Eighth annual Starbucks auction supports AIDS Foundation Houston

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 with it a major social responsibility. Which is why for the last eight years the employees of Montrose’s most fabulous Starbucks have sponsored a silent art auction to raise funds for AIDS Foundation Houston.

This years auction is March 2 from 5-9 pm. The organizers  are still seeking donations from local artists and businesses to help round out this year’s selections. Visit sbuxauction.weebly.com for more information on the auction and how to donate.

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Movie Monday: Oscar nominated doc shorts at Texas Theatre

Oscar countdown

Be proud if you’ve seen all the major nominees for this year’s Oscars, but impress your watching party by throwing down some knowledge when this category comes up. The Texas Theatre helps round out those slightly obscure awards by featuring this year’s crops of documentary shorts. And the nominees are The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement, God Is the Bigger Elvis, Incident in New Baghdad,  Saving Face and The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom. The theater screens ‘em all save for God, but that’ll be enough to make an informed decision and give you the edge on that Oscar pool.

DEETS: The Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. 7 p.m. $9. TheTexasTheatre.com.

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FEEBACK: Thanks!

Thanks!

We want to extend a very special “thank you” to all the merchants who donated to the Round Up Saloon’s annual Easter Basket Auction this year. And thanks as well go to the generous buyers who showed up to bid on and purchase the baskets.

We especially thank our staff that worked so hard to get the baskets decorated, cataloged and presented for sale. Louis Ramos coordinated the entire event, and our auctioneer, R.D., has donated his time now for 15 years to doing our auctions.

And to all the Resource Center Dallas staff, TGRA members, The Dallas Tap Dazzlers, Michael Doughman and all our donors, buyers and entertainers: THANK YOU!

We are proud to announce that $14,400 was donated to The Nutrition Center and TGRA as a result of the Easter Basket Auction. The economy and the crowds are returning, and this charitable event is back on the way to recovery following a couple of pretty lean years.

Again, thank you to everyone.

Gary Miller,
Round-Up Saloon

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Cenk Uygur Vs. Chris Barron, Round Two

Chris Barron says the CPAC boycott is insignificant because most conservatives totally welcome having gay people on their side. Yeeeeah.

Joe. My. God.

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NOM: So into protecting children, they’ll take one kid’s pic and blast it ’round the web for political purpo$e$

This writer has already said that, if operating on an emotional level looking at the larger movement rather than personal passions, the “FckH8″ video campaign never seemed like the smartest of political strategies. And I’m not gonna apologize for that. Because it didn’t and still doesn’t strike as all that pragmatic, to this site and its writer, at least. (**I recognize and respect that others strongly disagree)

But that all being said: The National Organization For Marriage’s latest effort to exploit and flip the aforementioned video campaign for its own purposes has taken the game to a whole new level of offense. Because look, check out this button ad NOM’s created to promote their own cause:

Nom Banner Protectchildren

The boy in the image? Yea, that would be one of the kids from the FCKH8 video. As in: A kid whose pro-equality parent/s presumably know about his involvement. As in: A kid who never asked for NOM’s “protection.” As in: A kid who is not one of NOM’s children, but rather a young member of NOM’s pointed opposition. As in: A kid who NOM says is exploited via his sanctioned participation in the FCKH8 campaign, yet feels is being “protected” by this unsanctioned, forcible participation in NOM’s own fundraising efforts. How dare Maggie and Brian and company use this kid in this way?!



When I say that the video doesn’t strike me as smart politically, I’m speaking only about the language. The anger, the passion, the sick-of-it tone, the drive to inject humor into the whole thing: That’s of course all 100% understandable. Anger, passion, and sick-of-it-iness that is 100% DIRECTED AT NOM AND ITS SELF-APPOINTED JOB PROTECTING SOCIETY AND ITS CHILDREN! So for NOM, the ones who are always crowing about kids being “indoctrinated” in this way or that, to now further their self-appointment by using this one kid as their little victim in need of saving?! Well forget the political strategy attached to FCKH8: This attempt to flip it and exploit the underage participants is just further proof that the only families NOM cares to “protect” are the ones that SCREW=.




Good As You

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HRC Makes It to Final Round of Mashable Awards — Vote for Us!

The Mashable Awards celebrate corporate, organizational and individual innovators in digital and social media. This year, HRC has been named one of the top 5 finalists in the “must-follow non-profit” category. Voting is open until December 14 at 11:59pm. You can vote for us once a day!

Cast your vote here!

We’re definitely going to need all the votes we can get. We’re up against PETA, To Write Love on Her Arms, VH1 Save the Music Foundation and Vittana. The winner will be announced next month.

Thanks to everyone who helped us get this far.


Human Rights Campaign | HRC Back Story

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Ugandan Newspaper Publishes Second Round of ‘Gay List’

Uganda

Early in October, the Ugandan tabloid Rolling Stone published a cover story outing "100 Top Homos" and called for their hanging. The story, which made headlines internationally, inspired documented attacks on many of those named in the article and sent many others into hiding.

Uganda Now, it has happened again, AFP reports:

A Ugandan anti-gay newspaper on Monday published pictures of 14 men it identified as gay, in a country where homosexuality is illegal and has even prompted calls for the death sentence.

The lead article in The Rolling Stone newspaper, which has no relation to the US magazine, entitled "Men of shame part II," pictured 14 men identified as the "generals" of the gay movement in Uganda.

"They published their pictures on a gay networking website, so that was enough evidence for us," editor Giles Muhame said, adding that the paper did not try to contact the men before publishing their pictures.

The newspaper, which lost its license last month but published the news issue in defiance of the ban, told AFP that the alleged gays it named have been involved in "brainwashing" youth into homosexuality, but its editor said it had no evidence to back that up.

CNN spoke to Giles Muhames, the editor of the Rolling Stone tabloid, who says homosexuality is a "virus", and Stosh Mugisha, a lesbian who is now in hiding after being outed by the article.

Watch it, HERE

LGBT Asylum News reports

"Ugandan activist Jacqueline Kasha reports that alongside Rolling Stone and Red Pepper another Kampala newspaper 'Onion' has now joined in with the 'outing' campaign. Kasha and fellow activists David Kato and Patience Onziema have launched an action in Uganda's High Court this morning suing Rolling Stone for incitement to violence. American activists citing the role of US evangelicals in the anti-gay witch hunt underway in Uganda are calling on the US State Department to immediately offer visas to those 'outed' and under threat."

Just last week, David Bahati, the sponsor of Uganda's "kill the gays" bill, said he felt assured it would pass soon. He expressed that again to CNN.


Towleroad News #gay

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