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PFLAG Beaumont Presents: The Sock Hop

PFLAG Beaumont hosting the Sock Hop on October 20th, 2018, which will feature dance and costume contests for the LGBTQIA community.

Grease back your hair or whip out your poodle skirt for PFLAG Beaumont’s 1950s themed dance party, Saturday, October 20, beginning at 7 p.m. at The LogOn Café, located at 3805 Calder.

“I loved watching all the kids dancing at Sock Hops when I was growing up,” Calvin Jorden, PFLAG Beaumont treasurer, said. “They always had lots of fun and this going to a great time.”

The evening will begin at 7 p.m with dance instructor, J.P. Richards lending a helping hand to patrons wanting to hone their dancing skills. Richards will be instructing those interested in learning a few common steps of the era.

“You can’t help but want to dance when you hear all the bebop hits of the time,” Donny Avery, who will be emceeing the evening as his drag personality, Sparkle Motion, said. “We have been having the greatest time just getting our outfits together.”

 

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The Sock Hop will feature a dance contest, costume contest and sock contest beginning at 9:30 p.m.

“We want to encourage community members to come even if they don’t know the Lindy Hop or own a poodle skirt,” Avery said. “The throwback music and nostalgic atmosphere aren’t offered every weekend – I think it is great we can offer a unique experience for the community.”

After awards are distributed, Olivia Gardner and Sparkle Motion will perform.

PFLAG Beaumont is a registered nonprofit. The organization’s mission is to educate, advocate and support the LGBTQIA community and allies.

“This event isn’t just for fun,” Jacqueline Hays, PFLAG Beaumont President said. “We will also have information available highlighting the trials the LGBTQIA community faced at social events during the Sock Hop era.”

For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.

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About Adds New Editors, New Business

2018 Will Bring New Editors Into About Magazine, About Editions, The Magazine’s Publishing Company.

(HOUSTON) – In addition to its new trans-specific content page, About Magazine will be adding two new editors to its staff in 2018. The first of which is Jessica Olsen, who will serve as the assistant editor for About Magazine under editor-in-chief, Anthony Ramirez. The second of which will be Ian Townsley, who will serve as the associate editor for About’s trans-content page, About Trans. Additionally, Ramirez’s publishing company, Black Magic Media, will be absorbed by About Magazine in December. The new publishing company will be a branch of About Magazine, called About Editions.

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Olsen has worked with Ramirez at Black Magic Media as the editor of fiction. Her responsibilities will include content editing and generating creative ideas for new content. Though not LGBTQIA herself, Olsen is an avid supporter of LGBTQIA rights and an ally to the entire community.

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Townsley is an outspoken advocate for the trans community who hosts support groups at the Montrose Center and local churches around Houston. He is also a drag king who performs in and puts on numerous benefits to serve the trans community in obtaining gender-affirmative surgery. Additionally, he has taken on the endeavor of helping trans people legally change their gender status. Syder-Blake himself is an out trans man.

Though Black Magic Media was not strictly LGBTQIA content before (though many of its titles were written by queer writers), it will be after it’s first season of books. The first book, a collection of poetry by Short Story America prize winner Mathieu Cailler (May I Have This Dance?) will be released December 14th, 2017. The remaining books to be published throughout 2018 are How to Break My Neck (Jessica L. Walsh), Heart Radicals (Les Kay, Sandra Marchetti, Allie Marini, and Janeen Rastall), Lifelong Learning (Ezekiel Jarvis), the second edition of Ramirez’s novel Witches of the Deep SouthSpace Baby (Nicole Oquendo), Nesting (Kristen Figgins), Lady Leda’s Dancing Girls (Amber Edmondson), q & a (Steven and Ben Ostrowski), i was born dead (Caseyrenée Lopez), Maleficium (Witches of the Deep South #2 (Ramirez), Naomi and the Reckoning (Christine Stoddard), and Shotgun Mirage (David Rawson).

Mathieu Cailler’s May I Have This Dance can be pre-ordered here.

