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Houston LGBTQ Community Steps Up Following Hurricane Harvey

Houston LGBTQ Community Steps Up Following Hurricane Harvey

LGBT Houston Shines Following Hurricane Harvey: Looking At The True Acts Of Kindness From The Houston LGBTQ+ Community After One Of The Worst Hurricanes In American History


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(HOUSTON) — Standing outside Houston’s LGBTQ community center, The Montrose Center, in the early afternoon of Thursday, August 24th, you could see Hurricane Harvey was approaching Houston. The sky was dark, and the winds had arrived. The rainfall would come only hours later and would last for several days without relent until Wednesday, August 30, 2017.

During and in the wake of the storm an innumerable amount of Houstonians lost their homes, vehicles, pets, possessions, while some even less fortunate lost their lives and those close to them. Our great city was devastated!

The attention of the entire nation turned to Texas. With that attention, came the influx of aid from all over. Louisiana’s Cajun Navy responded to need, shuttling down boats and volunteers to rescue people from the deadly flooding. According to the National Weather Service, areas of Houston received over 50” of rain.

“I wanted to feel like I could do something. We all felt powerless. We can’t do anything to stop a hurricane, but we can do something afterward.”– Michael Glazner

The American Red Cross set up the state’s largest shelter-in-place at Houston’s downtown George R. Brown convention center. Initially housing 10,000 evacuees, other facilities were opened including NRG Arena and the Toyota Center.

Hurricane Harvey’s devastation became infamous with celebrities such as Kevin Hart, Sandra Bullock, Chelsea Handler, and Ellen DeGeneres contributing large sums of money to relief efforts. Cristela Alonzo, comedian, and actress from Texas and an adamant LGBTQ+ ally went so far as to research shelter locations needing supplies and volunteers.

ABTHarvey-223x300 Houston LGBTQ Community Steps Up Following Hurricane HarveyAs an estimated 32,000 people were displaced from their homes in Harris County, Houston’s truest acts of heroism from local citizens began to shine. NRG, George R. Brown, Houston Food Bank, Pets Alive, to BARC and Gallery Furniture and many other facilities set up as shelters were inundated with volunteers.

As #HurricaneHarvey pounded Houston with rain, members of Houston’s LGBT pride organization, Pride Houston, Inc., went into action collecting contributions and left over supplies (from Houston’s June Pride Celebration) for delivery to the George R. Brown Convention Center for people in need. Items like bottled water, clothing were donated.

In the days since the storm social media has been overwhelmed with photos and posts from Houston’s LGBTQ+ community. Images of volunteers helping one another, and posts details someone’s random acts of kindness. There are so many.

“It seems like our community has either had to step up for themselves for so many years or by extension have gotten used to stepping up for other people and helping out,” former ‘Friends of Pride’ committee co-chair Michael Glazner said to About Magazine.

“I’m impressed, honored, and privileged to be a part of this community, ”  Glazner said. Glazner was one of many Pride Houston, Inc. volunteers that assisted during Hurricane Harvey.

Miss Gay Texas Violet S’Arbleu

Violet S'Arbleu stole the talent portion of last weekend's Miss Gay Texas America pageant with "A Lil' Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place" from The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas. (Photo by Clay Gore, Houston Press)

(HOUSTON) People might associate Texas with yellow roses or bluebonnets, but this year an unmistakably different flower is taking over the state. Houston-based drag entertainer Violet S’Arbleu, née Jacob Chaput, will shower the Lone Star State with a purple reign as the newly crowned Miss Gay Texas America.

“The Miss Gay Texas America legacy is 43 years of stellar, inspirational entertainers,” he says, “and honestly I’m just so humbled and thrilled to have the honor to join those ranks and represent the system this year.”

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Chick-fil-A Rolls Out Delicious 'Family' Style Meal

Chick-fil-A Rolls Out Delicious ‘Family’ Style Meal With Mac And Cheese, Baked Bacon Beans!

(HOUSTON) The anti-LGBT Chick-fil-A has announced plans to introduce family-style meals that include two new delicious looking sides — mac and cheese and bacon baked beans — in three cities starting Monday. (Thankfully Houston is not one of them) Sadly, San Antonio, Texas is…

The new anti-LGBT meals start will start at $29.99 and include one entree, two sides, and eight mini rolls to serve four people. Chick-fil-A’s new meals are meant to draw more customers during dinner, according to Matt Abercrombie, Chick-fil-A’s menu development manager.

The anti-Family-style entree options will include 30 chicken nuggets, 12 chicken strips, or four chicken breasts either grilled or fried. (All which Us pro-LGBT love) The horrible, yet most likely amazing side options will include bacon baked beans, a fruit bowl, mac and cheese, a salad, or the superfood side (kale and broccolini with dried cherries, nuts, and a maple vinaigrette dressing).

Chick-fil-A-Rolls-Out-Delicious-Family-Style-Meal-300x225 Gays, We Are In Trouble!As if to let our mouth drool with dread, Chick-fil-A describes their beans as ‘kettle-cooked and slightly sweet, flavored with bacon and brown sugar.’ Adding the mac and cheese is served with a blend of cheeses including cheddar, parmesan, and Romano. Ugh! The nerve!

Chick-fil-A will be testing these new options in North Carolina; go figure! Phoenix and San Antonio until November 18. The feedback will determine if the plan rolls out nationwide!

K Flay Premieres Official ‘High Enough’ Video

Artist K. Flay Premieres Official 'High Enough' Video And Announces North American Tour With Imagine Dragons

Artist K. Flay Premieres Official ‘High Enough’ Video And Announces North American Tour With Imagine Dragons

 

(NEW YORK) – Following the release of her latest album Every Where Is Some Where — which reached NUMBER 1 in the Billboard Heatseekers Chart – and her SOLD OUT North America tour this spring, alt-pop/hip-hop artist K. Flay is back with her official new video for her current single “High Enough,”along with a brand new arena tour announcement for the fall.

High Enough” – which continues to gain strength in Alternative Radio across America — premiered worldwide today via Billboard MagazineDirected by Lorraine Nicolson, she explains “the “High Enough” video is an unconventional retelling of a universal theme: music’s ability to unite us despite our differences. A great song can cut across cultural boundaries better than language can, and I think K.Flay’s new track has that kind of power. For our team, it was important the video retained a sense of playfulness, which was made possible by the nuanced performances of dancers Savannah Harrison and Scott Hislop as choreographed by Andrew Winghart.”  Watch the video here.

Talking about the single, K.Flay declares “there are so many songs out there about getting fucked up,” she says of the song’s inspiration. “I think a part of me was asking the question: ‘What if I’m already high enough? What if I don’t need anything but what I’ve got?’ There are many moments in my life—whether it’s because of a person or a place—that I don’t want to feel altered or high or buzzed. I just want to feel exactly what I’m feeling.”

Starting September 26th in Phoenix, AZK.Flay will be joining Imagine Dragons as support for an incredible 31-date stretch across North America with a stop in Houston November 12 at Toyota Center. November 13 in Dallas at American Airlines Aren.

All tour-dates are listed below, for more information, go to: http://www.kflay.com