Gay marriage probably won't be legalized in Texas until the Supreme Court makes the state do so. We do have a governor who compared homosexuality to alcoholism, after all. But according to a study by the Williams Institute, if gay marriage were legal here in the Lone Star State, it'd be quite the f ... More >>
Federal and state rulings don’t agree on same-sex weddings, leaving gay couples in Texas in a special brand of limbo all their own.
Jenn and Lizzie Wigle are wandering the halls of a bridal expo, searching more for ideas than products or services. Eventually they visit three of the events, looking at dresses, invitations, cake decorators and all the other trappings of the $40-billion-a-year American wedding industry. Most of t ... More >>
Part four in a series for Houston Pride Week. Once formed, "The Caucus" as the Houston LGBT Political Caucus became known quickly organized a series of actions that would see the political power of the LGBT community expand exponentially. By the end of the decade, even straight candidates would see ... More >>
Part three in a series for Houston Pride Week. The trials, tribulations, and awakenings during the war against fascism led to a spate of coming-out items in the immediate postwar years. In 1944, poet Robert Duncan published The Homosexual in Society, the earliest attempt to formulate a gay rights a ... More >>
Is Gov. Rick Perry deliberately trying to embarrass Texas? That's what we began pondering after we saw the news this morning. On Monday evening, Perry continued his tour of California with a stop in San Francisco, yup that would be the city of Harvey Milk and everything, and then Perry opened his mo ... More >>
In 2004, a southwest Houston man named Christopher told the Houston Press how he had cured his homosexuality with the help of a "reparative therapy" group called Exodus Ministries. The 37-year-old man had never slept with a woman -- you know, because of all the gay sex -- but he looked forward to th ... More >>
Discussions around the ordinance proposal, called HERO, have been so intense you'd think they were giving out free passes to the Super Bowl the way people were crowding city hall on Tuesday. Now that a final vote by city council was pushed back yet again, more intense testimony is expected in two we ... More >>
Louie Gohmert is always coming up with, shall we say, interesting ideas. But his latest brain baby takes the cake. According to Gohmert, African Americans should oppose gay marriage because they won the right to oppose things with the Civil Rights movement. The East Texas Congressman used his time ... More >>
Just as arch-conservative Arizona Governor Jan Brewer crumbled to public and political pressure and vetoed Arizona's so-called "anti-gay legislation," a Texas federal court judge (Hon. Orlando Garcia) in San Antonio struck down Texas's ban on same-sex marriage because it violated the equal protectio ... More >>
A handful of weeks ago, before Carrie Thompson showed up with her partner, Jane, at the east entrance to last weekend's Pride Parade, she sat before a Harris County Family Court judge. Jane couldn't come, leaving Carrie alone in sending her best pitch to regain custody of her three children, the thr ... More >>
The Update: SCOTUS has effectively killed California's Proposition 8 -- and therefore allowed same-sex marriage to continue in that state -- by dismissing an appeal from the Prop's proponents. The justices ruled that the proponents did not have legal standing to appeal the California Supreme Court' ... More >>
The Houston Press has got your complete guide to Houston Pride Week.
North Texas Judge says lesbian couple can't live in same household with children.
Updated with comments from Sundown Superintendent Mike Motheral and Murray Lipp, who runs Gay Marriage USA's Facebook site. On Wednesday morning, an eighth grader at Sundown Middle School approached Morgan Sisk, a senior at Sundown's high school. The 1,400-strong town, located just west of Lubbock, ... More >>
The Dyano's outreach to the GLBT community -- we assume they have one of sorts -- has hit another snag with homophobic tweets from one of the supporter groups that works closely with the team. Someone with control of the Brickwall Firm's twitter account apparently doesn't like Landon Donovan; the t ... More >>
Frank Billingsley is used to answering tough questions. He predicts the weather for a living. The longtime weatherman for KPRC channel 2 is one of the most capable and well liked meteorologists in the city. But when he came out as openly gay and even married his partner in a ceremony in New York Cit ... More >>
Those brave, lonesome souls who make up the GLBT Aggies have got another crisis on their hands. A bill introduced into the student senate would allow Aggies to "opt out" of having their student fees going to support the gay-rights group. Supporters of the bill say it's based on religious freedom: ... More >>
Chris Kluwe is prying open America's last closet: major league sports.
