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  • Vocal Local: Bryan Hlavinka
    October 30, 2017
    Bryan Hlavinka has a long history with the city of Houston. A Houstonian for the past 20 years, he has made him myself a prominent figure in the city whose mark can be seen across the LGBT community. Currently, he is a co-host on the Houston-based radio show Queer Voices every Monday from 8-9 p.m. on 90.1 FM. And when his voice isn’t being heard on the radio, it can be heard on the boards of multiple LGBT organizations like Legacy Community Health, Victory Fund, and Outserve....
  • Vocal Local: Jonathan Beitler
    September 29, 2017
    Houston is often referred to as the biggest little city in the nation. The neighborly love and friendly spirit here is often referenced, and never was it more on display than during Hurricane Harvey. Jonathan Beitler, owner of the public relations firm Barrelhouse Media, along with countless chefs and restaurants throughout the city, sprang into action immediately after the storm subsided. Armed with a team of other volunteers from around the country, the collective group was able to prepare
  • Vocal Local – Mike Holloman Credit: Monica Kressman
    July 17, 2017
    Mike Holloman is a Houstonian born and raised, having lived in Houston his entire life aside from his time at Texas A&M studying finance. “Since college I have lived in central Houston, in the Montrose, Upper Kirby, and Rice University areas. So, I’m a pure native Texan and Houstonian.” As far as work goes, Holloman owns the central Houston franchise of Murphy Business Brokers, a national business brokerage firm, where he works as a business broker. “After working...
  • The Ultimate Pride Playlist
    June 13, 2017
    It’s that time year again. Pride month is here and it’s time to celebrate and let your rainbow flag fly high. And what better way to get in the mood for all the month’s festivities than revisiting some old (and new) gay anthems. The soundtrack on the LGBT community runs the gamut from power ballad to dance club bangers and everything in between. So put on your dancing shoes and crank up the volume because this colorful playlist will get you hyped for 2017 pride! Covergirl...
  • Find You GayBFF With New App
    April 14, 2017
    Logging onto a gay app looking for friends these days is a little like playing Russian Roulette: There is a one in six chance the first message you receive will be of an eggplant and not the cartoony emoji kind. Local Houstonian Ruben Jauregui, Jr. created GayBFF, a social media app aimed at connecting LGBTQ people and their allies through a platform that is specifically devoted to finding friendship and not hooking up or dating. Jauregui Jr. says the idea came to him from speaking with a
  • Local Voices: Brad Odom-Harris
    February 14, 2017
    Born-and-raised Houstonian Brad Odom-Harris was the 2016 Male Grand Marshall of Houston Pride, an honor he is rightfully extremely proud of. "It all goes by in a flash," he says. "But I know that along with the other amazing grand marshals before and after me, we have all shared a passion and dedication to making Houston a better place to be out and proud!” Apart from his husband, whom he met ten years ago when Odom-Harris was President of Pride, his loves in life include...
  • Must Listen to Podcasts
    December 14, 2016
    The worst part about the holiday season can sometimes be the traveling. Most of us will have to board a plane, train or automobile in the coming weeks to visit family. Here are some podcasts that will make your holiday travel, or just sitting in Houston traffic, fly by. Throwing Shade This podcast from FemiNasty Erin Gibson and HomoSensual Bryan Safi offers a sassy look at everything from pop culture, gay rights, women’s issues and current events. Listening to this two gab is like being a...
  • How and Where to Volunteer this Holiday Credit: RdIR Architects, Inc.
    December 1, 2016
    The holidays can just as much be about giving as they are receiving. We’ve come up with a list of charities that can benefit from volunteer efforts this season and all year long. AIDS Foundation Houston : Founded in 1982 as Texas’ first organization dedicated to HIV prevention education and services, the AIDS Foundation has several events during the year like the AIDS Walk and World AIDS Day that you can volunteer. Volunteer by providing tutoring/mentoring to students living in...
  • Home for the Holidays Event Raises Money for Local Charities
    November 29, 2016
    If you are in Houston this weekend and want to meet people and make a difference, you’ll want to attend this year’s Home for the Holidays Party. It’s definitely where the girls are – not to mention more than a few of the boys. Carol Wyatt-Woodell and Sallie Wyatt-Woodell actually host the annual festive event in their home, and many call it the highlight of the season. We chatted with Carol Wyatt-Woodell on the event’s history and what guests can expect this...
  • Local Voices: Jumper Maybach
    November 1, 2016
    Jumper Maybach (née Ben Earl Workman) is a Houston artist who channels a clown persona to make his art come to life. No, he isn’t performing at children’s birthday parties, but rather allowing a deep passion to come through his body to create vibrant works of art. It may sound silly, but Workman’s goal is a very personal mission to raise awareness. We sat down with the member of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce to get a look into the Houston art world and just what goes on...