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6th Annual G.L.U.E. Weekend Raises Thousands For Houston Charity

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Mister Third Coast Leather 2017 John Miley (center) and Judges (left to right) Rylee Janus Spire, Dan Ronneberg, David Bailey, (and on the right) Ralph Bruneau and Dirk Caber (Jack Parton)

As The 6th Annual G.L.U.E. Weekend Ends, The Event Raises Thousands Of Dollars For A Local Charity.

(HOUSTON) — Misfits Houston celebrated their 25th anniversary this year by presenting the 6th Annual GLUE Weekend, held October 6th through the 8th. G.L.U.E (Gear, Leather, Uniform, Etc.) Weekend an annual fundraising event held every Columbus Day Weekend that raises money for local LGBTQ+ Charities.

The 2017 recipient was Gender Infinity that provides aid and counseling to members of the Houston Trans community. With the help and generosity of Houston’s LGBTQ+ and Leather Community, over $7500 raised for Gender Infinity.

GLUE Weekend hosted a variety of activities including a pool party at Club Houston, lunch with Sandy “Mama” Reinhardt,  an ongoing vendor mart with Leather Masters and House of MarKus, with the two main events being the Mister Third Coast Gear and Mister Third Coast Leather Contests held at the RIPCORD.

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Celebrity Barber Pete Karjalainen grooming Celebrity Judge Dirk Caber

 

During these events, the Misfits, assisted by the Houston Firedancers, conducted silent auctions to raise money additional funds for charity. Guest Celebrity Barber Pete was on hand all weekend keeping guys (and gals) looking their best and donating his fees to the charity.

“We were extremely privileged to have been joined by International Mister Leather 2017, Ralph Bruneau, who was our head judge for the Mister Third Coast Leather contest as well as the Keynote Speaker at our Officer’s Luncheon on Sunday,” Misfits Houston President Michael Snyder tells About Magazine.

“He spoke passionately about his work with the #BornPerfect campaign to stop harmful conversion therapy here in America and around the world. His speech brought tears to the eyes of many who have lived through their own hardships in a world which would see us change to fit their ideals rather than accept and love us the way we are. When finished we were all on our feet applauding him and his efforts. “

George Country Sports Bar welcomed the Victory Party, as a DJ entertained under outdoor tents. Celebrity Guest Judge Dirk Caber, along with Misfits Houston’s Krash Masters, raised over $300 in additional donations via a 50/50 raffle! Barber Pete, ever the trooper, spent several hot hours during the victory party grooming the men to perfection.

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Mister Third Coast Leather 2017 John Miley (center) and Judges (left to right) Rylee Janus Spire, Dan Ronneberg, David Bailey, (and on the right) Ralph Bruneau and Dirk Caber (Jack Parton)

Event judges included Ralph Brunea, David Bailey, Dan Ronneberg, Rylee Janus Spire and Dirk Caber for the Leather contest.  Mama Reinhardt, Paul Fox Gonzales and Chip Ware for the Gear contest. Event host emcee, Loyd Powell for the leather contest and co-emcee Crystal Rae Lee Love for the gear contest. Heather Thomas shined as always as a performer during the Leather contest.

Official venues included: The Houston Ripcord, George Country Sports Bar, Club Houston, and the Crown Plaza Houston River Oaks. For a complete list of those who made this weekend so epic check out the Misfits Houston Facebook or GLUE Weekend.

GLUE Weekend will be held Friday, October 5th through Sunday, October 7th in 2018, mark your calendars now.

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Lady Gaga Interview On Fame And Texas

Lady Gaga Interview On Fame And Texas

Growing Up In New York And Covered In Glitter, Lady Gaga Sits Down With About Magazine For The First Ever One-On-One Interview With An LGBT Texas Publication!

(HOUSTON) Dallas might have discovered her first at the ‘Round Up,’ but Houston’ LGBT media takes the gold for an exclusive interview.


As a little girl, she would sing along on her mini plastic tape recorder to Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lau per hits. She loved to get twirled in the air by her ‘daddy’ while jamming out to the sounds of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. The precocious child would dance around the table at her family’s fancy Upper West Side restaurant, using the breadsticks as a baton. But her favorite past-time was ‘innocently greeting new babysitters in nothing but her birthday suit.’

