Unfortunately, culinary uber-hotness Tre Wilcox did not awaken shirtless on the last episode of Top Chef All Stars. But Tre and his bulging biceps were in top form while dining and cooking at Marea, finishing in the (ahem) top three, more AFTER THE JUMP ...
In this week's elimination challenge on the new Top Chef All Stars, culinary uber-hotness Tre Wilcox of Top Chef 3 was reluctant to sleep on a cot because he preferred to "sleep naked." Unfortunately, none of that ... but we were treated to Tre awakening shirtless and showing off what's been hiding under that chef's jacket.
A Texas Roman Catholic priest, already facing criminal charges and a civil lawsuit alleging that he sexually abused a teenage boy, now faces charges of attempting to hire someone to kill the 18-year-old college student, reports CNN. The Rev. John M. Fiala is booked in the Dallas County Jail and charged with criminal solicitation to commit capital murder and two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
He was arrested last week after he offered an undercover agent with the Texas Department of Public Safety $5,000 to kill the teen, according to department spokeswoman Lisa Block. ... The Department of Public Safety and its Texas Ranger Division got involved, sending the undercover agent to speak with Fiala, Rhodes said. The conversation was caught on video and audiotape. gunpoint, reports CNN.
The youth met Fiala in 2007. The attorney said the priest started "grooming him," buying him gifts including a computer and a car. In early 2008, when the boy was 16, under the guise of providing private catechism lessons, Fiala "gained access to him and began to sexually abuse him once or twice a month, including on church grounds," said [Tom Rhodes, the teen's attorney]. Fiala allegedly threatened to kill the youth if he told anyone -- threats he repeated in daily text messages, Rhodes said, and Fiala also threatened to kill himself, telling the teen they would "go to heaven together."
The teen, after struggling with the abuse, told a school counselor, who notified authorities, Rhodes said. He filed suit in April against Fiala, as well as the archdioceses of San Antonio, Texas, and Omaha, Nebraska—where Fiala was before Texas—and Fiala's religious order, the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, the attorney said.
The 18-year-old "was attending college but had to withdraw" and go into hiding after learning the priest abuser was soliciting his murder.
The suit claims the San Antonio and Omaha archdioceses, as well as the religious order, covered up the abuse. After the priest was indicted in September, he fled to Kansas and was extradited to Texas.
Mark White, spokesman for the Dallas FBI office, said agents are "aware of the situation. They are looking into it along with Arlington PD." Jamal Qaddura, president of the DFW Islamic Educational Center, said the spray-painted obscenities were about 15 feet wide. Damage to the playground equipment, he said, was estimated at $20,000. ... Qaddura said worshippers at the mosque were subjected to slurs yelled by a carload of people after services Sunday evening. "I don't want to repeat them," he said. "You don't want to hear them. About our religion, and about us."
Adding insult to injury: The schoolchildren "raised money" from relatives and neighbors to buy the playground equipment. Vandals also cut a pipe, apparently believing the water pipe was a natural gas line, reports the Star-Telegram.
voting to strip LGBT employment protections, Dallas Area Rapid Transit
"voted unanimously Tuesday night to add transgender protections to the
agency’s employment nondiscrimination policy."
HIV rates decline in South Africa? New data suggest a 35% drop in the rate of new infections. "Research discovered that 1.3% of 15 to 49-year-olds contracted the diseases between 2005 and 2008, compared to 2%
among the same group between 2002 and 2005."
Pioneering black film director Oscar Micheaux honored on a
new postage stamp. Micheaux was born in 1884 and ecame the first black to produce a movie and later introduced the actor
Paul Robeson in 1924.
Wisconsin court rules gay parents do not have full parental rights. "A woman who raised two adopted children for years in a same-sex
relationship is not considered their parent under Wisconsin law, an
appeals court ruled Thursday. The court ruled that only the woman's former
partner is their parent since the adoptions were done under the
partner's name. 'It's another slap in the face to gays and lesbians that we're not
equal. We're not parents,' said the woman's attorney, Michele Perrault. "
Trial dates for the two Zimbabwe gay activists arrested
and tortured in May: "The dates are 30 June and 1
July. The state appears to have
separated the two based on the premise that Ignatius
be charged for possession of a pornographic DVD and Ellen [Chademana]
Dallas Area Rapid Transit enrages LGBT community by mistakenly stripping away LGBT employment protections. "DART board members [attempted] to give final approval to a policy that purports to
prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of gender identity. But with a
one-word switch in the new language, approved 11-2 in a committee
of the whole meeting Tuesday night, the new policy would in fact
extend no new protections to transgendered employees, gay rights
activists say. What's more, they say it would strip away protections
for gay and lesbian employees found in the existing board policy." Much more at the Dallas Voice.
