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Stonewall

The

Advocate January 2011

Voter excitement turns to


“I must humbly reject the use
of the word ‘hero,’ because I
am not one. The people that

Dallas City Council races


are the heroes are people like
Pam Simon; Congresswoman
Gabrielle Giffords; Gabe Zim-
merman, who unfortunately
we lost that day; Ron Barber; By Jesse Garcia Who May Come Back
the first responders; and also As of today, no one has filed for an office (first
people like Dr. Rhee, who
have done an amazing job
It’s a new year, and a new round of elections day to legally file with the City Secretary’s office
at making sure that Gabby important to the LGBT community will take place is Feb. 12). Eligible to serve a second term are
is okay and those who are within five months. All 15 Dallas City Council freshman council members Hon. Delia Jasso
injured are being treated to the seats, which includes the mayor, are up for a (District 1) and Hon. Ann Margolin (District 13).
best of our ability.” vote. LGBT activists are hoping that new the Eligible to run for a third term are Hon. Jerry
council remains pro-equality. Allen (District 10), Hon. Tennell Atkins (District
- Daniel Hernandez Jr. 8), Hon. Dwaine Caraway (District 4), Hon.
Congressional Intern
& LGBT Activist
Adding to the excitement is the possibility of Carolyn Davis (District 7), Hon. Dave Neumann
Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert not seeking a sec- (District 3), Hon. Vonciel Jones Hill (District 5),
ond term, leaving an open mayoral seat and the and Hon. Sheffie Kadane (District 9). Eligible to
opportunity to elect a new mayor. run for fourth term are Hon. Angela Hunt (District
14), Hon. Linda Koop (District 11), Hon. Pauline
About the Positions Medrano (District 2), and Hon. Ron Natinsky
City council elections are held in May, every (District 12). The mayor of Dallas, Hon. Tom
odd year. The term for the mayor is four years. Leppert, can run for a second and final term.
The term for the council members is two years.
The mayor can serve two terms, while council Who is Not Returning
members can serve four terms. Citywide eligible Termed out this year is Hon. Steve Salazar
voters, an estimated 577,000-plus, can vote for (District 6).
the mayor. Council members must live within
the single-member district they wish to repre- Speculation
sent and be elected by voters of that district. Leppert may seek the U.S. Senate seat being
Races are nonpartisan. Council members make vacated by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. That
up to $37,500 a year, while the mayor receives election takes place in November 2012. Dallas
$60,000 annually. In 2011, they will oversee a City Charter rules require city council members
city of more than 1.2 million people and a yearly who formally announce they are seeking another
budget of $2.7 billion. office to relinquish their council seats. Leppert’s
supporters and media have reported he will not
LGBT Interests seek another term. The mayor hasn’t officially
Currently, the LGBT community enjoys a city declared for higher office. Council members
ordinance that prohibits discrimination based interested in running for mayor, but have not
on sexual orientation and gender identity in em- formally announced, are Caraway, Hunt and
ployment, housing and public accommodations. Natinsky.
A majority of the council members have partici-
pated in the annual pride parade in September. Outsiders
LGBT Dallas residents have been appointed to To date, only one Dallas resident officially has
boards and commissions. announced Attorney Jim Moore (www.jim-
mooreformayor.com). Attorney Scott Griggs
Stonewall Democrats of Dallas will make can- (www.griggsfordallas.com) has announced a
Stonewall Democrats didate recommendations at its Endorsement run against Neumann in District 3. Community
of Dallas Screening 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March Organizer Monica Alonzo intends to run for the
19, at the Resource Center Dallas, Rainbow open seat in District 6. Attorney James Nowlin
PO Box 192305
Room, located at 2701 Reagan St., Dallas, TX (www.jamesnowlin.com) will seek the District 14
Dallas, TX 75219
75219. Stonewall members current with their seat currently held by Hunt.
(214) 506-DEMS membership dues per bylaws can participate.
stonewalldemocratsofdallas.org Recommendations will be presented to the gen- Saturday, May 14, is Election Day. Early voting
eral membership for final ratification. takes place May 2 to 10.u
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News
After the Tuscon tragedy,
many expect President Barack

Briefs
Obama to include a call for
civility in his State of the Union
speech. Picture left to right:
Gay Latino Hero Daniel Her-
nandez Jr., President Barack
Obama, First Lady Michelle General Meeting
Obama, Astronaut Mark Kelly The January Meeting of the Stone-
(husband of Congresswoman wall Democrats of Dallas will take
Gabrielle Giffords) and Depart- place at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan.
ment of Homeland Security 18, at Ojeda’s Restaurant, located at
Secretary Janet Napolitano 4617 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX 75219.
attended the Jan. 12 memorial We will deputize voter registrars.
service in Tuscon, Ariz.
Please arrive at 6 p.m. for social

