Rawlings ‘personally’ supports marriage

Dallas mayor won’t sign pledge but says gay couples should have the right to wed

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Mike Rawlings

JOHN WRIGHT  |  Senior Editor
wright@dallasvoice.com

Although he declined to sign a pledge in support of same-sex marriage this week, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings declared Thursday, Jan. 19 that he personally supports the right of gay and lesbian couples to wed.

Rawlings has elected not to join a group of more than 75 mayors from across the country who’ve signed a pledge circulated by the group Freedom to Marry in conjunction with the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting this week in Washington, D.C.

Under fire from the LGBT community for not signing the pledge, Rawlings explained that since becoming mayor last year, it has been his policy to avoid partisan political issues or social debates that don’t directly impact city government.

“This one obviously was very difficult for me, because I personally believe in the rights of the gay community to marry,” Rawlings said Thursday in an exclusive interview by phone from Washington, where he was still attending the conference. “I think this [same-sex marriage] is way overdue and we need to get on with it, but that’s my personal belief, and when I start to speak on behalf of the city of Dallas … I’ve got to be thoughtful about how I use that office and what I want to impact, and that’s why I decided to stay away from endorsing and signing letters like that.”

Daniel Cates, North Texas regional coordinator for the LGBT direct action group GetEQUAL, responded that if Rawlings really supports marriage equality, he should sign the pledge, which was set to be formally released at a press conference Friday morning, Jan. 20.

“I think he’s doing the same thing that a lot of politicians do, and that’s saying what he needs to say to get the LGBT vote,” Cates said.

After Dallas Voice reported on its website Wednesday night that Rawlings didn’t plan to sign the pledge, Cates launched a Facebook page and an online petition encouraging people to contact the mayor by phone, email and fax, and ask him to change his mind.

Cates said he may also organize a marriage demonstration outside City Hall in February — but was still hoping Rawlings would reverse course and sign the pledge on Friday.

“If he supports us, we need him to put his money where his mouth is,” Cates said. “Otherwise what he’s proving to me, personally, is that he supports us when it’s going to get him votes or money.”

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SIGN OF SUPPORT | Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings throws beads while riding on the city float in the 2011 gay Pride parade. (John Wright/Dallas Voice)

During his campaign last year, Rawlings said during a candidate forum that he voted against Texas’ 2005 constitutional amendment banning both marriage and civil unions. But before Thursday, the closest Rawlings had come to publicly endorsing same-sex marriage was in an interview with Dallas Voice during his campaign, when he said he felt the issue was “irrelevant” and “we should get beyond it and let people do what they want to do.”

Paula Blackmon, Rawlings’ chief of staff, said Thursday afternoon that 50 to 60 people had contacted the mayor’s office about the marriage pledge, with the vast majority saying he should sign it.

“People are communicating with us,” said Blackmon, who compared the public response to outcry over the city’s handling of the Occupy Dallas protests.

Rawlings said in addition to the LGBT community, he was getting pushback from his son and daughter, who he said were raised to reflect his personal beliefs about marriage equality.

“I’m catching a lot of grief in my family right now, just so you know, so I respect how people are feeling about this issue, and I understand it,” he said.

Other mayors who’ve signed the pledge include Michael Bloomberg of New York, Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, Annise Parker of Houston, Jerry Sanders of San Diego, Thomas Menino of Boston and Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles.

Jackie Yodashkin, a spokeswoman for Freedom to Marry, said the full list of mayors who’ve signed the pledge would be revealed during Friday’s press conference to kick off the campaign, called Mayors for the Freedom to Marry.

However, Yodashkin told Dallas Voice that as of Thursday, Houston’s Parker and Austin’s Lee Leffingwell were the only ones from Texas who’d signed the pledge. About 20 mayors from Texas, including Fort Worth’s Betsy Price, pre-registered for the Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, according to the website.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 20, 2012.

—  Kevin Thomas

Starvoice • 12.16.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Jennifer Beals turns 48 on Monday. The actress came to fame in the iconic ’80s film Flashdance. But it wasn’t until 2004 when she resonated with the lesbian community playing Bette Porter for six seasons of The L Word. Since the show’s cancellation in 2009, she’s been seen in The Book of Eli with Denzel Washington and the canceled 2011 Fox series The Chicago Code.

