LEAGUE Foundation taking applications for scholarships

Screen shot 2016-01-11 at 2.43.56 PMThe 2016 LEAGUE Foundation Scholarship Program is now open for high school senior students to apply online here. Application deadline is April 30 and awards will be dispersed in the summer.

Complete applicant qualifications are detailed online here.

LEAGUE Foundation currently has three awards available, and every student application received is reviewed for each of the three. They are

• The Laurel Hester Memorial Scholarship (1 awarded annually), named in honor of the New Jersey police lieutenant who, while dying of cancer, fought for and won the right to leave her pension and other benefits to her partner, Stacie Andree.

• The Matthew Shepard Memorial Scholarship (1 awarded annually), named in memory of the young man killed in a hate crime in Laramie, Wyo., in 1999, whose parents went on to establish a foundation and fight for the federal hate crimes law which is named, partially, in their son’s honor.

• The LEAGUE Foundation Scholarship (typically, 5 awarded annually).

Scholarship proceeds are sent directly to the school the student is attending, rather than to the student.

—  Tammye Nash

Hey Tom Goss, where’s Dallas’ song?

While posting Today’s Best Bet, a little bit of jealous hometown pride kicked in when I saw that out singer Tom Goss posted this ode to San Antonio on his YouTube. And he even put an exclamation mark at the end of “I Can’t Wait To Get To San Antonio” title.

Oh sure, Mr. Goss. Build up your buzz for your upcoming fancy benefit reception on Saturday to raise scholarship money for LGBT youth. And go ahead and ask for your donations for LEAGUE who has given financial aid to 93 students totaling more than $157,000.

Our Dallas hearts still hurt a little.

We love you, too, Tom Goss, but clearly you’ve chosen San Antonio. Our eyes are on you tonight to make up for it. We might even send in our own donation so nyah.

Probably what Goss will be wearing tonight.

—  Rich Lopez

Houston Aeros’ Justin Fontaine suspended for anti-gay tweet

Justin Fontaine

Houston’s American Hockey League team, the Aeros, has suspended player Justin Fontaine for two games after a homophobic tweet from the right winger.

The suspension was handed down from the Aeros’ parent NHL team the Minnesota Wild, who issued a press statement apologizing for Fontaine’s “inappropriate” comment.

Fontaine has since removed the offending tweet and tweeted an apology, saying “Twitter rookie and it came out totally wrong. It was a roommate battle, nothing more.” Missing from Fontaine’s apology was any recognition that it is cruel to use a term for queer people to deride something.

The issue is not that Fontaine used a naughty word, or that he did it in a public venue. The issue is that Fontaine seems to think that words meaning LGBT people are synonyms for “a thing I don’t like.” It’s hard to imagine that that equation does not stem from a dislike for LGBT people.

—  admin

LOCAL BRIEFS: AIN poker tourney at the Brick; Bates set for Dallas Black Pride

AIN poker tourney set at the Brick

A charity poker tournament is set for Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Brick, 2525 Wycliff, to benefit AIDS Interfaith Network.

The Dallas Bears and the LGBT poker league Pocket Rockets will co-host the event with the Brick. Miller Lite is the sponsor and play begins at 3 p.m.

It’s free to play but AIN will benefit in a number of ways. The agency will receive a portion of the drink specials sold. Players may buy additional chips, and the Bears will hold a 50/50 raffle.

A cash prize pool of $500 will be awarded and all levels of players are welcome.

Bates set for Dallas Black Pride

Christopher H. Bates will speak at the Dallas Black LGBT Community Summit on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Dallas Marriott City Center Hotel. He is the director of Health and Human Service’s Office of HIV/AIDS Policy.

Bates will discuss the federal government’s response to the high infection rate among young gay African-American men. He has 20 years experience in public health policy and has been with OHAP for more than a decade.

Bates administers funds for the Minority AIDS Initiative and advises the Undersecretary of Health on education, prevention, testing, research, care and treatment strategies. Information is available at DFWPrideMovement.org.

Martin offers program for couples

Randy Martin, LPC, will facilitate an eight-session program for couples, Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. throughout September and October.

The program is based on the theory and practice of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). The first session focuses on the new science of love and what it teaches us. The next seven sessions focus on helping couples shape and use the seven conversations laid out in the book Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson, the developer of EFT.

Couples interested in participating should contact Martin at 214-520-7575. The cost of the program is $500 per couple and includes a copy of the book Hold Me Tight and other necessary materials.

NGPA seeks donations

The National Gay Pilots Association recently awarded $22,000 in scholarships and is seeking donations for future awards to aspiring LGBT aviators.

Since its founding in 1998, the NGPA Education Fund has given 46 awards totaling $139,000. Donations can be made on the group’s website, NGPA.org.

—  John Wright

Human League – Night People

I posted one of the remixes a few days ago, this is the production video. None of the band members appear, possibly due to their ages, which is a shame. Good clip, though.

Joe. My. God.

—  admin

Human League – Night People

Their first new single in a decade and this remix is by legendary French disco star Cerrone! Night People will be available on iTunes this Tuesday and the full-length Credo, their ninth studio album, comes out in March.

Joe. My. God.

—  admin

Gay for Ivy League Education?

COLLEGE STUDENTS X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COMIn hopes of setting themselves apart from the sea of similarly
qualified applicants, students seeking admission to Ivy League schools
and similarly high-caliber institutions are increasingly electing to
identify themselves as LGBT on their applications.
Advocate.com: Daily News

—  John Wright