It’s no wonder that little girl from a good New York Italian family, turned into the exhibitionist, multi­ talented singer-songwriter with a flair for theatrics that she is today: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga!

“Where are you now?” I asked in a simple text message to Lady Gaga. It was any regular interview. A journalist, named Spencer had convinced me to arrange this interview. “You have too,” he begged. “She’s going to be bigger than Madonna,” he said.

2009 was a whirlwind for Lady Gaga. She had recently been nominated for her debut album titled ‘The Fame,’ and it was slowly giving her solidification as a new ‘Pop Princess.’

“I’m just going to try and change the world, one sequin at a time.”- Lady Gaga

“I am currently in Canada,” Gaga responded. “I have a show in Toronto tonight.” In detail, she told me about her tour, and being on the road with a couple bands she ‘absolutely loved.’

“I’m with three amazing bands, Chester French, White Tie Affair and Cinema Bizarre. It’ so great to have them on the road with me.” Then she said my name. “You should check them out, Cade. They are great live bands and talented too.”  I had to sit back and think a moment. It’s not every day Lady Gaga is texting you, let alone pitching you on ‘her’ opening acts.

By the time I had arranged the interview, Spencer had forced her entire album into my head. It was great! I was hooked. I had become a fan. Every song had a hook, and it would soon be igniting dance floors across the world. I wanted on the Gaga wagon!

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“The tour is playing some of the best places to hear live music,” Gaga says in a response. “I am playing everywhere from Wilten in LA to Terminal 5 in New York. All great venues to check out live music”

At the age of four years, old Gaga had mastered the piano by ear. When she was 13 she had written her first piano ballad. By the time she was 14, she was performing across New York’s open mic nights at the city’s Bitter End.

“I grew up in New York, even though I haven’t been home for some time now I still call it home.” She explains, hinting that the road, and tour, and publicity have kept her busy. “I love the energy and diversity, and the New York music scene. In fact, not sure if you know but ‘Just Dance’ came from my memorable nights out in New York.”

By the age of 17, Gaga would get early admission to the exclusive ‘Tisch School of The Arts’ at New York University, and when she turned 20 she had already wrote hit songs for none other than the ‘Pussycat Dolls.’ All before she even had her own album.

Of course in our back and fourth message-interview, I had to know what she thought of Texas. I did not know that just a few short weeks prior she had performed in Dallas.

“One of my personal favorite gigs ever was in Dallas,” Gaga replies. “The Round Up.  A gay two-step night.   I just got in the middle of the dance floor and went for it.” She says. “The boys went crazy. It went from two step line dancing to my disco stick …lol”.

Sadly Gaga explained that Houston would not be getting a stop from the ‘Fame’ tour. “Hopefully soon”! She says “I would love to be back and see you all soon”.

“But Houston, thank you for all the love and support. I can’t wait to be back and see you all.” ..xo Gaga

If you have not picked up, down loaded ‘The Fame’ album, do your self a favor and do it now. It will have you looking for the nearest dance floor.

She left me with a thought. Her personal plan. The larger picture. She doesn’t want to be a part of pop culture. She’s going to explore it inside and out. But until… “I’m just going to try and change the world, one sequin at a time.”

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Free New York Pride Passes

 

Free New York Pride Passes

Are you heading to New York City for Pride? If So Get Your Free Pride Weekend Pass!

header_image Free New York Pride Passes(NEW YORK) – In celebration of Pride Month, party producer Jake Resnicow is launching ‘Pride With A Purpose’. He is calling for the LGBTQ community to volunteer at least eight hours of their time this month for a charitable LGBTQ cause. In exchange, he will give a free weekend pass to his Pride events in New York City, including the Matinée Main Event, a $600 value.

“The Pulse Nightclub shooting was a wake-up call,” he says. “It challenged us to consider how we can help make this world a safer place for the community.”

“It’s important that our guests understand that we have a history of being discriminated against and repressed. Violence against the LGBTQ community is on the rise. The ‘Pride With A Purpose’ program is about empowering people to do more, to donate their time and resources.”

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Those interested in participating in ‘Pride With A Purpose’ may volunteer for any LGBTQ charity, including the Ali Forney Center, the world’s largest agency that supports homeless LGBTQ youth. They serve over 150,000 meals annually, providing youth with three nutritious meals per day.