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THIS WEEK

Just before the solstice when the sun enters Capricorn, Venus will leave Cap for Aquarius. It makes a good combination for looking forward with good imagination and your feet solidly on the ground. Start making sensible plans for next year.

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SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
Being helpful at holiday parties can get you into a better job. Keep a clear head and the rest should fall into place. Missed opportunities could come knocking again. Don’t rule anything out.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
While your intuitions about money are on the mark it helps to double-check the facts. Avoid dithering and second-guessing yourself. Being rigorous is good; beating yourself up isn’t.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
There is such a thing as being too nice when you can’t hide bitchy undertones. There are no secrets. Whatever you say will slip out. Talk about celebrities instead of gossiping.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Your intuition and advice are worth more than you realize. If you listened to yourself, you’d be better off! Blurting out a secret proves to your advantage if it’s your secret and nobody else’s.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Get wild and creative. Explore new ideas. Just remember you are experimenting. Keep it light and fun. Being too sure of yourself can make you look pompous and/or get you into trouble.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Make every effort to be open-minded. Your ability to assimilate and gain insight can prove very helpful at work. Opportunity will come soon and unexpectedly; be ready for anything.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Difficult issues need addressing. Be considerate when telling your partner how you feel. The middle ground between saying too much or too little can be hard to negotiate.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
High hopes for the holidays are dashed. Reconciling between high ideals and realistic expectations is part of growing up. Taking a longer view will help you keep a positive perspective.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Christmas is whose birthday? Not yours. You just want to make things fun and bright, but it’s too easy to overdo it. A quiet hug or a small, elegant gesture is often more effective than a big to-do.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Holidays are not about getting historical facts right, disturbing your family with revelations or proving something. Think about what matters, and when and how best to tell them — but later.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
Shocking your partner can be a good thing, but not with a cattle prod. When creative passions go overboard let your sweetie reel you in. Just let that be a further creative challenge.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Your critical eye on community affairs is not always appreciated. Getting the diplomacy right can be a challenge. Don’t be wishy-washy or obtuse. Solicit a friend to help get your point across.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or Starjack.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 16, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Starvoice • 10.21.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Seth MacFarlane turns 38 on Wednesday. The creator of Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show has also been a staunch gay ally. He outed Family Guy character Stewie as gay in a 2009 interview with Playboy. Recently, he’s gone in a different direction, putting his usual cartoon voice to song in his debut album Music is Better than Words released in September.

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THIS WEEK

Mars is in Leo, trine Eris and sextile Saturn, helping to focus the recent surge of strong competitive energies. Knowing that you are being watched should help you to apply yourself better and to be more gracious in competition.

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LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
The first step to solving financial worries is to stop tripping about the future. Deal with the present and discuss with someone who has a good grasp of larger issues.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
You’re feeling chatty and friendly, but rude remarks slip out causing a lot of trouble. You won’t reach your goals without your teammates. Being ambitious can help draw love your way.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
What people say behind your back is good. It’s because they know you have a good sense of humor. Someone looking out for you will make herself known.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Needing to conquer the world isn’t unreasonable, but don’t overplay it. Sexual divertissements help you relax and be efficient. A deeper metaphysical context for your goals is also helpful.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Friends and family are eager to promote you. Your kindness and generosity will boost theirs. Focusing too much on your work can be tough on your partner. Save energy for your sweetheart.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Future opportunities look brighter. In the real world, making those advances take hard work and thoughtful partnership. Working hard and feeling accomplished helps you look sexy.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Know that you can excel at what you love. Focus your energy, wherever your passion is. That will sustain you through everything else.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Talk to your partner about domestic problems that have been bothering you. The next month can be all about clearing the air and building a stronger relationship. Single? Flirt like crazy.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Resolve whatever problems you have with colleagues. Remember you’re all on the same team. Being tactful is challenging at first, but it will get easier. Give a little and you’ll get a lot in return.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
Push yourself to be as resourceful as a drag queen on welfare and encourage others to step back and take the long view. Don’t worry. You can do this.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
You are not your home, family or community. It can be a challenge to let others be themselves. The value of your milieu is that others have different perspectives that you can learn from.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Meditation calms that busy brain, but not your motor mouth. You need to share, but it’s way too much information. Find a good listener among your most caring friends.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or Starjack.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 21, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Starvoice • 10.14.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Michael Gambon turns 71 on Wednesday. The acclaimed Britsh actor has starred in many film favorites such as Gosford Park in 2001 and last year in The King’s Speech, but he garnered a new generation of fans when he replaced Richard Harris in the Harry Potter film series as Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore, who also happens to be gay.

