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Inside the gay hipster movement
How style queens rule the night
On the town with Dallas' trendy underground partiers
■ CULTURE, Page 16
The Premier Media Source for LGBT Texas
Established 1984 I Volume 26 Issue 38
FREE | Friday, February 5, 2010
AT&T woiker relieved to get leave
CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Where we stand
North Texas activists talk about the issues
facing the black LGBT community and
how to be unified in diversity (Part 1 of 2)
LISAMARIE MARTINEZ I Contributing Writer
iisamarti nezrn@yahoo. com
Throughout the month of Febru-
ary, Dallas Voice will celebrate Black
History Month with a series of pro-
files of some of the leaders of the
African-American LGBT commu-
nity here in North Texas. The series
gets under way this week with a
profile of Lovely Murrell, an activist
in Denton who is one of four co-
chairs of the national Creating
Change conference taking place this
weekend in Dallas (Page 13).
To kick off our series, we asked
LGBT African-Americans in North
Texas to take a moment to reflect on
way# their community can use the
opportunities of the month to help
make the greater LGBT community
more aware of the special issues fac-
ing same-gender-loving African-
Americans and to help us all move toward the goal of
celebrating our diversity while at the same time moving
toward the ultimate goal of unity.
State of the Community:
• Daymond E. Lavine, founder and president of Men of
Essence Foundation, describes North Texas' black LGBT
community as upbeat and thriving.
• Cordell Adams sees the community's richness, but
thinks that the community also should serve southern
Oklahoma, southwestern Arkansas and even western
Louisiana. "There is," he said, "a huge community out
there that has yet to be touched."
• Felecia Miller, regional human resources director for
■ STAND, Page 13
AT&T employee gets leave from
company just in time to welcome
his partner home from rehab
JOHN WRIGHT I News Editor
GARLAND — Bryan Dickenson went
home from work this week to prepare for the
arrival of his longtime partner, Bill Sugg, who
was scheduled to be released from a rehabili-
tation facility on Saturday, Feb. 6.
Dickenson has been granted a discretionary
leave of absence by his employer, Dallas-based
AT&T Inc., so he can care for the ailing Sugg,
who suffered a debilitating stroke in Septem-
AT&T's decision came after an article in last
week's Dallas Voice drawing attention to the
company's initial refusal to grant Dickenson
the same leave that a married, heterosexual
employee would receive under the federal
Family Medical Leave Act.
"I'm very, very relieved and very, very
happy," Dickenson said Wednesday, Feb. 3.
"From now on, any AT&T employee who has
a registered domestic partner, if they need
FMLA, then they can get it, and they can get it
all the way across America. It do# not matter
what state they live in. If somebody had done
this a few years ago, we would never have
■ LEAVE, Page 11
STANDING UP FOR GAY UGANDANS | LGBT religious leaders from around the country, including from left, the Rev. Stephen Sprinkle with the Brite
Divinity School at TCU in Fort Worth, Bishop Yvette Flunder of City of Refuge United Church of Christ in San Francisco, HRC Religion and Faith Pro-
gram Director Harry Knox, the Rev. Deborah Johnson and the Rev. Jo Hudson with Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ in Dallas gathered at
the Creating Change conference in Dallas on Thursday, Feb. 4 for a prayer breakfast to respond to the National Prayer Breakfast that same day in
Washington, D.C. Right-wing evangelicals who reportedly helped craft virulently anti-gay legislation in Uganda were among those attending the D.C.
event. For a full story on the Creating Change conference so far, see Page 10. (David Taffet/Dallas Voice)
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