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Gay Houston Mourns Loss Of ‘Daddy of Montrose’

Gene Landry

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.

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Matthew Alan Putterman

Remembering Tony Carroll, Pioneering Houston Therapist and Political Activist

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Jeff Hoffman had been to therapists before, but never one like Tony Carroll. “Many therapists, you sit down, you talk to them, and they’re fairly prescriptive about what you need to do,” Hoffman said. “Tony was different. In the first session or two I was like, jeez, what’s going on here? He just kind of sat there and interjected things from time to time. I was like, am I just talking to myself?”

Carroll, who passed away on December 29 at the age of 74, was Houston’s leading gay therapist for more than three decades, and a powerful advocate for the LGBT community. Although he also saw women and heterosexual men, he made his reputation working with gay men at a time when there were few such therapists in the city. Not only could he relate to his patients, but his idiosyncratic method seemed to work wonders for them.

“I have several friends who went to him as well, and they pretty much all had the same experience,” Hoffman said. “He would give you a few little nuggets during the session, but then after you left it was like a bomb went off in your head. You ended up with all these revelations, almost like a high, for hours afterward. He was hoping to steer your thoughts and just get the right amount of ideas and information out there so you could connect the dots. It was pretty amazing.” For the past 14 years, the readers of OutSmart magazine have voted Carroll Houston’s “Gayest and Greatest” psychotherapist.

Greg Jeu, OutSmart’s publisher and editor, first met Carroll in the 1980s, when a different magazine he was then editing ran a profile of Carroll. The two later became friends and worked together for countless LGBT causes. “He was very likeable, very down to earth, and very generous—with his financial support, and with his compliments and kindness” Jeu remembered. “Any time we had a friend who was going through some crisis, he would offer his services for free to help them.”

Over the years Carroll advised, campaigned for, and donated generously to political candidates including Annise Parker, Sue Lovell, Chris Bell, and Ellen Cohen. The house on Woodhead Street that he shared with his husband, Bruce Smith, was built for entertaining. “I don’t think there’s a cause or a candidate they supported that they ever turned down to host an event,” Hoffman said. “And they did it beautifully and with grace.”

When he wasn’t seeing patients or stumping for his latest cause, Carroll, a classically trained musician, loved to play the piano. He also enjoyed attending performances at the Houston Grand Opera, another beneficiary of his generosity. Every year he and his husband made a pilgrimage to New York to see the Metropolitan Opera.

In the last years of his life, Carroll devoted himself to the plight of Houston’s homeless gay teenagers, helping to found and lead the group Homeless Gay Kids–Houston (HGKH). He even recruited his friend and former patient Jeff Hoffman to serve as the chairman of the group’s board.

“There was a period after Tony came out [in college] when he and his parents were somewhat estranged,” Hoffman said. “He and his family reconciled later, but he knew what that sting felt like. When you talk about these kids who are 13 and up, it’s so isolating and so hard. He was just incensed that more was not being done for them, and he wanted to make sure that we did something. He was always pushing us to, as he used to say, ‘Get s**t done.’ He loved that phrase.”

Suspect Claims Houston Police Have Wrong Guy And Waives Extradition

Matthew Alan Putterman

BREAKING NEWS (Houston)– Matthew A Putterman claims Houston Police have the wrong guy and has agreed to be extradited back to Harris County.

Sheriff Meininger in Pemniba, County North Dakota stated via e-mail to About Magazine “Matthew Alan Putterman has waived extradition and will be returned to Houston.”

“He’s has been sitting in jail in North Dakota for a crime he didn’t commit when the real criminal is still at large. Everyone is pointing fingers. Saying horrible things about him and his sister.” states Robyn Kellow, (the friend in Canada whom Putterman was visiting).

About Magazine and Foti Kallergis of KTRK-ABC13 started working on numerous tips, investigating the possibility of video that would indeed clear Putterman’s involvement. (Click here) Kallergis got an exclusive interview with Putterman, and will air tonight on ABC 13, ABC affiliate in Houston.

Kellow, a Putterman family friend contacted About Magazine late Tuesday night with details of the existence of ‘possible’ videos from Putterman’s job and other locations that would prove his innocence.

“Its like the police and border didn’t care about his innocence. And jumped the gun on his conviction.” Kellow says. 

About Magazine’s requests were denied by Farmer Brothers to view footage of their east end Houston factory. The video footage is reported to show ‘no’ damage to Puttermans car the morning following the deadly hit and run in Montrose that killed Michael Alexander Hill on January 8. Farmer Brothers denied that Putterman was employed by their company.

Jamie Wimmer with the Houston division of Farmers Brothers stated “company policy was not to release video without a subpoena.” Even when asked if it could prove a mans innocence!

“Matty came down to visit myself and Ryan, as well as his god son in Canada.” Robyn Kellow tells About Magazine. “Matty is a loving , caring amazing big hearted man that would do anything to see someone smile.” Kellow stated.