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LGBT Friendliness, James Douglas, and The Full Menu: Wednesday’s Show (November 2, 2016)

The Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization promoting LGBTQ equality, recently unveiled a sort of equality scorecard, which found Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio all fare better than Houston when it comes to being LGBTQ friendly. And it’s not just because the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance was voted down last year. On […]

Credit: Vicky Charleston, HPM, Creative ServicesThe Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization promoting LGBTQ equality, recently unveiled a sort of equality scorecard, which found Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio all fare better than Houston when it comes to being LGBTQ friendly. And it’s not just because the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance was voted down last year.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with the Human Rights Campaign’s Cathryne Oakley about the organization’s Municipal Equality Index. Then, we discuss what Houston’s lower score suggests about whether we’re a truly LGBTQ-friendly city with PFLAG’s Michael Byrum-Bratsen, Danielle Bartz from the city’s Boards and Commissions Office, and Kris Banks, a special assistant to Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Also this hour…

A Conversation with James Douglas

Since January of 2015, Dr. James Douglas has served as president of the Houston chapter of the NAACP. The Interim Dean of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University leads the famed civil rights organization here in Houston at a time when a new generation of civil rights leaders and organizers are gaining attention and seeking to move conversations about race forward in new ways. It’s also a time when the public is politically and culturally divided over what to do about recent incidents of violence and injustice. In advance of our upcoming Houston Matters town hall (Nov. 15, 2016) on bridging divides and fostering understanding between the black community and law enforcement, we talk with Douglas about that and other issues of importance to African-Americans in Houston — and what role he believes the NAACP can play in moving new conversations about race forward here in Greater Houston.

The Full Menu: Houston’s Best Breakfasts

On the latest installment of The Full Menu, food writers Eric Sandler of CultureMap Houston, Katharine Shilcutt of Houstonia Magazine and David Leftwich of Sugar and Rice Magazinetalk about their favorite places to get breakfast in Greater Houston.

Book Recalls Family’s Struggles With Bipolar Disorder

Jake McClain Driver was a teenager when he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He struggled with the mental illness for years, before taking his life at the age of 26. The Book of Whispers: A Father and Son’s Battle with Bipolar Disorder is a new book that includes several poems Jake wrote. It also includes a first-person account from Jake’s father, Mickey. Maggie Martin recently sat down with Mickey Driver to talk about the challenges of caring for a loved one suffering from bipolar disorder.

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Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekdays at noon and 7 p.m. on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and...

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