In a tone-deaf moment of legal strategy, the City of Houston last month sent local pastors critical of the city's anti-discrimination ordinance sweeping subpoenas for notes and sermons. The move comes in a lawsuit challenging the City of Houston for throwing out a petition from anti-HERO (Houston E ... More >>
In March 2013, Alexis Hollada, better known by her stage name, Doomstress Alexis, is on her way back from Austin with her drummer, Raymond Matthews, in tow. The pair have just rocked a gig during SXSW with their doom metal act, Project Armageddon, and now just want to get back to Houston after picki ... More >>
Mayor Annise Parker declared July 5, 2013 "Doomstress Alexis Day," in honor of the Project Armageddon front woman's dedication to Houston's LGBT community. "Immediately after, fans, friends and both music and LGBT community supporters were asking what I was planning for 2014," she says. "I truly ... 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 >>
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Lou Weaver supports the idea of gender-neutral restrooms on campus. He's a transgender male and as a student at Houston Community College he can recall his unease with using public bathrooms there. One day after class, there was a situation with a student wearing a "Rebel" hat. After that, Weaver t ... More >>
Every half-decade or so, a band becomes the epicenter of a punk-gone-popular zeitgeist. The Clash became hybrid sonic legends underpinned by a political conscience, Nirvana delivered the sludge-core ennui of the Pacific Northwest to the masses, Green Day brought tightly coiled power-trio fare to FM- ... More >>
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Life can be damn confusing. And before you get all up in arms about how tough it is these days to figure things out, imagine if you spent your entire life feeling like the wrong gender. Unfortunately, that is the case for many transgender individuals. If you thought high school was difficult because ... More >>
Project Armageddon's lead singer and bassist Alexis Hollada is having, for want of a less enthusiastic term, a pretty fucking great year. She's the first transgendered woman to be nominated for a Houston Press Music Award in the Best Female Vocals category, and the band as a whole is up for Best Met ... More >>
Daniel Duplaisir pleaded guilty to one count of extortion today, admitting in federal court that he pretended to be a 16-year-old girl during sexually explicit online chats with a Texas A&M professor who later threw himself off a parking garage roof. U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Hughes scheduled s ... More >>
This afternoon, Rocks Off talked to The Cult's Ian Astbury as his band readies to go on tour with Against Me! and the Icarus Line at the end of the month. The month-long summer jaunt that stops at House of Blues June 19 was seen as a masterful juxtaposition of disparate sounding groups. Rocks Off th ... More >>
Worse than her? Really?As someone who doesn't watch Dancing with the Stars (note to self: watch DWTS for upcoming "Sight Unseen" blog), I'm not sure if I'm supposed to care about the announcement that Chaz Bono was added to the cast: Transgender activist Chaz Bono is speaking out for the fir ... 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 >>
UH seems more welcoming, group says.The third annual Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit had been scheduled to take place at Texas A&M this summer, but organizers now say, "In the interest of safety for the participants" it will be moved to the University of Houston. A conservative gr ... More >>
Shockingly, Dave Wilson is outraged.Dave Wilson, the homophobe who did everything he could to derail Annise Parker's mayoral race, is at it again, mass-mailing people to try to drum up a candidate to oppose her re-election, the Houston Chronicle reports. Wilson says Parker has promoted a "g ... More >>
Nikki Araguz: Reality starIf you've been dying for the chance to date Nikki Araguz, transgender widow of a fallen Wharton firefighter, wait no longer: Local filmmaker Cressandra Thibodeaux is working on a reality series called Being Nikki that will include Araguz's quest for a new man. "We a ... More >>
Lois Kolkhorst wants to take it all backRepublican state legislators are seeking to correct a historic mistake they say should never, ever have happened: Allowing Texans who are transgendered to marry, like they can in almost every other state in the union. How this diabolical heresy first g ... More >>
HPDLucky Ward: HPD says he's strangled five victimsHouston police are saying a man they have charged with one murder is linked to four others, all strangulations. Lucky Ward, 46, had been charged with murdering a homeless woman near the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in September; today he ... More >>
Mandy OaklanderJenifer Rene Pool announced her city council candidacy.City council hopeful Jenifer Rene Pool, clad in a black blazer with a hint of a hot pink blouse peeking out from under it, conversed with a supporter upstairs at One's A Meal in Montrose yesterday afternoon. The subject: how mu ... More >>
Annise Parker clarifies things for HPDConcerning Tyjanae Morre, the transgendered woman whose attempt to use a women's restroom in the downtown library got her tossed into the men's jail, and briefly threw city government into confusion, Mayor Annise Parker's office says the "misunderstanding ... 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 >>
Lawyer Phyllis Frye, the transgender champion of Houston, has been appointed by Mayor Annise Parker to be a municipal judge. She would be the first transgendered judge in Houston, or Harris County, or maybe Texas, unless someone's been hiding secrets underneath their judicial robes. The announcemen ... More >>
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Nikki Araguz, formerly Justin Purdue, clashes with family over her late husband's legacy.
Nikki Araguz: Now with e-mail proof, she saysThe fallen Wharton firefighter whose transgender widow is at the center of a nasty probate lawsuit knew about his wife's sexual reassignment surgery as early as October 2008, two months after their wedding, according to an e-mail exchange released toda ... More >>
Nikki Araguz's former lawyer publicized her historyThe case of whether a fallen Wharton firefighter's benefits should go to his transgender widow< just gets exponentially weirder: Frank Mann, the lawyer representing Thomas Araguz's ex-wife, is facing investigation by the State Bar of ... More >>
Photo via FacebookNikki and Thomas AraguzNikki Araguz, the widow of the Wharton firefighter who is being sued by his ex-wife and mother over allegations the marriage was invalid because she was born a man, had an unenlightening press conference yesterday.We didn't get the invite, but video shows ... More >>
God-fearing men of Houston: Mayor Annise Parker wants to banish your micturitions back to the Stone Age: "Houston's first openly gay mayor is now being accused of opening up the women's restroom to cross-dressing men. On Tuesday morning, the Houston Area Pastors Council issued a blistering ... More >>
Photo by mrkathikaAn "inter-racial, inter-denominational" coalition of Houston-area pastors is sounding the alarm that Houston women will soon be facing a barrage of penises in their public restrooms.The culprit, of course, is Mayor Annise Parker, who they say they just knew would do this kind of ... More >>
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If you're a transsexual and you gotta pee, there are at least 21 locations in Houston where you won't run into any problems - at least according to safe2pee.org, a website that lists 1,848 transsexual-friendly bathrooms in 476 cities. Hair Balls tried to get in touch with the person who started the ... More >>
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