Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 41, Ed. 1 Friday, February 24, 2006 Page: 6 of 100
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Stonewall Democrats dump candidate who worked as escort
Political group's leaders claim gay candidate deceived
them; Malin denies he lied to anyone about his past
By David Webb Staff Writer
Stonewall Democrats of Dallas on
Tuesday rescinded its endorsement of
Tom Malin, a gay Democratic candi-
date for the Texas House who former-
ly worked as a male escort.
The gay political group voted unan-
imously on Tuesday night to rescind
the endorsement after Malin admitted
last week he had worked in the sex
industry. The candidate acknowledged
his work as an escort after nude photo-
graphs of him were found on a defunct
The website provided a Dallas
phone number to reach Malin, who
used the name Todd Sharpe. The web-
site included reviews by former satis-
fied customers on both coasts who
paid as much as $600 to be with
Malin, who described himself as an
The Dallas Morning News con-
fronted Malin with the evidence after a
Coordinators seek more
volunteers for effort
By David Webb Staff Writer
Coordinators of the National
Coming Out Project's Dallas-Fort
Worth chapter plan to expand out-
reach to the GLBT community this
year by attracting more volunteers.
"We are seeking individuals who
realize that we cannot sit on the side-
lines anymore," said Alan Reynolds,
co-chair of the project. "If we want to
be successful in overcoming the polit-
ical challenges faced by our commu-
nity, we must first strategically inform
potential allies of our community and
aggressively coax all LGBT persons
to be more open and honest with the
people in their lives."
To attract more people to the
GLBT rights movement, the group
will host a volunteer recruitment party
at the Bronx on Thursday from 6:30
p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Jonathan Boarman, co-chair of the
project, said the local effort enjoyed
tipster, who identified himself as a gay
Democrat, told the newspaper about
the candidate's past.
Michael Moon, president of
Stonewall's Dallas chapter, said
Malin's endorsement was rescinded
because the candidate reputedly
denied working as a prostitute when
several members of the gay political
group asked bim about rumors they
"It has nothing to do with bis past,
but the way he tried to deceive folks
and cover it up," Moon said. "It was
something we had to do as leaders in
our community and leaders in the
Democratic Party — to take a stand
and say this was wrong.
Buck Massey, chair of the endorse-
ment committee, said Malin also told
bim the rumors were untrue.
Moon said if Democrats had failed
to uncover Malin's former work,
Michael Moon, president of Stonewall
Democrats of Dallas, contends the recision
of Malin's endorsement was based on his
dishonesty rather than condemnation.
Republicans probably would have.
"It would have been an embarrass-
ment for him, the LGBT candidates
and the Democratic Party overall,"
Malin said he refused to discuss
rumors raised by Stonewall members
MELROSE HOSTS INTERNATIONAL GROUP
The board of directors of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association meet at the
Melrose Hotel on Thursday. The association is in town for its annual February symposium.
unprecedented success in 2005
because of new volunteers. The proj-
ect distributed 13,000 Human Rights
Campaign equality logo stickers,
increased the special advertising sec-
tion called "Be Who You Are" in The
Dallas Morning News from 12 to 24
pages and launched a series of coming
out workshops to help people leave
"The amazing growth in success of
our local projects has been entirely
due to the growth in the volunteer
base in 2005," Boarman said. "In
2006, our team has committed to pur-
sue an even greater agenda because
we feel that the time is ripe and that
coming out is our community's great-
Boarman said coming out is the
easiest way to reach out to and build
This year, the project's coordina-
tors hope to triple the number of
equality logo stickers they distribute
to 36,000, Boarman said.
Mark Shields, national director of
the Human Rights Campaign's
Coming Out Project, said the local
group's success with distributing the
stickers, which is known as the "Stick
Out Campaign" convinced him to
increase the inventory of stickers
shipped to Dallas-Fort Worth.
"The Dallas team has done an
See COMING OUT on PAGE 11
Buck Massey, chairman of Stonewall's
endorsement committee, says Malin told
him the rumors about him being a male
escort were untrue.
and challenged them to produce evi-
dence, and in that context he never
denied his history as an escort.
Malin has vowed to continue in the
race for the District 108 House seat.
(See related story, Page 1).
About 80 people attended the meet-
ing where Malin's endorsement was
rescinded. Malin did not attend the
meeting, but Jack Borden, his oppo-
nent in the Democratic primary, was
Shannon Bailey, president of Texas
Stonewall Democrats, said the organi-
zation's unanimous vote came without
the discussion that customarily fol-
lows motions on endorsements.
"It got eerily silent," Bailey said.
"No one wanted to discuss it."
Bailey said no one made a motion to
replace Malin's endorsement with one
Bailey said many people are won-
dering why Malin ever entered the
race, given his past.
"It went down exactly like I thought
it would," Bailey said. "From every-
thing I've heard, people in the com-
munity are very angry that he ever got
into the race."
Although Malin also lost his
endorsement from The Dallas
Morning News over the controversy,
Tejano Democrats are standing by
See ENDORSEMENT on Page 11
Center volunteers make
Toast to Life a success
Charitable event that helps fund 35 programs at
Resource Center of Dallas set for Saturday
By Tammye Nash Staff Writer
Roy Lierman began volunteering at
the Resource Center of Dallas a little
more than three years ago as part of a
community service requirement.
He stayed on, he said, because
"This is just such a great place to be,
with such great people to work with."
Leirman said because of his experi-
ence with data entry, he was assigned
to work with the center's development
team, keeping track of reservations
and items donated for the auction for
Toast to Life.
"I have helped with a couple of
other events - the Easter basket auc-
tion and Gay Bingo. But Toast to Life
is the one I do the most work on, and
it is my favorite," he said.
This year's Toast to Life begins at 7
p.m. Saturday with a V.I.P. party at
Fuse restaurant in downtown Dallas.
The main event begins at 8 p.m. at
Neiman Marcus Downtown, and it
will be followed by an after-party at
In January, Lierman was recog-
nized for his work on the event by
being presented with the Bruce Long
Award, which recognizes the center's
outstanding volunteer in the develop-
Catherine Mouton, special events
coordinator, said that Toast to Life is
the center's largest fundraiser.
The event brings in about $200,000
every year, all of which goes directly
to fund the center's 35 programs, she
In its first seven years, Toast to Life
has raised $1.2 million.
"All of the alcohol is donated. The
food is donated. The venue is free, and
the auction items are donated. So our
costs are very low," Mouton said.
In addition, she said, organizing for
the event is done almost entirely by
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