Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 25, No. 27, Ed. 1 Friday, November 21, 2008 Page: 1 of 48
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OCAL FW DIOCESE VOTES TO LEAVE EPISCOPAL CHURCH ! LOCAL CALIFORNIA COURT TO HEAR PROP 8 CHALLENGE I PLUS VIEWPOINTS ! LECTURE I TRAVEL 1 SCENE
shows signs of
protest fever at
Dallas City Hall.
Erin Moore, Jay
Narey, Mike McCue,
officers for 2009.
Safe Zone program
to foster more
VOLUME 25 I ISSUE 27
NOVEMBER I 21 I 2008
THE PREMIER SOURCE FOR LGBT DALLAS/FORT WORTH
Owner says Crossroads to close for good Nov. 30
LGBT landmark managed to stay open last year but won't survive
Cedar Springs renovation project, according to Sheets
By John Wright News Editor
Crossroads Market, a cornerstone of Dallas'
gay community for nearly three decades, will
close its doors Nov. 30 — and this time, the
owner says, it's for real and almost certainly for
A year ago, it was widely reported that
Crossroads Market would close at the end of
2007 due to rising lease rates. But after the book-
store and coffee shop's eulogy had been written,
new owner Don Sheets managed to keep it open
by extending the lease on a month-to-month
Now, though, the property owner plans
major renovations for the building that houses
Crossroads Market, at 3930 Cedar Springs Road.
Crossroads Market can't remain open during
the roughly two-month
project, and Sheets said
this week he doesn't
intend to return once it's
complete, mainly because
he won't be able to afford
the new price.
"I'm definitely out on
Nov. 30," Sheets said
Tuesday, Nov. 18. "This is
really it, unlike last year.... It's over. The fat lady
This is ust the beginning
First-time activists vow they'll
remain involved after week of
unprecedented LGBT rallies
By John Wright News Editor
After an unprecedented series of gay-rights
demonstrations in Dallas, LGBT leaders are
hoping the community's newfound energy
will translate into increased participation in
local equality groups.
Meanwhile, the organizers of the demon-
strations — many of whom were first-time
activists — say they're committed to staying
An estimated 1,200 people attended an
LGBT marriage equality rally in the plaza of
Dallas City Hall on Saturday, Nov. 15. The rally
was part of a nationwide response—with sim-
ilar events held on the same day in hundreds of
cities across the U.S. — to passage Nov. 4 of
Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment
banning same-sex marriage in California.
Gathered around a temporary stage
equipped with a public address system,
demonstrators in Dallas waved signs, chanted
slogans and listened to speakers on a brisk,
sunny afternoon, as dozens of police officers
and media representatives looked on. A hand-
ful of Christian counterprotesters set up shop
with a bullhorn and a large wooden cross
across the street, but the event remained peace-
ful and there were no incidents.
Pioneering Dallas lesbian activist Louise
Young, 61, who attended the rally with long-
LAURA MCFERRIN/Special Contributor
Renee Baker, a board member for Youth First Texas, addresses an estimated 1,200 people who gathered in the plaza
for an LGBT equality demonstration Saturday, Nov. 15, in this photo taken from Dallas City Hall.
time partner Vivienne Armstrong, said it was
the largest LGBT demonstration the city has
seen in decades. Young and Armstrong tied the
knot in California this summer, before
Proposition 8 overturned a state Supreme
Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.
"Not since the AIDS rallies of the 1980s, not
since the rally against Judge Jack Hampton,
have we seen a crowd as energized as this,"
Young said after the rally, referring to the
Dallas judge who in a 1989 murder case hand-
ed down a more lenient sentence because the
victim was gay.
"To me this rally was exciting because I saw
so many young faces in the crowd, and the
next generation needs to hear from those of us
who've been around for a while, that nothing
is guaranteed. It's up to us now to make a sil-
ver lining over this dark cloud [Proposition 8]
See BEGINNING on PAGE 15
Even the FBI wondered if
Jack Ruby had homosex-
ual tendencies. The man
dubbed his 'queer ex-
Oswald's killer wasn't
gay. PAGE 22.
Sean Penn's all-
performance as gay
martyr Harvey Milk is
the one to beat in this
year's Oscar race.
Nicolas Villalba, one of
Dallas' most flamboyant
fashion designers, once
again proves that the
Black Tie Dinner doesn't
need to be a color-free
zone. PAGE 28.
known as the birthplace of
the gay rights movement
in Dallas, will be one of
two casualties of the reno-
vation project, which is
slated to begin in early
Last week, the Resource
Center of Dallas
announced that its HIV/ AIDS food pantry
See CROSSROADS on PAGE 17
Ross says boss
backs gay rights
'Tonight Show' intern Mathews
back in Dallas for Black Tie
By Daniel A. Kusner Life+Style Editor
With a brassy Ethel Merman-sharpness in his
voice, Ross Mathews squeals, "Noooooooo!"
when he hears that men are posting "You are
hawt" messages on his MySpace page.
Even before he dropped 40 pounds on
"Celebrity Fit Club," Ross
"The Intern" has always
been an adorable little cub
— the snuggly kind you
want to make out with
and then show off to your
mom and co-workers.
"I'm just going to
deflect that compliment.
But don't think for a sec-
ond that I'm not going home and checking my
MySpace page because that will make me feel
wonderful," he says.
A few weeks ago, it was announced that
Mathews would add some sparkle to
Saturday's Black Tie Dinner, but this won't be
Mathews' first time in Big D.
In 2003, "The Tonight Show" sent him to the
See ROSS on PAGE 14
36 You might want a coat over your tux for Black Tie, but things will
warm up next week and we won't be seeing a repeat of last
43 year's snowy Thanksgiving, with a forecast high of 68 Thursday.
Here’s what’s next.
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