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GOP Denies LGBT Media For Houston Debate

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The Texas Republican Debate Set For Thursday In Houston Will Have No ‘LGBT’ Local Or Statewide Media In Attendance

Access Denied: The Republican National Party Rejects LGBT+ Media Request To Attend GOP Texas Debate

– Cade Michals | Exclusive for About News 


HOUSTON, TEXAS- The Republican Party (GOP) on Tuesday denied media access to the only state LGBTQ+ news outlet requesting coverage of the Houston GOP debate. No LGBTQ+ publication or representative in the State of Texas will be attending the GOP debate in official media capacity. No LGBTQ+ media will be in attendance, or able to question any candidates in the press room including Presidential candidate Ted Cruz of Texas. An e-mail sent to the publication by the Republican National Party denied their request.635915211974011173-debate GOP Denies LGBT Media For Houston Debate

Thursday’s GOP debate in Houston is now hours away. This debate is considered one of the most anticipated in the race for the White House and includes some very vocal opponents of LGBTQ+ rights and laws.           U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who has pledged to sign anti-LGBT executive orders on day one in the White House.

The GOP has long banned LGBTQ+ groups from participating in Texas republican conventions. The Texas Observer broke news last week ‘for the first time in GOP history the Republican Party of Texas is ‘allowing’ a booth by an LGBTQ+ group to be present at the 2016 Texas convention.’

“All press credentials are being handled by the RNC” a University of Houston spokesperson told About News. “We would encourage you to speak to the RNC relating to this matter.” A spokesperson for the University of Houston’s LGBT Resource Center stated ‘she was a state employee and could not comment.’

LGBTQ+ journalists are resourceful, but not being allowed media credential sometimes put stories out of reach for even the seasoned journalist. Texas LGBTQ+ media outlets Dallas Voice, Outsmart Magazine, Project Q and About News | About Magazine will not be in attendance.

“Houston has attempted leaps and bounds to be a city of equality. Not to be able to get even a foot in the door; I’m disgusted to say the least.” University of Houston’s ‘GLOBAL’  president Jeremy Dyer said. GLOBAL is a University of Houston LGBTQ+ outreach program. “It’s fairly obvious, I personally believe” he continued.”The reasons they do not want LGBT reporters there, because the topic, they do not want to talk about.”

The debate hosted by CNN and Telemundo will specifically address Latino issues and will be the only GOP primary debate that will air in Spanish on the Telemundo Network. Wolf Blitzer will moderate the network’s Feb. 25 Republican presidential debate in Houston. Blitzer will be joined by CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash, Telemundo anchor Maria Celeste Arraras, and conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt

It all happens at the University of Houston’s Moores Opera House, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday February 25, 2016.

Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the nation, and the GOP’s denial of any local LGBTQ+ media is another ‘black-eye’ Houston must deal with.

No response or comment from the Texas GOP or RNC as of press time.

2 Men Convicted Of Torture Of Gay Texas Man

2 Men Convicted Of Torture Of Gay Texas Man

 

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Two South Texas men have received the maximum 15-year sentences in federal prison after pleading guilty to federal hate crime charges in the March 2012 torture of a gay African-American man in Corpus Christi.

Ramiro Serrata Jr. (23) and Jimmy Garza (33) were sentenced Wednesday in Corpus Christi by Senior U.S. District Judge Hayden Head. Both men must pay the victim $10,800 in restitution, serve three years of supervised release and register as sex offenders. Both pleaded guilty last September.

The indictment alleges that on Mar. 8, 2012, Garza and Serrata conspired to assault a gay, African-American man because of his race, color and sexual orientation.  According to the indictment, the defendants invited the male victim into an apartment in Corpus Christi then assaulted him while calling him racial and homophobic epithets.  Over the course of approximately three hours, the conspirators allegedly punched and kicked the victim and assaulted him with various dangerous weapons, including, a frying pan, a coffee mug, a belt and a chair.  During the assault, the conspirators poured a household cleaning agent or chemical solution onto the victim’s face and eyes, pistol whipped him with a handgun and whipped him with a belt, according to Federal Department of Justice.

When the victim began to bleed, the defendants allegedly forced him to remove all of his clothing and clean up the blood throughout the apartment.

The indictment further alleges that after the victim was completely naked, the defendants sodomized him using a broom or mop and another unknown object.

Throughout the assault, the defendants repeatedly called the man racial and homophobic slurs and made other anti-black and anti-gay statements, according to legal documents.  The conspirators also allegedly prevented the victim from leaving the apartment by physical force and threats of force.  The man eventually escaped the apartment by jumping out of a window.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Corpus Christi Resident Agency with assistance from the Corpus Christi Police Department and is being prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Jared Fishman and Nicholas Durham of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Ruben Perez of the Southern District of Texas.

Transgender Woman Found Murdered In Austin

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin’s LGBT+ community is mourning the tragic murder of a transgender woman found shot to death on her front door steps on January 22. It’s the city’s first murder of 2016, and the nations first murder of a Transgender woman for 2016.

The victim has been identified as Monica Loera. Austin Police Department are identifying the victim as a man.

rowell-256x300 Transgender Woman Found Murdered In AustinAccording to the police report, the victims roommate told police that Rowell “kept knocking on the door and Loera said ‘he was going to get rid of him because he didn’t want to mess with him.’ When the victim went to open the door, the roommate said he heard a sound like a firecracker and Loera said, ‘he shot me.’”

After the shooting, Loera was taken to the University Medical Center Brackenridge hospital “where she was pronounced dead from her injuries and the Travis County Medical Examiner ruled Loera’s death a homicide

Austin Police has arrested Jon Casey William Rowell in connection with her death.

Rowell is facing a charge of first-degree murder. His bond is set at $250,000.

Annise Parker Named Democratic National Chair Of LGBT Advisory Board

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Annise Parker, former out Mayor of Houston has been named the chair of a new LGBT advisory panel for national Democrats.

The Democratic National Committee announced Friday Parker as one of two co-chairs of its LGBT Advisory Board.

Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, whose tenure as mayor and concluded this month, and HIV/AIDS activist Rev. José M. Román, who worked in numerous aid agencies in New York City during the AIDS crisis, were named as co-chairs to the board, which was launched late last year. –