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.
The 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.
(HOUSTON) – “In relationships you must have the wisdom to know when enough is enough,” says Music Bear Tony Banks, who describes himself as a gay, black man with the fun of Missy Elliot, the swag of LL Cool J and the dance moves of Heavy D. “You gotta have the courage to make change and stand up on your own two feet and press forward. Life is too short to allow someone else’s self-destruction to bring you down.”
He sings about breaking free from static relationship cling in his new funky hip-hop track, “Static.” It’s the first single from his upcoming album, Yes, Homo.
Along with the track, Music Bear is releasing a music video that stars Catalin Constantine as his boyfriend and features animation by wikistylista.
“Who has time to watch someone they love not love themselves?” he continues. He knows a thing or two about the difficulties of breaking-up. Music Bear and his ex are in the midst of a divorce, although their separation is not due to the level of destruction Music Bear raps about in “Static.” “Our relationship may have grown stale and staticky, to the point where we had to go our own ways, but we remain friends and that’s important,” he says. “We still support and want the best for one another.”
Not all of the songs Music Bear writes are about his life. “I’m often inspired by people around me, and now and then, I’ll use their lives as subjects for songs. For me, the power of music is about writing something I know someone out there needs to hear or feel me say.”
Still, he tries to stay true to who he is as a man and an artist. You’ll rarely if ever, hear Music Bear Tony Banks rhyming about “Popping Bottles” (he barely drinks) or “Fighting Bitches” (not his style). In his upcoming album, “Yes Homo,” he tackles issues like love, lust, partying, the state of hip-hop and police brutality. It’s meant to be a full depiction of what it means to be a black, gay, male, hip-hop artist in 2017.
Music Bear Tony Banks was born in Brooklyn in the early 80’s. He grew up during the golden era of hip-hop and believes that at its core, hip-hop is love. It’s soulful, empowering, fun, beautiful and caring.
The music industry, however, is another monster all together. “The industry turns hip-hop into a misogynistic, homophobic creature that sells its soul for the promise of money, cars, and hoes,” he says. “It then turns the people in it into that same image. Remember, hate is a learned behavior. No one is born homophobic but when hip-hop spreads that message to millions of people, for decades, it catches on and it’s hard to break away from.”
The LGBT community is not much better, he contends. “As a black, gay man of size, I sometimes feel ostracized from my gay brothers and sisters. I used to think that if I were a different type of gay, a more stereotypical skinny boy, and fancy dresser, I would have it easier in the community.”
But Music Bear has come to learn that being different isn’t always a bad thing.
“What I hope people who listen to my music and watch my videos take from me as an artist is: Don’t be afraid. Embrace something different every once in a while. Break from monotony. Cut the static. You might just enjoy it! In fact, I know you will.”
A Whole New ‘Whopper’ Is Being Served At The Montrose Burger King For Customers That Want To Trash The Counter!
(HOUSTON) — A Houston Burger King Is getting some attention on social media after a fight caught on a cell phone shows a ‘whopper’ of a fight. The incident occurred at the Montrose location on Westheimer Rd.
The video captures a man upset and yelling foul obscenities at employees. There is no indication if the man had placed an order. As the video continues, the upset man knocks everything off the counter and throws things across the restaurant.
At one point a Burger King employee is shoved by the man, which the employee responds with two punches. The second ‘whopper’ of a hit landed the man on the ground. In the video you see another man stand on the man’s head. It’s unsure if the man was a customer or employee.
Not long after, a female employee is captured in the video holding a Taser. The female employee appears to tase the irate customer several times before he is able to exit the fast food joint.
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.