Month: August 2007

State Bar edits presentation on marriage after complaint

By John Wright Staff Writer Lesbian lawyer says images in program were stereotypes; presenter says complaint was unwarranted C. Luke Gunnstaks In response to concerns that it was offensive to the LGBT community, the State Bar of Texas has opted to edit the videotape of a recent educational presentation on nontraditional relationships that featured gays alongside hermaphrodites, aliens, robots and clones. The 30-minute presentation, titled “21st Century Issues Dealing with Nontraditional Relationships: Dividing Property Between Unmarried Persons,” was made by attorney C. Luke Gunnstaks of Plano during a continuing legal education seminar in San Antonio. State bar leaders reviewed the videotape, which will be posted on the Internet for use by attorneys statewide, in response to a complaint by Karen J. Langsley, a lesbian attorney from Dripping Springs who is chair of the state bar’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification Issues section. “I’m just really pleased to see that the bar did exactly what I think any reasonable, rational organization should do, which is look at it, make an assessment, listen to concerns and take some action,” Langsley said, adding that she made the complaint as an individual and not as a representative of SOGII. “The images that were in that presentation played to all the crazy stereotypes.” Gunnstaks did not a return a phone call seeking comment on edits to the videotape, but in a previous interview with...

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Felix murder trial on hold pending further DNA tests

By Staff Reports Gay former teacher accused of kidnapping, murdering restaurant owner; 2nd suspect in killing set to go on trial later this year Jose Felix (left), Edgar Acevedo (right) The capital murder trial of Jose Alberto Felix, the gay former schoolteacher accused of participating in killing Dallas restaurateur Oscar Sanchez, has been put on hold until Tuesday, Sept. 4, so authorities can conduct further DNA tests on some evidence in the case. Felix and Edgar “Richie” Acevedo, a gay former waiter at one of Sanchez’ restaurants, have been charged with kidnapping and murder in connection with Sanchez’s death. The trial recessed on Tuesday, Aug. 28, so prosecutors could have DNA tests conducted on a statuette found in Felix’s home after the murder. Prosecutors said they thought the tests had already been conducted before the trial began. According to testimony so far, Felix’s handprint was found on the statuette in a substance believed to be Sanchez’s blood. The DNA tests will be used to determine if the substance is blood and if so, if it is Sanchez’s blood. Sanchez, whose family owns La Calle Doce restaurant in Lakewood and El Ranchito restaurant in Oak Cliff, was abducted during a staged car wreck near his Oak Cliff home on Jan. 18, 2005. The family received a ransom demand, but the kidnappers failed to show up to collect the money. Five...

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Local Briefs

By Staff Reports Donna Dumae presents annual Friends Helping Friends benefit Donna Dumae, HMIM Empress XXIII of the United Court of the Lone Star Empire, Inc. of Dallas, will hold her 11th annual “Friends Helping Friends” fundraising event on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. at Throckmorton Mining Co., 3014 Throckmorton Ave. Proceeds will benefit AIDS Services of Dallas. Donations of toiletry items will also be accepted. Items needed at this time are: toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, lotion, mouthwash, toothpaste and toothbrushes. Late-night Victory Park shopping spree to benefit DIFFA/Dallas Victory Park and DIFFA/Dallas are joining together to present a late night shopping spree from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, with participating Victory Park retail stores donating 10 percent of all sales to DIFFA/Dallas. The evening will include cocktails and live music throughout Victory Park. Self-parking will be available in Lot C on North Houston Street across from Museum Way and in Lot M on Victory Avenue across from The Park. For information, e-mail event@vic-torypark.com Valiente, Business Network presenting Spanish-language housing seminar Valiente DFW-LGBT Latino/a Alliance in collaboration with Cathedral Business Network will offer a two-hour educational seminar in Spanish for first-time homebuyers on Saturday, Sept, 8, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Cathedral of Hope Fellowship Hall. Topics will include “Obtaining a Loan,” “The Buying Process, Title, Home Warranty, Insurance,”...

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Soundout

By David Webb 5 questions with Frank Librio Frank Librio is director of public information for the city of Dallas. He began his career for the city as chief of staff for Mayor Laura Miller. Before Miller tapped him for that position, he worked in broadcast journalism as a producer for 17 years in Boston, Hartford and Dallas. He was born and raised in West Hartford, Conn. He won several awards as a broadcast journalist, including an Emmy and an award from the Texas Associated Press. He moved to Dallas in 1995. What are your duties as director of public information? I oversee the city’s internal and external communications, public information, education, marketing and public relations efforts. I have a staff of 10 employees. We are proactive in gaining positive local, national and trade news coverage for the city of Dallas. We also have cultivated positive relationships with hundreds of homeowner associations throughout the city. What are your work hours and work days? I work on average 10 hours per day at City Hall many days a lot longer and take work home every night. I’m on call 24/7 and take media calls at all hours of the day and night and on weekends. So, I work a lot. With whom do you most closely work and to whom do you report? I report to the City Manager Mary...

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Query of the Week

By John Wright Staff Writer Have you ever been sexually harassed by a member of the same sex at work? “No. I just take it as a compliment.” Eddie Barrett Dietary manager “No. I think people need to lighten up a little bit. I don’t take getting hit on as harassment.” Bobby Owen Cabinet maker “No. My profession was interior design, so I always came in contact with a lot of gay men, but I can honestly say I’ve never been sexually harassed, damn it.” Gary Prophet Retired “No. I’d like it, though. I wouldn’t mind. I would be flattered.” Molly Jones Clerical employee “On occasion, but if they’re cute, I don’t mind.” Arthur Edwards Retail Have a suggestion for a question you’d like us to ask? E-mail it to editor@dallasvoice.com. This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 31, 2007 siteкопирайтинг в...

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