In 1984, seven years after Houston gay activist Ray Hill protested an appearance of antigay crusader Anita Bryant at a downtown hotel, the city council passed two ordinances prohibiting discrimination against gay people in city employment. Mayor Kathy Whitmire supported both measures. After opponents gathered enough signatures for a referendum to repeal the ordinances, those in favor of the repeal brought in controversial psychologist Paul Cameron, who used his antigay rhetoric and fear tactics to influence voters, especially those in the black religious community. However, not all black leaders shared Cameron’s mentality—former U.S. representative Barbara Jordan vocally opposed the repeal effort and was an ally to the LGBT community.
As predicted, Houston's all-Beyonce FM radio station that debuted last week proved short-lived. As of a few minutes ago, KROI-FM or "B92," which debuted last Wednesday in the wake of surprise layoffs at the now-former News 92.1 FM, has changed its format to classic hip-hop and rebranded itself "The Boom."
An LGBTQ job fair will be held on Friday, October 24 to bring job seekers in contact with employers and recruiters looking to hire. Dress for success and come resume ready! We can help you get ready at our Prep Classes, too.
Amid blowback, city walks fine line on pastor subpoenas
Cruz, Abbott slam subpoenas in rights lawsuit
The Parker administration Thursday continued to stand by the principle, if not the wording, of its subpoenas of local pastors as Christian conservative groups and politicians, including U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, railed against the idea.
The differences between the candidates this year could hardly be more stark. State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio, the Democratic candidate, is not only knowledgeable and experienced but also congenial and easy to work with. Her Republican opponent, state Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston, is divisive, disruptive and self-aggrandizing.