In its infinite wisdom, the University of Texas-Austin is backing a professor whose study, co-funded by one of the kookiest anti-gay-marriage groups out there, suggests a higher incidence of suicidal thoughts and unemployment among children of same-sex households. After blogger Scott Rose complain ... More >>
We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula i ... More >>
Mike Huckabee did it. Rick Santorum did it (I don't mean having his last name irreversibly associated with a rather disgusting by-product of certain sexual acts). And now Sarah Palin has done it...in Texas. All three politicians have recently gone out of their way to promote Chick-Fil-A, in what so ... More >>
Schools are finally getting tougher on gay bullying.
Texas voters, even in the midst of a so-called "conservative uprising," managed to elect the first openly gay woman to the Texas House on Tuesday night. Mary Gonzalez, to be more specific, will be both the first woman to win House District 75 in El Paso and the second openly gay candidate to secure ... More >>
Eleven years after his profoundly flawed study of "reparative therapy" to "cure" gay people of their rampant gayness, psychiatrist Robert Spitzer has written a letter apologizing to the gay community. Spitzer had already distanced himself from the study in 2004, when we interviewed Houston-area me ... More >>
It looks like Texas just might finally have a redistricting map, after several tries. If this one goes through, Montrose will be represented by...Ted Poe. Now, it's not like the neighborhood has been represented by a GLBT-friendly rep prior to redistricting; John Culberson is a hardcore rightwinge ... More >>
Photo by Mandy OaklanderProtesters say you can't pray gay away.Outside of the Sugar Creek Baptist Church on Saturday afternoon, about 70 protesters lined the service road waving rainbow signs. Cars honked along with their chants of "We are holy, we are queer!" A dozen protesters were students ... More >>
fashionbombdaily.comDave Navarro: Indoctrinating young boys into a cult of nail polish?Just as I was wrapping up researching and writing a lighthearted piece about what a man's nail polish color says about him, I happened to tune in to an episode of ABC's Primetime Nightline entitled "My (Ext ... More >>
HISD specifies transgenders as protectedThe Houston school district has added categories for transgendered individuals to its policy against discrimination. In addition to the already existing "sexual orientation," HISD has added "gender identity, and/or gender expression" to its list of cat ... More >>
If it's good enough for Springfield....Texas, you are filled with homo-loving, or at least homo-live-and-let-live, people. You're supposed to hate the idea of gays period, much less giving them any sort of rights like straights have earned through their Leviticus-quoting ways. But a new poll ... More >>
We thought this had been ironed outTwo weeks after a transgendered woman tried to use the restroom in a city building, she and the city seem still to be recovering. A security guard at the downtown municipal library told police it was a man dressed in women's clothes that he saw entering the ... More >>
Everyone loves a parade
Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday (that isn't a national holiday) Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn GrayHomosexuality in hip-hop is a polarizing talking point. So much so, in f ... More >>
This city's gay community pushed back hard.
The police raid on the Rainbow Lounge rocked the calm world of Fort Worth gays.
Gays, lesbians, transgenders, bisexuals, transsexuals and their friends will be marching in the 2009 Houston Pride parade Saturday night (this year's theme is "Out for Justice").To add to the festivities, we thought we'd recap some of the highlights of Houston's GLBT history. 1958: Ray Hill came ou ... More >>
Imfromdriftwood.com, a blog devoted to posting true stories about gay people, by gay people, caught our eye when Patrick from Galveston posted an entertaining story last week. Apparently, high school teachers in Galveston can't tell the difference between homosexuality and African-American heritage. ... More >>
The smartest people in rock and roll are queer.
The Great Gay Guerrilla War appears to be over...for now.As we reported last week, gay Houstonians were banding together to target one "straight" bar and flood it, part of a phenomenon that's happened in LA and New York. The picked out the Union Bar in Midtown, and results were complicated.Gays were ... More >>
Lura Groen wants to tell the good news, not spark a revolution, but she’s doing both as the first openly gay Lutheran pastor in Texas. The Lutheran church normally requires gay and lesbian clergy to take a vow of celibacy, but Groen refused. “I find that it’s a discriminatory policy and in pr ... More >>
And now we present OutSmart contributor Josef Molnar's take on last night's GLBT forum for Democratic presidential candidates. As stage personnel and security people swarmed The Production Group Studios in Hollywood last night, busily touching up the stars of the two-hour Visible Vote 2008 Presiden ... More >>
Dubya would be aghast at Here Come the Brides
Nancy Ford: a journalist and comedian committed to gay causes
Opposing sides will grapple over gay issues this week
Some churches are still trying to "cure" homosexuals. And some people are still lining up to trade in their sex life for eternal life.
Houston yawns as Jamaican homophobe Capleton blazes through town