on Facebook/Twitter to “set the record straight” all the time. But these people are no more qualified to hold an opinion than anyone else. It’s just that — an opinion. Take it or leave it. Certainly the White House does, even if they have thin skin over there.

The real issue is influence, real and perceived. The fact is there are so many blogs/columns out there — by professional politicos, armchair activists and citizen journalists — and no real way to know who’s reading and being affected by the arguments presented.

That generates fear and paranoia. We’ve seen a lot of that now, haven’t we? Perhaps this is generated by the notion that there are now people of some undetermined influence who really aren’t qualified to be influential, either because they:

1) Don’t have Beltway experience in a professional capacity with a campaign, org or think tank;

2) Lack sufficient gravitas (not a published author/academic, member of the MSM, etc.);

3) Just aren’t part of the DC “A-list” — a known quantity that is well-connected; or

4) Don’t have deep pockets, which gets you into almost any door in DC, regardless of your gravitas rating.

So join us; hopefullly it will be interesting!
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—  John Wright