On June 22, at 1:40 p.m., Lance Reyna, a transgender man, was attacked at knifepoint on the campus of Houston Community College. Reyna was attacked in a restroom by a male who said “Hey, queer!” in a falsetto voice and put a knife to his throat. The attacker then told Reyna to hand over his valuables and began beating Reyna. Once Reyna was on the ground, the attacker kicked him in the head.
Archive for June, 2010
Human Rights Campaign Calls on the Republican National Committee to Reject Texas Republican Party Platform
The Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization – today condemned the Texas State Republican Party for including anti-LGBT language in its 2010 State Party Platform. The language, which goes far beyond the usual conservative talking points on “traditional family values,” sinks to a new low of intolerance and hate. In an email to members and supporters nationwide, HRC is calling on RNC Chairman Michael Steele to publicly repudiate the anti-LGBT language in the State Party Platform.
Equality Texas applauds Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) for including gender identity in its existing Non-Discrimination Employment Policy Statement. With a unanimous vote Tuesday night, the DART Board of Directors included a provision to explicitly prohibit employment decisions based on gender identity.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker will be honored this November as Holocaust Museum Houston’s 2010 “Guardian of the Human Spirit” in recognition of her life-long work in public and community service, the Museum announced Wednesday.
So, on that Saturday night in June, we hopped on our bikes and pedaled over to Stanford St. We met our neighbors, a diverse bunch of single and married couples, some with children and others not. The parade began, and we cheered as Mayor Bill White marched past us on Westheimer, heading east to a crowd estimated by the Houston Chronicle to number 80,000. My wife Kirste was busy snapping photos with her iPhone, but she soon discovered that headlights on the floats caused glare, and her pictures looked better if she faced away towards the east.
And then it happened — a tragedy that should never befall another person enjoying a parade in Houston.
Equality Hawaii, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, and the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, today announced disappointment in Governor Linda Lingle’s decision to place HB 444, Hawaii’s Civil Unions legislation, on the list of potential vetoes.
Equality Texas is expressing deep concern that Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has gutted its existing Non-Discrimination Employment Policy Statement. At a June 15th meeting of the board, operating as the Committee of the Whole, the agenda called for amending DART’s Non-Discrimination Employment Policy Statement to add genetic information (as required by Federal regulations) and gender identity to the agency’s existing policy statement. The existing policy statement, issued in June 1995, already includes non-discrimination provisions for race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, and sexual orientation.
Be Sociable, Share! TweetJacobs: “Mr. Olson’s closing argument further reinforces the importance of the American public having the ability to learn the real story about this trial” SAN FRANCISCO – At the landmark federal trial over California’s Proposition 8, closing arguments being covered by Courage Campaign Equality’s liveblog indicated the need for greater public awareness [...]
Approximately 15,000 teens and young adults will get to go to a concert as a treat for taking part in the Fourth Annual Hip Hop for HIV Awareness Intervention, a four-day HIV and syphilis screening event.
Director Michael Grandage, designer Christopher Oram, and lighting designer Neil Austin—the creative team responsible for Houston Grand Opera’s (HGO) new production of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly—swept the prestigious Tony Awards Sunday night in New York City with six awards for their Broadway production of John Logan’s Red. The new HGO production marks the London-based design team’s first opera for a U.S. company. Grandage is the artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse where the production of Red originated.