Councilwoman Vonciel Hill Does Not Approve of Dallas County's Two-Gay-Black-Men Billboards

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Every year, something like 6,000 Dallas County residents are diagnosed with HIV, giving us the dubious honor of having the highest infection rate in the state. The statistics are particularly grim for gay black men, who contract the disease at an alarming rate.

Dallas County Health Director Zachary Thompson knows the score and has launched a public education campaign as part of a broader effort to drive down infection rates. The campaign cuts across lines of age, race, gender, and sexuality. He's been critical of the sex ed curricula in public schools for focusing too heavily on abstinence. Alicia Keys graced billboards encouraging people, namely black women, to get tested. Now, two smiling, gay black men are doing the same.

I don't remember where I spotted the billboard. Somewhere in the vicinity of White Rock, I expect. The one in Fox 4's piece from last night stands over Highway 67 and Red Bird Lane. But wherever you come across it, it sticks in your mind, if only because same-sex black couples are rarely represented in media of any form. That's what makes it effective.

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But you can't plaster two gay dudes on a billboard in southern Dallas and expect it to fly with Dallas City Councilwoman Vonciel Jones Hill. She seems to fear the ad might have a corrupting influence on passersby. In an email to Fox 4's Shaun Rabb, she expressed concern that "African American men who engage in homosexual conduct [are] presented as acceptable" in the ad and that it amounts to an endorsement of homosexuality.

Thompson, meanwhile, who is engaged in a reality-based fight against a deadly scourge, bangs his head against the wall in frustration. "The message is very clear," he told Rabb. "The message is: among African American men who have sex with men the rate of HIV new cases is at an epidemic proportion."

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askthecoolcookie
askthecoolcookie

Vonceil, if you reading this Honey, you need to set aside that part of your brain that houses your selfish stupidity, and let that teeny, tiny, itsy, bitsy, little part that houses the mind of an adult woman into control and get behind this message.  It's not about you Vonceil. It's not about saving souls. It's not about your prejudices.  IT IS ABOUT SAVING LIVES.  What don't you understand about this?  It's simple Vonceil, save lives first, ALWAYS.  Worry about your standing in the Church second. It's not about you unless you need to update your status as well. 

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

I support Antoine Walker in whatever he wants to do in his post NBA days.

Chevytexas
Chevytexas

Welk it made Towleroad so it must be news. Vonciel is just trying to cock block our fine young scientist with her offended Methodist ploy. Black preachers are the chief deniers of black HIV challenges. Poor Shaun Rabb.

Vinny-n-Dallas
Vinny-n-Dallas

I swear black people are their own worst enemy.  Not that racism still isn't a factor in this country, but so much of the damage to the black community they do themselves.  The question is why?

mikeylikesit
mikeylikesit

Methinks thou doth protest too much Vonceil.  As Grizelda said to Peggy Gravel in John Waters' Desperate Living... "Eat it Peggy! Eat it!!" 

Bradley Herron
Bradley Herron

Gay people exist!? OMG!! What shall we ever do?!

joecook
joecook

Americans have the right to affirm the Biblical teaching that homosexuality is morally wrong. Yet it's possible to separate from that the idea that people need to be safe from AIDS/HIV. It's sad that every ad has to become a call to fight each other.

Scotty
Scotty

Either she is an IDIOT or she can't read a Billboard that clearly urges gay men to GET TESTED!!

Idiotboxx
Idiotboxx

Vonciel Hill is an idiot.....plain and simple.  A FN idiot. 

Hulon Pate
Hulon Pate

It is about saving the lives of higher at risk people. Not to discriminate or to label,classify or persecution of anyone or group.

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

Is Hills saying something stupid still considered newsworthy?

Melvin Willis
Melvin Willis

Tough, Councilwoman Hill. The People don't approve of you. Officer Melvin Willis, Mesquite Police Dept. (Hon. Ret.)

