It’s January, time for new beginnings. A new beginning could be about making significant changes in who and what surrounds you, or it could be about changing the way you react to the same old things. It could be about changing yourself, or simply changing how you view yourself.
Archive for January, 2007
Dykes of Hazard comedy tour, Krewe of Olympus’ Rio! Brazilian Carnival, Houston Pride Band’s °Carnaval!, Beyonce Knowles holds local auditions, and Suzanne Westenhoefer headlines the Lesbian Health Initiative gala.
Career, family, and internal emotional issues top the list for you this year. You are being pulled in two directions at the same time. One part wants to feel genuinely connected to the work that you call your career. You must feel that your life has meaning and that you are doing something that makes a difference in the world. As you can tell, this is a lot to ask of a career choice. Down in your core, you are being pushed to find something t
In anticipation of the 80th session of the Texas legislature, which begins this month, we asked newly re-elected state representative Garnet Coleman to provide a preview what GLBT citizens might expect.
BEADS & MORE BEADS Bead Atelier owner Jim Shade, who we featured in our January 2005 issue (“OutFront”) when he opened his shop in the Heights, relocated to Garden Oaks in November. At his new, larger location (3232 North Shepherd, 713/862-1223), Shade now offers private lessons as well as regular beading classes, including classes taught by well-known local beader Nancy Jones, beginning this month. Shade (pictured with daughter, Lily Devon Shade) also now invites customers to host beading parties in the store. More info: www.beadatelier.com.
I think it’s important to remember that we all have a right to choose who we will or will not associate with, both personally and professionally. Just as Mr. Lord and Mr. Lackey may choose not to do business with The Garden Guy (and in fact they have indirectly done considerable harm to the entire family, as they are now receiving threats to their children), likewise the Farber family has the right to choose not to do business with them ["What a World," November].
Gerry Birnberg, Harris County Democratic Party chair, speaks at the Houston GLBT Political Caucus monthly meeting on Jan. 3, 7 p.m., at the Houston GLBT Community Center. Details: 713/521-1000, www.hglbtpc.org.
HELL BENT FOR LEATHERBÄL. Every band has a unique genesis. The industrial metal band Leatherbäl began, “as a joke, really,” explains the genderqueer, openly lesbian vocalist Naomi Toledo (pictured, left). Then founder Troy Goodrich (right) brought in an acquaintance to lay a drum track. The joke evolved into a studio project when other artists recorded vocal samples. “Then I came along and ruined the whole thing by turning his hobby into something people would take seriously,” Toledo says with a laugh.
All I ever wanted to do was act and do stand up comedy. Since I discovered that being gay was an issue to most folks one way or another, I feel compelled to take a stand when I see a group of my fellow human beings attacked. I was never the kind of man who could sit at a family dinner when a racist comment was made about any group. So if a racist joke were made, I would simply say, that’s not ok with me. They would reply but you’re not black. Well, it’s still not cool or funny.
Born in the tiny farming community of LaSara, Texas (population 369) in the Southwest Texas Valley area, both Darrell Ray Troppy and his only brother, Danny, left the soil to be tilled by others and became artists. In 1984, Darrell Troppy moved to Houston. Soon thereafter, he found work at the legendary club, Heaven, as art director, creating sets for icons such as Grace Jones and Divine. Continuing to paint, his work found its way into local galleries and was eventually featured on Good Morning Houston. The transition from small town to metropolis finally lost its spark, goading Troppy to move to the quieter but still creatively thriving community of Beaumont. There he could focus on creating art in earnest. Drawing inspiration from many a…