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Prominent Houston Attorney Transitions To A Woman

Prominent Houston Attorney Transitions To A Woman

Prominent Houston Attorney Transitions To A Woman, Finds Support From Law Firm And Clients!

 

(HOUSTON) — The transgender community just got a new face. A local Houston attorney has transitioned and is proud of her community and especially her law firm for their massive support.

Law firm Fish & Richardson isn’t named “Law Firm of The Year” by U.S. News for nothing. Danielle Joy “DJ” Healey, a litigator with the global firm, formally known as David Healey, said the firm worked with her to make it as easy as possible to announce her change to clients and to people at work.

Healey, a 57-year-old senior principal at the firm says; “They put an enormous amount of effort and time and energy into it. It just shows that the Fish family is really a family,” she told Law.com. Healey says she has known she was transgender since she was 4. “I’ve had to deal with. … It doesn’t change me as a person. It just allows me to live more fully and happily,” she said.

“We’re delighted that DJ was able to transition with the support of her firm. We would not say that is typical in any way, shape or form. Firms have a long way to go,” D’Arcy Kemnitz, executive director of the National LGBT Bar Association said.

In a released statement Fish & Richardson announced that
“Diversity and inclusion are crucial to the positive culture and success of our firm, and we treat everyone with respect and dignity at all times. DJ is a valued colleague and an important part of the Fish family, and we will support her completely in the months ahead.”

Ms. Healey graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1985 with honors and Brown University in 1982. Ms. Healey served as law clerk to the Honorable James DeAnda, United States District Judge, Southern District of Texas, from 1985-1987.

Harris County District Attorney And Houston Police Halt All Field Drug Testing!

(Exclusive) Harris County DA Kim Ogg Issues Directive To Halt All Field Drug Testing For Law Enforcement. © AboutMagazine
(Exclusive) Harris County DA Kim Ogg Issues Directive To Halt All Field Drug Testing For Law Enforcement. © AboutMagazine

(Exclusive) Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg Issues Directive To Law Enforcement That DA’s Office Will No Longer Mandate ‘Field Testing’ For Drug Charges!


(HOUSTON) — A directive released by District Attorney Kim Ogg and obtained by About News informs law enforcement that as of midnight on July 15th, 2017, the Houston Police Department will be permitted to forego field testing in drug-related cases.

Field testing is a widely used method for law enforcement for the purpose of identifying what are believed to be narcotics.  “The change in policy comes as a measure to ensure the safety of officers,” Ogg says in the directive. It proceeds to state that potentially lethal drugs such as Fentanyl and Carfentanil (two highly addictive narcotic medications) pose too high a risk to officer safety.

Houston Police Department’s Media Relations told About News that  “due to the dangers of Fentanyl, it’s [field testing] going to be discontinued …” HPD was unable to ascertain whether the field testing rules were applicable only to Fentanyl and Carfentanil products or all drug cases across the board.

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(Exclusive) Harris County DA Kim Ogg Issues Directive To Halt All Field Drug Testing For Law Enforcement. © AboutMagazine

Law enforcement agencies throughout Harris County would no longer be required to perform field tests should they choose to follow the directive. Instead, new criteria would be presented to the Office of the District Attorney Intake Division, including but not limited to: contraband color, contraband texture, the presence drug-related paraphernalia, demeanor of the suspect, and prior arrests and convictions involving controlled substances of the suspect.

Field testing has often been met with criticism, as cases of false positives have led to the arrests of innocent individuals not in possession of controlled substances. These incidents have seen civilians faced with jail time, employment loss, and homelessness.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office in conjunction with Houston Police Department will be holding a press conference at 3 o’clock on Friday, July 14th to announce the changes to protocol. Click here to read the directive sent from District Attorney Kim Ogg.

Anthony Ramirez, News Correspondent for About Magazine + About News, Cade Michals contributed to this news article.

 

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.

Music Bear Tony Banks Turns Up the Static

Music Bear Tony Banks Turns Up the Static

 

Music Bear Tony Banks Turns Up the Static

(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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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Music Bear Tony Banks’  new single, “Static,” is available here. Follow Music Bear on Facebook,  Instagram, and Twitter.