Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 9, Ed. 1 Friday, July 22, 2005 Page: 6 of 68
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raise money for
Ehrhardt, Fink heading up area participation in
statewide ‘No Nonsense in November' campaign
By David Webb Staff Writer
The No Nonsense in November campaign against the anti-gay-
marriage amendment kicked off locally with a fund-raiser at the
Stonewall Democrats of Dallas meeting on Tuesday night.
Former State Representative Harryette Ehrhardt asked gay
Democrats to open up their wallets to help fight the ballot measure,
which if passed will amend the state constitution to ban marriage
between same-sex couples.
See CAMPAIGN on PAGE 13
Harryette Ehrhardt, left, and Patti Fink collected donations for the No Nonsense
in November campaign at the Stonewall Democrats meeting on Tuesday.
UCC to receive Hero of Hope Award
Cathedral of Hope honoring denomination for commitment to
human rights issues, including GLBT rights, pastors say
By Tammye Nash Staff Writer
Even before the United Church of
Christ earlier this month became the first
mainstream Christian denomination to
come out in support of legal recognition
of same-sex marriage, church leaders at
Cathedral of Hope had already decided
to present the denomination with the
2005 Hero of Hope Award,
“We chose the UCC right after they
tried to run that ad about inclusiveness
that was rejected by two of the major net-
works,” said the Rev. Jo Hudson, senior
pastor and rector of the Cathedral. “The
UCC has had an historic commitment to
human rights. It has been a prophetic
voice. We felt the denomination was a
natural to receive this award.”
Rev. Hudson said because she is
ordained in the United Church of Christ
and came to the Cathedral front a UCC
church in College Station last year, the
denomination being chosen to receive
the Hero of Hope Award has special sig-
nificance for her.
“This is a wonderful, serendipitous
moment for me,” she said. “I have a great
affection for the UCC and its work in all
kinds of ways. 1 am thrilled that the con-
gregation that has called me to be in min-
istry with them is recognizing the
denomination that has been so wonderful
Ron Buford, director of UCC’s Still
Speaking Initiative, will be attend the 9
a.m. and 11 a.m. services at Cathedral of
Hope on Sunday to accept the award on
behalf of his denomination. He said this
week the award is “an extreme honor for
“The United Church of Christ and its
forbearers have been on the cutting edge
of lots of things for the last 400 years. We
were the first denomination to condemn
slavery, the first to ordain a woman, the
first to ordain an African American. We
were also the first, in 1972, to ordain an
openly gay man,” Buford said.
“The structure of our church allows us
to do many of these things earlier than
most churches. But the things you do
have to be valued by the people that you
as a community or a church seek to serve.
The work means nothing if the people it
is meant to help don’t value it. So receiv-
ing this award is a statement of the value
of the work our church has done,”
Buford explained that the United
Church of Christ came, historically, from
a mix of four of the earliest Christian
denominations to come to the New
World. They were, he said, “four rather
disparate groups who had in common a
resistance to being told what to do.” That
Ron Buford of the United Church of Christ: "The
structure of our church allows us to do many
things earlier than other churches."
bond and a common desire to “unite
Christians around Christ as head of the
church” is what has helped the denomi-
nation grow and stay strong, “even in the
midst of disagreements about positions
on different issues,” Buford said.
Buford explained that each local
church within the UCC is autonomous.
Representatives from local churches
come together regionally every other
year for a synod where the representa-
tives discuss issues of importance to the
different local churches.
The synod, he said, “speaks to, but not
for, the local congregations.”
So even when a synod or even the
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Group for young gay Democrats forming in Dallas
Stonewall Democrats hope youth chapters will inspire more people to
become active in politics, spur higher voter turnout in elections
By David Webb Staff Writer
The nation’s third young gay Stonewall
Democrats group has formed in the city under the
sponsorship of Stonewall Democrats of Dallas.
Paul Tran, who is a member of Stonewall
Democrats of Dallas’ board of directors, said he
conceived the idea of the new group in Dallas as
a means to increase participation by GLBT youth
in the organization. Similar chapters in Los
Angeles and San Diego have succeeded in draw-
ing more young gay people into the political
arena by "custom-making" a group for them, he
Two other chapters for young gay Democrats
are in the process of forming in Sacramento and
Atlanta, he said.
Stonewall Young Democrats of Dallas has
already registered 25 members, said Tran, presi-
dent of the group. The strong turnout at the first
meeting on July 6 surprised him. he said.
"Usually when you start up any new organiza-
tion, you are lucky to have 10.” said Tran, 25.
who is a doctoral student at the University of
Texas at Dallas studying political science. "To
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have two and a halftimes that show up at a meet-
ing is very impressive and humbling.”
Jesse Garcia, communications director for
Stonewall Democrats of Dallas, said in a state-
ment that members of the group are looking for-
ward to mentoring to the next leaders of the com-
“This group will not only aim to educate and
bring awareness of our civil rights issues to our
LGBT youth, but reach out to the college cam-
puses to pick up those straight allies who are pro-
gressive in their thinking.”
Shannon Bailey, president of Texas Stonewall
Democrats, said he plans to the pitch the idea of
forming groups for gay youths in all of the Texas
cities where Stonewall Democrats chapters now
exist. The cities include El Paso, Austin.
Houston. San Antonio. Fort Worth. Texarkana.
Galveston and the Beaumont-Port Arthur area.
Gay Democrats in Tarrant County and
Houston have expressed interest in the project.
See YOUNG on PAGE 15
Officers of Stonewall Young Democrats of Dallas are Siobhan Bailey, communications vice president; Paul Tran, presi-
dent: Alex Ortega, political vice president and Brandon Kneefel, secretary.
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