It must have been exciting to be gay in Houston in the late ’70s. Beyond the handful of gay bars spread throughout Montrose and downtown, Houston’s GLBT community was beginning to find itself. The Town Meeting I gathering, held in 1978 at the AstroArena drew more than 4,500 people, and had spawned organizations including the Montrose Counseling Center, the Montrose Activity Center, the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard, the Hispanic Caucus, and the Montrose Sports Association.
Archive for June, 2008
When Houston’s first official Gay Pride Parade rolled down Westheimer Road in June 1979, “Disco Grandma” Thelma Hansel led the festivities as the parade’s grand marshal. Every June since, deserv- ing individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of gay duty have been chosen to lead Houston’sannual GLBT Pride Parade, this year on June 28 beginning at 8:45 p.m. Pride Houston distinguishes its parade grand marshals in four categories representing men, women, organizations, and a supportive ally from the straight community. Following a month-long round of community voting, Pride Houston announced this year’s four grand marshals at a reception held March 24 at Café Adobe.
He claims that “words are always the hardest thing” for him, but Erasure front man Andy Bell had little trouble putting his response together when True Colors tour producers asked him to once again be part of the concert’s gay (and gay-supportive) all-star cast.
It’s like driving past a nasty accident. We don’t want to look at this real-life Oedipal drama with a gay twist from out director Tom Kalin (Swoon, I Shot Andy Warhol). But we just can’t help it — mostly because it stars Julianne Moore (Boogie Nights) as the beautiful but tragically bent socialite with a thing for her son (Eddie Redmayne). — Preview: Nancy Ford
The girls are back in town. After its six-year run, the HBO series Sex and the City wrapped bittersweetly in 2004, but Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte have returned with a big-screen version of the story of four smart gals in Manhattan. In a summer of Iron Man, Speed Racer, the Incredible Hulk (again?), Indiana Jones, and other manly characters, this chick-friendly flick may be the best antidote for testosterone overdose (along with the ABBA-travaganza Mamma Mia, of course).
The Living End: Remixed and Remastered
The film that ushered in the “new queer cinema,” with its raw feel and unapologetic violence, stands out on its own. From the first frame — “F–k the World” spray-painted on a wall — to Luke having sex with Jon (both are HIV-positive) on the beach while holding a gun to his own head, this film screams angrily into the face of AIDS. And anyone who grew up in the ’90s will get a kick out of the musical references (Revolting Cocks and Nitzer Ebb, etc.). • 1992. Written and directed by Gregg Araki. • Strand Releasing (www.strandreleasing.com). — Review: Eric A.T. Dieckman
It begins with La Miranda sharing: “There are as many Stonewall stories as there are queens in Manhattan. And that’s a sh–load of stories, baby.”
•1965 —With financial backing from El Paso-born trans pioneer Reed Erickson, one of the nation’s first trans clinics opens in Johns Hopkins Hospital at The University of Texas Medical Branch, with a stated purpose to care for “gender dysphoric” patients.
In early October polls showed Whitmire leading Welch and vulnerable on only the one issue—her support for the failed gay rights referendum. Attempting to capitalize on that perceived weakness, Welch attacked Whitmire’s support of gay rights and reminded voters of Whitmire’s 1983 visits to Montrose gay bars to thank the gay community in her successful re-election campaign that year. Welch commented, “There is no way that you could hog-tie, hobble, and drag me into a gay bar at 2 o’clock in the morning to give them thanks.”