Out & Equal to honor Parker, Welts

Mayor Annise Parker

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates will honor Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts at its Leadership Celebration on March 14 in San Francisco.

In October, Out & Equal held its week-long Workplace Summit at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. Because of rave reviews, the group plans to return in the next few years. Welts was among the speakers at the Dallas convention.

Now in its fifth year, the Leadership Celebration is a fundraising event that includes a hosted reception and dinner. Parker and Welts will be recognized as role models and inspirations in the movement to achieve equality in the workforce.

To attend the San Francisco event, register online.

The 2012 Workplace Summit will be in Baltimore on from Oct. 29-Nov 1.

—  David Taffet

“Spectacular Damage” at Gulf Coast Archive puts human face on AIDS crisis

"Joe" - one of the paintings from "Spectacular Damage"

The nude models for Jack Dorlan’s Spectacular Damage show are not people one typically wishes to see naked, and that’s the point. The models, all men living with HIV, carry the lumps and scars of the virus and its treatments with dignity, defiance and a quiet longing that leaps from the canvas.

Painting in a style immediately reminiscent of the late Lucian Freud, Dorlan’s brutally honest brush makes no attempt to beautify the reality of his subject’s lives. As a result the very real, and “spectacular,” beauty of these damaged bodies shines through.

“These paintings examine the contemporary human body as it is affected by HIV treatment,” explains Doran. “Due to the effects of HIV and the medications required to manage the virus, the human body has taken on new characteristics that alter the human form in a way that has never before been seen in the history of mankind. As HIV research and treatments improve, these characteristics will cease to be a common trait among those living with HIV. These bodies are temporary.”

Spectacular Damage is presented by the Gulf Coast Archives and Museum at the GLBT Cultural Center (401 Branard) Sunday, January 8, from 3-5 pm. Admissions is free. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the sale of prints of the collection’s paintings goes to assist the models in paying for HIV treatments and medications.

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Sexy Underwear Models Kill DOM Magazine (Again, Again)

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Evidently we just need to update our June headline "DOM Magazine Died, Was Reborn, And Is Dead Again. Like Jesus!" with this: DOM magazine relaunched, and is dead again, shuttered by its gay porn publisher. Should some things just stay in the ground?


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Wine and Plinko on the strip tonight

It’s time for our favorite First Wednesday of the year — the Wine Walk. Purchase a Cedar Springs Merchants Association glass in front of Buli or Hunky’s for $5, then drink all the wine they’ll serve you from 6 to 10 p.m. As usual, retailers are offering discounts, and best of all there’s gonna be a game of Plinko in front of JR.’s — presumably with mostly-naked boys as Barker’s Beauties.

—  John Wright

WorldNetDaily’s Molotov Mitchell: Homosexuality = unmanliness = pederasty = anorexic models

Note 1: Ralph Lauren is heterosexual

Note 2: So is Nigel Barker, one of the three stand-in “gays” sitting at the casting table

Note 3: For the past three years, we’ve heard countless gays of the male and female variety falling all over themselves to celebrate the wonderment that is Joan Holloway Harris (aka “Mad Men” star Christina Hendricks), in all of her curvy glory

Note 4: Yea? Seriously? Maxim magazines?! That’s what Christian conservatives are suggesting to their supporters? I mean, whatever, I don’t have a problem with that. But I’m also not placing my life and love on a “traditional” “moral,” “sancitty,” “poo-smells-like-roses” pedestal.

Note 5: Jillian Michaels has said that she’s open to falling in love with either a man or a woman. So yes, while her body’s on point, it seems a little hypocritical for an anti-gay conservative to hold her up as the standard of womanhood, while simultaneously exalting heterosexuality as the only acceptable standard for love and sexuality (something Molotov does all the time, not just here).

Note 6: If likening gay men to pederasts is exemplary of being a “real man,” then thank our maker for giving us substitute parts!

