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LGBT Protesters To Hold Dance Party Outside Texas Governor’s Mansion

Forget Oilcan Harry’s, Richs, South Beach or any other bar or club. The hottest LGBT dance party probably won’t be in one of those spaces. Instead it will be outside Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s mansion window.

HOUSTONFEB 21 —Hundreds of people have expressed interest and have signed up to protest outside the Texas governor’s mansion on Thursday in Austin against bills that threaten the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

As of Tuesday afternoon nearly 800 supporters have RSVP’d on Facebook to attend the dance party from 6pm to 9pm on the east side of the Governor’s Mansion at 1010 Colorado St.

Thursday’s event called Queer Dance Freakout at the Governor’s Mansion.

“It’s such a shame it’s been misused for so many years so turning it into a gay bar for a night seems like a proper use of this gorgeous architecture.”

Event organizers say the goal is to show opposition to what is considered anti-LGBT legislation, particularly so-called transgender bathroom bills — Senate Bill 6 and House Bill 1362. The bills would prohibit public schools from letting transgender children use multistall bathrooms that conform with their gender identity. State government buildings also would be barred from creating transgender-friendly bathrooms, and cities and counties would be prohibited from requiring bathrooms that accommodate transgender individuals.

“We say NO to marriage equality limitations. We say NO to old men saying what we can and cannot do,” according to the Facebook event description. “We say NO to anti-transgender bathroom bills. We say YES to shaking our asses. We say YES to the freedoms of the body.”

Multiple Attacks Of Gay Men In Austin Over Weekend

Multiple Attacks Of Gay Men In Austin Over Weekend

Gay Men and Drag Performers Attacked In Separate Incidents In Austin, Texas Have People Fearing It’s An Anti-LGBT Crime Wave

AUSTINJAN 4 — In two separate incidents, three gay men were brutally attacked outside nightclubs in Austin over the weekend.

Leaving the popular downtown club Barbarella on ‘Tuesgayz,’ Robert Foster and a friend, both drag performers were attacked.

Foster explained their attacker punched him in the head; knock out a tooth, and then running him over in a car. Resulting in a broken leg.

“What comes to mind is that this is like a pattern. This needs to be stopped,” Foster told KTBC-TV. “If it is a pattern we need better security around the bars and the clubs people need to know just because it hasn’t happened to you yet, it can.”

In a separate incident, across Austin, Oscar Zavaleta was assaulted by two men outside Bout Time II, an LGBT bar on Austin’s north side.

Zavaleta suffered a broken nose and a black eye.

Official FACE Awards Nominations Released In Houston

2016 FACE Awards Nominations Announced in Houston

The 2016 FACE Awards Announced The Official Nominees For The 5th Annual FACE Awards Today.

HOUSTON — NOV 11— The LGBTQ+ FACE Awards today announced the nominees in grand style from Houston headquarters of CBS Radio. Sarah Pepper of Houston Hot.95.7, and Lauren Kelly of Mix 96.5 had the honors of announcing the twenty-one category list of Houston’s best of. Joining them, Joey Guerra of the Houston Chronicle. To cast your vote visit www.faceawards.org

FACE Awards kicked off their annual voting season today launching their new website, where anyone can vote for their favorite community personality. The voting last for two weeks, then the votes are tallied up. The winners will not be announced until the FACE Awards live ceremony in December.

Avenue 360 Health & Wellness presents the 2016 FACE Awards brought to you by Smirnoff Vodka takes place on Monday, December 12, 2016. The CBS Radio ‘Hot’ Red-Carpet Preshow starts at 7PM.

 

Volunteer Of The Year
Fran Watson
Travis Nixon
Jeffry Faircloth
Sarah Pepper
Monica Roberts
Tammi Wallance

Activist Of The Year
Ashton Woods
Lou Weaver
Dee Dee Waters
Robin Mack
Mike Webb

Non-Profit Of The Year
The Montrose Center
Houston Gay Kids
The Diana Foundation
Transgender Foundation of America

Entertainer Of The Year
Cristina Wells
Joey Taylor
Mel Rose
Leo King
Wendy Taylor

