Funeral scheduled for Albert Mata

Tim Brookover and Albert Mata

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 which he was holding court. Sweet, kind and a little naughty, Albert’s energy and gentleness will be greatly missed.

Services for Albert will be held at Bethel United Church of Christ (1107 Shepherd).

Visitation – 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 24, 2012
Memorial Service – 4 p.m., Saturday, February 25, 2012

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Community rallies to support GLBT Community Center President

Tim Brookover

Last fall Tim Brookover, a long-time Houston LGBT activist and current president of the Houston GLBT Community Center, made public that he was undergoing treatment for cancer. Throughout his treatment Brookover has remained the vibrant advocate for LGBT people that Houston has always known him to be (he even started a cancer support group at the center). Brookover recently ended his employment in the office of Houston City Council member Sue Lovell and applied for disability.

While his application is pending the people of his long-time church home have decided to help. Bethel United Church of Christ (1107 Shepherd) will host a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for Brookover’s expenses this Sunday, Feb. 12, at noon. Ticket’s are $10 and include beverages and speghetti. RSVP via facebook.

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What’s Brewing: Marriage on rocks in Maryland; Lady Gaga premieres ‘Government Hooker’

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. It’s all hands on deck in Maryland, where the fate of a marriage equality bill may be decided today. One pro-marriage equality lawmaker says if a committee vote doesn’t happen, the bill will die. The House committee vote was delayed Tuesday when two supporters of the bill didn’t show up. Now, other co-sponsors are backtracking on their support. As someone who spent part of his childhood on a sailboat in the Chesapeake Bay, I sincerely hope this ship can be righted and sail safely through the stormy waters of Annapolis.

2. Gay students at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., launched an online magazine Wednesday called HU Queer Press, only to have the administration immediately block access to the website on school computers. Change.org has launched a petition, but this is hardly the first time the Church of Christ-affiliated school has tried to stifle free speech.

3. Lady Gaga made her runway debut in Paris — and premiered a song called “Government Hooker.” Watch video from the Thierry Mugler fashion show above and listen to the song here.

—  John Wright

Local briefs • 10.01.10

The Group for HIV-positive black men celebrating 4th anniversary

“The Group,” an organization for black men who are HIV-positive, will celebrate its fourth anniversary Thursday, Oct. 14, with a meeting beginning at 7 p.m.

The theme or the evening is “Thankful! Celebrating Four Years of Education, Empowerment and Support,” and guest speaker will be Sabrina Y. Taylor, MSW, of Tibotec Therapeutics.

For more information or to become a member of The Group, call 214-455-7316.

First Community Church holding benefit Sunday for Youth First Texas

First Community Church will celebrate its Alternative Christmas on Sunday, Oct. 3, to raise money and awareness for Youth First Texas, beginning with the 11 a.m. worship service, followed by a potluck luncheon in the church social hall where handmade Christmas cards will be sold for $5 each.

All proceeds benefit Youth First Texas.

Alternative Christmas is an annual event at First Community Church, and each year handmade Christmas cards are sold to raise money for a designated ministry partner.

Each card comes with an insert stating a gift has been given in the recipient’s honor to that year’s designated beneficiary.

In addition to raising money for Youth First, the Christmas cards this year will also help raise awareness of the organization and its programs.

Sunday’s worship theme is going to be “When The End Is A New Beginning,” with services focusing on the scripture in Genesis where God’s new covenant with humanity is symbolized by the rainbow. First Community Church is an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ located at 9120 Ferguson Road. For more information, go online to fccdfw.org.

Monday is deadline to register to vote in November elections

The deadline to register to be able to vote in the Nov. 2 elections is Monday, Oct. 4.

To register to vote in Texas, an individual must be a citizen of the United States, a resident in a Texas county, and at least 18 years of age by election day.

A voter’s registration remains in effect unless the voter changes his/her residence.

Texas voters can check to see if they are registered by calling their county Voter Registration Office or by going online to VoteTexas.org.

To register, go to the voter registration office in your county, or complete and mail in the voter registration form available at post offices, libraries and Department of Public Safety offices.

The application is also available for download online at VoteTexas.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 01, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens

McKinney churches weigh in on Prop 8 ruling with some priceless quotes

On Friday, the McKinney Courier-Gazette asked some of the area pastors their thoughts on the Prop 8 ruling. Michael Boren talked with a few who were actually on both sides of the ruling. He splices details about the ruling with Cathedral of Hope’s Rev. Dr. Jo Hudson’s response and input from McKinney clergy. Boren didn’t name us out loud as one of his sources when he wrote “When the judge’s ruling was announced, nearly 100 people celebrated outside in the Oak Lawn neighborhood of Dallas, a local paper for the gay community reported,” but I can’t help but give him props for giving us some quotable gold.

This first one is a classic.

The Bible is pretty clear on God making marriage between a man and a woman, said the Rev. Mike Banas from Community Life Church. “He made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve,” Banas said.

I forget that the choice to be gay is still one way of looking at it.

Nobody that Jerry Clayton knows, however, would vote in favor of a law trying to legalize gay marriage in Texas, he said.

“I don’t think it should be allowed anywhere,” said Clayton, a lay minister at College Street Church of Christ. “That’s a choice that they make to be that way, and they need to live with their choice and not expect everybody else to think it’s the right thing to do.”

It’s nice to see at least one McKinney church welcomes all people to their congregation.

Though marriage exists between a man and a woman in Texas now, the world changes, said the Rev. Herbert McCoy of White Rose Missionary Baptist Church.

“There’ll be enough gays and lesbians speaking out that they will get their wish,” he said.

McCoy teaches the doctrine that every human has fallen short of what God intended him or her to be, he said. His church welcomed all people, and he wasn’t going to run anybody off for being gay, he said. He expected the Proposition 8 case would make it to the Supreme Court.

“My prayer is that people will just settle down and look at what they’re doing,” he said. “If they look far enough in their life, they’ll find out that there’s something other people don’t want them doing too.”

—  Rich Lopez