Month: July 2009

Volunteering at RCD inspired me to ride

By Jed Billings Team Dallas Voice LSRjournal Like many others on Team Dallas Voice, I am neither an experienced writer nor was I an experienced cyclist. So thanks to Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS and Team Dallas Voice, I guess I can say my realm of experience has been expanded. I had wanted to ride since 2001, when I volunteered at Resource Center Dallas and first learned about Lone Star Ride. But being overweight (the only shape I was in was "round"), I thought it would always just be a thought in my mind. Then in January 2007, I promised myself that I was going to do the ride that year. The only problem was that I didn’t own a bike and I was still in the aforementioned "round" shape. So I set out to recruit my friends to join me so I wouldn’t be able to back out of it. While I did find a lot of financial support, I only got one rider — and I had to use her pride and competitive spirit against her to get her to ride. But she has been my training partner ever since and I have loved every minute of our experience together. We both bought bikes and showed up to our first training ride. Not having a clue what the "turn sheet" they gave us was for, neither one...

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FW to consider trans protections

By Tammye Nash Senior Editor Task Force will also pursue DP benefits for city employees Joel Burns and Lisa Thomas. FORT WORTH — The Fort Worth Human Relations Commission this week voted unanimously in favor of a resolution calling for the city to amend its anti-discrimination policy to include protections for transgenders. The resolution now goes to the new City Manager’s Diversity Task Force, and then on to the City Council for final approval. The city amended its nondiscrimination ordinance in 2000 to include protections based on sexual orientation, becoming one of the first cities in Texas to do so. The vote to add gender identity and expression in the list of protected classes came during the commission’s regular meeting on Tuesday night, July 28. Human Rights Commission member Lisa Thomas said Wednesday, July 29, that this week’s vote was the culmination of more than a year’s work. "The commission has been working on this issue since before I joined more than a year ago," said Thomas, who was appointed to the commission by openly gay City Councilman Joel Burns. "At our March meeting, some of the transgender community spoke to the commission, telling the commissioners about their lives and the issues and discrimination they encounter trying to live their lives," Thomas said. "Those citizen presentations were informative and very moving." Thomas said the resolution will be presented to...

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Rainbow Lounge GM: Bartender wasn’t intoxicated when he left work

By John Wright News Editor Bradley Larson FORT WORTH — The general manager of the Rainbow Lounge this week dismissed speculation that a bartender killed in a car wreck early Sunday, July 26 had been drinking at the establishment prior to the accident. Arlington police said Bradley Larson, 41, was traveling at speeds of up to 100 mph in his Honda Accord when he rear-ended an 18-wheeler on eastbound Interstate 30 at about 6:15 a.m. Police said they believe the wreck may have been alcohol-related because they found two closed containers of beer in Larson’s car. They also found a white powdery substance that was identified through field tests as an illegal substance.   The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office is conducting toxicology tests to determine Larson’s blood-alcohol content, and Arlington police are trying to figure out where he’d been immediately prior to the wreck. If it’s determined that Larson, who’d worked on Saturday night, had been drinking at the Rainbow Lounge after hours, it could mean serious penalties for the bar from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Randy Norman, Rainbow Lounge general manager, said the bar closed at 2 a.m. Sunday and he saw Larson leave at about 4 a.m. "I don’t know where he went afterward," Norman said Tuesday. "Brad was definitely not intoxicated when he left this bar. Our policy is no tolerance on drinking by...

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Deaths • July 31, 2009

Andre Espaillat died peacefully on Saturday, July 25, in the arms of his husband, after a long and courageous battle with cancer (multiple myeloma). A longtime resident of Dallas who was living in Seattle and Vancouver, Espaillat was a motorcycle enthusiast, racer and teacher. Known as the "2 Wheel Tiger," he wrote extensively about his illness at motocancer.blogspot.com, and inspired thousands with his courage, insight and humor. Espaillat was a member of several Dallas organizations, including the Texas Sports Bike Association, the North Texas Sports Bike Association, the Spectrum Motorcycle Club, CMRA, RPM/WERA and the Dragonflies. He is survived by his husband, Ed Fortuno III, of Vancouver, B.C.; and his mother, Anita-Louise, brother Rick, brother-in-law Gary, sister Trina and niece Alex, all of Dallas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the International Myeloma Foundation (myeloma.org), the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (leukemia-lymphoma.org) or the American Cancer Society (cancer.org). A celebration of his life with his Dallas family and friends will be held at a private residence on Aug. 8. For more information, e-mail esfortuno3rd@gmail.com. TO PLACE A NOTICE We print notices of deaths of members of the GLBT community at no fee. A questionnaire is available to assist you in organizing the information. Certain information is required. The questionnaire can be e-mailed, faxed or mailed to you. You may supply photos as prints (color or B&W) or...

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WEDDING • July 31, 2009

Roy B Fisher, left, and Robert N. Pickett Jr. were married June 27, on their sixth anniversary, in a poolside ceremony at their East Dallas home before a crowd of family and friends. The couple are members of Cathedral of Hope, and the Rev. Shelly Hamilton, a CoH minister, officiated over the service. Dallas Affairs provided the cake and Pickett catered the rest of the food for the reception. The couple will celebrate their honeymoon with a 10-day Caribbean cruise aboard the Carnival Freedom in October. This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 31, 2009....

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