WATCH: Gay, married Costa Rican immigrant talks to Houston TV station about his deportation case

David Gonzalez and Mario Ramirez

Last week we told you about David Gonzalez, the gay Costa Rican immigrant who’s fighting deportation and trying to remain in Texas with his husband, U.S. citizen Mario Ramirez. On Thursday, a Houston judge delayed Gonzalez’s deportation proceedings and urged the parties to resolve the matter before the next court hearing, set for Aug. 31. In the meantime, KHOU interviewed Gonzalez for a story that aired Monday night. Watch it below.

—  John Wright

Annise Parker has high approval rating despite bad economy and not being a media whore

David Taffet will have a full interview with Houston Mayor Annise Parker — who was in Dallas on Sunday for Pride — in this coming Friday’s Dallas Voice.

But for now, we point you to this story from KHOU Channel 11 about a recent poll showing that a solid majority of Houstonians approve of Parker’s job performance thus far.

Parker became the first openly gay person elected mayor of a major U.S. city last year.

In the poll conducted by Rice University, 14 percent rated Parker’s job performance excellent, 42 percent rated it good, 27 percent rated it fair, and only 6 percent rated it poor, with the remainder (11 percent) undecided.

The story notes that Parker’s approval rating is slightly lower than former Mayor Bill White’s was at the same point in his tenure. But it suggests that this is due to the bad economy and the fact that Parker doesn’t seek out media attention.

“What was interesting was how many people couldn’t rate her,” said professor Bob Stein, 11 News’ political analyst. “But in fairness, this is not the kind of mayor that looks for the press coverage and publicity that Mayor (Bill) White did.”

Parker tells KHOU that while she has no regrets about the job, the most difficult thing thus far has been visiting a fallen Houston police officer’s family in the hospital.

Again, for a full interview with Parker, see Friday’s Voice.

—  John Wright

Belo markets are more likely to have LGBT mayors than any other media company

Belo

Belo, owner of the Dallas Morning News, owns newspapers in three markets and 21 television stations in 15 markets. In most of those TV markets, the Belo station is the top-rated or second station in that city.

Those markets are more likely to have an LGBT mayor than cities with any other media company.

The three largest cities in the United States with LGBT mayors are Houston (Annise Parker), Portland, Ore. (Sam Adams) and Providence, RI (Providence, R.I.).

KHOU in Houston is the Belo-owned CBS affiliate. Portland’s KGW is the Belo-owned NBC affiliate. In Providence, Belo owns the Providence Journal, the oldest continuously published daily newspaper in the United States.

In Dallas, where openly gay candidate Ed Oakley came in second out of 11 candidates in the last mayoral election, Belo owns the Dallas Morning News and WFAA (Channel 8, the ABC affiliate). While Oakley did not win, Matt Ganssle of Kemp, Tex., within Belo’s Dallas market, did win his race for mayor along with Jerry Hazelip, now a Kemp city council member.

The other major media companies in these top LGBT-electing cities do not come close to Belo’s record. The Houston Chronicle, that city’s newspaper, is owned by Hearst. While Hearst publishes papers in other liberal cities like San Francisco and Albany, N.Y., the closest those cities have come is gay-friendly Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco, who spoke at this year’s Black Tie Dinner. The TV stations are owned by ABC, Fox and Post-Newsweek Stations.

In Providence, TV stations are owned by LIN broadcasting, Media General and Global Broadcasting. The biggest of these is Media General with stations located mostly in the Southeast.

Portland’s other TV stations are owned by Fisher Communications, New Vision Television and Meredith Corporation. The newspaper, The Oregonian, is owned by the Newhouse Group.

None of these other media companies operate in as many LGBT-mayoral-electing cities.

But is there any link? None whatsoever. At least not in helping them get elected. In Dallas, the Morning News endorsed Tom Leppert, who won, over Oakley. In Houston, while Hearst’s Chronicle got the polling right on target, Belo’s KHOU’s poll had Parker finishing third.

—  David Taffet

Gay Houston teen beaten with metal pipe after principals, bus driver ignore his pleas for help

Another day, another horrifying report of violence against a gay teenager.

Jayron Martin, a 16-year-old high school freshman from Houston, tells KHOU-TV that he was chased down after school and beaten with a metal pipe last week while eight classmates stood around and watched.

“All they kept saying was, ‘We going to get you. We going to fight you,’ and all that and so when they started coming after me they were like, ‘You’re not going to be gay anymore.’ They just kept hitting me,” Jayron said.

The beating finally ended when a neighbor pointed a shotgun at the attackers and cocked it. Martin is lucky; he escaped with only a concussion and cuts and bruises on his arms and hands. But the worst part of this story is that Martin had warned two principals and his bus driver that the attack was going to happen, and they apparently did nothing to stop it. One of Martin’s attackers, another 16-year-old, has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault. Martin’s bus driver has been placed on administrative leave, and the school district is investigating. Meanwhile, Martin’s mother said she wants to move out of the neighborhood and the school district. She’s also retained an attorney and is considering a civil lawsuit.

“When the child does what they’re supposed to do and the adult doesn’t, what are you supposed to say then?  How do you make him feel comfortable? How do you give him back that sense of security,” Lakenya Martin said.

—  John Wright