PHOTOS: Christian music duo (and partners) Jason & deMarco Saturday at MCC

I don’ t know how this show snuck in, but I found out about it late last week. Fortunately, one of our photographers got out to the show and snapped a few pics of the night.

The gay Christian pop duo Jason and deMarco came to Dallas for a benefit show Saturday at the Metropolitan Community Church in Carrollton. They headlined a night that also included Ray Norris, Buddy Shanahan and Kim Wisdom among others. The show was a fundraiser for AIDS Interfaith Network.

“Every dollar raised from the concert will go directly to help homeless clients with HIV/AIDS,” said Steven Pace, executive director of AIN. “We are so grateful to MCC-GD for their unwavering support.”

View more of Eric Scott Dickson’s photos from the event after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

Starvoice • 04.29.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Lesley Gore turns 65 on Monday. Much has changed in music since singer Lesley Gore recorded her biggest hit “It’s My Party” back in 1963. But maybe it was Gore who “changed” the most. The iconic singer came out as lesbian in 2005 and stated she knew in her late teens that she was attracted to women. Now we have to go back and listen to all her lyrics again.

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THIS WEEK

Uranus, newly in Aries, cranks up spontaneous individualism and assertion. The sun is in Taurus, semi-square to Uranus provoking a lot of stubbornness. Don’t challenge others with an uppity, obstinate attitude; look for creative new ways to show loyalty and resilience.

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TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Life’s tough blows have been piling up, but don’t let it give you piles. Much as people depend on the solid, reliable you, you need to be able to let it out and lean on someone else.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Your friends are only human. Don’t take disappointments to heart. Cutting off communications is a big mistake, but so is over-talking the problem. A short break may be best.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
Your friends’ ideas fare too much from the heart, not enough from the brains. Going along with them could hurt your rep and your wallet. Thank them for their ideas and change the subject.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
In your ideal relationship you’re the star married to your agent or manager. That means you can’t always be the boss! Arguments are normal but listening remains more important than speaking.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Novel sex techniques are a blast but require some safety. They also open up a lot of suppressed feelings. How well do you know your partner? Just be sure that he or she can be trusted.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
You and your mate have a great time exploring kinky new fun. Anything from silk scarf bondage to cattle prods is open to testing. Slow, careful and easy is the best approach, at first anyway.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
You are part of a team and everyone else is as important as you. As much as your special talents do contribute to the team, cultivate humility as one of those talents.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
Argue about movie, art, sports, anything fun or creative; you’re sure to find amazing new ideas. Keep your mind and ears open and respectful of other notions. Be polite with the idiots.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Livening up your home life should be a fun creative challenge, not a painful economic one. Unleash your dark side in planning changes, but not in how you treat housemates.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Criticism of family, housemates or your community is surprising in its harshness. If you can’t be kind, give your loved ones a break and look for schmucks who deserve your wrath.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Financial surprises work your nerves. You need a break. Try something new and different even if it’s just a quiet stroll in a park or country road you’ve never trod before.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
The cost of living force some choices in how you unwind. Look ahead 10 years and imagine what friendships, talents and skills you’d like to have developed through your hobbies.

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

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

—  Michael Stephens

Death: Burleigh John ‘B.J.’ Smith

Burleigh John “B.J.”  Smith, 62, of Dallas died March 29 from complications due to liver cancer.

Born in Shreveport to the late Bernard Cyril and Gwendolyn Smith, B.J.Smith worked 20 years for Cinemark Theaters as a film buyer before retiring in early 2010. He had a very outgoing and uplifting personality and he never met a stranger. His hobbies and interests included singing with the Turtle Creek Chorale for 11 years, movies, traveling, cooking and enjoying food and wine with friends.

He is survived by his partner of 31 years, Dennis Bellotto,; his sister Lynn Norton and family of Flower Mound; his brother Barney Smith and family of San Antonio; and his cherished cat Lance.

In lieu of flowers, Smith requested that memorial donations be made to AMFAR www.amfar.org or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society www.lls.org. No formal memorial service is planned at this time.

—  John Wright

NOM is reportedly late with its federal taxes

From Fred Karger:

The four year old National Organization for Marriage (NOM), and the National Organization for Marriage Foundation (NOMF) has once again failed to file its required Federal Income Tax Returns. Their IRS 2009 returns for both of these non-profits, their 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 were due on May 15, 2010. If they received an extension, then they were due October 15, 2010. Now they are 2 ½ months LATE!

I recently visited their new National Office in Washington, DC twice during regular office hours to view the returns. No one was there. They must make them available to anyone during regular business hours. We also have checked online repeatedly for their 2009 returns, and again, nothing. What is NOM trying to hide? Why do they not file their tax returns every year?

Déjà Vu


I went through the identical exercise in 2009 when I attempted to view NOM’s 2007 and 2008 990’s, but they never filed those either. We visited their then National Office in Princeton, NJ many times and no one was ever there either.

