Anna police: Investigation continues into disappearance of Anthony Gurley


The Anna Police Department released these two photos of Anthony Gurley, a gay man missing since Sept. 18.

Police in Anna, Texas are continuing to investigate the disappearance of Anthony Gurley, but have no new information on his whereabouts, according to a statement released Wednesday, Sept. 28. Gurley was last seen Sunday afternoon, Sept. 18, when he left his job at the Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell restaurant on West White Street in Anna. His mother and sister reported him missing the following Wednesday.

Although some reports indicated that Gurley — known in the LGBT community as Celie — might have been headed to Dallas to attend the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade. But his mother, JoAnn Gurley, said that he had talked to a friend the Friday before his disappearance about going to the parade, there was no indication that he actually intended to go to the parade and that he had not, as far as she knew, arranged for a ride to Dallas that day.

According to the statement released Wednesday by Anna police, Anthony Gurley is described  as a black male, about 5’8″ and weighing about 165 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. “It is unknown what he was wearing at the time he disappeared, but it is possible he was carrying” a black backpack with green stripes.

“Anthony has been diagnosed as bipolar and is on numerous medications, none of which are in his possession,” the police noted in their press release. “Anthony has been entered into the national missing persons database. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Anna Police Department at 972-2848 or 972-547-5350.”

—  Tammye Nash

Dallas Pride’s after-parade festival moving to Reverchon Park

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Producers of Dallas Pride — Dallas’ LGBT Pride parade and festival held each September on the third Sunday — is being moved from its long-time home at Lee Park, down the road to Reverchon Park.

Organizers made the announcement today (Friday, March 6), along with the announcement of this year’s theme, “Color Our World With Pride.”

Lonzie Hershner, president of the Dallas Tavern Guild — which produces the Pride events each fall — and owner of The Tin Room and Marty’s Live, said the move “raises our event to the next level. Reverchon Park affords us much more room to expand, create new features and add to the quality of the festival.”

The move “enable[s] a larger event that can be scaled to grow in future years,” according to a press release announcing the change. The festival will feature many local vendors, including food and beverage vendors, entertainment and the return of the Family Pride Zone, the press release noted. The festival will be fenced in, as per city requirements, and admission will again be $5, with children 12 and under admitted free.

Moving the after-parade festival will require “only a small change” in the route of the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade. The parade will still stage on Wycliff Avenue and then move from Wycliff Avenue down Cedar Springs Road to Turtle Creek Boulevard. Only this year, instead of turning left as in year’s past to go to Lee Park, parade participants will turn right on Turtle Creek to go to Reverchon.

Parade and festival applications will be available at

—  Tammye Nash

2014 Pride parade grand marshals named

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The 2014 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade grand marshals are Rafael McDonnell, left, and the Rev. Carol West

With nearly 1,600 votes cast by the community, the Rev. Carol West and Rafael McDaniel have been chosen as grand marshals of the 2014 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade.

West is the pastor of Celebration Community Church in Fort Worth. She was called in 1998 by the then 35-member congregation to lead the church which now has grown to more than 500 members. In 2010, West was named winner of the Black Tie Dinner’s Kuchling Humanitarian Award.

McDonnell is communications and advocacy manager for Resource Center. He worked 16 years in broadcast news, including seven years as an assignment editor for Fox 4 News in Dallas. In May 2008, became the first person to hold the job of communications manager for the center.

Watch for more about this year’s grand marshals in the Friday, Aug. 1 issue of Dallas Voice.

—  Tammye Nash

No Family Pride Zone at Lee Park this year


Michael Doughman

Dallas Tavern Guild Executive Director Michael Doughman has announced that the Family Pride Zone will not return to the Festival in Lee Park this year. The Tavern Guild is the organization that produces the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade — Dallas’ annual LGBT Pride parade — each year and the festival held immediately following the parade.

