NASCAR condemns Indiana’s RFRA

In most people’s minds, “NASCAR” means “redneck.” And if that’s true, then Indiana is WAY behind the times with its Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed into law last week by Gov. Mike Pence, because even NASCAR is condemning the law.

Screen shot 2015-03-31 at 4.01.31 PMNASCAR, the second most-viewed sports franchise, next only to the NFL, today (Tuesday, March 31) issued a strongly worded statement against the law — which is “important for a sport almost synonymous with Indianapolis,” noted (Indianapolis Motor Speedway, anyone?).

Brett Jewkes, senior vice president and chief communications officer for the racing organization, said, “NASCAR is disappointed by the recent legislation passed in Indiana. We will not embrace nor participate in exclusion or intolerance. We are committed to diversity and inclusion within our sport and therefore will continue to welcome all competitors and fans at our events in the state of Indiana and anywhere else we race.

“For 105 years the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has engaged millions who want to celebrate the true spirit of American racing. IMS will continue to warmly welcome all who share our enthusiasm for motorsports — employees, participants and fans,” Jewkes said.

Pence — who has steadfastly maintained the law is intended to protect religious freedom and not to discriminate against anyone — today called for follow-up legislation to “clarify” the RFRA. I guess that means he wants a bill that specifically says it is alright for so-called “Christians” to discriminate against LGBTs (or anyone else who offends their religious sensibilities), but it’s not ok for anyone to use their religious beliefs to discriminate against Christians; I mean, after all, that IS what he the the Indiana lawmakers meant when they passed the RFRA, right?

Other businesses and governmental entities to come out against Indiana’s RFRA include Starbucks (which issued this statement Monday, March 30: “We join with others opposing any state or federal legislation that permits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and encourage policymakers everywhere to embrace equality”) and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (who on Monday signed an executive order forbidding state-funded travel to Indiana, saying his administration is “sending a message that discrimination won’t be tolerated”).

Check CNN Money for a list of other businesses, etc., who have spoken out against the bill, and what they said.


—  Tammye Nash

2011 Readers Voice Awards: Health


Jaime Vasquez, D.O.

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In today’s doc-in-a-box society, a visit to your local sawbones can feel more like a NASCAR pit crew change than a physical checkup to assess your health. That’s not the case with Jaime Vasquez. He’s the kind of doc that remembers your name, not just your chart, and takes the time necessary to really figure out what’s really ailing you. In other words, he gives great bed…side manner. It’s not uncommon to enter Dr. V’s office complaining of a cold and leave feeling like you just finished a cheesecake on the lanai with Blanche, Rose and Dorothy. And if that’s not enough to love, he can also hook you up with the youthful glow of Botox on your way out the door. Forget the politics of HMOs and Obamacare. We vote for HOMOs and no-drama care. Oh, and that cute Jaime Vasquez smile, too.

— Jef Tingley

Eric Peay, D.C.

COREhealth Wellness Center
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You avoided sidewalk cracks all your life for fear of breaking your mother’s back. You lifted with your legs. You ate plenty of calcium-rich foods and drank your milk. Yet here you are, filled with aches that simply won’t go away no matter how hard you work through the power of positive thinking. That’s where Eric Peay of COREhealth Wellness Center comes in. His hands of magic make the pain go away, whether in your neck, your lower back or even that cramp in the troublesome middle toe on your left foot. Through traditional chiropractic adjustments, massage and cold laser treatments, Peay and his team are experienced in working with each patient as an individual, so no cookie-cutter treatment plans here. And for everyone looking to get in better shape — and really, who isn’t? — patients can participate in nutritional education classes, small-group training and Peay’s Booty Camp group fitness program. From head to toe, Peay and his COREhealth team provide a one-stop shop for living a better, healthier life.

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William Henderson

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What makes a successful optometrist? Certainly Bill Henderson, having been in practice for 19 years, knows something. We could ask his patients, but we decided to ask another doctor. “He’s really one of the best optometrists in town in patient care and diagnostic ability,” says Nick Bellos, M.D. Of course, Bellos isn’t unbiased — for 14 years, the two have been a couple. It’s not just his care in the exam room but in the community that helps Henderson stand out: He’s played with DIVA and has volunteered at Legacy Counseling Center while co-rearing the couple’s two children, daughter Aryn, 14, and son Bryce, 13. “I think he’s a great guy,” says Bellos. Readers definitely agree.

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When Travis Glenn talks, you should listen. The Oak Lawn Boxing Gym owner knows his stuff when it comes to throwing a punch. Taking one? Well, you can do that, too. It’s easy to pass his gym, located on the industrial side of Oak Lawn — there’s no big signage. Inside, the place is a pristine modern gym with a boxing ring, punching bags and all the equipment you’d ever need to kick, duck and bob. Glenn, pictured, holds instruction for boxing, grappling and martial arts alongside the discipline for using them the right way and not as tools of aggression. But we know you’ll think it’s cool to be a downright badass if need be. Right?

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Jeri Beth ‘J.B.’ Foshee, M.D.

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Farhad Niroomand, M.D., P.A.

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Chad Collom, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Solace Counseling
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Michelle Bardwell

Flower Road Natural Therapies
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Billy Young, C.P.T.

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 18, 2011.

—  John Wright

Spinning his wheels?

Gay racer Evan Darling needs major sponsors to keep his motor running

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REVVED UP | As NASCAR’s only out racer, Evan Darling stands out — but still can’t nab a sponsor.

Professional racecar driver Evan Darling is at a crossroads in his career: His engine is revved, but he’s running out of gas.

