Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 35, Ed. 1 Friday, January 13, 2006 Page: 1 of 60
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VOLUME 22 I ISSUE 35
screen candidates this
weekend for endorse-
ment in the March
Primary. PAGE 6
New Jersey lawmakers
pass gay rights bill, get
set to debate same-sex
Senator Bill Finkbeiner
to vote for
Senator's decision means
long-rejected measure is
likely to pass this year
By David Amnions Associated Press
i n a t e d
vened a boom-
time session on
prised by sud-
den progress on
a perennial gay rights bill.
A hot-button issue, the gay civil
rights bill surfaced in the Senate.
Fonner Senate Republican leader Bill
Finkbeiner, a suburban moderate who
faces a stiff re-election challenge this
fall, announced that he'll break with
his caucus and vote for legislation to
add gays and lesbians to the state's
The bill failed by a single vote last
year when Finkbeiner, a former
Democrat who rose to the GOP's high-
est leadership post, stuck with his more
conservative colleagues. Since then, he
has stepped out of leadership to return
to graduate school.
"I've had a number of conversations
over the past year that have led me to
more fully understand the level of dis-
crimination against gays and lesbians,
and I now find it is both appropriate
and necessary for the state to make it
clear that this is not acceptable,"
Finkbeiner said in a written statement
issued Monday. "I don't agree with the
politicization of people's personal lives
and I think it is time to move on."
His announcement rocked the Cap-
See FINKBEINER on PAGE 21
JANUARY 113 I 2006
Mostly sunny through Saturday with highs in the mid 60s. Friday's
low is in the upper 30s. High winds resume on Sunday which, cou-
pled with lack of rain, keeps the danger of fire high.
Jada: The Dancing Queen
THE PREMIER SOURCE FOR GLBT DALLAS/FORT WORTH
Stage fright, exhaustion
spoil dancing poodle's
big shot at stardom
By David Webb Staff Writer
There's nothing better that Jada the
Dancing Poodle likes to do than to
put on her pink skirt and dance balle-
rina-style on her hind legs for admir-
That is until she got her chance for
the big time on the "David Letterman
Show" in front of a television audi-
ence in New York. To the astonish-
ment and embarrassment of her
proud owners, Dallas lesbian couple
Jackie Ross and Charlotte Laymon,
two-year-old Jada succumbed to
stage fright and refused to take even
the tiniest little step.
"I said, 'Oh, my God,'" Ross
recalled of the Nov. 23 appearance.
"This dog dances at the vet, she
dances everywhere, and then she got
up there. Bless her heart, she was just
Jada, a gray phantom poodle, was
invited by the producers of the
Letterman show to appear on a "stu-
pid pet tricks" segment after Ross
and Laymon sent a video of Jada per-
forming. On the command of "hit it,"
See DANCING QUEEN on PAGE 10
Jackie Ross, left, and Charlotte Laymon said they were surprised and embarrassed when
Jada, in Ross' lap, refused to twirl even once when the television cameras came on.
Letter signed by more than
40 other groups demands
response by Jan. 20
From Staff Reports
tions led by the
have signed a
letter to Ford
Ford, asking executives to "stop fund-
ing either side in the culture war."
The letter was seen as a response to
the decision by America's: Number 2
automaker to expand its advertising in
the gay media and continue its spon-
sorship of gay events. Ford announced
the decision in mid-December in a let-
ter posted on its corporate website.
The decision followed meetings
with gay groups upset at the automak-
See FORD on PAGE 18
The Rev. Donald Wildmon
Childress theater bans Brokeback Mountain
Many residents remain oblivious to the attention
gay-themed film is generating for their town
By David Webb Staff Writer
As praise for the gay cowboy love
story "Brokeback Mountain" builds
momentum across the country, most
residents of Childress, Texas, seem
oblivious to the attention the movie is
focusing on their sleepy town.
And it is likely to stay that way.
"Brokeback Mountain" will not
play at Childress' one theater, the Lone
Star 4. The closest place for Childress
residents to see the movie will be in
Amarillo, which is about 116 miles to
the north. It is also not playing in
Lubbock or Wichita Falls, the two
other larger cities closest to Childress.
Vince LaCario, owner of the Lone
Star 4, said the movie was not sched-
uled for showing in Childress because
of its content.
"We're a real small community
with a lot of church presence,"
LaCario said. "I'm afraid it would
shake up some turmoil."
The two cowboys in the movie,
Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar, fall in
love while working together herding
sheep on a mountain in Wyoming in
the early 1960s. Jack later visits
Childress with the rodeo where he
meets and marries a local woman. The
two men carry on a long distance rela-
tionship for two decades, with Jack
driving from Childress to Wyoming to
visit Ennis several times a year.
Donna Ferguson, director of the
Childress Chamber of Commerce,
said she was unaware the town was a
major setting in the movie, and she
doubts many other people know about
it either. Filming of the movie took
place in Canada, rather than Texas and
"I don't think they know it,"
See CHILDRESS on PAGE 14
Local News 6
National News 16
After a 4-year absence,
Stephan Pyles opens a
new restaurant in down-
town Dallas and intro-
duces 'new millenium
Uptown Players outdo
'Broadway Our Way,' a
gender-bent romp that
twists the Great White
Way until it almost
breaks. page 36.
queen David Aylsworth
brings 17 new abstract
canvases to the Holly
Johnson Gallery. Have
fun deciphering lyrics
from his titles. page 37.
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