Month: February 2008

Man injured in assault at gay club

By John Wright Victim suffered broken wrist, multiple bruises   Sid Gonzales expects to be in a cast for four weeks after being assaulted by two strangers at Station 4. Dallas police are investigating. – John Wright/Dallas Voice A local gay man claims he was the victim of a hate crime at Station 4 on Friday, Feb. 22. Sid Gonzales, 43, said he suffered two broken bones in his wrist, a puncture wound to his hand and multiple bruises on his backside when two men assaulted him at about 11 p.m. Gonzales said he was near the main dance floor of the Dallas gay nightclub when two men and a woman walked over and stood nearby. Gonzales said he was "a little buzzed" from alcohol but not intoxicated. He said he tried to be friendly and make small talk with the trio. But he said he was not trying to hit on the men, whom he described as straight-looking, well-dressed and college-aged. When Gonzales asked a few questions, the woman responded but the men said nothing and looked uncomfortable, he said. Gonzales said he reached out to shake hands with one of the men. The man grabbed Gonzales’ arm, twisted it in the air and slammed it against a knee. Gonzales said the first man also stabbed him in the hand with an unidentified object, while the second began...

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Brewing up Instant Tea

By Staff Reports New blog now live on Dallas Voice Web site Dallas Voice has entered the blogosphere. The newspaper recently launched "Instant Tea," a blog devoted to local LGBT life, as part of an overall upgrade of its Web site, www.dallasvoice.com. The Web upgrade also includes streaming video of DVtv segments and links to video files from news and feature stories. "We’re working very hard to advance our Web product, and a blog is a feature that readers have requested for quite some time," Dallas Voice Publisher Robert Moore said. "We’re glad to provide it." The name "Instant Tea" was chosen based on the results of Dallas Voice Speak Out polls. The blog can be found at www.dallasvoice.com/instant-tea, or by going to the newspaper’s main page and clicking on the "Instant Tea" tab in the upper left-hand corner. Moore said the blog offers a new way for the newspaper to connect with its readers. Readers can share their views by adding comments to blog posts. Contributors to the blog will include senior editor Tammye Nash, Life+Style editor Daniel A. Kusner, Life+Style staff writer Arnold Wayne Jones, news editor David Webb and news staff writer John Wright. This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 29, 2008.mobile.wihack.comреклама на транспорте...

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Voters asked to do Texas two-step

By Tammye Nash After casting ballots, Democrats can attend precinct caucuses to help determine state’s remaining delegates in presidential race You don’t have to vote twice in the Texas Democratic primary to make your vote count. But you can. Well, sort of. The Texas Democratic Party has, since the 1970s, had in place a system that includes both a primary and precinct caucuses or conventions, according to Darlene Ewing, Dallas County Democratic Party chair. Ewing admits that it can be a confusing situation but, she said, it hasn’t drawn that much attention in the past because Texas primary voters have rarely if ever had the opportunity to have such a significant impact on the national outcome. "We’ve been doing things this way for years, and nobody ever cared. Now, everybody is all worked up about it," Ewing said. "Our phone lines have been burning up, every day. We have had more calls in the last 10 days than we had the whole previous year." Darlene Ewing Ewing said most of the calls are from people worried that their vote in the primary won’t count unless they also participate in precinct caucuses, which isn’t true. "The campaigns, both campaigns, are trying to convince their supporters to vote and to go to the precinct conventions. They want to impress on people the urgency of attending these precinct conventions, and it is...

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Community urged to back 2 resolutions at caucuses

By Tammye Nash Discrimination, bullying measures could be added to party platform Jesse Garcia Jesse Garcia, president of the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas, is urging LGBT Texans who vote in the Democratic Primary to attend their precinct conventions Tuesday night, March 4 not just to support the candidate of their choice in the presidential race, but also to help the LGBT community take another step forward in the march toward true equality. Besides electing delegates to senatorial district conventions, those who participate in precinct conventions also have the chance to introduce resolutions that could, eventually, find their way into the state and national party platforms, Garcia said. Stonewall Democrats, he said, is working with the statewide Equality Texas Foundation to promote two such resolutions: one that calls on the Democratic Party to support passage of comprehensive legislation protecting LGBT people against discrimination in housing, employment, insurance, education and public accommodations; and one supporting passage of legislation preventing anti-gay bullying and harassment in schools. Garcia said that Equality Texas Foundation is working to get these two resolutions introduced at as many precinct conventions as possible around the state. The more precinct conventions that send one or both resolutions on up the line, the better the chance that one or both will be adopted as platform planks at the state convention. And even if your precinct doesn’t approve the resolution, Garcia...

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Directory flap resolved, but Broadway still facing issues

By John Wright Scott Green Gay church member pleased with vote; minister’s fate uncertain FORT WORTH A gay member of Broadway Baptist said he’s pleased with the congregation’s recent compromise on whether to include photos of same-sex couples in a church directory. But 48-year-old Scott Green, who’s been a member of Broadway Baptist for 19 years, acknowledged that the underlying issue is likely to resurface. The congregation of Broadway Baptist voted 294-182 on Sunday, Feb. 24, to approve a recommendation from the deacon board that the directory include "candid, small and large group pictures," but no family photos. That means the directory commemorating the downtown church’s 125th anniversary won’t include portraits of gay couples, but it won’t include portraits of straight couples, either. The deacons’ recommendation was aimed at resolving a controversy that erupted last fall when gay couples requested to appear in the directory together. "In the end, each side gave a little, and the outcome puts all members, for now, on an even footing," Green said in an e-mail to Dallas Voice a day after the vote. "In the long run, though, Broadway still needs to come to terms with its position on inclusivity." Green said he was glad the congregation voted down another proposal under which the church would have published a second directory with portraits of straight couples and gay members pictured individually. "This would...

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