Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 34, Ed. 1 Friday, January 6, 2012 Page: 9 of 40
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Anable apply ing for top spot at HRC
Fairness Fort Worth president
knows he is new to the activism
game, but says there is no denying
his passion for the work
TAMMYE NASH I Senior Editor
FORT WORTH — As 2010 came to an end a
year ago, longtime CPA and newly minted gay
ri ghts activist Tom Anable came to a momentous
decision: He decided to sell his accounting busi-
ness and spend the next year focusing on activism
Now that year is over, and Anable has made
another decision that could change his life again:
He is applying for the top position at the Human
When HRC President Joe Solmonese an-
nounced that he was resigning, effective March
2012, Anable said, "My first thought was, 'I pity
the fool who has to try and fill those shoes.' Now>
three months later, I have: started the process to
Anable said Thursday afternoon, Jan. 5, that he
had sent his resume to the executive recruiting
firm hired by HRC to help in the hiring process,;
Within 30 minutes, he said, he had been called for
an in-depth phone interview, after which he was
told his resume is being forwarded to the HRC
search committee for review.
*1 passed step one. Next step will be early Feb-
ruary," Anable said.
For most of his adult life, Anable said, he had
focused his attention on his work. He knew he
was gay, but he avoided the political and activist
Side of the LGBT community completely Then
came June 29,2009, the night that agents with the
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and offi-
cers with Fort Worth Police Department raided
the Rainbow Lounge on the 40th anniversary of
the Stonewall Riots.
As the accountant for Rainbow Lounge, Anable:
was in the bar the night of the raid, checking re-
ceipts. What he:saw that night left him shaken
and scared — and angry. Within days, Anable had
stepped across the line into activism and was:
helping create a new organization, Fairness Fort
Worth, that has since helped revitalize the LGBT
community in Tarrant County. And Anable spent
the last year as Fairness Fort Worth president.
"It's been a wild 2 xh years," Anable said this
Anable said that he first began considering ap-
plying for the position of HRC president in mid-
December after discussions with §gme HRC
board members while he was in Washington, D.C.
"They told me I should apply. At first, I
thought, no way. But when I read the job descrip-
tion, I realized, hey, I actually am qualified for this
job. I actually do meet the qualifications in this job
description," he said.
When he came back home to Fort Worth and
discussed the possibility with friends here, Anable
said, he got nothing but encouragement in return:
"Carol West, Jon Nelson, [Fort Worth Police] Chief
Halstead — they all said I should apply"
Still, Anable said, "It took me at least a week to
wrap my head around the idea, to decide whether
this is something I really want to do," he said. "I
did a lot of soul-searching about this. It was a very
sobering moment for me, an unbelievable mo-
ment for me personally, to realize that in just 2 M
years I have gone from being just a CPA to being
an activist and president of Fairness Fort Worth,
to the point where I actually feel qualified enough
to even think about applying to HRC."
Anable readily acknowledges that he is very
new to the world of activism and nonprofit man-
agement, and he acknowledges that he "may not
be what they are looking for" when it comes to
the HRC presidency,
"But I do believe that I can apply and be seri-
ously considered. I may be new to this, but no one
can deny my passion, and this is a passion I have
never had for anything in my life before," Anable
said. "Accounting is not something you get pas-
sionate about. Doing tax returns is not a passion-
ate calling. But this, activism, this is about
Anable said that he knows the HRC board has
recently completed a strategic assessment to
decide "what kind of leader they want" to bring
in to replace Solmonese. "I don't know what
they've decided, and I know I may not be it. What
are my odds of getting the job? Probably not that
good because I haven'tbeen doing this Very long.
But I am going to try.
"All I know is that I am going to apply. If I make
the first cut, I'll say, 'Thank God.' If I make the sec-
ond cut, I'll say, 'Thank God.' And if I get the job,
I'll say, 'Oh, God!"' he laughed. "But if I do get it,
I know I will love every minute of it." ■
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