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Meet DPD’s new LGBTQ liaison

Meet Chelsea Geist, the Dallas Police Department’s new LGBTQ liaison. Officer Geist is looking forward to meeting members of the community in person but for now has to meet on Zoom. The conference takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. but you must register by Friday, Sept. 25 to be included. Previous liaison Amber Roman has been promoted to detective. — David Taffet

Meet DPD’s new LGBTQ liaison

Meet Chelsea Geist, the Dallas Police Department’s new LGBTQ liaison. Officer Geist is looking forward to meeting members of the community in person but for now has to meet on Zoom. The conference takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. but you must register by Friday, Sept. 25 to be included. Previous liaison Amber Roman has been promoted to detective. — David Taffet

FWO names Afton Battle general director

The Fort Worth Opera has named Afton Battle, a Texas native and long-serving arts administrator, as its new general director. Battle is the first woman and the first African American to lead the older opera company in the state of Texas. Battle replaces Tuomas Hiltunen, who served about two years before stepping down suddenly in January. Battle will lead the company during a period of great transition for live performance groups due to the pandemic. She is the eighth general director of the...

Realizing my vulnerability

Forget stranger danger; trans women most often targeted by romantic partners The scene was simple: I was walking with a boyfriend when he pushed me up against the wall. It was broad daylight, but just like in reality, it happened out of the public’s view, this time in an alleyway. He wanted more than I wanted to give. I said no, but that didn’t stop him from continuing to try. When he didn’t get what he wanted, it escalated, first to a slap in the face, and when I fought back, it became a hand...

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A Bright Light in the darkness

Photos courtesy Warren Piece Out musician Rod Thomas centers LGBTQ culture with his disco-laden third album The name Rod Thomas might not be instantly recognizable, but it’s likely you’ve come across the one he uses on stage. As Bright Light Bright Light, Thomas has been a staple of the international LGBTQ music scene for the last 10 years, performing for Cher on the European leg of her 2019 tour and collaborating on a song with Elton John. The independent Welsh singer-songwriter’s latest...