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Delia
JASSO(District 1)
Scott
GRIGGS(District 1)
 Vernon
FRANkO(District 2)
Rick 
GONzALES(District 2)
 Adam
MEDRANO(District 2)
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.
CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES’ RESPONSES TO DALLAS VOICE QUESTIONNAIRE
Yes, I have attended the Alan RossTexas Freedom Parade every yearsince 2008. Since 2009, I have beenpart of the City of Dallas Float, throw-ing beads, candy and thoroughly hav-ing a great time.I have appointed openly gay people tothe Community Development Commis-sion, the Ethics Advisory Commission, thereinvestment zone 15, the LGBT TaskForce and my council assistant as well.Yes, definitely.Yes.We should not discriminate against anyone. As we’ve discussed at the LGBT TaskForce, there are many of us including LGBTfolks who do not know enough about theissue. The Task Force is planning an educa-tion and awareness meeting/summit withNell Gaither to help with education andawareness.Delia Jasso has led the LGBT task force forthe City of Dallas since 2009. One of ourtasks is to monitor the complaints as theyarise and we assessed the complaints since2005. There was not a need for anothercommission to do this. The staff memberwho oversees these complaints attends theLGBT Task Force meetings.I would support this type of ordinance if itis within our ethics rules.Continue the LGBT Task Force; supportLGBT liaison; support the group that isworking to increase the MEI score (Dallasreceived a 76 without including many posi-tive LGBT items); education and awarenesson transgender health benefits; continue tostrengthen the June Pride Month at DallasCity Hall that I initiated in 2012.Yes, definitely.Yes, definitely.Yes, I will continue to attend and sup-port major LGBT events.Yes, I will continue to appoint openly LGBTpeople to city boards and commissions. Inthe past, more than 1/3 of my appoint-ments have been openly LGBT people.Yes, I would vote to aggressively defendand uphold the city’s domestic partnerhealth benefits program.Yes, I am committed to maintaining theDallas Police Department’s and DallasFire-Rescue’s LGBT liaison positions.Yes, absolutely. Our elected leadersshould speak out and publicly push forchange as I am committed to do.Yes, I support amending the city’s healthplan for employees to cover gender reas-signment surgery. We should not discrimi-nate against transgender people by denyingthem medically necessary health care.Yes, I would support the establishment ofa city Human Rights Commission to over-see complaints filed under the city’snondiscrimination ordinance.Yes, I support an ordinance requiring citycontractors with contracts over a certaindollar amount offer benefits to the same-sex partners of employees.Yes, I am committed to maintaining thecity’s current funding support forHIV/AIDS-related programs and, as ourbudget permits, increase funding.We should increase transparency andpublic involvement in the LGBT TaskForce by opening meetings to the publicand press.Of course I would ride in the parade, soundslike fun to me. I'm not too big on black tiedinners, though. Usually if I hear Black TieDinner, I think of expensive plates andskimpy portions in the company of a bunchof stuffed shirt big whigs; which isn't exactlymy style, but I would certainly want to be atany after party with the real people.Yes. We all benefit from a diversity ofopinions and perspectives. In fact, I'vealready got a few people in our DallasLGBT community in mind for board ap-pointments.Yes, most vigorously. We have foughttoo long and too hard to obtain theseordinances. Not to defend what wehave so far achieved would be a stepbackwards on the road to equality.Yes, I would challenge anyone whowould deprive citizens or partners oftheir health benefits and any kind ofdiscrimination is unacceptable.Yes. The liaisons serve a very impor-tant role.I am committed to being a responsible rep-resentative for all of District 2 and the Cityof Dallas. Establishing and maintainingpositive relationships between the citizensand the city is essential to quality of life.I am unfamiliar with these resolutions andunaware of how the legislation is beingdrafted so I cannot comment on Council-man Griggs’ actions. But make no mistake:I’ll be the first in the fight against anyonebeing mistreated.No. The citizens of Dallas are not re-sponsible for sex-change operations.Based on past articles it took 10 years totop 40 complaints since the ordinancewas adopted in May of 2002 and thosetypes of numbers do not warrant a com-mission.Yes, I would vote in favor of marriageequality resolutions and LGBT employ-ment protections and I support themon every level.I do and have always supported equalhealth care coverage for same-sexpartners.Yes.Yes, I would support such a measure but weneed to rethink the trigger point. In my expe-rience with contractors in the past, I realizethat most contractors have no employees atall, they have sub-contractors. Such an ordi-nance could be moot on arrival if it's notbetter thought out.Yes. I believe we need to double the currentfunding. Those suffering with HIV/AIDS de-serve our attention, our compassion and ourhelp in dealing with what can still be a dev-astating diagnosis.Yes. There are many more things that canand should be done in furtherance of toler-ance and inclusion of our LGBT commu-nity. If elected, I would be open tocommunity suggestions and I would besupportive of reasonable efforts and ideasto this end.No. I don’t believe city government hasthe right to dictate how private enterprisechooses to address domestic partner is-sues. A fortunate city like Dallas should utilize allthe assets available to ensure the future foreveryone, and with the continuous growthof the Medical District located here in Dis-trict 2, I look forward to innovation that willbenefit anyone in the country needing as-sistance.It’s my thought that all citizens of Dallas de-serve responsible representation and a gov-ernment that is accountable. When I’melected, I will remind my colleagues that it isan honor and privilege to be a civil servantand that we are going to work together in anethical manner to ensure that the quality oflife we provide is second to none.The city should actively support LGBT PrideMonth activities and provide more supportto its own LGBT employees. The City Coun-cil should make its own “It Gets Better”video and look into ways to more activelysupport LGBT youth.Yes, I would like to see that funding in-crease as the budget permits.Yes.Yes.Yes, I would want to know more aboutthe benefits and costs involved.Yes.Yes.Yes, I would expect the city attorney'soffice to vigorously defend both.Yes. In fact, after a week of volunteeringconstruction services in Slidell, La., we ar-rived back in Dallas the night before theparade. I had already registered to partici-pate but did not have time to prepare afloat so we drove my truck representingHurricane Katrina victims.I’m not sure I understand the basis of thisquestion unless the goal is to incitediscrimination. It’s my thought that sexualpreference is not a qualification for cityboards or commissions, I just believe op-portunity applies to anyone that is qualified.Yes, I have been the only DISD SchoolBoard Member to participate in the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade forthe last six years.Yes, I will select board members thatreflect the diversity of my district.
 
Herschel
WEISfELD(District 2)
Claudia
MEYER(District 3)
Leland
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.
Ricky
CALLAHAN(District 5)
Monica
ALONZO(District 6)
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

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I strongly agree with Rick Gonzales on all the issue asked.I feel he was sincere with his answers.I live in District 2 and can't figure out why other candidates won't respone to taking respond to Dallas Voice Questionniare.
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