Twenty-five years after its premiere, “The Normal Heart,” Larry Kramer’s explosive drama about the early days of the AIDS crisis, remains one of the most significant works to deal with the AIDS epidemic. To commemorate the play’s twenty-fifth anniversary, the Houston GLBT Community Center and Theatre New West will present a benefit staged reading of The Normal Heart on World AIDS Day, Wednesday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m., at Stages Repertory Theatre (3201 Allen Parkway).
Archive for November, 2010
A year ago, scant attention would have been paid to a run-off election for a Houston Independent School District (HISD) trustee, especially when the election is for the unfulfilled one year term of former trustee Diana Davilla, who recently resigned.
Juliet Stipeche at her law office. Photo Courtesy Juliet Stipeche Campaign
However, the recent national awareness of school bullying and gay teen suicide makes even this race an important election for Houston’s LGBT community. Building a school culture that values and protects every child will take time. Electing concerned school board members is where it all starts.
Kris Banks, president of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus, says that “Juliet Stipeche was one of four candidates who screened with the Caucus. Banks continued: “What made Juliet stand out was her record. Juliet has been a member of our organization. She had spent the past several months, in which she was not a candidate, working with the local members of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). She knew and had the support of many members of the GLBT community and people who are important to the GLBT community, like Rep. Garnet Coleman.
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has extended its code of ethics nondiscrimination policy to include sexual orientation. The organization passed an amendment to the policy with a 93 percent majority at its annual convention in New Orleans on Tuesday.
On Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 6:30 p.m., the transgender community of Texas and its allies will gather for a vigil in downtown Austin on the steps of City Hall to honor those killed because they didn’t conform to traditional gender norms. The event is part of the internationally coordinated 12th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance to be held in more than 90 cities worldwide. This is the ninth year that the vigil has been observed in Austin.
In 1993, Justin Elzie was the first Marine in the nation to be discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” This week, to commemorate Veteran’s Day and the gay and lesbian soldiers wrongly discharged from military service, Elzie and GetEQUAL have launched a weeklong special project in conjunction with My Patriot’s Pride, a group honoring LGBT veterans.
Be Sociable, Share! TweetSteave Nemande, a Cameroonian doctor and human rights activist, will receive Human Rights Watch’s Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism in November 2010 for promoting the decriminalization of homosexual conduct in Africa, in the face of intense discrimination toward gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBT) people in most countries across the [...]
The Choir of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church has released a compact disc, Shepherds, Rejoice!, featuring Christmas music. Produced over several months, the CD includes the congregation singing Christmas favorites, such as Hark! the Herald Angels Sing and O Come, All Ye Faithful, with the choir.
For each IKEA Soft Toy purchased from November 1 – December 24, 2010, IKEA will donate approximately $1.30 (€1) to UNICEF and Save the Children to extend and start new children’s educational programs in 22 countries. For the first time in IKEA history, the retailer will also make a donation for every IKEA Children’s product and Soft Toy kids meal sold November 1 – December 4. Ranging in price from $.49 to $19.99, IKEA Soft Toys are an easy, affordable way for customers to give and give back, all at once and at an affordable price point.
Brandon Bitner was buried on Wednesday, November 10. The 14-year-old high school freshman from rural Middleburg, Pennsylvania committed suicide by running into the path of a tractor trailer. He left a note that he wanted to draw attention to bullying.
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, today expressed both sadness and optimism at the announcement from Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Bishop in the Episcopal Church, that he would retire from his position in early 2013. HRC recognizes the tremendous voice that Bishop Robinson has been for LGBT Americans in faith communities, and looks forward to the work that he will continue after his retirement from the Diocese of New Hampshire.