Month: January 2009

Another reality TV gay falls

The return of “Hell’s Kitchen” on Fox tonight featured yet another openly gay contestant… until the last minute, at least.  Will, a 26-year-old chef with a rainbow button on his collar, prepared a delicious if poorly plated rabbit dish that impressed host-chef Gordon Ramsay. But his failure on the line — despite testimonials from his fellow contestants — got him booted early…. too early, if you ask me. Meanwhile, over on Bravo, lesbian chef Jamie remains after the two gay male chefs (part of Team Rainbow early on) were kicked off almost instantly.mobiles gamesплотность ключевых слов для...

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‘L Word’ premiere party draws big crowd

By Staff Reports Event raised funds for HRC; organizers now preparing for May ‘Fairway to Equality’ Women line up down the block in front of S4 for the watch party for the premiere of the new season of "The L Word." More than 400 attended the HRC fundraiser. More than 400 women turned out when Human Rights Campaign and Showtime presented the premiere of sixth and final season of the popular lesbian drama "The L-Word" on Sunday, Jan. 18 at S4 in Dallas. The event brought in more than $6,000 to benefit HRC equality outreach programs, organizers said. It also served as an HRC membership drive, and several new members joined, they added. Dee Pennington, an HRC Board of Governors member and "The L-Word" event co-chair, said organizers "were amazed by the turnout and generosity this year. Women were lined up at the door three hours before start time." Pennington is one of 21 DFW-area residents serving on the local, volunteer-led steering committee of HRC. The committee organizes local membership activities, fundraising events, political action and outreach efforts year-round on HRC’s behalf, she said. Event co-chairs Dee Pennington and John Harrington discuss last-minute details for "The L Word" premiere party. Jose Gomez, local co-chair of the DFW committee said the organization "provides opportunities for our North Texas LGBT community to get more engaged in HRC’s work by attending and...

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Puckering up for equality

Ben Jones dons a kissing booth Sunday, Jan. 25 during "Milk box," a sidewalk community forum organized by Queer Liberaction at Cedar Springs Road and Throckmorton Street in Dallas. QL founder Blake Wilkinson said the event, named for gay-rights pioneer Harvey Milk, gave people an opportunity to speak their minds about issues affecting the LGBT community. Queer Liberaction plans another "Milk box" at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 in the same location. Wilkinson said the group was trying out the kissing booth in preparation for an upcoming "Queer Kiss-in" in Dallas, scheduled for Feb. 7. For more information, e-mail lgbtliberaction@gmail.com or call 214-679-6321. LAURA McFERRIN/Special to Dallas Voice This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 30, 2009. vkspy.netгде разместить...

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Experts hope divorce case makes couples think twice

By John Wright News Editor Some fear litigation could threaten city’s domestic partner benefits Patti Fink In the wake of what is believed to be the state’s first same-sex divorce filing, LGBT legal experts again advised caution for gay and lesbian couples from Texas who are considering marriage. Same-sex marriage is currently legal only in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and both states allow out-of-state couples to marry there. But both also have residency requirements for divorce, meaning couples from out of state may not be able to undo their vows. Massachusetts, for example, requires that a married couple live in the state for one year before obtaining a divorce. Courts in Rhode Island and Oklahoma have denied divorces to same-sex couples married in other states. And New York is the only state that has indicated it will recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages. Jenny Pizer, director of Lambda Legal’s National Marriage Project, said it’s an issue the LGBT civil rights group has dealt with as far back as 2000, when Vermont legalized civil unions for same-sex couples from out of state. "Nobody imagines that those emotions will fade and their hopes will be turned to disappointment and they’ll want to separate, but it certainly happens to some, and we encourage people to think about that, because it may not be easy to dissolve that status," Pizer told Dallas Voice this week. Pizer...

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Dallas woman stars as lesbian face of Avon in Super Bowl ad

By Tammye Nash Senior Editor Local sales rep entered business after adopting kids with partner Daryn DeZengotita Avon and lesbian: Not two words you’d usually expect to hear in the same sentence. But that’s only if you don’t know Daryn DeZengotita. DeZengotita, of Dallas, is one of five Avon sales representatives chosen about two years ago to serve as the "faces of Avon" around the world in an advertising and marketing campaign. Now that commercial is going to get one of the largest television audiences of the year when it airs Sunday, Feb. 1, during the Super Bowl. "It was about two years ago that I was selected to audition for — and got a part in — some national TV commercials for Avon," DeZengotita said this week. "There are a million Avon representatives in the United States. Fifty of those were chosen to audition, and 10 were selected to be in the commercials." That’s a pretty exclusive club. But DeZengotita got to take it one step further. Of the 10 women chosen for the commercials, five were selected to appear in Avon’s global marketing campaign aimed at recruiting new sales reps. DeZengotita was one of the five. Then last fall, she and one other woman were asked to return to the studio to shoot some extra scenes for a new launch of the commercial and the recruiting effort....

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