KERA to interview ‘Mark and Vic,’ Texas plaintiffs in SCOTUS marriage equality case

IMG_0427Mark Pariss and Vic Holmes, two of the plaintiffs in the marriage equality case that was decided by the Supreme Court last week, are Plano-based and will be the guests in the first hour of Monday’s Think, the midday talk show on local National Public Radio affiliate 90.1 KERA-FM. The show airs from noon to 1 p.m. June 29 if you get a chance to listen to it live; it will be rebroadcast at 9 p.m. Monday and available as well on the show’s podcast.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

LISTEN: Gay Dallas commentator on the meaning of love and marriage

Rawlins Gilliland

Rawlins Gilliland

Dallas commentator Rawlins Gilliland recently wrote a piece for KERA about what he felt being in love meant and why he should be able to marry the man he loves.

He shares an entry from his journal from 1969 when he was first in love with a man.

“You know what makes me sad? After I met you, I learned how it felt to want to be with someone and create a life together. But I keep asking myself, ‘What does this lead to’ and the answer is nothing except what it is. I want being with you to be celebrated. I don’t know what that means but I know how it feels.  I realize now what I could not comprehend then; I simply wanted what everyone else had because, after falling in love, I became ‘everyone else.’”

Gilliland wrote on his Facebook that he never felt “I nailed something unequivocally but this is as close to perfect as I’m capable of producing.”

He heard the piece air this morning “in real time in bed with my arms around the man who in part inspired this piece. I cried softly in the dark knowing that would be a memory I can take to my grave.”

Listen here.

—  Dallasvoice

KERA 90.1 FM changes lineup (and not for the better)

Citing a “continued mission to serve its diverse audience,” KERA is screwing up its lineup, beginning Nov. 12. That’s next Monday.

First off, Morning Edition will now begin airing at 4 a.m., because nothing says “diversity” quite like five hours of one show (repeated every two hours), five days at a time.

The next major change is bumping Fresh Air with Terry Gross from 11 a.m. (with an encore at 8 p.m.) to 3 p.m. I don’t know about you, but I need the salve of Gross’ chipper coo to heal the scratches caused from listening to Diane Rehm blowing smoke up author’s asses from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (I usually like the first hard new hour of Rehm.) Gross’ show, while not live, was a great entree to the lunch hour, and it often has fairly timely items that lead me into my day. It’ll now move to 3 p.m. and the encore is being dropped.

Fresh Air will be replaced by The Takeaway, new to our market, so I don’t know much about it. John Hockenberry is the host; he’s pretty good, but really? Moving Terry? We will have to wait and see.

Tell Me More with Michele Martin was on midday for a few years; I never really cared for it. It may work better at 8 p.m., when I’m rarely listening anyway, though I liked re-catching Terry at night if I missed a segment in the morning.

Think with Krys Boyd remains, from noon to 2, as does The World right after … another show that doesn’t really tickle my fancy. (How about a good program that targets the gay community? I can find the time if I have to…) Then Gross takes her new home at 3 — not a terrible spot, but irksome because it displaces a time she’s enjoyed for ages, and postpones All Things Considered until 4. ATC was on at 4 recently, and the early start time was good because it meant I didn’t have to stay in the car until 6 p.m. to get my daily news wrap-up; now I guess I will.

Then late at night, we go into five hours of BBC programming, because nothing puts the National in National Public Radio like news from another nation.

You can see the new lineup here. Ugh.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Best Bets • 11.11.11

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We’ll fall for these Con men
With more than 150 artists auctioning off their art and for cheap (opening bid is still $20), Art Con 7 is both the best place for snagging original art and a flat out blast. With live music by the Hope Trust, KERA’s Rawlins Gilliland as auctioneer and all of it benefiting Musical Angels that provides free piano lessons to hospitalized children, it’s unparalleled in offering a fulfilling night.

