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Pride Wall Goes Up In Montrose

The Montrose PRIDE Wall (Photo by About Magazine)
The Montrose PRIDE Wall (Photo by About Magazine)

A Local Montrose Business Has Painted The Side Of Their Business In Pride Colors To Support The Victims Of Orlando And Show Support For The Community!

A local business at 1641 Westheimer Rd. has gone rainbow, as a crew of local artists descended on the wall to make it ‘proud.’ High End Smoke Shop, in part with Select Skate Shop, wanted to express their support for the devastating Orlando attack against the LGBTQ+ community, for Montrose, and for Pride.

Local artist KC Chan, Eric Nguyen, and Al Nguyen, were commissioned by High End and Select to transform the wall into a ‘symbol’ of love, equality, and support. A wall to share their support.

The newly painted ‘Pride’ wall faces Pavement Clothing and was originally grey with the ‘Select’ logo. It now shines bright with a cast of rainbow colors.

“We wanted to show our support for Orlando” artist KC Chan stated to About News on Friday. “It’s meant to allow people to take photos, and show their pride,” Chan added.

The wall is approximately 56 feet long and 16 foot tall. Visit the wall.

Use the hashtag #PridewallHTX

 

 

 

FBI Encourages LGBTQ Students To Apply To Be Interns

FBI Encourages LGBTQ Students To Apply To Be Interns. About Magazine

The Nations Top Law Enforcement Agency Opens Its Doors For Student Interns That Are Interested In Law Enforcement Careers. Among The Many Challenges Of Being An FBI Agent, Being LGBTQ+ Will Not Be One Of Them!

The Federal Bureau of Investigations wants you to help serve and protect our great country. Starting August 26, 2016 the Honors Internship Program will begin the process of accepting applications. Applications will be accepted until October 14, 2016.

The FBI’s Honors Internship Program is seeking innovative, diverse, motivated, and talented college students. If you think this could be your calling, you are invited to join the ranks of thousands of outstanding students who since 1985 have participated in the paid internship with the world’s premier law enforcement and intelligence agency.

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Photo courtesy of the FBI

“It’s important to note that “diversity” is one of the FBI’s core values,” explains Christina Garza, Public Affairs and Community Outreach Coordinator for the
FBI Houston Field Office. “It was added by Director James B. Comey who is a big advocate of diversifying the bureau, in all aspects.”

The LGBT Program launched under the direction of Comey, was established to address employee diversity issues or concerns relating to sexual orientation at the FBI. Among one of the programs goals is to enhance career development opportunities for LGBTQ+ employees of the FBI, while being able to better educate all employees on sexual orientation issues as well as other diversity matters.

The Honors Internship Program is one of the most competitive internship programs in the nation. An FBI Internship opportunity offers undergraduate and graduate school students throughout the United States an exciting insider’s view of FBI operations, and provides an opportunity to explore the many career opportunities within the FBI.

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FBI Interns spend 10 weeks in the summer, from June to August, working side-by-side with FBI employees on a variety of organizational matters that showcase the student’s skills and potential.

Follow this link to the FBI website for more information.

Q&A With CEO of Pride Houston Frankie Quijano

Houston Pride Week

Q&A With CEO of Pride Houston Frankie Quijano

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Houston Pride Week runs from June 19 to 26. For a full events calendar, visit pridehouston.org


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What is the significance of Pride Week this year coming so close after the tragedy in Orlando?It was definitely a tragic incident that happened in Orlando, and it reminds us why we do what we do, and why we have Pride, which is to celebrate our culture, our lives.

What are the events this year that you’re most excited about?We have a whole bunch of events. We have Eden, a party for the women in our community. We have Pride Superstar, which has been running for several weeks now; we’ll crown a winner this week. This is that event’s tenth season. We have our Rock the Runway fashion show. The one I’m most excited about, obviously, is our all-day Houston LGBT Pride Celebration on June 25th that culminates with the Pride Parade downtown.

Last year the Pride Parade moved from Montrose to downtown Houston. How is that move working out so far? Last year we had the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage, which obviously helped our attendance. And even though we had the tragedy in Orlando, we’re expecting a big turnout this year as well. What we’re seeing is an outpouring of individuals going, ‘You know, I wasn’t planning on coming, but after this past Sunday we need to unite.’ So I think this is going to be our biggest Pride ever. We’re definitely going to break last year’s record.

