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Dallas Councilwoman Outraged Over HIV Prevention Billboard Presenting Gays as 'Acceptable': VIDEO


A Dallis councilwoman is complaining about a freeway billboard that depicts a Black gay couple in an embrace and encourages people to know their HIV status, the Dallas Observer reports:

Vj_hillBut you can't plaster two gay dudes on a billboard in southern Dallas and expect it to fly with (notoriously anti-gay) Dallas City Councilwoman Vonciel Jones Hill (right). She seems to fear the ad might have a corrupting influence on passersby. In an email to Fox 4's Shaun Rabb, she expressed concern that "African American men who engage in homosexual conduct [are] presented as acceptable" in the ad and that it amounts to an endorsement of homosexuality.

[Dallas County Health Director Zachary Thompson], meanwhile, who is engaged in a reality-based fight against a deadly scourge, bangs his head against the wall in frustration. "The message is very clear," he told Rabb. "The message is: among African American men who have sex with men the rate of HIV new cases is at an epidemic proportion."

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Dallas Councilwoman Angela Hunt Speaks Out For Gay Rights, Blasts Failed Marriage Equality Resolution: VIDEO

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At a Wednesday morning Dallas city council meeting, outgoing Councilwoman Angela Hunt expressed her disappointment over the city's failed marriage equality resolution and made an impassioned speech for gay rights moving forward. Dozens of LGBT rights supporters showed up at the meeting as well to vent their frustration over the resolution, which died after mayor Mike Rawlings and other council members balked on a council vote.

"I think discussion is good, but friends, this is a simple issue. You either support civil rights or you don't," Hunt said. "Know that there are many of us on the council who stand with you and will stand with you on this issue. It is a civil rights issue. We will be there on marriage equality. We will stand with you. Let's not let any diversion about process distract us from the real issue."

Hunt is leaving the council because of term limits, and says she regrets not being able to vote "yes" on the resolution. Fortunately, the two candidates vying to replace Hunt were seated with the LGBT speakers in the audience in a show of support.

Scott Briggs, the council member who originally offered the marriage equality resolution, predicts it will pass once it makes it onto the council's voting agenda. That all depends, however, on preventing candidates like this from taking office.

Watch the speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings Refuses To Move Forward With Resolution Supporting Marriage Equality: VIDEO

Despite earlier reports that the Dallas City Council was planning to take up a resolution supporting same-sex marriage and that the votes to pass it were secured, it appears the proposal has collapsed under Mayor Mike Rawlings' refusal to place the resolution on the council agenda. Yesterday, LGBT activists gathered in Dallas to express outrage over the demise of the resolution and of Rawlings' tepid support of gay rights in general.

The Dallas Voice reports:

Screen Shot 2013-05-31 at 10.32.54 AMMayor Mike Rawlings, who avoided taking a stance on the resolution for six months, had publicly announced earlier Tuesday that he planned to vote in favor of it even though he feels it is a "misuse" of council time. But after [Councilwoman Delia] Jasso removed her signature, Rawlings said Wednesday he wouldn't place the resolution on the council agenda because it no longer had the five council signatures needed to force him to do so.

You will recall that the first-term mayor was previously on record saying the resolution was "a waste of time."

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Failed Anti-Gay Dallas Candidate Distributes Hateful Anti-Gay Flier at City Council Meeting


Remember the hateful voicemail I posted yesterday from failed Dallas City Council candidate Richard P. Sheridan? Last night, Sheridan was at the Dallas City Council meeting passing out the flier seen above.

Writes Dallas Morning News reporter Rudolph Bush: Sheridan

During the meeting, Sheridan began passing out fliers. He dropped one in my office. He gave a few to people in the audience. And then he put one in the hand of former Dallas City Council member Craig Holcomb.

...It was a distortion of a recent Dallas Voice front page showing the faces of three openly gay council candidates, Vernon Franko, Leland Burk and Herschel Weisfeld. Sheridan had X’d through each of their faces and scrawled 6s on their foreheads.

“God’s voice was heard in Dallas Saturday. No openly gay LGBT City Councilmember!!” he wrote, in reference to the fact that all three lost their races. (Franko and Weisfeld ran against Adam Medrano in District 2)

Sheridan failed to write that his own bid for council came up a little short too. In fact, he managed to get 28 votes in District 13. That’s 28 votes out of 10,350 votes cast in the district. Burk lost to Jennifer Staubach Gates, but he got 3,584 votes for his effort. Or, to put it another way, Burk got 128 times the votes that Sheridan did.

Sheridan's actions reportedly drew outrage at the meeting, and the Council may now be reconsidering its open microphone rules and reviewing its guidelines regarding abusive speakers.

In the profanity-laced voicemail I posted yesterday, Sheridan had scolded a reporter at D magazine for failing to report that his opponent was gay.

Losing Dallas City Council Candidate Unleashes on Reporter in Homophobic, Profanity-Laced Voicemail: AUDIO


Richard P. Sheridan (Above), a losing candidate in Dallas' recent City Council elections, is making headlines now over a voicemail he left reporter Dan Koller at D Magazine, excoriating Koller over an election preview article he wrote, accusing Koller of failing to inform his readers that his opponent Leland Burk, is gay.

Said Sheridan: "You sir are a cunt, bitch, coward...you're a propagandist for the sodomite. When I see you, I'm not sure what I'm gonna do, but minimally your eardrums will hurt you motherf**ker."

Writes Koller:

"You can’t try to apply logic to the raving lunatic who left me a voicemail at 9:24 on Saturday night in which he called me a coward six times, a “[see you next Tuesday]” five times, a “mother[lover]” four times, a bitch twice, “a disgrace to our city” once, and “a sorry ass” once. In the middle of all that, he also said, “I don’t think you have one testicle, sir.” (He’s wrong about that last point, but I appreciate him calling me “sir.”)

Listen to the voicemail, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings Calls Resolution Supporting Marriage Equality a 'Waste of Time'

The Dallas City Council is planning to take up a resolution supporting same-sex marriage and reportedly has the votes to pass it, the Dallas Voice reports:

RawlingsDallas City Councilman Scott Griggs says he has the eight votes needed to pass a resolution in support of marriage equality and statewide LGBT employment protections.

Griggs has said he didn’t want to place the item on the agenda until he was sure it had the eight votes needed to pass.

Mayor Mike Rawlings (pictured) told the Dallas Morning News that he thinks the resolution is a waste of time:

This afternoon, Rawlings stressed that he is “an unequivocal supporter of marriage equality.”

But the Dallas City Council should not spend its meetings debating political questions that it has no power over, he said.

“I don’t want to be talking about late-term abortions, or gun control, or Gitmo,” he said.

To do so is “a misuse of City Council time.” ... “To do this for what seems to be political purposes is not good judgment,” he said.


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