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Archive for July, 2007
One two three four, we won’t take it anymore! Five six seven eight, the state should not discriminate!
There’s faaaabulous news in the world of modern weaponry! It was revealed earlier this summer that the U.S. military has been researching a gay bomb!
In May, Steve Watts, a former customer of Tony’s Mexican Restaurant, circulated an e-mail urging friends to reconsider their patronage of the establishment located at 2222 Ella Blvd. Watts had heard a commercial for the restaurant on a local Christian radio station, revealing Tony’s sponsorship of Dr. James Dobson’s show.
Newly out and looking for a “home” that would welcome me, I was drawn to Houston because of Montrose. I arrived here as the move controversy erupted [over the possible Pride Houston plans to move the GLBT Pride Parade downtown and to a different time of year]. I read with interest the local news, mostly negative, concerning this move. I was persuaded it was a bad idea, until I read Carol Wyatt’s article concerning the Task Force on her Social Notes website.
Who can ever forget Dolores O’Riordan’s glorious vocal gymnastics? As the leader of mega-successful alt-pop band the Cranberries, O’Riordan took listeners on countless musical joy rides, her crystalline instrument rising slowly from a whisper to a gorgeous and cathartic emotional cry. Still in awesome vocal form, O’Riordan has just released her first-ever solo album Are You Listening? on Sanctuary Records. Co-produced by Youth and Dan Broadbeck, the eagerly anticipated album is a 12-track tour de force and marks her first release in four years.
In May, Lesa Jackson launched the Scorpio Rising Poetry Reading Club, which meets on the second Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Houston GLBT Community Center. “Every meeting has been very exciting,” says Jackson, who opens meetings by reading some of her original poems. Meetings conclude with an open-mic time for poets and singers. “My ultimate goal is to publish a poetry club book filled with the poems that we create in our meetings,” Jackson says. “I’m trying to make this a positive thing for the GLBT community.” She and club assistant Damian Harris are even designing a Scorpio Rising shirt. In August, the club begins a reading circle, starting with the E. Lynn Harris novel Abide With Me. Details: LJScorpio firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the GLBT community, the significant news from the recently concluded Texas legislative session was that “nothing happened bad,” as state representative Garnet Coleman shared during a report at the June 6 Houston GLBT Political Caucus meeting. His remark was welcomed by enthusiastic applause, accompanied by relieved laughter from a crowd of activists, many of whom have for years been on the front lines in Austin, striving to turn back legislation hostile to the interests of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Texans. “For the first time in a very long time in our community, we weren’t always playing defense,” caucus president Jenifer Pool said when she introduced Coleman, the longtime community supporter and honorary grand marshal of the 2007 GLBT Pride Parade last month.