Montrose may have a new anti-LGBT congressman

Posted on 01 Mar 2012 at 2:58pm

The San Antonio court overseeing legal challenges to Texas’ new congressional maps has issued the latest in a long line of new interim maps. The current iteration puts much of Houston’s historic “gayborhood” in the district of decidedly anti-LGBT congressman Ted Poe. Poe’s record on LGBT issues is abysmal, although no worse than the current [...]

HuffPo profiles Annise Parker, who’s again falsely accused of violating Texas Constitution

Posted on 29 Feb 2012 at 12:52pm

Readers of the Huffington Post discovered Monday what Houstonians have known for a long time: Annise Parker’s a pretty cool lady.

Rep. Jessica Farrar uses facebook to support marriage equality

Posted on 27 Feb 2012 at 4:50pm

A couple of weeks ago Houstini reported that State Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, had blogged his support for marriage equality in Texas. A couple of eagle-eyed Houstini readers wanted to know why Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, who made a similar statement via Facebook last week, didn’t get the same attention. Farrar took to the social [...]

Another Houston athelete called out over homophobic tweets

Posted on 24 Feb 2012 at 2:11pm

Just last week Houstini reported that the Houston Aeros’ Justin Faintaine was handed a two game suspension from the Minnesota owners of the team after a homophobic tweet. Now the Houston Chronicle‘s Ultimate Texans Blog reports that Houston Texans lineman Rashad Butler is embroiled in a similar controversy. “Butler made a crack about Kobe Bryant [...]

Eighth annual Starbucks auction supports AIDS Foundation Houston

Posted on 24 Feb 2012 at 12:29pm

Love it or hate it Starbucks is an ubiquitous fixture of urban life, combining the “where everybody knows your name” charm of the local bar with the “first taste is free” seediness of the corner drug pusher. For the Montrose at Hawthorn Starbucks (3407 Montrose) that position at the intersection of community and addiction carries [...]

Public input sought on non-discrimination amendment effort

Posted on 22 Feb 2012 at 4:44pm

Fairness Works Houston, a new organization formed to pass a proposed non-discrimination charter amendment in Houston, will hold a public meeting this Saturday, Feb. 25, to seek public input. As previously reported by Houstini, the proposed charter amendment, which is still being drafted, will remove discriminatory language added to the city charter in 1985 and [...]

Funeral scheduled for Albert Mata

Posted on 22 Feb 2012 at 2:55pm

Albert Mata, the long-time partner of Houston GLBT Community Center president Tim Brookover, passed away on Monday, Feb. 20. Albert was a vivacious man. I could always tell if Albert was at an event. His laughter would echo through the room the second I entered, inevitably emanating from the a tight circle of conversationalists over [...]

A conservative radio host walks into a gay bar…

Posted on 21 Feb 2012 at 8:49pm

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Conservative talk radio host and former city council member Michael Berry has been implicated in a hit and run accident outside of T.C.’s show bar last month. Berry has not been charged with a crime. In Texas leaving the scene of an accident is a misdemeanor. KPRC [...]

AIDS housing funding survives challenge in Houston city council

Posted on 21 Feb 2012 at 2:08pm

The city funding for four Houston nonprofits providing housing to at-risk populations living with HIV/AIDS survived a challenge from city council member Helena Brown last Wednesday. Under consideration by the council were ordinances to dispense almost $2.5 million in federal funds managed by the city to the SRO Housing Corporation, Bering Omega Community Services, Catholic [...]

Transgender center launches intersex group

Posted on 17 Feb 2012 at 5:41pm

When a baby is born the first question most people ask is “is it a girl or a boy?” The doctor takes a look at the baby’s genitals, if they see a penis the child is declared a boy, if the see a vulva the child is called a girl. But sometimes a child’s anatomy [...]