TGRA’s King and Queen of the Rodeo tonight

Crowning achievements

Find out tonight who’s talents and style will push them to the top as contestants vie for top honors by the Texas Gay Rodeo Association. Bedazzled gowns and tight wranglers are in store when tonight’s event gets us ready for the TGRA Rodeo in March. Yeehaw!

DEETS: Round-Up Saloon, 3912 Cedar Springs Road. 8 p.m. RoundUpSaloon.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Houston to recognize World AIDS Day with candlelight vigil

World AIDS Day logoWorld AIDS Day is Thursday, December 1st. In observance Houston will hold a candlelight observance near City Hall at Tranquility Park (400 Rusk Street ) at 5:00 pm. The annual observance includes performances by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston, the Bayou City Women’s Chorus and a youth chorus as well as speeches by Houston Mayor Annise Parker and representatives of local HIV/AIDS organizations. 

If you’ve never attended a Houston World AIDS Day vigil it’s a very moving event. The gentle white noise of Tranquility Park’s massive water features and the sequestered landscaping of the park seem to drown out our noisy city so that the quite dignity of electronic candlelight growing in the shadow of the red lit city call becomes the only reality.

For more information, including other events in the city and information on free HIV testing visit worldaidsdayhouston.org.

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Laster becomes first out gay man on Houston City Council

Mike Laster

Mike Laster

With 57% of precincts reporting Mike Laster is the presumptive victor in the Houston District J City Council race. Laster, an out gay candidate endorsed by the Victory Fund and the Houston GLBT Political Caucus, has a commanding lead with 67% of the vote. His nearest opponent Criselda Romero trails with 22%.

Laster is the first out gay man to be elected to the Houston City Council.

From the Victory Fund website:

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s Plan II Honors Program, Mike earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center. While at the Law Center, Mike distinguished himself as the National Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Law Student Division.

Today Mike is an attorney specializing in real estate with the firm of Williams, Birnberg & Andersen, L.L.P. in Houston, where he has practiced for the past thirteen years. From 1989 to 1995, Mike served as a Senior Assistant City Attorney in the Real Estate Division of the City Attorney’s Office, where he handled many aspects of a general real estate and development practice for the city.

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Gay Sailor Defends Capt. Honors

Owen P. Honors X390 (GRAB) | ADVOCATE.COMAt least one gay sailor has come forward to defend Capt. Owen Honors,
who was second in command on the USS Enterprise when he produced
several videos screened aboard the ship that some have found offensive
and homophobic.
Advocate.com: Daily News

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Navy Tells Capt. Owen Honors To Sit This One Out While His Videos Are Investigated

Capt. Owen Honors, the chief of the USS Enterprise who was the second-in-command when he filmed those awful "training" videos, has been temporarily relived of his post pending an investigation. The "Support Captain Honors U.S.S. Enterprise" Facebook page has already launched; it's got about 800 members thus far.


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Science Honors Two HIV Advances

HIV MUTATION X390 (FAIR) | ADVOCATE.COMTwo major advances in HIV prevention made Science magazine’s top 10 achievements of 2010.
Advocate.com: Daily News

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G&L Hall of Fame Honors 15

SCOTT FREE X390 (PUB) | ADVOCATE.COMThe Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame has announced its 2010 inductees.
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—  John Wright

Kennedy Center Honors Herman, Winfrey

BILL T JONES JERRY HERMAN OPRAH WINFREY X390 (FAIR) | ADVOCATE.COMBill T. Jones, Jerry Herman, and Oprah Winfrey are among this year’s Kennedy Center honorees for their contributions to the arts.
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—  John Wright