Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 25, No. 24, Ed. 1 Friday, October 31, 2008 Page: 1 of 52
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VOLUME 25 I ISSUE 24
OCTOBER I 31 I 2008
bte as if your life depended on it
From Prop 8 to sheriff's race to
Obama-McCain, election called
biggest ever for LGBT community
By John Wright News Editor
Louise Young said she still has one of the
posters that were sent to Dallas by legendary
gay politician Harvey Milk a few months
before he was assassinated.
Young had just become president of the
Dallas Gay Alliance when she found herself sit-
ting next to Milk, who'd recently been elected
city supervisor in San Francisco, at a gay-rights
luncheon in Dallas in June 1978.
The two talked about strategies for increas-
ing voter turnout in the gay and lesbian com-
munity, and Milk promised to send Young the
posters, which simply said: "Vote as if your life
depended on it. it does."
"We put those out all over the community
and put cardholders with voter registration
cards in them," Young said. "It really made a
difference that year. I hope that kind of set in
motion a habit of our community really partic-
ipating in voting."
Thirty years later, the now-61-year-old
Young, one of Dallas' pioneering LGBT
activists, said she believes the admonition from
the poster is more applicable than ever in 2008.
"There has never been election in my life-
time where we've had so much at stake — this
is it — and quite frankly there may never be
another one," said Young, who also recalled
distributing campaign literature for President
John F. Kennedy as a teenager in Oklahoma in
1960. "There may never be one this important,
See VOTE on PAGE 14
CNSTANCC M-VRKEft FOR
EARI r voting
Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez greets early voters outside the Beckley Courthouse in Oak Cliff on Tuesday, Oct. 28.
Early voting ends; watch parties set
The last day of early voting in Dallas County
is Friday, Oct. 31. Early voting locations will be
open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Polls will also be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, but voters
will have to go to their regular polling place in
their local precinct.
To find early voting and Election Day
polling locations, go to
www.dalcoelections.org or call 214-637-7937.
On Tuesday night, Nov. 4, the Dallas County
Democratic Party will host an election night
watch party in Oak Cliff's Historic Bishop Arts
District. A street festival with live music will
begin at 6 p.m., followed by a rally with
Democratic candidates at 9:45 p.m.
The Dallas County Republican Party will
host an election watch party from 5 p.m. to
midnight Tuesday at the Radisson Hotel, 6060
N. Central Expressway.
THE PREMIER SOURCE FOR LGBT DALLAS/FORT WORTH
man s murder
2 years after Whiteside was killed,
authorities track down 'Cuz'
By Tammye Nash Senior Editor
MOUNT VERNON — The third and final
suspect in the 2006 murder of jeweler and bed-
Robert Whiteside was
arrested Tuesday, Oct.
28, in Cockrell Hill,
according to Franklin
County Sheriff Chuck
White said officers
from his department
arrested Elbis Torres, 28,
shortly before 8 a.m.
Tuesday at a home on
Phinney Avenue, with
the help of officers from
the Cockrell Hill Police
Torres was arraigned
by a judge in Dallas
County on a charge of
capital murder the same day. The judge ordered
him held without bond, the sheriff said. White
said Torres had been transferred to the Franklin
County jail by early Tuesday afternoon.
See SUSPECT on PAGE 14
17 years after deadly shooting in Reverchon ark, victim all but forgotten
Police weren't convinced Than Nguyen's murder was a hate crime, but
killer later admitted targeting gay men because they were 'weak'
By Daniel A. Kusner Life+Style Editor
Sunday, Oct. 26 commemorated the 17th
anniversary of a Dallas murder that was almost
refused a hate crime classification.
On Oct. 26,1991, a man's body lay face down
in Reverchon Park with a leaf stuck to his left
cheek, his eyes still open and his arms stretched
before him like his body had been dragged. He
was wearing no underwear. His Guess jeans
were unzipped and slightly pulled down, his
belt threaded through half the loops.
REMEMBERING THEIR NAMES
Oct. 3 State of the law
Oct. 10 Paul Broussard
Oct. 17 . Jack Hampton scandal
Oct. 24 NicholasWest
Oct. 31 Than Nguyen
At the bottom of his yellow T-shirt, blood-
stains emerged above his exposed crotch.
See SHOOTING on PAGE 17
Early voter Derrick C.
Robinson cast his ballot
for Obama. The gay chef
and nine other gaybor-
hood walkers told us
about voting in the 2008
election. PAGE 22.
Blue Blake writes a
funny autobio. But the
gay porn legend doesn't
have any sympathy for
people who regret hav-
ing sex in front of cam-
eras. PAGE 28.
Kaki King is the ingenue
of guitar pyrotechnics.
The lesbian musician
talks about groupies
and how she ended up
on a Sean Penn sound-
track PAGE 31
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