Another worthy cause is The Trevor Project, an organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ teens and young adults.

Once a volunteer has completed their eight hours, they may email documented proof to charity@matineenyc.com. They can then choose between the Ultra VIP Weekend Pass (includes admittance to Matinée, M.E.A.T., and Luvboat parties) or the Millennial Pass (includes admittance to Penthaus, U-Nite and Luvboat par- ties).

“My hope is that the initial eight hours impacts participants in such a way that they are motivated to continue volunteering,” says Resnicow.

Jake Resnicow is the leading nightlife producer behind a series of monthly mega-events in New York City, including M.E.A.T., U-NITE and VERS. In 2010, he brought the international Matinée party to the USA with events in New York, Miami, Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego.

This year, he has made a name for himself as a party-giving philanthropist. As the producer behind the annual TrevorLive After-Party, a fundraiser for the Ali Forney Center and the It Gets Better Project, Resnicow has helped raise over $2 million for charitable causes. Most recently, he was tapped to produce the Official After-Party spectacle at Life Ball — Europe’s Grandest Philanthropic Event for HIV/AIDS.

“We can make a living by what we receive, but we make a life by what we give, “ he says.

The Pentaus rooftop party takes place Friday, June 23 11pm – 4am at Copa (268 W 47th St, NYC); Matinee Main Event is Friday, June 23 11:30 pm – 6 am at Stage 48 (605 W 48th St, NYC); U-Nite takes place Saturday, June 24 11 pm – 6 am at Stage 48 (605 W 48th St, NYC); M.E.A.T takes place Saturday, June 24 11:30 pm – 6:30 am at King (237 W 42nd St, NYC); and Luvboat takes place Sun- day, June 25 6 pm – 11 pm at Hornblower (Pier 40, NYC).

For more information, visit the ‘Pride With A Purpose’ website.

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Will Beyoncé Defend LGBT Rights In Her Hometown Of Houston?

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Will Beyoncé Defend LGBT Rights In Her Hometown Of Houston?

Will Beyoncé Defend LGBT Rights In Her Hometown Of Houston?. Beyoncé is undoubtedly one of Houston’s favorite gay icons and possibly the biggest star from the ‘Lone Star’ state. She has openly supported L.G.B.T. equality in the past. In Houston’s where the equality fight has landed on the national front door step, supporters are calling in the ‘Star’ to bring awareness.

The negativity brought on by a group conservative religious activist and pastors are attempting to repeal the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. For the past 16 months the battle has been tied up in the courts.

Enter Beyoncé, Houston native.

Combined with an estimated 42.3 million followers, Beyoncé has a large stage to offer assistance and gather further support of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. Nicknamed HERO, which protects an array of Houstonians from discrimination. But will she?

Supporters from around the world using the hashtag #BeyBeAHERO, trying to persuade the Houston native to publish a post that calls attention to the HERO campaign. Additionally encouraging voters to keep the ordinance by voting in November. Could her involvement make an impact?

If Beyoncé decides to stand up for her LGBT fans and speak out in favor of keeping HERO. With a single post to her over forty million Instagram followers, Beyoncé could change the debate over Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance

“BEYONCÉ IS A HOMETOWN HERO, AND NOW WE NEED HER TO BE OUR HERO,” 

“An Instagram post may not seem like a big deal to any of us individually, but coming from the most known Houstonian, it would be a game changer,” said Carlos Maza, who started the campaign and works for Media Matters.

In 2014 Houston’s City Council passed H.E.R.O, designed to protect individuals from discrimination in areas such as employment, housing, and sexual orientation. But this is the South, and it’s never that easy!

“Beyoncé could change the debate over Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance and mobilize support for protecting LGBT Houstonians from discrimination,” LGBT Program Director of Media Matters Carlos Maza told the Huffington Post.

“GIVEN THE AMOUNT OF ATTENTION THAT BEYONCÉ’S SUPPORT FOR THE LGBT COMMUNITY HAS GOTTEN IN THE PAST, IT’S NOT HARD TO IMAGINE THE KIND OF POSITIVE IMPACT HER SUPPORT FOR HERO MIGHT HAVE ON A LOCAL ELECTION.”

So far no word from Bey! Stay tuned!

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