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Racist Recording Lands F Bar Owner In Hot Seat

Racist Recording Lands F Bar Owner In Hot Seat

Audio Alleged To Be A Houston LGBT Club Owner Making Racist Comments About African American Community Floods Social Media

(Updated at 09:16 P.M.)

(HOUSTON) — A racist digital audio recording alleged to be an owner of a Houston LGBT club has flooded social media this afternoon. The recording posted to YouTube Friday evening is only seven seconds long. It captures a voice alleged to belong to Irwin Palchick, a LGBT nightclub owner in Montrose.

News of the recording was first reported by AshtonPWoods.com, a civil rights news blog that centers focus on the #BlackLivesMatter movement in Houston, Texas. Woods is the co-founder and lead organizer for BLM’s Houston chapter.

“N****” You can hear the male voice say. The audio rambles before the voice returns, “I said N**** before he hit me in the face.” There are no other voices heard on the recording. There are no indications where the recording was made or how old or new it is.

No official word from F Bar, or it’s owner relating to the audio. Palchick did take to social media denying the audio is of him. “Absolutely not me,” Palchick commented. “I embrace all,” a second comment said.

The release of the YouTube recording has been met with mixed reaction in the community.

“Everyone knows there are certain things NO one should EVER say. Anger shouldn’t make you say something so deeply rooted in racism,” a person wrote on the article. “It says a lot about someone who’s first choice of words would be such a word. This word shouldn’t flow out of someone’s mouth with ease. Racism is a choice.”

Another viewpoint came in the form of support. “I’ve been known Irwin Palchick for 30 year’s plus. Racist would never be a word I could use to describe him,” one supporter on Facebook said.

This scandal is just the latest in a series for the club. Once the #1 LGBT nightclub destination in Houston, F Bar announced last week it would be canceling their Tuesday and Wednesday night drag show. An announcement that some in the LGBT community took as a sign of ‘hard times.’


(Update) Nightclub owner Irwin Palchick admits the voice on the recording is in fact his voice, “But it was after I had been assaulted on or around Easter Sunday.” Palchick explains he was in his office with a small group of people, and the recording does not reflect the full conversation; was altered and taken out of context to make him appear racist.

 

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.

Screen-Shot-2017-09-05-at-6.58.05-PM LeAnn Rimes Asks For Donations For Dickinson Nursing Home
Twitter | @DividendsMGR | Trudy Lampson

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.

Fiancé Denied Access To Partners Funeral By East Texas Family

Fiancé Denied Access To Partners Funeral By East Texas Family About Magazine
Cody Livingston, 23 (About News)

A Heartbroken Texas Man Has Learned He Will Not Be Welcome At His Partners Funeral As The Family Redacts Him From Obituary


(Updated: 3:04p.m.) An East Texas man is heartbroken because he claims the family of his fiancé is unwilling to allow his attendance, or final ‘goodbye’ at his partner’s funeral. The family says that ‘just isn’t true. You are welcome to attend.’

The news of the tragic death of Cody Lane Livingston, 23, of Sour Lake, Texas, set state LGBT news sites on fire earlier this week after Livingston was found unresponsive in a ‘holding cell,’ of the Hardin County Jail after being taken into custody for an outstanding ‘minor’ warrant.

About News learned the Livingston family wants the LGBTQ+ community to know that:  ‘the Livingston family would like anyone that loved Cody, to attend his funeral.’  Arista Argueta, a close friend of Cody, who is transgender told us. “The family has known of Cody’s lifestyle and is supportive, if you want to attend, you can. Anyone can!”

Tanner Moore, the fiancé of Livingston emotionally explains their journey of love, commitment, and their plans to finally wed in November, which was cut short. The family of Livingston has shut out and ostracized Moore, and has erased the existence of his partner in his obituary.

Argueta states “that’s not entirely true, [he] is more than welcome to attend the service,” and notes that one thing is certain. “Cody was a gentle heart, and good person. His death has saddened us all.”

“It still infuriates me that [his] family is unwilling to include me because they have a hard time accepting his sexuality.” Moore claims. “He was and is still my whole world and I will always fight for him.”

The Texas Rangers have officially launched an investigation into the ‘in custody’ death of Livingston that occurred on August 26th, 2017 after Livingston was taken into custody on a warrant.

Cody Livingston’s funeral will be held on Saturday August 3, 2016 at Broussard’s Mortuary at 2000 Mcfadden, Beaumont ,  TX 77701  at 2:00p.m.

 

Galveston County Sheriff Refuses To Release Documents In Death Of Gay Man In Custody

Jesse Jacobs died in custody of the Galveston County Sheriff.
Jesse Jacobs died in custody of the Galveston County Sheriff.

Galveston County Sheriff Refuses To Release Documents In Death Of Gay Man In Custody

(HOUSTON, TX) – The Galveston County Sheriff is refusing to release documents, any videos and the intake form of a gay man that died while in custody at the Galveston County Jail back in March 2015 fearing a lawsuit from the family. A move that shows not all law enforcement agencies are ready to be completely transparent.

On March 6, 2015, Jesse C. Jacobs was processed into the Galveston County Jail to serve 15 days for a second DWI offense. He served about half of that, and was pronounced dead on March 14, 2015 at University of Texas – Medical Branch in Galveston after being transported from the Galveston County Jail.

Sheriff Henry Trochesset told local ABC affiliate KTRK-13 he would not release anything out of fear of litigation from the family. As protests and riots continue around the country, and in Texas over the Sandra Bland case; the Jacob’s case is being hidden from the family and the public by Galveston officials.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives you the right to access information from the government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government.

The Jacobs family is outraged over the lack of transparency. “I’m angry,” says Jacobs’ father, also named Jesse. “Because as far as I’m concerned, they executed my son just as sure as if they put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger.” Jesse told Miya Shay of KTRK-13.

In accordance to the law, the Sheriff of Galveston County must disclose any information requested under the FOIA unless it falls under one of nine exemptions, which protect interests such as personal privacy, and national security. None of the nine exemptions would allow for the Sheriff to withhold information that should be made available to the public and family of Jacobs.

One exemption would be an on-going criminal investigation into the death of Jacobs. The Galveston County Sheriff has stated that the cause of death in the autopsy report is natural causes.

KTRK-13 asked Sheriff Trochesset if he believes everything was done by the book. “It appears that way,” he answered. Trochesset told About Magazine ‘he hasn’t worked inside the jail it self in about 30 years.’