Author: David Taffet

Payne campaign looking toward runoff

Gubernatorial candidate Jeffrey Payne spent a rare Friday afternoon in his campaign office in North Dallas today (Friday, Feb. 9). With nine candidates in the race, he expects a runoff and predicted he’d face either Lupe Valdez or Andrew White in the runoff. His trips to the Valley have been attracting larger and larger crowds and, he said, people in that area are looking for a strong candidate. “We’d rather have someone who’s gonna show up,” he said he’s been told repeatedly, and “I don’t care if you’re Hispanic or not. I just care that you’re supporting our community.”...

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Happily ever after

Zeke Will at their own wedding. Religion drove them apart nearly 50 years ago; now love has brought them back together DAVID TAFFET | Senior Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com   Will and Zeke met and fell in love at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie in the 1960s. But misguided theology told them they needed to be cured, and well-meaning friends and family drove them apart. But the two men remained friends. They each served as best man at the other’s wedding. But after one “indiscretion” between them — they shared a kiss — Will remained married and living...

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Swaying Amazon?

North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce CEO Tony Vedda , left, Resource Center CEO Cece Cox, right Campaign says bathroom bills disqualify Texas as an Amazon HQ site, even though the bills didn’t pass DAVID TAFFET | Senior Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com An online campaign called “No Gay? No Way!” is encouraging Amazon to locate it’s new headquarters in a state that specifically prohibits anti-LGBT discrimination — and that does not include Texas. Of the 20 cities on the list of finalists, 11 are in states that have no statewide LGBT protections. Texas is among the states where discrimination against...

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McDonnell wins Texas Diversity Council award

The Texas Diversity Council honored Resource Center Communications and Advocacy Manager Rafael McDonnell today (Feb. 8) with its 2018 Greater Dallas LGBT & Allies Leadership Award at its meeting at One AT&T Plaza-Whitacre Tower. TXDC promotes diversity in the workplace and community and develops leaders educated in all aspects of diversity. The council offers networking and mentoring opportunities with corporate leaders and peers, does outreach to local high school teens, offers scholarships to deserving high school and college students and awards and recognizes programs to promote diversity initiatives. TXDC has councils in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Houston...

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Activists to respond to anti-trans author at University of Dallas

A group of transgender activists and allies will get together today (Feb. 8) on the University of Dallas campus in Irving to respond to an appearance by writer Ryan Anderson, who will discuss his anti-trans book, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Movement. Protest organizer Johnny Boucher, a University of Dallas alum, called the gathering “a small, peaceful and dissenting presence.” Boucher said Anderson’s book. “alleges gender dysphoria has roots in ‘social hostility.’ Anderson argues allowing gender transition ‘tramples on the needs and interests of others.’ Furthermore, Anderson believes gender medicine is experimental, ‘a cultish religion forced...

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