Winter SolstiCelebration concludes tonight at COH

This is a journey into solstice

The annual Winter SolstiCelebration has gotten so big, it’s now spread across two days. In its 19th year, the event uses music, dance, ceremony and more to observe the Winter Solstice. And don’t forget the Yule Fest. Canned food and winterwear donations are encouraged.

DEETS: Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road. 7 p.m. Through Saturday. $15.

—  Rich Lopez

25 ways to fight AIDS

Today, December 1, is World AIDS Day.

Wait! Before you click the ‘next’ button or scroll down your news feed hear me out: The LGBT community has been living with AIDS for three decades now. For people of my generation the message to get tested and use condoms has been stated and restated so many times that it has faded into the background with the result that, all too often, people do not take the steps they need to to protect themselves. Harris County is responsible for 30% of the new HIV/AIDS diagnosis in Texas and men who have sex with men account for 64% of newly diagnosed men statewide. The threat is not over, the fight is not over, AIDS still endanger the LGBT community.

But I don’t want to just talk about just condoms and testing (as important as they are). Fighting HIV/AIDS is easier than you might think. I present to you 25 ways, in no particular order, to fight AIDS in Houston.

25. If you’re over a certain age talk to a young LGBT person about how your life has been affected by HIV/AIDS. You might be surprised how eager we are to hear your stories.

24. If you’re under a certain age listen to an older LGBT person tell you how HIV/AIDS has affected their lives. I know you aren’t eager to hear their stories, but listen anyway. You may find that learning the history of your community is more empowering than you’d expect.

23. If you are a sexually active gay man or transgender woman participate in the Baylor College of Medicine’s HIV Vaccine Study.

22. Ask your local public or school library to put books about HIV/AIDS on the shelf, not just in the back room where they have to be requested. Access to accurate information is crucial in fighting the spread of the disease.

21. Post HIV/AIDS stories to facebook.

20. Ask your clergy person what your community of faith is doing to fight the pandemic.

19. Sign up for action alerts from the Texas HIV/AIDS Coalition at

18. Actually follow through when the action alerts from the Texas HIV/AIDS Coalition arrive in your in-box.

17. Volunteer for organizations that deal with communities at high risk for infection: high school dropouts, victims of sexual assault, the poor, the homeless and sex workers. Fighting AIDS means fighting the injustice in our society that all too often contributes to new infections.

16. Say AIDS out loud.

15. Ask political candidates what they will do to continue funding to fight HIV/AIDS.

14. Once they’re elected, ask those candidates why they aren’t doing more to continue funding to fight HIV/AIDS.

13. Remind yourself that it’s OK to be tired of hearing about HIV/AIDS.

12. Thank a person who volunteers their time to the fight.

11. Take a moment to remember the people we’ve lost.

10. Take a moment to think of the people we may loose if this pandemic isn’t stopped.

9. Take a HIV/AIDS healthcare worker to dinner.

8. Wear a red ribbon.

7. Recognize that wearing a red ribbon isn’t enough.

6. Work with communities other than your own. HIV/AIDS effects us all.

5. Get angry.

4. Get over your anger.

3. Donate to an HIV/AIDS Charity.

2. When you pass a mobile HIV testing center, thank the workers.

1. Don’t pretend the fight is over, and don’t let other people pretend it’s over either.

—  admin

2011 Turn Up the Holiday DIFFA Wreath Collection tonight

Wreaths on the runway
DIFFA knows how to turn the volume up on the mundane. We know what they can do for denim jackets. Now holiday wreaths go designer at Turn Up the Cheer!, the 2011 Wreath Collection party. Trust, these aren’t your grandma’s wreaths. In addition to bidding, the night is spread across three parties in three different venues with a different theme. How’s that for fabulous?

DEETS: Design Within Reach, 4524 McKinney Ave.; Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, 4519 McKinney Ave.; Nest, 4524 McKinney Ave. 7 p.m. $60.


—  Rich Lopez

DTC’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ tonight at the Wyly

Masterpiece theater

There’s much to like about Dallas Theater Center’s current production of this stage adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. (It’s a co-production with Casa Manana; its version closed last month, and while this one has almost the same cast and crew, it’s strikingly different.) Act 2 is the money, with an unparalleled courtroom scene and a profound coda about the mysterious Boo Radley.

