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The Gay Agenda – June 2010

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All gay things to all gay people

by Nancy Ford

There’s a reason the gay community celebrates gay pride in June.

Forty-some years ago, gay, lesbian, and transgender patrons of Stonewall Inn, a New York City nightclub, were regularly harassed by police for little reason other than breathing while queer. On the night of June 28, 1969, fed-up queers fought back, setting fire to trash cans and overturning police cruisers, causing an uproar that lasted for days. And decades.

That rebellion is regarded by most as the beginning of the modern-day fight for LGBT equality and, as such, has since been observed worldwide each June. Not content to wait ’til the end of the month for the Pride Parade and Festival to get its gay on, Houston’s LGBT community celebrates all month with a full roster of events diverse enough to please nearly any palate.

Stand-up legend Kate Clinton will headline BCPA’s “Let’s Misbehave!” (See June 19.)

Want some laughter with your music? Try Bayou City Performing Arts’ concert with Kate Clinton. Need to talk about coming out? