Drag Performers Attacked Outside Austin Nightclub

On the night of Tuesday, December 27th two drag performers of the Austin LGBT community were brutally attacked outside of Barbarella Nightclub. Both sustained deep injuries both physically and emotionally from the attack. This is normally a fun night to go out for the popular weekly event called Tuesgays. The photo on this page was taken just hours before the attack.

Tuesday, January 2nd join the BT2 drag racers and these other superb guests as we raise money for our fellow drag sisters Serotonin Hey and Kelonapin! This will help pay for the costs of them being assaulted, robbed, and horrifically beaten in Downtown Austin with things such as legal and medical bills.
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Social Shaming in the Gay Community?

We really need to stay together as a community and not shame others when they make mistakes. Especially if you don’t know the whole story (their side).

A member of our community was arrested for stealing in Highland Park (not even in our community that we know of at this time) and it seems to be one of the most talked about things on Facebook. While it does not look good for him proving his innocence we should not give people the scarlet letter until they are proven guilty.  What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Do we shoot first and ask questions later?
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Dallas Considering Closing Bars at Midnight and Possibly Closing Patios

midnightcurfewdallasDallas City Council has asked city staff to explore two possible amendments to local ordinances.

One amendment supported by some City Hall officials would force all bars, restaurants and retail establishments with uncovered patios to provide parking spaces for all the patio patrons they serve. This has started a #Savethepatio movement in Dallas.

Another amendment supported by some City Hall officials would force all bars city-wide to obtain special permits just to stay open past midnight

Just when you think things cannot get worse in 2016, we tried to tell you #itgetsbetter but we’d be lying. In a year that shocked us all with a President-Elect Trump that everyone said would not happen now we are wondering if bars will be able to stay open past midnight thanks to some nazis in the the “Quality of Life Committee” the group responsible for bringing these ideas before the Dallas City Council.

The Quality of Life Committee were behind the ham-fisted ban on mobile retailers, opting to toss out a city staff suggestion to create new permitting processes for roll-around retail that potentially activate neighborhoods in strategic ways. Instead, the committee wanted to ban them altogether.
The Quality of Life Committee nearly banned the little free libraries that communities love. Luckily, council member Scott Griggs stepped in to save the poor, little libraries.
The Quality of Life Committee banned smoking in city parks. Regardless of how you feel about smoking and the extent to which governments should regulate behavior in public spaces, why, as the Dallas Observer wondered, pass a draconian measure that may not even be enforceable?

On November 29, they are set to consider expanding parking requirements to outdoor seating areas. Currently city code does not consider outdoor seating and patios at bars and restaurants as part of the floor area used to calculate how much parking businesses need to provide to operate. In recent years, as a briefing prepared by city staff points out, there have been more establishments opening in Dallas with large outdoor seating areas, places like Truck Yard and The Foundry. Staff recognizes, using some Orwellian language, that outdoor seating is a good thing — it “enhances pedestrian street life when located on or adjacent to the sidewalk” and “may encourage more social interaction between individuals and may help enhance a since of community” (sic). But then staff suggests looping the square footage into city code’s parking requirement calculation, meaning places like Truck Yard would have to find a lot more parking on Lower Greenville in order to keep their doors open.

(D Magazine)

The Save the Patio group’s answer to keeping Dallas’ most exciting neighborhoods safe and respectful to nearby residents is City Hall enforcing the parking, noise and vagrancy laws that are currently on the books. They plan on showing up to this meeting to show that the answer is NOT our government officials enacting more rules that will either bring more cars into those neighborhoods or cause more bars to close down at midnight and more patios to close altogether.

Don’t let your favorite neighborhood (or business) go dark. Show up and speak up at 6 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 29, at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library Auditorium, 1515 Young St., Dallas.

Parking is available in the library parking garage for a fee (enter off of Wood Street) or at metered parking on Young Street.
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