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About Magazine Announces New Chief Editor

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LGBT News Platform About Magazine Names Anthony Ramirez as Editor In Chief

Updated 8/24/18

(HOUSTON) About Magazine + About News today announced that Anthony Ramirez has been appointed editor-in-chief of the About News platform. Ramirez succeeds Cade Michals, executive publisher, and founder since 2008, who is stepping aside for Ramirez to take lead. Michals will step back from his post as executive publisher of the LGBT news platform on November 7.

Michals will continue to play a pivotal role behind the scenes with the organization and its multiple affiliates, but will no longer make editorial or day-to-day management decisions. Michals, also the founder and director of the LGBT award show in Houston the F.A.C.E. Awards, has been transitioning the award show to a non-profit over the past few months allowing the award show to continue.

Ramirez is no stranger to writing. He is credited with four published novels (The Write Thing, Witches of the Deep South, Where He Lay Down, and a collection of his About Magazine column entries, Less Than Butterflies). His novel, Where He Lay Down, was nominated for an honor by the American Library Association’s Over the Rainbow GLBT Roundtable committee. Ramirez previously served as the editor of fiction and the director of social media and marketing for ELJ Publications. Last year he hosted the event Yas Queen: Out of the Margins (a reading of LGBTQ, POC, and women writers) at the American Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Washington D.C. He recently completed coursework for his Bachelor of the Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

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Anthony Ramirez named new editor in chief of About Magazine

Starting with About News in June, Ramirez was an investigative reporter. With this transition, Ramirez plans to expand the brand into a multimedia platform that will include a boost in op-ed pieces, short fiction and poetry from LGBTQ writers around the state, video content, and spotlights on Texas-based LGBTQ civilians who impact the community in a positive way. In December of 2018, he opened About Media Group’s own LGBTQ book publishing house, About Editions. About Editions has gone on to publish 8 books thus far, with a scheduled 12 for the entire 2018 year. The house’s first book — a collection of poetry from writer Mathieu Cailler entitled May I Have This Dance? — was released in December 2017 and won the New England Book Festival Award for Poetry that same month. In June of 2018, Ramirez launched About Media Group’s first-ever television production company, About Media, which has since gone on to being production on its first original series (Round-Up with Mel Rose), pick-up the web series Wineding Down with Anthony for its second season, and begun preproduction on an original sitcom entitled The Anthony Project. About Media has two scripted drama series in the early stages of development based off the books How to Break My Neck (Jessica L. Walsh) and Lifelong Learning (Zeke Jarvis) from About Editions.

Beyond writing and journalism, Ramirez is also a performer of the stage and screen. He is the executive producer, head writer, and star of the aforementioned About Media shows Wineding Down with Anthony and the forthcoming sitcom The Anthony Project. Ramirez sings annually in the Kingwood Kabaret scholarship fundraising event for Lone Star College and served as the volunteer committee chair for Pride Houston, Inc. from summer of 2016 until stepping down in the summer of 2018.

As a means of achieving these goals, Ramirez is constantly looking for new writers, photographers, editors, web designers, event coordinators, and more.


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FACE Awards 2017 Nominations Announced

FACE AWARDS WELCOMES AVENUE 360 HEALTH & WELLNESS, SOUTH BEACH THE NIGHTCLUB, CBS RADIO AS OFFICIAL SPONSORS FOR 2017 FACE AWARDS

FACE AWARDS ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL NOMINEES FOR THE 2017 FACE AWARDS

HOUSTON — LGBTQ+ Houston’s biggest award show announced the official nominations today for the 2017 FACE Awards to be held South Beach the Nightclub in Montrose on Thursday, November 16, 2017. The FACE Awards are presented by Avenue 360 Health & Wellness, South Beach the Nightclub and CBS Radio Houston’s Mix 96.5FM.

The official nominations can be viewed here. Official voting opens at 8 PM tonight after the announcements and will continue until November 8, 2017. You can cast your official vote here starting at 8 PM. 

2017 brings new categories and new nominees with over twenty-one categories for the community to vote. Some of the new categories include Chef of the Year and Inspiring Hero of the Year. Also included are two newly named awards, The ‘Jimmy Carper Trailblazer Award’ and the ‘Alexander Hill Humanitarian Award,’ both named after people from the LGBT community.

F.A.C.E. Awards stands for First Achievers in Community Excellence, and each year our Heroes’ and Icons’ work hard in pursuit of special causes. Each year a volunteer works hard, a politician gets a law or ordinance passed; a new business opens its doors to the community. Maybe it’s a photographer, a drag performer, a bartender, or a hair stylist – they are all doing their part in Houston seeking equality.

Mix 96.5 FM Morning Show hosts Sarah Pepper, Lauren Kelly, and Geoff Sheen will host Houston’s VMA style award show. Joining them as presenters will be a lengthy list of politicians, TV and radio personalities, Emmy® winners and The Voice contestants. The FACE Awards will officially announce the presenters in the following week.

Joey Guerra, Music Editor and Joy Sewing, Fashion Editor of the Houston Chronicle return to host ‘LIVE‘ from the Red Carpet, a pre-show that highlights the red carpet arrivals of nominees, past winners, and community leaders starting at 7 PM and will be broadcast live on multiple social media platforms.

Now celebrating its sixth year, the F.A.C.E. Awards stands for First Achievers in Community Excellence, a yearly award show honoring Houston’s LGBTQ community. The LGBT event is attended by some 600+ LGBTQ community members that honor their peers.

2017 FACE Awards Announces Avenue 360, CBS Radio, South Beach As Sponsors

FACE AWARDS WELCOMES AVENUE 360 HEALTH & WELLNESS, SOUTH BEACH THE NIGHTCLUB, CBS RADIO AS OFFICIAL SPONSORS FOR 2017 FACE AWARDS

FACE AWARDS WELCOMES AVENUE 360 HEALTH & WELLNESS, SOUTH BEACH THE NIGHTCLUB, CBS RADIO AS OFFICIAL SPONSORS FOR 2017 FACE AWARDS

HOUSTON — LGBTQ+ Houston’s biggest award show announced today Avenue 360 Health & Wellness will sponsor the 2017 F.A.C.E. AwardsSouth Beach the Nightclub and CBS Radio Houston return as co-sponsors. The red-carpet mega event will be held Thursday, November 16, 2017, at South Beach in Montrose.

[Click here to watch the 2016 FACE Awards]

Mix 96.5 FM Morning Show hosts Sarah Pepper and Lauren Kelly will host Houston’s VMA style award show. Joining them as presenters will be a lengthy list of politicians, TV and radio personalities, and some Emmy® winners. They are expected to honor the Houston LGBT community in over 21 different categories.

Joey Guerra of the Houston Chronicle returns as host of ‘LIVE’ from the Red Carpet, a pre-show that highlights the red carpet arrivals of nominees, past winners, and community leaders starting at 7 PM and will be broadcast on social media.

“The F.A.C.E. Awards honors people in our community that have achieved something positive, it honors our Trailblazers, and allows our community to thank our Heroes.”Cade Michals, founder of the F.A.C.E. Awards said.

Now celebrating its sixth year, the F.A.C.E. Awards stands for First Achievers in Community Excellence, a yearly award show honoring Houston’s LGBTQ community. The event is attended by some 600+ LGBTQ community members that honor their peers.

Visit www.face.awards.org for more information

Chaos At Spire Nightclub Wednesday Night Scare Club Patrons

Chaos At Spire Nightclub Wednesday Night Scare Club Patrons
(Photo by Houston Chronicle)

Popular Downtown Straight Club ‘Spire Nightclub’ Known For Ever Growing LGBT Presence Has Scary Wednesday Night For Club Patrons.

(HOUSTON) — A night out in downtown Houston gets chaotic for club goers, leaving at least two people with gunshot wounds, and other injured as a vehicle drives into a crowd leaving Spire Nightclub.

According to Houston Police, pandemonium broke out in the nightclub’s parking lot shortly after closing. “It’s a really confusing scene at this point,” HPD Lt. Larry Crowson said, “We’re not exactly sure who’s the victim and who’s the suspect in this.”

According to the Houston Chronicle, ‘a fight led three individuals to drive a car into a crowd of people. The car hitting a patron with impact enough to shatter the vehicle’s windshield.’

A club patron in the crowd produced a weapon and fired shots at the vehicle. As the vehicle attempted to escape the gunfire, it hit a utility pole.

Houston Police Investigators are attempting to reconstruct the scene, but everyone involved – witnesses, victims, and perpetrators – fled the scene.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call the department’s Major Assaults Unit at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).