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November 4, 2004 11:34 AM   Subscribe

First gay Hispanic woman elected as Dallas sheriff I thought that this was a joke when I first saw the title. I'm way verklemmt; talk amongst yerselves.
posted by alumshubby (30 comments total)

 
Why would you think it was a joke? Being that Dallas, Tx. has the largest gay church in The World.
posted by thomcatspike at 11:43 AM on November 4, 2004


See, I would have thought that the first gay Hispanic woman would have passed away many, many years ago.
posted by sonofsamiam at 11:45 AM on November 4, 2004


It's like my grandpappy used to always say: "A single Latina lesbian Sheriff can outdo the damage caused by a hundred sociopathic Presidents, Senators and Supreme Court Justices."
posted by ba at 11:46 AM on November 4, 2004


Whoops...make that "undo." Sorry gramps.
posted by ba at 11:47 AM on November 4, 2004


thomcatspike: It's suprising to me because I lived in Dallas (Richardson, actually) mumble years ago, and it's just not the sort of place I envision an openly gay anybody getting elected for anything, let alone a woman -- and a Hispanic one at that -- to a top law-enforcement post, which I normally see as a bastion of conservatism.

Didn't know about the world's largest gay church, though. I would've guessed a lot of cities on that one before Dallas. I recall that the city used to have this inferiority complex -- Are we cosmopolitan enough yet to be a world-class city? -- and I guess it's gotten past that, to some degree at least.
posted by alumshubby at 11:56 AM on November 4, 2004


See, I would have thought that the first gay Hispanic woman would have passed away many, many years ago.
Yes the headline is wrong.
The First Woman elected Dallas County sheriffis Hispanic & Gay.
What is Dallas County's population ranking in the USA?
posted by thomcatspike at 11:57 AM on November 4, 2004


Living in Dallas, I think this rocks. I never heard of the lady before Tuesday night though being all my waking hours not working have been spent running over hookers in San Andreas.
posted by Jeremy at 12:05 PM on November 4, 2004


I smell sitcom!
posted by skallas at 12:08 PM on November 4, 2004


skallas wins.
posted by jonmc at 12:10 PM on November 4, 2004


Yes I really did say that. I'll be out back looking for four horsemen.
posted by jonmc at 12:11 PM on November 4, 2004


What is Dallas County's population ranking in the USA?

Eighth at 2.2 Million.

Valdez's victory really was quite the coup, although she wasn't the only Dem to unseat a Republican incumbent (the rest were all Judge positions, spread among Civil, Family, and Criminal courts). It's made a few of the Republican elected officials around here a bit nervous. The Dallas Young Dems did a hell of a job mobilizing this year.
posted by Ufez Jones at 12:12 PM on November 4, 2004


alumshubby, I live on Richardson's border. When I moved here over 10 years ago, the first thing I noticed was Dallas' large gay population. Maybe because it was more out than where I had moved from in Southern Cali. ymmv

There is a well known restaurant owner that had a sex change, Monica. I will not be surprised seeing her name on the ballot next election for Dallas Mayor if she decides to run for it. She just might win.
posted by thomcatspike at 12:17 PM on November 4, 2004


I'd have figured Licking County would elect one first.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 12:26 PM on November 4, 2004


Sorry, skallas, mr-crash-davis has just scored an upset victory.

And hooray for the "selfish hedonist" sheriff!
posted by Sidhedevil at 1:01 PM on November 4, 2004


There is a well known restaurant owner that had a sex change, Monica. I will not be surprised seeing her name on the ballot next election for Dallas Mayor if she decides to run for it. She just might win.

