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SISTERS IN THE SPIRIT

KindredSpiritsWhen Kindred Spirits, a bar “for women and their friends,” first opened in 1980, it became a haven not only for drinking and dancing, but also for community fundraisers, political organizing, and even blood drives. The popular spot closed in 1990, but not before the “kindred spirit” — the desire to “give back to the community,” as founder Marion Coleman explains it — had instilled itself in its many patrons.

Spearheaded by Coleman, annual Kindred Spirits celebrations have for seven years raised more than $80,000 for women’s health programs, while simultaneously giving former patrons (and those who wish they could have been) a great excuse to party together. This year’s party is April 26, 8 p.m.–1 p.m., at the Edwin R. Hornberger Center, with Terry Flores of Bocados spinning the dance music.

PHOTO CAPTION:Members of the organizing committee, including (pictured, l–r) Michelle Free, Coleman, Sol Lara, and Renee Tappe, have been hawking $20 advance tickets at community events, including the March 8 AssistHers Softball Tournament, where this photo was taken. Tickets are available at Acadian Bakers, Bocados, DaCapo’s in the Heights, and Houston Buyer’s Club.

Photographed by Henry Yau

AssistHers, Bering Support Network, Houston Buyer’s Club and Lesbian Health Initiative–Houston share in the proceeds. Admission is $25 at the door. Details: www.kindredspiritshouston.org.

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