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THIS WEEK

Just before leaving Libra, the sun trines Neptune, prompting sweet romantic dreams, ideals and promises. When Sol moves into Scorpio those promises may prove hard to keep. The test of a relationship is not just in keeping promises, but forgiving the broken ones.

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LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
A creative partnership can become more enduring than expected. Romantic commitment is possible but demands more work. Heartfelt discussions help to clarify illusions.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Innovation is necessary, but getting too clever only exacerbates existing problems. Keep communications open. If you can’t be friendly, be tactful. Charm works well for you.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
Getting too comfortable with the wrong people tempts you to spill secrets. Focus on where you want to be in five years with the one you love. Follow that inspiration.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Have an appropriate outlet for your energy. The more you can sublimate it into your work the better, but be mindful of boundaries. What is more important —your partnership or career?

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Roleplay with your partner opens up insights. Confusion in other relationships requires a more intuitive approach. Defending your turf at work is necessary. Kind words are more effective.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Don’t prolong arguments. The sooner they’re done the sooner you can learn from them. Fantasy play is one way to be intimate with your partner. Sharing  secrets can also prove liberating.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Playing too hard leads to injuries and/or fights. Do you really want to annihilate your opponent or are you there to have fun together? Lighten up. You’re taking yourself way too seriously.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Flirtations lead to something more serious, but take one step at a time. Even if it is a passing fancy, enjoy it while it lasts. Renegotiating loans and debts work in your favor.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Concern about your health or work makes you defensive. Be diplomatic if you must tell others to mind their business. You need a new view of your problem, based in traditional wisdom.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
The need to take care of domestic issues feels overwhelming. You’re putting too much pressure on yourself. Structure and discipline slow you down, but are more effective than panic.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Taking yourself too seriously is sure to lead to arguments. If you’re really so smart, prove it by taking a class in something entirely new, or read a book that will challenge your mind.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Take conversations to new depths. Someone you’re sweet on may be ready to get more intimate. Raise the subject, but be careful and read the signals carefully to know how.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or Starjack.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 14, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Starvoice • 10.07.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Brett Favre turns 42 on Monday. The former NFL quarterback has an oustanding record that includes three consecutive MVP titles and a Super Bowl ring. We kind of forgot all that during his sexting scandal with Gameday host Jenn Sterger. Images of Favre’s private parts leaked to the media, but he’s always denied sending such picture messages. Major fumble.

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THIS WEEK

The sun conjoins Saturn in Libra, clarifying the limits of relationships. Such reality checks can be unpleasant, but romance can’t last without work and realism. Work on it!

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LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
Sex and money are likely to come up. The argument would be over money; sex could be the resolution. Either way, stay focused on what’s important and where your partner ranks.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Keep your attention on your goals and don’t worry about the attention. Opportunities for love, or a rocking facsimile, are coming up. If you got love, get rocking.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
Boundary issues with co-workers need discussion. Financial opportunities approach, but they’ll need hard work and sacrifice. Don’t screw it up by arguing with someone who wants to help.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Friends who challenge you can be the best friends around but pay close attention. Are they for you or against you? Be attentive. Even enemies’ harsh criticisms can prove helpful.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Showing off your intellect could end up showing your limits. Be open to teachers who can help you toward clearer thinking. An open mind makes you a better partner.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Hiding feelings of loss and dread makes them worse. Sharing them with your partner increases emotional intimacy. This experience and your strong empathy will soon prove helpful.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Not getting the attention you want makes you especially cranky. Avoid angry and inappropriate outbursts. Your inspirations need work, but your creative juices are high. Show what you can do.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
You might meet that someone special by the end of the week. There’s no predicting true love, but exciting conversations can open doors to meeting amazing new people. Don’t be shy.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Fanciful notions take a dark turn, either delicious or morbid. Stay with it and see where they are coming from. Focus on work. Your colleagues deserve input on new ideas before you take initiative.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
You’re shining at work, although that makes you feel precarious, as a “king of the hill” needing to defend yourself. Acknowledging the effort and support of others will help you feel less lonely.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Taking yourself too seriously is sure to lead to arguments. If you’re really so smart, prove it by taking a class in something entirely new, or read a book that will challenge your mind.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Take conversations to new depths. Someone you’re sweet on may be ready to get more intimate. Raise the subject, but be careful and read the signals carefully to know how.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or Starjack.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 7, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Starvoice • 09.30.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Clive Barker turns 59 on Wednesday. The gay author has either frightened or mystified readers with The Damnation Game, Imajica, Sacrament and more. He’s also ventured into filmmaking with Lord of Illusions and perhaps his most famous, Hellraiser. The film is getting a reboot as Barker produces the remake which is slated for release in 2013.

