Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 50, Ed. 1 Friday, April 28, 2006 Page: 1 of 72
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LOCAL E WATCH GOES CYBER
HEALTH CONTROVERSY ERUPTS OVER CARE ACT FUNDS
r oo i icciic cn
hosts two minutes
of GLBT video news
AIDS Services of
Lill, Janie Bush
VOLUME 22 I ISSUE 50
A GLBT organiza-
tion files suit
Gov. Ernie Fletcher.
APRIL I 28 I 2006
THE PREMIER SOURCE FOR GLBT DALLAS/FORT WORTH
Is Bishop Arts District becoming Dallas big gay scene?
As real estate values in Oak Lawn continue to escalate,
more business people are starting to look south
ByAJ. Mistretta Contributing Writer
When Darren Humphrey and Gus
Trevino opened Nodding Dog Coffee
Co. in the Bishop Arts District in 2004,
they had high hopes for a coffee shop
catering to caffeine junkies and live
music fans alike. But even such eager
entrepreneurs couldn't have predicted
the renaissance in retail and dining the
district is experiencing.
"It's growing so rapidly," says
Humphrey. "We're kind of amazed."
Leading the charge are gay and les-
bian business owners who view the
quaint North Oak Cliff neighborhood
as a bastion of historic charm in a
Dallas obsessed with tearing down the
old to build the new. The area's early
20th century architecture is protected
under a conservation district that
promises to retain the allure.
"When we first came here two years
ago, there were about five or six gay-
and lesbian-owned businesses, now
there are 21 in the district," says
That's about 70 percent of all busi-
nesses in Bishop Arts. He says as Oak
Lawn grows increasingly crowded
residentially and commercially, more
gays and lesbians than ever before are
moving to North Oak Cliff. That in
turn is creating new demand for the
businesses of Bishop Arts.
A number of new storefronts have
opened in the district recently, with
more on the way. Swank restaurant
Nodding Dog Coffee Co. owners Darren Humphrey and Gus Trevino have seen the number of
gay-owned businesses in the Bishop Arts District quadruple in two years. They plan to apply
for an alcohol permit this summer and renovate to add a stage for live music at night.
and lounge Cosmo Rouge set up shop
late last year. Meanwhile Cafe Madrid
— already an established restaurant in
the Knox-Henderson area — will
open a second location in the district
this summer, and quirky soda shop
The Soda Gallery is set to debut soon.
Another recent arrival in the district
is longtime Oak Lawn hamburger
joint Hunky's. Owner Rick Barton
began looking at properties in Oak
Cliff four years ago, and though he
considered spaces in various parts of
town, he was ultimately drawn to the
offbeat appeal of Bishop Arts.
*'I feel like this is the hot spot in Oak
Cliff, and I think it will always be a hot
spot because of the conservation dis-
trict designation," he says.
When Barton opened the original
Hunky's in Oak Lawn in 1985, the
Cedar Springs corridor was still a
funky, undeveloped area — the
bohemian center of Dallas. He sees
that same character in Oak Cliff today.
"I'm more excited about this than I
could be about Piano or Richardson,''
See BISHOP ARTS on PAGE 11
calls it quits
After 5 years of 'no life,' Bush
decides to turn over reins
By David Webb Staff Writer
Dallas couple Harrell
Gabehart and Partic
Parkey unveil massive
collection of Dolly
Parton memorabilia in
a USA Film Festival
documentary. PAGE 34.
Janie Bush, creator
and manager of the
Lone Star AIDS Ride,
has retired from her
five-year role as the
face of the fundraiser.
"I've been thinking
about it for a while,"
Bush said. "It's just
time. As much as I love
the Lone Star Ride, the
fact of the matter is I've
See BUSH on PAGE 13
AUCTIONING 'PACKAGES' FOR CHARITY
ask me ab°ul
Jason Vincik, marketing
and public relations
manager for the
Lymphoma Society, intro-
duces the crowd to
Crystal Soileau, one of
six "bachelorettes" and
16 "bachelors" auc-
tioned off last Sunday at
JR.'s Bar & Grill to raise
money for the organiza-
tion. Soileau and her
"package" brought in
the top bid among the
women, going for $500.
The auction raised a
total of $5,492 and was
so successful organizers
said they are considering
holding a second event
soon —one catering
specifically to lesbians.
ask, don t tell
Decision sidestepping Lawrence
ruling shocks plaintiffs in case
By Ann Rostow Contributing Writer
A federal judge in
Boston has dismissed a
challenge to the ban on
out gays and lesbians in
the military, setting up a
likely showdown before
the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the First
Steve Ralls, spokes-
man for the Service-
See SHOCK on PAGE 21
' > f-
North Texas native and
Juilliard student Brian J.
Smith may be straight,
but he spent his summer
vacation getting gay-
bashed — in 'Hate
Crime.' PAGE 38.
Real beauty contests
have never been as fun
as 'Pageant,' the
Uptown Players' riotous-
ly campy production of
musical. PAGE 42.
National News 14
FRI Thunderstorms 73°
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Storms move through the area on Friday, but winds remain strong
— up to 25 mph — throughout the weekend. Temperatures
remain mild, with a weekend high of 80 degrees.
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