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VOLUME 24 I ISSUE 43
MARCH I 21 I 2008
THE PREMIER SOURCE FOR LGBT DALLAS/FORT WORTH
Dems downplay rivalry between Clinton, Obama camps
Despite tensions between candidates' supporters,
community wiii back eventual nominee, activists say
By John Wright
Local gay Democrats this week
downplayed the rivalry within the
LGBT community between support-
ers of Hillary Clinton and Barack
The rivalry first became apparent
during a February meeting of
Stonewall Democrats of Dallas, when
Political activists say LGBT
community should be well
represented at senatorial
ByTammyeNash Senior Editor
At least 100 LGBT people will be
serving as delegates or alternates at
the Democratic Party's senatorial dis-
tions on March
to Jeff Strater,
chair of the
Committee and vice president of the
Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance.
"I have gotten e-mails from people
throughout North Texas who will be
representing our community at their
senatorial district or county conven-
tions," Strater said. "I think we can
probably count on a good 100 people
that I know, and we're hoping to spot
See CONVENTIONS on PAGE 27
Obama supporters tried to block the
group's proposed endorsement of
Last week, in the wake of the
March 4 Texas primary and caucuses,
the rivalry spilled onto the comments
section of Dallas Voice's blog, Instant
Tea, as well as the pages of The
called the rival-
ry Within the
nity during the
primary and caucuses "intense."
At the center of the rivalry locally
has been openly gay Dallas County
District Clerk Gary Fitzsimmons, a
vocal Obama supporter and cam-
paign volunteer whose name recently
appeared on a national list of LGBT
endorsements released by the Illinois
Fitzsimmons, one of the founders
of Stonewall Democrats of Dallas,
was criticized for making the motion
seeking debate on the group's pro-
posed endorsement of Clinton, which
Shame on Sally' rallies in OKC
200-plus crowd at
By Jon Horinek Contributing Writer
Henderson resident Linda Polley
was spending her spring break with
lesbian friends in Oklahoma when
she heard about the anti-gay state-
ments made by state Rep. Sally
Kern, an Oklahoma City
Republican. Sporting a rainbow
"Texans support GLBT
Oklahomans" T-shirt, Polley stood
next to her neighbors from the north
at a protest rally in the Capitol rotun-
da on Tuesday, March 18.
"Her remarks are God-awful. I
am a straight person, and I am
embarrassed for all of America for
having someone like that in office.
She couldn't even retract her
words," Polley said. "I think it not
only portrays a bad image for
Oklahoma, it portrays a bad image
for the country. We are the United
States. We can't be 49 states and
Oklahoma. We are one for all."
Polley was one of more than 200
gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgen-
der Oklahomans and their support-
ers who crowded around the official
More than 350 people lined Classen Boulevard in Oklahoma City on March 14 for a "Shame
on Sally" rally organized by the Oklahoma Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus to protest recent
anti-gay comments by state Rep. Sally Kern. A second rally was held in the rotunda of the
Oklahoma Capitol on Tuesday, March 18.
state seal on the first floor of the
Capitol this week to call for an apol-
ogy from Kern.
Kern made national headlines
earlier this month when the Gay and
Lesbian Victory Fund, a
Washington, D.C.-based political
See RALLY on PAGE 25
had been recommended by a candi-
date screening committee.
Fitzsimmons, whose motion was
defeated, later said he was hoping for
a co-endorsement of the two candi-
dates. He also said he doesn't feel the
current rivalry will prevent the LGBT
community from uniting behind the
eventual Democratic nominee.
"There are always angry people,"
Fitzsimmons said Monday, March 17.
See TENSION on PAGE 28
Divinity school professor
prompted by threats to
begin project chronicling
hate crimes against LGBTs
By John Wright Staff Writer
FORT WORTH — For Stephen
Sprinkle, it was the threat of a hate
crime that got him interested in the
One night in
the late 1990s,
to a City
ing to speak in
favor of a con-
to add sexual
orientation to Fort Worth's anti-dis-
When he returned home, Sprinkle
found an ominous message on his
"We know you walk to work," the
caller said on the machine. "One day
you're not going to make it back.
You're the faggotiest faggot I've ever
See HONORING on PAGE 30
Let's hope it doesn't rain on the Pooch Parade. But even if it
doesn't, it will be chilly. Things should improve next week, with
sun and mild temps in the forecast Monday through Thursday.
Local News 6
National News 32
Like the Scissor Sisters
but better, New York's
Heloise & The Savior
Faire were the must-see
queer act at this year's
SXSW. PAGE 98.
Yen Tan's low-budget,
Dallas-filmed gay movie
managed to do some-
thing that surprised
even him: get admitted
into the AFI Dallas Film
Festival. PAGE 100.
Simon Doonan gives
Dallas the first taste of
his new book. The
Barney's New York cre-
ative dynamo kicks off
Fashion at the Park.
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