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LCR convention brings prominent Republicans to Dallas
DADT attorney Dan Woods,
former Congressman Bob Barr
slated to speak at gay Republican
gathering at the Anatole Hotel
JAMES BRIGHT I Contributing Writer
Several prominent GOP members will be
spending some time in Dallas this weekend to
participate in the Log Cabin Republicans' annual
convention, which will take place: at the Hilton
The event, that began Thursday, April 28, runs
through Sunday, May 1, and includes discussions
and speeches from politicians, lawyers and mem-
bers of the media.
Dan Woods, lead attorney in LCR's lawsuit
challenging the military's "don't ask, don't tell
policy," will be speaking at the convention about
the importance of the case, its current standing
and some of the war stories involved in the suit. ASKING, TELLING | Attorney Dan Woods, right, speaks to the media at the U.S. District Court in River-
"People think this case is over and it's not," side, Calif., after making arguments on the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy last October. Woods,
Woods said in a recent interview. "Our case is who represents Log Cabin Republicans, the plaintiffs in the case, will be in Dallas this weekend to speak at
■ LCR, Page 10 the LCR National Convention. (Francis Specker/Associated Press)
Dallas County adds transgender protections
Activists around Texas look to
expand nondiscrimination policies
after Dallas becomes first to add
DAVID TAFFET I Staff Writer and
JOHN WRIGHT I Online Editor
On Tuesday, April 26, Dallas became the first
county in Texas to add gender identity and ex-
pression to its nondiscrimination policy. After lis-
tening to more than 30 minutes of public
comments in favor of the proposal, the Dallas
County Commissioners Court voted 3-2 along
party lines to add trans protections.
The vote came five weeks after the commis-
sioners voted to add sexual orientation protection
to the policy.
Commissioner John Wiley Price provided the
third and decisive vote in favor of transgender
protections this week, joining fellow Democrats
County Judge Clay Jenkins and Commissioner
Dr. Elba Garcia. Republican Commissioners
Maurine Dickey and Mike Cantrell voted against
the transgender protections.
The city of Dallas already had those protec-
tions in place, as does Dallas Area Rapid Transit.
Of the other 253 counties in Texas, only Travis
County includes sexual orientation in its policy,
although its county seat and largest city, Austin,
does have protections based on sexual orienta-
tion and gender identity and expression.
After the Dallas vote, Chuck Smith, deputy ex-
ecutive director of Equality Texas, said that he
spoke with leaders of the Transgender Education
Network. He said that they are interested in
working together to change the policy in Travis
County. They plan to meet after the current leg-
islative session ends in late May.
Mayor Annise Parker expanded the nondis-
crimination ordinance in the city of Houston to
one of the most expansive in the country soon
after taking office.
Houston's Harris County, however, guaran-
tees no protection based on sexual orientation or
Tim BrookoVer of the Houston GLBT Gay and
Lesbian Community Center said he didn't expect
his county to follow Dallas any time in the near
Noel Freeman, president of the Houston GLBT
Political Caucus said, "At some point in the fu-
ture I intend to go down that path, but not in the
next couple of months, if not through the end of
He said that Houston's local election activity
is about to ramp up and his group won't have
much time until January to pursue the county's
Parker, the first openly LGBT person elected
mayor of a top 10 U.S. city, faces re-election in No-
Fort Worth was the first city in Texas to ban
discrimination based on sexual orientation. The
city added gender identity in 2010.
Tarrant County, however, protects neither.
Tom Arable, president of Fairness Fort Worth,
expects his county to follow suit soon, however.
He noted that the new Dallas County guidelines
are based on the new Fort Worth city policy.
Arable said his first step will be to take the
Dallas County juvenile justice nondiscrimination
policy to the Tarrant County juvenile justice sys-
tem. His next step will be to approach the county.
Collin County has no nondiscrimination pol-
icy on its website and did not return a call.
Before the Tuesday vote in Commissioners
Court, about a dozen people from the LGBT
community spoke. Despite rumors that detrac-
tors would also appear, no one spoke against the
■ DALLAS, Page 12
Gay couple found murdered
in burned apartment
Two men found dead inside a burned
Northeast Dallas apartment on Wednesday
morning were a gay couple, Dallas police
confirmed Wednesday afternoon.
The two victims, whose names are being
withheld pending notification of their fami-
lies, were found inside their first-floor unit at
the Villa Joya Apartments, 11210 Wood-
meadow Parkway, near Ferguson Road
and LBJ Freeway.
After responding to a fire call at about
4:10 a.m., Dallas Fire-Rescue crews extin-
guished the flames before finding the vic-
tims — a 59-year-old black male and a
61 -year-old white male — inside the apart-
Authorities say the men appeared to
have died in a violent attack before the fire
was set in an attempt to destroy evidence
from the murders.
Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse, a spokesman for
DPD, told Instant Tea that detectives have
no reason to believe the murders were a
hate crime, but he added that the motive is
"Yes, it does appear that they were in a
relationship together, but that does not ap-
pear to have anything to do with this case,"
Janse said. "It is not being investigated as a
hate crime or anything like that."
According to the Dallas Morning News,
neighbors said the older victim was dis-
abled and the other was his caretaker.
Neighbors also told the DMN that the vic-
tims' apartment had an alarm and surveil-
lance system and that the younger man
would never open the door for someone he
News reports indicate that the suspects
likely knew at least one of the victims. Au-
thorities believe one of the victim's vehicles
is missing. Patrol officers are searching for it
and hope to find the suspects in it.
Police are still not releasing the victims'
names because their bodies were so badly
damaged in the fire that they're waiting on
the medical examiner to positively identify
However, police have now released a
description of the vehicle belonging to one
of the victims, which is apparently missing.
The vehicle is a silver, four-door 2002 Sat-
urn L200, with a license number of 5CVDN.
If you see it, call 911.
Again, police have confirmed that they
believe the two victims were a gay couple,
but they aren't treating the murders as a
Police also say they don't know the mo-
tive for the crime, prompting some to ques-
tion how a hate crime can be ruled out. We
posed this question to DPD Sr. Cpl. Kevin
"Detectives will not elaborate at this
time," Janse told Instant Tea. "It may ham-
per the investigation."
— John Wright
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