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International Women's Rugby Coming to the Bayou City

The International Rugby Board and USA Rugby have awarded Houston a multi-year deal to host the International Rugby Women's Sevens World Series. The 2013 series will feature 12 teams competing at BBVA Compass Stadium Feb. 1 and 2. The two-day series will see competition between teams from Australia, Canada, England, the Netherlands and the United States among others. The tournament will happen annually in Houston through 2015, leading up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, where rugby will debut…

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Houston Lands Cruise Ships

Ready to hit the high seas? Houston's Bayport Cruise Terminal this week inked deals with Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Lines to begin cruise departures starting next year. These are the first cruise contracts for Port of Houston Authority's four-year-old, $108 million terminal. The port expects the deals will have a $200 million impact on Houston over the next two years. Princess says it's planning 27 departures for the 2013-14 cruise season out of Houston and Norwegian will make 75…

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Gay Travel on the Rise

Nearly one-third of LGBT respondents to a recent survey say they've increased their travel over the last year, a sign of spending growth among this niche demographic. Community Marketing Inc.'s 2012 LGBT Travel Survey shows 32% of gay men and 35% of lesbians increased their travel in the last 12 months, compared to the prior year. Gay men averaged about 4.7 leisure trips and 3.2 business trips over the last year, while lesbians averaged 4 leisure trips and 2.1 business trips, the survey found…

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Drag's Got a Brand New Bag

On a sultry October evening in Montrose, cars pack the parking lot and line the streets around F Bar. Inside, bartenders sling drinks in a rush to keep up with a crowd that's been building all night. It's not unusual for this place to be busy on a Tuesday. After all, Tuesdays are Drag Live--one of the club's signature weekly events that's helped it garner a steady clientele. But this isn't any old Tuesday. On this night, Latrice Royale, one of the more popular contestants on the hit Logo show…

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Gay Magazine Expands to Houston

Austin-area gay and lesbian lifestyle magazine L Style G Style expanded to Houston and Dallas this month with the release of its newest issue. The Nov/Dec issue of L Style G Style features city-specific covers for Austin, Dallas and Houston. The Houston version-with cover subjects Chau Hua (stylist) and Shannon Hall and Marcus Sloan (retailers)-is being distributed at high-end businesses across the city. The magazine's publishers held a launch party on Friday Nov. 2 at Momentum BMW to…

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