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Top 10: City elections proved groundbreaking for LGBT community

No. 2 With former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert announcing that he was stepping down early to run for the U.S. Senate, and longtime Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief announcing he would not be running for re-election, candidates were lining up … Continue reading

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Top 10: Suicides led to anti-bullying law

No. 4 In the fall of 2010, a number of high-profile suicides brought attention to the problem of bullying in schools. This year, the LGBT community worked to change laws and save lives. After helping to push through policies in … Continue reading

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28th Annual Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade today

It only gets better That’s this year’s theme of the Pride parade which features Honorary Grand Marshal, Fort Worth city councilman Joel Burns and VIP guest, rugby star Ben Cohen. The parade is followed by the festival at Lee Park … Continue reading

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Pride 2011 • Joel Burns: The difference a speech makes

When Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns followed his heart and spoke at a council meeting about his experiences as a bullied gay teen, the nation listened — and, he hopes, it helped make things get better Joel Burns DAVID … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Mike Rawlings and David Kunkle appear headed to runoff for Dallas mayor

With 426 of 555 precincts reporting at 9:25 p.m., it sure looks like former Pizza Hut CEO Mike Rawlings and former Police Chief David Kunkle are headed to a June runoff. Rawlings leads with 42 percent of the vote, and … Continue reading

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Natinsky, Rawlings say they opposed Texas’ marriage amendment; Kunkle says he didn’t vote

Photo by Chance Browning/Dallas Voice Two of the three major candidates for Dallas mayor said Monday that they opposed Texas’ 2005 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and civil unions. During a forum at Cityplace sponsored by the North Texas GLBT … Continue reading

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Gay Rawlings supporter Pam Gerber slams DGLA over group’s we-don’t-like-Mike warning

Pam Gerber Pam Gerber is a member of the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance, and she says she has the utmost respect for the group’s leadership. But Gerber also supports Mike Rawlings for mayor, and she called the warning DGLA … Continue reading

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What’s Brewing: Joel Burns, Nikki Peet accept GLAAD awards; firefighters fired for nude pics

Joel Burns and Lawrence O’Donnell, via Facebook Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea: 1. Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns and Bianca “Nikki” Peet, a student at Corpus Christi’s Flour Bluff High School, were among those honored Sunday night … Continue reading

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CORRECTION: All major candidates for Dallas mayor vied for LGBT vote in 2002

In my cover story for this week’s paper, I made a minor mistake. Actually it was fairly major. The opening paragraph of the story, as originally written, stated that 2011 marks the first time in history that all major candidates … Continue reading

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WATCH: Joel Burns speaks about his brother’s death during Fort Worth City Council meeting

Nearly six months after he delivered his “It Gets Better” speech, gay Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns broke down again Tuesday during a City Council meeting — this time as he remembered his younger brother who died a few … Continue reading

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