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Vocal Local: Kris Banks

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…

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Friendsgiving in Houston

Disproportionately, LGBTQ folks can end up lonely on holidays because their family isn’t supportive of their status. Some people don’t have the luxury of coming out to family, and some just aren’t there yet. Some have lost their parents and feel alone on family-centered holidays. Even with healthy family relationships, great distances and hectic schedules can still keep you from the family dinner table. Chosen families are a matter of queer survival, and no better place thank Houston to…

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Election Day in H-Town

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…

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QOTV: Queer Out The Vote

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 every year and…

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Vocal Local: Harrison Guy

The term triple threat is commonly used to refer to a performer who is a dancer, actor and singer. Well, Houstonian Harrison Guy is a triple threat: dancer, activist and inspiration. Currently, he sits as Chair on the Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board, and is the founder and creative director of the nonprofit Urban Souls Dance Company, a modern company that specializes in exploring African-American culture, heritage and expression. From a young age, Harrison knew he was born to dance and perform…

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Vocal Local: JanieWhateva

Beyond the droning chorus of misogynistic think-pieces deriding selfie culture as vapid and narcissistic are the very real positive effects that a curated self-image can have on women, people of color, and LGBTQIA folks. For people pushed into the margins of dominant cultural narratives, self-love is a radical act of healing. Self-image as an autonomous vehicle for empowerment didn’t start with the front-facing camera, but with self-portraiture in art. The Venus of Willendorf, the voluptuous…

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Vocal Local: Ali Lozano

If you’re anything like me, you’ve definitely been sucked into a marathon of Law and Order: SVU (DUN DUN) on more than one occasion. And if so, you’ve heard the detectives talk about transporting criminals to “the tombs.” Well, it isn’t only criminals who experience going there, sometimes it is individuals fighting for social justice. Just ask Houstonian, Ali Lozano. In April 2011, Ali was arrested and detained for around 26 hours for protesting and fighting for LGBTQ rights and marriage…

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Vocal Local: Shawn Kuehn

Shawn Kuehn is a Houston native with an immense passion for his community and a beard that won’t quit. As the Treasurer of Lambda NextGen, a social network for Houston’s LGBTQ young professionals, Kuehn is also dedicated to fostering and nurturing queer safe spaces. “We typically choose happy hour venues that are not traditionally gay bars - we still love gay bars - but we also want a better presence throughout all of Houston. We want to be visible, be proud, and show these other establishments…

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Houston's Instagrammable Pride Spots

Let’s face it, in terms of social media these days it is all about Instagram. Even us at My Gay Houston think so (Don’t forget to follow us!). Houston is a stunning city and offers plenty of architecture and artwork to get your Instagram plenty of “likes.” Show your LGBTQ pride, and H-Town pride, by snapping a photo at these picture-perfect spots. Rainbow Crosswalk Located at Westheimer and Taft, the colorful pride crosswalk was recently repainted to be as bright as ever. The Montrose street…

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Vocal Local: Melanie Toarmina Pang

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,” said Melanie. Her…

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