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THIS WEEK

Mercury conjoins Saturn in Libra raising knowledge and articulation of what our relationships are about and where they’re going. Feeling limited can create arguments or healthy productive discussions. Stay focused on what you want and who you love.

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LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
A sense of domestic security can open deeper intimacy. Little competitions with your partner can be fun. Single? Dating isn’t a competitive sport. Being serious is good, but not too serious.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Remember the reason you work so hard is to keep a nice home. It may not be the castle of your dreams, but it’s the best you have. Keep that in mind.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
Where people are taking their own ideas too seriously and not listening to each other your practicality and humor can help break those barriers. Just don’t fall into the same stubbornness.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
If you can’t have meetings with important people, at least keep communications open. It can take hard work to clear up confusion, but your work will be a lot harder if you don’t.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
You might be more brilliant than the world’s geniuses, but let their ideas challenge your thinking. If you can really do better, write it down and find a publisher pronto.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Guard against cranky outbursts. It’s too easy to get into needless, stupid arguments. Cleaning house can be a meditation. Exercise and conversations with trusted friends helps.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
A drop in energy leaves you feeling high and dry. You’ve been cranked up, and it couldn’t last. A serious talk about romance can make or break a relationship. Be clear on what you want.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Dreams of great accomplishment are inspiring or distracting. Make sure your goals are realistic. Discussions with co-workers get unpleasant, but face the facts and you’ll be better for it.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Take time out from idle pleasantries to apply your wit to more creative endeavors. A little competitive spirit is a great boost to your efforts. Don’t go overboard and get nasty about it.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
Power struggles at home are sugarcoated with good intentions. Sensing underlying motives stress you out. Confronting them creates some trouble now, saving lots of trouble in the long run.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
It can be hard to keep secrets. Getting high, even a little buzz, can impair your judgment. Trying to one-up your partner in conversation can get nasty. Be nice to the one you love.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
A serious conversation about money leaves you feeling deflated. Striving to improve your finances does not mean keeping up with the Joneses, nor does economizing require you to suffer.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or Starjack.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 30, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Starvoice • 09.23.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Olivia Newton-John turns 63 on Monday. The singer/actress reached queer iconicism as the muse Kira in the roller skating fantasy film Xanadu. She only helped that with her role as Bitsy Mae Harling in the Sordid Lives film and the television series. We think her guest appearances on Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List and Glee her well on queerdom’s radar.

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THIS WEEK

Fresh into Libra, the sun and Mercury stimulate friendly conversation but they’re opposite Uranus and squaring Pluto; any dialogue can turn fiercely argumentative or deliciously wicked. Either way, secrets will be revealed!

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LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
Getting older beats the hell out of the alternative. The trick is to celebrate maturity, not to try hiding your age. Staying active and fit is one thing; holding on to your adolescence is another.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Your energy is high, perhaps hard to control. Worrying about that can turn it into nervous aggravation. Stay focused. Staying where you’re visible will help you stay on purpose.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
If arguments with friends leave you irritated, it’s because they’re right. Be big enough to admit it. You’re in too much demand now to be in a cranky sulk. What you learn can prove helpful at work.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Rewards for your accomplishments are more spiritual than remunerative. If that disappoints you, take it in stride. Remember, you’re always being seen and attitude is key to further success.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Charm is more persuasive than facts. That doesn’t mean you have to compromise your integrity, but you want to adjust your attitude. Especially with the one you love, remember to be kind.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Outstanding debts should wait. Focus on your sex life. What do you really want? Partnered: A long heart-to-heart talk is in order. Single: An adventure can open up amazing new possibilities.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Accepting invitations to fun causes as much trouble as refusing them. Adventure and drama are inevitable, so embrace them consciously with eyes open or they will sneak up on you.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Don’t let work stress you out. Exercise shakes off the tension. Redistributing the workload among your co-workers can help. Staying focused on the goal is important, but don’t obsess on it.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Your efforts to include friends just annoy them. Let them be the audience when you’re done. If you find a good collaborator, though, it could become more than a working relationship.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
Make new contacts in your community. You’ll be surprised to discover how well known you are. Those new connections prove helpful in your career. When in doubt, stay close to home.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Some things need to be said and feathers have to be ruffled. Be tactful, but also be ready to deal with the fact that someone will be upset, and he or she will just have to hear it and adapt.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Be careful whom you contract with in financial undertakings. It could work out brilliantly, but is more likely to be a disaster. Sexual explorations can improve partnerships or help start one.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or Starjack.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 23, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Starvoice • 09.02.11

