Ray Hill

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    June 23, 2014

    Houston's Earliest Gay Scenes (Part 2)

    Part two in a series for gay pride week. It didn't take Ron Levine and partners like the club-savvy Howell long to turn the new Palace into a hot spot. In October, 1970, the private club -- private meaning mixed drinks were available and entry could be controlled -- hosted a drag pageant that is st ... More >>

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    May 31, 2012

    Mary Gonzalez: The Lege Gets Its First Out Lesbian

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    RIP Gay Montrose? Community Members Say Yes, No and Maybe So

    According to some, Montrose is seeing fewer rainbows these days.​Montrose's "gayborhood" status is officially over. Or it's just like it has been for the past five to ten years. It depends on who you ask. Hair Balls recently spoke with various movers and shakers of the neighborhood's GLBT co ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    Jon Buice: Parole Reversed for Gay Basher

    Jon Buice stays in prison.​Jon Buice, who had been awarded a controversial parole after serving time for his role in the gay-bashing death of Paul Broussard, will not be a free man after all. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles today reversed its earlier decision granting Buice parole in l ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Jon Buice: Man Involved in Paul Broussard Anti-Gay Murder Is Free

    ​Jon Buice, who was sent to prison for his role in the 1991 attack outside a Montrose gay bar that left Paul Broussard dead, has finally won his long, contentious battle for parole. KHOU reports that Buice won a decision from the parole board today that will lead to his release. Broussard's ... More >>

  • News

    May 19, 2011

    The Mayor of Montrose

    Charles Armstrong, owner of four gay clubs and benefactor to feral cats, is the most powerful man in his neighborhood.

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Aaron Scheerhoorn: Newly Formed Group Hopes to Honor Him by Improving Montrose

    Aaron Scheerhoorn's death has spawned a new effort to make Montrose safe​It was one of the year's more horrific widely publicized murders. In mid-December, in a case that echoed that of Kitty Genovese, 28-year-old Aaron Scheerhoorn was stabbed to death in front of Club Blur in front of numerou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Paul Broussard: Hate-Crime Victim Lives On In Parole Fight Over His Attacker

    Orgies with a female prison chaplain?​Jon Buice was at the center of one of the most publicized hate crimes in Houston history, a 1991 attack outside a Montrose gay bar that left Paul Broussard dead. Buice was sent away, but now is the focus of an intense fight over whether he should be parol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    KPFT's Matt Helfrich ID'd As Montrose Stabbing Victim

    Updated at 1:20 p.m. with a statement from KPFT's Duane Bradley. Photos by Melissa Noble/ KPFT on Facebook​Matt Helfrich, an imposing-looking but good-natured volunteer and occasional fill-in DJ for 90.1 KPFT FM, has been identified as the man stabbed to death at the Skylane Apartments on Wes ... More >>

  • News

    August 12, 2010

    Passionate Prius Drivers

    A Facebook page for the victims

  • News

    March 27, 2008

    Former Death-Row Inmate Sent Back to Prison

    Martin Draughon returns to the clink after becoming a test case for alleged flaws in GPS monitoring devices

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2006

    Caged Heat

    Malisow's on tha mike, y'all... As you're driving around tonight engaging in various acts of debauchery, we suggest you tune into KPFT 'round 9 p.m. We're not stumping for the venerable Pacifica station, we're in fact plugging a guest appearance by our own Craig Malisow on KPFT's "Prison Show." ... More >>

  • News

    May 5, 2005

    Lovable Lesbian Activist

    Nancy Ford: a journalist and comedian committed to gay causes

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    February 10, 2005

    Mixed Blessings

    Opposing sides will grapple over gay issues this week

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    January 20, 2005

    No Way Out

    How can homeless sex offenders comply with the registration laws?

  • News

    January 6, 2005

    In the Pink

    These gun club members take aim at unlikely stereotypes: other gays and lesbians

  • News

    September 2, 2004

    Not Rocket Science

    NASA can get political -- for Tom DeLay

  • News

    June 24, 2004

    Gay Play

    The nightlife scene is alive and well in the Montrose. Meet some of its stars.

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Court Ruling Best Court Ruling

    The Supreme Court's sodomy decision

  • News

    July 17, 2003

    Prison Break?

    Critics wonder if massive TDCJ cuts will be a prelude to privatization

  • News

    May 15, 2003
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    December 26, 2002

    Zipping Up Mary's

    A local landmark for gay sex and social activism closes after 32 years

  • News

    September 13, 2001

    Drug Resistant

    Harris County jailers are in no hurry to hand out meds to inmates with AIDS. Inmates claim this and other lockup practices endanger their lives.

  • News

    August 23, 2001

    Prose and Cons

    Crusading convicts turned the docile Echo newspaper into a voice for prison reform. Fellow inmates cheered, but alarmed TDCJ officials preferred silence.

  • News

    June 28, 2001

    The Transgender Menace Next Door

    She's here. She's queer. The neighbors are used to it.

  • News

    April 5, 2001

    Tuning Out the Static

    Protesters scream about censorship. The board denounces potentially crippling boycotts. Will the two sides in the Pacifica conflict ever learn that, beneath their shrill cries, they're on the same team?

  • News

    August 3, 2000

    Out of the Closets

    Archiving Houston's queer history, one T-shirt at a time

  • News

    October 29, 1998
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    August 7, 1997

    What Really Happened To Rodeny Hulin?

    Since his death, teenage inmate Rodney Hulin has become a national symbol of why it's wrong to send juveniles to adult prisons. His true story, though, paints a different kind of troubling picture.

  • News

    January 30, 1997

    Killer Art

    Elmer Wayne Henley has some pictures he wants you to see

  • News

    May 18, 1995
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    February 9, 1995
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    October 6, 1994

    Log Cabin Fever

    Gay caucus endorsements draw out profiles in political courage -- and cowardice

  • News

    March 24, 1994

    A Clash of Cultures

    KPFT bids goodbye to its embattled boss