Obama to give State of the Union time. Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

By Jesse Garcia other benefits, to the partners of same-sex DCDP Executive Committee Meets
foreign service employees Dallas County Democratic Party will
On Tuesday, Jan. 25, President Barack • Committed to ensuring that HUD’s core hold its Executive Committee Meet-
Obama will give his State of the Union housing programs are open to all, regard- ing at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8,
address, which will be televised at 8 p.m. less of sexual orientation or gender identity at the CWA Hall, located at 1408 N.
(Central Standard Time). Subjects that will • Conceived a National Resource Center for Washington Ave., Dallas, TX 75204.
probably dominate the president’s speech LGBT Elders All precinct chairs must attend.
will be the economy (upward trend, job • Banned job discrimination based on gen-
creation and deficit reduction), the War in der identity in the federal government Membership
Afghanistan and Global War on Terrorism, • Eliminated the discriminatory Census Bu- Last month, 12 folks either joined
and issues of education and health care. reau policy that kept gay relationships from or renewed with the Stonewall
being counted Democrats of Dallas: Susan An-
Many predict the president will also ad- • Instructed the Department of Health and derson, Laila Crosby, Dr. Theresa
dress the recent tragedy in Tucson, Ariz., Human Services to require any hospital re- Daniel, Al Daniels, Pam Gerber,
and call for civility among Americans and ceiving Medicare or Medicaid funds to allow Hon. Katy Hubener, Elaine Laroa,
political parties. LGBT visitation rights Larry Lozon, Tony McMullin, Joseph
• Required all grant applicants seeking Miller, Kat Truitt and Hon. Tina Yoo.
LGBT activists anxiously await to hear Housing Urban Development funding to Membership is only $35, which
what equality proposals the President will comply with state and local anti-discrimina- includes memberships for the Texas
mention. In last year’s SOTU, which was tion laws that protect LGBT individuals Stonewall Democratic Caucus and
watched by more than 48 million people, • Adopted transgender recommendations on National Stonewall Democrats. To
the president called for the repeal of Don’t the issuance of gender-appropriate pass- join, visit www.stonewalldemocrat-
Ask Don’t Tell, and he followed through by ports that will ease barriers to safe travel sofdallas.org.
signing the repeal into law on Dec. 22. and that will provide government-issued ID
that avoids involuntary “outing” in situations
Top civil rights priorities for the LGBT requiring ID, like hiring, where a gender-ap- Nationwide Democratic Phone Call
community in 2011 include the repeal of propriate driver’s license or birth certificate On Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 11:30
Defense of Marriage Act, a fully-inclusive is not available a.m. (Central Standard Time), the
Employee Non Discrimination Act and the • Extended domestic violence protections to Democratic National Committee,
Uniting American Families Act. LGBT victims Organizing for America and National
• Extended the Family and Medical Leave Stonewall Democrats are hosting a
What is the State of the Union for LGBT Act to cover employees taking unpaid leave nationwide call to discuss progress
Americans? Under the Obama Administra- to care for the children of same-sex partners made over the last two years. The
tion, the following has been accomplished: • Issued guidance specifically to assist current proposal to repeal the Afford-
LGBT tenants denied housing on the basis able Care Act (Healthcare Reform) is
• Signed the Matthew Shepard and James of sexual orientation or gender identity among the topics to be covered. All
Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act • Issued a National HIV/AIDS Strategy Stonewall affiliates and members are
• Signed repeal of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell • Issued guidance to 15,000 local depart- encouraged to join the call. The dial-
• Signed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treat- ments of education and 5,000 colleges to in information is: Operator Assisted
ment Extension Act support educators in combating bullying Toll-Free Dial-In Number: (888) 527-
• Signed the UN Declaration on Sexual • Led the fight that reversed a 2010 UN vote 0604, Conference Code # 37834221.
Orientation and Gender Identity removing sexual orientation from the list of Operator Assisted International
• Extended benefits to same-sex partners things people should not be killed for Dial-In Number: (706) 634–7735,
of federal employees (List compiled originally by Andrew Tobias, Conference Code # 37834221.u
• Lifted the HIV Entry Ban treasurer of the Democratic National Com-
• Issued diplomatic passports, and provided mittee).u
January 2011 The Stonewall Advocate Page 3

President’s Lobby Day set Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Act.

