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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.

Houston Man Killed By Drunk Driver As Boyfriend Watched Helplessly

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Houston Man Killed By Drunk Driver As Boyfriend Watched Helplessly

Another tragedy on the Houston roadways in the early morning hours have lead to the death of a 43-year-old man, that was killed in a crash involving a drunk driver, according to police.

Troy Lamar “MacDaddy” McNeil’s life was cut short over the past weekend, when an alleged drunk driver hit him. It was in the early morning hours of Sunday, McNeil, his long time boyfriend, two others were driving southbound on the Gulf Freeway in a Dodge Durango, heading home to Dickinson, Texas.

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Troy McNeil (right) pictured with boyfriend JR Guarjardo

Nearing Bay Area Boulevard, the Durango was sideswiped by another car, causing the Durango to turn sideways in the road, and resulting in another car hitting the Durango.

When McNeil got out of the car he was struck by a silver Toyota Camry driven by Anthony Saul Arrendondo, also traveling southbound on the Gulf Freeway.   Arrendondo, 36, is charged with driving while intoxicated and further charges are pending.

McNeil’s long-time partner was in the car and saw when his boyfriend was hit. ” I love him. I love him. He didn’t do anything bad,” said JR Guarjardo.

McNeil graduated from Russell High School in East Point, Georgia and was currently employed by Green River Associates. Left to cherish his wonderful memories are his parents; Mark and Vickie Berry of Dallas, Texas, a sister; Sharon Chapman of Forest City, Arkansas and his partner J.R. Guajardo of Dickinson, Texas.
Memorial service to be held on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm at Brookside Funeral Home.

 

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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Galveston Police Investigating Brutal Assault Of Popular Drag Performer!

Galveston Police Investigating Brutal Assault Of Popular Drag Performer!

Houston Drag Performer Amber Lemay Foxx Is Recovering From A Brutal Assault That Occurred In Galveston, Texas Over Easter Weekend!


 (Galveston, Texas) 03/31/16 – Galveston Police are releasing very few details surrounding the brutal assault of a popular Houston drag performer that occurred over the weekend on the island.

“GPD (Galveston Police Department) was dispatched to the 4100 block of Avenue T ½; relating to a burglary at the 4100 block of Seawall Blvd.” Michael Gray, spokesman for Galveston Police told About News, “It’s a very active investigation, with many witnesses still being interviewed.” Gray stated.

According to a GoFundMe page set up for Foxx, the performer was “nearly beaten to death on Easter Sunday close to 3:30 pm and taken to an open field by 3 men.” The page is calling the attack a ‘hate crime.’ – GPD would not confirm any details of the
case.
Google maps indicate a cemetery at the address provided to About News by GPD.

According to the GoFundMe page, Foxx is ‘self employed and performs at several Montrose bars to supplement her income.’