The Avondale Association will be hosting a Spring Yard and Porch sale on Saturday April 9, 2011 at the Historic Bath House located at 609 Avondale, Houston, TX 77006 from 9:00 am -2:00 pm CDT.
Archive for February, 2011
In a landmark decision, a state appeals court upheld a ruling yesterday that a Manhattan man can inherit his husband’s estate.
Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Event to Combine Beauty Tips with Advice on Healthier Sex Practices
Every 35 minutes in the United States, a woman tests positive for HIV/AIDS. In Houston and Harris County, one in 90 Houstonians is HIV positive. Women in Houston follow the national trend with infection rates hovering around 20 percent and one in four women living with HIV/AIDS is black. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death for black women aged 25 to 34.
A group of more than 500 participants will perform the Hokey Pokey in a record attempt that will take place this Friday, Feb. 25 – opening night of Mardi Gras! Galveston. The umbrella dancers will give a five-minute performance during the Uptown Funky Umbrella Brigade parade, which starts at 8:30 p.m. in Galveston’s historic downtown.
The Attorney General sent the following letter today to Congressional leadership to inform them of the Department’s course of action in two lawsuits, Pedersen v. OPM and Windsor v. United States, challenging Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage for federal purposes as only between a man and a woman. A copy of the letter is also attached.
“This is a monumental decision for the thousands of same-sex couples and their families who want nothing more than the same rights and dignity afforded to other married couples,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “As the President has stated previously, DOMA unfairly discriminates against Americans and we applaud him for fulfilling his oath to defend critical constitutional principles.”
A former Marine is working to keep Republicans in New Hampshire from repealing the gay marriage law with a full page ad in the Union Leader newspaper. Craig Stowell says his 22-year-old brother Calvin is gay, and after he heard about two hearings to repeal gay marriage in New Hampshire on Thursday, he had to speak out. The ad begins, “As a former Marine. I take freedom very seriously…” Stowell says, “When I came back from Iraq, I married the woman of my dreams in my grandparents’ back yard. Calvin was my best man and I just hope one day I get to be his.”
The Social Book 2011 Launch Party, February 4, 2011. Photos by Dalton DeHart.
Assemblymember Atkins Introduces Bill Strengthening Employment, Housing, and other Nondiscrimination Laws
Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) introduced the Gender Nondiscrimination Act (AB 887) sponsored by Equality California and the Transgender Law Center. AB 887 seeks to strengthen employment, housing, and other civil rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.
“California’s non-discrimination laws guarantee equal protection under the law for all people,” said Atkins. “It is critically important for employers, housing authorities, and everyone to have clear guidance on how these protections are implemented.”
Louisiana’s 200-year-old law against solicitation of oral and anal sex is archaic, discriminatory, and unconstitutional.
So says a coalition of lawyers and social activists who filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Tuesday challenging the state’s “crimes against nature” law, which makes solicitation of such acts illegal.
In Louisiana, prostitutes do not have to register as sex offenders unless they are charged more than once with having oral or anal sex. Those who are paid for only those types of sex do have to register if arrested a second time.