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April 22, 2015

Restaurant will be staffed by half-naked men

A male version of Hooters is coming Dallas' gay Oak Lawn neighborhood.

Tallywackers will be staffed by half naked men and is scheduled to open on Lemmon Avenue in May.

Last week, the restaurant started hiring for bartenders, servers, cooks, bus boys and hosts on Craigslist.

'Dallas' Newest and most exciting place to be is now hiring for all positions!' the ad reads.

Hooters is restaurant chain staffed by curvy young women in revealing outfits and bills itself as 'delightfully tacky yet unrefined.'

February 14, 2015

'We're living separately and we're figuring out how that feels and trying to deal with all the emotions that come with that'

Rosie O'Donnell had very little to say about her personal life during her last day on The View this week but she opened up on The Dr. Oz Show Friday (13 February).

O'Donnell, who survived a near-fatal heart attack in 2012, has been dealing with the stress of working on a high-pressure daily show and a crumbling marriage.

'I'm doing everything that I can to take care myself, and I think Michelle is doing the same thing,' O'Donnell said of wife Michelle Rounds who she married in 2012.

The couple, who have a child together, split in November.

February 5, 2015

Parker is only US mayor in top 10 on worldwide list compiled by City Mayors Foundation

Houston Mayor Annise Parker has been named the top mayor in the US by the international think tank City Mayors Foundation.

Parker, a lesbian who married her longtime partner last year, was ranked seventh from 26 finalists and is the only US mayor to finish in the top 10.

September 3, 2014

'It's been a roller coaster this past week but I'm happy where I'm at now'

Michael Sam summed it up best on Wednesday: 'It's been a roller coaster this past week.'

He had just passed a physical and was officially signed to the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys. This came four days after he was cut by the St. Louis Rams and not made a part of their practice squad.

Then, no other NFL team signed Sam during the 24 hours that he was put on waivers and his only remaining hope was that a team would hire him for their practice squad which can be a stepping stone to making the active roster.

It has happened.

July 12, 2014

'It was just a lucky day to be the register girl'

Earlier this week, US President Barack Obama was a customer in an Austin, Texas restaurant called Franklin Barbecue.

Comic, and lover of sequin dresses, Daniel Rugg Webb happened to be working behind the counter that day.

'It was just a lucky day to be the register girl,' the gay man told the Austin Chronicle.

May 29, 2014

Texas city's lesbian mayor Annise Parker tweets: 'It's never too late to do the right thing'

After more than nine hours of comments from the public, the Houston City Council on Wednesday (28 May) passed an ordinance that extends equal rights protections to gay and transgender residents of the large Texas city.

'It's never too late to do the right thing,' tweeted the city's lesbian mayor Annise Parker.

She also later tweeted a photo of her signing what she described as 'Houston's first comprehensive equal rights ordinance!'

'It protects us all,' Parker wrote.

March 14, 2014

Law officials say it appears the two women were killed in the home of James Larry Cosby, father of Britney Cosby

Police have arrested the father of one of the lesbians discovered dead near a Texas dumpster.

James Larry Cosby was charged today, 13 March,  with two counts of evidence tampering in the deaths of Crystal Jackson and Britney Cosby.

January 18, 2014

Annise Parker says calls it 'a very happy day' for she and Kathy Hubbard who married on their 23rd anniversary as a couple

She's mayor of one of the biggest cities in Texas but Annise Parker had to leave the state this week to get married.

Parker and longtime partner Kathy Hubbard were married on Thursday (16 January) in the gay-friendly city of Palm Springs in California.

Same-sex marriage is banned in Texas but became legal in California last June following a US Supreme Court ruling.

The ceremony took place at sunset at a private home and was held on the Parker and Hubbard's 23rd anniversary as a couple.

January 16, 2014

Dallas Buyers Club stars had been criticized for their Golden Globe acceptance speeches

Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto didn't miss their opportunity this time.

After their Golden Globe wins last Sunday, they became the target of critics who felt the two Dallas Buyers Club stars had blew an opportunity to say something meaningful about the AIDS crisis during which their film is set.

But their statements today after being nominated for Academy Awards are more thoughtful of mindful of the film's subject matter.

November 14, 2013

In this week's Around the World in 7 Questions feature we turn lemons into travel-friendly lemonade and talk beaches with George Carrancho, who serves as the LGBT and ethnic minority champion for American Airlines

Caring for LGBT employees and their families has increasingly become an integral part of the way the biggest companies do business.

For years, American Airlines has been named one of the best companies to work for by leading LGBT rights and minority organizations, showing to the global travel industry the importance and benefits of not only ensuring, but also promoting diversity.

November 9, 2013

In 2009, Dave Wilson said out politician Annise Parker should not be elected mayor of Houston because 'homosexual behavior leads to extinction'

An anti-gay white bigot pretended to be black to win a local election in Houston.

