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"You are losing an ally," Griggs added. ''Is
Dwaine [Caraway] or her [Hill] going to be as
open or responsive as Delia and I have been?"
Jasso, who formed a citizens LGBT task force
after taking office in 2009, couldn't be reached for
comment this week. But Jasso reportedly sup-
ports other Hispanic leaders who plan a lawsuit
against the city if the redisricting plan is ap-
proved by the justice department.
Led by attorney Domingo Garcia, they allege the
plan Violates the Voting Rights Act. The plan guar-
antees that only two to four of the council's 14 dis-
tricts would be represented by Hispanics, who
account for 42 percent of the city's population.
Jasso believes she might have difficulty retain-
ing her seat, because the new District 1 would in-
clude heavily Anglo areas with high voter
turnout, including Kessler Park, Stevens Park and
Openly gay former Councilman John Loza,
who's Hispanic and served on the city's redistrict-
ing commission, agreed.
"I think that map is horrendous, and I'm really
hoping that a lawsuit is brought forward based
on that map, and I'd be happy to testify against it
if and when it happens," Loza said.
Loza lamented that the redisricting commis-
sion spent 95 hours working on the map it sub-
mitted to the council. But the council redrew the
commission's map based on what Loza called "a
backroom deal," and the panel's work went
"down the toilet,"
Loza said although his primary concern is His-
panic representation, he's, also bothered by the fact
that two of the LGBT community's strongest allies
were placed in the same district.
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*'I don't think it's as unfortunate to the LGBT
community as it is to the Latino community, but I
think it does both communities a disservice," he
Under the plan, Oak Cliff south of Illinois Av-
enue is split along Hampton Avenue> with the
east side being placed in what would be Car-
away's district and the west side in Hill's;
Hill is the lone current council member who's
refused to appear at gay Pride or sign a letter con-
gratulating organizers of the event.
Asked in 2009 why she won't ride in the pa-
rade, Hill voiced religious objections to homosex-
uality saying she believes that "there are acts God
does not bless."
Raymond Crawford, who is gay and serves as
president of the Kiestwood Historical Homeown-
ers Association, refers to the area southwest of
Hampton Road and Kiest Boulevard as a "gay-
borhood." Crawford counts 15 gay households on
his street — Southwood Drive — alone.
Under the redisricting plan, the 400-plus-home
Kiestwood neighborhood, currently represented
by Griggs, would be placed in Hill's district.
"The day she [Hill] comes to call to do some
door-knocking or to get some votes, whether I'm
the president or not, it's going to be an interesting
conversation with Councilmember Hill," Craw-
ford said this week. "She'll be in trouble in 2013
based on her previous statements."
Hill didn't respond to a phone call seeking
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He said those members had been prepared to
ask the national board for a hearing to "air our
grievances"' when the national board "pre-
empted us" by dechartering the chapter. "A clear
majority of our local board wanted a resolution that
would keep us under the LCR umbrella. That said,
it takes two to tango," Schlein said.
He criticized the national board for "hand-se-
lecting" Purdy as president of the new chapter
rather than waiting "two months for elections"
And he noted that the local group had started
some 30 years ago as "Metroplex Republicans"
before affiliating with Log Cabin in 1995.
"This should be seen as an opportunity to grow
as we can reach more Republicans in Dallas/'
Schlein said. "Our club will continue to welcome
those Republicans of all varieties, including gay,
Straight, black, Hhispanic, Asian."
Purdy, who was on the board of the now-
dechartered Log Cabin Dallas chapter, on
Wednesday said that Schlein had been "leading
the Dallas chapter in a direction not congruent
with the direction of Log Cabin Republicans as a
whole and the national Log Cabin board felt there
were no more options in terms of rectifying that
He said that Schlein had refused to adhere to
the national organization's bylaws and follow its
direction: "Essentially, the national board of direc-
tors has decided to switch out the leadership of
the Dallas chapter, and the only means they had
of doing that was to decharter the chapter."
Purdy said "a handful of members" from the
previous chapter "chose to pursue a new charter."
Purdy said his first order of business as presi-
dent of the newly chartered Dallas LCR chapter
will be to "regroup with a new board" and then
"draw up some strategic imperatives. ... Our
main objective for existing is to really foster a
more inclusive environment within the Republi-
can Party. That's where we will focus our efforts,"
While Cooper pointed to "a consistent pattern
of behavior" that led to Schlein's ouster, Schlein
said Thursday he believes "the catalyst for
dechartering us" was his decision to invite Barron
and LaSalvia to speak at the Grand Old Party.
He said "personal rivalries" between the na-
tional leaders of Log Cabin and GOProud led the
national LCR board to move against him.
Schlein said, "I think it is sad, a real shame, that
the two groups that represent gay conservatives
can't work together just because they attack the
issues from different perspectives," ■
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