Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 22, Ed. 1 Friday, October 14, 2011 Page: 6 of 48
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Redistricting plan could
hurt LGBT voters
DRAWN OUT | Raymond Crawford, president of the Kiestwood
Historical Homeowners Association, refers to the area southwest
of Kiest Boulevard and Hampton Road as a "gayborhood." Under
the redistricting plan, Kiestwood would be placed in the district
represented by anti-gay Councilwoman Vonciel Jones Hill. (John
Map approved by Dallas council would cost
community an ally put heavily gay neighbor-
hood in homophobic councilwoman's district
JOHN WRIGHT I Senior Political Writer
Much has been made of the fact that a redistricting plan ap-
proved by the Dallas City Council last week could disenfran-
chise Hispanic voters.
But the redistricting plan, should it be signed off on by the
U.S. Department of Justice, could also hurt the LGBT commu-
Newly elected District 3 Councilman Scott Griggs said the
map approved by the council would effectively cost the LGBT
community an ally at the horseshoe because he's been drawn
into District 1, currently represented by Delia Jasso.
Meanwhile, under the plan, heavily LGBT areas of Oak Cliff
currently represented by Griggs and Jasso have been drawn into
districts that are home to Dwaine Caraway and Vonciel Hill.
"Delia and I have been pretty involved and very supportive
of the GLBT community over the years," said Griggs^ who
hasn't indicated whether he'd run against Jasso in 2013 if the
plan holds up. "You have two other council members who
haven't shown as much support.
■ PLAN, Page 16
National LCR board ousts Schlein
National organization decharters LCR-Dallas,
creates new local chapter; Schlein announces
formation of 'Metroplex Republicans'
TAMMYENASH I Senior Editor
Saying that the leadership of Log Cabin Republicans of Dallas,
especially longtime chapter president Rob Schlein, have "engaged
in a consistent pattern of behavior that detracts from the mission
of our organization," national Log Cabin Executive Director R.
Clarke Cooper announced this week that the previous Dallas chap-
ter has been de-chartered, and a new chapter created.
"After all due consideration and efforts at reconciliation, the
[LCR national] board of directors have decided to begin anew, en-
suring that our mission of fighting for freedom can be at its
strongest in Dallas and across the country," Cooper said in a state-
ment released late Wednesday, Oct. 12.
Clarke said that a new Dallas chapter has already been chartered
and will be led by Thomas Purdy as president and a new board.
Schlein said Thursday, Oct. 13, that he "didn't Siedt coming at
all. I knew yesterday that something
was cooking, and I got the official word
Schlein said he believes "the Dallas
chapter was kicked out after inviting
[GOProud co-founders] Chris Barron
and Jimmy LaSalvia to speak at our [up-
coming] Grand Old Party.
"We will continue to work on behalf
of gay conservatives in Dallas, and the
Grand Old Party dinner will go on,"
Schlein added. "We are looking forward
to putting on a great event with Chris Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia
as our guest speakers."
Barron and LaSalvia, former Log Cabin staffers, started GO-
Proud in early 2009 after leaving Log Cabin because they consid-
ered it too centrist.
By last Thursday, Schlein had announced the creation of Metro-
plex Republicans in an email, saying that he and others in the orig-
inal Log Cabin Dallas had already been considering disaffiliating
with the national organization because of its more centrist views.
■ LOG CABIN, Page 16
Marrying for love, marching for equality
Dallas lesbian couple 1 of at least 5 couples
participating in a marriage equality march and
mass wedding Saturday in downtown Dallas
DAVID TAFFET I Staff Writer
Ashlyn Jones and Amanda Evans are getting married in down-
town Dallas this weekend. They invited 50 of their friends, but
would like everyone to attend.
"I want people;I don't even know to come and say 'Congratula-
tions,'" Jones said. "That would be awesome."
Jones and Evans are one of at least five couples that will partici-
pate in a mass wedding on Saturday evening at Founder's Plaza in
front of the Dallas County Records Building, as part of a protest in
support of marriage equality.
Event organizer Daniel Cates said the couples are encouraged to
apply for a marriage license inside the Records Building earlier in
the week, even though those applications will be denied.
Similar events sponsored by GetEQUAL and P-FL AG are being
held in about 10 cities across the state. In addition to the major cities,
Harlingen, Brownsville, Huntsville and Odessa also have marriage
equality events planned.
Cates said that while Texas is not close to granting marriage
equality, LGBT Texans must demand the right.
"Since the New York marriage Victory, people in other states are
fighting back," Cates said. "Once we lost the marriage battle here,
we stopped fighting."
Jones said that the Saturday wedding ceremony will also be a
celebration of their five-year anniversary as a couple.
"In front of all of our friends, we'll tell each other that We love
each other," Jones said.
OLD FASHIONED WEDDING | Ashlyn Jones, left, and Amanda
Evans will participate in a mass wedding in Founders Plaza in Down-
town Dallas on Saturday, Oct. 15, as part of a demonstration for mar-
The couple met in high school, and "When we met, it was elec-
tricity," Jones said.
But the two kept their relationship a secret for three years; Their
school had no gay-straight alliance, although they attended Teen
Project in downtown Fort Worth until that group shut its doors.
When the couple told their parents they were lesbians, Jones said
she and Evans were shunned by their families. Although relations
have gotten better, none of their family members will be attending
Jones said she expects marriage equality to come to Texas
WEDDING, Page 9
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