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Prominent Houston Attorney Transitions To A Woman

Prominent Houston Attorney Transitions To A Woman

Prominent Houston Attorney Transitions To A Woman, Finds Support From Law Firm And Clients!

 

(HOUSTON) — The transgender community just got a new face. A local Houston attorney has transitioned and is proud of her community and especially her law firm for their massive support.

Law firm Fish & Richardson isn’t named “Law Firm of The Year” by U.S. News for nothing. Danielle Joy “DJ” Healey, a litigator with the global firm, formally known as David Healey, said the firm worked with her to make it as easy as possible to announce her change to clients and to people at work.

Healey, a 57-year-old senior principal at the firm says; “They put an enormous amount of effort and time and energy into it. It just shows that the Fish family is really a family,” she told Law.com. Healey says she has known she was transgender since she was 4. “I’ve had to deal with. … It doesn’t change me as a person. It just allows me to live more fully and happily,” she said.

“We’re delighted that DJ was able to transition with the support of her firm. We would not say that is typical in any way, shape or form. Firms have a long way to go,” D’Arcy Kemnitz, executive director of the National LGBT Bar Association said.

In a released statement Fish & Richardson announced that
“Diversity and inclusion are crucial to the positive culture and success of our firm, and we treat everyone with respect and dignity at all times. DJ is a valued colleague and an important part of the Fish family, and we will support her completely in the months ahead.”

Ms. Healey graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1985 with honors and Brown University in 1982. Ms. Healey served as law clerk to the Honorable James DeAnda, United States District Judge, Southern District of Texas, from 1985-1987.

Chaos At Spire Nightclub Wednesday Night Scare Club Patrons

Chaos At Spire Nightclub Wednesday Night Scare Club Patrons
(Photo by Houston Chronicle)

Popular Downtown Straight Club ‘Spire Nightclub’ Known For Ever Growing LGBT Presence Has Scary Wednesday Night For Club Patrons.

(HOUSTON) — A night out in downtown Houston gets chaotic for club goers, leaving at least two people with gunshot wounds, and other injured as a vehicle drives into a crowd leaving Spire Nightclub.

According to Houston Police, pandemonium broke out in the nightclub’s parking lot shortly after closing. “It’s a really confusing scene at this point,” HPD Lt. Larry Crowson said, “We’re not exactly sure who’s the victim and who’s the suspect in this.”

According to the Houston Chronicle, ‘a fight led three individuals to drive a car into a crowd of people. The car hitting a patron with impact enough to shatter the vehicle’s windshield.’

A club patron in the crowd produced a weapon and fired shots at the vehicle. As the vehicle attempted to escape the gunfire, it hit a utility pole.

Houston Police Investigators are attempting to reconstruct the scene, but everyone involved – witnesses, victims, and perpetrators – fled the scene.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call the department’s Major Assaults Unit at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

New Eatery Emmaline Set To Open In Montrose

New Eatery Emmaline Set To Open In Montrose

Montrose Gets Ready To Open ‘Emmaline’ In Location Of Teala’s Off W. Dallas

(MONTROSE) — Geared to launch in August, the famous little Teala’s transforms into Emmaline, a new outdoor Montrose destination for foodies for ‘all-day’ dining, into the late nights.

The new location, located at 3210 West Dallas, just steps away from Guava Lamp, has announced Chef Dimitri Voutsinas, of the famous New York’s La Gamelle, will lead the kitchen.

Set to be Houston’s version of the famous Beverly Hill’s ‘The Ivy,’ Emmaline will boast a street side patio that offers patrons a “soft and airy, laid-back vibe.”

Inside, the eatery will feature four separate dining areas, including an antique-adorned central bar, lounge-style space with secluded booths. Along with a 50-seat sunroom looking over a garden.

According to a press release, Chef Voutsinas has created a mixed with American, and Mediterranean styles that will include wood-grilled fare.

Jack’d App Improves Location Security

Jack'd App Improves Location Security

(NEW YORK) — In response to rising LGBT hate crimes since the 2016 US Election, the gay dating app Jack’d has heightened security with new features including one that blurs the GPS of its members.

“The blurring feature was originally created as a tool to protect gay men in countries such as Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt that have a history of violence against the gay community,” explains Alon Rivel, Director of Global Marketing at Jack’d.

Jackd-App-Improves-Location-Security-About-Magazine-1024x853 Jack'd  App Improves Location Security“Since the 2016 election, however, there has been a surge in bullying and hate crimes against the LGBTQ community in the US.  As a result, a growing number of gay men here want to increase their privacy and keep their locations private, too.”

Before the launch of the blurring feature, Jack’d had disabled location sharing in countries where homosexuality was illegal.  The blurring now allows these men to safely use GPS technology to find nearby men.  It adds a rounding error to the member’s coordinates so that other men are given a general idea of their whereabouts without pinpointing their exact location.  Even Jack’d’ servers do not know the exact location of members.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the U.S. can be unsafe for gay men as hate crimes against LGBTQ people in greater Los Angeles area has increased 24.5% since the election.  In a story from Bloomberg news, published in February, the NYPD cites the election as a major factor in increased anti-LGBTQ incidents in New York City.

Similarly, the Washington Blade published a story in March on its city’s annual bias-related crime report.  It revealed the number of anti-LGBTQ hate crimes in Washington DC had increased 59 percent in 2016.   And in Boston, the number of reported hate crimes and bigoted actions against the LGBTQ community last year surpassed those aimed at Muslims, Jews, Latinos, and Asians combined.  According to the Boston Globe, Boston Police Department figures indicate that the LGBTQ community is the top target for hate acts in its city and it is a trend that appears to be persisting.

“The world will live in is still not LGBTQ tolerant and with 70% of our users being young millennials, we have to be proactive in protecting their privacy,” says Rivel.
For more information, visit http://www.jackdapp.com.