Last month, McKinney High School crowned its first lesbian homecoming queen—17-year-old April Swartz-Larson. It all started with a tweet from one of Swartz-Larson’s closest friends, spreading from a less-than-140-character message to reality. Since then, Swartz-Larson has found herself the topic of conversation, not only in her suburban community, but all over the internet. (George Takei recently picked up her story.) Swartz-Larson talks about how much life can change in a month, working toward equality, and applying to colleges.
Staci Parks: Your story is interesting because it seems like within the past year or so there’s been more of a conversation about gay and transgender teens. Do you think stories like that helped?Full Story
Seems like a reasonable request.Full Story
The physics on this one are fairly impossible.Full Story
I last saw Ted Strauss four weeks ago. He was in a wheelchair, and he wasn’t happy. “How are you?” I asked. “Worth shit,” he answered with a scowl. Then as he was being wheeled away a sly smile broke out on his face. “Remind me that I have a story to tell you,” he […]Full Story
Josh Malone is a 41-year-old dude who lives in Plano and has eight kids. So he’s clearly insane. Speaking from experience, a vasectomy is a pretty simple procedure. But Malone is also a super genius. Any parent who has ever made a mess of water balloons will appreciate Malone’s invention, which is called Bunch o Balloons. Check out the video. It’s amazing. He launched a Kickstarter on July 22, with a $10,000 goal. The campaign goes till August 21, but he’s already got $635,000 pledged. Probably didn’t hurt that he was on the Today show this morning.
Josh Malone, you are my hero.Full Story
“The Body Issue” of ESPN The Magazine hits newsstands Friday with six different covers. Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder strikes a pose for one of them. Awesome. That’s what I thought when I saw it. His body is a marvel. It seems odd that he’s using it to play baseball rather than middle linebacker. Also check out this behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot. (h/t Evan Grant)Full Story
SIGN THIS MAN, JERRY. (Disclaimer: Kevin Klein is 5’6″, 155 pounds. But look at his moves!)Full Story
God first! Basketball player. Respect Women! Single. Miami Heat!! Server at Steak n’ Shake. SNEAKERHEAD. This is the world of @jmoneylester.Full Story
In 1994, Dan Koller was a man with dreams. Big dreams, people. Hollywood dreams.Full Story
Brian Hull, who grew up in Mansfield and is now a senior music major at Dallas Baptist University, set the Internet afire this weekend with his rendition of the hit song “Let It Go” from Frozen. He’d heard about a contest where the best cover of the young-girl anthem won a $100 Disney Store gift card, and thought to himself, hey, I’d like a hundred bucks. So he sang the song as different Disney characters. As of last night, the video had nearly 5 million views and climbing. I have sources in Mansfield — never you mind who — and they put me in contact with Hull for a quick Q&A.Full Story
Before Colten Moore’s gold medal night at the 2014 Winter X Games, his family gathered in prayer.Full Story
Early this morning, before the sun was up or the coffee was brewed, my 5-year-old son asked me if I knew what day it was. “Friday,” I said, not sure where he was going with this. “Noooo,” he replied, clearly disappointed that today’s significance was lost on his poor, dumb father. “It’s Ticketstock Day,” he […]Full Story
I was delighted to see this clever set of headlines on the cover of today’s SportsDay: But the wordsmithing gets even better on Page 2C: Way to push it, guys.Full Story
At about 5:20 yesterday afternoon, I boarded a DART train downtown and sat behind an out-of-towner who said the following to her travel companion: “Have you noticed how clean this city is? It’s so beautiful. Everything is so picked up. … And there’s no homeless people accosting you. It’s nice. … Look at this. There’s […]Full Story