Trump’s first 100 days: How bad could it get?

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Lisa Keen  |  Keen News Service
lisakeen@mac.com

The “most pro-gay Republican presidential candidate in history” will take office as president of the United States on Jan. 20, and yet the LGBT community has much to be anxious about as the administrations change.

In fact, the country as a whole may have reason to be more than a little anxious, given information made public some 10 days before his inauguration that Russian intelligence agencies have videos of Donald Trump in a Russian hotel room with prostitutes engaging in “golden showers” sex play and information documenting his financial indebtedness to Russia mobsters, leaving him vulnerable to blackmail.

But the LGBT community must deal with those possibilities as well as the fear of anti-LGBT efforts by a federal government under Republican control.

No matter what Trump might do as president to signal his unique level of comfort with LGBT people compared to his Republican conservative base, the departure of President Obama, indisputably the most pro-gay president in history regardless of party affiliation, will stand in stark contrast to what many LGBT people fear will become an inevitable string of disappointing inactions (at best) and hostile attacks (at worst).

While Trump used his campaign pulpit to urge the American people to stand in “solidarity” with the LGBT community following the Orlando nightclub massacre, his picks for key administration roles have been people with a history of standing solidly against that community.

And the hopes for a better tomorrow for LGBT people — hopes that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton made abundantly clear she supported — are replaced now with the uneasy feeling that anti-LGBT legislation will breeze through a Republican-dominated Congress and be signed as part of some “deal” Trump might feel compelled to make to demonstrate his solidarity with his rabid right base and a certain admired foreign leader.
So, what exactly should the LGBT community be braced to see? Here’s a look at the most likely events in Trump’s first 100 days:

The Executive Branch:
• Contractor discrimination: President Obama signed an executive order in July 2014 that prohibits contractors doing business with the federal government from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity. It also added gender identity to a previously existing Executive Order 13087 that prohibits discrimination against federal employees based on sexual orientation. Trump could rescind both executive orders or, alternatively, amend the existing order to grant a request — that Obama rejected — from a group of religious leaders who urged that the non-discrimination policy include a “robust religious exemption.”

• Hospital Memorandum: President Obama issued a memorandum April 15, 2010, calling for an end to discrimination against LGBT people by hospital visitation policies that limit visitors to immediate family members. The directive applies to hospitals receiving federal funds through Medicare and Medicaid. Many same-sex couples now have the benefit of marriage to protect those visitation rights, but not all same-sex couples with close, long-term relationships do.

• Education discrimination: In May 2016, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice issued a “Dear Colleague” letter advising schools that discrimination against transgender students violates a federal law against sex discrimination. The Trump administration could issue a new letter with its own interpretation of the reach of Title IX. In addition, Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, was a leading supporter of a 2004 ballot campaign against marriage equality in Michigan, and her family has given millions to anti-LGBT causes and groups.

• Health discrimination: In May last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued regulations stating that the Affordable Care Act’s prohibition on sex discrimination in health coverage and care includes a prohibition on discrimination based on gender identity. The Trump HHS could issue its own interpretation of the ACA’s sex discrimination. Trump’s nominee for Secretary of HHS, Tom Price, has a long history of hostility toward the LGBT community. Plus efforts to repeal ACA — something Trump has made clear he supports — are already underway.

The Republican-led Congress:
• Nullifying executive orders: Even if Trump chooses not to rescind any of President Obama’s executive orders or memoranda, Congress could pass legislation to nullify any or all of them, and one Trump ally, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, predicted last month that Trump would rescind 70 percent of President Obama’s executive orders. So a Trump veto on such action by Congress seems unlikely.

• First Amendment Defense Act: This bill was introduced to Congress shortly before the Supreme Court’s ruling that said state bans on marriage for same-sex couples are unconstitutional. The FADA is part of the effort to circumvent laws that prohibit discrimination against same-sex couples. It would allow a person or business discriminating against LGBT people to defend themselves by claiming the discrimination is an exercise of the person or business’ religious beliefs. It seeks to prohibit the federal government from taking any adverse action against a person who “acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman.” Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said last month he thinks the prospects are “bright” for passing the bill now, and if the Republican-led Congress passes it, Trump will likely sign it.

• Johnson Amendment repeal: The Johnson Amendment is a law that ensures taxpayer money is not used to subsidize partisan political activity. Trump has said he wants the Johnson Amendment repealed because it prevents clergy from speaking about politics from the pulpit. A bill to repeal the Johnson Amendment was introduced Jan. 3.

