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  • Vocal Local: Kris Banks Credit: Kris Banks
    November 12, 2018
    The midterm elections on November 6, 2018 marked the end of one political cycle for the country and the start of a new political cycle for the city of Houston. 2019 will be the year that Houstonians get to select their leaders and Kris Banks is an LGBTQ leader who works closely with our current mayor, so he expects this year will be busier than usual. Banks, 38, is the Special Assistant on Government Relations for Mayor Sylvester Turner. In this role he works with elected officials and the
  • Election Day in H-Town Credit: Unsplash
    November 1, 2018
    Although it isn’t officially a national holiday, Election Day is always an important part of our democracy. Houstonians can usually expect to rock the vote a few times a year. The 2018 election gives us the opportunity to cast our ballot in several important races but in order to do that you need to know where to go and when you need to get there. Texas is a largely non-voting state, meaning that the large majority of people eligible to vote do not. Of course some people make a conscious
  • QOTV: Queer Out The Vote Credit: Unsplash
    October 30, 2018
    Halloween may be one of the scariest holidays of the year but one of the scariest facts about the state of Texas is that we are dead last when it comes to voter turnout. That means that the percentage of people eligible to vote versus the number of people who vote is lower than every other state. When you don’t turn out to vote you don’t get candidates that represent our interests. Elections aren’t only every four years when we decide on a President. They actually take place...
  • Best Places for a Scary Movie Credit: Lloyd Dirks
    October 17, 2018
    It just isn’t Halloween if you aren’t indulging in some scary cinema. Whether you enjoy horror movies, action films or Oscar-worthy dramas, the Fall is the best time to get your popcorn and head to the movies. Houston has some exciting new options to offer; and one of them come with a view. The Rooftop Cinema Club at BLVD Place 1700 Post Oak blvd Head to the Galleria and you’ll find the most exciting new movie spot in town at the Rooftop Cinema Club. This place isn’t...
  • Food Hall Takeover Downtown Credit: Yo Mariana
    August 31, 2018
    The Conservatory 1010 Prairie The Conservatory was the first underground beer garden and food hall to open in 2016. Located next to Prohibition , it offers a unique, underground experience that isn’t your typical “tunnels take-out”. With a rotating roster of vendors you can eat a different, quality cuisine every day of the week. Then just when you think you’ve had it with the same old thing, they switch it up with new food. Many of the vendors were borne out of the...
  • Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot?
    August 1, 2018
    When you live in a tropical climate like Houston you get the benefit of mild winters and early springs, but you also get a summer that can be slightly unforgiving in its heat (and humidity). It’s helpful to make friends with someone who has a pool. If that isn’t an option here are a handful of ways you can dive in during the dog days of summer. Cool Hotel Pools When the Marriott Marquis was completed in 2017 its pool deck became instantly iconic. When a lazy river that is shaped...
  • GOOOOOOAL! Where to watch the World Cup! Credit: Pitch 25 Beer Park Facebook
    July 2, 2018
    As the World Cup final fast approaches on July 15, many Houston hot spots will be opening their doors early to frenzied football fans from every neighborhood. (Football = Soccer in most of the world.) World Cup Fans have a lot in common with the LGBTQ community. There aren’t as many of us and we are constantly misunderstood. We also like to congregate together to talk about our common experiences in an America that doesn’t always seem made for us. This list of five friendly places...
  • An Insider’s Guide to Pride
    May 15, 2018
    June means Pride Month for LGBTQ people around the world, and this year Houston will celebrate its 40th Pride celebration. Born from the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969 in New York, a group of LGBTQ people, famously led by transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson, fought off police who had been raiding the fledgling bar intent on harassing LGBTQ customers. That riot turned into protest marches and those evolved into what is commonly known as the Pride parade. Although the parade has taken on more
  • Vocal Local: Melanie Toarmina Pang Credit: Eric Edward Schell
    May 14, 2018
    Melanie Toarmina Pang is one of those Houstonians with boundless energy. The 31-year-old has served as the co-chair of the Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee for two years and has been integral in making Houston a welcoming place for LGBTQ visitors and residents long before that. “I believe that in order for Houston to live up to its fullest potential, it will require inclusivity like no other and a culture shift-- the kind that demands a lot of focus, strategy, and patience,”...
  • Vocal Local: Mike Webb Credit: Mike Webb
    April 12, 2018
    Native Houstonian, Mike Webb is leading the Houston GLBT Political Caucus into the future. Webb was recently elected President of the organization which is the oldest LGBTQ political organization in the south. Webb is also the first genderqueer identifying President in the organizations history. People who identify as genderqueer do not subscribe to conventional gender distinctions and identify with neither, both, or a combination of male and female genders. Webb had this to say about the
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