Sheriff Lupe Valdez, a Democrat, on why she’s going to the Log Cabin Republicans Convention

Sheriff Lupe Valdez

The Log Cabin Republicans will hold their National Convention in Dallas this coming weekend, and we’ll have a full story in Friday’s print edition. But because the convention actually begins Thursday, we figured we’d go ahead and post the full program sent out by the group earlier this week.

Perhaps the biggest surprise on the program is a scheduled appearance by gay Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, who is of course a Democrat.

Valdez, who’ll be one of the featured speakers at a Saturday luncheon, contacted us this week to explain her decision to accept the invitation from Log Cabin (not that we necessarily felt it warranted an explanation). Here’s what she said: 

“We have more things in common than we have differences, but it seems like in politics we constantly dwell on our differences,” Valdez said. “If we continue to dwell on our differences, all we’re going to do is fight. If we try to work on our common issues, we’ll be able to accomplish some things.”

On that note, below is the full program. For more information or to register, go here.

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LGBT Stories: Transgender Dad Comes Out To Gay Son




Nathan Manske and Marquise Lee just finished a 4 month, 50 state tour of the United States collecting stories for their I'm From Driftwood site. We'll be sharing some of the stories they collected along with some of the insight into what they saw. They're still encouraging people to submit their written stories via IFD.

Driftwood We ask everyone who shares a story on camera to sign a release just to cover ourselves and so we can show their story at Reading Events at community centers, college campuses, etc., without having to go back and get their permission again. Most people just sign and don't think much of it so when I noticed Dave reading every word I was curious. He actually asked if it was okay to not sign and I said sure no problem but asked what bothered him. He explained that his story was very unique and was interested in turning it into a film or book. After hearing his story, I sure hope he does. I would buy the book and watch the movie. 

Watch Dave's story, AFTER THE JUMP…  

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In a Volatile Week, Refresh with Out Magazine’s Love Stories

It's been a rather heavy week, hasn't it? If you need a break from the quite depressing news, check out Out Magazine's cover story, "Twenty-Three Love Stories."…

In general in the LGBTQ community, we spend so much time fighting for equal rights, the ability to serve in the military, and the right TO love that we often don't have a lot of time to take notice of all the love around us. Out's series takes a look at twenty-three different love stories, and uses the that phrase expansively – between gay men, lesbian women, and within mixed multi-generational families.



My own contribution is the story "Three Kids, Two Dads, One Uncle."…

Having known one of the subjects for years, I was delighted to write about them. David Christmas used to be my volunteer coordinator at God's Love We Deliver, where I chop vegetables on Wednesday evenings. 

I'd always been fascinated by David's life. He's a great story teller, particularly about his days as an actor, when he was in "Dames at Sea" opposite Bernadette Peters, and about when he appeared in a screen test for the lead in "Myra Brickinridge." But David's greatest story of all was about how he ended moving in with his gay nephew Robert and his partner John, when they (somewhat unexpectedly) ended up with three new born children in just a few month's time.

You can read their whole tale here.…

It's not often we hear about gay men being parents and grandparents, especially in an intergenerational way, and I'm touched I could play a part in sharing these kind mens' story.  


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Telling The Stories of Gay Adventists, Whose Own Church Hates Them

It's not just the Mormon or Catholic churches that treat its gay parishioners like demon worshipers. So too does the uber-conservative Adventist Church (you know, the one that treats Saturday and not Sunday as the sabbath), which as you'd expect endorses only opposite marriage and a limited view on human sexuality. In the still-in-production Seventh-Gay Adventists, producers (and married couple) Stephen Eyer and Daneen Akers, both raised in the Adventist church, are exploring "the complex intersection of faith, identity, and sexuality through the stories of LGBT Adventists who are struggling with their desire to belong to the church they know and love and their need to be fully accepted for who they are." To capture the stories of gay Adventists, they set up "story booths" around the country to record the true life tribulations of the gay faithful. As you might imagine, the Seventh-day Adventist Church (SDA) is none too pleased with their project.


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