A tale of two opinion pages: The Star-Telegram and The Dallas Morning News

Kudos to the editorial board at The Star-Telegram of Fort Worth. Twice in the last three weeks, The S-T has published editorials taking strong stances in support of LGBT equality. First, on Oct. 22, The S-T published an editorial under the headline “Boot ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ honor all who want to serve.” In the editorial, The S-T managed to outdo even some so-called gay-rights activists in demanding that President Barack Obama fulfill his campaign promise by ending the discriminatory policy.

“Procrastination must come to an end. It is right that the president consult with his military leaders, but if he is serious about fulfilling his campaign promise and doing the right thing, he should be pressuring Congress on this issue even as he pushes on others on which he has called for change.

“‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ is a bad law, and every day it is allowed to stand is another day injustice prevails.”

Then, just today, The S-T editorialized in favor of adding gender identity/expression to the city of Fort Worth’s nondiscrimination ordinance, a proposal that’s expected to be voted on tonight by the City Council. The editorial noted that the proposal faces strong opposition from religious conservatives.

“Controversial as the new protections may be, they are another step in the fight against acts that make people suffer because they are out of the current mainstream. There are people in Fort Worth who would treat those of a different race or religion as inferior, who even would treat women as such. But in general, U.S. society has moved beyond those particular types of bigotry.

“So it should be for transgender and gender expression and identity. No one should be denied a job, access to public accommodations or housing based on these behaviors. The council should approve the amendments.”

Twenty years from now, assuming it’s still around, The S-T will be able to look back with pride at editorials like these and say that the newspaper’s editorial board was on the right side of history. Sadly, I’m afraid The Dallas Morning News — whose opinion pages remain largely silent on LGBT issues, aside from the endless right-wing drivel of columnist Rod Dreher — won’t be able to say the same thing.требуется копирайтер удаленноразмещение баннерной рекламы

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'The Amazing Race' gay brothers team kinda from Fort Worth talk up God and competition

CBS posted this vid of brothers Sam and Dan McMillen yesterday. They talk about growing up gay and Christian and then get sassy about the rest of the players on this season of The Amazing Race. The bros also talked to the Star-Telegram last week about coming out on national TV.

We dug that they were “from Fort Worth” but the Texas connection is no more. Sam finished his studies at TCU this spring and has recently moved back to Missouri.поисковая раскрутка сайтовисточники трафика на сайт

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Did mayor apologize for Rainbow Lounge or 'that anyone is ever hurt in any incident'?


It sure looks like Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief (shown above) was apologizing specifically for the Rainbow Lounge raid in this video, and an Associated Press story saying he did so has been picked up nationwide today. But now, Fort Worth city spokesman Bill Begley is backing away from the apology, according to The Star-Telegram’s PoliTex blog.

“The mayor and council are always sorry if anyone is hurt ever in our city,” Begley said Wednesday. “The mayor has asked for a thorough investigation of what happened in the Rainbow Lounge to the point that he’s asked for the U.S. attorney to get involved …They want to make sure that all voices are heard … but the apology is that anyone is ever hurt in any incident.”

Hat tip to Rafael McDonnell of Resource Center Dallas, who lives in Fort Worth and just posted the above links to his Facebook page. Said McDonnell of Begley’s statement: “As a communications professional, and a FW resident, who in the HELL is co-ordinating this messaging? What’s the thought process behind saying something like this? At best, it makes this city look disingenous. At worst, it throws gasoline on a fire. … Their window to effctively communicate with this community is rapidly closing, and they seem to want to slam their hands in the window in the process.”racer mobile gameкак создать контекстную рекламу

—  John Wright