Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 26, No. 37, Ed. 1 Friday, January 29, 2010 Page: 1 of 44
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Introducing Christopher Ciccone, artist
From tell-all to show-a
Madonna's brother brings his racy photos and paintings to Dallas gallery Saturday
FINE ART, Page 20
The Premier Media Source for LGBT Texas
Established 1984 I Volume 26 Issue 37
| Friday, January 29, 2010
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Bryan Dickenson, left, and Bill Sugg hold hands in Sugg's room at a rehabilitation facility in Richardson on Wednesday, Jan. 27. (John Wright/Dallas Voice)
Partner denied sick leave by AT&T
Despite 100% rating from HRC,
company won't allow gay man
time off to care for ailing spouse
JOHN WRIGHT I News Editor
RICHARDSON — Bryan Dickenson and Bill
Sugg have been together for 30 years.
For the last 12 of those years, Dickenson has
worked as a communications technician for Dal-
After Sugg suffered a debilitating stroke in Sep-
tember, Dickinson requested time off under the
federal Family Medical Leave Act to care for his
But AT&T is refusing to grant Dickenson the 12
weeks of leave that would be afforded to a hetero-
sexual spouse under the act.
As a result, Dickenson is using vacation time so
he can spend one afternoon a week at Sugg's bed-
side at a rehabilitation facility in Richardson. But
Dickenson fears that when his vacation runs out,
he'll end up being fired for requesting additional
time off to care for Sugg;
Dickenson's attorney, Rob Wiley of Dallas, said
he initially thought AT&T's refusal to grant his
client leave under FMLA was just a mistake on the
part of the company. Wiley said he expected AT&T
to quickly rectify the situation after he sent the
company a friendly letter.
■ AT&T, Page 12
Shami comes out
for gay marriage,
on LGBT issues
Advocates bothered by frontrunner's
failure to publish policy statement
JOHN WRIGHT I News Editor
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Farouk
Shami came out in support of same-sex marriage
this week, and he again challenged frontrunner
Bill White to issue a policy statement on LGBT is-
Shami, the Houston hair care tycoon who's"
viewed as White's most formidable challenger in
the March 2 primary, re-
leased a comprehensive
policy statement in support
of LGBT equality last week.
identical to one published
previously by Hank Gilbert,
a Democrat who's running
for agriculture commis-
sioner — proposes repeal-
ing Texas' ban on same-sex
marriage and granting civil unions to gay and les-
But between appearances at meetings of LGBT
groups in Dallas on Tuesday night, Jan. 26, Shami
went a step further.
"Gay people can suffer the same way as
straight people," he joked when asked whether
he supports same-sex marriage,
"On my clock, gay people will be able to come
to the Capitol and get married on the steps of the
Capitol," Shami said outside Hungdinger, a
restaurant on the Cedar Springs strip where he
■ SHAMI, Page 16
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