Craig McCartney goes to Philly … and invites Ted Cruz for pound cake

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Craig McCartney: Well, Let Me Say This About That

Dallas’ own Craig McCartney has already built up a following with his YouTube channel, “Well, Let Me Say This About That.” Now He’s getting ready to take his show on the road, heading to Philadelphia where he will be vlogging (that’s video blogging, in case you didn’t know) from the Democratic National Convention.

But before he heads to Philly, Craig had a couple of things to say about the just-finished Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

—  Tammye Nash

WATCH: Dance diva Kristine W’s new video ‘Out There’

KW_DANCERS_2016_LARGE_BLUEKristine W has been a fixture in the gay dance music scene for two decades (more than a dozen of her singles have topped Billboard’s U.S. dance chart). She’s just released her latest video and single, “Out There.” Take a look and listen here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

DVtv: Stepping in back in time for fun at Scarborough Renaissance Festival

The DVtv crew of Brad Pritchett and Israel Luna headed south about 40 miles — and back in time about 400 years — for a visit to Scarborough Renaissance Festival, just outside of Waxahachie this past weekend.

While the festival — known to fans as “the faire” — is open to everyone, of course, members of the LGBT community find a warm and welcoming atmosphere. With a number of LGBT people among the cast, the performers on stage and the vendors, it’s not hard to feel at home.

Scarborough Renaissance Festival is open each weekend for eight weeks each spring, starting in April and running through Memorial Day. The day starts with a skit by cast members just outside the front gates, culminating at 10 a.m. with the opening cannon, and runs through 7 p.m., when the closing cannon sounds, each Saturday and Sunday, plus Memorial Day Monday.

Each weekend also has a special theme. The weekend of May 7-8 is Renaissance Romance Weekend, and of course, includes a Mother’s Day celebration.

You’ve got four more weekends to make it out this year. For tickets and other information, visit the Scarborough website. And to a glimpse of what you’ll find, watch the DVtv episode below:

—  Tammye Nash

LISTEN: First orchestra rehearsal of ‘The New Moon’

In this week’s Best Bets, I recommend Lyric Stage’s upcoming staging of a rarely-revived operetta by Sig Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein’s The New Moon. Curious? Have a look and listen at this 35 second clip from the first orchestra rehearsal.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

The lesbian video to Adele’s ‘Hello’

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This kind of breaks my heart. Read more about it here.

—  Tammye Nash

Police: Help us find this suspect

Dallas police today (Monday, Nov. 9), posted the above video of a man using a stolen debit card at a West End DART station ATM, asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the suspect.

The debit card was stolen during the first of five armed robberies that occurred between Thursday, Oct. 29 and Sunday night, Nov. 1, on the Katy Trail. A man told police he was jogging on the Katy Trail about 9:40 p.m. on Oct. 29 when he was robbed at gunpoint by two men. Two suspects fitting the same descriptions were involved in the other four robberies.

Anyone with information is asked to call Dallas police at 214-671-3584 or Crimestoppers at 214-373-TIPS (8477).

—  Tammye Nash

WATCH: Cazwell’s ‘Ice Cream Truck’

Our cover story this week is about gay rapper Cazwell, who will be performing in Dallas on Valentine’s Day. In the story, we talk at length about his breakout hit, the video to his single “Ice Cream Truck.” If you haven’t seen the infectious vid, we graciously offer the link up right here. Enjoy!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

With Halloween just a week away ….

(And the Cedar Springs Halloween Block Party happening tomorrow night — Saturday, Oct. 25), I thought it was appropriate to share this video here on Instant Tea. Thanks, Hardy Haberman, for sharing it with me.

—  Tammye Nash

WATCH: People consuming ‘prairie oysters,’ and more, for the first time

Doesn’t that look delicious? Maybe, until you know it’s fried penis. Bon appetit.

I waited until after lunch so most people could dine in peace. But this video is interesting to watch.

I myself have never had “Rocky Mountain oysters” — sometimes called prairie oysters, but simply “fricasseed bull testicles.” And the reason I have not are pretty plainly demonstrated by what you are about to see. As a foodie, perhaps I should be more adventurous. But as a biological male …. I just can’t. Oh, and the penis is no better. (I’m OK with eating bird and fish eggs, though. Go figure.)

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

20 years after the Violence Against Women Act, how far have we come?


President Barack Obama issued a proclamation today recognizing the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act and calling “upon men and women of all ages, communities, organizations and all levels of government to work in collaboration to end violence against women.”

The proclamation comes a day after released video footage of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking his then-girlfriend/now-wife Janay Palmer out cold in an elevator — video footage that prompted the Ravens to terminate Rice’s and prompted the NFL to suspend him indefinitely. That sounds reasonable, except that the incident back in March and in July NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell only suspended Rice for two games. (Rice was originally charged with felony assault but the charges were dropped when Palmer refused to testify against him.)

Originally, the only video footage made public showed the moments after the elevator doors opened and Rice dragged the unconscious Palmer part of the way out of the elevator and then left her laying in a heap on the floor. The video released this week by TMZ, taken by a camera inside the elevator, shows the brutal punch to the face that knocked her out.

As President Obama said in his proclamation today, it was 20 years ago that “our nation came together to declare our commitment to end violence against women.” The VAWA “created a vital network of services for victims,” expanded the number of shelters and rape crisis centers across the country, and established a national hotline, the proclamation says. The VAWA also “imrpoved our criminal justice system and provided specialized training to law enforcement … . It spurred new state laws and protections and changed the way people think about domestic abuse … .”

But watching that video of Ray Rice punching Janay Palmer and considering the NFL’s initial lackluster response, it doesn’t seem like we’ve made much progress toward that goal.

Add in some statistical information, and it’s even more discouraging.

According to, the website for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, a global review of available data conducted in 2013 (World Health Organization, Global and Regional Estimates of Violence against Women) shows that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence . But some national studies show that up to 70 percent of women have experience sexual or physical violence from an intimate partner.

The UNWomen website goes on to cite The World Health Organization’s World Report on Violence and Health, which says that in Australia, Canada, Israel, South Africa and the United States, intimate partner violence accounts for between 40 and 70 per cent of female murder victims.

President Obama says that he was “proud to renew our pledge to our mothers and daughters by reauthorizing VAWA and extending its protections” last year. And while the VAWA has “provided hope, safety and a new chance at life for women and children across our nation,” the president acknowledges “we still have more work to do.”

“Too many women continue to live in fear in their own homes, too many victims still know the pain of abuse, and too many families have had to mourn the loss of their loved ones. It has to end — because even one is too many.”

Absolutely. But in the LGBT community we have to take it a step forward and remember that women are not the only victims of domestic violence, and men are not the only abusers.

According to a “fact sheet” published online by the Center for American Progress, 1 out of 4 to 1 out of 3 same-sex relationships has experienced domestic violence. And domestic abuse violence victims in same-sex relationships face threats that their abuser will “out” them at work or to family, some face the threat of having their children taken away, and some are even afraid of doing damage to the LGBT rights movement by admitting that domestic violence happens in our community.

These and other reasons make LGBT domestic violence victims more reluctant to report such violence to police, and leaves them feeling isolated, alone and helpless.

President Obama is right. We’ve got a long way to go. We in the LGBT community have to make sure we are part of the effort against domestic violence, not just in the country as a whole, but in our own community — our own homes — too.

—  Tammye Nash