VIDEO: LGBTQ Senate Seat May Come to SMU

April 6, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Andy Garcia
atgarcia@smu.edu

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An LGBTQ Senate Seat may be in the works for SMU. Legislation to would create the seat is up for a vote next week. Voting for the runoff election for president and vice-president is also underway.

During Tuesday’s senate meeting the following video was shown to reflect the opinions of those in support for the LGBTQ seat.

Global News Blog: High Uncertainty, Causing Waves

October 19, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Taylor Reed

Looking on Facebook for the past few days all I saw was numerous posts about national coming out day, and those supporting friends and family members who have embraced their true identity.

In America this display of freedom of expression is quite typical, due to the fact that we as a nation are as a whole understanding of different viewpoints and ideals. However, in countries such as Austria this display is extremely offensive and would create huge waves across the nation.

This lack of understanding and desire to accept new change branches from a high uncertainty rating and a complex past (WWII) that opposed these new ideals. An example of this lack of understanding is seen in the waves created by a transgendered teacher teaching in a Vienna school.

Though the teacher was allowed to teach, there were massive protests at the school opposing this. This country also has had issues accepting new immigrants within the country. Though these are just small examples, on relatively small issues, I believe this branches to a larger issue of cultural understanding of new ideas and concepts that will be impacting individuals of all ages, races, and countries due to globalization.

With technology becoming commonplace the flow of new ideas and viewpoints are able to reach individuals in a way like never before. All we have to do as a nation is be prepared for this influx of ideas.

Big D Blog: Dallas Council Member Jasso to Introduce Task Force for Gay Issues

September 22, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Amanda Mervine

Dallas City Councilwoman Delia Jasso brought to light a legitimate concern facing the Dallas area community last week: What body do we have in the area that deals with LGBT issue?

Her answer according to an article on Dallasvoice.com: “We don’t have one. “

Jasso who took on her position as council member in June after campaigning on a platform for gay rights announced last week that she has been working on establishing a task force working on LGBT rights issues made up of members from the gay community.

“My desire would be to put together a group of people – right now it would have to be a task force – to help us deal with those issues and make recommendations to us… I think it’s a great idea. I don’t know why we haven’t done it before,” Jasso was quoted as saying on Dallasvoice.com.

Jasso wishes for the task force to eventually becoming a standing commission like it has in cities like Forth Worth and Austin. She hopes the force would act like an advisory panel, handling such issues as sensitivity training for the Police and Fire-Rescue Departments, as well as assisting in creating an affinity group for LGBT municipal employees.

The task force seems to be a popular idea among LGBT supporters in the area.

“I hope it can be something that can be well-established and serve us not only immediately but over time,” said Patti Fink, president of the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance, of the task force/commission.

Fink said that if the commission were established it’s number one priority would be to revise Dallas’ seven-year-old nondiscrimination ordinance “in terms of clarifying and strengthening it.”

The bittersweet news for the LGBT community of Dallas is that Jasso may form a task force on the issue at any time, however a standing city commission would require approval from a majority of the council before it becomes eligible for city funds or decision-making authority.

Campus News Blog: Highland Park Church Behind the Times

April 7, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Posted by Samantha Criswell

As North Texas moves towards relaxed rules regarding the ordaining of gay clergymen, a Highland Park Presbyterian Church pastor is one of 182 clergy and lay leaders still opposed to the change. Reverend Scates calls the move “one symptom of the greater demise of the American church.”

While employers, legislators, and society in general have moved towards a more accepting stance towards gays in the workplace, the Presbyterian Church in North Texas decided to move in the same direction. The general sentiment is that nationally, the change in language will not pass, but may be a closer vote than in previous years.

In a country where it is illegal to discriminate in the workplace against someone for their sexual orientation or a number of other characteristics, the church remains sluggish as best to keep up with changes in society.