Anniversary: Brown-Monreal

BROWN-MONREAL | Kevin Brown and Leo Monreal will celebrate their 20th anniversary Monday, Feb. 7. The two met while students at the University of Texas at Arlington when both pledged the same fraternity and were also both members of a dance performance company. It was an immediate case of “opposites attract” that has continued to this day. Brown’s interests range from Sex and the City to jazzercize while Monreal’s interests range from bad “B” action and horror films to boxing. They share a love for animals and especially dogs and cats, as well as for movies, game nights, traveling and live theater. They also love spoiling their eight nieces and nephews and their five “fur children” — four dogs and one cat. Brown is an interior designer and Monreal is a police officer. (Photo by Tim Scheer)

—  John Wright

WATCH: Gay UT students make out in front of anti-gay preacher Jed Smock

Anti-gay preacher Jed Smock is apparently on a tour of universities in Texas, and we can only hope he’s headed to the Dallas area soon. The first video shows two gay University of Texas students locking lips in front of an outraged Smock, and the second one features Smock’s rendition of his infamous “It’s Not OK To Be Gay” song at Texas A&M. This guy is really a lot of fun.

—  John Wright

UT Arlington GSA honors David Mack Henderson

Joshua Little, David Mack Henderson and Zachary Murphy

On Thursday, Oct. 28 the Gay Straight Alliance at the University of Texas at Arlington celebrated the 30-year anniversary of the founding of the campus’s first gay organization.

As part of the celebration, they honored David Mack Henderson of Fairness Fort Worth. That organization was created in the wake of the Rainbow Lounge raid and has worked with the city to become more inclusive.

Henderson was one of the founders of the UTA Gay/Lesbian Association when he was a student at the school. He is a tax accountant and Realtor and is a facilitator for the diversity training that all Fort Worth city employees must take. In the 1980s, he was a member of the Dallas Gay Alliance board and a founder of Resource Center Dallas.

The Certificate of Appreciation was presented by GSA President Joshua Little and Vice President Zachary Murphy.

The GSA meets every Wednesday at noon in the Upper University Center, usually in the Guadalupe Room. The group is open to all students. UTA policy prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. Homage is another LGBTQ organization at UTA. Homage meets Thursday evenings in the University Center.

—  David Taffet

WATCH: Texas natives wed after 40 years

Jean Eleanor McFaddin and Susan Elaine Falk first met in 1962 at the University of Texas in Austin. McFaddin was from Dallas, and Falk was from Lufkin. They’ve been together for more than 40 years, but were finally legally married in Connecticut last week, according to The New York Times.

“You come to weddings, and they’re about people making promises that they hope to keep in their marriage, and in truth, our marriage is an affirmation of a lifetime of promises that we’ve made and lived,” McFaddin says. “We have fulfilled our commitments.”

“She was the one, is the one and always will be the one,” Falk says.

—  John Wright

Rep. Johnson to host small business summit

State Rep. Eric Johnson

State Rep. Eric Johnson is hosting a small business summit at the University of Texas at Dallas, Callier Center at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

“It’s a summit for small businesses in District 100,” said Andrew Smith, an intern in Johnson’s local office. The district includes parts of Oak Lawn.

He said groups such as the Southern Dallas Development Corp. and Plan Fund would attend.

“They will discuss funds available to small business and how to access those funds,” Smith said.

Johnson will be there to answer questions after the groups make their presentations.

The event takes place in the Glorig Auditorium, 1966 Inwood Road, across the street from St. Paul Hospital.

—  David Taffet

Texas A&M faculty senate backs DP benefits

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Texas A&M University’s faculty senate voted overwhelmingly Monday to endorse health benefits for the same-sex partners of employees. With about 60 faculty senators present, only one voted against the proposal, according to the The Eagle of Bryan/College Station.

“[It's] sending a strong signal to the university general counsel, Board of Regents and others that this is what we want to make this a stronger university,” said Ramona Paetzold, chair of the senate’s Personnel and Welfare Committee.

The resolution approved by the faculty senate calls for the A&M system’s  governing authority to create a beneficiary category that would cover domestic partners. The resolution suggests a “plus one” category, which would allow employees to cover an additional person based on financial dependence. The “plus one” category might avoid running afoul of Texas’ marriage ban, as well as state insurance law defining dependents as spouses and children.

The A&M vote comes one week after the University of Texas’ College of Liberal Arts unanimously approved a resolution, signed by all 21 academic chairs, calling for the school to offer DP benefits.

—  John Wright

A complete breakdown of those poll results on same-sex marriage in Texas

In today’s Voice I shared some results from a recent poll conducted by the University of Texas and The Texas Tribune, which asked respondents if they support marriage, civil unions or just nothing for same-sex couples. Some may be wondering where I got the “crosstabs,” which break down the numbers on the gay marriage question according to things like political party affiliation, race, age, ideology etc. Well they’re on the Texas Politics Web site, buried in a 200-page PDF document. But thanks to the prowess of DV production guru Kristina Walton, we’ve extracted the pertinent pages and posted them here. And as you can see, the breakdown of the gay marriage question starts at the bottom of Page 171 and ends on Page 177. Told you I’m not making this shit up!

—  John Wright