Corner for March 7


• House Bill 208 by state Rep. Roberto
Alonzo, D-Dallas: Relating to prohibition of
certain insurance discrimination.
by Omar Narvaez, President • House Bill 415 by state Rep. Rafael An-
Stonewall Democrats of Dallas Texas Stonewall chapters chia, D-Dallas: Relating to the information
on the supplementary birth certificate of an
Happy New Year Stonewall! I would to hold convention in Austin adopted child.
like to thank the membership for having
the faith in electing me as your new prior to legislative visits • House Bill 604 by state Rep. Jessica Far-
rar, D-Houston: Relating to the repeal of
president. Our founding members By Jesse Garcia the offense of homosexual conduct.
cleared the brush, and our past admin-
istrations paved the way. I’m ready to On Jan. 11, the 82nd Texas Legislature “Lobby Day provides a rare opportunity for
drive us down the road into what will be convened and already six major pro-equal- us as LGBT people to have face-to-face
the next great chapter of Stonewall. ity bills have been filed. LGBT activists are time with our legislators or staff members
prepared to engage legislators to make and to make our voices heard on issues
I’m proud to inform everyone that our them aware that LGBT voters are found in that matter to us,” said Texas Stonewall
Holiday Party raised enough funds to every part of the state and demand full civil Democratic Caucus President Daniel
again cover the cost of the event and rights. Graney of San Antonio. “Second, we need
for the first time split proceeds with to go to Austin to show support for our
a very deserving group: Youth First Equality Texas Democratic allies left standing in the state
Texas. YFT will receive $800-plus. “Lobby Day” is being organized by state- legislature. Their ranks have been deci-
Also, Legacy Founders Cottage re- wide LGBT-rights organization, Equality mated since the November 2010 election
ceived hundreds of dollars in donations Texas, and is set for Monday, March 7. and we need to communicate our support
and necessary items for their clients. Equality Texas encourages every LGBT for those who want to help rebuild our
Our members’ generosity always goes person to come and meet their state rep- State Democratic Party.”
above and beyond for those in need! resentative and state senator to advocate
for bills that protect an LGBT person’s TSDC Biennial Statewide Conference
In 2010, we saw Democrats win a safety in school, a study on current hate Coinciding with the Lobby Day event is
three-peat sweep of Dallas County crimes state law, an employment discrimi- the Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus’
wide elections, and some losses in the nation ban, an insurance discrimination Second Biennial Statewide Conference.
legislature. However, we must stay fo- ban, the right for gay couples to be listed Stonewall members from all over Texas
cused on the bright side and know that on a child’s birth certificate, and the repeal will meet at the Hilton Garden Inn in down-
the 2012 campaign begins now. We’ll of the outdated sodomy law from Texas town Austin the weekend of March 5-6.
get back our lost House seats! We also books.
saw President Obama sign the repeal “There will be motivational speakers,
of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” We still need On March 7, LGBT activists will meet workshops and plenary sessions and
to work on a fully inclusive Employee from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Austin. awards will be presented. The theme
Non Discrimination Act and the repeal Equality Texas invites participants to meet of the conference is ‘The New Political
of the Defense of Marriage Act. at First United Methodist Church Family Landscape In Texas: Where Do We Go
Life Center, located at 1300 Lavaca St., From Here?’” said Graney. “We encourage
I have sat down with the 2011 board of Austin, TX 78701. After an orientation, ac- LGBT Democrats and their allies to come
directors and laid out our goals: tivists will head over to the capitol, located to Austin so that we can network and learn
• elect an LGBT friendly Dallas mayor at 1100 Congress Ave. Advanced registra- best practices on helping to rebuild our
and city council (hopefully support an tion is required in order to match each reg- party in our local communities.”
LGBT candidate in one of those races); istrant to his or her legislative offices. You
• recruit and train 30 LGBT election may register at www.equalitytexas.org. The registration fee for the conference is
judges and precinct chairs; Free breakfast and lunch will be provided. $75. For information about the conference,
• grow membership to 300-plus; sponsorship opportunities and a tentative
• register 500 voters; As of Jan. 15, the following pro-equality schedule, please visit www.texasstone-
• and diversify our membership to at bills have been filed: walldemocrats.org. Stonewall members
least 33 percent minority, women and that plan to attend need to book their hotel
young adults by December. • House Bill 665 by state Rep. Mike Villar- reservations at the discounted group rate
real, D-San Antonio: Relating to prohibition no later than Feb. 10.
In order to help achieve more civil of employment discrimination on the basis
rights for our community, we must work of sexual orientation or gender identity/ex- Stonewall organizations are found in Aus-
with other communities. We must work pression. tin, Denton County, the lower Rio Grande
and interact with other LGBT organiza- • Senate Bill 245 by state Sen. Wendy Valley, San Antonio and Tarrant County.
tions. Together we can achieve civil Davis, D-Fort Worth: Relating to bullying, Two chapters are located in both Dallas
rights for ALL people. I’m ready to lead, including cyberbulling, in public schools. and Houston since each of these cities
and I’m ready to help do my part to DE- • House Bill 172 by state Rep. Marc have active Stonewall Young Democrats
FEND CHANGE one voter at a time!u Veasey, D-Fort Worth: Relating to a study chapters in addition to the regular chap-
regarding the effectiveness of the James ters.u
January 2011 The Stonewall Advocate Page 4