By Jack FertigJ-Foxworth

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Jeff Foxworthy turns 53 on Tuesday.
The comedian known mostly for his “You might be a redneck” jokes has been fairly harmless in his jokes regarding gays but gave us gold when he sang “Islands in the Stream” with Kenny Rogers while holding hands. Classic. He’s currently in the reality show Shark Tank.

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THIS WEEK

Venus in Virgo and Mars in Cancer are in a sextile that suggests homey seductions. The best way to your intended’s heart, or other parts, is through dainty treats, preferably at home. These planets are also in hard aspect to Eris bringing a creative edge to competition, but perhaps too much competitiveness to your efforts.

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VIRGO Aug 23-Sep 22
Venus in your sign brings charm that you can use to social advantages. That can boost your sex life, but with complications. Volunteering time and effort for your community challenges you.

LIBRA Sep 23-Oct 22
You can accomplish a great deal sequestered at your job. That will arouse competitive suspicion, but who better than you to find a cooperative solution? Granted, that will be a job in itself.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 21
Ask your friends for the most far out entertainment they can think of. Go one better if you can. Better yet, read something that will challenge your political or spiritual values.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22-Dec 20
Slow careful moves promote your career better than bold actions. Take initiative to be helpful and look for problems to solve. Creative answers are brilliant, but can be divisive.

CAPRICORN Dec 21-Jan 19
You are likely to lose arguments with your partner. Pay close attention to understand his or her point of view. Your silent acceptance will be spiritually enriching and save your relationship.

AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18
Deep insights can make work more productive but can prove divisive. Include colleagues in the process; make them feel part of it to help your team be more competitive and less fractious.

PISCES Feb 19-Mar 19
You and your baby need fun. How much to spend can be a bone of contention. Get creative about economizing. The best way to keep domestic peace is to keep your mind on long-term goals.
ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Being neat, sweet and domestic is the best way to sustain love or meet a new one. Resist being critical. If you can offer improvements, first make sure they’re welcome.

TAURUS Apr 20-May 20
You’re cute when you’re being shy, but being shy doesn’t mean being a wimp. If you have to choose between being adorable and standing up for yourself, you know what to do.

GEMINI May 21-Jun 20
Organize household finances or rearrange things to make more sense. Check in with your partner or roommates first. You get away with your initiative, but consultation makes it better.

CANCER Jun 21-Jul 22
It’s tempting to gripe about your boss, but he or she will hear about it. Tame your critical mind and turn it to your work. Among other benefits, focusing on productivity pulls you out of worry.

LEO Jul 23-Aug 22
Most arguments are a waste of time. Is convincing some clod that you’re right that important? The most important arguments are within yourself and lead to new realms of self-expression.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or Starjack.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 2, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Starvoice • 08.26.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Phil McGraw turns 61 on Thursday. The former Wichita Falls resident has used his talk show Dr. Phil to address LGBT issues regarding youth and same-sex marriage. He recently spoke to CNN about the damages of ex-gay practices in the wake of Michelle Bachmann’s presidential campaign.

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THIS WEEK

Mercury in Leo stimulates creative thinking, but also a lot of self-promotional BS. While in Leo he’s agitating the Pluto-Uranus square, leading people to take their notions way too seriously, but those aspects can trigger bits of revolutionary genius. The trick there is to not challenge everyone around you, but to challenge yourself.