In the courts:
• Supreme Court nominees: The most long-standing influence Trump could have on the LGBT community is through his choice or choices to fill U.S. Supreme Court seats. He released lists of potential nominees last year, and they all look decidedly conservative and some have a history of hostility toward equal rights for LGBT people. He will almost certainly make his first choice within the first 100 days, to fill the seat vacated by the death of right-wing Justice Antonin Scalia last February. Replacing one right-wing justice with another right-wing justice may not tip the court’s balance, but it will re-establishes a necessary foursome that can accept conservative appeals for review. And a second Trump opportunity to nominate a justice would almost certainly bend the arc of the moral universe at the high court away from justice for the LGBT community.

• The North Carolina challenge: Under the Obama administration, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law HB2. Trump has said such matters should be left to the states. Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, has a long and consistent history of acting against the best interest of LGBT citizens. If confirmed by the Senate, it seems likely Sessions, with the support of Trump, will withdraw the U.S.’s lawsuit against the North Carolina law. It also seems likely the Trump DOJ will weigh in on the side of North Carolina should the Supreme Court eventually review the constitutionality of HB2 as other lawsuits against it continue. And a similar law is now proceeding through the Texas Legislature.

• The Title IX showdown: In the spring, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case, Gloucester v. Grimm, to decide whether Title IX’s prohibition on sex discrimination in schools should be read to include a prohibition on gender identity discrimination. Under the Obama administration, the Department of Justice supported the transgender student’s claim that Title IX protects his right to use a bathroom of the gender with which he identifies. Under the Trump administration, a DOJ led by Sessions will almost certainly take sides with the Gloucester school district. The good news is that it seems most unlikely Trump can nominate and have confirmed a new right-wing Supreme Court justice in time to join in whatever ruling the court makes in the case this year. A tie vote will leave the federal appeals court ruling in favor of the transgender student intact.

© 2017 Keen News Service. All rights reserved.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 13, 2017

 

—  Dallasvoice

A new you

WiL Turner has a plan for getting you into shape   … and doing good in the world

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By Scott Huffman | Contributing Writer
Scott_in_dallas@yahoo.com

It’s the time of year when people start making resolutions — chief among them, to get fit. According to personal trainer and coach WiL Turner, fitness goals should be much broader than a simple desire to drop a few post-holiday pounds or to tone up quickly for a new Grindr photo. “Fitness” is an unbridled commitment to all-around healthy living. While Turner’s philosophy focuses on exercise (naturally), it also encompasses healthy eating, regular downtime… and community involvement.

“I want to teach people to have happy lives whether it be exercising, eating well, sleeping or just being kind and nice to each other,” Turner says. “Most of the time when clients come to me, their primary goal is to look great. That’s a superficial goal. I don’t really care what you look like — I care about your health.”

For those who have resolved to improve their fitness in 2017 — and not just their looks — Turner offers the following tips on healthier and happier living.

Journaling

As a motivational tool, Turner suggests keeping a tangible, written record of one’s daily fitness journey. Begin by logging your current vital statistics including weight, measurements, BMI and heart rate. Next, clearly commit both short and long term goals to writing. Then add and review information daily by recording things like food intake, exercise details, calories burned and even general feelings or inspirational thoughts.

“Having a journal is essentially important,” Turner says. “This is something that was important to me before I became a trainer. It chronicles what you do from day to day and sets the habit of being consistent in following a routine. Writing [things] down is a part of the process to help achieve the goal.”

Exercise with someone

Whether work outs are at home or a gym, Turner suggests recruiting a friend to join you. Many find teamwork motivating. In addition, workout partners help keep each other honest and on the right track.

“I typically try to encourage my clients to work out in groups, because you are holding each other accountable to be where you are supposed to be,” Turner says. “You are going to work out, and you are going to have positive interaction with someone.”

Eating

Forget going on a strict diet plan. Instead, Turner advocates a gradual transition to long-term healthier eating habits. Begin by modifying the quantity and quality of your daily food intake. If you love breads and pastas, for example, continue eating them. However, begin reducing the portions consumed and try using healthier versions of the carbohydrates.

“Diet is a four-letter word that I don’t use,” Turner says. “It implies that people have to restrict themselves from food. I call it healthier eating habits. I try to steer clear of recommending a diet per se.”

For snacking, Turner suggests alternatives like apples with peanut butter or a handful of almonds. Not only are these alternatives healthier, but they also can mimic the taste of the cookies or donuts one might normally eat. This trick can make transitioning to healthier options easier on the palate.

