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6th Annual G.L.U.E. Weekend Raises Thousands For Houston Charity

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Mister Third Coast Leather 2017 John Miley (center) and Judges (left to right) Rylee Janus Spire, Dan Ronneberg, David Bailey, (and on the right) Ralph Bruneau and Dirk Caber (Jack Parton)

As The 6th Annual G.L.U.E. Weekend Ends, The Event Raises Thousands Of Dollars For A Local Charity.

(HOUSTON) — Misfits Houston celebrated their 25th anniversary this year by presenting the 6th Annual GLUE Weekend, held October 6th through the 8th. G.L.U.E (Gear, Leather, Uniform, Etc.) Weekend an annual fundraising event held every Columbus Day Weekend that raises money for local LGBTQ+ Charities.

The 2017 recipient was Gender Infinity that provides aid and counseling to members of the Houston Trans community. With the help and generosity of Houston’s LGBTQ+ and Leather Community, over $7500 raised for Gender Infinity.

GLUE Weekend hosted a variety of activities including a pool party at Club Houston, lunch with Sandy “Mama” Reinhardt,  an ongoing vendor mart with Leather Masters and House of MarKus, with the two main events being the Mister Third Coast Gear and Mister Third Coast Leather Contests held at the RIPCORD.

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Celebrity Barber Pete Karjalainen grooming Celebrity Judge Dirk Caber


During these events, the Misfits, assisted by the Houston Firedancers, conducted silent auctions to raise money additional funds for charity. Guest Celebrity Barber Pete was on hand all weekend keeping guys (and gals) looking their best and donating his fees to the charity.

“We were extremely privileged to have been joined by International Mister Leather 2017, Ralph Bruneau, who was our head judge for the Mister Third Coast Leather contest as well as the Keynote Speaker at our Officer’s Luncheon on Sunday,” Misfits Houston President Michael Snyder tells About Magazine.

“He spoke passionately about his work with the #BornPerfect campaign to stop harmful conversion therapy here in America and around the world. His speech brought tears to the eyes of many who have lived through their own hardships in a world which would see us change to fit their ideals rather than accept and love us the way we are. When finished we were all on our feet applauding him and his efforts. “

George Country Sports Bar welcomed the Victory Party, as a DJ entertained under outdoor tents. Celebrity Guest Judge Dirk Caber, along with Misfits Houston’s Krash Masters, raised over $300 in additional donations via a 50/50 raffle! Barber Pete, ever the trooper, spent several hot hours during the victory party grooming the men to perfection.

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Mister Third Coast Leather 2017 John Miley (center) and Judges (left to right) Rylee Janus Spire, Dan Ronneberg, David Bailey, (and on the right) Ralph Bruneau and Dirk Caber (Jack Parton)

Event judges included Ralph Brunea, David Bailey, Dan Ronneberg, Rylee Janus Spire and Dirk Caber for the Leather contest.  Mama Reinhardt, Paul Fox Gonzales and Chip Ware for the Gear contest. Event host emcee, Loyd Powell for the leather contest and co-emcee Crystal Rae Lee Love for the gear contest. Heather Thomas shined as always as a performer during the Leather contest.

Official venues included: The Houston Ripcord, George Country Sports Bar, Club Houston, and the Crown Plaza Houston River Oaks. For a complete list of those who made this weekend so epic check out the Misfits Houston Facebook or GLUE Weekend.

GLUE Weekend will be held Friday, October 5th through Sunday, October 7th in 2018, mark your calendars now.

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.

K Flay Premieres Official ‘High Enough’ Video

Artist K. Flay Premieres Official 'High Enough' Video And Announces North American Tour With Imagine Dragons

Artist K. Flay Premieres Official ‘High Enough’ Video And Announces North American Tour With Imagine Dragons


(NEW YORK) – Following the release of her latest album Every Where Is Some Where — which reached NUMBER 1 in the Billboard Heatseekers Chart – and her SOLD OUT North America tour this spring, alt-pop/hip-hop artist K. Flay is back with her official new video for her current single “High Enough,”along with a brand new arena tour announcement for the fall.

High Enough” – which continues to gain strength in Alternative Radio across America — premiered worldwide today via Billboard MagazineDirected by Lorraine Nicolson, she explains “the “High Enough” video is an unconventional retelling of a universal theme: music’s ability to unite us despite our differences. A great song can cut across cultural boundaries better than language can, and I think K.Flay’s new track has that kind of power. For our team, it was important the video retained a sense of playfulness, which was made possible by the nuanced performances of dancers Savannah Harrison and Scott Hislop as choreographed by Andrew Winghart.”  Watch the video here.

Talking about the single, K.Flay declares “there are so many songs out there about getting fucked up,” she says of the song’s inspiration. “I think a part of me was asking the question: ‘What if I’m already high enough? What if I don’t need anything but what I’ve got?’ There are many moments in my life—whether it’s because of a person or a place—that I don’t want to feel altered or high or buzzed. I just want to feel exactly what I’m feeling.”

Starting September 26th in Phoenix, AZK.Flay will be joining Imagine Dragons as support for an incredible 31-date stretch across North America with a stop in Houston November 12 at Toyota Center. November 13 in Dallas at American Airlines Aren.

All tour-dates are listed below, for more information, go to: http://www.kflay.com

Iconic LGBT Restaurant Hamburger Mary’s Arrive In Houston

Houston proudly opens national LGBT themed restaurant in Montrose

HOUSTON — JAN 21 — The 45-year wait is over. At the end of the month Houston officially opens it’s first Hamburger Mary’s, a funky burger joint slated to become one of the top LGBTQ+ attractions in the region.

Nestled in the ‘gay-centric’ neighborhood of Montrose within walking distance to many LGBTQ+ bars, clubs, and businesses, Hamburger Mary’s is re-defining Houston traditions, as they set trends for what will surely become one of the best eateries in the 006.’

Tasked with transforming what once was Hollywood Super Center; into one of the most famous LGBT restaurants’ in the world is no small endeavor. Project designer Caryn Craig and husband Mark De Lange have revolutionized the space into a glamorous mismatch of kooky artwork, gold ornate frames, antiques, and open-space seating indoor and out.

Known as a family-friendly dinner, the Houston Hamburger Mary’s will be no different. “We want families to come and enjoy Hamburger Mary’s,” De Lange said.

A brand that has built an image of creative entertainment, Hamburger Mary’s proudly brags that 90% of all RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants either currently work or were discovered at one of their restaurants.

As tradition goes Hamburger Mary’s Houston will be no different when it comes to entertainment. Bubbalicious, a Houston legend has been selected as one of the three show directors. One of the most iconic deejays in LGBT history; JD Arnold has accepted a role that will include another community favorite, DJ Jimmy Skinner.

Reservations will be required on Friday and Saturday nights, but Sunday’s “Broadway Brunch” and Thursday dinner will offer open seating.

As the second oldest LGBT brand in continuous operation since its inception, the Houston location will be the only store in the chain to feature fresh made flatbreads and mouth-watering Tex-Mex and original favorites. “During the day, we want the restaurant filled with everyone that wants to enjoy the festive atmosphere. In the evening after 9PM, it will transform into a 21+ environment,” De Lange explained.

Houston will be the fifteenth location. As of 2015 Hamburger Mary’s had thirteen U.S. locations and one in Berlin, Germany. “I started negotiating in 2004 to bring the franchise to Houston and from the beginning we set out to make this a destination,” De Lange says. “It will be a testament to the resurgence in Montrose.”

While there has been no official opening date announced, owners have pointed to an early February 2017 opening.