Dave Wilson, who in 2009 distributed homophobic fliers when then out Controller Annise Parker was running to be mayor of the fourth largest city in the US, is now a member of the Houston Community College Board of Trustees.

He beat out incumbent Bruce Austin, who is African-American, in a predominately black district. The margin of victory was 26 votes.

September 5, 2013

Councilwoman Elisa Chan, who was recorded making anti-gay comments, is one of the three council members voting against changing the city's anti-discrimination laws

San Antonio, the second most populated city in Texas, now has anti-discrimination laws that include sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status.

Today, 5 August, the  city council approved the changes 8 to 3.

The city's anti-bias laws cover public public accommodations, fair housing, city employment, city contracts and appointments to city boards and commissions.

August 17, 2013

When discussing how to respond to a proposal to  San Antonio's nondiscrimination policy, Councilwoman Elisa Chan describes gay sexuality 'disgusting'


San Antonio Councilwoman Elisa Chan is under fire for anti-gay comments made in a late May staff meeting.

The Republican, from Texas' second largest city, was strategizing a response to the proposal to extend San Antonio's nondiscrimination law to include sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and veteran status.

July 8, 2013

Tweet read: 'Only steers and queers in Texas, and I’m not a cow'

National Hockey League player Tyler Seguin is claiming his Twitter account was hacked when a tweet was posted over the weekend which read: 'Only steers and queers in Texas, and I’m not a cow.'

Seguin is new to Texas having just been traded to the Dallas Stars from the Boston Bruins.

He later deleted his account but but not before tweeting: 'After repeated attempts by "hackers" to try to damage my reputation I have decided to shut down my twitter account for a while.'

May 31, 2013

'It’s a new world. Everyone should know that they can be themselves in sports'

Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the NBA team the Dallas Mavericks, is the latest high-profile name to join the effort of Athlete Ally.

The group, founded by straight wrestler Hudson Taylor, announced today that Cuban has joined the advisory board of the organization dedicated to fighting homophobia in sports and in general.

January 9, 2013

Child is the fifth for O'Donnell, the first for Michelle Rounds

After a 2012 that had them both dealing with serious health issues, Rosie O'Donnell and wife Michelle Rounds have started 2013 with some good news: a newborn baby.

The couple announced via Twitter on Wednesday (9 January) that they are parents: 'we r thrilled to announce the arrival of r daughter Dakota – #withloveandthanks – AMEN.'

Dakota was born last Saturday (5 January) weighing in at 5 pounds, 5 ounces. O'Donnell's spokesperson says 'Moms and baby are happy and healthy.'

January 7, 2013

Actor is best known for playing title role in ABC Family series Kyle XY

Matt Dallas, best known for his years as the star of the ABC Family series Kyle XY, has announced his engagement to a man on Twitter.

Dallas, 30, had never before publicly confirmed that he is gay.

The actor told his more than 40,000 Twitter followers: 'Starting off the year with a new fiancé, @bluehamilton. A great way to kick off 2013!'

The fiance is Los Angeles-based musician Brandon Blue Hamilton (professionally known as Blue) whose Twitter handle is actually @BlueJamesMusic.

September 28, 2012

Councilmember Sheryl Cole: 'We have learned is that simple, symbolic acts matter'

Despite a Texas constitution that only recognizes marriages between one man and one woman, the Austin City Council on Thursday (27 September) unanimously voted to formally endorse gay marriage.

'One thing we have learned is that simple, symbolic acts matter,' Councilwoman Sheryl Cole said at a press conference after the vote.

September 27, 2012

City Council will vote on resolution this week

Austin, already known as the most progressive city in Texas, could become the first city in the state to officially support gay marriage.

The City Council on Thursday (27 September) will vote on a formal resolution which comes after a petition in support of the resolution posted by Equality Texas was signed by 1,700 people.

Equality Texas says in a statement that the council resolution 'recognizes that marriage is a powerful and important affirmation of love and commitment and a source of social support and recognition.'

April 27, 2012

Corpus Christi: Playing With Redemption is a documentary about the play where Jesus is gay

A film which shows Jesus and his apostles as gay men living in Texas in the 1950s is set to come to San Francisco.

The Californian city, once thought of as the center of the gay world, will have the first chance to see the documentary movie which is based on the play Corpus Christi: Playing With Redemption.

The film of Corpus Christi follows the cast of the play by Terrence McNally over the course of five years, documenting the production and the public's response.

February 26, 2012

Dallas County Judge Tonya Parker will only perform marriages when gay couples can marry

Dallas County Judge Tonya Parker has promised to only perform marriages when gay couples can marry.

As reported by Dallas Voice, the first gay person elected as judge in Dallas County, made this declaration at a  Stonewall Democrats meeting.

Parker explained when asked she points couples to other judges and describes her reasoning.