Month: May 2012

Lotus blossoms

Partners Timmy Patterson and TJ Mundell wanted a day spa as eco-friendly as they are. So they invented Green Lotus ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor As a massage therapist, Timmy Patterson was always looking for the perfect place to work. He finally found it when he opened his own spa. Patterson always had private clients whom he would visit, but he was looking for some place he could do more than perform Swedish, deep tissue and Shiatsu on a folding table in someone’s living room. There were many places where the people were nice or the facilities high-end, but Patterson had something else in mind. He just didn’t know what. Then, about a year ago, Patterson and his partner TJ Mundell, also a massage therapist, were hiking among the redwoods of California, outside San Francisco when they were struck by the majesty of nature. “I just started crying,” Mundell says. “We said, ‘We need to be completely eco-friendly.’” Now, spas are not the first businesses you think of as being all about the environment — they are probably near oil drillers on the scale of conservation of resources. After all, day spas are about creating a lush indoor environment for their clients — who believes that’s possible if there’s a sign reading “We’ve reused the towels used to dry your face all week long”? But that’s not what...

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Controversial BDSM-themed bestseller is ‘Fifty Shades’ of meh

Wildly popular novel featuring dominant-submissive relationship should come with a warning: Please don’t try this at home Fifty Shades of Grey has caused quite a stir among mainstream critics who don’t quite know what to do with the kinkier aspects of the bestselling book. In fact, the kink seems to be the only thing that anyone talks about, and it isn’t surprising that, as a well-known gay leatherman, I’ve been asked repeatedly to give my take on it — and specifically about how realistic the BDSM in it is. So I dug in and downloaded the e-book version to see what all the stir was about. First, let me say, most literary depictions of kinky sex are either so tame as to be boring or so wildly improbable that they are laughable. The notable exceptions are books by authors who have real-life experience with some aspects of BDSM and can speak from experience. For the uninitiated, BDSM is bondage, discipline, sado-masochism — or, alternately, the DS stands for Dominance and Submission and the SM can indicate Slave and Master. Just think kinky and you get the idea. This book, the first of a trilogy, falls into a new category: authors who learned about BDSM from the Internet — and, as everyone knows, everything must be true on the Internet. The book, in fact, first appeared as fan fiction with different...

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Taylor made

Under a serious demeanor, Dayne maintains a sense of humor about herself RICH LOPEZ  | Staff Writer Taylor Dayne projects a cool demeanor that makes you take her seriously, not someone to be joked with (unless your Tig Notaro) or engaged in idle chatter. Or so it seems. As the headliner at in this year’s MetroBall, the singer is grateful for her appeal to the LGBT community with every beat of her heart. “My love relationship with the community has been going on for 25 years now and you don’t know how thankful I am for that,” she Dayne. “We both have gone through quite a bit of growth and expanded ourselves, and so it’s wonderful to have this opportunity and benefit people as well.” MetroBall — a fundraiser for the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund — marks Dayne’s second opportunity in less than a year to entertain the Dallas gays. In November, she joined a star-studded roster appearing at Black Tie Dinner. But whether it’s a few months or a decade ago, time just exists for Dayne. “It doesn’t feel like 25 years,” she says. “It all feels kind of timeless. Yeah, I see photos here and there from when it all began, but it’s just all part of this career.” Dayne debuted her signature song “Tell It to My Heart” in 1987, followed by her double-platinum debut...

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Voter turnout hits perfect storm

Combination of factors led to only 5% participation in Dallas County Democratic Primary, but there’s no good excuse for not going to polls   What if they gave an election and nobody came? On Tuesday, May 29, the state of Texas did give an election. Almost everybody stayed home. Here are some specifics garnered from the Dallas County Democratic Party office on Wednesday, May 30. Of the 1,127,643 Dallas County residents registered to vote, a mere 58,328 persons voted in the Democratic primary. That was a miniscule 5.17 percent of the persons who could have voted. The 5.17 percent included those who voted by mail-in ballot and those who voted early. More in the county voted early than is usual, but with voting totals so low, early voting made no difference. By comparison, in 2008, when President Barak Obama was elected, the turnout in Dallas County was 26.57 percent. That is still pathetic, but not as heartbreaking to those of us who always vote from some combination of hope and habit. Here’s another comparison. In 2010, just 5.03 percent of the registered voters in Dallas County turned out for the Democrats, just 8.6 percent for the Republicans. Ours has always been a low-voting state, but in 2010, Texas was dead last in voter turnout. Why did and do eligible persons register and then skip the voting process? You know...

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Picture worth a thousand dollars

Dallas Voice promotions manager Terry Thompson, left, presents a check for $1,000 to Shannon Kern. Kern was the winner of this year’s My Gay Texas photo contest, and her chosen beneficiary was GetEQUAL Texas. This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 1,...

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