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Saturday 04.16


Famed Dallas rockers Jane Doe reunite for concert at Sue Ellen’s

They were the first band Kathy Jack ever booked for Caven. They have played with the likes of the great Deborah Vial. They have been seen at the Kessler, House of Blues and other venues … but not so much lately. Only Susan Carson remains in North Texas, so bringin’ the girls of Jane Doe back together for a concert is a time to celebrate, which you can as they perform Saturday at Sue Ellen’s. Mojo Dolls opens for them.

Sue Ellen’s
3014 Throckmorton St.
9 p.m.

Thursday 04.21 — Friday 04.22


Edgy Canadian dance company Kidd Pivot makes Dallas debut

If modern dance has taught us one thing, it’s that “dance” is about a heckuva lot more than just moving your feet to music. On the cutting edge of contemporary dance is Kidd Pivot, which makes its North Texas debut for two shows. Combining original music with text, design and, of course, movement, it’s one of the exciting premieres sponsored by TITAS this season.

City Performance Hall
2520 Flora St.
8 pm.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 15, 2016.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Downpour moves SCOTUS rally to Sue Ellen’s; hundreds gather to support equality

Despite flooded streets in Oak Lawn, hundreds of people turned out for a rally Monday night (April 27), the night before the U.S. Supreme Court was to hear arguments on marriage equality. The event moved from the Legacy of Love Monument to Sue Ellen’s because of the weather.

The LGBT community, allies and TV crews packed the second floor of the bar for a rally that lasted several hours and included speakers, singers and spoken word, and was topped off with wedding cake and champagne.

About a dozen people — from a Greenhill School sstudent and Texas Christian University student to allied pastors and community activists — gave short rallying speeches. Lambda Legal’s Omar Narvaez delivered the keynote, calling for an end to laws criminalizing HIV status, an end to anti-trans legislation and an end to LGBT youth homelessness — linking these and other battles for justice to not just marriage equality but to the social justice movement overall.

Emily McGaughy writes for In her remarks she said she and her wife had to choose between a legal wedding out of state and a wedding in Texas that included family and friends.

“Tomorrow is a step in the right direction for equality,” she said. “It won’t solve all problems, but it’s a big step.”

Greenhill School student Josh Rudner said he realized he was gay at 11. He kept that bottled up inside himself for a year before telling his family.

“You can’t choose who you love,” he said, “but you can choose to love yourself.”

His father is now president of Equality Texas Foundation and is attending the Supreme Court hearing.

The Rev. Alex Byrd compared marriage bans today to slave owners preventing slaves from marrying. He said the purpose was to destabilize the community.

The Rev. Colleen Darraugh of MCC of Greater Dallas said, “Your religious freedom should not come at the expense of my religious freedom.”

Community activist John Seelig brought a message from Freedom to Marry founder Evan Wolfson: “We can all feel the momentum,” Wolfson told Seelig. “America is ready for the freedom to marry.”


—  David Taffet

Battleground Texas holds LGBT organizing meeting at Sue Ellen’s

Wendy-DavisBattleground Texas, the Democratic organizing group working to turn Texas blue in upcoming elections, meets at Sue Ellen’s on Thursday, Sept. 4 for LGBT for Wendy Davis. The strategy is to first turn Texas into a battleground state and hopefully win some statewide offices this year. The plan includes organizing support among key groups, including the LGBT community.

“Let’s make sure that the LGBT community in Texas has their voice heard in November and contributes to turning Texas blue!” Battleground Texas says on its event page on Facebook.

The meeting is 7–9 p.m. upstairs at Sue Ellens, 3014 Throckmorton St.

—  David Taffet

PHOTOS: Her HRC 2014 at Sue Ellen’s

Photos by Anna Waugh/Dallas Voice

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—  Dallasvoice

Drag king troupe Mustache Envy raises $1,300 for charity at Sue Ellen’s show


With their slicked-back hair, finely trimmed facial hair and no-holds-barred sex appeal, Dallas drag troupe Mustache Envy made the girls blush and scream at Sue Ellen’s on Friday for the third year in the national charity event, Kings for a Cause. This year the handsome crew raised more than $1,300, surpassing last year’s total by $200. The money will benefit Resource Center Dallas’ Nelson-Tebedo Clinic and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Last year Mustache Envy placed second for most funds raised nationally, and they are top contenders for first this year. More photos below.

—  Maddox Price

Queer rappers God-Des & She drop new CD at Sue Ellen’s Friday

Frank Ocean is a pioneer, Frank Ocean is great, but he’s not the only — or first — hip-hop star to come out. Ever since Austin-based rappers God-Des & She burst onto the music scene following a featured track on The L Word, the lesbian duo has had a following, both in the lesbian and hip-hop communities.