Several of the performances are indelible as well. Anastasia Munoz, as a clucking society lady but mostly as the white girl who accuses a hapless black man of rape, quakes with such nervous ferocity, you fear she’ll shake loose a light fixture. Akron Watson as the victim of her prejudice and James Dybas as her racist father are equally good, and solid work comes from Bob Hess, Denise Lee and Morgan Richards as the precious tomboy Scout. But the production is all but stolen by Aiden Langford as the moppet Dill, a charming kid who could spread diabetes with his sweetness.

—  Rich Lopez

Examples of the hate spread by the newly designated ‘hate group’ Family Research Council

The far right Family Research Council has recently been officially designated a “hate group” by the national organization that for decades has been in charge of such things, the Southern Poverty Law Center. SPLC has for years been tracking the Klan and White Supremacists, and now includes FRC and the American Family Association in their ranks.

FRC claims that it’s not a hate group. Really? They sure sound like a hate group. Here’s a sampling of what the FRC has had to say about gays and lesbians (note: I did all the original research myself, years ago – I set up this page – it’s irrelevant that FRC removed much of it from their Web site after I exposed it – they said it):

The Family Research Council

Gays will recognize pedophiles as prophets

“…one of the primary goals of the homosexual rights movement is to abolish all age of consent laws and to eventually recognize pedophiles as the ‘prophets’ of a new sexual order.” – “Homosexual Activists Work to Normalize Sex With Boys,” FRC publication, July 1999,

Gays are pedophiles, and want to promote youth promiscuity

“There is a strong undercurrent of pedophilia in the homosexual subculture. Homosexual activists want to promote the flouting of traditional sexual prohibitions at the earliest possible age….they want to encourage a promiscuous society – and the best place to start is with a young and credulous captive audience in the public schools.” – Robert Knight, Family Research Council,

Columbine killers might be gay/bisexual

“What Are The Media Hiding?….the media have been slow to give a full profile of the killers -avoiding any mention of their alleged bisexuality as reported by several students….Matt Drudge describes them in his report as ‘gay, jock-hating, confederate flag-wearing, goth rock & Marilyn Manson loving, white supremacist, fingernail polish wearing, Hitler birthday celebrating outcasts’….One student shortly after the attack said they were militant ‘gays’ who were retaliating against jocks. Another student said on NBC’s Today Show that the trench coat kids bragged about being bisexual… No American news outlet has reported that bi-sexuality could have played a part in the tragedy.” – FRC’s “CultureFacts”, April 21, 1999,

Matt Shepard, and gays generally, will not inherit the kingdom of God

“homosexuals are included in a list of sinners, who, if unrepentant, will not inherit the kingdom of God.” – Family Research Council press release about Matt Shepard’s funeral, on the day of the funeral, October 16, 1998, The release implied that a gay person who had not yet become, or tried to become, an “ex-gay” was “unrepentant.”

Matt Shepard compared to a drunk

” ‘They create a climate and environment of intolerance and give license to those who seek to vent their rage or frustration on an entire community,’ Human Rights Campaign executive director Elizabeth Birch said Wednesday, addressing a Washington rally attended by the likes of actress Ellen DeGeneres and Alan Simpson, a Republican former senator from Wyoming. Ms. Farish vehemently rejects such allegations. ‘Don’t blame AA because a drunk was beat up,’ she said.” – Heather Farish of the Family Research Council, quoted in the Dallas Morning News article, “Why now? Other gays have been victims of brutal attacks, but the slaying of a Wyoming student has caused a national outcry,” by Brooks Egerton, October 17, 1998.