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Family Files Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Galveston Sheriff

(Photo: About News) Family and Legal Team of Jesse Jacobs
(Photo: About News) Family and Legal Team of Jesse Jacobs

 

Family Files Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Galveston Sheriff

The Family Of Jesse Jacobs, A Gay Man That Died In Custody Of The Galveston County Jail Have Filed A Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Galveston’s Henry Trochesset And Officials For His Death!


 

(Galveston, Texas) 03/14/16 – On the steps of the United States Federal Court House in Houston; family, friends, and the legal team for Jesse Jacobs announced their filing of a federal civil rights lawsuit against Galveston Sheriff Henry Trochesset and officials after one year of ‘run arounds, no answers, and lack of transparency from officials’.

In the middle of some of the biggest media outlets in the country, lead attorneys U.A. Lewis and Debra V. Jennings outlined details in the federal complaint filed on the one-year anniversary of their client’s death.

The federal complaint accuses the Galveston County Sheriff of having blood on his hands in the death of Jacobs, accusing the Sheriff, his medical staff, and jailers of violating Jacob’s 8th and 14th amendment rights.

“The Galveston Sheriff executed our son.” The father of Jacobs stated to members of the media. “Today is the next step in finding answers.”

According to the complaint, Jacobs started having seizures after four days of incarceration as a direct result of lack of prescribed medication.

Disturbing details in the complaint outline how jail officials placed Jacobs in solitary confinement after he started to show signs of ‘withdrawals’ instead of transporting him to UTMB (University of Texas Medical Branch). The jail did not have a medical unit, as required by federal law.

In the solitary cell that had no water, sink, shower or toilet, Jacobs was found unresponsive, with his matress covered in fecal matter.

“This is one of the worst cases of medical indifference to human life I have ever seen,” said Houston civil rights attorney, Randall Kallinen, “This goes on far more often than the public realizes.”

Jacobs was sentenced to 30 days (would have served only 15) for a DWI in Galveston County in 2015. The family claims the jail staff was provided with a prescription Jacobs needed, and had been prescribed for more than 10 years.

The complaint alleges that’s because the jail officials refused to provide prescribed medications that were imperative for Jacobs, he died.

One of the medical doctors mentioned and asked to provide health care to Jacobs while incarcerated appeared before the Texas Medical Board last week in Austin, Texas ‘steaming’ from a complaint filed by the Jacobs family. Another doctor, Dr. Teresa Becker, has a hearing set for April.

The Galveston County Medical Examiner determined Jesse’s cause of death to be “abrupt discontinuation of long term medication.” Jacobs died one year ago today at the University of Texas Galveston after being transported from the Galveston County Jail.

The family is seeking twenty-five million dollars in the lawsuit.

Galveston Father Guilty Of Capital Murder Of Daughter And Girlfriend

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FATHER FOUND GUILTY OF CAPITAL MURDER IN DEATH OF DAUGHTER AND HER GIRLFRIEND

A jury has found a father in Galveston guilty of capital murder in the death of his daughter and her girlfriend.  James Cosby, 46, bludgeoned his daughter Britney Cosby to death and shot her lover, Crystal Jackson, on March 6, 2014 before dumping the bodies near the ferry gate in Port Bolivar, Texas, court documents state.

The bodies were found near a Dumpster around 7:30 a.m. the next day outside a Fisherman’s Cove food mart. Cosby will  be sentenced to life in prison with no parole.   Cosby is a convicted sex offender whose past arrests include several assault and weapons charges.

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Following  Cosby’s arrest, Britney Cosby’s mother told KHOU that he “didn’t like the idea of her being gay.” Cosby’s mother also told the The Houston Chronicle: “He would throw it in her face,” adding that her daughter quoted  Cosby as saying, “Don’t throw that gay (expletive) around in this house.”

In addition, Houston civil rights activist Quanell X, who was advising the family in the wake of the murder, told Fox 26 he “found writings about homosexuality on Cosby’s Koran indicating he may have had an issue with his daughter’s sexual orientation.”

James Cosby had been released from prison in October 2013, where he served time for failing to register as a sex offender after being convicted two decades before of sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman.