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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.

 

‘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.

Death Of LGBT Man Sparks Texas Rangers Investigation

Death Of LGBT Man Sparks Texas Rangers Investigation

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.

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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