Gays are deviants

“Homosexuals have never been forced to sit in the back of the bus. They are as privileged a group as any. To compare their attempts to affirm deviant sexual conduct to the legitimate discrimination claims of true minorities is a sham,” said FRC Director of Cultural Studies Robert H.
Knight – FRC’s CultureFacts, July 28, 1999,

Gays hate God

“[Homosexuality] is the opposite of love for God. It is a rebellion against God and God’s natural order, and embodies a deep-seated hatred against true religion.” – THE ASSAULT ON CHRISTIANS BY THE MILITANT HOMOSEXUAL MOVEMENT, by Steven A. Schwalm, Family Research Council,

Gays think religion is evil

Religion is treated as irrelevant or downright evil. Homosexual books, magazines, and newspapers are filled with bitter and often obscene denunciations of religion in general and Christianity in particular. One activist calls for the outlawing of churches that disapprove of homosexual conduct. Another carefully outlines an advertising campaign that equates Christian clergy with Nazis and Klansmen. Homosexual stage performers dress up in clerical garb and commit obscene acts. A gay rights cartoonist depicts Christ having anal intercourse with His cross. These are not isolated examples from an otherwise gentle and loving literature. The attitude pervades the homosexual movement and is an essential part of their ideal curriculum. – Family Research Council, THE HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA IN SCHOOLS, by Robert H. Knight,

Gays oppose Christianity

“Militant homosexuality is fundamentally opposed to religion, family, and anything that presupposes a natural moral order, a transcendent God, or something else higher than ourselves. The activist homosexual agenda and worldview are fundamentally incompatible with Christianity or any form of true religion, because homosexuality is ultimately narcissism” – THE ASSAULT ON CHRISTIANS BY THE MILITANT HOMOSEXUAL MOVEMENT, by Steven A. Schwalm, Family Research Council,

Comparing gay Christians to Satan worshippers

“Religious Right groups went on the attack against President Clinton after Rev. Troy Perry, a gay minister, was included among the 120 religious leaders taking part in an ecumenical breakfast at the White House. Family Research Council’s Robert Knight said, ‘We are witnessing the Administration’s moral meltdown. What’s next? A memorial to Church of Satan founder Anton LeVay?’ ” – People for the American Way Web site,

Homosexuality can kill you

Gary Bauer: “involvement in homosexuality can kill you. It can kill you emotionally, it can kill you physically, and it can certainly kill you spiritually.” – Oct 16, 96 – Family Research Council Web site,

Gays spit on Jesus

“Homosexual activists who once asked for tolerance now show no tolerance or sympathy for Christians whose sacred symbols they defile. They are totalitarians who accuse everyone that disagrees with them of “hatred.” Even as they masquerade under the banner of tolerance, they spit on the most sacred Person revered and worshipped by millions. They mock our religious symbols, deride our beliefs, and even desecrate our churches and sacraments. ” – – THE ASSAULT ON CHRISTIANS BY THE MILITANT HOMOSEXUAL MOVEMENT, by Steven A. Schwalm, Family Research Council,

Lesbians hate men

“hatred for men, which is very typical of a lesbian experience” – Kristi Hamrick, FRC, Oct 16, 96, Family Research Council Web site,

Gays think they’re exempt from God’s rules

Robert Knight: “one of the bigger lies that is told about the lifestyle is that somehow homosexuals are different from the rest of us, that they have an exemption from the responsibility to live by the rules of nature and nature’s God that the rest of us have.”- Oct 16, 96 – Family Research Council Web site,

Homosexuality is a “life destroyer” – destroys families, shatters hope

Robert Knight: “The sexual revolution, of which homosexual activism is a key part, has laid waste to countless lives, destroyed families, and shattered hope for people who have been cast adrift into a deadly carnival of excess. It’s time to reaffirm the permanent things of marriage and family and sexual sanity. It’s time to throw people a life preserver instead of a life destroyer, which the homosexual subculture surely is.”- December 1997 Address at Harvard,

Gays are diseased, die early, and are less productive than heterosexuals

“homosexual behavior is extremely unhealthy, contributing to the spread of AIDS, hepatitis A, B and C and other sexually transmitted diseases….A study of more than 6,400 obituaries in homosexual publications reveals that homosexuals typically have far shorter life spans than the general population. Other reports indicate that homosexuals are more likely to have drug and alcohol abuse problems. It is unfair to force businesses to pay the extra insurance expense and lost productivity that inevitably results from homosexual behavior.” [Editors note: the source for this “research” is the discredited Dr. Paul Cameron – see below for extensive information about his extreme beliefs]
– Robert Knight, Family Research Council, testifying at ENDA Hearings, July 29, 1994 – committee on Labor and Human Resources, US Senate.

