Author: David Taffet

UPDATE: Flag found

UPDATE: Dallas Voice just received a call from Councilman Adam Medrano. Flag found and Pam Gerber is a crackpot. According to Medrano, at the end of Pride Month last year, he took the flag and his assistant Monica Moreno put it away. Moreno has been on maternity leave and Medrano didn’t know where she put it. When she was in the office recently, however, he asked her, she showed him where it was and he has it. The confusion arose several weeks ago when Medrano mentioned to Gerber that he didn’t know where the flag was. ORIGINAL POST: APB:...

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Strokes: The quicker the care the better the outcome

Rett Evans, left, and Wynne Voorhees Wynne Voorhees is a prime example of the importance of getting help quickly DAVID TAFFET | Senior Staff Writer [email protected] When Rett Evans told his partner, Wynne Voorhees, he was having a terrible sinus headache, Voorhees responded, “It must be catching. I’m getting one now.” Voorhees went into the master closet then to change into his pajamas. He closed the door behind — and fell. Evans had already fallen asleep. It was about 2 a.m. when he woke up and realized Voorhees wasn’t in bed. Evans got up, saw the closet light was...

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The sound of silence

Indian filmmaker defies government’s ban on homosexuality in his film Sisak DAVID TAFFET | Senior Staff Writer [email protected] Faraz Ansari was in Dallas for the South Asian Film Festival in February to speak about his film Sisak, which he described as the first silent-movie Indian gay love story ever made. He said he chose to make it a silent movie so that language would be no barrier for audiences in India’s multi-lingual society or around the world. “No one wanted to produce [the film],” Ansari said. So he sold his car and moved in with his mom to produce...

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Reaching out; building relationships

Irving PD names Sgt. Jerry Sanderford as the department’s first LGBT liaison DAVID TAFFET | Senior Staff Writer [email protected] Sgt. Jerry Sanderford was recently named LGBT liaison for the Irving Police Department. When he was named LGBT liaison. Sanderford called around to other cities in the area to see which ones, in addition to Dallas and Fort Worth, had created similar positions. Arlington, with about 150,000 more people than Irving, hasn’t. Plano, with about 50,000 more people than Irving, hadn’t either, but the chief’s assistant, who answered the phone, commented, “Hmmm. That’s a good idea.” In fact, Sanderford is...

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Witten makes Dallas Zoo debut

Witten, the Dallas Zoo’s new giraffe named after Dallas Cowboy Jason Witten, was introduced to the public today. Born on April 25, Witten weighs 185 pounds and Dallas Zoo Vice President Harrison Edell said he expects the giraffe to remain in Dallas with his mom Chrystal for several years. Witten is curious and outgoing and always wants to know what zookeepers are doing. Edell said there are only 80,000 giraffes living in the wild in Africa today, a 40 percent decline in 15 years. Dallas Zoo participates in the Giraffe Species Survival plan. He said he expects Witten to...

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