Note 7: If Molotov is so concerned about anorexia and super-skinny people, then he should probably stop making pieces of visual and audible caca like the following. Because the nausea-induction is sure to be felt by many:



Blame ‘gays’ for anorexic models [WND]

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*EARLIER: The time Molotov said anti-gay Ugandans who wish to make homosexuality a capital offense (sometimes punishable by death) are “more American than Americans”: Video: Anti-gay Ugandans are ‘more American than Americans’; Also: Hold me mommy, I’m terrified of the far-right [G-A-Y]

*EARLIER: Molotov’s completely revisionist take on Harvey Milk, coupled with the facts that bely his claims: Video: Molotov cocktail burns both Milk and truth [G-A-Y]




Good As You

—  John Wright

The Seattle Times models heterosexual privilege

Whenever someone says in the same sentence “I support LGBT equality” and “I’ll vote for the anti-equality bigot anyway”, I know I’m dealing with a bad case of heterosexual privilege.  The Seattle Times, which has consistently editorialized in favor of LGBT equality in the past, has just endorsed raging homophobe Jim Johnson for reelection to the Washington state Supreme Court.

You will recall that Johnson is the Washington Supreme Court justice who likened marriage equality to polygamy and wrote on the “unique and binary biological nature of marriage and its exclusive link with procreation and responsible child rearing” in his venomous anti-gay judgment upholding the state’s DOMA law.  While on the Supreme Court Johnson has also voted consistently in favor of Big Tobacco and his financial backers, the Building Industry Association of Washington as well as voted anti-environment and anti-tribal rights.

In their endorsement, the Seattle Times Editorial Board admits that Johnson used erroneous reasoning when he ruled to uphold WA’s DOMA, saying “Johnson argued that it was not the court’s business to change the traditional definition of marriage.” Yet they endorse his reelection, saying he’s “top-notch”.  This makes no sense whatsoever unless viewed through the lens of privilege.  Only people secure in the enjoyment of their own civil rights would dream of shrugging off such an egregious attack on the civil rights of others, then go the extra mile of promoting the culprit.

Vote for Stan Rumbaugh, who is running to replace Johnson.  Because Stan Rumbaugh is Johnson’s only challenger, the race will be won or lost in the August 17, 2010 primary.  You can still register to vote in the primary by showing up in person at your county elections office.  Deadline is Aug 9th.  Please help get the word out about Stan Rumbaugh by joining Rumbaugh on Facebook or making a donation to the Equal Rights Washington Political Action Committee, whose top priority is electing fair and impartial judges and pro-equality legislators.
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—  John Wright

Voice, LifeBark and you (and your pooch)

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Dallas Voice is looking for nude models. Don’t worry if you haven’t been the gym lately or are even a little camera shy. Because it’s not you who will be nude — it will be your dog.

We’re gearing up with the Readers Voice Awards next spring, where we declare the top dogs in a variety of categories — and what better way to introduce the winners than with our readers’ own “top dogs.”

So here’s the deal: We want you to submit photos of your pooch or pooches. You can be in it or not. You can dress up Fido if you wanna (naked animals are OK), but that’s up to you. In fact, there are virtually NO limits on what you submit … as long as there’s a dog in the pic. Once we get all the entries, the we’ll be selecting the top 10. Those finalists will come in for their own professional photoshoot and those pictures will be put up on the Web site for readers to vote on. The winner gets to be the face of the Readers Voice Awards. (The nine other finalists will be part of the spread, too.)

But that’s not all. The winning team (pet and master) will have $2,500 donated in their names to AIDS Arms’ LifeBark 2010 as a “dogleg-up” on on next year’s LifeWalk event (which can be in addition to any funds you raise yourself if you wanna set some kind of crazy fundraising record).

Don’t take too long, though. The deadline to submit your photo is Dec. 4. E-mail it to TopDog@dallasvoice.com. Yippie dogs go to the front of the line. (Not really, but they think they do.)

So get moving! Who’s a good fella? Who? You is!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones