Death • 12.24.10

Heather MorrisonHeather Morrison, 45, died Wednesday, Dec. 15. She was a proud and active member in the LGBT community and a member of the Cathedral of Hope where she had served as the facilities and operations manager for many years. She also played in the CoH orchestra, where her amazing talent on the trumpet could be heard on many solo occasions. Additionally, Morrison was very proud to serve as the assistant conductor and the director of Jazzful Noise.

She carried her passion for music to her next position at Texas Health Resources Presbyterian Hospital Dallas where she had recently been promoted to security supervisor. Morrison started a choir and within the first few months, she had 60-plus members who loved and admired her. She was also loved by the hospital staff.

While Morrison was at the hospital, a high level administrator paying respects said, ”If we had a vote on the favorite employee, out of the 6,000, Heather would win!”

Texas Health Resources has officially renamed the choir to The Heather Morrison THR Choir. She was so loved by THR that they have honored her with an engraved brick in the THR Memorial Garden.

Morrison’s life will be celebrated in a service at her home church, Cathedral of Hope. It will be a service filled with the music that she so loved and used as a platform to share her love of life and her love of God. A date has not been set at this time. For information, e-mail CelebrateHeather@ gmail.com.

Also at this service, in honor of Morrison, Donald D. Campbell, the funeral director and assistant funeral home manager at Moore Funeral Home in Arlington, will participate. He can be reached at 817-804-2423 or Donald.campbell@sci-us.com. He has been a blessing and a fount of information in this difficult time. Information important to the final wishes of our loved ones will be available as well as notaries. If you would like to receive an e-mail copy of these documents to have ready to be notarized, please e-mail CelebrateHeather@ gmail.com with the subject line “Legacy.” The family hopes it will be one of Morrison’s legacies, that wishes be honored and loved ones be acknowledged.

Morrison was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Aaron Morrison; and grandparents, John and Mary Mitchell and Charles and Mary Morrison.

She is survived by her loving partner, Annabelle Bowden and step-son Christian Bowden; her mother, Jane Mitchell Morrison; brother, Matthew James Morrison and wife, Tina; sister, Kelli Ann Fredericksen and husband, Donovan; nieces and nephews, Chris, Andrew and Lauren Fredericksen, Ally and Lee Morrison and Chrysse Morrison Leach; one great-nephew, Jamie Leach; numerous loving members of her family of choice and many, many friends.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 24, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens

More of Chris Krok’s bigotry, including evidence that his boss lied to Instant Tea earlier today

Earlier we reported that Jeff Catlin, operations manager at Cumulus Radio Dallas, told Instant Tea that he disciplined KLIF host Chris Krok for his anti-gay rant against Joel Burns. As proof of this, Catlin cited the fact that Krok hadn’t talked about Burns again since the original rant in October. But Talk About Equality is calling bullshit, and they’ve got proof. The below clips indicate that Krok talked about Burns on at least two occasions since then. Seriously, this guy is quickly becoming the No. 2 bigot in Dallas, close behind Senior Pastor Robert Jeffress at First Baptist Church of Dallas. Listen to these two clips, then call Catlin at 214-526-2400 or e-mail him at jeff.catlin@cumulus.com.

—  John Wright

AUDIO: Radio host Chris Krok’s non-apology for his anti-gay rant against Joel Burns

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Jeff Catlin, operations manager of Cumulus Radio Dallas, just sent over the above clip of KLIF host Chris Krok’s so-called on-air apology from Tuesday, for a homophobic rant last month in which Krok ridiculed Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns’ “It Gets Better” speech.

In the so-called apology, Krok acknowledges that he “crossed the line” by attacking Burns personally and using a lisp. He also says he never intended to advocate bullying or hurt anyone, and that he believes God loves gay people as much as anyone else. However, Krok goes on to say that he stands by his original point.

“I am in no way backing down from my opinion that Joel Burns had absolutely no business bringing this bullying stuff up in front of that City Council,” Krok says. “It was not the proper forum. Bullying is not an issue for City Council to address, let alone gay bullying. Straight bullying and gay bullying have no business in front of the City Council. It’s a waste and it’s useless. I was bullied when I was kid … just as much if not worse than Joel Burns was. For two years I was terrorized by two different guys. And Joel being bullied, his story, is no better than my story. His story is not worth any more attention than my story is, so it shouldn’t be treated differently or specially. And I’ll make it clear again, I do not condone homosexual behavior. For those who don’t know what condone means, I don’t approve of homosexual behavior, and I am not apologizing for my opinion. Now, I want to share with you some e-mails that I got because, as I said, we got many e-mails over the past several days, and I want you to notice the irony, because the same people who accused me of bullying are bullying me …”

The clip sent by Catlin ends at this point.

The so-called apology came after Instant Tea posted a clip of Krok’s eight-minute rant from October last week. Catlin said he received 500-600 e-mails in the wake of the post, which was picked up by gay blogs across the country.

Catlin said he met with Krok to discuss the matter on Tuesday morning, and Krok expressed an interest in apologizing.

Catlin claims he had already disciplined Krok immediately after the rant but he would not say what the punishment was.

“He was disciplined and as proof of such this topic was not discussed on the air again,” Catlin said. “The proof is in the pudding, and if you listen every day from Oct. 20 up until Nov. 16, it’s pretty clear that we did have a discussion about it.”

Chris Krok

—  John Wright

GLAAD: Chris Krok disciplined; station to apologize for anti-gay rant against Joel Burns

Chris Krok

The other day we brought attention to a homophic rant by Dallas radio host Chris Krok of KLIF 570 AM, who ridiculed Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns’ recent “It Gets Better” speech. According to a report from GLAAD on Monday, Krok has been disciplined for the rant, and the station is working toward an on-air apology:

On behalf of Joel and the many others whose life stories intersect with his, GLAAD made a phone call this afternoon to Jeff Catlin, the operations manager for Cumulus Media Dallas, KLIF’s parent company.  The conversation was a productive one; Catlin both understands and shares our concern.  As the person who oversees KLIF, Catlin acknowledged that he has the “responsibility to be responsible” for what airs on the station.

Without going into detail, Catlin said that he spoke with Krok and that he was disciplined shortly after the segment aired.  He also pointed out that Krok has not spoken about this since then.

After speaking with GLAAD, Catlin also realizes the need to issue some sort of on-air apology.  He wants Krok (who’s out of the office until tomorrow) to be “part of the solution.”  To that end GLAAD, Catlin and Krok will meet on Wednesday morning to discuss what such a solution will look like.  We’ll be certain to let you know in advance so you can be sure to tune-in.

—  John Wright