Parades are always a good place to take a great front-page photo. But since we are the Dallas Voice we’re looking for great LGBT subjects to be front and center in those photos. I made some calls this morning, but found no one going to the Veterans Day Parade.
I got downtown just in time for the 11 a.m. festivities.
Adm. Patrick Walsh was the keynote speaker. Walsh, who is from Dallas, is commander of the U.S. Pacific fleet. Also speaking were Gov. Rick Perry and Mayor Tom Leppert. City councilmembers and U.S. Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson and Jeb Hensarling were also on the podium in front of City Hall.
Nice reception by the crowd for Leppert. Wild reception for Perry. Didn’t he lose here in Dallas? Guess it was just the crowd.
So in my quest to find gay vets, I did what I always do. I asked.
The Marines had a tent. I asked.
“Hi. I’m from Dallas Voice,” I said with my press pass dangling and my largest telephoto lens attached to my camera to make myself seem more pressy. “I’m looking for any gay or lesbian vets. Any with your group?”
Gov. Rick Perry
I might as well have been speaking to them in Russian.
Oh well. Army tent nearby. “Hey. Dallas Voice here. You guys know if any of the gay vets groups are marching?”
A slow shake of the head indicated, at least to me, that I actually was speaking in English.
One last chance. The Navy. My father was in the Navy during World War II and today’s parade was in honor of World War II vets. Actually, my father did everything he could to stay out of the Navy. He and his brother, Milt, volunteered to work through most of the war in Washington. They were engineers and worked on a project that created the first radar system.That did a good job of keeping him out, until 1944 when he was drafted.
So I approached the Navy with more confidence, being from a Navy family.
“Hi. Dallas Voice. I’m looking for some gay or lesbian vets. You see any you know here?” I asked.
They laughed. I laughed. They were thinking and trying to be helpful.
“It’s OK. I got some great pics. We’ll find something colorful to use,” I said.
And we did.
Happy Veterans Day to all the LGBT as well as straight vets.
We weren’t sure of the topic when we headed down to the Hyatt Regency this morning to catch a press conference featuring Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill White. But we figured since Valdez is the nation’s only lesbian Latina sheriff — and since White is coming to Dallas’ gay Pride parade in a few weeks — we’d better go check it out.
As it turned out, the press conference was about White’s border security plan, which Valdez really likes. But Instant Tea also managed to sneak in a question about White’s upcoming appearance in the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade — which was announced Monday night by Stonewall Democrats of Dallas. If you can forgive the shot of a pantleg at the beginning of the video, above is White’s response to our question, as well as some footage of Valdez talking about White and LGBT issues afterward. Enjoy!
Fairness Fort Worth began as a reaction to the Rainbow Lounge raid but has evolved into an ongoing organization working for local equality.
David Mack Henderson, one the the group’s organizers, sent word that at their Aug. 26 meeting, they will reveal their new logo.
In addition, they’re rolling out a membership campaign with incentives for charter membership. The group should gain visibility in the upcoming weeks, participating in the Dallas and Fort Worth parades and with a booth at the Fort Worth picnic.
At the meeting, they’ll provide an update on some of the things they’ve been working on:
** Update on city of Fort Worth policy directives and domestic partner benefits
** New outreach to FWISD on Anti-Bullying Project
** Local hospital LGBT policies
The general meeting is Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Celebration Community Church, 908 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Worth, 76104. Everyone is welcome.
Despite an earlier ban, the South Asian Lesbian Gay Alliance will be (or, depending on when you read this, already took part) in today's India Day Parade in NYC. Last year the Federation of Indian Associations blocked their application. So that's one way to make sure nobody is protesting your event.