One set of 990’s was 5 months late. The other set was 17 months late, when finally, the night before NOM President Brian Brown was to testify in front of the Maine Ethics Commission last year, all of their delinquent tax returns magically appeared on the NOM web site.




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Forget late fees: It’s basic fairness leading Minnesotans to return hostile DVDs

Images-5You know those anti-gay DVDs that Minnesota’s Catholic church sent to locals? Yea, well — thousands of folks are regifting them this holiday season:

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Catholic anti-gay marriage DVD protesters are delivering more than 3,000 DVDs to Archbishop John Nienstedt on Friday, according to organizers of ReturnTheDVD.org.

KEEP READING: 3,000 Catholic Anti-Gay Marriage DVDs Returned to Archbishop [My Fox 9]

No word as to what Nienstedt will do with the surplus. Though we do hear Santa’s stocking division is looking for a new alternative to coal…




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Out Late in Virginia for DADT Repeal

The following is from HRC Intern Ryan Wilson:

The Human  Rights Campaign is working overtime, making sure that senators know that the public wants the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law repealed. We were out in Upper Arlington on Friday night, collecting signatures to give to Senators Webb and Warner, letting them know that their constituents want to see repeal. People we spoke with expressed their frustration that the 17 year old policy is still on the books, and that our men and women serving are subject to such an insensible policy. It was an exciting evening, speaking with HRC members, veterans, and those supportive of seeing DADT in the dustbins of history.

If you are a family member of a veteran or active duty service member from Virginia, please call Senator Webb’s office today at 202-224-4024 and ask him to put aside politics and pass the National Defense Authorization Act with language that repeals “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

 To get involved in our DADT efforts in Virginia, please call David Turley at 202-330-3790 or email him at David.Turley@hrc.org Time is short. We need your help.


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Late Night Election Results Open Thread

Thanks to everyone who joined our live blog tonight. A few key race results here. For those of you still up late night, feel free to use this as an open thread. I'll be back up in the morning (perhaps a little later start than usual).


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Tune in: Signorile, panel give late summer closet-cleaning advice

SignorileOn today’s edition of The Michelangelo Signorile Show” (Sirius 109/XM 98, 2-4PM ET), guests Mike Rogers, Michael Tripplett, and LZ Granderson will join the eponymous host for a discussion on “outing” in the age of Mehlman.

Full press release:

SIRIUS XM’S MICHELANGELO SIGNORILE TO HOST/MODERATE PANEL “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 JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION MEDIA SUMMIT AND NATIONAL CONVENTION IN SAN FRANCISCO

In the wake of discussions this year about Federal Judge Vaughn Walker (who overturned Proposition 8) and former RNC Chairman and Bush ‘04 campaign manager Ken Mehlman, SIRIUS XM’s Michelangelo Signorile will host and moderate a panel discussion called “20 Years Later: Outing and the Ethics of Reporting on the Sexual Orientation of Public Figures” live from the 20th Annual National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) LGBT Media Summit & National Convention in San Francisco, CA.

Signorile will host this discussion live on his daily SIRIUS XM show on Friday, September 3 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm ET (replays 4:00 – 6:00 pm ET) on OutQ, SIRIUS channel 109/XM channel 98. Panelists include:

- LZ Granderson, columnist for ESPN.com’s Page 2, host of web-based ESPN360 talk show “Game Night”

- Michael R. Triplett, contributor, Mediaite.com, part of the NLGJA Board of Directors and member of the NLGJA Rapid Response Task Force

- Michael Rogers of PageOneQ.com and BlogActive.com

For over two decades SIRIUS XM host Michelangelo Signorile has been among the most outspoken and controversial critics of American politics and culture. As a gay activist and journalist, he earned acclaim as the father of the “outing” phenomenon, sparked by his 1990 Outweek cover story about publishing magnate Malcolm Forbes’ homosexuality. He has continued to be on the forefront of reporting on these issues for his whole career, in-depth coverage of Larry Craig, Mark Foley, Mark Kirk, Mark Buse and others. Signorile was featured in Kirby Dick’s movie Outrage.

Signorile covers the issues of the day in-depth daily on The Michelangelo Signorile Show, his live, four-hour call-in show on SIRIUS XM’s OutQ, the nation’s 24/7 LGBT channel, engaging in an active and ongoing dialogue with listeners across the country on the air as he reports, comments, rants and madly obsesses about politics, media, pop culture and a host of other things that irk and interest him and interviews a variety of newsmakers and community leaders. The Michelangelo Signorile Show airs weekdays from 2:00 – 6:00 pm ET on OutQ—SIRIUS channel 109/XM channel 98. OutQ is trailblazer in LGBT media, offering groundbreaking coverage of social and political issues, as well as music and entertainment programming, all of which is produced by and for the LGBT community. Signorile continues the dialogue and posts daily commentary audio clips and more on his widely read blog/site: www.signorile.com.




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—  John Wright