What will that say about the community’s resilience and unity in the wake of tragedy? Quite simply, that we won’t let fear control us anymore. We’ve come too far in our fight for equality to just go back in the closet. We’re going to keep going, we’re going to fight on, and we’re going to continue being proud of who we are.

Even though the parade’s downtown, most of Pride Week’s other events will be held in Montrose. How important is the neighborhood to the LGBT community here? Montrose will always be the heart of our community. But the community isn’t just in one specific area anymore, it’s all over. We have people in Montrose, we have people in the suburbs. We’re spread out all over. So home is wherever we are.

Even if many LGBT people live elsewhere, what is it about Montrose that draws them back? Well, a good concentration of the nightclubs and bars that we like to go to are here. We have some on the outskirts as well, but most of them are here. We have George’s, we have JR’s, and even Rich’s is coming back now.

Over your years living in Houston, how have you seen attitudes towards the LGBT community change?  I think as we’ve become more mainstream, it’s helped the LGBT community. We’re all over TV, we’re all over the news, we’re fighting for our rights. So we’ve become part of an open conversation rather than a behind closed doors conversation, especially with the huge transgender rights movement that’s happening around the world right now.

Rich’s Houston Launch’s Montrose, Midtown Shuttle For Customer

A Gay Club In Midtown Has Officially Announced Their Club Will Launch A Complimentary Shuttle Service To Patrons.


After being open in Houston for two short months and experiencing crowds not seen in the Midtown nightclub since the late 90’s, Richs Houston has announced they will provide a complimentary ‘jitney’ shuttle bus to their patrons at no cost, allowing them another alterative to driving!

RTA (Rich’s Transit Authority) will launch this Friday (September 16,2016) and will offer round trip service to Rich’s in Midtown from 10 p.m. till 2:30 a.m., both Friday and Saturdays. Sunday’s service will be offered from 5:o0 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. The shuttle will part from Bobbitt Glass located at the corner of Fairview St. and Crocker St. (807 Fairview St.), and will offer a safe non-stop ride to the Midtown nightclub.

We want anyone that loves music, that loves lights, and wants to dance their ass off to come to Rich’s.

The shuttle service will be provided by the Houston Wave, in conjunction with Rich’s nightclub. The Houston Wave first launched as a small shuttle service for nightlife on Washington Avenue. The shuttle’s success has grown to now include the Heights, Midtown, parts of Montrose, and the company is a major supporter of the LGBTQ+ community.

“We want anyone that loves music, that loves lights, and wants to dance their ass off to come to Rich’s,” Jeff Harmon explained. Harmon is the owner of Rich’s Houston, and is credited with the revitalization of the historic LGBTQ+ nightclub. Some might know him from his popular LGBTQ+ nightclub in Bryan | College Station named Halo.

“We don’t  wish to “upset” or “intrude” on our fellow bars. We actually respect their business and want to build relationships with them all. One of the reason we chose Bobbitt Glass is because it is a centralized, respectful and neutral location in Montrose,” Harmon says.

The shuttle will feature seating for up to 15 people and living up to Houston Wave reputation, the shuttle will be equipped with a floor to ceiling ‘stripper pole,’ high energy music, club lighting, and a safe friendly driver. To bad the trip is only a 5 minute ride to and from.

Rich’s Houston is not the only LGBTQ+ nightclub to offer a shuttle for its patrons. Until its re-development, Meteor Nightclub offered its customers a complimentary ride to other LGBTQ+ establishments.

More recently, F Bar Houston launched it’s own luxury shuttle bus, the #Fxpress; that offers complimentary rides, to and from F Bar to other bars and clubs in the Montrose area.

“The idea for our shuttle has been with our team since before we opened our doors,” Harmon says. “It allows customers another option to ‘safely’ get to Richs besides driving.” Harmon explains the shuttle concept is just one of Richs new and exciting concepts they will be launching. “Including the completely re-designed ‘The Richland Room,’ formally know as the ‘Red Room.’ The will be opening soon, along with our new VIP entrance downstairs.”