Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 26, No. 50, Ed. 1 Friday, April 30, 2010 Page: 4 of 44
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Guy-Gainer running for city council
SLDN board member says sexual
orientation not a factor in Forest Hill
race; win would make him 2nd
openly gay official in Tarrant County
DAVID TAFFET I Staff Writer
FOREST HILL—Dave Guy-Gainer, an Air Force
veteran who's best Imown in the LGBT community
for his work to repeal "don't ask, don't tell," is vying
to become the second openly gay elected official in
Tarrant County's history
Guy-Gainer, 61, is running for the Place 3 seat on
the Forest Hill city council in the May 8 election. The
town is southeast of downtown Fort Worth, in Tar-
'"I've always tried to give back to my commu-
nity," Gainer said.
This is his first run for public office. But, he said,
he has been attending city council meetings regu-
larly since moving to the town with his partner,
David Guy-Gainer, two years ago.
Guy-Gainer said he would like to help the city do
more long-term financial planning in place of what
he calls the "Whack-A-Mole" planning that only ad-
dresses immediate problems.
"It's a small town without a vision," he said.
Guy-Gainer said the town is plagued by recall
elections and has had three city managers in five
years. An effort to oust the current mayor for abuse
of power may come up for a vote later this year, he
Guy-Gainer said he favors protecting the police
department from being disbanded. A charter
amendment on the ballot would prevent the city
from eKminating its police force without voter ap-
In the LGBT community, Guy-Gainer is known
for his work to end "don't ask, don't tell." He was
national vice president of American Veterans for
Equal Rights and currently serves on the board of
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, the group
that provides legal services fo those impacted by
DADT, and lobbies Congress on the issue.
But he said that in Forest Hill he is known for his
involvement with the city council and that his sexual
orientation has not been an issue in the campaign in
this predominantly African-American town.
"We moved in as an out gay couple," he said,
adding that he and his partner have encountered
"not one bit of prejudice. They're better people than
His opponents in the council race have not made
an issue of his sexual orientation either.
"If you live your life in a dignified fashion, they'll
respect you," he said.
There are two other candidates in the race: incum-
bent Gerald Joubert, who has held the Place 3 seat
since 2003, and Rodney Wright.
The race is nonpartisan, but in estimating his
chances, Guy-Gainer noted that the town is "very
Forest Hill has a population of about 13,000. Of
that number, 7,000 are registered voters and fewer
than 1,000 participate in municipal elections. Guy-
Gainer said his strategy is just to get enough sup-
porters out to the polls.
To gain name recognition, he has a number of
large well-placed yard signs around town. And he's
knocking on doors and talking to as many neigh-
bors as possible.
While the council election is about the town's fi-
nancial planning, Guy-Gainer returned to discus-
sion of his other passion, repealing "don't ask don't
He said he knew as teen that he was gay, but he
thought, "IH join the Air Force. That'll fix me. I got
married, had a daughter and a granddaughter."
After a short stint in combat communications, he
said, "I quickly retreated to a computer room."
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iFor Place 31
MAKING IT OFFICIAL | Dave Guy-Gainer puts up his first city council campaign sign in late March in For-
est Hill. Guy-Gainer is best known in the LGBT community for his activism around the issue of repealing
"don't ask, don't tell."
Trial again delayed in gay
Dallas man's murder
Earlier this month I reported that Karen
Dilbeck, the girlfriend of Seth Winder's fa-
ther, had written a book about Seth, who's
accused of the brutal slaying and dismem-
berment of gay Dallas resident Richard Her-
nandez in 2008.1 also reported that
Winder's first-degree murder trial, long de-
layed due to competency issues, was finally
scheduled to go
forward in early
Well now it ap-
pears as though
publication of Dil-
Story," has further
trial, which has
been pushed back
until August to give the prosecution and de-
fense a chance to review the manuscript.
"Mr. Winder, the defendant, his dad's
girlfriend wrote a book on the case. We did
not know that until last week, and so we've
ordered the book, and both the defense
and the state will be reading the book," said
Jamie Beck, first assistant Criminal district
attorney for Denton County, which includes
the area of Far North Dallas where the mur-
der occurred. "I think there were a couple
of other variables [contributing to the delay],
but that was the big one, because she'd in-
terviewed the defendant and his dad, so
everybody needed that information. It could
be inculpatory, it could be exculpatory, it
could be both."
Winder's attorney, Derek Adame, con-
firmed that he agreed to the delay, but said
he doubts there's anything relevant in the
"I can tell you that these people who are
responsible for this book don't know any-
thing about the actual case itself and have
really no idea of what the plan is in defend-
ing Seth," Adame said. "For both sides, it's
only fair that we delay it to get a chance to
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