Stonewall Hillcrest. We maintain a food bank for the


residents of Spencer Gardens.

Spotlight Who was the first Democrat you voted


for? The first Democrat I actually voted for
featuring Don Maison was Hubert Humphrey in 1968.

What are the biggest issues in America Why are you a Democrat? I’m proud of
in your opinion? Fascism, and a failure the Democratic Party for all the important
to learn important lessons from history. changes in our society that have ben-
Intolerance, including racism, homophobia, efited our nation: Social Security (FDR). I
anti-immigrant hysteria and sexism. am proud to be a member of the party of
FDR, who rescued this country from the
What do you do for a living? For living, Great Depression and stopped fascism in
I love to travel. I enjoy studying Spanish Europe; I proud to be part of a party that
(I’m a perennial student). I enjoy being with Stonewall Member Don Maison serves as integrated our Armed Services (Truman).
my friends, old and new. I enjoy read- president and CEO of AIDS Services of Dallas. I proud to be in a party that championed
ing (Publications: The Nation, The New Photo courtesy of David Taffet, Dallas Voice. and passed The Civil Rights Act of 1964
Republic, The New York Times and The (Kennedy/Johnson). I am proud to be a
Texas Observer. Blogs: Joe.My.God, Towl- Lawn Mail & Message Service,” which member of the party that championed
erroad, Americablog, Crooks and Liars and provided employment opportunities for health care for Americans. Thanks to OUR
Daily Kos). For “a living,” I’m fortunate to people diagnosed with AIDS (these were party, young people will be able to stay on
have a job that could be best described by days before we knew what HIV was). Our their parents’ insurance plan until they are
Matthew: 25. mission is housing and the services that 26 --and by then, the insurance companies
accompany that: medical case manage- will not be able to say “no” to them. I am
Tell us about AIDS Services of Dallas, ment, home care, transportation, food proud to be a member of the party of Rob-
where you serve as President and CEO. service and volunteer coordination. ert Francis Kennedy, who fought for the
AIDS Services of Dallas is the assumed poor and disenfranchised. I am proud to
name of our nonprofit organization, which How can one help with your agency? be a member of the party of the late Sen.
is PWA Coalition of Dallas, Inc. Most We always need money and because Edward M. Kennedy, who championed
people don’t know what a PWA Coalition grants don’t cover all costs. And grants fre- those who were without hope.
is, and most are now defunct. PWA Coali- quently don’t pay for basic amenities of liv-
tions were founded by people living with ing, like transportation to the grocery store. If you could tell President Obama one
AIDS in the 1980s; ours actually began as We have more than 1,000 volunteers in 62 thing, what would it be? Damn it! I gave
an unincorporated association in 1983 and or more “Supper Clubs” that bring evening you a lot of money and you’ve never even
emerged from an organization called “Oak meals to residents at Ewing, Revlon and invited me to dinner!u

Reminder: January General Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 18
6 p.m. Social & 6:30 p.m. - Meeting
at Ojeda’s Restaurant

PO Box 192305
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 506-DEMS
stonewalldemocratsofdallas.org
The Stonewall Advocate is a monthly publication of
the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas. To contact the
publisher, e-mail Jesse Garcia at jesse@jessegar-
cia.org. No portion of this newsletter may be repro-
duced without permission.
President Omar Narvaez
Vice President Michael Wetter
Treasurer Mike McCue
Secretary Phyllis Guest
SDD Annual Memberships:
$35 General Level
$120 Truman Level
$300 Jefferson Level
$600 Kennedy Level
$1,200 Roosevelt Level Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of Tuscon, Arizona.
Get well Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords!