BURk (District 13)
If elected, are you willing to attendmajor LGBT events such as the AlanRoss Texas Freedom Parade and theBlack Tie Dinner?Would you make an effort to appointopenly LGBT people to city boardsand commissions?If they were challenged in court orelsewhere, would you vote to defendand uphold the city’s domesticpartner health benefits program andits bans on anti-LGBT discrimination?Are you committed to maintaining theDallas Police Department’s andDallas Fire-Rescue’s LGBT liaisonpositions?A proposed resolution would expressthe council's support for marriageequality and statewide LGBTemployment protections. Would youvote in favor of these resolutions?Do you support amending the city’shealth plan for employees to covergender reassignment surgery?Would you support the establishmentof a city Human Rights Commissionto, among other things, overseecomplaints filed under the city’snondiscrimination ordinance?Would you support an ordinancerequiring city contractors withcontracts over a certain dollar amountto offer health benefits to the same-sex partners of employees?Are you committed to maintainingand/or increasing the city’s currentfunding support for HIV/AIDS-relatedprograms and services?Are there other things you believe thecity can do to be more supportive andinclusive of its LGBT citizens? If so,list them here.
Yes, absolutely. But know that these plusmany, many more activities are regularcommunity events that I have supportedand participated in proudly my entire lifeand will continue.Yes, I would recruit appointees from acrossthe city and from all demographic groupsso as to be representative of the diversity ofthe district, which would certainly includemembers of the LGBT community.Yes. I would vote to uphold the existing or-dinances and business practices that pro-tect the city’s LGBT employees and citizensas well as the health care benefits. I wouldsee this as a basic responsibility as a mem-ber of the LGBT community and an electedofficial for the City of Dallas.Yes. From my personal experience and fromindividual conversations with the membersof the Dallas Police Department, the officershave clearly expressed to me that these po-sitions are very helpful in understanding theunique public safety concerns facing theLGBT community.Yes. This would be a strong referendumstatement from the Council and the City ofDallas that equality should be granted to allthe citizens of our city. This is also in linewith the progressive corporate climate ofmany in making Dallas a safe and equal op-portunity work environment.Yes, if we expect to make the City of Dallasa progressive, socially conscious and com-petitive workplace, gender reassignmenthealth care is a major statement and as theninth-largest city in America we would befollowing other cities such as Portland andSan Francisco.Yes. I would support a Human Rights Com-mission with the understanding that humanrights goes well beyond the LGBT commu-nity. I would hold town hall meetings andhave discussions in order to determine thespecific needs, authority and scope of thecommission.Yes. The City of Dallas should require its con-tractors to share the same values in regardsto employment equality and have businesspractices in line with those beliefs.Yes. I would be focused on making sure thatfunding in this critical healthcare area is main-tained and that further funding is appliedwhere needs are clearly substantiated.Consider the LGBT aging population in re-gards to housing, healthcare and other issues,evaluate establishing a Domestic PartnershipRegistry, publicize the existing sensitivitytraining we are using with the public safetyemployees and offer it publicly to other areasof the North Texas region governments.Yes, I would be willing to attend the gayPride parade and other events that sup-port the LGBT community.Yes, I would make an effort to appoint openlyLGBT people to city boards and commis-sions. I would appoint GLBT persons in mydistrict, as well as seek their input on issuesthat can and do impact us all as citizens.Yes, the city has made great strides insupport of the LGBT community andthese actions need to be upheld.Yes, a liason is a necessary part ofcommunication and coordination.Yes.Knowing what the fiscal responsibilitieswould be, need to be determined beforeany new program of any kind is proposed.Yes, I would support a commission tooversee complaints filed under thecity’s nondiscrimination ordinance.Yes, and as with all proposed programs,the fiscal responsibility needs to be deter-mined for all partners of employees.The programs and services related toHIV/AIDS has been woefully inadequateand in need of increased support.The GLBT community would be an equaland critical partner in my approach to howCity Hall should and must move forwardduring my term in office.Yes, if invited and schedule permitting.I will appoint the most qualified people,regardless of age, race, creed, color,sex, national origin, religion, sexual ori-entation, gender identity, disability,marital or socioeconomic status.Yes.I do not support gay marriage, but do sup-port the concept of gay unions, with bene-fits to gay partners and equal protectionunder the law.Yes.No. I believe the procedure to be electivesurgery. I would also not be in favor oftummy tucks, face lifts or breast augmenta-tion surgery.If there is not a current vehicle in placeto oversee complaints, then I would beopen-minded to creating one as longas it was fair and inclusive for all per-sons.No. It would be intrusive, unfair anddiscriminatory to place restrictions onprivate businesses and would mostlikely be struck down constitutionally. Absolutely. This is an ongoing healthconcern for all citizens and we must bevigilant to support it. All citizens should be treated fairly,equal access and opportunity regard-less of their age, race, creed, color,sex, national origin, religion, sexual ori-entation, gender identity, disability,marital or socioeconomic status.We need to educate about Dallas’ nondis-crimination ordinance. We must invite othersto continue participating with us in informingand educating. As a Dallas City Councilmember, I have an open door policy. I wouldwelcome the opportunity for dialogue andbeing kept informed.Yes.I would welcome the opportunity forfurther discussion concerning this par-ticular question.Yes.Yes.Yes.Yes.Yes.I already do make the effort. I shall con-tinue to appoint openly LGBT mem-bers who are residents of Dallas assome of my appointees to our city’sboards and commissions.Yes. I plan on continuing my attendance tomajor LGBT events.Yes.I will base all my appointment deci-sions upon the qualifications of theindividual regardless of race, genderor orientation.Yes.Yes, I think it is important to con-tinue direct lines of communica-tion between the DPD/FD and theLGBT community.While I personally support both mar-riage equality and bans on any type ofdiscrimination, I believe the Dallas CityCouncil needs to concentrate its’ timeand energy on governing and movingour city forward.I have followed the conversationswith CM Mary Suhm and the LGBTcommunity closely on this issue. Ihonestly believe we won’t see thiscovered until the Affordable Heath-care Act is fully enacted in 2014.I would like to learn more aboutthis issue and what the implica-tions would be on purchasing de-cisions from city staff.Most of these funds come throughcommunity block grants from theU.S. government. I will work withcity staff and Dallas County healthofficials to insure we are doingeverything possible in getting ourshare of federal funding.One of the premier strengths ofDallas is its diversity. I believe aninclusive society benefits us alland I will carry that message as amember of the Dallas City Coun-cil. I was delighted by the releaseof the “It Gets Better” video.I feel the current review process isworking without adding a newoversight commission. I will nottolerate discrimination of any kindas a councilmember.
CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES’ RESPONSES TO DALLAS VOICE QUESTIONNAIRE