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Fitness programs are never a one-size-fits-all solution. For maximum effectiveness, programs should always be tailored to meet individual needs. Turner, who works frequently with the LGBT community, often encounters clients with very specific wellness concerns. Transgender people, for example, may have elevated hormone levels which, in turn, may have an impact on metabolism. HIV-positive people taking daily medications can also have special physiological considerations. Turner recommends tailoring fitness programs accordingly.

“The types of medication dictate the types of exercise in terms of heart rate,” Turner says. “I am mindful of the types of medication that my clients are taking at the time. It has changed my perspective of what I do as a fitness professional to provide a service and a support to these particular clients.”

Safeguard against injury

Turner cautions that leaping into physical training too quickly can increase the risk of injury. He suggests first working on one’s flexibility and mobility prior to lifting weights or hitting the machines. Afterwards, as an additional measure to avoid injury, he recommends adequate daily rest to give the body time to recover from stress and fatigue.

“My clients never touch weights for the first two or three weeks of their training,” Turner says. “I teach them to use their own bodies as a tool for them to achieve their goal. If they are not aware of the movements or how their muscles contract, [injury can be] something as simple as picking up a dumbbell, and I’ve seen it happen.”

Results

Wellness is a lifelong investment that offers not only improved appearance, but other significant rewards as well. Commitment to a fitness program can change one’s outlook and improve one’s self-esteem. Reaping the full benefit, however, requires steadfast dedication.

“We get out of our lives what we put into it and that includes how we take care of ourselves,” Turner says. “I am very much holistic in that sense. I think it’s more than what I look like. I have goals and ambitions. I care for my community. Fitness is an opportunity to engage with people in an in-depth way. It allows me to help people on a broader scale.”             

Turner commits a portion of proceeds to benefit those impacted by HIV/AIDS. For more information, visit Fusion40Fitness.com.        

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 13, 2017.

—  Dallasvoice

The Mizer effect

The photographer who established the gay sensibility for masculinity

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Ever wonder where your ideal of the male physique came from? Chances are, it’s Bob Mizer.

Oh, sure, you like to think you arrived at your concept of male beauty by natural selection, but Bob Mizer — who died in 1992, at age 70 — probably shaped your understanding of sex appeal before you were even born.

Mizer-EffectStarting in the 1940s, Mizer’s black-and-white and color photographs appeared in his underground quasi-gay rag Physique Pictorial. In 1954, he was convicted of unlawful distribution of obscene materials through the mails for a series of photos of men in posing straps — basically, what you can see at any Pride parade nowadays, but which were scandalous at the time.

His photos, though, influenced the likes of Gore Vidal, David Hockney and Robert Mapplethorpe. Among his astonishing catalogue are one million photos of such icons as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Joe Dallesandro.                

— Arnold Wayne Jones

Collections of Mizer’s work are available through the art book company Taschen (which has a storefront in the Joule Hotel as well as online). You can learn more about Mizer via the Bob Mizer Foundation, BobMizer.org.                                  

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 13, 2017.

—  Dallasvoice

Best Bets • 1-13-17

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DJ Decoding Jesus

BearDance is back with DJ Decoding Jesus

The BearDance is one of Dallas’ most popular fundraising events, and it kicks off 2017 with L.A.-based DJ Decoding Jesus spinning a late-night set at the Dallas Eagle. Come out in your favorite leather/fetish wear, and bring an extra fiver for a suggested donation at the door to AIDS Arms.

DEETS: Dallas Eagle,
5740 Maple Ave. 10 p.m.–2 a.m.

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Pilobolus returns with ‘Shadowland’

If you’ve never seen a performance by Pilobolus, you’ve missed one of the most inventive dance troupes in the world. A frequent stop has been Dallas, but the show this time is all new. Shadowland is a mix of silhouettes, dance, theater, circus and concert all rolled into an dazzling display of creative art. As usual, it arrives in the Dallas Arts District courtesy of TITAS.

DEETS: City Performance Hall,
2520 Flora St.
ATTPAC.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 13, 2017.

