Officials: Man who shot transgender woman in Dallas is undocumented

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ABOVE: Domingo Ramirez-Cayente’s mugshot. (Photo from Dallas County Sheriff’s Department)

DALLAS (AP) | Authorities say a Mexican national who committed a hate crime last month when he repeatedly shot a transgender woman in Dallas was in the country illegally after being deported in 2010.

Twenty-nine-year-old Domingo Ramirez-Cayente posted bond following the Sept. 20 shooting and was not required to wear an ankle monitor. Federal immigration officials tell The Dallas Morning News that it’s unclear where he can be found.

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Trans Tampa woman disappears in Dallas, search continues

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ABOVE: Pauline del Mundo, photo courtesy Yolanda del Mundo.

TAMPA | Family members and detectives are continuing their search for Pauline del Mundo, a 59-year-old Tampa resident and transgender woman last seen at the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport on Sept. 14.

“We want all the support from the public, most especially the LGBTQ community,” Yolanda del Mundo tells Watermark. “My sister’s life is at stake in Dallas and it seems authorities are slow in providing updates on her whereabouts.”

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Police: Shooting of Dallas transgender woman was hate crime

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DALLAS (AP) | Police in Dallas say a transgender woman was seriously wounded after being shot multiple times and are investigating the attack as a hate crime.

Investigators say a man driving a pickup pulled alongside the woman late Friday, yelled slurs about her gender identity and fired several times, striking her in the chest and arm.

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Texas transgender woman seen in videotaped attack found dead

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ABOVE: Muhlaysia Booker. (Image from Booker’s Facebook page)

DALLAS (AP) | A 23-year-old transgender woman seen on a widely circulated video being beaten in front of a crowd of people was found dead over the weekend in a Dallas shooting, police said.

Muhlaysia Booker was found face-down in a street early May 18 and no suspect has been identified, police Maj. Vincent Weddington said on May 19. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Texas sick leave bill alarms LGBT advocates

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AUSTIN, Texas — A proposed bill affecting paid sick leave in Texas is being criticized for its implications for LGBT workers, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) filed Senate Bill 15 to prohibit municipalities from requiring private employers to offer paid sick leave and other benefits to workers. But a tweak made to the bill a few weeks ago has some worried it could threaten city ordinances that prohibit employers from discriminating against workers based on sexual orientation or gender identity, The News reports. 

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Dallas ‘gayborhood’ Texas’ first to get historical marker

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DALLAS (AP) | It’s an obscure bit of Dallas history: Club Reno — or the Reno Lounge, as it was referred to in 1952’s “U.S.A. Confidential,” a tabloid-scented paperback that sneered at Dallas’ “queers” and “queens,” “fairies” and “middle-class deviates.”

The story of the former Club Reno — “the first gay bar in all of Texas,” according to Karen Wisely’s University of North Texas master of arts thesis — is just part of a story unknown to many Dallasites that is now the bronzed narrative on a historical marker planted Wednesday in front of another iconic gay bar: JR’s Bar & Grill on Cedar Springs Road in the Oak Lawn neighborhood of Dallas. The unveiling, years in the making, is, well, a landmark moment. It will make Dallas the first city in the state with an official Texas Historical Commission subject marker acknowledging a longstanding gay and lesbian community.

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Lesbian sheriff wins Dem nomination in Texas gubernatorial race

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez won the Democratic nomination to become governor of Texas. (Photo courtesy Valdez campaign)

Former Dallas County Sheriff and out lesbian Lupe Valdez won the Democratic nomination Tuesday night to take on anti-LGBT Republican incumbent in the upcoming Texas gubernatorial election.

According to results from The New York Times, Valdez secured 53.1 percent of the vote in the Democratic run-off compared to the 46.9 percent won by her competitor, businessperson Andrew White. After polls closed in Texas at 7 p.m., the Associated Press called the race a few hours later at 9:37 Central Time.

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Man who used dating app to assault, rob gay men gets prison

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DALLAS (AP) — One of four Texas men accused of using a dating app to assault and rob gay men has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors say 21-year-old Nigel Garrett and three other Dallas-area men were charged with hate crimes, kidnappings, carjackings and using firearms to commit violent crimes.

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Amazon search for HQ2 linked to LGBT rights?

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A rendering of Baltimore’s Port Covington neighborhood, one of many contenders for the new Amazon HQ2. Image courtesy Plank Industries.

In a little-noticed development, Amazon’s surprise announcement in September that it plans to open a second headquarters has prompted growing speculation on whether the corporate giant will consider a state or city’s laws on LGBT issues as a factor in choosing the location of the new headquarters.

Based on the size and scope of its current corporate headquarters in Seattle, observers familiar with the tech company say the new headquarters will likely result in a workforce of 50,000 and a $5 billion boost to the local economy of the city and state Amazon chooses.

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Texas’ first Hispanic, openly gay sheriff enters governor’s race

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas’ first Hispanic female sheriff announced Wednesday she is running for governor in 2018, making her the biggest Democrat in the race to challenge Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, who says she is stepping down as sheriff after 12 years to launch her campaign, starts out as an underdog. Texas hasn’t elected a Democratic governor since 1990 and Abbott coasted to a 20-point win just three years ago against Wendy Davis, whose defense of abortion rights catapulted her to national political stardom.

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Man gets probation in death of his transgender girlfriend

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DALLAS (AP) — A 29-year-old Dallas man has been given 10 years of probation in the death of his transgender girlfriend.

Jonathan Stuart Kenney pleaded guilty to aggravated assault as part of a plea deal Sept. 15 in the October 2012 death of 43-year-old Janette Tovar. He had been originally charged with murder, but was re-indicted on a charge of aggravated assault. Prosecutors classified the assault as family violence, not a hate crime.

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Michael Sam makes progress on practice squad

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Dallas, Tex. – Michael Sam is hoping to play in an NFL game this season, which would make him the first openly gay player to do so. According to his position coach, Sam is making progress on the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys.

“He’s done some good things,” defensive line coach Rod Marinelli told the Dallas Morning News. “The only thing he really gets is some of our individual periods and then he gets some one-on-one rushes on Wednesday, and I think he’s gotten a little bit better.

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