Month: January 2007

Unexpected deaths take heavy toll

By David Webb – The Rare Reporter 2 recent tragedies leave friends, families in shocked disbelief David Webb – The Rare Reporter Those of us who have watched legions of friends die from a viral disease sometimes feel like we have become immune to the shock of death, but then tragedy strikes in an unforeseen way. In the last week, two members of our community have died unexpectedly one from a suspected suicide and another from a fatal accident. It’s a lot to absorb in such a short period of time. The charming, always-smiling guy who took his life last week left several friends behind who are struggling to comprehend the loss. Sober for eight years, he started drinking and doing drugs again at some unknown point, according to evidence his family and friends discovered in his apartment. No one knows when he started using again because he kept his relapse a secret. Financial problems evidently triggered his descent back into the hell of alcohol and drug abuse. News of his death spread quickly, and a friend of his from Florida called to tell me she just couldn’t believe it was possible that he committed suicide. She wanted me to look into his death to make sure he hadn’t been the victim of foul play. It only took a few minutes of talking to a few of his close...

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Afternoon ‘out’ at the park

Members of the Out & Equal DFW Regional Affiliate joined members of Youth First Texas and their families Saturday, Oct. 20 at Reverchon Park for a picnic offering LGBT and questioning youth opportunities to interact with LGBT professionals. Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Chris Heinbaugh, chief of staff for Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert who shared their experiences as high-profile, “out” personalities. This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 26, 2007 wifihacker.ruинтернет реклама...

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Gay UTA group to join protest against “‘ex-gay’ therapy group

By David Webb HOMAGE president notes personal reasons for wanting to demonstrate against NARTH, claims therapists advocate lifetime of celibacy Irby Foster The scheduled protest against the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality conference at the Marriott Dallas-Fort Worth Airport North Hotel on Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. has personal significance for Irby Foster. Foster, president of HOMAGE at the University of Texas at Arlington, said he had a brief fling with ex-gay therapy in his earlier years. “I actually went to one of those groups when I was younger,” Foster said. “They were trying to talk me out of being gay. “What I found out was what they really wanted was for me to be celibate for the rest of my life. I don’t think that’s treatment, and I don’t think that’s a viable option. I wasn’t too pleased with what they were offering.” Foster said he and about 10 other UTA students from his group plan to join the protest, and other schools’ HOMAGE chapters, which is a national group dedicated to diversity, may join it as well. “We want to be a part of it,” Foster said. “We’re very concerned that people would think homosexuality is a treatable disease.” The leaders of five local LGBT groups had already pledged their support to the protest, which is being organized by Truth Wins Out, a group...

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Denton bar’s reopening date unclear

By John Wright Owner of torched bar unable to open Nov. 1 as scheduled DENTON The grand reopening of Denton’s only gay bar, which was destroyed by arsonists in March, has been delayed. Meanwhile, authorities continue to investigate the blaze but say they have no suspects. It’s unclear when the reopening of Mable Peabody’s Beauty Parlor and Chainsaw Repair, originally set for Nov. 1, will take place. Eli Gemini, founder and moderator of the GLBT-Denton e-mail groups, said via e-mail Oct. 15 that he had recently received word from the bar’s owner, Kelley Sanders, about the delay. Sanders could not be reached. A fundraiser for Mable Peabody’s at Buddies II in Dallas shortly after the fire raised about $10,000. Sanders also told the Voice that her landlord had informed her he planned to restore the building using insurance money. “While Kelley and friends work with the city of Denton and others to get the required things for the re-opening, we eagerly and patiently await the grand event!” Gemini wrote. The 27-year-old Mable Peabody’s, a cultural mecca for Denton’s LGBT community, was vandalized and torched in the early morning hours of March 21. At the time, some speculated it was a hate crime because it came less than two weeks after the acquittal of a man charged in a gay-bashing assault on Frye Street, where the bar is situated. However,...

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Wichita Falls MCC pastor hears San Francisco “‘calling’

By David Webb Brown will spend week in California as candidate for senior pastor; North Texas church likely to begin search for new leader soon The Rev. Lea Brown WICHITA FALLS The Rev. Lea Brown, pastor of the Wichita Falls Metropolitan Community Church, is headed back for California’s famed “City on the Bay” at least for a week and probably for longer. Brown, who was appointed pastor of the Wichita Falls church two years ago, will spend the week of Oct. 29 as a candidate for pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco. She will preach a sermon on Sunday, Nov. 4, and the congregation will vote on whether to call her immediately afterwards. “It is not a done deal until the congregation votes,” said Brown during a telephone interview from the North Texas city where she now resides. “One hopes that if one gets this far chances are good, but I’m not counting those chicks until the eggs hatch.” The San Francisco church’s officials announced on Oct. 8 Brown would be recommended as the next senior pastor of the church. Brown told her Wichita Falls congregation the news at Sunday services the day before. Brown said in her announcement that she was concerned that the news might cause some members of the congregation “pain, anger or grief” because she had stayed in Wichita Falls such a...

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