Month: February 2006

Police GLBT liaison officer’s introduction draws crowd

By David Webb Staff Writer Enthusiasm of audience that turned out to ask questions of law enforcment, elected officials prompts plans for additional meeting About 100 turn out for a crime panel at the John Thomas Gay and Lesbian Community Center featuring Laura Martin, police GLBT liaison officer; David Kunkle, chief of police; Mike Dupree, constable for Precinct 5; Angela Hunt, City Council member, District 14 and Pauline Medrano, City Council member, District 2. A crime panel held at the John Thomas Gay and Lesbian Community Center last week was so successful that coordinators say they plan to schedule another one later in the year. “We had standing room only, and we actually ran out of time,” said Erin Moore, president of the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance. “We need to do a follow-up, and we need to have it for longer.” The Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance and the Resource Center of Dallas co-hosted the crime panel featuring law enforcement and elected officials on Feb. 16. Chief of Police David Kunkle, GLBT liaison officer Laura Martin, Constable Mike Dupree and City Council members Pauline Medrano and Angela Hunt answered questions from the audience during the discussion. A reception for Martin, who was recently appointed to the position by Kunkle, was held after the discussion. Martin said she was pleased that so many people turned out for the meeting....

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A mom’s X factor

By Staff Reports Study links homosexuality in men to the way mothers process X chromosomes New research suggests that mothers of multiple gay sons process X chromosomes differently than other women. The study by a research team at the University of California at Los Angeles adds another bit of evidence that sexual orientation is at least in part due to genetics. The research group found that about a quarter of the mothers who had more than one gay son processed X chromosomes in their bodies in the same way. Ordinarily, women process the chromosomes randomly in one of two ways: half go one way, half go the other. “This confirms that there is a strong genetic basis for sexual orientation, and that for some gay men, genes on the X chromosome are involved,” Sven Bocklandt, a co-author of the study, told HealthDay News. Bocklandt is a postdoctoral researcher at UCLA. While women have two X chromosomes, they require only one and routinely inactivate the other, Bocklandt said. Women typically inactivate one of their two X chromosomes randomly. “It’s like flipping a coin,” Bocklandt told HealthDay News. “If you look at women in any given tissue, you’d expect about half the cells to inactivate one X, and half would inactivate the other.” The researchers studied 97 mothers of gay sons and 103 mothers without gay sons to check for differences...

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LOCAL BRIEFS

By Staff Reports Arts Collaboration AIDS Benefit Concert scheduled at TCU The Texas Christian University Arts Collaboration AIDS Benefit Concert will be held Friday at 8 p.m. in the Studio B Theater of the Ballet and Modern Dance Building, located at the corner of University Drive and West Berry Street in Fort Worth. The suggested donation at the door is $5. The AIDS Outreach Center and the Chi Tau Epsilon dance honor society at the university are co-sponsoring the event, which will include music, dance, theater and visual arts performances. Georgia pastor to be guest preacher at Cathedral of Hope on Sunday The Rev. Kenneth Le Samuel, pastor of Victory for the World Church in Stone Mountain, Ga., will be the guest preacher for the morning worship services Sunday at Cathedral of Hope. Victory for the World Church is the second-largest United Church of Christ congregation. Samuel was ordained and licensed to preach at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., under the Rev. Joseph L. Roberts Jr., pastor, and the Rev. Martin Luther King Sr., pastor emeritus. He is active in social causes including the United Negro College Fund and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Victory Church, organized by Samuel in 1987, is dually aligned as an independent Baptist church that is affiliated with the United Church of Christ. The church is Baptist in its...

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Police arrest 2 suspects in theft of constable’s campaign signs

Dupree notes suspects are neighbors of his opponent; Cortes denies knowledge of repeated thefts of Dupree’s campaign signs Jaime Cortes Dallas Police Department patrol officers issued citations for theft Monday to two men suspected of stealing campaign signs promoting the re-election of gay Precinct 5 Dallas County Constable Mike Dupree. Two signs allegedly were stolen from a business on Colorado Avenue, and three other Dupree signs were in their possession of the two men when police stopped them as they walked in Oak Cliff. The two men were stopped by Dallas police officers after the business owner reported the theft to Dupree, and the constable contacted police. Dupree, who has filed several complaints about his campaign signs being stolen in recent weeks, joined police officers at the scene. Dupree said the men were neighbors of Jaime Cortes, his opponent in the Democratic Party primary. Cortes said recently in an interview he had no knowledge of campaign signs being stolen and would not condone the practice if his campaign workers were involved. This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, February 24,...

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PET OF THE WEEK

Anthony is a 1-year-old buff-colored shepherd mix. He’s a happy, friendly fellow who’s good with other dogs and loves to play. Anthony has a lot of energy and needs a person with an active lifestyle. He’s neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and on heartworm preventive. Dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are available for adoption from Operation Kindness, 3201 Earhart Drive (near Keller Springs Road and Midway Road), Carrollton. The no-kill shelter is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until 8 p.m. Thursday) and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Cost to adopt is $110 for cats and kittens and $135 for dogs and puppies. The cost includes spay or neuter surgery, microchipping, vaccinations and other tests. Those 65 and above and those who adopt two pets at the same time get a $20 discount. For more information call 972-418-PAWS, or visit www.operationkindness.org. This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, February 24, 2006. siteбыстро продвинуть...

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