Reall? I hadn't heard anything about Monica considering a mayoral run. That'd be very interesting. She'd win easily if she promised every citizen free white queso. I could mainline that shit.
posted by Ufez Jones at 1:03 PM on November 4, 2004


I read about this on the Corner on National Review, believe it or not - the guy who posted it said that some of his ultraconservative Republican friends were voting for her because her opponent's gay-baiting was so over the top.
posted by transona5 at 1:07 PM on November 4, 2004


Reall? I hadn't heard anything about Monica
This past spring in various Dallas reads, she had many, many articles about her successful life.
posted by thomcatspike at 1:49 PM on November 4, 2004


Never underestimate the subtle psychosexual appeal of uniformed packing lesbians.
posted by meehawl at 1:52 PM on November 4, 2004


living in dallas county, i've been hearing about Lupe valdez in the press for a while, and I can tell you that not once did I hear anything about her being gay. Not. Once. Not sure if that's the media or if I just missed that fact.
posted by bob sarabia at 2:25 PM on November 4, 2004


bob sarabia: it's the media. I hadn't heard that, either, so I went to the Morning News website to check. There are three articles about her in the election coverage of the site. Although all three articles emphasize her being Hispanic, female, Democrat, and an outsider, only one mentions her being gay.

alumshubby: Cathedral of Hope in downtown Dallas bills itself as the world's largest gay church. Mayor Pro Tem John Loza and Councilman Ed Oakley are both gay, so Dallas isn't as conservative as you think. Houston, however....
posted by joaquim at 5:09 PM on November 4, 2004


I hadn't heard that, either, so I went to the Morning News website to check. There are three articles about her in the election coverage of the site. Although all three articles emphasize her being Hispanic, female, Democrat, and an outsider, only one mentions her being gay.

I'd heard rumors about it and finally confirmed it with a friend. And yet, who did the DMN endorse for this race? Ms. Valdez.
posted by Ufez Jones at 6:16 PM on November 4, 2004


joaquim, all the cool people I knew at UT went to hang out in Montrose in Houston when they needed a break from Austin. And they all thought Dallas was a great place to get burned at the stake. Has the Houston/Dallas polarity shifted that much?
posted by alumshubby at 6:26 PM on November 4, 2004


...not once did I hear anything about her being gay. Not. Once. Not sure if that's the media or if I just missed that fact.
posted by bob sarabia


I met her at the caucuses, listened to her speeches when the Dems met up to define the state platform, talked to her a few times, did my part to spread her propaganda materials around my neck of the woods...and I didn't know she was gay either.

Not that I care, one way or the other. But the article gives the impression that she made an issue of her sexuality, and that just isn't true. She ran a good, clean race. She was the best qualified candidate. And amazingly enough, she won.
posted by dejah420 at 7:12 PM on November 4, 2004


She was the best qualified candidate. And amazingly enough, she won.

now i'm verklemmt.
posted by graventy at 7:54 PM on November 4, 2004


Re: Monica. Actually, from the scut I've heard she is not planning to run for mayor, but for city council. And, John Loza, an outgoing councilman, is already trashing her via a letter to the editor of The Voice, a local gay/lesbian paper.
posted by sillygit at 8:51 PM on November 4, 2004


Gay, female, and Hispanic is one thing. But Texans electing a Democrat?
posted by LeLiLo at 9:38 PM on November 4, 2004


I'd have figured Licking County would elect one first.

Whenever I'm driving around in Ohio, and I cross the line into Guernsey county, I moo. When I cross the line into Licking County, I lick my lips. You don't want to see what I do when I cross into Hancock County.
posted by kindall at 10:25 PM on November 4, 2004


She needs to convert to Islam now, just to rub it in.
posted by cell at 12:16 AM on November 5, 2004


/OT ...win easily if she promised every citizen free white queso. I could mainline that shit.

Is this Monica the owner of Gloria's that has been suggested for the December Dallas meetup? *shakes with the DT's from the mere mention of queso*
posted by romakimmy at 5:08 AM on November 5, 2004


There's a December meetup? Nobody tells me anything! And I thought you all liked me, really, really liked me.

*sniff*
posted by dejah420 at 7:24 PM on November 5, 2004


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