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Houston Couple Gets Engaged In South America Over The Weekend

It’s a “YES” for the Wilcox-Peranio engagement as the couple announced via social media over the weekend!

HOUSTONFEB 13 — FACE Awards, About Magazine’s Creative Director, Lance Wilcox and his partner, prominent Hue Salon Stylist, Justin Peranio have announced their ‘long-awaited’ engagement.

“Perfect end to a perfect trip with a perfect man! I’m proud and unbelievably blessed to be engaged to Lance Wilcox”  – Justin Peranio

The couple, who have been together since October 2014, made the announcement on Facebook over the weekend from Jaco, Costa Rica. The status update has garnered over 600 likes.

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“Perfect end to a perfect trip with a perfect man! I’m proud and unbelievably blessed to be engaged to Lance Wilcox!”

“Perfect end to a perfect trip with a perfect man! I’m proud and unbelievably blessed to be engaged to Lance Wilcox,” Peranio wrote in his post. The pair was on vacation in South America when Wilcox saw the opportunity to propose.

“We were on the balcony of our condo in Costa Rica,” Peranio says; explaining when the ‘question’ was popped. “He had a black ring box in his hand, and he knelt down and said ‘would you like to go on more adventures together,’ and of course I said yes!”

“Of course he said yes before I even got to ask him the question,” Wilcox says. “But thats what I love about him, nothing goes according to plan.”

With every LGBT engagement and wedding being unique, it’s up to each couple to interpret the traditions of marriage to suit their celebration. With Wilcox and Peranio, both have agreed to a ‘long’ engagement allowing time to plan their perfect day. “LGBT weddings are so new, it’s exciting that we can create a wedding that we want, and not have a book of etiquette to follow.” Wilcox said.

An official wedding date has not been set yet. Stay tuned.

Sarah Pepper Reunites With Lauren Kelly For New Radio Show

Sarah Pepper Reunites With Lauren Kelly For New Radio Show
Geoff Sheen, Sarah Pepper and Lauren Kelly

Sarah Pepper, Lauren Kelly, And Geoff Sheen Team Up For New MIX 96.5FM Morning Show

(HOUSTON) — CBS Radio announced today the long awaited return of Sarah Pepper to the Houston radio airwaves. Pepper will join gal pal Lauren Kelly on a newly created morning show on sister station Mix 96.5FM.

Mix 96.5 will launch The Morning Mix with Sarah Pepper, Geoff Sheen and Lauren Kelly on Monday, April 10. The weekday morning show will air from 5:30 AM – 10:00 AM.

“After working every shift in the building, I am ecstatic to join Sarah Pepper and Geoff Sheen,” Lauren Kelly tells About News. “I’ve known Sarah for almost a decade, and she is one of the funniest and most genuinely hard working people I know. Geoff was the perfect piece to complete our puzzle, and we couldn’t me more excited!”

Pepper has been off Houston radio since the ‘surprise’ changes in format at HOT 95.7FM now the popular ‘SPOT’. This morning’s announcement is a welcome to all Houston radio listeners.

We are excited and ready to laugh along with Houston and start your mornings with a smile. Sarah Pepper told About News. “Houston has been so amazing to me over the past nine years and to be able to continue my career along with Geoff and Lauren Kelly is going to be so much fun. Geoff brings a wealth of experience and I look forward to working with him and learning from him,” said Pepper. Geoff Sheen joins the team from San Antonio’s KTKR.

The show can be heard on-air, online at www.mix965houston.com or via the Radio.com mobile app.

CBS RADIO Houston owns and operates MIX 96.5 (KHMX-FM), CBS Sports Radio 650 (KIKK-AM), SportsRadio 610 (KILT-AM), 100.3 The Bull (KILT-FM), 95.7 The Spot (KKHH-FM) and MEGA 101 (KLOL-FM).

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

 

 

 

Where Have The Bathhouses Gone?

Where Have The Bathhouses Gone?

The ‘Bathhouse’  Has Always Been A Part Of Mainstream Culture, Tracing All The Way Back To The Historical Dates Suffixed With B.C.  It’s Embedded In Our History With Discoveries Of Ancient Greek Records That Expose What Was Then Not Such A Secretive Lifestyle.


The accommodations in history were magnificent with marble brick columns lining mosaic shallow pools of warm water. They were communal areas intended for bathing and socializing among someone’s peers, friends and family.  Now occasionally, some had other intentions and bathhouses served to fulfill the sexual desires of the men that frequented the establishments.

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As the years progressed, the bathhouse dissipated due to the onset of private bathrooms. No longer were they needed. After years they did reemerged and took on a new role as a ‘convenient hookup’ spot for men who wanted to have sex with other men. The wave created the modern day  ‘gay-only facilities,’ that were less elaborate, and centered on privacy and dark, discreet areas.

Somewhere in the 1960’s, bathhouses were labeled gay saunas,  and they began popping up throughout the country. By the time the 80’s rolled around, the number of bathhouses had exploded, and their were thousands across the country.

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Moscow’s forgotten LGBTQ+ Bathhouse

When the general public took notice of these ‘scabs of society,’  authorities began to raided many of these facilities and arrested patrons for sodomy and any other de facto anti-gay laws that could keep patrons behind bars or at the very least incur any number of fines.

 

The results led to the reputations of the bathhouses being soiled, and became known as nothing more than seedy sex establishments where the perverted went to play. This led people to lose interest in the establishments. As such, the number of facilities started to decline.

With the invention of, hookup apps, came the slow demise. Today, there are an estimated  100 or less bathhouses in operation in the United States, with Houston having two locations. Midtown Spa, and Club Houston.