511 W. Commerce St.
7 p.m. $10.


Sunday 11.13

Gaultier gets his proper due
The world has oohed and ahhed over designer Jean Paul Gaultier’s striking fashions for years, but from afar. The Dallas Museum of Art brings the designer’s work up close in the highly anticipated exhibit The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. The exhibit includes not only his fashions, but an animatronic mannequin of the designer. And it talks!

1717 N. Harwood St. Through
Feb. 12. $16–$20.


Thursday 11.17

The man still is a “Work of Art”
Even with more than 30 years in the music industry, Morrissey still retains an air of mystery. That’s part of his mystique. Sure we’ve discovered tidbits about the former Smiths singer, but his hidden side is part of his allure and odd sex appeal.

McFarlin Auditorium,
6405 Boaz Lane.
8 p.m. $40–$50.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 11, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Rawlins is back!

The 10-hour Rawlins Gilliland fundraising marathon on KERA is underway right now, with Monica Greene as his first co-host of the day. Tune in and for God’s sake, pledge so we can end this insanity!!!!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Fahari’s Harold Steward on KERA’s Art&Seek

Harold Steward

In this piece from Thursday, KERA’s Jerome Weeks talked to Harold Steward, artistic director of Fahari Arts Institute, as the organization begins its third season. Opening with two art shows (and a special edition of Queerly Speaking for Dallas Black Pride), Steward discusses Fahari’s confidence going into a new season, and some of that is due to the piece’s mention of the three Dallas Voice Reader’s Choice Awards the organization won. Collectively, the group won for Best Local Arts Organization, Best Theater Director for Steward for Fahari-produced The Bull-Jean Stories, and Q-Roc Ragsdale as Best Actress for the same show.

Steward: “Of course, it’s all based off of popular vote. But you know, we looked at it, and said, ‘Here we are, a volunteer staff, an even more volunteer budget because we don’t know what it is, and how do we come away with three awards when no other organization does?’ Well, that speaks to the people and their beliefs in this . . . What we’re doing is building community.”

We highlighted Steward and Fahari back in January.

—  Rich Lopez

WHAT’S BREWING: Morning Edition offers gay cure, Perry too centrist, Miami Beach settles

1. Yesterday morning, NPR did one of their most irresponsible stories in their history. Trying to present a balanced picture, they found a gay man who claimed he was cured. Their conclusion is “the jury is still out.” Here’s the link. Comments can be directed to KERA, the local NPR affiliate. Morning Edition is supported locally by Gay and Lesbian Fund for Dallas.

2. The Amarillo Globe News weighed in on the comment Gov. Rick Perry made about same-sex marriage being a states rights issue. Their conclusion is that Perry is going for votes from centrists. Interestingly, they point out that in figuring out how to allow a gay couple in Dallas to divorce, the state had to recognize their marriage existed and that, they conclude, is totally unacceptable.

3. The Rainbow Lounge victims weren’t the only ones paid a settlement over the last week. In Miami Beach, a gay tourist who was falsely arrested and roughed up by police in 2009 was paid a $75,000 settlement. The two officers involved were also fired last week, according to the Miami Herald.

—  David Taffet

Remembering Fred Martinez: ‘Two Spirits’ tells story of a murdered Navajo boy

‘Two Spirit’ — Fred Martinez

There’s been some talk here on Instant Tea this week about the documentary Out in America and whether or not KLRU, the PBS channel in Austin, would air it during Gay Pride Month. I am proud of the LGBTs in Austin — especially Meghan Stabler — for speaking out and getting KLRU to add the film to its Jun line-up.

But it seems that there is another important documentary that may have gotten a bit overlooked in the meantime. It’s called Two Spirits, and it weaves the story of a 16-year-old Navajo boy, Fred Martinez, who was murdered because of his feminine ways, and the history of many Native American tribes who considered what we now call LGBT people to be  gifted individuals who had an honored place in society. They called them “two spirits.” You can watch a trailer for the film below.

