Month: May 2009

Corporate charity

JONATHAN BELL, Intuit/Special to Dallas Voice Employees from the Plano office of Intuit, a California-based developer of tax preparation and financial software, work to stock the shelves of Resource Center Dallas’ food pantry after the company made a large donation recently to the pantry. Nearly two dozen Intuit employees were on hand to stock shelves and assist with the center’s hot meals program on Wednesday, May 20 after the company’s Plano office held a contest to collect food for the pantry and donated more than 5,300 canned goods and non-perishable items. It was the largest donation ever by any corporate organization in the history of the pantry. Intuit and its employees also donated more than $2,900 to the pantry, which serves more than 800 clients with HIV/AIDS four days a week. brutus-aet2.comраскручивать...

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Prop 8 protest calls out Obama

By John Wright News Editor Speakers take aim at president as hundreds gather on Cedar Springs in response to Calif. Supreme Court decision upholding marriage ban Protesters march down Cedar Springs Road on Tuesday, May 26 during the Day of Decision Rally. The march went from the Legacy of Love Monument to Throckmorton Mining Co. JOHN WRIGHT/Dallas Voice Six months ago, black lesbian activist Chastity Kirven stood in the plaza of Dallas City Hall and led the crowd in a deafening chant of then-President-elect Obama’s campaign mantra, "Yes We Can. Yes We Can." On Tuesday, May 26, Kirven stood on the patio outside Throckmorton Mining Co. and blasted the Obama administration for allegedly failing to keep the promises he made to the LGBT community. "I’ve got news for you, President Obama — we’re not going away, we’re here to stay," Kirven told the crowd. "Tell President Obama, it’s not just the GOP that’s on his butt right now. He now has some pissed gays and lesbians who are going to hold him just as accountable. … All I’ve got to say is, I’m tired of you leaving your promises on the nightstand as you walk out the door after you’ve screwed me. Do something. Prove that you can make history to us. Don’t only be the first black president. Give equal rights to every American." While her remarks were...

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Carol Leifer to headline BTD kickoff

By Staff Reports Online table captain process unveiled for 2009 dinner Leifer The Black Tie Dinner is set to launch its 2009 events Thursday, June 11 with an appearance by gay author/comedian Carol Leifer and a new, improved online process for table captains, officials announced this week. Leifer, an Emmy-nominated writer who has also won praise for her standup comedy work, will read from her new book at the launch party in the newly renovated Chaparral Room on the 38th floor of the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, 400 N. Olive St. in downtown Dallas. It is the same hotel where the Black Tie Dinner will be held on Oct. 3. The dinner will feature an appearance by Judy Shepard, mother of anti-gay hate murder victim Mathew Shepard, as the recipient of the 2009 Elizabeth Birch Award. The party will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with Kellie Rasberry of the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning Show on 106.1 KISS FM as guest host. There will be complimentary hors d’ouevres and self-parking, and DJ Micah B will provide music. Officials with the annual fundraising event also announced this week that those interested in becoming table captains for Black Tie Dinner can now do so online. Ron Guillard, Black Tie co-chair, said in a statement released on Wednesday, May 27, that putting the process online makes it "easier than ever"...

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Exxon Mobil rejects effort again to include LGBTs in EEO policy

By Tammye Nash Senior Editor LGBT advocates still heartened by increase in support for resolution Robb Puckett, left, Samir Luther, right. Exxon Mobil shareholders this week voted once again against a resolution to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the company’s equal employment opportunity policy. But LGBT advocates said they are encouraged by the increase in support for the change, which has grown steadily since the resolution was first introduced 10 years ago. In 1999, the first year the resolution was introduced, only 8.2 percent of the shareholders voted for it. This year, according to Samir Luther, senior manager for the Human Rights Campaign’s Workplace Project, 39.3 percent voted in favor of the change. "That is really impressive," Luther said. In 2008, 39.6 percent of the shareholders favored the resolution, but Luther said the 0.3 percent drop this year is "virtually insignificant" and can probably be accounted for by stock shares changing hands over the last 12 months. Luther explained that each December, Exxon Mobil shareholders submit resolutions they want to have considered. Both HRC and the New York City Comptroller’s Office, representing the New York City Pension Fund, are stockholders, and each year the Comptroller’s office introduces the resolution to add sexual orientation and gender identity to Exxon Mobil’s EEO policy. Ballots containing all the resolutions submitted for that year are mailed to stockholders in April, and...

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Local briefs • May 29, 2009

By Staff Reports Promise MCC to mark 12th anniversary with Lillie Brock as guest speaker Promise Metropolitan Community Church will celebrate its 12th anniversary on Sunday, May 31, with the Rev. Elder Lillie Brock as guest speaker at the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Other guests will include the Rev. Bob Ellis and Apostle Alex D. Byrd, who will be providing special music for the celebration. A dinner will follow the morning service Senior pastor the Rev. Jon Haack said the service "will be a joyous celebration of our 12th church anniversary and the move of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday." Promise Metropolitan Community is located at 2527 W. Colorado Blvd. in Dallas. For more information, call 214-623-8400. Mr. TGRA candidate holding charity car wash Saturday at Round-Up Lester Little, Mr. TGRA Candidate 2010, will hold a charity car wash behind the Round-Up Saloon, 3912 Cedar Springs Road, on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event benefits the Dallas Chapter of Texas Gay Rodeo Association and its charity partners. Car washes will be free, and donations of any amount will be accepted and encouraged. TGRA is a 501(c)3 charity organization. Men of Essence honoring author, educator, entrepreneur at Backpack Gala Men of Essence will hold its 3rd annual Backpack Drive Gala: "A Child Today, A Leader Tomorrow," on Sunday, June 14, at the Best Western...

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