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5th Annual Red Party Dallas is this Saturday

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Screen shot 2013 09 23 at 5.28.15 PM 300x199 5th Annual Red Party Dallas is this SaturdayGet ready for a bash! The fifth-annual Red Party Dallas is this Saturday, Sept 28. It’s at the Fashion Industry Gallery this year, and will feature special guests Kimberly Caldwell (from American Idol) and DJ Joe Gauthreaux.

Money raised by Red Party Dallas goes to Red Party Foundation, Inc, which supports Legacy Counseling Center and HIV/AIDS initiatives.

Tickets are on sale now, $40 in advance. Head over to redpartydallas.org to get yours.

You know you look great in red.

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UNNECESSARY HEADLINE ALERT: Texas’ Republican Candidates Oppose Gay Rights

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All the Texas Republicans running for statewide office oppose gay rights, according to an AP story publish Saturday. The AP sent a survey out to the Republican candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. No big surprise there by their anti-gay stances, but some of their answers are kind of surprising.

One example is Attorney General Greg Abbott’s response when the AP asked if he thinks “that homosexuality is a disorder that requires treatment?”

“I am not a doctor, a scientist or God. I cannot render judgment on a person’s sexuality. I can, however, refer you to the American Psychological Association on the matter,” Abbott responded.

The APA removed homosexuality from its list of disorders in 1975. So, does that mean Abbott’s answer was “no?” Why not just say, “No?”

Everyone else surveyed avoided answering that question.

The survey also showed that the candidates widely supported the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and opposed non-discrimination bans (such as the one just passed by San Antonio) because they violate people’s freedom of religion.

Read more of the AP’s survey responses over at Chron.com.

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Russia Gov’t: Gays Adopt Kids so They Can Rape Them

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Screen shot 2013 09 22 at 9.49.12 PM 300x168 Russia Govt: Gays Adopt Kids so They Can Rape ThemWait, didn’t the International Olympics Committee say that gays have nothing to worry about during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia? We’ve been told that Olympians and tourists will be safe.

Do you think you’d be safe to visit? Probably not after this….

According to AmericaBlog.com an anti-gay propaganda video (below) from the Russian government says gays adopt kids so they can rape them. The video quotes a study from University of Texas religious researcher Mark Regnerus. However, that specific study has been widely debunked as “total B.S.”

That didn’t stop this video from circulating, though. If the translations are correct, the video claims, “They [gays] need children to satisfy their sexual desire.” It also asks, “Do you want our world to become so civilised that we stop breeding?”

Seriously.

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DFW Pride Movement Celebrates 5th Dallas Black Pride Oct. 3 – 7

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Dallas Black Pride 300x200 DFW Pride Movement Celebrates 5th Dallas Black Pride Oct. 3   7Dallas Black Pride has been around for 16 years, but DFW Pride Movement has only been here for the past five. It’s the “official non-profit host of Dallas Black Pride.”

The Movement Dallas Black Pride will put on its fifth annual Black Community Summit, it’s second annual career fair, and its first bowling night.

The non-profit came together as a way to build up Dallas’ African American community through social events and programs. The whole idea is to offer something different from the ‘circuit party’ scene.

I talked to the executive director of DFW Pride Movement, Derrick Spillman, as part of my “30 LGBT Leaders for 30 Years of Dallas Pride” series.

“[DFW Pride Movement’s] mission it to promote social awareness, unity, self-empowerment, mentor-ship, and positive visibility throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth LGBT community of color. We felt that was needed. It needed to be reflected in pride itself, outside of just the party. That’s where we came together to create things where we could jointly have representation throughout pride,” explained Spillman during that interview.

There will be a lot of that community-building over the weekend. Check out DFW Pride Movement‘s website for a full list of events. For instance, this sounds pretty titillating: “Fashion Meets Porn Delivery the 4-1-1 on the 9-1-1 Booty Call”

Well, hello!

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5 Great Moments Since DADT

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Today we celebrate the second anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT). Now, gays and lesbians can serve openly in the U.S. Military.

Here are five things that couldn’t have happened two years ago.