—  admin

Rawlings, Kunkle headed to Oak Cliff for debate

Dallas mayoral candidates David Kunkle, left, and Mike Rawlings

Any of you didn’t get answers to all your questions at Dallas Voice’s LGBT mayoral runoff forum — and those of you who might have stayed home due to the weather — have another chance to hear Dallas mayoral candidates Mike Rawlings and David Kunkle speak on the issues.

The Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce is hosting a mayoral debate forum at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Hitt Auditorium at Methodist Hospital, 1441 N. Beckley Ave.

KERA‘s Shelley Kofler will moderate, and questions for the candidates can be submitted by email to

—  admin

Austin PBS affiliate won’t air ‘Out in America’

Meghan Stabler

Did anyone catch Out in America on KERA on Monday night? As we dutifully informed you, the major new documentary from PBS about the American LGBT experience, which has gotten rave reviews from advocates, aired in Dallas two days before it is scheduled to air on most PBS stations around the country — at 7 p.m. Central time on Wednesday. A KERA rep explained to Instant Tea that the station had a timeslot open Monday night to air the documentary as part of its pledge drive, but won’t be showing it again Wednesday, which is a live night. Out in America is scheduled to re-air at 3 a.m. Sunday on KERA. Depending on how many pledges it generates, Out in America could also re-air on KERA later in the month, the representative told us.

Meanwhile, down in Austin, controversy is brewing over Out In America. Meghan Stabler, a board member for the Human Rights Campaign who lives in Round Rock, reports that the PBS affiliate in the capital, KLRU, has no plans to air Out in America during Pride month:

A major documentary about the American LGBT experience (“OUT in America”) will premiere nationally this week. Unfortunately here in Austin, the most liberal of cities in Texas, maybe the only liberal city in Texas, the local PBS station, KLRU,  is not scheduled to air it. …

After researching the monthly schedule for KLRU I noticed that while over 80 percent of the national PBS Stations are planning to run the documentary, KLRU has no plans,” Stabler writes. “The majority of airings will take place to coincide with Pride month, June. I contacted the programming department and received the following reply, “thanks … for inquiring about OUT in America. Currently our programming department said it’s not scheduled but they are considering it. Here’s a list of other programs this month to celebrate Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.” …

I talked further with the programming department of KLRU. There answer was that this is a “pledge drive” program and they will not be running it. They have recorded it for potential future use, but as this was a pledge program they would not be running it in the near term. I wasn’t satisfied and neither should you be.

So I then talked with Maria Rodriguez, Sr. VP – Broadcasting at KLRU-TV ( or 512-475-9029). She confirmed what I had been told earlier that “OUT in America” had been offered by PBS National as a documentary for use during pledge drives, and that due to a shorter than normal pledge drive in June, KLRU had decided not to air the program. She could not confirm a date or a month that the documentary would be aired but assured me that some time in the year it would be. I informed her that the content of this documentary was about the lives and personal stories as told by our voices vs. a historical narrative on topics like Stonewall. But she said they were airing Stonewall Uprising and two others for the GLBT community and that KLRU felt that was all that would be done.

Unfortunately a new documentary that does a beautiful job of capturing the richness and complexity of what it means to be LGBT at this particular moment in American history, and does so in an warm, humorous and genuine way, fails to get air time in Austin. That doesn’t cut it for me. “OUT in America” is a collection of our voices airing the struggle for equality in love, relationships, work and transition. The other programming, while offering a repeat documentary on the history of Stonewall and a new documentary called “Two Spirits” about the Navajo Indian traditions and the brutal slaying of Fred Martinez a Navaho “two-spirit” transgender youth, could still be bolstered by the scheduling of “Out in America.”

A petition has been launched at calling for Austin’s KLRU to air Out In America. If you’d like to encourage KERA to re-air the program in Dallas later this month, the station’s representative said to call 800-456-5372, mention Out in America, and make a contribution.


—  John Wright