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About Magazine Announces New Chief Editor

LGBT News Platform About Magazine Names Anthony Ramirez As Editor In Cheif

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

(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 awards show to continue.

Ramirez is no stranger to writing. He is credited with three published novels (The Write Thing, Witches of the Deep South, and Where He Lay Down). Credits also include published work with the Advertising Specialty Institute, and a nationally published column ‘Less Than Butterflies,’ that Ramirez has transitioned to the About News platform.

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Anthony Ramirez named new editor in chief of About Magazine

Anthony has 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.

Beyond writing and journalism, Ramirez is also a performer of the stage and screen. He is the host and executive producer of the web show ‘Wineding Down with Anthony.’ Ramirez currently produces and stars in the forthcoming sitcom ‘The Anthony Project.’

He also sings annually in the Kingwood Kabaret scholarship fundraising event for Lone Star College. Additionally, Ramirez serves as the volunteer committee chair for Pride Houston, Inc. His most recent novel, Where He Lay Down, was considered for an honor by the American Library Association’s ‘Over the Rainbow’ committee.

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, featuring short fiction and poetry from LGBTQ writers around the state. Also including video content, and spotlights on Texas-based LGBTQ civilians who impact the community in a positive way.

As a means of achieving these goals, Ramirez states he is actively seeking writers, videographers, editors, and SEO-literate people within the community to take the brand to a new level.

You can follow Ramirez on Twitter @MAnthony Ramirez or on Facebook at facebook.com/AnthonyRamirezAuthor

Pearland ISD Superintendent Makes Hostile Statement Against LGBT+

Pearland ISD Superintendent Makes Hostile Statement Against LGBT+

A Texas Superintendent Makes A Public Statement Regarding His Schools Position on Transgender Students; Including His Religious Beliefs!

A statement by John Kelly (the Superintendent of Pearland I.S.D.) has the district and top administrator answering tough questions. Last week several leaders of Houston-suburb school district responded to President Obama’s “Guidance Letter” regarding the use of bathrooms by transgender students.

The statement released to the public details Kelly’s position on transgender students, adding his political and religious beliefs.

“A hostile vocal minority now rules in America aided by an apathetic, unengaged majority. What’s next? Legalizing pedophilia and polygamy,” Kelly states. “Unless we return to the Biblical basis on which our nation’s laws were established, we are in serious trouble — and cannot expect God’s continued favor,” Kelly adds.

The community, and students of Pearland I.S.D. have taken to the web, and Change.org seeking Kelly to apologize.

‘Kelly made some incredibly offensive remarks regarding the LGBT community in the Pearland Journal,’ writes Michael Alvarez; the creator of the Change.org petition. ‘It would be one thing if Kelly held political office, but he doesn’t. He is a nonpartisan figure, and as such, should not publicly comment on such controversial issues.’

Pearland is the seventh-fastest growing city in the United States.

‘UR GAY’ sticker placed on customer’s car at Goodyear

(Beaumont) – Anita Carrillo’s visit to the Goodyear Auto Service Center for an oil change did not flow too well.

The sticker placed in the top left of her windshield to remind her of her next oil change had an extra message: “UR GAY,” Carillo said.

“My shirt that I had on was multicolored, maybe he thought I was trying to represent gay pride or something, I have no clue,” she said.

To this day, Carrillo is not sure why the mechanic printed the message, but she knew it was not professional. So she contacted a manager.

“He didn’t really apologize for it, he just kind of made an excuse for it,” Carrillo said.

Carrillo took her complaint to Facebook and posted a picture of the altered sticker. It went viral in Southeast Texas and it got the attention of Goodyear.

“I got speak to a higher-up manager and he really apologized and he was like this shouldn’t have happened and he took action,” Carillo said.

On Tuesday, he gave Carrillo her money back, and a new sticker without any creative messages on it. Carrillo hopes her ordeal inspires others to put the brakes on bad customer service.

Carrillo said the manager told her the mechanic that put the offensive sticker on her SUV is no longer with Goodyear.

LeAnn Rimes Asks For Donations For Dickinson Nursing Home

LeAnn Rimes Helps Fundraise For Dickinson Nursing Home

LeAnn Rimes Ask For Donations For Houston Nursing Home Instead Of Gifts!

 

(HOUSTON) — Country superstar LeAnn Rimes celebrated her 35th birthday in Los Angeles this past week with Texas on her heart. Instead of birthday gifts, the Grammy-winning artist is asking for donations to assist the rebuilding of the La Vita Bella assisted-living facility in Dickinson, Texas.

The privately owned assisted living facility made national news when a photo on Twitter went viral as #HurricaneHarvey was spinning havoc on the city. Now the facility has gained the attention of country music sweetheart LeAnn Rimes.

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After Mateo Sifuentes, a Houston native and the hairstylist for Rimes informed his client that his grandmother lived at the facility, Rimes felt a need to help.

Instead of gifts, Rimes asked for donations to the YouCaring fundraiser page to assist the facility in the re-building process. “Everyone has seen coverage on Harvey and its effects to Texas and Louisiana,” LeAnn Rimes said

“I was talking to my friend and hairstylist about a devastating image that I came across and it so happens that the woman in the photo was his friend’s grandmother,” Rimes said.

“So this year, instead of birthday gifts I ask you donate to his friend’s YouCaring account that will go directly to this nursing home clean up/rebuild going as soon as possible. Thank you!”

Rimes is a Texas native, growing up in Garland, Texas, a small suburb of Dallas. She was recently the headliner for the 2017 Pride Festival in Houston.