HIV Testing. HCHD Thomas Street Clinic is offering HIV testing free to the public, 9 am–1 pm. There is no need to establish eligibility (“gold-card”), no donation will be asked of the person seeking testing, and the test is free. Thomas Street Clinic, 2015 Thomas, 713/873-4157 or 713/873-4026.
Archive for February, 2004
These sterling examples of nuptial propriety can get hitched, with all the rights and privileges afforded to state-sanctioned marriage. Naturally, we evil homos cannot, for surely our wicked, wicked ways would undermine marriage—perhaps driving impressionable heteros to behave like, well, Liza and David or Strom or Britney and Jason. We can’t have that, no sir.
Food. Its aphrodisiac qualities are limitless. If that weren’t true, why would so many dates begin with dinner? Valentine’s Day is the pinnacle of such goings-on. To ease your romance planning, here’s an overview of a few places—some new-ish, some old favorites—that may make your special night all the more special.
Like most lesbians coming out in the 1970s, I defied the patriarchy by cutting off my hair. I blossomed during that golden era of dyke anti-fashion when women rejected compulsory heterosexuality and tossed away our curlers—or made social commentary art projects out of them.
Jack Richardson III has joined OutSmart magazine as advertising and marketing specialist. Richardson’s experience includes 14 years in radio in Austin, Houston, and Victoria. He most recently worked at KHMX-FM Mix 96.5 as director of programming. His responsibilities included marketing concepts and strategies, concert and event marketing, and charity fundraising.
Ageism. You usually think of it in the form of younger generations excluding seniors from their social groups, from “their” bars, from mainstream culture. However, the road runs both directions. Ageism against gay youth is rampant. Older generations think we don’t care, think we’ve grown up in an era of Will & Grace and Queer as Folk, so we must not have the same problems they had.
From a City Council member’s perspective, the tone of the 2004 inaugural celebration differed in one important respect from my first inauguration as an at-large member in 1998. When council members walked out on the stage with their spouses—in my case, life partner—we were introduced as “council members” without being named individually. All the focus was on the mayor.
Did the Massachusetts high court really order the state to recognize gay marriages? That’s the way the decision in Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health was reported in the media, quickly becoming conventional wisdom.
Generally, I don’t fawn over candidates who supported Nixon and Reagan. And, generally, I don’t find myself supporting a candidate who praised George W. Bush at any Republican fundraisers. But, generally, there’s not a general who is running as a Democrat for the presidency. This time there is. And I’m a huge Wesley Clark fan.
The application deadline for the The PFLAG/H.A.T.C.H. Youth Scholarship Foundation isn’t until May 1, but interested students may want to start preparing now. The program offers cash awards for GLBT students in the Houston area who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in high school or college.