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Businessness in the Community that Support the Community
Cristina Martinez, HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, Chic Warehouse, On The Gay Horizon for gay seniors, Legacy Resale closes.

By Nancy Ford

TOP HISPANIC WOMAN Cristina Martinez, publisher and chief executive officer of the Gay & Lesbian Rainbow Pages, was recently named Most Inspiring Hispanic Woman of Houston among a field of seven other community-focused women. Sponsored by the Houston Comets in conjunction with State Farm Insurance, the award was presented to Martinez on September 2 from Rita Howard, VP of State Farm Insurance, during half time of the Houston Comets against the New York Liberty game.

GOOD CORPORATE NEWS On September 2, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation released its seventh annual Corporate Equality Index, rating 583 businesses on a scale from zero to 100 percent on their treatment of GLBT employees, consumers, and investors. Of the 255 Fortune 500 companies rated in the CEI, 120 received perfect scores. The average rating of Fortune 500 companies was 83 percent. The report is available at www.hrc.org/cei.

CHIC WINNER Chic Warehouse (727 Yale St.) is the winner of the Best Furniture Find category of KHOU-TV’s “Great Day Houston’s 50 Biggest and Best.” Chic Warehouse owner Charles Willis said the winners were announced August 27. Details: 713/868-3377.

OPTIONS FOR GAY SENIORS On The Gay Horizon, a new online community for GLBT baby boomers, provides information and resources on health, legal documentation, second careers, travel, politics, relocation, end-of-life issues, and more. “We’ve always been our best when we’ve worked together as family, and that’s what we’re building: an online family for the next half of our lives,” says founder Karen Allen. Sign up for the free weekly newsletter at www.onthegayhorizon.com.

SHOP DROPS Legacy Resale, a second-hand shop located at 1232 Westheimer Rd., operated by and for the benefit of Legacy Community Health Services, has closed.

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