Lesbian Activist, Mistaken for a Man by Maurine Dickey, Offers Her Sensitivity Training

Yesterday morning, in a vote split along partisan lines, Dallas County narrowly approved domestic partner benefits for Dallas County employees. But the historic vote was accompanied by an odd incident that most every media outlet in town commented on: County Comissioner Maurine Dickey, as you can see in the Dallas Voice's video above, grew agitated when she believed an audience member was snapping photos of her.

Dickey covered her face with both hands for several moments, then looked up and addressed Judge Clay Jenkins. "Point of privilege here, this gentleman keeps standing up and taking pictures of me," she told him. "I don't know what this is about, but this the third time he's done it. It's been directly on me... I would just like to ask that he refrain from taking pictures of me."

"She," fellow commissioner John Wiley Price corrected, looking as close to embarrassed as we've ever seen him. The audience member was C.d. Kirven, an LGBT activist and core member of GetEQUAL Texas.

It's not clear why Dickey thought she had grounds for complaint; photography is permitted in open meetings. Additionally, a half-dozen or so TV cameras were filming her, as they do at every Commissioners Court meeting. (She is, incidentally, not the only elected or appointed official in Dallas who has demonstrated unfamiliarity with the rules governing photos during open meetings.) Dickey didn't return a phone message left at her office.

As we wrote when we profiled Kirven in our People Issue this year, she's the activist who refused to show Mayor Mike Rawlings a photo of her family during a tense meeting the mayor held with LGBT leaders, held after he repeatedly declined to sign a pledge supporting marriage equality.

"I'm not showing pictures of them to someone who can't appreciate my family's importance," she told Rawlings. Instead, she added, "I'm going to make it my goal and my partner's goal to get a candidate. We're gonna put people up against you and you're gonna lose."

(In other words, if Kirven is trying to make someone "uncomfortable," it's usually pretty easy to spot.)

Nonetheless, Kirven responded to Dickey's complaints by standing up and politely apologizing. She explained that she was actually taking pictures of the speaker at the time, her friend Derick Spillman.

"I think she has issues with my look," Kirven noted dryly, when we emailed her late yesterday for comment.

But Kirven also clearly understands a teachable moment when there's one yelling at her.

"I don't want Commissioner Dickey's strange behavior to take away from the huge win for Dallas LGBT families today," she added. "My community came together today and stood up for economic justice in a time when LGBT people are in desperate need of healthcare & jobs! My offer of arranging sensitivity training by the Resource Center for Commissioner Dickey is open-ended. Just give me a call!"


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brufanegra
brufanegra

I call bullshit....C.D. Kirven has been to SEVERAL County meetings and speaks at most of them so she's not stranger to that court.  To quote one of the previous commentors, this 'cow" thought it would be funny to mock someone in our community by implying that she looks like a man.  What she doesn't understand is that our community embraces those who rail against gender conformity.  All she did was make herself look like a complete idiot.  Thank God I don't like Dickey's BBQ. 

PrestonHoller
PrestonHoller

"My offer of arranging sensitivity training by the Resource Center for Commissioner Dickey is open-ended. Just give me a call!"

 

The only thing you should be more wary of than "sensitivity" training is sensitivity training offered person who is regularly described as an "activist."  

 

My guess is that Dickey's comment was unintentional.  Even if it wasn't, all "activists" deserve a bit of tweaking now and then.

 

 

roo_ster
roo_ster

As for gov't employees not wanting their photo taken while working their gov't job...too bad.  Don't run for election or work for gov't if you don't want scrutiny.

roo_ster
roo_ster

[Austin_Powers] You must admit she is rather mannish.[/Austin_Powers]

 

For men who don;t eat enough meat and use too much moisturizer...

menwholooklikeoldlesbians.blogspot.com/

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

There is a lot in a name --- "Dickey". Yep, pretty dickey.

Daniel
Daniel

It was probably an honest mistake rather than a deliberate slight. Still, Dickey's behavior was profoundly bizarre, and her voice quavered with an emotion unrecognized by the American Medical Association.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Why does Maurine Dickey continue to try to prove she's an ignorant cow?  We get it, already.

dallasdrilling.wordpress.com
dallasdrilling.wordpress.com

I don't know who's worse, Maurine Dickey or Mary Brinegar from The Dallas Arboretum. Both have this elitist attitude about how people should or should not behave, speak, or address society and/or civic dysfunction. Both appear to have been transported from Dallas 1962 to the present.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

I tried that, it didn't work, I still make gay jokes. But so do my gay friends.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz - You need sensitivity training from PETA

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@darrd2010 - They need sensitivity training, so they'll know how to behave and speak.

Daniel
Daniel

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz So it is! How could I have missed it: 

 

Gupta, P., & Ward, K. T. (2008). Laryngeal effects of gin on old hags. New England Journal of Medicine, 78, 91-92.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

 @albert.finney000 I just can't understand why you didn't win the Oscar for Best Actor for your brilliant performance in "Under the Volcano".

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz - Insensitivity on the part of those had yet to complete their training.

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