Resource Center calls on DISD to pick new leader versed in LGBT issues, do more for gay parents

Cece Cox

Resource Center Dallas is calling on DISD trustees to keep LGBT issues squarely in mind as they select a new superintendent. In a letter sent to all nine school board members today, RCD Executive Director and CEO Cece Cox notes that the district recently adopted fully LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying and non-discrimination policies. But Cox adds that while the district may be ahead of most in Texas when it comes to these things, “far too often, there is a gap between policy and practice.”

“Additionally, I encourage the district to do more to reach out to LGBT couples who have children,” Cox writes. “According to the 2010 U.S. Census, there are roughly 6,700 LGB couples in Dallas County, and around one in four of them are raising children. The superintendent should lead district efforts to reach out to these LGBT families so that they are welcomed and included in DISD schools.”

As an exclamation point, Cox mentions this week’s settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin school district, suggesting that DISD is legally obligated to enforce the anti-bullying policy and support LGBT students.

Read Cox’s full letter after the jump.

—  John Wright

Guy-Gainer in runoff; 2 of 3 Stonewall-endorsed candidates win DISD races

Three Dallas Independent School District races were decided Saturday without runoffs. Nancy Bingham won District 4; Lew Blackburn won District 5; and Eric Cowan won District 7.

Stonewall Democrats endorsed Cowan and Blackburn. In the District 4 race Stoneawll endorsed Camile White over Bingham, the incumbent.

In a Tarrant County race watched by Dallas Voice, Dave Gainer advanced to a runoff after finishing second with 34 percent of the vote for the Place 3 city council seat in Forest Hill, according to unofficial results. Gainer will face incumbent Gerald Joubert, who received 43 percent of the vote. Rodney Wright finished third with 23 percent of the vote.

The vote was closer than the percentages made it appear. Fewer than 1,000 ballots were cast, and only 91 votes separated Joubert and Gainer.

The runoff will be in June.

—  David Taffet