Bartender Of The Year
Chris Tyer for Richs Nightclub
Sarah Tompkins Gutierrez for Ripcord
Christopher Hunter for Guava Lamp
Jake Quinney for JR’s Bar & Grill

Event Of The Year
LGBT Pride Parade Celebration,
The Diana Awards
Rainbow on the Green
Annual Girl Jam
Dessie’s Drag Race

Business Of The Year
Bohome Bar
ORYX Wear
Crew Staffing
George County Sports Bar
Crocker Bar
Adam/Eve

Barista Of The Year
Bryant for Stabucks Montrose
Kent for Stabucks Montrose
Forest for Stabucks Montrose
Cheryl Jacobson-Custer for Stabucks Montrose

Social Media Personality Of The Year
Jessica Davidson
Morena Roas
Harper Watters
Antonio Arellano

Best Actor, Actress of the Year
Mark Ivy
Mitchell Greco
Teresa Zimmermann
Dylan Godwin

Business Owner of the Year
Julie Mabry for Pearl Bar
Irwin Palchick for F Bar Houston
Bailey Moore for State Farm Insurance Montrose
Dianna Wilde for Floss Dental Midtown
George Konar for George Country Sports Bar

Politician Of The Year
Kim Ogg for Harris County District Attorney-Elect
Alan Rosen for Constable Precinct One
Sylvester Turner for Mayor of the City of Houston
Garnett Coleman for State Representive
John Whitmire for Texas Senate

Nightclub Of The Year
Richs Nightclub
Crocker Bar
South Beach Nightclub
F Bar Houston
Neon Boots Dancehall

DJ Of The Year
DJ Athenz
DJ Jimmy Skinner
DJ Joe Ross
DJ Patrick Ukemi

Restaurant of the Year
El-Tiempo
BB’s Café
Little Bigs
Pepperoni’s
The Breakfast Klub

Creative Artist Of The Year
Charlie Cole
Justin Conely
William Loyd
Kobi Davis

Journalist Of The Year
Joey Guerra
Steve Campion
Nancy Ford
Ernie Manouse

Community Personality of The Year
Ty Frazier
Kofi, Alexye’us Paris
Duckie DuJour
Violet S’Arbleu

Personal Trainer of The Year
Michael White
Dwayne Cookson
Cody Soutar
Mario Romero

Real Estate Agent of The Year
Bradley Miller
Jeremy Fain
James Wooley
Gary Ismail

Philanthropist of The Year
Monica Roberts
Veronica Simms
Paul Pettie
Tanner Williams
Gary Wood

Drag Performer of The Year
Chloe T. Crawford
Lady Shamu
Laisha LaRue
Kymber DeVine
DeyJzah Opulent-Mirage

To cast your vote for one of the above names, please visit www.faceawards.org

 

UT Students Protest Campus Open Carry Law By Carrying Dildos

UT Students Protest Campus Open Carry Law By Carrying Dildos

University Of Texas Students Protesting Texas Law Known As “Campus Carry”  By Highlighting What You Can’t Carry: A Harmless Dildo.

Texas law known as S.B. 11, passed by a Republican led legislature and signed into law by the amazing Texas governor Greg Abbott, has went into effect, as of August 1, 2016. 3,500+ students at the University of Texas signed up to carry around dildos on their backpacks in protest of the new law.

Here’s an excerpt from the protest’s #CocksNotGlocks Facebook page: “Starting on the first day of Long Session classes on August 24, 2016, we are strapping gigantic swinging dildos to our backpacks in protest of campus carry.

Anyone can participate in solidarity: alum, non-UT students, people outside of Texas. Come one dildo, come all dildos.“You’re carrying a gun to class? Yeah well I’m carrying a HUGE DILDO.” Just about as effective at protecting us from sociopathic shooters, but much safer for recreational play.

Protest organizer Jessica Lin, has pointed out a Texas law which states that anyone displaying or distributing “obscene” materials (such as a dildo) in public can be issued a $500 fine. A law she thinks is hypocritical:

“The State of Texas has decided that it is not at all obnoxious to allow deadly concealed weapons in classrooms, however it DOES have strict rules about free sexual expression, to protect your innocence.“You would receive a citation for taking a DILDO to class before you would get in trouble for taking a gun to class.

“Heaven forbid the penis.”