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Houston Man Who Strangled Drag Queen Scheduled for Execution This Month

Richard Masterson convicted of capital murder in the strangling of a female impersonator is interviewed at the Polunksy Unit Death Row Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in Livingston, Tx. Masterson was convicted in the slaying of Darin Shane Honeycutt, who was known by the stage name of Brandi Houston. Honeycutt's nude body was found Jan. 27, 2001, at his apartment in Montrose. ( Steve Gonzales / Houston Chronicle )

The state of Texas will execute a Houston man this month after being found guilty of murder in 2001 of a well known Houston drag queen.

Richard Masterson was convicted of the strangulation of Darrin Honeycutt, who performed under the name Brandi Houston.

The popular queen was found naked in her Montrose apartment on January 27, 2001. According to records Honeycutt and Mastersen had met at a gay bar the day before.

In a death row interview, Masterson said he “accepts responsibility” for his actions but insisted “I never admitted I murdered anybody.”

Madonna Salutes David Bowie With Performance Of His Classic Song

Madonna was  apparently devastated by the death of iconic superstar David Bowie, who’d had a huge influence on her life and career.

During her Rebel Heart Tour in town last night, the singer paid tribute Bowie, who died of cancer January 10 at age 69.

“I want to pay tribute to a man who inspired my career,” she announced to the audience. “If you haven’t heard of David Bowie, look him up motherfuckers. He was one of the geniuses in the music industry, one of the greatest singer-songwriters of the 20th century and he changed my life when I went to see him in concert in Detroit. He showed me that it was OK to be different. And he’s the first ‘rebel heart’ that I laid eyes on.”

Madonna then performed a spirited rendition of Bowie’s 1974 hit “Rebel, Rebel.”

Glamour and Entertainment Take the Stage for the 63rd Diana Awards

Diana Foundation Houston

One of Houston’s most historic and entertaining black-tie galas announces March 19, 2016 for the 63rd annual Diana Awards featuring live stage performances and a fun-filled roast of selected award recipients.

This year’s awards feature an after party with performances by the Spazmatics, a popular 80’s cover band. Complimentary valet parking and open bar starring Ketel One Vodka.

The Diana Foundation will present its distinguished “Diana Award” to the Honorable Ellen Cohen, who serves as a member of the Houston City Council and Mayor Pro-Tem. Past recipients have included Mayor Kathy Whitmore, Marion Coleman, Charles Armstrong, and Mayor Annise Parker. Cohen will become the sixteenth person to receive this high honor.

 “I am thrilled to receive the prestigious Diana Award” Cohen stated. “Equality under law is the cornerstone of our democracy and I am committed to fighting for the rights of all my constituents and all Houstonians, regardless of what their sexual orientation or gender identity might be.”

The Diana Foundation will also present the “Golden Bow Award,” to recognize a member the foundation who has made significant contributions to the organization. The Golden Bow recipient will be revealed during the show as will the good-humored awards which make the Diana Awards a truly special experience.

 Proceeds from the evening will help support the five 2015-16 beneficiaries. This years beneficiaries include AIDS Foundation Houston, The Botts Collection: University of Houston Endowment, Homeless Gay Kids-Houston, Lesbian Health Initiative (LHI), and the University of Houston LGTBQ Resource Center.

The Diana Foundation was formed on March 19, 1953 as a viewing party for the 25th Academy Awards, which was the first year it was televised. Attendees lost reception of the broadcast, but continued the party with their own version of the Academy Awards. The following year, this same group of friends presented the first Diana Award on March 25, 1954. The fun and exciting roast of friends has continued now for 63 years, and proceeds raised from past events have helped thousands of charities and Houstonians. Historical photos and videos from past Diana Award shows are available online at www.facebook.com/TheDianaFDN.

This annual event does sell out, and guests are encouraged to purchase tickets at their earliest convenience.

For more information about The Diana Foundation, visit www.thedianafoundation.org.

Saturday, March 19

Houston Unites To Hold Downhill Meeting For Community

Houston Unites the non-profit that lead the city’s effort to pass HERO will hold a town-hall style meeting on Tuesday January 12th, to discuss the results of the defeat at the ballot of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) and to answer questions and concerns from the community.

It’s being hosted by Houston Unites and they’ll be taking questions and comments about the results of the November 3rd election and the HERO campaign more generally.

For more information click here.

WHEN: 6 – 9PM Tuesday, January 12th 2016 (NOTE: In order to include more Houstonians in this critical conversation, the date has changed from the original January 14th date)
WHERE: Ripley House Neighborhood Center, Gymnasium
4410 Navigation Blvd
Houston, TX 77011