“The LGBT community has been very supportive and happy to see me doing what I am for the community — just not financially,” says the 42-year-old openly gay NASCAR athlete.

A lack of sponsorship may force the adrenaline junkie to trade in his fire suit for a grease monkey’s jumpsuit sooner than later.

“Things are not looking good for next season and I may have to go back to being a mechanic,” admits Darling, who competes in NASCAR’s Grand Am series. “I have had many say I would not get support, and I would hate to prove them right. I will always put effort into trying to get sponsors and race on a pro level — and

I have put all of my resources into it over the last few years. But the well is dry.”

Darling had his first pro race in April 2007, finishing 7th out of 37 starters, and raced Daytona in 2008. He was also on the Out 100 list in 2007.

But since 2009 he’s been almost raceless on the circuit. He’s secured local sponsors in Florida races, but none big enough to foot the $450,000 price tag needed to fund a full season. If he doesn’t snag the money before Jan. 5, he’ll miss the first race of the season and probably have to go back to being a full-time mechanic.

“I’m at the end of my financial ability to survive and will need to start over,” he says.

It’s not been for lack of effort. Darling approached LGBT political supporters with the promise of using their money to place a Trevor Project logo on his car to bring awareness of the initiative, but such supporters are not typically interested in sporting events… odd, considering that Gay Inc. makes a big stink about wanting pro athletes to live and play out-and-proud.

“I told my publicist I would be way more popular if I wore a pink sequin blouse under my racing suit,” Darling quips. “But that’s not me — I’m a regular guy that happens to be gay.”

Much to the chagrin of his teammates. Professional sports are notoriously homophobic, perhaps none more so than NASCAR, which is perceived to cater to rednecks, rappers and religious organizations — groups not particularly fond of the LGBT community.

“Many people have made derogatory remarks about my sexuality. I was fully expecting that going in [to racing],” he says. “I am a mechanic by trade and have had to put up with this mentality my whole life, so it’s not new to me.”

In fact, Darling’s dealt with bigots since childhood. His father, an attorney, represented the Irish-American war veterans in preventing Boston’s LGBT community from participating in its annual Veterans Day parade. His brother Brian is director for U.S. Senate Relations for the ultra-conservative Heritage Foundation, which famously feuded with Rosie O’Donnell on Larry King Live. Even his mother is still in denial about her son’s sexuality. But at least he can shrug that last one off.

“Things are a bit better now between us,” he says. “I visit them at Christmas and sometimes if I am in the area I stop in. I also call them every week as they’re getting up there in age.”

Darling’s tepid relationship with his family is indicative of how he’s approaching this new chapter in his life — one that may see him fixing cars instead of racing them. Much like his parents, he suggests, NASCAR just isn’t ready for a gay driver — and, as he’s realized, changing the minds of the unwilling is an uphill challenge.

“I think it would be great for the sport and the LGBT community,” he says, contemplating what would happen if someone like Sprint Cup superstar Jeff Gordon came out of the closet. “[But] there would be huge fallout from the NASCAR community. It would be very difficult for anyone that came out with that kind of career. I’m sure it would be interesting to see how his sponsors would react.”

The reality is, some of his current sponsors would certainly abandon him. But with the media frenzy an announcement of that caliber would create, new sponsors would surely step up to the pit, checkbooks in hand — probably none faster than Gay Inc. Because as Darling knows all too well: “It’s all about the bottom line” …. even if that should be, “supporting the community that supports you.”

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

—  Kevin Thomas

Gay Nascar Fan Profiled in NYT

NASCAR MYERS x390 ADVOCATE.COM“Nascar has more fans who are accepting of me being gay than gays have
been accepting of me being a Nascar fan,” Michael Myers, founder of the
website, said. Daily News

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News: Sarah Palin, Mr. Gay USA, Lea T, Nascar

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 road Another hate crime investigated at the University of Wisconsin.

 road David Beckham and his boys craft an early Mother's Day gift for mom.

 road Bill Maher re-titles some romantic comedies, Tea Party style.

 road First people were successfully sending iPhones and cameras into space. Now they're sending paper planes.

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Gay NASCAR blogger says sport’s fans are more accepting of gays than gays are of NASCAR fans

Michael Myers, founder of

As we found out when a certain lunch appointment canceled because “two of his employees are going to the races,” NASCAR returns to the Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. While we’re pretty sure these particular employees are straight, the lunch cancellation got Instant Tea to thinking, are there any gay NASCAR fans out there?

Well of course there are — and not just the closeted ones — but we never would’ve imagined that there’s an entire gay NASCAR-devoted website, especially one that doesn’t feature photos of drivers with their shirts off., founded by Michael Myers in 2009, has been featured on and was named one of the top 50 NASCAR blogs in the country by ESPN reported on Queers4Gears after Myers asked a driver a question during a press conference (watch the driver’s reaction in the clip below). boasts more than a thousand followers on Twitter, and the site currently features a preview of this weekend’s action at TMS. Elsewhere on the site, there are LGBT discounts for an upcoming race in Phoenix, merchandise for sale, and a list of charities including a Nevada AIDS organization. Here’s a snippet from the About section of Queers4Gears:

Q4G founder, Michael Myers, said that he started Q4G as an online home for Gay NASCAR fans. “But more importantly, I want to bring new fans to the sport.” Myers went on to say that NASCAR fans have been more accepting of him being gay than gay people have been accepting of his being a NASCAR fan.

“There are as many misconceptions and stereotypes about NASCAR fans as there are about gay people. I hope in some small way Queers4Gears can help to change that. This has been an incredible first year and I hope to build on the site’s success for years to come.”

—  John Wright