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Pride Week: Discussing the Issues that Concern Houston’s LGBTQ Community

Posted on · (Above: Rainbow crosswalks now adorn all four corners of the intersection of Westheimer and Taft in Houston’s Montrose neighborhood in honor of LGBTQ pride. Photo: Gail Delaughter, Houston Public Media)This is Houston Pride Week, one of the largest LGBTQ celebrations in the country. And last Monday (June 12, 2017) marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting […]

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Is Houston Really Less LGBTQ Friendly Than Other Texas Cities?

Posted on · 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. To […]

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Equal Rights Ordinance Challenge Update and Ethnic Food Markets: Houston Matters for Thursday, July 10, 2014

Posted on · Last week, opponents of Houston’s recently-passed non-discrimination ordinance turned in signatures to a petition calling for a November vote to consider repealing the measure. 17,269 signatures are needed from registered Houston voters in order to trigger such a vote. Opponents turned in 50,000, but they are all subject to verification over the next month, and […]

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What the Equal Rights Ordinance Passage Means for the City Going Forward

Posted on · Houston’s City Council Wednesday passed the long-debated Equal Rights Ordinance, which extends equal rights protections to gay and transgender Houstonians. The vote had been delayed, in part, to offer more time for public comment, including some nine hours of discussion Wednesday. Ultimately, though, the council passed the ordinance by a vote of 11 to 6. Mayor Annise […]

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Ride Sharing Debate, One-Bin Recycling & A Candidate’s Twitter Typo: The Good The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · Ride sharing services ruffle the feathers of local cabbies; protesters decry the city’s bringing planned one-bin recycling program; and unfortunate Twitter typos by a local candidate: We discuss “The Good the Bad and the Ugly” in Houston news with our rotating panel of “non-experts.” This week’s panel is comprised of: Russ Capper, Founder and co-host of The […]

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What Does the Court Ruling Against Texas’ Same-Sex Marriage Ban Mean for the State?

Posted on · A federal judge in San Antonio Wednesday struck down the same sex marriage ban here in Texas. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled the ban unconstitutional, saying it deprives citizens equal protection under the law. But he also elected to delay the effect of his ruling while the state of Texas appeals. We discuss the […]

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Coming Out in the NFL, Summer Fest Lineup & Laser Strikes: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · Former Hitchcock High School Bulldogs defensive end Michael Sam this week announced he is gay; the performers at this summer’s Free Press Summer Fest were announced this week; and the FBI is cracking down on people aiming laser pointers at airplanes: It’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston news. Our panel of non-experts convenes […]

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Sports Monday: Olympics, Rockets & Coming Out in the NFL

Posted on · CultureMap Houston sports columnist MK Bower joins us, as he does most Mondays, to discuss the week in sports. We’ll check in on the Rockets, the Winter Olympics so far and the Astros designating Brett Wallace for assignment. Plus: Michael Sam, an NFL draft prospect, announced he’s gay. We’ll talk about what it could mean for […]

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Activists Discuss LGBT Issues in Advance of Houston Conference

Posted on · Later this week, Houston will host the Creating Change 2014 Conference. It’s the largest national gathering of activists, organizers and leaders in the LGBT movement. In advance of the conference, we explore developments in city and statewide policies impacting the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community, including non-discrimination, same sex marriage, and adoption. We hear your questions for Daniel Williams, […]

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Is Houston Really Gay Friendly?

Posted on · 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 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 […]