This is a “war” against “destructive” homosexuals

“…wage the war against the homosexual agenda.” – From the Web site of Bauer’s Family Research Council, which calls homosexuality “destructive”, source: Time magazine, Oct 26, 1998.

Gays are hateful towards Christians, have exploited Matt

“using hateful rhetoric against Christians….Homosexual activists have ignored that father’s plea and have exploited Matthew’s death” – Family Research Council press release about Matt Shepard’s funeral, on the day of the funeral, October 16, 1998,

Gays hurt civil rights movement

Robert Knight:”Gay activists’ hijacking of the moral capital of the civil rights movement is undercutting the central message of that movement.”- December 1997 Address at Harvard,

Gays hurt people, families and communities

“homosexual behavior hurts people, families, and communities.”- Robert Knight, March 1997 speech,

Gays threaten religious freedom

“Same-sex ‘marriage’ threatens not only the integrity of the marital definition but also religious freedom.” –

Gays aren’t monogamous

“monogamy is not the norm for the average homosexual.” –

Gays are security risks

“homosexuals are a security risk” –

Gays embrace culture of death, risk well-being of all society

“Those who practice homosexuality embrace a culture of death. They risk their lives as well as their mental and spiritual well-being….a band of radical activists, many of them highly placed, put the well being of all society at risk to satisfy their craving for approval.” – People for the American Way, “Hostile Climate,” 1998, p. 9.

Gays are after children

“Homosexual activists have made such strides in gaining acceptance that now they feel the final frontier is the children. That’s been the goal all along: get the next generation.” People for the American Way, “Hostile Climate, 1988, p.9.

More on gays are after children

“Homosexuals say they don’t want the children, but boy they put a lot of energy into going after them.” – Robert Knight of FRC writing in a Focus on the Family newsletter, quoted by People for the American Way, “Hostile Climate,” 1997, p.15.

Lesbians drink, do drugs, or are hateful

When asked “Do you think most lesbians, when they first get involved in lesbianism, think it’s wrong?”, Yvette Cantu of the Family Research Council responded: “Yeah, you know it’s wrong. And then you either drink or do drugs to get past those feelings of knowing it’s wrong, or you blame it on society and become aggressive and hateful. Those are your options.” – AFTAH Web site interview,

Lesbians are dysfunctional

“What people commonly call “dysfunction” is everywhere in the lesbian community. Once I went to this party at someone’s house, and none of the women there drank because they were all alcoholics. So it ends up that this is a dry, AA lesbian poker party. I thought, “What am I doing here? This is crazy. Why do I want to go to a dry poker party?” I don’t even know how to play poker. This is weird.” – AFTAH Web site interview with FRC’s Yvette Cantu,

Gays don’t like children

“To me, thinking that a gay [male] couple would even want to adopt a child is bizarre [because] I can’t imagine them wanting that kind of responsibility. The homosexuals I knew who had been married before had already dumped their kids on their ex-wives, and were perfectly happy to see them two weeks out of the year! If they had children, what would happen when they were too busy having their sex parties?” – AFTAH Web site interview with FRC’s Yvette Cantu,

Gays only think about sex

At different [sex] parties, I would say, “This is all you guys talk about.” Every joke was somehow sexual. Every movement was somehow sexual. There was nothing that was ever talked about that didn’t have to do with sex. And I said, “What is wrong with you that you can’t think about anything else?” “What else is there?” was invariably the response. Always. It would concern me.”- AFTAH Web site interview with FRC’s Yvette Cantu,

Gays don’t support monogamy, child-rearing, family values

When asked about gay Americans who support monogamy, child-rearing and family values, FRC’s Yvette Cantu responded: “I want to know who’s saying this, besides HRC [the Human Rights Campaign, the largest homosexual lobby group] … Is it the men in the gay bars and bathhouses taking a look at their lives and saying, ‘We need to settle down, pull together a family and live normally?’ No, the only people who are saying this are the activists who are trying to gain special rights for homosexuals. They’re saying, ‘Look, if we play it right we can get the special rights we want. Stop making us look bad.’ But the people who are ‘making homosexuals look bad’ are pretty much the entire male homosexual subculture.”- AFTAH Web site interview with FRC’s Yvette Cantu,