It’s no wonder why: With their sexually explicit lyrics (c’mon — when lesbians sing a song called “Lick It,” you don’t have to wonder what they are referring to) and in-your-face boldness, these Texas tornadoes give an urban, edgy profile. Add to that some gender-bending (for the record: The hardcore butch rapper is God-Des; the zaftig lipstick-and-dress-wearer is She), good airplay on MTV and Logo, and a campaign to get them on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show, and you understand why they have a fan-base.

Their fourth album, United States of God-Des & She, is set to drop Feb. 5, but you can get a preview of it when the duo take to the stage at the Vixin Lounge inside Sue Ellen’s for a CD release party Friday. Doors open at 9 p.m., and God-Des & She will mount the stage at 11. And when we say mount … well, let’s just say you never know what to expect from those two.

Tickets available at and

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Out & Equal to discuss Bringing Your Partner’s Picture to Work at Sue Ellen’s

Today is Out & Equal’s Bring Your Partner’s Picture to Work Day.

Out & Equal is the national workplace equality organization made up of employee resource groups and individuals who work in a corporate environment.

“We believe that if you want to live in a world where you can bring your partner’s picture to work, it’s time to bring your partner’s picture to work,” Out & Equal wrote in their release.

After work, head over to Sue Ellen’s and meet upstairs in the Vixin Lounge to share your experience from 5:30–7:30 p.m.

The Out & Equal Workplace Summit takes place in Baltimore at the city’s convention center beginning Monday. Online registration is closed but attendees may still register at the conference.

Last year’s Summit took place at the Anatole in Dallas and was so successful the organization would like to return. But negotiations right now reportedly are stalled on Mayor Mike Rawlings’ refusal to sign a pledge in support of same-sex marriage. The convention brought millions of dollars to the city.

This year’s conference schedule is here.

—  David Taffet

Razzle Dazzle Dallas distributes proceeds

Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund board, from left, D’wayne Teague, Tony Rox, David Hearn, Greg Wallace and John Cooper Lara

John Cooper Lara, chair of the Razzle Dazzle Dallas board, presented checks to beneficiaries of the June events at Sue Ellen’s on Monday evening.

The Metro Ball, which took place at S4 on June 8 and featured Taylor Dayne, raised $31,500 for the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund. GDMAF provides financial assistance for critical needs through local organizations when other sources are exhausted.

Funds from the Saturday night street party were split among nine beneficiaries. Those organizations were Resource Center Dallas, AIDS Arms, AIDS Interfaith Network, Turtle Creek Chorale, Cedar Springs Beautification Fund, Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage, GLBT Leap, Uptown Players and Legal Hospice of Texas. That party raised $25,000.

Razzle Dazzle Dallas board, from left, Jimmy Bartlett, Johnny Humphrey, Chris Bengston, Thom Dance, John Cooper Lara, Kris Martin, Ron Adams and Howard Okon

—  David Taffet

Police seek suspects in robberies of 2 Cedar Springs club-goers this weekend

Two club-goers were robbed near Dallas’ gay entertainment district over the weekend.

The first robbery occurred at midnight on Saturday when a 30-year-old woman was punched in the back and in the right hand in the 3900 block of Cedar Springs Road.

The woman was leaving Sue Ellen’s and was walking down the sidewalk when the attack happened, according to the address listed in the Dallas police incident report. She was “alone in a partially lit area,” the report states.

The suspect took her purse and fled in a white SUV. He is described as a black male in his late 20s and about 6 feet tall.

The woman waited until she reached a friend’s house before calling 911. She was not injured.

The second robbery occurred in the 3300 block of Throckmorton Street around 11:20 p.m. Sunday.

A 36-year-old woman was walking to Station 4 with a friend when a Hispanic male in his 20s pointed a gun at them and took their property, Dallas police spokeswoman Sherri Jeffrey told Instant Tea. The man got away with $600 in cash, according to the report. He is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with a medium build.

Anyone with information about these robberies should contact Dallas police at 314-671-3001. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at 214-373-8477 or through the department’s iWatch smartphone app.

—  Dallasvoice

Concert Notice: Chely Wright headlines this year’s Dallas Lesbian Festival on May 6

I have to admit my jaw kind of dropped when I saw this on Sue Ellen’s calendar. The club scored a major coup booking country star Chely Wright to headline this year’s fifth annual Dallas Lesbian Festival set for May 6. Props to the club for taking the festival up to a whole other level. Let’s hope it continues.

—  Rich Lopez