DFW Pride Movement includes premiere of the new urban LGBT network GLO TV

Let’s just say GLO TV looks like they know how to make an entrance. As part of Black Pride Weekend, the new network is bringing out some big guns for its Dallas premiere party this Saturday. And according to the press release, it’s also a gesture of solidarity with DFW Pride Movement “to support the community activism and social action of ‘The Movement.’”

We can dig that, but we can especially get behind the star power they are bringing to town. The cocktail reception will include appearances by Maurice Jamal (“Dirty Laundry,” “The Ski Trip” and network president), DeMarco Majors (“Shirts and Skins”), Rodney Chester (“Noah’s Arc”) and J.R. Rolley (“Slutty Summer,” “Four Letter Word”). They will also give a peek at the upcoming season with new shows “Friends and Lovers,” “Dating Dwight,” “The Gayest Sh%t Ever” and “Beyond the Heels,” which the network deems as “a ground-breaking shows about the transgender community.”

The best part — it’s open to the public.They reception will be at The Westin City Center, 650 N. Pearl St. on Saturday at 3 p.m.

—  Rich Lopez

Q&A with the gay, blind, Hispanic woman who serves as assistant U.S. secretary of labor

Kathleen Martinez speaks during a visit to Dallas on Thursday, Jan. 21.
Assistant Secretary of Labor Kathleen Martinez speaks during a visit to Dallas on Thursday, Jan. 21.

A few weeks ago I sat down with Kathleen Martinez, a gay, blind, Hispanic woman who was named assistant secretary of labor last year by President Barack Obama. Martinez, who heads the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, was in Dallas to kick off a six-city Disability Listening Tour. Here are excerpts from my conversation with Martinez, which took place at the Westin City Center in downtown Dallas:

—  John Wright

Gay, blind Obama appointee kicks off 'Disability Listening Tour' in Dallas

Kathleen Martinez
Kathleen Martinez

Kathleen Martinez, a gay, blind, Hispanic woman who serves as assistant U.S. secretary of labor, will be in Dallas on Thursday to kick off a six-city “Disability Listening Tour.” Martinez was appointed by President Barack Obama last year to head the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

The listening tour is designed to gather input on increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities in the face of the economic downturn. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Westin City Center, 650 N. Pearl St. in Dallas. I’ve posted the full press release after the jump.

—  John Wright