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Houston LGBT Teen Murder Victim’s Photos Appear On Grindr

LGBT Teen Murder Victim’s Photos Appear On Grindr
(Screen Shots From The Fake Grindr Account) About News

A Murdered Houston Gay Teenager’s Photos Appear On ‘Fake’ Grindr Profile In Spring, Texas.

(HOUSTON) — A murdered LGBT teenager from Houston that made national news including The Huffington Post, and USA Today, has fallen victim once again, this time of ‘Catfishing.’  The victim was 18-year-old Stephen Sylvester. Allegedly murdered by a man he was dating on July 17, 2015.

Over the weekend, several two-year-old published news outlet photos surfaced of murder victim Stephen Sylvester and his one-time Houston boyfriend Taylor Shirley. The photos were attached to a profile on the popular gay dating, hookup app, Grindr.

Screen-Shot-2017-07-11-at-10.55.03-AM-copy-748x1024 Houston LGBT Teen Murder Victim’s Photos Appear On GrindrThe fake Spring, Texas-based profile seeks ‘threesomes.’ Spring, TX is about 25 minutes north of downtown Houston. The unknown culprit(s) behind the profile use photos released to members of the media after the victims’ murder. The profile used ‘Stephen and Taylor’s’ photos, and would message people [on Grindr] looking to ‘hook-up.’

“It’s one thing to use my pictures to catfish people on Grindr and it’s a totally different thing to use Stephen,” Shirley posted on Facebook after being contacted by people he knew that had been messaged.

“It takes a really f*****d up person to use him when you have to read about his death in order to find that picture.”

Grindr terms and conditions prohibit it’s user from impersonation and claims any violation of the guidelines could result in a permanent ban. About News reached out to Grindr and are waiting for a response.

Equinox Gym Celebrates Pride Month With Short Film

Equinox Celebrates Pride Month With Short Film

Equinox Celebrates Pride Month With Short Film Adding 26 Letters To LGBTQ+

It’s Pride around the U.S. and many national companies are sharing their LOVE for the LGBTQ+ communities

(NEW YORK) In celebration of Pride month, Equinox gym has released a new short film, “LGBTQAlphabet: Six Letters Will Never Be Enough,” that expands the definition of LGBTQ into a full alphabet with 26 distinct opportunities to proudly communicate who you are and how you love.

Equinox has been a long-time supporter of the LGBTQ community and Pride around the world, but this year they wanted to make an even more powerful contribution.  They worked with NYC’s LGBT Community Center to produce the short film. Take a peak at the video above.

Interlaced into it are voices from members of The Center, who express how they identify themselves in the queer community and as citizens in the world. 26 words, from Ally to Ze | Zir are brought to life in authentic, brave and meaningful ways.

The video is a continuation of Equinox’s “Commit to Something” narrative and further explores the theme of identity specifically reflecting the diversity of the LGBTQ community.

LGBT Journalist, Video Producer Named Victim Of Terrorist Attack In Manchester

LGBT Journalist, Video Producer Named Victim Of Terrorist Attack In Manchester

A Self-Proclaimed Journalist, Video Producer Identified As One Of The Victims Of The Manchester Terrorist Attack That Killed 22 Concert Goers!

(LONDON) — A boyfriend, a self-proclaimed journalist, and producer of social media videos has been identified as a victim of the Manchester Terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 22 concertgoers and injuring 59.

Martyn Hett, 29, has been identified by Manchester police as the one of the victim in one of England’s most deadly terrorists attacks in history. His partner has taken to social media paying tribute.

LGBT-Journalist-Video-Producer-Named-Victim-Of-Terrorist-Attack-In-Manchester1-300x300 LGBT Journalist, Video Producer Named Victim Of Terrorist Attack In Manchester“We got the news last night that our wonderful, iconic and beautiful Martyn didn’t survive,” Hett’s partner, Russell Hayward, said. “I’m in a really bad way so please forgive if I don’t reply.

Hett, who had appeared on TV shows ‘Come Dine With Me’ and ‘Tattoo Fixers,’ was a digital public relations manager Rumpus PR. Hett was headed to the United States after the concert for a two-month vacation.

Russell called his partner his “best friend in the whole world.”

Racist Recording Lands F Bar Owner In Hot Seat

Racist Recording Lands F Bar Owner In Hot Seat

Audio Alleged To Be A Houston LGBT Club Owner Making Racist Comments About African American Community Floods Social Media

(Updated at 09:16 P.M.)

(HOUSTON) — A racist digital audio recording alleged to be an owner of a Houston LGBT club has flooded social media this afternoon. The recording posted to YouTube Friday evening is only seven seconds long. It captures a voice alleged to belong to Irwin Palchick, a LGBT nightclub owner in Montrose.

News of the recording was first reported by AshtonPWoods.com, a civil rights news blog that centers focus on the #BlackLivesMatter movement in Houston, Texas. Woods is the co-founder and lead organizer for BLM’s Houston chapter.

“N****” You can hear the male voice say. The audio rambles before the voice returns, “I said N**** before he hit me in the face.” There are no other voices heard on the recording. There are no indications where the recording was made or how old or new it is.

No official word from F Bar, or it’s owner relating to the audio. Palchick did take to social media denying the audio is of him. “Absolutely not me,” Palchick commented. “I embrace all,” a second comment said.

The release of the YouTube recording has been met with mixed reaction in the community.

“Everyone knows there are certain things NO one should EVER say. Anger shouldn’t make you say something so deeply rooted in racism,” a person wrote on the article. “It says a lot about someone who’s first choice of words would be such a word. This word shouldn’t flow out of someone’s mouth with ease. Racism is a choice.”

Another viewpoint came in the form of support. “I’ve been known Irwin Palchick for 30 year’s plus. Racist would never be a word I could use to describe him,” one supporter on Facebook said.

This scandal is just the latest in a series for the club. Once the #1 LGBT nightclub destination in Houston, F Bar announced last week it would be canceling their Tuesday and Wednesday night drag show. An announcement that some in the LGBT community took as a sign of ‘hard times.’


(Update) Nightclub owner Irwin Palchick admits the voice on the recording is in fact his voice, “But it was after I had been assaulted on or around Easter Sunday.” Palchick explains he was in his office with a small group of people, and the recording does not reflect the full conversation; was altered and taken out of context to make him appear racist.