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Popular College Station Gay Bar To Re-Open After Fire

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Popular College Station Gay Bar To Re-Open After Fire

(College Station , TX) The popular LGBT bar Halo went up in flames in late July of this year and has remained closed. But not for much longer as owner Jeff Harmon gets the popular club ready to rise from the ashes.

The two story club located at 121 N. Main St in Bryan, Tx caught fire in the early morning of July 18, 2015. The fire started on the second floor according to the fire marshals office from a faulty power strip. Much of the upstairs was destroyed, and the first floor, which hosts a television bar and lounge, had smoke and water damage.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” said general manager Michael Burleson about his reaction when he first saw the damage. “I didn’t think it would be as bad as it was, but when I went upstairs and saw what was there, I was devastated.” Burleson told The Eagle

Burleson said he has worked for Halo for 10 years, and was amazed at how a part of his life could be destroyed in just a matter of minutes. Burleson said he is optimistic about the future of Halo, however, despite the losses and temporary closure.

The first floor is undergoing repairs and is almost finished, Harmon said. Most of what still needs to be done on the first floor is cosmetic, though Sheetrock had to be replaced and much of the inside of the building is “stripped down to the studs.” Harmon anticipates the first floor will be ready to reopen for business within four to six weeks, and the second floor a month after that. According to The Eagle.

Harmon said he plans to schedule a soft opening for the downstairs portion of Halo, and then host a large grand-opening party once the second floor is ready to receive patrons.

“There is no club atmosphere like Halo,” Harmon said. “It’s the Rolls-Royce of clubs around here.”

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: