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Houston Matters for Thurs., Sept. 19, 2013

We’ve explored Houston’s diversity many times on this program. We’ve also examined how the Montrose neighborhood in Houston, in particular, has long had a reputation for being gay-friendly. Many Houstonians also point to one of our political leaders as a demonstration of how we’re ahead of the curve, as the only major city with a […]

We’ve explored Houston’s diversity many times on this program. We’ve also examined how the Montrose neighborhood in Houston, in particular, has long had a reputation for being gay-friendly. Many Houstonians also point to one of our political leaders as a demonstration of how we’re ahead of the curve, as the only major city with a gay mayor. And yet, other cities, even in Texas, may be ahead of us when it comes to policies regarding rights and benefits for same sex partners.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we consider if Houston is really gay-friendly. If so, in what ways? If not, why not? We approach that question from a variety of perspectives, and welcome your insights, as well.

Also, we’re now less than two weeks away from the start of a sign-up period for uninsured Houstonians to receive coverage through a new health exchange. Once again, we offer you a chance to get your questions answered and debunk some myths. Today, we get a federal perspective on the rollout of the final phase of the Affordable Care Act, as we talk with and welcome your questions for Marjorie Petty, Region 6’s Director of Health and Human Services.

Plus…we head to Sugar Land to take in a Skeeters game. And violinist Joshua Bell performs in Houston this weekend…while we could talk about the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto he’ll perform, we’ll let that performance speak for itself. What we really want to know is why he agreed to be a judge for this year’s Miss America pageant.

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