Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 21, No. 42, Ed. 1 Friday, March 4, 2005 Page: 1 of 56
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OCAL COUNCIL CANDIDATE P.D. STERLING CONTINUES CAMPAIGN I NATIONAL HATE CRIME PROMPTS VIGIL I PLUS VIEWPOINTS I TRAVEL I BOOKS I SCENE
Activists work with city
officials to revamp Fire-
Rescue's diversity train-
ing. PAGE 6.
Anti-gay candidate Jaei
Phelps comes in last in
Topeka City Council
elections. PAGE 14.
VOLUME 21 I ISSUE 41
MARCH I 04 I 2005
THE PREMIER SOURCE OF GLBT DALLAS/FORT WORTH
Opponents to charter
change kick off efforts
Coalition for Open Government highlights the diversity of its supporters;
promises to offer alternative to Blackwood Proposal on May 7 ballot
By David Webb Staff Writer
Opposition to the strong mayor ballot propos-
al has joined what may be one of the unlikeliest
groups of people ever to work on a common
cause in Dallas.
The Coalition for Open Government high-
lighted the diversity of its support at a kickoff
news conference in the Flag Room of Dallas City
Hall on Wednesday.
Texas-themed music played in the background
as caterers from Dickey's served barbecue beef
sandwiches to an audience that included past and
present elected officials, civil rights leaders, the
president of the Greater Dallas Chamber of
Commerce, political candidates, representatives
of arts groups, business owners and municipal
All but a few wore yellow coalition stickers
with the words "vote no" in black.
The conference featured 14 members of the
current City Council who spoke about their
objections to the proposal, which will appear on
the May 7 municipal ballot.
The council members promised to present an
alternative proposal to voters later this year that
would strengthen the mayor's powers less drasti-
Mayor Pro Tem John Loza, who is gay, led the
See COALITION on PAGE HI
Dallas Mayor Pro Tem John Loza, flanked by City Council members Lois Finkelman, left, Bill Blaydes and Veletta Forsythe
Lill, speaks for himself and the other council members who are joining forces to defeat a proposal on the May 7 ballot
that would create a strong mayor form of government for the city.
Saddle up or the Cowtown Rodeo
Laughs, thrills and outstanding cowboys and cowgirls are all on tap at
this year's event, with performances set for Saturday and Sunday
said. "It's a lot of fun, and the spectators always
get a big hoot out of it."
Johnson said the rodeo at the W.R. Watt Arena
in the Will Rogers Memorial Center is expected
to draw a large, supportive crowd. About 100
contestants are registered to compete, she said.
"A lot of it depends on weather, but we usual-
ly have a pretty good turnout," Johnson said.
"We were full last year."
Johnson said the contestants stand to earn
hefty prizes for their efforts.
"I've seen first place cash prizes of up to $800
paid out," Johnson said. "It all depends on how
many contestants enter an event, but it's a pretty
In addition to prizes in each event, the rodeo
honors the best "all around cowboy and cowgirl"
Johnson said the association has 250 individ-
ual and commercial members statewide. There
are association chapters in Austin, Dallas, Fort
See RODEO on PAGE 12
By David Webb
Ever seen a goat wearing a pair of Calvin
Depending on how well the contestants per-
form in the goat dressing competition at the 2005
Cowtown Rodeo in Fort Worth this weekend,
you may see that - and a lot more.
The goat chase and a race featuring a drag
queen riding a wild steer are two of the com-
edy events that Texas Gay Rodeo
Association coordinators have scheduled
to camp up the annual event.
Marcia Johnson said the
comedy events will com-
plement the traditional
events like barrel racing,
bull riding and roping
events. The rodeo features
13 events in all.
"Not only do we have the typical
events, but we also have some that you don't
have to own a horse for," Johnson
Bill aims to
More than 50 lawmakers
cosponsor effort to lift 'Don't
ask, don't tell' restrictions
By David Webb Staff Reporter
duced legislation in the
ti.S. House of
week that would repeal
the military's ban on
openly gay personnel.
More than 50 mem-
bers of Congress
joined as cosponsors to
the Military Readiness Enhancement Act
introduced by Rep. Marty Meehan of
Massachusetts. The bill would repeal the
"don't ask, don't tell" policy that was put in
place during former President Clinton's first
See REPEAL on PAGE 17
Rep. Marty Meehan
K23 FRI Scattered Storms 65°
SAT Mostly Cloudy 50/68
Local News 6
National News 14
SUN A Few Showers
Mostly cloudy through the weekend, with showers and thundershow-
ers, on Friday and Sunday. Chance of rain is lower on Saturday. But
rain is likely to continue through Monday. Winds moderate.
Varla Jean Robinson's
circus comes to town. In
her musical melange,
the drag entertainer
spoofs oversized hot
dogs and the search for
a big top. PAGE 24.
Bailey and Randy
Barbato probe into the
history of "Deep Throat"
and how the porn film
sparked an administra-
tion to declare war on
freedom. PAGE 26.
Designer David Nelson
adds dreamy razzmatazz
to the DIFFA-Dallas
Collection. While volun-
teering, he remembers
loved ones. PAGE 28.
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