Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 25, No. 40, Ed. 1 Friday, February 20, 2009 Page: 1 of 52
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VOLUME 25 I ISSUE 40
FEBRUARY I 20 I 2000
THE PREMIER SOURCE FOR LGBT DALLAS/FORT WORTH
Polis starts his rookie year with ambitious goals
Openly gay congressman from Colorado says passing ENDA, repealing
DADT, partner benefits for federal employees high on his to-do list
By John Wright News Editor
Openly gay U.S. Rep. Jared Polis has set some
ambitious goals for his first term in Congress,
including passage of the Employment
Nondiscrimination Act, a repeal of "don't ask,
don't tell" and the addition of domestic partner
benefits for federal employees.
Lobby Day: The
power to change
Equality Texas ED says nearly
twice as many people already
signed up to participate as did
in 2007 event
By John Wright News Editor
Rallies and protests may garner a few sec-
onds on the evening news, but they rarely
affect public policy, according to Equality
Face-to-face conversations with state leg-
islators, on the other hand, have the power
to change hearts and minds.
Paul Scott, executive director of Equality
Texas, said this week he's hoping increased
enthusiasm in the LGBT community since
the November elections —as evidenced by
numerous recent demonstrations in Dallas
— will also translate into record attendance
at the group's Lobby Day on March 2 at the
State Capitol in Austin.
While rallies and protests can sometimes
play a vital role in the struggle for equality,
Lobby Day — held every two years during
the state legislative session — is perhaps the
single most important event for LGBT
Texans, Scott said. As of Tuesday, Feb. 17,290
people had signed up for this year's Lobby
Day, including about 55 from North Texas.
"We're getting closer to doubling what we
See LOBBY DAY on PAGE 10
Sandra Bernhard can fill
huge theaters, but the
queer comedian and
singer enjoys intimate
venues like the Rose
Room, where she'll per-
form Saturday. PAGE 16.
"I'm certainly hopeful that we can get that
done, and we need to set that as a goal," Polis
told Dallas Voice on Thursday, Feb. 19. "We
should absolutely be holding our elected officials,
including President Obama, to their commit-
ments to support those three pieces of legislation
— and our elected members of the House and
Senate to deliver on those — and I hope that res-
idents of Texas contact their House members and
senators to urge them to support those efforts."
Polis, a 33-year-old Democrat from Colorado
who became the first openly gay man elected as
a non-incumbent to Congress in November, will
deliver the keynote address at the Texas
Stonewall Democrats convention scheduled for
Feb. 27 through March 1 in Austin.
See POLIS on PAGE 10
Congressman Jared Polis
Hit-and-run driver strikes pedestrian on the strip
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Pedestrians use the crosswalk on Cedar Springs Road att Reagan Street on Wednesday, Feb. 18. Even though city work-
ers replaced burned out lights lining the crosswalk on Saturday morning, Feb. 14, Manoj Kumar was struck by a hit-
and-run driver there on Saturday night.
From Ernestine to ele-
phant activism, Lily
lomlin has been a cul-
tural touchstone for 40
years. She brings her act
back to Bass Hall this
week. PAGE 20.
Trials and Tribulations
of a Trailer Trash
Housewife,' Del Shores'
play, gets an excellent
production from Uptown
Players. PAGE 23.
Accident happened less than a
day after crosswalk lights replaced
By John Wright News Editor
Mike Lo Vuolo says he spent months trying to
get the city of Dallas to replace bumed-out lights
in the pedestrian crosswalk on Cedar Springs
Road near Reagan Street.
On the morning of Saturday, Feb. 14, Lo
Vuolo's efforts finally paid off, and a city crew
replaced the bulbs in the crosswalk, only a few
of which had been working.
Ironically, just hours later, with the new lights
activated and blinking, a pedestrian was seri-
ously injured after being struck in the crosswalk
by a hit-and-run driver, according to Dallas
As of Wednesday, Feb. 18, police had not
located the driver, whom they described as a
white female with blonde hair in her early to
mid-20s. The woman, who reportedly was driv-
ing a four-door silver or gray BMW, also struck
another vehicle at Cedar Springs Road and
Throckmorton Street before hitting the pedestri-
Lo Vuolo, who'd been on the strip shortly
before the pedestrian was hit, said it seemed
more motorists were heeding the crosswalk
because of the new lights. Still, he said he Was-
n't surprised to hear about the incident.
"I don't know what else can be done. The
city's done their job," Lo Vuolo said. "People
need to slow down — or we need to start shoot-
ing at the motherfuckers. It's ridiculous."
Lo Vuolo, an LGBT community activist who
helped initiate a recent traffic enforcement
crackdown on Cedar Springs, added that
See ACCIDENT on PAGES
The temperatures drop again just in time for the weekend as
another cold front moves through, bringing with it winds up to 25
mph. But at least there is no rain in the forecast
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