HERO Opponents sue after referendum petition’s rejected

Posted on 08 Aug 2014 at 6:45am

City will delay enactment pending legal cases   JAMES RUSSELL | Staff Writer Four opponents of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance filed a suit against the city just one day after the city announced opponents failed to submit sufficient valid signatures to place a repeal referendum on the ballot in November. City attorney David Feldman [...]

Game On!

Posted on 08 Aug 2014 at 6:30am

Nerd culture has never been more popular, with gay gamers waving their geek flag proudly   RICH LOPEZ  | Contributing Writer and ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor Cynics may scoff, but the power of magic is real. It compels folks to congregate with its mystical appeal. And on this Friday, they are congregating at Common [...]

Sax appeal

Posted on 08 Aug 2014 at 6:15am

Out jazz musician Dave Koz toots his own horn SCOTT HUFFMAN  | Contributing Writer I think first and foremost, if you like the saxophone, you will be very happy,” out sax player Dave Koz, 51, jokes about his music. The musician and radio host will be delivering a matinee performance in support of his most recent [...]

Let freedom ring

Posted on 08 Aug 2014 at 6:00am

Philadelphia, the city of brotherly (and sisterly) love, welcomes gay travelers ANDREW COLLINS  | Contributing Writer Philadelphia is home to some of the most important and fascinating art museums and historic attractions in the country, not to mention a superb (if underrated) dining scene and a rich selection of stylish hotels. Stroll around Independence National [...]

‘You’re talking about my family’

Posted on 01 Aug 2014 at 7:15am

JAMES RUSSELL | Staff Writer Leticia Van de Putte, a Texas state senator from San Antonio and the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, doesn’t mince words. In her first interview with the gay press, she spoke intimately about her family and the ongoing legislative struggle for equality. She also packed in the punches against her [...]

Grand marshals named

Posted on 01 Aug 2014 at 7:00am

Carol West, Rafael McDonnell chosen by record turnout of voters, DTG director says Tammye Nash  |  Managing Editor The votes are in and the community has chosen the Rev. Carol West and Rafael McDonnell to lead the 2014 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade as grand marshals on Sept. 21. Both said this week they are [...]

Building a bridge of compassion

Posted on 01 Aug 2014 at 6:45am

Immigrant rights activist and gay man Jose Antonio Vargas calls on LGBTs to reach out to immigrants   Tammye Nash  |  Managing Editor Born in the Phillipines, Jose Antonio Vargas has lived in the United States since he was 12. He has been open about his “undocumented” status — his mother sent him to live [...]

Queer & folk

Posted on 01 Aug 2014 at 6:30am

Out Texas musician Jay Brannan steps off the shortbus and into adulthood   Judging from the comments on Jay Brannan’s YouTube channel, the Texas-born, Manhattan-based, openly queer singer-songwriter doesn’t have many haters. He may have the 2006 film Shortbus to thank for the international fan base he has accrued there: on his May 2014 posting [...]

Musical Keyes

Posted on 01 Aug 2014 at 6:15am

Justin Keyes adds a touch of sexy passion  to his role in DTC’s stirring production of ‘Les Miserables’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor Dallas Theater Center’s acclaimed rendering of Les Miserables has been praised for all the invigorating changes made by director Liesl Tommy, especially the modern dress. But if you’re paying attention, there’s [...]

What’s new?

Posted on 01 Aug 2014 at 6:00am

Gayborhood faves up their games with innovations   We frequent restaurants in part because there’s something reassuring about what they deliver. Even when they change the menu out seasonally, we have a sense for the quality and style. If they don’t evolve, we get bored. But at several gayborhood haunts, recent changes have given us [...]