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Austin, Texas Man Proposes To Partner In Church That Bans Gay Marriage – And Gets A Magical Reaction

Austin, Texas Man Proposes To Partner In Church That Bans Gay Marriage – And Gets A Magical Reaction

(AUSTIN,TX) A man surprised his partner with a proposal in front of the congregation of their church -even though their faith doesn’t recognize marriage equality.

Mr. Trevor Harper and his boyfriend Davis Covin have been a couple for nine years, and members of the First United Methodist Church of Austin for the past two years.

“That church has been, for us, really the first time we have really been able to live out loud as a couple,” Harper, 36, told BuzzFeed.

He knew there was no where else he wanted to propose to Covin, 30, when the two had been invited to share their faith story in front of their congregation.

 

And while the United Methodist Church doesn’t recognize gay relationships, this congregation sure does as the video shows-

“Your lifestyle, your sexuality, your choices, who you love — they don’t define your right to search out the faith that makes you feel whole,” said Harper later in a YouTube video. “You cant let your sexuality define your right to walk a spiritual walk.”

Harper and Coin hope by the time they get married in 2016, the United Methodist Church will recognize same-sex marriage.

 

Popular San Antonio Drag Queen Murdered!

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Popular San Antonio Drag Queen Murdered!

(SAN ANTONIO, TX) A San Antonio man murdered in his home in the 500 block of Blue Bonnet Wednesday was a well-known drag queen. Torrance Cheeves, 51, was found after co-workers alerted police when Cheeves when he didn’t show up to work.

Thursday afternoon, the Bexar County Medical Examiner ruled Cheeves died from a stab wound to his neck. The community is in shock!

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(Via Facebook) right- Torrance Cheeves

“We were all in tears. We can’t believe that someone who was so kind to everyone would meet such a horrible ending,” said Joan Duckworth, office manager at The Bonham Exchange night club. “Torrance was the sweetest man you have ever met in your life. He was such a great guy. It doesn’t make sense.”

Duckworth described Cheeves as a “gentle giant” who was a crowd favorite when he performed in drag as “Miss Whoochie.” Duckworth said his presence helped make the club’s annual Chili Queen cookoff an official Fiesta event that raises money for the San Antonio Aids Foundation.

San Antonio police are investigating Cheeves’ death as a murder but his friends worry his alternative lifestyle could also be a factor in his death. They said they’re fearful he may be the victim of a hate crime.

“I pray that’s not the truth but I think maybe it could be,” Duckworth said. “Because what’s going on in the world these days, people are not as loving and accepting of each other as they should be.”

 

City of San Antonio Hires Diversity Officer

Kiran Bains has been hired as the diversity and inclusion officer for the City of San Antonio. (Photo: LinkedIn) About Magazine
Kiran Bains has been hired as the diversity and inclusion officer for the City of San Antonio. (Photo: LinkedIn)

City of San Antonio Hires Diversity Officer

The OUTinSA is reporting the City of San Antonio has hired a diversity officer who will administer and manage the activities of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Robert Salcido, a field organizer for Equality Texas, stated the city hired Kiran Bains for the position, adding that “he and National Diversity Council executive vice president Angeles Valenciano served as public input during the interview process.”

Salcido says Bains is a San Antonio native and graduate of St. Mary’s University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in international business relations.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion was created last May 14 when the City Council approved the new department as part of the city budget. At the time, Mayor Ivy R. Taylor described the office’s function and goals:

Corpus Christi residents charged with federal hate crime charges

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Corpus Christi residents charged with federal hate crime charges

(CORPUS CHRISTI, TX) Federal hate crime indictments were returned Monday against two Corpus Christi men accused of beating and torturing a gay black man back in 2012.

hate-crime-300x211 Corpus Christi residents charged with federal hate crime chargesIn the days after the alleged attack, the victim told KRIS6 News he was targeted because of sexual orientation and race. Per policy, we are not identifying the victim of an alleged sexual assault.

He detailed how he owed the men $5. The victim claims that even though he paid them the money, they still beat him, poured bleach in his eyes, stripped him naked and sexually assaulted him with a broom or mop and forced him to clean up blood in the home.

The victim says he was only able to escape several hours into the ordeal by jumping out a second story window.

Evidence presented by the FBI and the Corpus Christi Police Department led to the indictments against 32-year-old Jimmy Garza Jr. And 22-year-old Ramiro Serrata Jr for conspiracy to commit hate crimes, a hate crime violation based on race and color, a hate crime violation based on sexual orientation and using a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence.

If convicted, both face a maximum life sentence in federal prison.