WATCH: Joel Burns, Fort Worth City Council proclaim Bullying Awareness Day

The other day we told you the city of Fort Worth was set to proclaim Bullying Awareness Day on Oct. 12, which will mark the one-year anniversary of gay Councilman Joel Burns’ “It Gets Better” speech. Courtesy of the city’s YouTube channel, below is video of Burns addressing the council on Tuesday morning and reading the proclamation. A press release from Burns’ office, along with the full text of the proclamation, is after the jump.

—  John Wright

Rick Perry and gay soldiers (with audio)

Al Baldasaro

Texas Gov. Rick Perry hasn’t commented on the incident involving a gay soldier who was booed during the last Republican presidential debate. But one of Perry’s prominent supporters in New Hampshire certainly has.

Perry backer and New Hampshire State Rep. Alfred Baldasaro, R-Londonderry, told ThinkProgress on Friday that he was “disgusted” by the gay soldier, Stephen Hill, who submitted a question to the debate via YouTube about “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Baldasaro went on to say that “it was great” when members of the audience booed Hill. Here’s a full transcript from Scott Keyes at ThinkProgress:

KEYES: What did you make of that moment in the debate when they had the gay marine asking a question and there were a few in the audience who were booing him?

BALDASARO: I was so disgusted over that gay marine coming out, because when he came out of the closet. Bob won’t say it because they’re scared to get in trouble, but their brothers and sisters – brothers especially- that are there, they’ll start getting away from him. They’ll start ignoring him. He doesn’t realize it, but when the shit hits the fan, you want your brothers covering your back, not looking at your back.

KEYES: Did you have an issue with the audience reaction?

BALDASARO: Oh no, I thought the audience, when they booed the marine, I thought it was great.

On Tuesday, Baldasaro told the Union Leader that he stands behind his comments. But Baldasaro now claims he didn’t mean he was disgusted by the fact that Hill is gay, but rather by the fact that he appeared during a political event in an Army T-shirt. Baldasaro also stressed that he wasn’t speaking for Perry, adding that he was “speaking for myself as an American with a First Amendment right to free speech.”

Baldasaro also criticized reporters who’ve been covering his comments. “I wish they’d spend more time on jobs and the economy than what Al Baldasaro said,” he said. “They’re all looking for a story to make money for their papers.”

The Union Leader notes that four of the GOP presidential candidates — Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman, Gary Johnson and Herman Cain – have condemned the booing of the gay soldier.

Although Perry’s campaign hasn’t commented on the incident, the governor has previously addressed the subject of gay soldiers.

The day Perry signed Texas’ constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2005, the governor was asked what he would tell gay veterans returning from Iraq.

“Texans have made a decision about marriage, and if there is some other state that has a more lenient view than Texas, then maybe that’s a better place for them to live,” Perry responded.

Listen to audio of Baldasaro’s comments below.

—  John Wright

WATCH: Lizzy the Lezzy’s take on rabbi blaming the gays for Tuesday’s earthquake

Lizzy the Lezzy

Earlier today, John Wright posted a video by Rabbi Yehuda Levin in which the rabbi explains why we LGBTs are to blame for yesterday’s earthquake in the northeast U.S. The video has now been removed from YouTube for violating the site’s prohibitions against hate speech, which means that the video embedded on our site from YouTube doesn’t work either. But you can still check out Lizzy the Lezzy’s response to Rabbi Levin below:

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Queer4Gays YouTube channel is 1st to feature youth from entire LGBTQIA spectrum

Just a couple weeks ago a new YouTube channel, Queer4Gays, was launched for the purpose of featuring LGBT youth perspectives on queer issues. The channel includes high school-and college-age youth from the entire LGBTQIA spectrum (now I know my ABCs …).

There have been other similar channels, but this is the first LGBTQIA collaboration and has already garnered attention from other gay media.

The way Q4G works is, each youth posts a video once a week on a certain day. They answer the “question of the week” and then give a little update on their life. Questions answered so far have been about gender preference upon reincarnation and what degree youths been in control of the course of their lives. There are also a few silly, fluffy questions to answer, such as the existence of “gaydar.”

