Month: June 2007

LGBT leaders join Clinton campaign steering commitee

By Staff Reports Hillary Clinton The Hillary Clinton campaign this weel announced a new steering committee aimed at recruiting LGBT votes Wednesday. LGBT Americans for Hillary is made up of 65 leaders from the LGBT community, including members from Washington, Hollywood and the sports world. The committee will work with the campaign on several areas including political outreach, communications, policy advice and counsel and fundraising. “I’m proud to have the support of such distinguished leaders in the LGBT community,” Clinton said. “Together, we can move our nation closer to the promise of fairness and equality that all Americans deserve.” Highlights of those on the committee are: Greg Berlanti, the creator of “Brothers and Sisters”; Oscar-winner Bruce Cohen; sports legend Billie Jean King; Gloria Johnson from National Stonewall democrats; and Daniel O’Donnell, N.Y. Assembly member and Rosie’s bother. This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, June 29, 2007. tankionlinecheatcodesкак улучшить свои...

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Religious groups march near front of N.Y. Pride parade

By Karen Matthews Associated Press NEW YORK – As in past years, there was exhibitionism on display as the city’s gay parade inched down Fifth Avenue and into Greenwich Village: Revelers gyrated in bikini briefs and pranced in spike heels. But the placement of Christian, Jewish and Buddhist religious organizations near the front of Sunday’s march ahead of AIDS service groups and political advocacy groups gave them unaccustomed prominence and lent gravity to the often outrageous event that celebrates the night gay bar patrons resisted a police raid. “We stand for a progressive religious voice,” said Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of New York City’s Congregation Beth Simchat Torah. “Those who use religion to advocate an anti-gay agenda I believe are blaspheming God’s name.” Kleinbaum, who heads the world’s largest predominantly gay synagogue, and the Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, were the parade’s grand marshals, waving from his-and-hers convertibles. The march took place days after the New York State Assembly passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, which Gov. Eliot Spitzer supports. Although the bill is unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled state Senate any time soon, parade-goers said they were cheered by the Assembly’s action. “This is one very important step toward full equality for all New Yorkers,” Kleinbaum said. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, one of the nation’s most prominent openly gay elected officials, said she could...

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Democratic activist cited for public lewdness

By John Wright Staff Writer Bailey asked to resign from position as board member with Stonewall Democrats of Dallas Shannon Bailey John Shannon Bailey has stepped down from the board of Stonewall Democrats of Dallas after police ticketed him for allegedly engaging in oral sex with another man in a park near White Rock Lake. Bailey, 49, is president of Texas Stonewall Democrats, the state’s largest gay political organization. He also is a member of the Texas State Democratic Executive Committee. It was unclear Thursday, June 28, whether the situation would affect his involvement with the latter two organizations. Contacted Monday, June 25, after his mug shot appeared on a Dallas Police Department Web site in connection with the alleged crime, Bailey declined comment. On Thursday, he did not return a voice message. The incident occurred at about 11:15 p.m. on June 14 at 800 E. Lawther Drive in Dallas, according to police reports. Sgt. Edward Harvey said the area is well known for cruising by gay men. “I understand that that is a place where that kind of activity is frequent,” Harvey said. “I don’t know numbers or anything like that. That’s just from what I’ve heard.” Bailey and the other suspect were identified and released at the scene. The case will be turned over to the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, which must decide whether to file...

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Printer rejects lesbian T-shirt business

By John Wright Staff Writer Owners of Bitch Pride Tees say Dallas Screen Printing owner cited religious objections to art content Rebecca Saunders and Nicole Cordeiro were all set for the Dallas Lesbian Pride Festival at Sue Ellens on Sunday, July 1. Saunders and Cordeiro, friends who co-own the year-old T-shirt company Bitch Pride Tees, had their booth reserved and their printing order in. But then they got some disturbing news. When they called Dallas Screen Printing to check on the order Tuesday, June 26, they were told the company would not be filling it because lesbian-themed messages on the shirts ran counter to the owner’s religious beliefs. “They didn’t even call us to tell us they weren’t doing it,” Saunders said. “If we wouldn’t have been able to find someone else, we would have been so screwed.” Fortunately Saunders and Cordeiro were able to find another printer. And Saunders said they even ended up saving a little money on the 100-shirt, several-hundred-dollar order. But she felt compelled to contact the Voice about Dallas Screen Printing’s discriminatory business practices. She said the shirts contain humorous messages like “Hold my drink while I kiss your girlfriend” and “Everything I know about sex I learned from lesbians.” “It wasn’t anything lewd, and there were no expletives,” Saunders said. “They were just all lesbian-themed shirts. It was just crazy to me.” Lisa...

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Monument damaged

By Staff Reports Oak Lawn Committee members hope to find driver in hit-and-run accident, get compensation for repairs A yellow traffic cone sits atop a broken brick pedestal at the base of the Oak Lawn Triangle monument at the intersection of Oak Lawn Avenue and Cedar Springs Road. The top part of the pedestal can be seen lying in the background. The monument was damaged by a hit-and-run driver last week. Photo by John Wright. Members of the Oak Lawn Committtee want to know who ran into their Legacy of Love monument at Oak Lawn Avenue and Cedar Springs Road on June 22, causing an estimated $1,500 in damage. Committee President Michael Milliken said a vehicle jumped the curb shortly after 10 a.m. and struck one of the 2-by-2-foot-wide, 3-foot-tall brick monument stands. The driver of the vehicle pulled into the nearby Walgreen’s parking lot and called 911 but had the vehicle towed before authorities arrived, Milliken said. “It’s amazing that this vehicle could hit that and still survive because it’s a pretty substantial piece of brick,” Milliken said. “It must have done some significant damage.” Milliken said the committee has insurance covering the $225,000 monument, dedicated in October 2006. However, he would prefer see the driver of the vehicle come forward. “Hopefully they have insurance and they can pay for it,” he said. “We’d prefer that they pay...

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