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Drag queens aren't our perpetual torchbearers
I don't know how Crews Inn co-owner David
Moore intends to keep his "no drag queens on
Tuesday nights" policy, but I'm glad someone
had the courage to speak out publicly about this
Gay men who make it a habit of dressing up
like women are among the most obnoxious and
disrespectful people I've ever met.
The fact that they think they all serve as
spokespeople for the entire GLBT community is
almost as outrageous as the fact that many in the
GLBT community let them get away with it. Just
because a handful of drag aficionados resisted
police outside the Stonewall Inn in 1969 doesn't
mean their descendants are the perpetual torch-
bearers for the rest of us.
It's also ironic that, while they champion
being out and proud, they feel the need to adorn
themselves with wigs and makeup and use fake
While queer folks are a minority in the over-
all population, we're still a pretty diverse lot.
Everyone has their own opinion about what's
right for themselves.
I, for one, don't need anyone to speak for me
— certainly not somebody decked out like an
Alejandro De La Garza
Transgenders, drag queens should open own bar
I think it is humorous how so many people
jump on bandwagons all because of a little thing
called political correctness.
I've seen it so many times, especially in the
gay community. (Note: I intend the term "gay"
to be inclusive, as our community should be).
Several letters over the past few weeks have
made interesting points. Some were good, and
some were so dipped in PC that I could only
First, as a Hispanic gay man, I do not believe
However, I do want to discuss a few of the
Crews Inn is a gay bar. Like any other gay bar,
or bar for that matter, it is allowed to cater to
whatever clientele it chooses.
As for allowing drag queens and transgender
people, Cece Cox did a fine job differentiating
between the two (Letters to the editor, Dallas
Voice, July 25).
The owner of Crews Inn should not catego-
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rize all transgender people together.
Telling someone they cannot enter an estab-
lishment because he is wearing a dress is no dif-
ferent that a country-western bar telling people
they cannot enter wearing only sandals or flip-
flops on their feet.
Many bars and clubs have dress codes. What
makes a dress code at one bar more discrimina-
tory than another? Or is it just that someone
complained about this one and everyone
jumped on the bandwagon?
There is nothing wrong with a business
owner saying he wants to cater to a certain type
of people. After all, isn't that what gay bars do?
Some gay men's clubs aggressively advertise
that they are for men primarily.
I wanted to thank Mark Cecil for his brief les-
son in history. However, the Stonewall rebellion
was not the one event that started the gay move-
Let's face it, gays and lesbians had been fight-
ing for equal rights long before then. Do you not
remember the Daughters of Bilitis, the
Mattachine Society, the Post Office's ban of the
magazine One or McCarthy's Red Scare? All
these things occured long before 1969, and there
were gay men and women fighting for our
It wasn't just the "drag queens" who fought.
Although they did play an important part in
that one event, we also should remember the
many gays and lesbian who fought the many
It is easy to get caught up in the media frenzy
and political corcectness.
How many times do people keep harping the
GLBT letters? I know some people gasped or
cringed when I used the term gay to be inclu-
sive. I hear lots of noise about the transgender
However, how many people fighting for the
GLBT letters fight for the bisexual community?
Cece Cox mentioned that the Resource Center
had a program for the transgender community.
What programs do they or other GLBT organi-
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Im sure people will get upset and scream.
The reality is that people should get upset when
Howevei; we should think logically and talk,
before we act. Don't just act because it's the PC
thing to do.
Here's an idea: If there are 60 to 150 who want
a bar for transgender people and drag queens^
why doesn't one of them open one? Then we
could have gay bars for men, lesbian bars for
women, and transgender bars for transgender
Honestly, as a gay man, I go to gay bars to
look at men.
Log Cabin deserves voice, but it should be balanced
I am writing in response to Jon Cooper's letter
to the editor, "Kraft, Calhoun reminiscent of reli-
gious right" (Dallas Voice, Aug. 1).
I want to say to Cooper that I totally under-
stand his point of view, and when I have written
to the Voice, I certainly see my letters can be vit-
riolic and definitely opinionated. However, I
want to be clear I am never trying to say I have
a superior voice to anyone else. I have never
suggested in any of my letters that Log Cabin
Republicans don't deserve to have their say or
be represented. I believe in free speech absolute-
The headline assigned to my last letter was,
"Don't print Log Cabin letters."
I never said that in the letter or past letters;
what I said was that the paper should print a
counterpoint when there is a slanted amount of
letters with one point of view only. The issue I
commented on had a slanted point of view and
obvious letter writing campaign by LCR. I did-
n't say not to print their opinions at all. I also
didn't ask you not to print LCR news, I just
think you have over-covered the LCR in propor-
tion to their representation in the community.
Cooper is light: We should all have a voice in
I am speaking out when I think an intolerant
voice in the community is getting too much cov-
erage. LCR President Rob Schlein has suggested
that the group cares more about fiscal and tax
issues than the gay community. I think that
shows their true colors and objectives,
Standing up to that voice, like Kraft and I did,
was not impeding their right to speak, but using
our voice to point out their hypocrisy, which is
our right of free speech also.
I never want people not to express them-
selves no matter how hateful it may be, but that
doesn't take away from my right to respond in
kind. Free speech is a two-way street. I am soixy
Cooper got the idea that I want to suppress free
speech, because that was never my intention.
"The thought process from my end is,
why jeopardize your opportunity
to get the maximum punishment
if you don't have to?"
Kevin Brooks, fejony trial bureau chief for the
Dallas County District Attorney's Office, on the
decision not to prosecute a recent robbery in
OaK Lawn a'S an anti-gay hate crime
"I've got to credit the LGBT campaign
of Barack Obama. They know
it's time to come together and
get the LGBT vote out."
Jesse .Garcia, president of Stonewall Democrats of
Dallas-, oh being, named one of five national co--
Chairs of O'bama Pride, the grassroots network
charged with mobilizing'the LGBT community in
support of the presumptive' Democratic nominee;
"Over 25 years, we've grown, and we
certainly see the next 25 years and
beyond as an opportunity to grow.
We've got a staff of 45 or 46 people
basically sitting on top of each other."
Mike McKay, executive director of the Resource
Center of Dallas, on the organization's need for a
"I will miss my friends in Dallas. But
this is an opportunity that I've been
dreaming about, and the timing is
right. I can't wait to get started."
Gynde Home, longtime local lesbian attorney, on
accepting, a position in New York City with the
National Gay and Lesbian Task Farce
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