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Candlelight Vigil Held in Houston for Gay Man Beaten To Death

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Candlelight Vigil Held in Houston for Gay Man Beaten To Death

HOUSTON, TX —It was only four months ago that 18-year-old  Stephen Roy Sylvester, Jr moved from Houston to Austin for family and education. His plans included studying at Austin Community College, and then University of Texas.

Today local, state, national and world news outlets focused on his death ranging from the The New York Daily News, USA Today, The Washington TimesCBS News, and Instinct Magazine.

In Houston on Sunday, the people that knew him best and loved him- paid their respects with a candle light vigil. His pictures were scattered, and surrounded by candles. His friends sat silently in a circle. Their hearts were broken. One  of the guys in the crowd was Taylor Shirley.

Every single piece of news coverage of this horrible loss; Shirley is mentioned as a “friend,” but that is almost as painful as the loss Shirley is feeling. Every reporter refers to me as a ‘friend’ he told us.

Shirley was the boyfriend for almost a year before Stephen moved. “He was larger than life. He walked into a room and filled it up in the best way.” says Shirley.  “He was the type of person that if you were walking past him and he noticed you looking sad, he would stop you and ask to talk about it.” Shirley tells About Magazine.

Shirley fondly remembered Sylvester’s tenderness and understanding for people, particularly those in the transgender community.

Stephen lived with Shirley in Spring, Texas and attended Klein Collins High School before he moved to Austin.

Individual Diagnosed With Meningitis After Bunnies On The Bayou

Individual Diagnosed With Meningitis After Bunnies On The Bayou

An Individual Who Attended Easter Weekend’s Bunnies On The Bayou In Houston Has Been Diagnosed With Meningococcal Meningitis According To Health Officials!

(Houston) – An individual who attended Bunnies on the Bayou  on Easter Sunday has been diagnosed with Meningococcal Meningitis, the City of Houston’s Health Department announced late Saturday. Health officials and Bunnies on the Bayou are in the process of notifying attendees.

‘There may be unrecognized cases who were in close contact with this person,’ a e-mail released to the LGBT community from Bunnies on the Bayou explains. ‘This is an example of public health in action in order to prevent further cases.’

“The City of Houston Health Department contacted us about one person who was confirmed and treated,” Josh Beasley, board member for Bunnies on the Bayou explained to About News. BOTB is an non-profit, and one of Houston’s oldest and most prestigious organizations that raises money to help many different LGBTQ charities.

“To our knowledge, this is the first time in 40 years something like this has happened,” Beasley says.

Meningococcal meningitis is a rare but serious infection that can be fatal or cause great harm without prompt treatment. As many as one out of five people who contract the infection have serious complications.

Each year, approximately 1,000 people in the U.S. get meningococcal meningitis, which includes meningitis and septicemia (blood infection).  According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 15% of those who survive are left with disabilities that include deafnessbrain damage, and neurological problems.

“The epidemiologist said there was a lower risk of transmission in this case, but asked if we would email information out just in case,” Beasley said.

The symptoms include sudden onset fever, headache and stiff neck. Nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, and confusion are also symptoms. Symptoms may appear quickly or over several days, typically within 3-7 days after exposure. The virus is not spread by causal contact nor is it airborne.

Officials ask if you have experienced any of the above symptoms please contact your health care provider immediately. For any questions or concerns you may also contact the Houston Health Department at 832-393-5080.

 

 

Suspect Charged For Murder of Boyfriend Has Criminal Past Involving Alcohol

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Suspect Charged For Murder of Boyfriend Has Criminal Past Involving Alcohol

(AUSTIN) – It was not the first time that Bryan Canchola has had issues with alcohol and the police department. Bryan Canchola, full name Bryan Michael Perez Canchola, originally from McAllen, Tx  is no stranger to law enforcement. Records indicate Canchola was arrested for public intoxication and charged with failure to identify him self to a police officer.

Back on May 31, 2013 when Canchola was only 19 years old McAllen Police Department    indicated he was arrested and charged, and was sentenced to probation.

Texas law states that in order to purchase or consume alcohol a person must be the legal age of 21 years old. Cantle was only 19. When questioned by police, he supplied a false name.

Travis county arrest records indicate that Canchola had been drinking heavily the night he is accused of violently beating his boyfriend to death. He is only 20 years old now.

Austin, Texas is a popular college town with the famous 4th, 5th, and 6th street bars that are busy on any given night of the week packed with college students, and visitors.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission that regulates the sale of alcohol would not confirm or deny that an investigation into the sell of minors is being conducted. With Austin Police affidavits filed in the Stephen Sylvester murder investigation clearly stating the couple had been drinking on 4th street, is is possible several investigations into under age drinking will be conducted.

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.