This adorable soldier coming out to his dad:

This gay vlogger, who is currently off the market:

These two female sailors in who returned from duty in 2011:

Navy lesbian kiss 5 Great Moments Since DADT

…and this marine who’s totally excited to be back home, too:

Gay Male Soldier Homecoming Kiss 1 5 Great Moments Since DADT

This sailor who had 6 months to plan a proposal.

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To recap, “awwwwww……”

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Tarrant County Gay Pride Expands with LGBT Film Festival, QCinema

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tarrant county gay pride 300x199 Tarrant County Gay Pride Expands with LGBT Film Festival, QCinemaIn 2013, the Tarrant County Gay Pride Week Association (yep, that’s TCGPWA) celebrates its 32nd anniversary. Considering its long history, TCGPWA has a lot to celebrate. For anyone who’s curious, no, Tarrant County Pride is not the red-headed step child of Dallas gay pride. As a matter of fact, this year, Fort Worth’s LGBT celebration will officially span a total of ten days (Oct. 3-13).

The city of ‘Cowboys and Culture’ is a lot more accepting than a North Texas outsider might think. Just check out the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Pride WORTHy page, catered specifically to LGBT visitors.

Pride [extra-long] week kicks off October 3, with a party at Club Reflection in Fort Worth.

On Saturday, October 5, the 2013 Tarrant County Pride Parade begins at noon, from Weatherford Street, and runs south down Houston. The Pride Street Festival at General Worth Square (Houston and 9th) runs until 6pm.

Sunday, October 5, the annual Pride Picnic runs from noon – 6p at the Arts Pavilion in Trinity Park. It’s described as the “largest GLBT family-friendly event held in Tarrant County.” This year we celebrate the 32nd anniversary of what was, reportedly, a parade started by “a drag queen who wanted a place for gays to congregate that wasn’t between the four walls of a bar.”

On Monday, the celebration continues with a panel on progress made since the Fort Worth Police and TABC raid of the Rainbow Lounge in 2009. “Diversity and Progress in the City of Fort Worth – Implementing Positive Change,” is from 5:30p to 7:30p at Celebration Community Church.

Thursday, one of North Texas’ most popular events, QCinema, kicks off its 15th anniversary. This is the film festival that presented the Southwest premieres of Trick, But I’m a Cheerleader, All Over the Guy, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Adam and Steve (just to name a few.)

In other words, it’s a big deal.

On Thursday, October 10, QCinema offers the Southwest Premiere of Del Shores’ filmed version of his play Southern Baptist Sissies. For the rest of the weekend, there are plenty of films and special guests, including Shores.

See the full schedule on QCinema.org.

 

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LGBT Non-Profits in Need on North Texas Giving Day

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LogoSquare 290x300 LGBT Non Profits in Need on North Texas Giving DayThis Thursday is the 5th annual North Texas Giving Day, and its goal is to raise more than the $14.2 million it raised last year. Until midnight, you can make donations of $25 or more to more than 1,000 nonprofits on DonorBridgeTx.org. Donations will be amplified by extra donations/prizes from Donor Bridge. As of 9am, people have already donated more than $3.5 million

Of course, there are plenty of LBGT-related non-profits that will benefit from your donations. Here are a few:

(This is not a comprehensive list. If you have other suggestions, please send them my way!)

Abounding Prosperity
The mission of Abounding Prosperity is to provide services to address health, social and economic disparities among African American men with a particular emphasis on gay, bisexual and male to female Transgender individuals and their families in Dallas County.

AIDS Arms, Inc.
AIDS Arms, Inc. combats HIV/AIDS in the community by improving the lives and health of individuals living with the disease and preventing its spread.

AIDS OUTREACH CENTER INC.
Our Mission: AIDS Outreach Center (A0C) is the only 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization in Fort Worth serving Tarrant County and seven surrounding rural counties providing essential prevention, education and outreach programs, comprehensive and vital HIV care and support services to men, women and children and their families, and advocating for a strong HIV public policy.

AIN – AIDS Interfaith Network
AIDS Interfaith Network, Inc. (AIN) works to prevent the spread of HIV and serves persons living with HIV/AIDS and other vulnerable populations.

