Query • 12.31.10

What’s your New Years resolution?

Jason A Walker — “I made a resolution last year to stop making resolutions and I kept it all year. First time I’ve ever done that.”

Felipe Gutierrez — “To join the Air Force Reserves.”

Paul Phelps — “Lose weight and not shop too much.”

Jibril Salami — “To become better as a person and better myself. But I have so many, that’s just one of em!”

Latisha McDaniel — “To stay consistent with the workout regimen.”

Ivan Rowe Watson
— “To become more of a well-rounded person.”

Chris Yannacone
— “Drop some holiday weight.”

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 31, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

Query • 12.10.10

Do you call the two Texas senators when a vote like DADT comes up?

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Gregg S. Gunter — “Absolutely! They have paid staff members to take our phone calls and listen to their constituents! Democracy in action!”

Carl Smith — “No. I e-mail them — repeatedly — and encourage others to do the same.”

Kissiah Aiken — “No. I don’t figure they give a damn, being Republicans.”

Latisha McDaniel — “Never hurts.”

Alex Hanselka — “No. I should probably.”

Elizabeth Parker — “E-mail repeatedly.”

Brian Burcham  — “Definitely call them. They need to know that it is time for DADT to be repealed!”

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 10, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens

Query • 10.01.10

Have you or your children been bullied in school?

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Gary Shephard — “Yes. The school I attended in rural Florida put me through hell in 9th and 10th grade. I wound up back in Philadelphia the next year; it was such a relief.”

Latisha McDaniel — “Yeah, I think everyone got picked on in school but the difference now is that there is no escape like when I was a kid. The bullying stayed in the school.”

John S. Shore — “I was more than bullied my entire life. All the kids, bus drivers, coaches and teachers allowed and watched me get beat up. Let’s teach karate and peace.”

Ron Allen —  “The problem is the attitude that ‘It’s just part of growing up.’ When parents, teachers, school officials, bus drivers and others in authority have that attitude that’s what drives our gay and lesbian children to view suicide as the only solution to a daily existence that has become intolerable to them. Yes, I was bullied unmercifully as a child and a teenager in a small town in the South.”

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 01, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens

Dallas BiNet marking ‘Celebrate Bisexuality Day’ with mixer at Bronx

DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com

The local chapter of BiNet will mark Celebrate Bisexuality Day on Thursday, Sept. 23, with a mixer at 6 p.m. in the back patio area of The Bronx on Cedar Springs Road.

Nationally, this is the 19th annual event according to BiNet USA.

“We’re getting together to bring visibility to bisexuals in North Texas during Pride,” said Latisha McDaniel. “We’re trying to make the B not silent anymore.”

She said bisexuals often just blend.

“They just lump the B’s,” she said. “We’re either in a same-sex relationship or we’re in a straight relationship,” so bisexuals are often seen as either gay or straight.

McDaniel said that coming out as bisexual is often risky in any relationship. In the gay and lesbian community, she said that bisexuality is often treated as a transitional phase.
“We’re treated as 2 percent milk, kind of lukewarm,” she said.

McDaniel said she has even been asked why she cares about marriage equality.

“It’s as if bis come to the gayborhood for their kicks and then go home,” she said.

Morgan O’Donnell said she has been with DFW BiNet since April.

“I had been in a job that was fairly supportive,” she said. “I left that job and didn’t have support. When I went to BiNet, they went all out to welcome me.”

She said DFW BiNet’s support group meets the first Saturday of each month at Resource Center Dallas to discuss issues of particular concern to people coming out and living as bisexual.

“We’re considered to be sitting on the fence,” O’Donnell said, adding that is the number one issue bisexuals regularly address to straights as well as to gays and lesbians.
“It helps to be with a group of people who share similar experiences,” she said.

O’Donnell said that the event at The Bronx is for allies and supporters as well as bisexuals and those who are questioning.

“The evening will give people an opportunity to celebrate their bisexuality,” O’Donnell said, adding that she hopes the event brings more visibility to DFW BiNet.

A $5 donation at the door is suggested. Reservations are not required but are suggested since seating is limited. Reservations can be made on the group’s Facebook page found under DFW BiNet.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 17, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens

Cross Points series wraps up with panel on religion and the LGBT community

Latisha McDaniel

“We’ve come to the last discussion for our Cross Points summer education series,” Latisha McDaniel said.

Equality March Texas presents a panel discussion on being religious (or non-religious) and being LGBT on Thursday, July 29.

The Rev. Deneen Robinson of Living Faith Covenant Church will serve as moderator. Other panelists will be Renee Gros-Reis and David Taffet (oh, that’s me!)

The church has been a home that many gays cannot imagine life without, while some gays have left the institution with bitterness at the people (if not the deity). This discussion will be about the work being done in religious institutions to change the conversation from one-sided hate speech to mutual understanding to welcoming. We’ll also discuss the work being done in affirming congregations. Finally, we’ll look at ways in which those who aren’t into church can help make sure gay religious people and their spaces are respected.

The panel begins at 7 p.m. at Resource Center Dallas.

—  David Taffet