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Houston Ranked One Of The Worst Major Cities By Human Rights Campaign

Houston Scored Second To Last For LGBTQ+ Equality By National Human Rights Campaign, El Paso Labeled Worst In Texas.

HOUSTON Oct 31 — National LGBT+ watchdog group, the Human Rights Campaign has ranked the Nations fourth largest city as one of the State’s worst cities for LGBTQ+ equality. Houston scored a low 71 points out of a possible 100, the Human Rights Campaign claims.

Other major Texas cities like Austin, Ft Worth and Dallas were issued perfect scores, the study says. The Human Rights Campaign’s 2016 Municipal Equality Index labeled El Paso as the worst for LGBTQ+ Equality with a score of 57.

The report rates American cities based on non-discrimination laws, employment policies, city services, law enforcement fairness, and municipal relationships. The

Municipal Equality Index has 44 different criteria’s and five categories.

Houston’s lack of any non-discrimination ordnances, and failure of H.E.R.O. [Houston Equal Rights Ordinance], rejected by ; played a key role to its low ranking, losing 30 point. Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth all have similar ordinances


Randy Jackson’s New Girl Group ‘FOUREVER1’ Is Heating Up The Dance Floors

Randy Jackson’s New Girl Group ‘FOUREVER1’ Is Heating Up The Dance Floors. About News

As FourEver1, the identical quadruplets Jodi, Catherine, Christina, and Janelle Pyfrom aim to conquer the music charts.

Their debut track is “All About Tonight”, an empowering high-energy pop single executive produced by American Idol music master Randy Jackson.

The song encourages fans to step out of their comfort zones. Its remixes by Bimbo Jones, Sean Finn, Tavo, and Jason Kohlmann are currently playing on heavy rotation in clubs.

It has to be exciting to see all the support “All About Tonight” is getting from DJs.  
Janelle: Yes, it is very exciting! We are so grateful. We always dreamed of this and it’s surreal to finally see it happen. This just shows us that as long as we work hard, we can achieve our goals.

Who are your music idols?
Janelle: There are so many!  Our top have to be Beyonce, Rihanna, and Jojo.  We also love The Backstreet Boys.

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Randy Jackson’s New Girl Group ‘FOUREVER1’ Is Heating Up The Dance Floors. About News

How does FourEver1 plan to make its own mark on pop music?
Janelle: By infusing our island roots into our music with our already pop influenced sound.

Where are you from?
Janelle: The Bahamas.

Do you get home sick for the Bahamas?
Jodi:  I do.  I’m a very chill, relaxed person so I’m used to the lifestyle there and am constantly thinking of the island’s beautiful beaches.

Catherine: I miss the food most.

How do you like living in Los Angeles?
Catherine: I love living in Los Angeles. It’s a great place to be, especially for our career. It’s also an inspiring place, being around so many talented people.

Janelle: At first it was hard being away from the Bahamas, leaving all that we have known behind. But now I think LA is great! We have made friends and have gotten to know the place pretty well.

Do you all live together?
Janelle: Yes, we share the same house.

Is it tough working with Randy Jackson?
Jodi: Randy is one of the coolest, most genuine people we have ever met in the music industry.

Janelle: But he’s a little tough, too.  Randy pushes us to bring out our full potential. I think its necessary so that we know what we are capable of.

What’s next?  
Janelle: We’re preparing to release another single that we think everyone will love!  At least, we hope.


Alleged Drunk Driver Hits F Bar Passenger Bus Then Flees Scene

Alleged Drunk Driver Hits F Bar Passenger Bus Then Flees Scene
(Photo by HPD) Kasey Joe Lunar

An Alleged Drunk Driver Flees Scene After Hitting Passenger Bus Owned By Local LGBTQ+ Nightclub.


HOUSTON Oct. 23 — Sunday night an alleged drunk driver collided with F Bar Houston’s passenger bus in Montrose. The driver of a red Mini Cooper then fled the scene.

The driver has been identified as Kasey Joe Lunar, a 21 year-old of Dickinson, TX. According to Houston Police ‘the driver was headed northbound on Stanford’ when he failed to stop. His vehicle then made contact with the passenger bus. The suspect, then according to witnesses, fled on foot into the surrounding neighborhood.

Houston Police were able to contact Lunar via cellphone and convince him to return to the scene. He returned, and was charged with a DWI. Court documents show Lunar had a blood alcohol level of 0.15.

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(Photo by About News) F Bar Houston Passenger Shuttle Hit By Drunk Driver On Sunday!

“He took off on foot after he hit our bus,” Irwin Palchick, owner of F Bar, stated to About News.

Houston Police Officer stated ‘the driver had been to JR’s Bar and Grill and F Bar, in that order,’ prior to the accident upon request by Palchick.

“There was no one on our bus, and it had very little damage,” Palchick said. The suspect’s car received visible damage and was towed.

Lunar has posted a $5000.00 bond and has been released pending his first court appearance.


By Cade Michals (About News, About Magazine)


Houston Press Reporter Robbed At Gunpoint In Montrose

Houston Press' Meagan Flynn (photo courtesy of Meagan Flynn Twitter @meagan_flynn)

A Houston Press reporter was robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight in Montrose by a group of teenage boys.

HOUSTON, Tx. Sept. 21 — A respected Houston Press Investigative Reporter was robbed at gunpoint in the Montrose community by a group of teenage boys. The suspects managed to get the Reporter’s computer, cell phone, and purse before fleeing the scene.

Meagan Flynn, of the Houston Press found herself on the opposite side of the news after leaving Campesino coffeehouse at the corner of Waugh Drive and Missouri Street.

Flynn managed to get back to the coffeehouse unharmed and called police. Her description of the suspects allowed the Montrose Patrol to quickly identify the fleeing vehicle. Houston Police pursued in a chase that trailed from Montrose into the Heights, after a brief foot chase, the suspects were captured.

“I had always thought I would be a fighter; that, if not by overpowering an attacker with strength, I would with smarts: strategically elbowing him in the gut, strategically kicking him in the nuts,” Flynn describes in a self-published article on the Houston Press website.