Author: David Taffet

Adam Rippon gets sassy

Adam Rippon’s selection to the United States Olympic Team marks the first time an openly gay American man has qualified for any Winter Olympics. Originally from Clarks Summit, Pa., he has been based in Los Angeles for the past six years. He is coached by Rafael Arutyunyan and trains with Ashley Wagner and rival Nathan Chen. Rippon had success early on in his career becoming the first junior man to win back-to-back world junior titles in 2008 and 2009. At 28, his skating career has soared since he came out publicly in October, 2015. The Blade caught up with...

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Black and Daley having baby

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black announced on Instagram and Twitter that they are having a baby via surrogate. The caption to their picture was “Happy Valentine’s Day.” Black is a screenwriter who won an Oscar for his film Milk. Daley is known as an Olympic diver. The couple has been together since 2013 and married in 2017. In 2013, Black was the featured speaker at the Dallas Black Tie Dinner and was generally considered one of the most inspiring speakers the event ever hosted. Black’s Black Tie Dinner speech: — David...

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AIN changes name but not acronym

AIDS Interfaith Network is now Access and Information Network. The organization — mostly known by its acronym AIN — is still AIN. The new name reflects the expanded services AIN provides, Development Associate Mark Quigley explained. Each year, AIN reaches 14,000 people with HIV and STD testing and information. But AIN also teams with Dallas County Health Department and other health departments in North Texas to offer glucose testing and provide information on other medical conditions. AIN continues to provide HIV services through the Howie Daire Center. Quigley also said that although the “interfaith” part of the name was...

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Headliners announced for MetroBall

Expose and Shannon will headline this year’s MetroBall, organizers announced Monday, Feb. 12. The Greg Dollgener AIDS Memorial Fund stages the annual event at S4 to provide funds for people with HIV that other grants won’t cover. GDMAF provides emergency financial assistance through its partner agencies when all other resources have been exhausted. Expose is known for the hits “Come Go With Me,” “Point of No Return” and “Seasons Change.” Shannon’s chart toppers include “Let the Music Play” and “Give Me Tonight.” MetroBall 13 takes place on June 29. General admission tickets are $30. VIP tickets include the opportunity...

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Trump’s popularity in Texas tracks with national disapproval

President Donald Trump’s approval rating in the latest Gallup Poll is 38 percent. In Texas, his approval rating stands at 39 percent. It seems the closer people are to Trump, the less they like him. In the election, only 8 percent of voters in Manhattan voted for him. Now, Trump’s lowest approval rating is in Washington D.C. with 6 percent approval. Among states, Vermont likes Trump the least giving him a 26 percent approval. Rounding out the bottom are Massachusetts (27 percent), California (29 percent) Hawaii (29 percent) and Maryland and home state New York (30 percent). In 12...

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