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2015 FACE Awards Nominees

(Houston, TX) The F.A.C.E. Awards is pleased to announce the official nominees for 2015. The voting opens tomorrow (November 6,2015) on-line.  (Cast your vote here) On December 7, 2015 our Heroes’ and Icons’ will be honored for their efforts through out the year at the F.A.C.E. Awards.

F.A.C.E. Awards stands for First Achievers in Community Excellence. Each year the L.G.B.T. community and its allies work hard in pursuit of special causes. Each year a volunteer works hard, a politician gets a law passed; a new business opens its doors to the community. Maybe it’s a photographer, a drag performer, a bartender, or a hair stylist – they are all doing their part in Houston seeking equality for all. The F.A.C.E Awards puts a face to that person and makes sure they are honored. They become someone to look up to, and it lets others praise their achievements. It allows our youth an opportunity to see that hard work and dedication pays off, that doing the right thing gets you rewarded.

We also remember the Heroes’ and Icons’ before us. The ever so many that fought with blood and tears for a cause, for a human right. We remember our fallen L.G.B.T. community members, that were our friends, neighbors, everyone we lost this past year. They are honored today as our Heroes’’ and Icons.

The F.A.C.E. Awards is now in its fourth year of honoring our Heroes’ and Icons’ and celebrates with the Houston L.G.B.T. community, our allies and the entire city of Houston. We take pride in our diversely cultivated city, and we take pride in our citizens today. We as a community are able to look to those special people that dedicate their free time, that offer their last dollar to someone in need. We celebrate those people. We celebrate our Heroes’ and Icons’ with the F.A.C.E. Awards

DJ OF THE YEAR

  • Joe Ross | F Bar
  • Eddie E | South Beach
  • Johnny Moreno | Crocker
  • DJ Kittie | Pearl Bar

NON-PROFIT ORG. OF THE YEAR

  • Bayou City Performing Arts
  • Houston Area Community Services
  • Outreach United
  • Houston Gaymers

OUTREACH SERVICE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

  • Montrose Center
  • H.A.T.C.H
  • O.P.T. Youth (Out Proud Together)
  • Legacy Community Health Services

BUSINESS OWNER OF THE YEAR

  • Bob Strother | Adam & Eve
  • Kim Padgett | The Padget Group
  • Glenwood Weber
  • Cion Ortega | HUE Saloon

BARTENDER OF THE YEAR

  • Christopher Tyer | F Bar
  • Kristina Pratts | Guava Lamp
  • Tamara Busby | Pearl Bar
  • Tyler Moyer | JR’s

DRAG QUEEN OF THE YEAR

  • Kourtney Paige Van Wales
  • Chloe Crawford
  • Dey’Jzah Opulent Mirage
  • Violet S’Arbleu

DRAG KING OF THE YEAR

  • Ian Syder Blake
  • Smitty O’Toole
  • Roman Syder
  • Zambi McZee

NEW BREAK “OUT” PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

  • Chloe Knox
  • Diamond/Daimen Knyht
  • Tatiana Mala-Nina
  • Xa’Pariss Charming
  • Leo King

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

  • Gin Martini
  • Nina Lambardo
  • Ektor David Avellaneda
  • Morena Roas

EVENT OF THE YEAR PRIDE HOUSTON

  • LGBT Pride Celebration 2015
  • Bunnies on the Bayou
  • Outreach United Coming Out Party
  • Lumiere Nouveau: A New Year’s Masquerade

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

  • Melissa Murry | Houston Unites
  • Fran Watson | Houston Unites
  • Elizabeth Moton | Pride Houston
  • Jack Berger | Past President of Bunnies on the Bayou

#1 LGBT BAR OF THE YEAR

  • F Bar Houston
  • Neon Boots Dancehall
  • Crocker Bar
  • South Beach

REPRESENTATION OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY

  • Woody Gould | Guava Lamp
  • Anna Eastman | HISD Trustee
  • Eric Hulsey | Houston Gaymers
  • Jacob Sudoff | Sudoff Properties

ADVOCATE FOR CHANGE OF THE YEAR

  • Gary Wood | Outreach United
  • Brad Janack | Keep Montrose Safe
  • Fran Watson | Houston Unites
  • Ryan Levy | HRC

SPORTS TEAM | LEAGUE OF THE YEAR

  • Montrose Softball League
  • Lonestar Volleyball Association
  • Houston Hurricanes Flag Football League
  • Houston Dash

JOURNALSIT OF THE YEAR

  • Steve Champion | ABC 13
  • John Fenoglio | ABC 13
  • Pooja Lodhia | ABC 13
  • Mark Boyle | KPRC 2

RADIO PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

  • Sarah Pepper | Hot 95.7
  • Chad Pitt | MIX 96.5
  • Erica Ricco | 93Q COUNTRY
  • Special K | KRBE
  • Lauren Kelly | Mix 96.5

FAITH BASED LEADER OF THE YEAR

  • Rev. Troy Treash
  • Rev. Jason Wood
  • Reverend Dr. Daniel O’Connell
  • Rev. Michael Diaz

LGBT On-Stage PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

  • Lady Shamu | Drag Bingo | Guava Lamp
  • An’ Marie Gill | Tony’s Corner Pocket
  • Bubba McNeely | The Legends
  • Nina Lambardo | J.R.’s

