What’s Brewing: Man found shot to death in Oak Lawn; UNC hate crime report was false

Ken Upton
Ken Upton

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. A 28-year-old man was found shot to death Monday evening in an apartment near Oak Lawn and Dickason avenues, according to The Dallas Morning News. Police responding to a shooting call at 7 p.m. found Javier Ahumada in an apartment in the 4000 block of Dickason Avenue. The DMN reports that investigators are interviewing witnesses and trying to determine a motive.

2. A federal appeals court in Louisiana has ruled against two gay dads who sought to have both of their names on an adopted child’s birth certificate. The couple is represented by Ken Upton of Lambda Legal’s Dallas office, who tells the Associated Press that the case is now likely to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. In Texas, legislation has been introduced by Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, that would allow same-sex parents to have both their names on an adopted child’s birth certificate.

3. On Tuesday we told you that a student at the University of North Carolina had been severely burned in an anti-gay hate crime. But authorities now say the student, Quinn Matney, lied about the assault and is likely to face charges of filing a false police report.

—  John Wright

What’s Brewing: Maryland Senate kills gender identity bill; anti-gay hate crime at UNC

Quinn Matney was attacked and severely burned in an anti-gay hate crime at the University of North Carolina.

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. For a third straight week, LGBT advocates plan to speak during the Dallas County Commissioners Court’s meeting today and call on commissioners to add transgender employees to the county’s nondiscrimination policy. Last month, commissioners voted to add sexual orientation but not gender identity to the policy. The Commissioners Court meets at 9 a.m. in the County Administration Building, 411 Elm St.

2. The Maryland Senate on Monday voted to kill a measure that would have protected transgender people from discrimination in housing, employment and credit — but not public accommodations. The vote marks the second major disappointment this year for LGBT advocates in Maryland, where the House thwarted a marriage equality bill last month.

3. A University of North Carolina freshman says he was attacked and severely burned in an anti-gay hate crime on the school’s campus last week. The UNC administration, which failed to notify students until a week after the attack occurred, now says it plans to report the incident as an anti-gay hate crime to the federal government.

—  John Wright