In the scheme of it all, it might seem like a small thing. But that’s what’s so great about our Pride season. No matter what’s happening in the world, this global LGBT holiday gives us the chance to reflect on how much has been accomplished, celebrate it, and renew our energies for the battles that, inevitably, lie ahead.
On behalf of the current and emeritus hosts of Bunnies on the Bayou 31, I’d like to thank OutSmart magazine for once again taking a leadership role and being a major sponsor of our record-setting 2010 event. The Houston LGBT community continues to amaze us by supporting this special fundraising party.
Appreciations and corrections IT PAYS TO KNOW Thank you so much for the enlightening and moving article titled “The Cancer-Causing STD” [by Leigh Bell, April 2010, click here for article]. I honestly had no idea about HPV and men, not to mention anal cancer. Thank you for portraying JD Francis in such a positive light. [...]
I wanted to share with your readers the work of an organization that truly embodies the spirit of the season—PWA Holiday Charities. Its mission is to raise funds for the betterment of people living with HIV/AIDS throughout the year, specifically around the holidays. In the case of my organization we can attest to the sheer kindness and selfless benevolence of this wonderful organization.
I’m attaching a postcard I received in the mail yesterday [displaying an image of Annise Parker being sworn in as Houston City Controller with her partner, Kathy Hubbard looking on. The postcard bore the headline: “Is this the image Houston wants to portray?”]. I’m a homebuilder and my organization has endorsed Gene Locke, so I felt that I needed a mayor who would support development since times are a bit rough and the current political regime is trying to make it harder for developers to succeed. I even have a very large sign in my yard endorsing Gene Locke. I realize this postcard was not approved by Gene Locke and his campaign, but it made me realize how gays and lesbians are and have been discriminated against. It’s time to stop this discrimination and the political agenda by the far-right adversaries that use the Bible and god to scare people into voting against us.
I just wanted to say that I enjoyed reading “Achtung, Baby: AIDS is a mass murderer” [“AIDS Watch” by Kelly McCann, October]. It has enlightened me on some things and taught me some things, too. Please give a special thank-you to Kelly McCann for the great job she did on this article.
VOTE WITH PRIDE
I hope that all LGBT Houstonians will show their pride on November 3, 2009, by turning out to vote for Annise Parker as the next mayor of the city of Houston [re: “Annise Parker Aims High” by Brandon Wolf, June 2009].
In the August 2009 issue of OutSmart magazine’s News Briefs, the parade injuries were addressed ["Injuries Mark Houston GLBT Pride Parade," by Nancy Ford]. Pride president Brad Odom was quoted as saying “he saw no instances of spectators along the designated parade route coming into the street to obtain beads and trinkets.”
Is this a misquote or is Mr. Odom blind? Was he at the parade?
I agree that it is definitely time for another march on Washington [“Unleash the Furry!” What a World by Nancy Ford, July 2009]. The last one was such a disappointment. I do think we need to make some changes this time.