CORRECTION: All major candidates for Dallas mayor vied for LGBT vote in 2002

In my cover story for this week’s paper, I made a minor mistake. Actually it was fairly major. The opening paragraph of the story, as originally written, stated that 2011 marks the first time in history that all major candidates for Dallas mayor have actively courted the LGBT vote.

As former DV staff writer David Webb pointed out in the comments to the story, that’s not true. In 2002, Laura Miller, Tom Dunning and Domingo Garcia — the three major candidates for mayor — all courted the LGBT vote.

From The Dallas Mornings News on Jan. 15, 2002:

Dallas gays and lesbians, who used to hope that they could just find a candidate who wouldn’t be hostile to their interests, find themselves for the first time being wooed from all directions in what boils down to a three-way citywide race – and disagreeing about whom to support.

“It’s the first time I haven’t had to go vote for the lesser of two evils,” said Deb Elder, a Laura Miller supporter and political organizer. “Nothing has piqued my passion like this mayoral vote.”

Put another way, with major candidates Ms. Miller, Tom Dunning, and Domingo Garcia all touting their support for including gays in a nondiscrimination ordinance, a sector of voters that was shunned not long ago can’t lose this time around.

“It’s historic. I knew it would happen, but I didn’t know it would be this soon,” said Michael Milliken, one of the city’s first publicly identified gay appointees. “The gay community is in a unique position this year.”

I had based my report on statements by openly gay former City Councilman Ed Oakley, who called the 2011 mayoral election “a watershed moment for the community” and “unprecedented.”

While that may be true in some other respects, this isn’t the first time all major mayoral candidates have sought the LGBT vote, and I apologize for the error.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race – QNN News

Stay out of the comments if you haven’t seen last night’s news show themed episode. Otherwise jump in and dish the challenge and the elimination.

Joe. My. God.

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Did Asian Stereotypes Offend Or Win On Ru-Paul’s Drag Race?

RECAP: If you haven't been watching, these girls had to start by styling Christmas couture after a snowy photo shoot on a trampoline. Then they had to make a futuristic look to shoot a fake trailer for Drag Queens in Outer Space. Then most recently they had to get leotarded in a drag-tastic workout video and make a runway dress that showed off their best assets. Venus D-Lite, Phoenix, and Mimi Imfurst got the boots each week.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Three

Stay out of the comments if you haven’t yet seen tonight’s premiere episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, season three. Otherwise jump in and dish this year’s crop of contestants and tonight’s challenge. Not pictured above – the surprise second chance of one of last season’s cast-offs.

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Finally. A big win for equality in California’s AG race

Liz Newcomb and I have both written about the importance of the California Attorney General’s race between Democrat Kamala Harris and Republican Steve Cooley. Harris said she wouldn’t defend Prop. 8 in Perry v. Schwarzenegger. Cooley said he would.

It was a nail biter, but, today, Cooley conceded.

Congratulations to Kamala Harris.




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Transgender Candidate Wins Judicial Race

VICTORIA KOLAKOWSKI | ADVOCATE.COMVictoria Kolakowski of Oakland, Calif., becomes the first openly
transgender judge in U.S. history after a tight race for a superior
court vacancy in the East Bay’s Alameda County.
Advocate.com: Daily News

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A loss for NOM: Prop. 8 lawyer Andrew Pugno defeated in California Assembly race

A couple weeks ago, Chris Moore, the President of the Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento, sent us an update on the Assembly race between Democrat Richard Pan, a pediatrician, and Andrew Pugno, a leading homophobe who had the support of NOM. As Chris noted:

Pugno is the golden boy of the nation-wide anti marriage equality effort. His career sets him apart from your standard anti marriage equality activists and includes such highlights as: Chief of Staff to the notoriously homophobic late Senator Pete Knight, Co-Author of Proposition 8, and lead attorney for the Yes on 8 Campaign. It is no surprise that NOM is spending big to have their go-to California political operative elected to the Assembly.

NOM has spent over 2,000 to air a new television ad in which they warn that Pugno’s opponent, Richard Pan, will support the teaching of gay marriage to 2nd graders.

The good news: Pugno lost yesterday.

Congrats to Dr. Pan and kudos to the Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento.




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RHODE ISLAND: Pro-Gay Independent Lincoln Chafee Wins Governor’s Race

Lincoln Chafee, who was the only GOP Senator to ever express support for marriage equality, has won the gubernatorial race in Rhode Island as an Independent. Democrat Frank Caprio had been leading up until two weeks ago, but lost ground after telling President Obama to “shove it” when he didn’t get Obama’s endorsement. Both Chafee and Caprio had promised to sign a marriage equality bill should one get to their desks.

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DC’s annual Halloween drag high heel race

VIDEO: It’s a tradition that’s been going on in Washington, DC since I first came out. The Drag High Heel Race. You gotta be in drag, and I think you have to be wearing at least 3 inch high heels. Then you run down a 2 block stretch of 17th street, the ancestral home of DC’s gay community (and there’s a pretty good prize, as I recall). It was always a hoot, and now has turned into a HUGE affair, attracting thousands of people every Halloween – and a ton of straight people too, with kids in tow. It’s a total hoot. Enjoy this video of this year’s race, from MW.




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Calif. AG Race Could Decide Prop. 8

KAMALA HARRIS 1 X390 | ADVOCATE.COMA liberal political action committee has produced a video urging
California’s gay voters to pull the lever on November 2 for attorney
general candidate Kamala Harris if they hope to do away with Prop. 8.
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