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 >>
One of the things you'll learn in the upcoming documentary about gay activist Ray Hill is that when police raided Houston's lesbian bars in the 1960s, they would arrest any woman wearing pants with zippers or buttons in the front. If the zipper was on the side, you were spared. In the front, that's ... More >>
Did police entrap gay dudes looking for sex in Memorial Park?
The answer to the question in the headline, according to gay activist Ray Hill, is a resounding "yes." Here's the deal: A Houston Police Department spokesperson told Hair Balls that officers conducted a "proactive investigation" at Memorial Park last week, in which seven men were arrested and char ... More >>
We'd almost forgotten about Jon Matthews, one of the worst, if popular, right-wing blowhards to inhabit the Houston talk-radio universe. He was convicted of exposing himself to an 11-year-old girl which, given his monotonous blubberings about Bill Clinton's lack of morals, seemed to be odd. He was ... More >>
Jury rejects $12 million claim
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, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>
Don't Get in the Way of Our Titty Bar Raids, Yo! Security camera footage taken during a raid at the Treasures strip club shows a Houston Police Department officer shoving gay activist Ray Hill in the chest before other officers surround the 71-year-old, handcuff him, and escort him from the ... More >>
How could Glee be too gay?The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is demanding an apology from MyFox Houston for a debate segment called "Is TV Too Gay?" that was shown after TV's Gayest Show Ever, Glee. The debate pit anti-gay buffoon and head of the American Family Association, Brya ... More >>
Activist Ray Hill responds to "Montrose Murder."
Paul Broussard's killer, up for parole, may not be model prisoner.
FrenetiCore puts experimental arts on fast-forward
What's a guy got to do to get arrested in this town?Longtime gay activist Ray Hill knows the law, and he knows how to push buttons. We thought he knew how to get arrested to make a point, but several Houston police officers proved up to the task of not falling for it.Maybe it was due to the fact ... More >>
Plus: Houston's past, all boxed up and nowhere to go.
The parole of Jon Buice, the last incarcerated member of the so-called Woodlands 10, was denied earlier this month. Buice is currently serving a 45-year sentence for his role in the Montrose murder of 27-year-old banker Paul Broussard on the Fourth of July in 1991.In a nationally notorious precur ... More >>
The 1960s weren't a very pleasant time to be gay or lesbian for most people, but especially in Houston. Somehow the Bayou City wasn't as accepting of alternative lifestyles as it is today (and we're not saying it's Nirvana today.)Police raids of gay bars were common. Common but bizarre, in the ca ... More >>
This city's gay community pushed back hard.
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 >>
Hundreds of people gathered on the steps of Houston City Hall this afternoon to protest the passing of Proposition 8, California's constitutional amendment taking away the right to marry for same-sex couples. Along with the passing of other anti-gay measures across the nation, Prop. 8 made November ... More >>
Tales from the big house get on the big screen
NASCAR has nothing on Houston freeways
Ray Hill's tips for surviving prison
A Sixth Ward lesson in adapting to a changing environment
The state says Texas prison inmates can't write to one another
Just who is a victim? After flexing its muscles to reform the justice system, the victims rights movement suffers growing pains over divisive issues.
A bill changer is only the latest example of profiteering at the county jail
The fat lady has yet to sing at KPFT
Friends salute the man who still rails against the silence
Ashland Street Theatre Co.,
Texas Monthly locks out inmate readers
Ray Hill's tattling one-man show is a microcosm of gay rights in Houston
A Huntsville execution draws a strange crowd
Robbery suspects may call from jail, but the county and Ma Bell are the ones making out like bandits
Will proposed media rules stifle coverage of convicts facing execution?
Nixon's Nixon gets political satire down pat
January 14 - 20, 1999
August 13 - 19, 1998
July 2 - 8, 1998
June 25 - July 1, 1998
May 14 - 20, 1998
In which our man in Dallas joins Sofia Staks, Kayla Kleevage and other noted First Amendment activists on a mission to rescue Houston from the pashas of prudery. Or something like that.
Gayland Randle was there the night Paul Broussard was murdered, but he never laid a hand on the victim. So why is Randle doing 15 years in prison?
Houston's beleaguered arts community talks to itself about Harvey Milk
In a turnabout, homosexuals raid a police bar