The Human Rights Campaign has apologized after a "technological glitch" in an email blast to members incorrectly stated Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) voted against repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t tell” last month on the House floor.
The email blasting Johnson's "vote against equality" was potentially sent to thousands of Dallas-area LGBTs and allies. It also provided a link to generate responses emailed to Johnson's office. The problem: Johnson voted for repeal and scores a perfect 100 on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard for her support of LGBT issues.
A gay member of Johnson's re-election campaign committee expressed his displeasure to the Dallas Voice. "My hope is that HRC will understand the seriousness of its error. HRC’s
goal should be to win and keep allies, not to mistakenly sully their
reputations,” wrote James Nowlin, who is also a top donor to the Human Rights Campaign.
"[C]onstituents of Illinois Congressman Tim Johnson, who did in fact vote
against DADT repeal, may have been on the other end of the glitch. Tim
Johnson’s constituents reportedly received e-mails from HRC asking them
to thank him for the vote in support of equality. And from what I
gather, Tim Johnson’s gay constituents are equally miffed because the
e-mail has given people the false impression that he isn’t anti-gay.
It's been noted here many times the Congressional Black Caucus consistently scores in the 90 percentiles on LGBT equality. The only black member of Congress to vote against repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was Sanford Bishop of Georgia.
Just recently, the CDC reported HIV diagnoses among gay/bi men are more than 44 times that of other men. Even higher are new infections among teenaged black gay men.
At age 19, Darion (name
changed) tested HIV-positive. The Black gay Florida college student wasperified." "I thought my life was over," he says. "So I tried to
ignore it. "Even scarier than his diagnosis: What if his religious parents
discovered he was "poz"? "I was in college and on their insurance," he recalls. "I didn't
see a doctor or get any meds until I moved out on my own. That was two
Darion is one of an escalating number of Black gay and bisexual
men—"men who have sex with men," or MSM, in public-health
jargon—testing positive for HIV. And infection rates have been increasing at "alarming" rates among young Black same-gender-loving men across the South,
The report comes the same week the City of Dallas, TX begins aggressively addressing HIV among black gay youth. Five students at a Dallas
high school recently tested positive for HIV. Read the full report HERE.
Also in Black AIDS Weekly: The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS(PACHA) has met for the second time. An update on their progress toward a National HIV/AIDS Strategy that specifically addresses those at the center of the U.S. epidemic: Black Americans. Read the full article HERE.
On Thursday, Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant was selected 24th in the NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Two days before, the Dallas Morning News profiled the Cowboys draft target and focused on Bryant's troubled family life and relationship with his mother Angela, who had Dez when she was only 15 years old and later came out as lesbian.
"He has dealt with a
change in his mother's sexual orientation in a conservative town
of about 32,000, located in the heart of the Bible Belt.... Just don't
question Angela's love for Dez, 19-year Lyeddia and 17-year-old
Bryant attended most of his games at Oklahoma State, making the
eight-hour drive from Lufkin to Stillwater with Carldelro King, Dez's
best friend. She took an 18-hour bus ride to Athens, Ga., to see
Dez's college debut against Georgia in 2007.
Mother and son don't believe in secrets. Honesty, even if it hurts, is
the foundation of their relationship. That's how they worked through Angela's change in sexual orientation.
Dez was in high school when he learned his mother was no longer
interested in romantic relationships with men. 'I didn't like it. Really, I still don't,' he said. "I dealt with it
and now I'm comfortable with it.' Angela
broached the topic with him because she didn't want her sexuality
creating a wedge between them. 'It hurt me that
it hurt him. I'm very happy about the relationship that we have,' Angela said. 'I wasn't close with my parents, so it's important
for me to be close with my kids. I'm not a
typical mom, but my kids know I love them. They can tell me
anything and I'll do anything for them.' "
If it was "tough" for Dez to cope with his single mom's sexuality in the small, conservative Bible Belt town of DeSoto Texas, how do you think Mom feels?
"First is the multiple uses of the term “sexual preference” to describe
Bryant’s mother being a lesbian. I contacted the Morning News
and got them to change it online to “sexual orientation,” since “sexual
preference” has been listed in the AP Stylebook as a term to avoid since
at least 2006. Unfortunately, it went out in the print edition as
“sexual preference.” It’s shocking to me that the sports staff at a
major newspaper would not be aware of this."