TX Cities Rank Highest for Families with Children

According to a story in the Dallas Morning News today, a “study, based on the most recent U.S. Census data, found that San Antonio has the highest percentage of gay couples raising children in the nation. Houston is fourth and the Fort Worth-Arlington area is fifth.”

The study goes on to suggest that this increase is part of the “gayby boom” experienced over the last twenty-five years.

New DV Look

It appears the Dallas Voice has gone through a bit of a revamp, and redesigned their site – including the addition of a video news broadcast (DV2@2), and the ability to download the entire newspaper online (link to this week's paper).

It's a good move forward for our “local gay rag” and I'm looking forward to when they finish out the site and have all the functions working (search tools are not great right now, and nor are there any listings for the organizations links at this point).

Gay News Update

Was just catching up on some news, and thought I would share some links and thoughts.

News Story One: The Cherokee Nation has dismissed a challenge to a same-sex marriage between Kathy Reynolds and Dawn McKinley.  The highest court found that as the plaintiff's were not individually harmed or affected by the marriage.  One of the quotes from the article is from Reynolds who said, “Dawn and I are private people, and we simply wish to live our lives in peace and quiet, just as other married couples are permitted to do.”  Amen to that, and good luck with their future.

News Story Two: It seems the SBC has another fallen angel.   Lonnie Latham, an executive committee member of the Southern Baptist Convention, was arrested on a lewdness charge for propositioning a male plainclothes policeman outside a hotel.  It appears he asked the police officer to engage in oral sex.  I guess SBC women aren't any good at giving head.

News Story Three: In political news, the country has a new gay speaker (of NY City Council), a new gay mayor in New Jersey, a returning gay mayor in Cambridge, MA, and a new lesbian senator in Arizona. This is fantastic news, as in all cases, the people who put these people in these positions, did so because of the contributions that they can make – not because they were gay.

Ford Responds

Earlier in the month, I wrote to Ford Motor Company about their publicized decision to pull advertising from the gay media (apparently, a misrepresentation from the American Family Association). Here is the reply (note, they confirmed advertising would remain).

From: siebelt3@ford.com [mailto:siebelt3@ford.com]
Sent: Friday, December 23, 2005 12:19 PM
To: james@aboutequality.com
Subject: Thank You for Contacting Ford Motor Company

Thank you for writing.

At Ford we value diversity among all of our constituents and pride ourselves on strong and clear values – respect for our customers, communities, employees, suppliers and dealers; acceptance of our differences; inclusion of different people with different perspectives; and integrity to always do the right thing. We value all people – regardless of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and cultural or physical differences. This is a strong commitment we intend to carry forward with no exception. We are pleased to clear up any misperceptions and get back to doing what we do best – building the best cars and trucks in America.

Thank you again for contacting Ford.

Respectfully,
Customer Relationship Center
Ford Motor Company

Dallas Voice Article

The Dallas Voice has run a story about my lawsuit with CCGLA. You can read that article here.

Clarification:
In the article, the Collin Equality Foundation is referenced as the “charitable arm of the Collin County Gay and Lesbian Alliance” which is incorrect. The foundation was established to be the charitable arm of CCGLA, however after CCGLA became a 501(C)(4) organization – an Internal Revenue Service tax status – this was no longer a preferred option for the foundation, and was changed by the trustees on November 16 (the meeting referenced in the article).