Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 19, No. 1, Ed. 1 Friday, May 3, 2002 Page: 1 of 96
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Council hears details of ordinance
Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance vice president Roger Wedell and president Maria
Rubio listen on Wednesday afternoon as members of the city attorney's office
briefed council members on a proposed measure to protect gays and lesbians from
discrimination in employment, housing and access to public accommodations.
Only 4 express reservations about
Dallas measure to protect gays,
lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders
By David Webb
Only four Dallas City Council members
voiced opposition to a proposed nondiscrimi-
nation ordinance this week, not enough to
derail a citywide ban on anti-gay bias.
"I see at least nine, maybe 10 votes," coun-
cil member Veletta Forsythe Lill said
Wednesday after a council briefing on the pro-
posed measure. "We've got our fingers cross-
ed, but I think it's going to happen."
The nondiscrimination ordinance would
ban anti-gay bias in employment, housing and
public accommodations. Only city employees
currently enjoy that protection in hiring and
The proposed law covers gays, lesbians,
bisexuals and transgenders, as well as all of
the traditionally protected classes of race, eth-
nicity, religion and others.
The Council is expected to vote on the ordi-
nance May 8. Dallas' gay leaders are urging
the community to pack the council chambers
during the meeting to show support for the
The Dallas Morning News published an edi-
torial Wednesday in support of the ordinance.
The editorial surprised Dallas' gay and lesbian
leaders, who said the conservative newspa-
per's stand is compelling evidence that the
ordinance's time has come.
Mayor Laura Miller distributed copies of
the editorial to the council.
Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance President
Maria Rubio said that even though the odds
look better than ever, the community should
See ORDINANCE on PACE 10
Dallasite takes roll call to aid HIV agency
John "Spanke" Studer, right, stocks the shelves with paper
goods at AIDS Services of Dallas' Hillcrest House, along with
Jerry Morris, a resident who manages the supply room.
Studer's parties enlist friends in project to provide
necessities for residents at AIDS Services of Dallas
By Don Maines
"Happy birthday" means rolls and rolls of toilet paper to John
"Spanke" Studer, who has helped raise almost $100,000 worth of paper
goods for AIDS Services of Dallas since turning his birthday into a fund
raiser 11 years ago.
"It started off [when] I wanted to throw myself a birthday party,"
explains the popular Dallas bartender, "but I wasn t looking forward to
having people bring me ceramic pieces and figurines."
Instead, he put a call out for toilet paper and other necessities which
grants don't fund for indigents.
The first year, Studer says, the response was so great he filled up his
See PARTIES on Page 12
May 3, 2002
Vol 19 No 1
Dallas author and cine-
ma lover Sam Staggs
leaves no stone
unturned as he goes
behind the scenes of
the irresistably campy
Despite solid songwrit-
ing, Melissa Ferrick's
eighth album, Listen
Hard, somehow fails to
Perhaps the re-release
of Amadeus will revive
the career of gay actor
Tom Hulce, who's all
but disappeared since
capture the lesbian per-
former's fiery passion
and boundless spirit.
Here’s what’s next.
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