I, your rambling transgentleman, am featured on the Queer4Gays channel on Fridays with another transman. (Watch my introductory segment above.) Some days of the week are called “Double Days,” where two people post on one day.

The channel also does promotional videos, such as taking part in the “It Gets Better” project and their own take on the “Yes, I’m Gay” project with “Yes, I’m LGBTQIA,” a video compilation of the youths from all letters in the alphabet soup giving examples of their likes, dislikes, and behaviors that may or may not be stereotypical of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Each youth featured on the channel is humorous and unique in their own way, coming from all backgrounds and experiences. Questions can be suggested and as always, subscribers are appreciated.

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WATCH: FtM Diaries — Two months on ‘T’

Me again, your rambling transgentleman.

Starting soon I’ll be posting videos documenting my transition on the Dallas Voice YouTube channel under the title, FtM Diaries. I’ve been video-documenting my progress thus far on my own channel (some of which is NSFW), but now you’ll be able to find them on “DVtv.”

Traditionally I make a video, between four and seven minutes, wherein I discuss the progress I’ve made: the physical changes, the social reactions, and the legal problems I encounter as a young transperson. If you have questions, feel free to post them in the comments here or on YouTube. I answer as many questions as I can in the last half of my videos.

Above is the latest video I’ve done, documented at two months on testosterone. Another will go up next week for my three-month update. If you want to watch my other transitioning videos, they can be found here. Until then, good ‘morrow.

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Hi, I’m Drake, the summer intern

Hello, Drake here.

I’m the summer intern here at Dallas Voice, here to make copies, get coffee, take out the trash, so on and so forth. Before I get to the very important duties of The Lone Intern, I thought I’d write a little about myself.

I’m the baby in the office at a mere nineteen years young. As far as the GLBT community goes, I fall into the T category, as in transgender. I’m a female-to-male transgentleman extraordinaire, going through puberty for the second time. I’ve been on testosterone for almost three months now. Perfect time to start life as an intern, right?

Outside my intern duties I take part in the fascinating world of reading and drinking coffee. I’m starting at Northlake Community College soon where I will study English and journalism, minoring in underwater basket-weaving. I dabble in many artsy-fartsy activities such as cosplay, sewing, knitting, making junk out of polymer clay, and occasionally I break out the power tools to work on some metal or woodcraft. As a non-paid side career I’m a performer from Isis Studios as a belly dancer.

I’m a lover of fantasy and science fiction and an avid fan of Harry Potter (I’ve got a tattoo of the Slytherin crest — I think that means I broke the needle on the Geek-O-Meter). I’ve got more tattoos and piercings than I probably should at my age, but I doubt I’ll quit any time soon. I am a proud fan fiction writer and editor, which is where most of my writing experience comes from. I post an inappropriate number of videos on YouTube of my cosplay shenanigans, rants about whatever I feel like complaining about, and recently I’ve started a vlog on my transitioning process from female to male. Aside from all that, I pretty much just hang out in my room and chill on Facebook.

Well, that’s all from me for now. I’m sure there will be more posts in the near future of my ramblings and opinions. For now, I say good ‘morrow.

—  admin

WATCH: Deborah Cox at Station 4 for MetroBall

Well, if you either missed some of the Razzle Dazzle over the weekend, or just want to relive the highlights, videos have already been posted on YouTube from Deborah Cox’s performance. She headlined the MetroBall on Friday at Station 4.The video here is just a front row clip of the show, but this YouTube poster caught a big chunk of the show in three 10-minute videos.

All I can say is lady can sport the hell out of a micro-mini.

—  Rich Lopez

FW Mayor Mike Moncrief presents ‘Believing in Youth Award’ to gay Councilman Joel Burns

Joel Burns, right, and husband JD Angle

Last night, I posted a brief blog about Joel Burns being recognized for his anti-bullying efforts by Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief, but I didn’t have many details. Now, here are some details for you.