“The Family Pride Zone at the Festival in Lee Park last year was an absolute social success and the community responded very positively to its presence as a part of Dallas Pride. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a great financial success,” Doughman said in a letter to sponsors who had already signed up for the Family Pride Zone this year. “Due to that fact and the lack of sponsorship dollars for 2014, we have had to cancel all plans for a Family Pride Zone at the 2014 Festival in Lee Park.”

Doughman went on to say DTG officials considered the Family Pride Zone “a valuable and exciting new growth piece to Dallas Pride,” and added that organizers “are not abandoning the concept and plan an aggressive sponsorship campaign for next year to garner funding to produce the Family Pride Zone in 2015.”

He said that any sponsorship fees for Family Pride Zone 2014 that have already been paid will be refunded.

The Family Pride Zone, held last year for the first time, was a section of Lee Park set aside as an alcohol-free, family-friendly area designated specifically for families with younger children. Doughman noted that Dallas Pride was the first Pride celebration in Texas to establish such a space.

For information on being part of Family Pride Zone 2015, email Doughman at or call 214-358-4006.

—  Tammye Nash

Councilwoman Vonciel Hill again refuses to sign gay Pride letter


Councilman Philip Kingston

Dallas City Councilman Philip Kingston collected the signatures of the mayor and the rest of the council to congratulate the Dallas Tavern Guild on the 30th anniversary of the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade, which will be held on Sept. 15.

“I worked very hard to get the right wording to get the maximum participation and am proud of the success it had,” Kingston said.

“This annual event celebrates our shared commitment to equality in Dallas and all of Texas,” the letter reads in part. “Our city is honored to have the Dallas Tavern Guild and its commitment to diversity, inclusiveness and the rights of all people.”

The lone, missing council member is Vonciel Hill, whose district now includes one of the largest LGBT neighborhoods in the city.

Hill is also the lone council member who has refused to ride in the parade, once telling us “there are some acts God doesn’t bless.” Earlier this year, Hill objected to an HIV prevention billboard featuring two gay men, prompting one of the largest LGBT rallies in the history of South Dallas.

After redistricting in 2011, Hill was moved into District 3, which includes Kiestwood and other LGBT Oak Cliff neighborhoods. She was elected in May to her final two-year term.

In addition to Kingston, who collected the signatures, other new council members who signed the letter were Jennifer Staubach Gates, Lee Kleinman, Rick Callahan and Adam Medrano.

The letter will appear in the Official Guide to Dallas Pride 2013, distributed inside copies of Dallas Voice on Aug. 30 and Sept. 13. Read the full letter below.

—  David Taffet

Hudson and Voskuhl named parade Grand Marshals

Dr. Gene Voskuhl and the Rev. Jo Hudson

Dr. Gene Voskuhl and the Rev. Jo Hudson

The Rev. Jo Hudson of Cathedral of Hope and Dr. Gene Voskuhl of AIDS Arms were chosen as Grand Marshals of the 2012 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade.

Voskuhl just returned from the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. He said that recent studies show that being disenfranchised and stigmatized leads to greater incidents of HIV infection.

That’s why this year’s parade theme, “Pride Links Us Together” is meaningful to him.

“Be proud,” he said. “You’ll be happier and healthier.”

Voskuhl, who moved to Dallas five years ago, became the medical director of AIDS Arms last August. Gilead transferred him to Dallas from Oklahoma City. Before taking the position at AIDS Arms, he was in private practice with Uptown Physicians.

What he likes best about the Dallas LGBT community is how diverse and integrated it is throughout the DFW area. He said the community reaches into all professions and businesses and the variety of LGBT organizations that cover everything from social to health to religious activities.

Voskuhl is proud of the growth AIDS Arms has seen since he came on board a year ago. The agency’s two clinics now see 1,300 people and the goal is 2,500 by 2015.

“We’re looking to grow,” he said. “We’re only using half of our exam space.”

He said Trinity Clinic was expanding its labs and adding new equipment to provide results quicker and even offer services to other local medical offices. In addition, Metro Care has begun providing on-site mental health and substance abuse evaluation and treatment.

—  David Taffet