—  Dallasvoice

Scene • 01.13.17

Making the SCENE the week of Jan. 13-19

BJ’s NXS!: Papa Ray’s cookout on the patio at 6 p.m. Sybil’s Sunday Strip Off at 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Cedar Springs Tap House: Geeks Who Drink trivia at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
• Club Changes: Miss Wall of Food Candidate Show at 8:30 p.m. on Friday. The Divine Miss Divas Show at 10 p.m. on Friday. Mr. and Miss Wall of Food 2017 at 9 p.m. on Saturday.
Club Reflection: Cowtown Leathermen cookout at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Rhonda Mae’s Wall Of Food Show from 8 p.m.-midnight on Thursday.
Dallas Eagle: Discipline Corps club night on Friday. Bear Dance–Slave to the Dark Beat with DJ Decoding Jesus starts at 9 p.m. on Saturday. NLA–Dallas  club night on Saturday.
JR.’s Bar & Grill: Cassie’s Freak Show with Daphne, May May Graves, Your Highness and  Stefani on Monday.
Marty’s Live: Champagne Chanel’s Showcase on Monday.
Rainbow Lounge: Free tacos from 8-10 p.m. on Taco Tuesday,
Round-Up Saloon: Sing a Little Song karaoke at 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Sue Ellen’s: This Free Life featuring guest DJ Citizen Jane on Friday. Cherry Bomb on Saturday. Kathy & Bella ay 3:30 p.m. and Barefoot Hippies at 6 p.m. on Sunday.
The Rose Room: Cassie, Asia, Krystal, Taejah L. Thomas, Roxy Brooks, Layla and Jenna on Friday.
Two Corks and a Bottle: Show Tune Night from 7-10 p.m. on Wednesday.
Urban Cowboy Saloon: TGRA show at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Scene Photographerd: Kay Haygood and Chad Mantooth

—  Dallasvoice

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 13, 2017.

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A Couple of Guys • 1-13-17

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 13, 2017.

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DPD releases video of suspect in CoH graffiti incident

Screen cap from security video footage of the man suspected in several vandalisms in the area, including graffiti spray-painted on the outside wall of the Interfaith Peace Chapel

Dallas Police have released video of a man they say is suspected of painting graffiti on the wall of the Interfaith Peace Chapel, on the campus of the Cathedral of Hope, a week ago on Thursday, Jan. 5.

The video was taken from a business at 4701 Bengal St. of a suspect painting graffiti on a nearby building there. The suspect, believed to be the same person who vandalized the Interfaith Peace Chapel, is described as a 40-year-old black male with a goatee and an unusual walk, police said. The suspect vehicle appears to be a gold/tan Chevy Blazer/GMC/ Jimmy small SUV.

Police have asked that anyone with information call 214-670-6233. Watch the video below.

Similar graffiti was found Monday, Jan. 9, on the wall of an empty shopping center on Denton Drive Cutoff, and that same day, a reader sent Dallas Voice a photo, taken some days earlier, of more similar graffiti found on the wall of a storage unit on Lemmon Avenue. Neither of those locations appear to have landscaping like that seen in the video footage released by the police department.

In all three locations, someone used black spray-paint to leave messages about “kitty porn” or “child porn” on the walls. Graffiti on the walls at the Peace Chapel and the empty shopping center refer to someone named “Johntion Kimbrow” or “Kimbrou.”

Graffiti at all three locations includes a northern Louisiana phone number, which Dallas Voice has traced to a man with a name similar to that painted on the buildings who is already incarcerated.

—  Tammye Nash

Scene • 01.06.17

Making the SCENE the week of Jan. 6-12

• Cedar Springs Tap House: Geeks Who Drink Trivia at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
• Club Changes: Cowtown Leathermen meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday. Fort Worth Treehouse meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
• Club Reflection: TGRA cookout at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Frat Party Gone Wild fundraiser for IGRA with entertainment and auction at 6 p.m. on Sunday.
• Dallas Eagle: Dallas Bears club night on Saturday. Line dance lessons with Yoshi at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Mr. Dallas Eagle contest all weekend.
• JR.’s Bar & Grill: Cassie’s Freak Show with Fantasha, Raquel, Bleach and Rita Fine on Monday. Krystal & the Kool Kids with Chanel LaMasters, Athena, Rocky and Raquel on Tuesday.
• Marty’s Live: Lesbian night featuring sexy female dancers on Tuesday.
• Pekers: Totally Twisted Karaoke with progressive cash prize on Saturday.
• Rainbow Lounge: Drag Warz with new host Chanel LaMasters open to all talented individuals with cash prize of $150 at 11 p.m. in Wednesday.
• Round-Up Saloon: Man Candy at 8 p.m. on Sunday. Dance lessons at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
• Sue Ellen’s: Smokin Rita on Saturday. Kathy & Bella at 3:30 p.m. and Bad Habits at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Open mic with Kathy & Bella on Wednesday.
• The Rose Room: Cassie, Asia, Krystal, Jamie Perry, Kelexis, Jenna and Layla on Friday. Rising Star with Asia and Kelexis on Thursday.
• Two Corks and a Bottle: Show Tune Night from 7-10 p.m. on Wednesday.
• Urban Cowboy Saloon: Imperial Court annual Snowflake Pageant at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Scene Photography by Kat Haygood and Chad Mantooth

—  Dallasvoice