Dallas Diamonds win quarterfinal, putting them a game away from another championship bid

From the blog Women Who Play Football.

At Saturday’s home game, the Dallas Diamonds football team defeated the Kansas City Tribe 55–35 in the quarterfinals of the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) 2012 playoffs. As they head into the semi-finals, all that the Diamonds have to do is defeat the San Diego Surge in their home town, and that puts them into the finals. Not only does beating the Surge put them one step closer, but it also secures the team the American Conference Championship. They play July 21.

At 10–0, the team has played a perfect season so far. If they go on to win the world championships, it will be the team’s fifth ring.

Now comes the hard part — getting the team to San Diego. On their Facebook page, the Diamonds have asked for fan support to help cover traveling expenses. From the Diamonds:

We are respectfully soliciting any donations or airline miles in order to help us reach our goal. Thank you so much for your support if the 2012 Dallas Diamonds!! We love our fans!!!

To make your donation, click here for their fundraising page. And for a breakdown of Saturday’s game, the blog Women Who Play Football did a notable job covering the match.

 

—  Rich Lopez

Chris Tina Foxx Bruce to be 1st trans bodybuilder competing as woman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A year ago this week, I wrote a story about Chris Tina Foxx Bruce, a North Texas-based personal trainers and male-to-female transgender, for a story I titled “Trans fit.” Well, Chris Tina has since moved to Southern California, where she has met with success continuing her career as a trainer and as a bodybuilder. You can tell, because LGBT Weekly, a California magazine, wrote about her… and stole my headline. That’s OK, I guess.

Anyway, the big news is Chris Tina will be competing next week in San Diego as the first trans bodybuilder to compete in her new gender. Congrats!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

What’s Brewing: DMN prints 1st gay weddings; active-duty troops march at San Diego Pride

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. The Dallas Morning News published its first-ever same-sex wedding announcements on Sunday. Two gay couples — Mark Reed and Dante Walkup (right), and James Kreidel and Mark Pierson — had announcements appear under Weddings in Sunday’s Celebrations section of The DMN (Page 11E). Reed and Walkup, who convinced the newspaper to publish same-sex weddings after filing a discrimination complaint with the city, were married in Washington, D.C., last year. Kreidel and Pierson were married in Massachusetts last year. Congrats to both couples.

2. In another head-spinning twist over “don’t ask, don’t tell,” a federal appeals court late Friday temporarily reinstated the policy but ordered the government not to use it to investigate, penalize or discharge anyone. On July 6, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco lifted its stay of a district judge’s ruling halting enforcement of DADT. But last week the Department of Justice asked the court to reimpose the stay, saying its removal could interfere with the orderly legislative repeal of the ban on open service. The appeals court on Friday agreed to reimpose the stay but blocked the Pentagon from discharging anyone under the policy. The military can, however, refuse to accept applications from openly gay recruits. The court gave the DOJ until today to submit additional arguments as to why the stay should remain in place.

3. As the legal maneuvering over DADT repeal continues, a contingent of active-duty military servicemembers marched in a gay Pride parade Saturday for what is believed to be the first time in U.S. history. About 200 active-duty troops, wearing T-shirts representing every service branch, marched in San Diego’s Pride parade. Watch video below.

—  John Wright

It’s official in Argentina: President Cristina Fernandez signs gay marriage bill into law

Argentina’s President, Cristina Fernandez, signed into law on Wednesday a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. From the Associated Press:

“Today we are a society that is a little more egalitarian than last week,” Fernandez said at the signing ceremony.

Representatives of groups for gays and lesbians cheered, crying out “Equality, equality!”

The law, which was approved by the Senate last week following earlier endorsement by the lower house, grants same-sex couples the full legal protections and responsibilities that marriage gives to heterosexual couples, including the ability to inherit property and to jointly adopt children.

Washington-based LGBT leader Bob Witeck happened to be in Argentina for Wednesday’s ceremony. Via Rex Wockner, here’s a portion of Witeck’s report:

In her office, after her official act was complete, she was captivating, dramatic, ebullient, intense and embracing — still touched by the poignancy of the signing ceremony itself.  After she signed the legislation in the public space downstairs, we witnessed hundreds of the attendees inside the room and outside as well, begin to press forward to touch her, hug her, hand her flowers, seek photos with her — in a throbbing human crush that probably mirrors the passionate nature of Argentinian public life most of us merely know from history or films. It was a scene of such emotion that as a lifelong resident of Washington DC, I cannot imagine any such event resembling this scene taking place in the White House or in many executive mansions — and simply because of the risk of physical harm alone to the President or others in the pushing, pressing and jubilant crowd on the floor.

Witeck points us to this Spanish-language blog that has posted a three-part video of the ceremony. We’ve posted the final segment above.

—  admin

Cloris Leachman is pretty cool

The gay community celebrates its old ladies who are cool with gay rights. Since Rue McClanahan died — she who appeared in Dallas last year at a gay event — we’ve apparently switched our focus toward Cloris Leachman.

On Saturday, the 80-year-old Oscar winner and Dancing with the Stars phenom will share grand marshal duties with Harvey Milk’s nephew Stuart in the San Diego Gay Pride Parade. Its her third Pride parade. Way to go, Cloris! You can read about it here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

For Boy Scouts: what goes around, comes around

scoutsIn 2000, the Boy Scouts were quite proud of themselves when they won Boy Scouts et. al v. Dale. In that case, the organization proved it had the right to discriminate.

As a private organization, they had the right to exclude gays, atheists and anyone else they wanted. The city of San Diego had a lease with the Boy Scouts that the city council voted to extend.

Representing a lesbian couple and an atheist couple with scouting-age boys, the ACLU sued the Boy Scouts and the city. They claimed they are not a religious group — just a group that preaches “do duty to God.”

According to the Associated Press, a lower court found in favor of the couples who could not place their children in the Scouts and therefore not take advantage of something going on in a city facility.

Today, the Supreme Court, probably mindful of their 10-year-old decision finding that the group has a right to exclude, refused to hear the case.

The Boy Scouts remain booted from San Diego public property.

—  David Taffet

Mistrial declared for Texas man accused of murdering gay San Diego resident in 1971

Gerald Metcalf
Gerald Metcalf

A jury in San Diego deadlocked 8-4 on Tuesday in the murder trial of 62-year-old Gerald Metcalf, who’s accused of fatally stabbing a gay man at least 61 times after they met in a popular cruising area in 1971. Metcalf was arrested in 2008 at his home in Chandler, Texas, after a cold case unit linked him to 27-year-old Gerald Jackson’s murder using DNA evidence and fingerprints from the scene. A status conference in the case is now scheduled for Jan. 5, according to the San Diego News Network.

—  John Wright