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VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
As naughty fantasies come inside your head, explore them safely there. Putting them into reality could be delicious, but be careful! However you explore them, you learn a lot about yourself.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
Everyone wants an argument. Can’t they just be nice and agree with you? There’s nothing wrong with sticking to your guns. Shooting them off freely drives away people you care about.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
You may feel hassled by an overbearing boss. Bite your tongue and take it all in as feedback to help you do your job better, no matter what the tone. There’s always room for improvement.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
Your idea of playful banter can really upset some people. That could be a good thing when done in the right time and place. In any event, there will be a price to pay, so make sure it’s worth it.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Capricornian brilliance at sex is one of the zodiac’s best-kept secrets. The more it stays that way, the better off you are. Keep that info on a need-to-know basis.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
If you can’t avoid debate, keep one eye inward to see how your arguments reflect your deepest fears and insecurities. Keep a friend nearby with whom you can have an honest talk about that.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Taking a cut in pay might be a necessary strategy for long-range benefits. Don’t get taken advantage of. If money gets tight, you have the creative resourcefulness to make it through.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Your idea of fun and good humor upsets some people. In the right time and place that could be a good thing, but think ahead about consequences and whom you can afford to piss off.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Arguments at home reflect and exacerbate your insecurities and doubts. Reflect on childhood patterns and how they affect you now. Probably best to do that on your own.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Your mouth is getting even further ahead of your brain than usual, and your libido is somewhere inbetween. The brilliance of your ideas depends on how much you challenge yourself.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
Hiding financial problems from your partner will make the situation worse. It may be time to renegotiate how you deal with bills and expenses. Explore ideas now, but don’t make decisions.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Others admire your brilliance nearly half as much as you do, but a good showman always leaves the audience wanting more. The ability to listen makes you more popular than the ability to talk.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or Starjack.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 26, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Starvoice • 08.05.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Michael Urie turns 30 on Monday. The actor became a hallmark queer TV character as Mark St. James in Ugly Betty. The Plano High School and Julliard grad has kept up his theater roots. He received the Lucille Lortel Award for lead actor as Mattachine Society founder Rudi Gernreich in The Temperamentals.

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THIS WEEK

The sun makes hard aspects to Uranus and Pluto, bringing ego and power-struggles to a dangerous head; but Sol moves quickly into a grand trine with Eris and the North Node, offering routes to reconciliation.

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LEO Jul 23-Aug 22
A few well-chosen words stimulate discussions you’ll learn a lot from. Opening up to challenging new ideas can dramatically change the ways you work and play.

VIRGO Aug 23-Sep 22
Creative angst is a good thing. You are trying too hard for something entirely new and different. Go back to your roots and see what neglected treasures inspire you to innovation.

LIBRA Sep 23-Oct 22
Friendly advice about your home and relationship is malicious japery, but is there anything in it? Whatever the source, dissect it for seeds of truth and opportunities for self-improvement.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 21
Speaking out of turn at work ruffles feathers. Open up new ideas. Irritating (or irritated) as your boss may be, keep calm, respectful and focused on your company’s success.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22-Dec 20
Your impulses for adventure tests your rresourcefulness. You’re clever enough to do what’s necessary more economically than it first appears. Trust your instincts and go it alone if you have to.

CAPRICORN Dec 21-Jan 19
If parental voices chime in at the worst times, relax. Take time to meditate and listen to those voices, if only to get where they’re coming from, to talk back and dismiss them.

AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18
It’s no news that your mouth makes trouble. Just keep your brain ahead of it and do not reveal your partner’s secrets. Thinking ahead is what you do best. Apply that foresight in the present.

PISCES Feb 19-Mar 19
Worries about health and money are exaggerated. The future looks tough for everyone, but don’t let your imagination make it worse. You can still thrive. Hard work is the answer, but don’t burn out. Set a goal and do your best.

ARIES Mar 20-Apr 19
What you think is brilliant and clever is threatening to authorities. Think ahead: What battles can you win? Who are your real friends? What do you need to learn to succeed?

TAURUS Apr 20-May 20
Fights at home are displaced frustration. Be careful not to say something you’ll regret later. Whether to head off the fight or to heal the wounds, open up to your partner about your anxieties.

GEMINI May 21-Jun 20
Dare to be shocking and bold, but don’t be surprised if you scare off friends. Are you stronger with fewer friends who agree with you or more friends with more diverse thoughts?

CANCER Jun 21-Jul 22
Feeling underappreciated is more about you misunderstanding what your virtues really are. Job reviews and criticism from your partner hurt, but take them as cues to clarify your strengths.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or Starjack.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 5, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas