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.
“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.
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.
The death of a 23-year old man in Hardin County, Texas has caused Texas Rangers to launch official investigation.
The Texas Rangers have officially launched an investigation into the ‘in custody’ death of Cody Lane Livingston, 23, while in custody of the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at approximately 6:00a.m. DPS was notified of a possible crash near Sour Lake. (Sour Lake is about 1 hour north-east of Houston.)
DPS explains that it determined there was no crash, but suspected Livingston was driving while intoxicated. DPS explains a field sobriety test was conducted but failed to release results. Instead, Livingston was booked into the jail for an outstanding warrant.
Hardin County Sheriff Ed Cain explains that ‘Livingston was booked into the Hardin County Jail at 7:30 a.m. and had no outward signs of injury as he was booked.’
DPS states ‘Livingston was found unresponsive in a jail cell’ and transported to St. Elizabeth’s hospital in Beaumont, Texas, where he was pronounced dead.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said Tanner Moore, Livingston’s boyfriend. “It was hard to believe, because he was just here with me the other day helping me move.” He said the two saw each other Friday night at Moore’s residence in the Lufkin area.
According to Moore, on Saturday “I tried to call him, probably called him 3 to 5 times. He didn’t answer, and he said ‘I’m at a bar in Houston.”
Friends have set up a GoFund Me Page to help the family with expenses.
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 theF.A.C.E. Awards, has been transitioning the award show to a non-profit over the past few months allowing the award show to continue.
Ramirez is no stranger to writing. He is credited with four published novels (The Write Thing, Witches of the Deep South, Where He Lay Down, and a collection of his About Magazine column entries, Less Than Butterflies). His novel, Where He Lay Down, was nominated for an honor by the American Library Association’s Over the Rainbow GLBT Roundtable committee. Ramirez previously 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.
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, short fiction and poetry from LGBTQ writers around the state, video content, and spotlights on Texas-based LGBTQ civilians who impact the community in a positive way. In December of 2018, he opened About Media Group’s own LGBTQ book publishing house, About Editions. About Editions has gone on to publish 8 books thus far, with a scheduled 12 for the entire 2018 year. The house’s first book — a collection of poetry from writer Mathieu Cailler entitled May I Have This Dance? — was released in December 2017 and won the New England Book Festival Award for Poetry that same month. In June of 2018, Ramirez launched About Media Group’s first-ever television production company, About Media, which has since gone on to being production on its first original series (Round-Up with Mel Rose), pick-up the web series Wineding Down with Anthony for its second season, and begun preproduction on an original sitcom entitled The Anthony Project. About Media has two scripted drama series in the early stages of development based off the books How to Break My Neck (Jessica L. Walsh) and Lifelong Learning (Zeke Jarvis) from About Editions.
Beyond writing and journalism, Ramirez is also a performer of the stage and screen. He is the executive producer, head writer, and star of the aforementioned About Media shows Wineding Down with Anthony and the forthcoming sitcom The Anthony Project. Ramirez sings annually in the Kingwood Kabaret scholarship fundraising event for Lone Star College and served as the volunteer committee chair for Pride Houston, Inc. from summer of 2016 until stepping down in the summer of 2018.
As a means of achieving these goals, Ramirez is constantly looking for new writers, photographers, editors, web designers, event coordinators, and more.