POLITICIAN OF THE YEAR

  • Annise Parker
  • Lane Lewis
  • Ellen Cohen
  • Vince Ryan

PHOTOGRAPHER | VIDEOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

  • Rich Lux
  • Angela Hon
  • John Cox III
  • Rob Martinez

BLOGGER | VLOGGER OF THE YEAR

  • Matt Hennie
  • Austin Wallis
  • Joey Guerra
  • Morena Roas

Creative Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Jonathan Blake- Designer
  • Nicholas Nguyen – Designer
  • Eric Munoz|Levi Rollins | Urban Eats
  • Ben Johnson | Avondale Design Studio

THE “CALL OF COURAGE” AWARD -DEDICATION TO LGBT | ALLY OFFICERS

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Montrose Area Bartender Slams HERO On Social Media

With the ugly war of words, lies, and false truths over Houston Equal Rights Ordinance far from over; social media is heating up with a  slew of opinions on ‘The Great Bathroom Panic of 2015.’

“Sometime people only vote because they are part of a “label” and what they’re voting for has the same “label” ….I’m gay let me vote for Prop 1″

One opinion causing a roar comes from a Montrose bartender that works in the LGBT community. “Sometime people only vote because they are part of a “label” and what they’re voting for has the same “label” states Kashmir Cortave, a bartender at Blur Nightclub. “I’m black, let me vote for Obama. I’m gay let me vote for Prop 1.”

With what sounds like television and radio ads for HERO opponents; Cortege turns her post into an debate about protecting women and girls from sexual predators. She claims she is a mother, and men in women’s restrooms is not acceptable. “You mean to tell me a sex offender can put on a wig and a dress and go into the women’s restroom?” She writes. “No Sir!! Wtf!!”12208334_10153346832446775_3460057633631282936_n Montrose Area Bartender Slams HERO On Social Media

The ordinance nicked named HERO is similar to what 200 other cities have implemented relating to bias in housing, employment, city contracting and business services for 15 protected classes, including race, age, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Cortege’s Facebook rant pulled the scab on a ‘fresh wound’ of the LGBT community. If her intent was to engage. Her mission was accomplished.

“Men in Women’s Restrooms, there was so much more to Prop 1 and you allowed yourself become bamboozled out of satire and fear from what was completely far from the truth.” Joey Mireles, a local DJ wrote on his Facebook, linking to Cortege’s post.

“Despite our friendship for such a long time. I’m sorry, but your responses were pitiful, and although your entitled to your opinion. As a bartender in the Gay Community you should be completely more knowledgable than this.” Mireles writes.

Cortege does explain she knows people who live everyday as a women, and should be allowed to use the proper restroom. But then follows up with a question; who will regulate who’s allowed. Is that the real question?

Human Rights Campaign President “Stunned” Over HERO Fail!

Houston Votes ‘No’ On A Major Anti-Discrimination Bill
Houston Votes ‘No’ On A Major Anti-Discrimination Bill

(Houston, TX)  Anti-LGBT activists in Houston succeeded in rolling back the crucial nondiscrimination protections for the city of Houston this November.

The election; as a result, left Houston with out local protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, women, minorities, veterans, and many others.

“It’s almost unbelievable that this could happen in a vibrant and diverse city like Houston. And make no mistake: if we don’t double down on our commitment to equality today, we’ll face the same thing again and again in cities across the nation.” stated Chad Griffin, the national president of the Human Rights Campaign.

Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) passed the City Council last year, and forced onto the ballot by the Texas Supreme Court. Over the last few weeks, opponents fought with what HRC calls ‘shamelessly, misinformation and ugly lies’ about LGBT people in an effort to trick fair-minded voters into voting against HERO.

“Here in Texas we are going to keep up the fight for equality. And we are not going to let tonight’s loss in Houston set the tone for the upcoming year. We are counting on our faithful supporters like you to be there alongside us again for the tough battles ahead.” Griffin stated!

 

Houston Texan’s Owner Bob McNair Withdraws Support for Anti-Hero Campaign! Demands Return Of Contribution!

Houston Texans owner Robert McNair
Houston Texans owner Robert McNair

(Houston, TX) (AboutNEWS) The owner of the Houston Texan’s just released the following statement to About Magazine

“I recently made a personal contribution to Campaign for Houston because my thorough review of the HERO ordinance led me to believe that a thoughtful rewrite would provide a better ordinance that would provide strong non-discrimination protections for all Houstonians, which I would support, and would be less divisive of our city.”

“It was on these principles that I made my personal contribution to Campaign for Houston.  To my great dismay, Campaign for Houston made numerous unauthorized statements about my opposition to HERO in print, broadcast and social media – including attributing certain statements of belief to me.  Their actions and statements were never discussed with nor approved by me. Therefore I instructed the Campaign to return my contribution.”

“I do not believe in or tolerate personal or professional discrimination of any kind.  I also believe that we Houstonians should have an ordinance that unites our community and provides a bold statement of non-discrimination.  I encourage all Houstonians to vote on November 3.”

Robert F. Kennedy once said, “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work together to change a small portion of events, and in the total of those acts will be written the history of our generation.”

Robert C. McNair

October 23, 2015