Gay & Lesbian Fund for Dallas
The Gay and Lesbian Fund for Dallas promotes equality and raises awareness of the personal and financial contributions of gays and lesbians to the City of Dallas. By offering meaningful philanthropic and giving opportunities, GLFD distinguishes the gay community as a major source or philanthropy. GLFD boosts the power of gay philanthropy by consolidating and distributing charitable contributions to non-profit agencies that serve the entire Dallas community.

Resource Center Dallas
Resource Center is a trusted leader that empowers the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities and all people affected by HIV through improving health and wellness, strengthening families and communities and providing transformative education and advocacy.

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Will Wendy Davis Enter TX Gov. Race? Announcement is Oct. 3

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Wendy Davis is ready to address all of the rumors about her running for Texas Governor. She’ll address those rumors on October 3rd, according to a news release from her communications team late Tuesday.

Funny thing is, this was supposed to be “embargoed” information. In the top, center of the news release it said, “EMBARGOED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 at 9AM.” In other words, we knew about it, but weren’t “allowed” to report on it until the campaign said we could. It’s probably because Wendy Davis’ campaign (I’m assuming here) scheduled her email to send at 9am Wednesday.

Unfortunately (for the campaign), the Associated Press ignored the embargo. As stories started popping up online, I had to email the campaign. This was the response, from Hector Nieto:

“Embargoed meant all of it until 9am, but as you noted, AP already ignored the embargo. Thank you for checking, but feel free to report as you see fit.”

Well, this blog post is what I see fit.

I hope you feel informed about an announcement (about an announcement) that wasn’t supposed to be officially announced until 9am Wednesday.

Yay?

The more you know.

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Why ‘Dallas Voice’ Editor John Wright Says He Was Fired

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Monday night, John Wright announced on Facebook he’d just been fired from his position as senior editor of the Dallas Voice.

As is often the case in personnel issues, the owners aren’t saying much.

“John has his opinion, and we have ours, and they are not the same,” Leo Cusimano, the publisher, told The Dallas Morning News. “We stand by the actions we took.”

However, Wright has a lot to say about his former employers. This is why he got fired, in his words:

OK so here goes. I have poured my heart and soul into Dallas Voice for the last six-and-a-half years. I’ve worked my ass off for minimal pay because I loved my job and I loved fighting for equality. As a reward, I was unceremoniously fired Monday for alleged insubordination, which is a totally false and slanderous charge. I can tell you that I did absolutely nothing wrong, and my termination was unjust, immoral and just plain wrong.

Roughly six months ago, the original owner of the Voice, Robert Moore, sold the newspaper to his ex-husband whom he had recently divorced, Terry Thompson, and the longtime sales director, Leo Cusimano. Since then, things have gone steadily downhill. In my opinion, the new owners of the Voice are interested in nothing but profit. They don’t seem to care about the LGBT community or their employees, and they certainly don’t care about doing good journalism. They want an editor who will write puff pieces about their advertisers instead of reporting the facts, and I refused to be that editor.

For example, last week we reported on the new dress code at Dallas Pride. Organizers of the parade are among the Voice’s biggest advertisers, and they were not at all happy when this became a national story. They blamed me for it. I also raised objections about the cover of our Pride issue because I didn’t think it included enough minorities, and specifically African-Americans. In response, I was shouted down and told, “That’s not our market.”

These are just a few examples of what I have endured for the last several months. The new owners wanted to get rid of me, so they fabricated something out of thin air. Of course, they waited to do this until I had just closed on a house. This whole thing is a total outrage, and I’m still in shock over it. If you’re reading this, I hope that you will help me do something about it. The LGBT community needs to take back its Voice.

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14 Photos of Skin at Dallas Gay Pride 2013, Despite ‘Dress Code’

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Unless you’re straight or didn’t log into Facebook last week, you know that there was a big controversy over a new “dress code” policy at this year’s Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade. In short, those in the parade were told not to show off an erection. That was about the extent of it, when all was said and done.

Still, gay rights activists complained that the Dallas Gay Pride Parade was going to be too toned-down. They worried the family-friendly atmosphere takes away from some LGBT people’s right to be “out and proud” and who they are.

For instance, I got this on Facebook:

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Maybe the parade wasn’t as risque as it was in the past, but there was still a lot of eye-catching skin. These 13 photos prove it (oh, and sorry, no erections. Next year.):

Dallas Gay Pride 2013

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