Lesbianism akin to eating off the floor

“You don’t have to eat the stale crumbs off the dirty floor, which is basically what lesbianism is.”- AFTAH Web site interview with FRC’s Yvette Cantu,

Gays are after children

“Gaining access to children has been a long-term goal of the homosexual movement.” – “Homosexual Activists Work to Normalize Sex With Boys,” FRC publication, July 1999,

Gays only pretend to oppose pedophilia

“In the United States, homosexual activists are more circumspect about their efforts to gain access to children…homosexual activists publicly disassociate themselves from pedophiles as part of a public relations strategy”- “Homosexual Activists Work to Normalize Sex With Boys,” FRC publication, July 1999,

Gays are 33% of child molesters

“they constitute about a third of child molesters.” – “Homosexual Activists Work to Normalize Sex With Boys,” FRC publication, July 1999,

Gays commit 80% of child molestations

“it is estimated that approximately 80% of pedophilic victims are boys who have been molested by adult males.” – “Homosexual Activists Work to Normalize Sex With Boys,” FRC publication, July 1999,

More on gays only pretend to oppose pedophilia

“The homosexual rights movement has tried to distance itself from pedophilia, but only for public relations purposes.” – “Homosexual Activists Work to Normalize Sex With Boys,” FRC publication, July 1999,

Gay relationships are unpure, perversion of God

“Hanes said what has struck him most about married life is its purity — a quality, he said, that is always lacking in homosexual relationships. ‘It wasn’t until my marriage that I understood what a gift from God this really is, and what a perversion of God’s ideal homosexuality is.’ ” – FRC’s CultureFacts, June 23, 1999,

Gays may destroy American family

“Legally destroying the exclusive territory of marriage to achieve a political end will not provide the real benefits of marriage to homosexuals, but it may be the blow that the shattered American family does not survive.” – Kristi Hamrick

Gays are like a gun to the head of America

“That’s what we’re talking about whenever you’re talking about gay rights. You’re talking about giving somebody a gun to put at the head of anybody who disagrees with them, whether it’s the Boy Scouts, whether it’s a local dry-cleaning establishment or a giant corporation like Shell Oil.” – Robert Knight,

Gays oppose monogamy

“one thing that has been interesting to me is the gay literature has come right out and said we can’t keep monogamy in our definition of marriage. We may have a significant relationship we’ll call marriage, but things like monogamy and fidelity, faithfulness, and lifetime kind of till-death-do-us-part commitments are a little unrealistic. So we want it to be marriage, but we don’t want it to be monogamous.” – Kristi Hamrick ,

Gay parents lead to prison, voyeurism

“I know a guy who has just entered jail, tragically, because he grew up in a lesbian household. He still loves his mother and doesn’t really blame her, but he said, ‘You know, as a boy in a lesbian environment where it was intensely anti-male’ — that’s all he heard, this bitterness toward men — he said that he felt totally disenfranchised, began having sexual problems. He eventually became a voyeur, and he is in on a peeping Tom charge. He was so curious about how normal people have sex. We have other people that are cases like this.” – Robert Knight,

Homosexuals in the bedroom

“Homosexuals do not do what mom and dad do in the bedroom. They don’t provide children the role models that mom and dad do” – Robert Knight,

Gays against home, family

“Homosexual and lesbian activists have made it clear in recent days that they are in this fight to change the world — from one that values and cherishes home, family, and heterosexual marriage as the cornerstone of society to one that says anything goes.” – Kristi Hamrick,

Gays are about promiscuity, violence

“Homosexuality is not merely about a harmless personal preference. It is about a lifestyle that involves having sex with another person of the same gender. More often than anyone would like to admit, it’s about promiscuity — and even violence. It is about unnatural, unsafe, and unhealthy behavior.” – – Laurel L. Cornell

Gays are tragic misuse of sexuality

“Homosexual behavior is a misuse of sexuality that has tragic consequences for individuals, families and communities.” – Robert Knight,

And you have to love the irony of a hate group promoting a hate group.


—  admin

More info on Saturday’s Prop 8 protest in Dallas

If you’re interested in helping out with Saturday’s Prop 8 protest in Dallas but couldn’t make last night’s organizational meeting, there’s plenty of contact info and volunteer opportunities after the jump.

—  John Wright