SisterLawna
SisterLawna

How can this woman say that a billboard with two men on it could promote "risky" behavior or influence someone to participate in homosexual activity. Granted she didn't word it like that, but we can all read between the lines. She is obviously uneducated when it comes to HIV/AIDS, the local statistics for the illness, as well as the causes of the illness. I do believe 1 in 5 people who have the HIV virus are unaware they are infected, if I recall the most recent stats correctly. This illness will not go away without proper testing, affordable and reliable healthcare, and open hearts and minds to help combat the stigma that is still associated with this illness, especially in the biased, bigoted, and uneducated Bible Belt. Councilwoman Hill has just proven how dangerous ignorance is. @AC360  @andersoncooper (Anderson Cooper) Should have Councilwoman Hill featured on his #ridiculist!

Randy Shipp
Randy Shipp

And yet, the sun rose this morning...huh.

Marc Mark
Marc Mark

I hate that stupid 174 million dollar bridge can I get that removed !!!

wcvemail
wcvemail

At least, for once, the guy with the mustache isn't in back.

Nah, I'm straight, but I have a mustache, so I get half a vote. Jack Jett, you're late here.

Mark Dean
Mark Dean

who gives a rat's behind what she thinks?! tell that amateur politician to AVERT HER GAZE!!

Bruce Lorenzana
Bruce Lorenzana

I suggest she not look at the sign then. Problem solved.

Justin 'Dub' Cook
Justin 'Dub' Cook

"She's oblivious to what's really happening in the world around her." Sadly, you just described about half of the people we, the people, vote into office.

snowboard9
snowboard9

These people get reelected because they have a small but vocal group of supporters in the lunatic fringe end of the population they represent.  We need to get educated, compassionate and responsible leaders to all segments of the community in these public offices.

Kelvin Bradford
Kelvin Bradford

I can't stand her. She's oblivious to what's really happening in the world around her. She needs to realize that the numbers speak for themselves.

Manny Arriaga
Manny Arriaga

How did they talk Jamal Mashburn into posing for the ad? Weird.

Adam Reyna
Adam Reyna

It's not gay if its in a three-way.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

i don't think they are gay, i think the dark skin one is trying to rob the other one.

director21
director21

@Cliffhanger In all fairness to Vonciel Hill, the ONLY time she says something stupid is when she talks.

askthecoolcookie
askthecoolcookie

@SisterLawna @AC360  @ I'll tell you how.  Vonceil is insecure about herself.  That's how. Lawna, honey, this isn't about gay people, its about Vonceil and her needs.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

"These people get reelected because they have a small but vocal group of supporters in the lunatic fringe..."

Wrong. She represents the majority view of her constituents.

snowboard9
snowboard9

@ruddski     mehh... she got 3,321 Votes out of a population of  >120,000.   If it wasn't for the redistricting in 2010, she would have gotten less.  If that's your idea of "she represents the majority view of her constituents" then, I suppose you're entitled to your opinion.

soundpam2
soundpam2

@ruddski Those are OLD polls & things have changed drastically in the last couple of years. African Americans now support gay marriage by a slim majority. BTW - this isn't about gay marriage so those stats don't really count. This is about tolerance & acceptance & Hill's ignorant bigotry is not typical of most African Americans.

soundpam2
soundpam2

@wcvemail@snowboard9@ruddskiUmmm, I'd like to point out that her ignorant positions & the blind backing she & Price get from their constituents is absolutely no different than the ignorant positions held by many Texas politicians like Cruz, Rick Perry, & Gohmert. To single out this particular area is ridiculous! Texas is FULL of hate-filled, bigoted idiots who blindly vote to put other (richer) ignorant, hate-filled, bigots  in public office!

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

You can do better than that, hon.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Actually, polls show that the black community is majority against gay marriage, that's not my opinion.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@snowboard9 @ruddski The stats speak for themselves, especially if you add in the adjective phrase "the majority view of her constituents _who vote_..." Heck yes, she does. There's no outrage from her constituency on this or her other outrageous positions, so they have spoken with their acquiescence.

We outsiders ask how their voters continue to re-elect her, Price, and a chain of such charlatans for decades. We ask that even more often than they are re-elected, and the answer is simply statistical. To infer that she has escaped from her voters' notice is a leap too far, so yeah, her constituents agree with her.

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