Moncrief presented Burns with the 8th annual “Believing in Youth Award” Thursday night during the Believing in Youth Award Dinner, an event that benefited Santa Fe Youth Services. According to a press release from Moncrief’s office, the award “honors those who take personal responsibility for being a role model and building resiliency in our young people through formal and informal, intentional and unintentional efforts.”

Santa Fe Youth Services is a nonprofit agency that has provided services to youth and families in Tarrant County for more than 10 years.

Burns was chosen as the recipient in recognition of his efforts to combat bullying that gained national attention last October when he delivered an impromptu “It Gets Better” message to LGBT youth during a City Council meeting. Burns, in an emotional address that left many in the council chambers in tears, spoke of his own experience as a gay teen bullied by classmates and how he even contemplated suicide at one point, and how his life has gotten exponentially better in the years since.

A video of his speech went viral on YouTube and within days, the gay Fort Worth council member had been invited to speak on numerous TV shows, including The Today Show and Ellen. In December he went to Austin for a press conference announcing the introduction of anti-bullying bills in the Texas Legislature, and he returned to Austin in March for LGBT Lobby Day to call once again for the legislation to be passed.

Also in March, Burns was invited to attend an anti-bullying summit presented by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

Last month, Burns received a GLAAD Media Award for his efforts.

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‘Victoria Jackson’ hates ‘The Little Mermaid’

Surely by now you have heard about former Saturday Night Live cast member Victoria Jackson’s rant about the gay kiss on Glee last week. If you missed it, here’s the folks from Showbiz Tonight interviewing her about comments she made on her blog calling the kiss “sickening.”

Now, let’s lighten the mood a little bit and check out this video, posted on YouTube by someone who apparently does not agree with Ms. Jackson, called “Victoria Jackson Speaks Out Against The Little Mermaid.” Watch it after the jump.

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What’s Brewing: More anti-gay hatred from Dan Ramos; Kurt and Blaine finally kiss on ‘Glee’

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. Dan Ramos, the Bexar County Democratic Party chairman who last week compared gays to “termites” and the Stonewall Democrats to the “Nazi Party,” followed up those statements Tuesday with another hate-filled rant in the San Antonio Current. This time, Ramos said homosexuality is “not natural” and compared it to being born with a polio leg. Ramos also said he’s glad gay couples in Texas can’t adopt children, which further shows what an idiot he is since the state has no ban on gay adoption. Here’s an excerpt:

Ramos frequently suggests that anti-Hispanic racism is to blame for the division that has been on display at past party meetings. When asked if race or sexual orientation were more a cause of concern for him, Ramos responded: “I go back to an old very well-used slogan: blacks wanted to get their way because they were black. What it is, is we have a very, very sinister movement in which you don’t know, at the end of the day, you didn’t even know that your next door buddy, your bosom fishing buddy was gay. That, I guess, goes to my belief in the religious thing. Look: this is not natural. This is like a kid who was born with a polio leg, you can’t kill him and you can’t sweep him under the rug. … I’m glad that Texas has not yet come to where gays can adopt children … because the poor kids have already come from a troubled family and then to be ‘hey, how come my momma is my daddy type of deal.’ It’s not natural.”

2. Kurt and Blaine finally kissed on Glee last night, and it was well worth the wait because we’re not talking about just a peck. Watch the scene below, at least until the video gets yanked from YouTube.

3. The City Council in Ogden, Utah, where I lived for about a year and covered City Hall for the daily newspaper, on Tuesday night unanimously approved ordinances prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination in employment and housing. Ogden Mayor Matthew Godfrey, who happens to be a complete jerk, had threatened to veto the ordinances until they were revised so they could pass with veto-proof majorities. Hey, Mayor Matt, kiss my white gay ass. No wait don’t, you’d probably like that too much. Also, a quick shout out to those who’ll be celebrating at the city’s only gay bar, the Brass Rail.

UPDATE: Some sad news to report: I’ve learned that the Brass Rail in Ogden has closed. I wouldn’t be surprised if Godfrey somehow conspired to put the bar out of business.

—  John Wright