“New Kids On The Block” she said with a smile when asked the first concert she ever attended. “And I’m proud of that.” She sat across the room on a couch drinking hot tea. The doctor diagnosed her with strep throat. In between questions I tried to count the tattoos. She has more than 30 piercings, all over!
At 32 years old, the ‘Queen of Karaoke’ has big plans for 2016. She has a new look, and is ready for a change. It’s the year of Nina, Nina Lombardo.
“ I am in a new jean size, the smallest I’ve been in six years,” she exclaims.
You most likely have seen her Thursdays, Wednesdays or Sundays at Jr’s Bar and Grill, hosting karaoke or Pearl Bar hosting The Sushi Show every 3rd Wednesday of the month. Sadly there is no ‘sushi’ involved!
Looking at Nina, one might think she is super hardcore, a ‘fearless girl’. And believe it or not, that’s somewhat true. Sorta! She describes herself as “Tattoos, Dreadlocks, Music, Moxie, Crafty, Queer, and a Virgo.” But…there are a few exceptions. “People seem to always be surprised to learn how many silly little phobias I have.” Nina said. She refuses to get in water where she can’t see her feet and don’t dare attempt to drive in a tunnel with her in the car. It’s not gonna happen! And for those clowns? “Supper uncomfortable.”
But she’s also a cook and a lover of designing and decorating. “I have a thing for baking. And my personal theory is that if I’m sharing the sweets with those around me it makes life sweeter”. Nina explained. She also loves glitter, was a finalist in the 2010 Pride Superstar singing competition, and in December 2015 she became Entertainer of the Year at the FACE Awards. Nina is a community favorite!
Her love for music comes from her favorite Aunt. “I remember growing up hearing my Aunt Felicia sing beautifully,” Nina recalls when she was younger.
“I wanted to sing along.” Nina said. Since then ‘people pretty much can’t get a word in if I’m in a vehicle — because I will FIND a song to sing.’
‘When I was younger and all of my friends were talking about how excited they were to turn 21. All I could talk about was how excited I was to turn 18, so I could get tattooed.” Nina said after noticing me looking at her tattoos!
“ I got my first on my 18th birthday. Each piece that I have means something to me.”
“Being tattooed has helped me work through some of the hardest times in my life, and now I have something beautiful in place of the pain.” Nina told me she is always in the state of evolution, becoming a better version.
The Houston Gaymers, (one of the communities fastest growing LGBT+ organizations) are in a race and they plan to win it!
Considered the top organization, and the only LGBT+ out of the four competing at OKRA Charity Saloon to take home the bar’s monthly profit.
What’s OKRA you ask? OKRA is made up of a group of restaurant and bar owners in Houston that stand for Organized Kollaboration on Restaurant Affairs. The group is a charitable organization with very specific views on how the industry should operate and engage local communities.
Houston Gaymers are inviting the Greater Houston LGBT+ Community and Organizations, for a gathering at OKRA Charity Saloon this Saturday, January 30th, starting at 4:00 pm!
If the Houston Gaymers win they will use the winnings to keep events free for its nearly 2,000 person membership, as well as to realize its new charity initiative, ‘Project Blue Shell’. This initiative hopes to put games in the hands of sick and bedridden kids at local hospitals (starting at Texas Children’s Hospital) to aid them in their healing and give them comfort in a difficult time.
How does OKRA work?
- Buy any bar item (Drinks, food, and soda are all valid!)
- Receive a ticket from the bartender with your item
- Drop your ticket into the charity bucket of your choice
- The charity with the most votes at the end of the month wins the bars profits!!
As a bonus, the Houston Gaymers will be offering the first drink FREE to the FIRST 50 attendees! How cool is that? Just find a ‘Gaymer’ in their flashing blue wristband and they’ll get you set up!
Happy Hour runs 4:00PM – 6:30PM, with $3 drafts, $4 wells, and 1/2 price wine by the glass!
A popular gay Houston leather enthusiast, title-holder and businessman died on Tuesday after suffering an apparent heart attack.
Gene Landry – president of the Houston Bears, Mr. Houston Eagle 2014 and Daddy of Montrose 2014 – died sometime Tuesday, according to social media posts.