Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 25, No. 13, Ed. 1 Friday, August 15, 2008 Page: 1 of 60
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VOLUME 25 I ISSUE 13
chats with Steven
Crabtree about his
Dallas Tavern Guild
speaks out about a
smoking ban in
clubs and bars.
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sentenced to life in
prison for killing
gay Houston man.
AUGUST 115 I 2008
THE PREMIER SOURCE FOR LGBT DALLAS/FORT WORTH
ighting gay youth dropout rates
Youth First Texas offers new GED
program for LGBT teens
By John Wright News Editor
Jimmy Bounthavy says he came out in mid-
dle school, but it wasn't until his freshman year
at North Dallas High School that he ran into
Bounthavy now 20, said in addition to being
threatened, teased and called names, he was
stuffed inside a locker and thrown in a
"Students, teachers, security — they all
harassed me for being gay" Bounthavy said. "I
didn't feel safe to go to that school."
When Bounthavy decided to drop out, it was
a disappointment to his family.
Since then, he's spent most of his time caring
for his mother, who raised him on her own but
is now disabled from diabetes. Bounthavy also
works in landscaping and frequently goes to
Youth First Texas, which is just a few blocks
from his house.
For a while, it didn't appear as though
Bounthavy would ever get an education. His
mother emigrated to the U.S. from Laos, and
English is his second language.
Then, earlier this year, Bounthavy became the
first student to enroll in a new GED program at
YFT, Dallas' nonprofit organization serving
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Eighteen-year-old Scott Moriarty, right, is tutored by Judith Dumont, Youth First Texas' director of administration, on Tuesday, Aug. 12.
Bounthavy said after taking the GED test in
October, he plans to enroll at Richland College
in the spring and major in computers. He said
he'll be the first person from his family to attend
"Now I can tell people that I'm in GED class,"
Bounthavy said. "I'm not disappointing them
The GED program, which began with only
Bounthavy since has grown to include about
seven students who meet every Tuesday and
Thursday evening in a makeshift classroom at
YFT, near Maple Avenue and Inwood Road.
Judith Dumont, the agency's director of
administration, said thus far the 12-week pro-
gram has relied on word of mouth, volunteer
tutors and a donor who's agreed to pay the GED
But statistics suggest that it will only continue
See GED on PAGE 13
Dem platform drafted
2008 more LGBT-friendly than before, despite early indications
By Tammye Nash Senior Editor
Hie 2008 Democratic Party's national plat-
form "goes much further than we ever have
before" on LGBT issues, according to U.S.
Rep. Tammy Baldwin, although the docu-
ment never expressly uses the words "gay,"
"lesbian" or "transgendeiv"
Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat, is the
only open lesbian in Congress and was on
the 15-member platform drafting committee.
In a telephone interview Tuesday Aug. 12,
she said the absence of those three words was
not a good standard by which to judge the
"The 2004 platform
had some very minor ref-
erences to issues of con-
cern to the LGBT com-
munity. I heard some-
body say there were four
sentences total, but I
think there were actually
five," Baldwin said.
"This  platform is historic in that it goes
beyond all that flowery and wonderful rhet-
oric and gets into specific policy positions.
See PLATFORM on PAGE 14
Rep. Tammy Baldwin
Potest still dragging on
City investigation into Crews Inn Tuesday trangender ban gets under way
By Ben Briscoe Staff Writer
A month after Crews Inn co-owner David
Moore temporarily banned drag queens and
transgender women from his bar if their
appearance does not match their ID, protests
continue and two formal complaints against
Crews Inn are under investigation by the city.
This week, the Dallas Fair Housing office
responded with a five-page letter to Ivana
Tramp and Celeste William's claims that Moore
discriminated against them for being transgen-
der on July 15. The letter outlines the review
process for the complaint and says a final deci-
sion should be reached within 100 days.
At that time three options are possible. First,
the city may find that the two have no claim and
and the complaint will be dismissed.
"If they say that can't do anything about it, I'll
know that the law is not equal to everybody,"
The second option is something that the two
have already tried to make happen — media-
tion. Williams said she has called Moore to set
up a meeting two times but has not been able to
speak with him.
"Now we are just going to wait for the city to
mediate with him and us," Tramp said. "All that
we want is for him to make an official apology
See CREWS INN on PAGE 12
Predictions for rain just aren't going away. But why then does it
never actually seem to pour? Maybe there is a drizzle here and a
drizzle there, but no thunderstorms of late. Go figure.
raspy, powerful lungs
would make Janis Joplin
jealous. But her voice is
still evolving. The les-
bian legend stops in
North Texas PAGE 30
Hal Sparks is almost too
cute to be a comedian.
The 'Queer As Folk' star
stops in Addison this
weekend and gets heat-
ed defending Obama on
gay marriage. PAGE 32.
Daigle was an early
evictee ••• m the currem
season of Big Brother
but the Dallas mans 15
minutes of fame keep on
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