Author: Tammye Nash

Food Pantry lists needs

More than 2,000 HIV-positive people accessed Resource Center program last year   By Tammye Nash  |  Managing Editor In 2012, 49 million Americans lived in “food insecure households,” according to statistics posted on the North Texas Food Bank’s website. Disabilities — including HIV/AIDS — are associated with higher risk for food insecurity, the website notes, and nearly one in three food insecure households include a working-age adult with a disability. The purpose of Resource Center Food Pantry, part of the center’s Nutrition Program which also includes the Hot Meals Program, is to combat hunger among those with HIV/AIDS. In...

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Log Cabin Republicans officially denounce Texas GOP Platform

Log Cabin Republicans of Texas has officially denounced the 2014 Texas Republican Platform due to the inclusion of the plank endorsing “reparative therapy,” according to a statement released this afternoon by Jeff Davis, LCR-Texas chairman. But the gay Republican group did applaud the removal of some “archaic” anti-gay language from the GOP platform. Davis said, “While we are proud of the progress made by removing some of the archaic and damaging anti-gay language from the platform, Log Cabin Republicans of Texas is outraged over the addition of the plank regarding reparative therapy. Texas Republicans, regardless of sexual orientation, do...

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Truth in Progress funding documentary with Kickstarter

Marilyn Bennett, a white lesbian author and activist and former Dallas resident, and the Rev. Gil Caldwell, a retired black minister, first met when they were arrested together during an act of civil disobedience in Cleveland in 2000. That meeting began a dialog between the two on issues of race, sexual orientation, faith and justice that has lasted ever since. Out of that dialog was born Truth In Progress, a “multimedia project dealing with issues of race, sexual orientation and religion” that takes “a special look at the similar yet different experiences and histories of the black civil rights...

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BREAKING NEWS: Appeals court grants stay for Sandler and Quasney

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order today compelling the state of Indiana to recognize the marriage of Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney, even though the federal district judge that struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban last week stayed his ruling, leaving the ban in effect while the case makes its way through the appeals process. The 7th Circuit Court issued its ruling after Lambda Legal filed an emergency motion asking that the stay be lifted for Sandler and Quasney because Quasney is battling stage 4 ovarian cancer and “the family needs the dignity, comfort and...

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Mother Jones report: Hobby Lobby retirement fund invests millions in contraceptive manufacturers

Debate continues to rage over the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell  v. Hobby Lobby, issued Monday. But Mother Jones uncovered some interesting information that makes the “closely held” company’s hypocrisy months ago. The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision on Monday  says that for-profit businesses in which at least 50 percent of stock is held by five or fewer people, such as family-owned businesses, are exempt from requirements in the Affordable Health Care Act that they cover certain kinds of contraception for their female employees in their health benefits packages. The owners of Hobby Lobby, David Green and family, claimed...

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