Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 45, Ed. 1 Friday, March 24, 2006 Page: 1 of 56
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HEALTH GLBT HEALTH PROFESSIONALS MEET I NATIONAL IRISH GAYS PROTEST AT NY PARADE I PLUS VIEWPOINTS
UNT officials dismiss a
complaint filed by a gay
Latino former student.
Gay couples in court
anti-gay marriage laws.
VOLUME 22 I ISSUE 45
Dallas Steering Committee,
Federal Club take top
honors at annual meeting
By Tammye Nash Staff Writer
the first of this
month for the
came home with a handful of awards
recognizing their outstanding commit-
ments and achievements.
Dallasites received awards for
"Exceptional Work on a Ballot
Measure Campaign" for local
activists' work to defeat the Texas anti-
gay marriage amendment; the Federal
Club of the Year award and recogni-
tion for the North Texas area's Major
Donor program; the Outstanding
Female Federal Club Co-Chair award
for Stephanie Carreon; a Special
Recognition Award for the Dallas/Fort
Worth Black Tie Dinner; and the "Best
HRC Community in the Southern
Susanne Salkind, managing director
of the Human Rights Campaign, said
the awards were well-deserved.
"The Dallas group contributes at
every level for us. They are a huge
membership base and are active at
every level." Salkind said. "Dallas is
an outstanding model in terms of the
level of activity and structure they
have for HRC."
Salkind said the awards reception is
held each year during the weekend of
the organization's board meetings. The
awards are designed to recognize out-
See AWARDS on PAGE 10
MARCH I 24 I 2006
THE PREMIER SOURCE FOR GLBT DALLAS/FORT WORTH
Soulforce Equality Ride
making stop in Dallas
Activists to meet with Council of Christian Churches and
Universities; Ehrhardt holding reception for group
By David Webb Staff Writer
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A model for the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS' Dallas Collection 2006 shows
off the jacket designed by David Nelson. Sterling Deason bought this jacket for $10,500.
But the jacket designed by Geoffrey Henning of J.C. Penney brought in the highest price at
$35,000. See STORY on PAGE 39. '
The Soulforce Equality Ride comes
to Dallas next week, and the activists
expect a far friendlier reception than
they have received in other states
Former state Representative
Harryette Ehrhardt will hold a
fundraiser for the activists at her Swiss
Avenue home on March 30 at 7 p.m.
The Turtle Creek Chorale will per-
The following day the activists will
meet with representatives of the
Council for Christian Colleges and
Universities who have welcomed
About 35 activists have joined the
bus tour that is visiting Christian and
military schools across the nation. The
visits resulted in arrests of several
members of the tour at Liberty and
Regents universities in Virginia and at
Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma.
There were no arrests at Lee and
Union universities in Tennessee, but
the activists got a cold reception from
administration officials who attempted
to interfere with students meeting with
the activists, they said.
sity and re-
stricted to the
edge of the
Haven Herrin, a 23-year-old Dallas
native who is co-director of the effort,
said the reception by administrators at
the Christian schools would not deter
the group. Many of the students want-
ed to hear the message, she said.
"We've made contact with some
students, but they are very fearful of
talking to us," Herrin said during a
telephone interview while the group
was in Tulsa. "The students are very
closed off from us."
Herrin said school officials had
ordered students not to look at the
Soulforce Equality Ride website.
See EQUALITY on PAGE 9
Archbishop: Gay adoptions conflict with teachings
San Francisco Catholic
leader stops short of total
ban on gay adoptions
By Lisa Left Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — Without
barring adoptions by gay families out-
right, San Francisco's new archbishop
has made it clear he believes that plac-
ing children in same-sex households
conflicts with Roman Catholic teach-
ings on homosexuality, a spokesman
Archbishop George Niederauer
therefore has asked the social services
arm of the Archdiocese of San
Francisco to bring its adoption pro-
gram "fully in sync" with the church's
views while continuing to find homes
for hard-to-place youngsters, spokes-
man Maurice Healy said Monday.
"Our teaching on marriage and fam-
ily life precludes these kinds of adop-
tions," Healy said. "We need to find
another way to help this vulnerable
population. How, remains to be
Feb. 15, first
thoughts on the
ment by the
diocese that it would stop providing
adoption services because Mass-
achusetts law requires gays and les-
bians to be considered as prospective
parents. Similar laws exist in
California and seven other states.
"We realize that there are people in
our community, some of whom work
side by side with us to serve the needy
in society, who do not share our
beliefs, and we recognize and respect
that fact," Niederauer said in a written
Since 2000, five of the 136 adop-
tions facilitated by Catholic Charities
of San Francisco have been to gay
See ADOPTIONS on PAGE 19
Temperatures warm up over the weekend, reaching the lower 70s
on Sunday after dipping into the lower 30s in the early hours of
Friday. High winds return on Sunday.
Local Mews 6
National News 14
Bluesy duo The Moaners
were among the queer
acts at SXSW. From
techno lesbians to aging
crooners, gays blended
seamlessly into the fes-
tival. PAGE 24.
For 25 years, Terry
Dobson has been an
integral part of Dallas'
theater scene. Now he's
taking his experiences
and turned them into a
new show. PAGE 30.
In 2003, Trae Schaefer
hopped on a two-wheel-
er to fight AIDS. Now he
trains 5 days a week to
pedal for Team Dallas at
the Gay Games VII in
Chicago. PAGE 34.
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Vercher, Dennis. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 45, Ed. 1 Friday, March 24, 2006, newspaper, March 24, 2006; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth238901/m1/1/: accessed March 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.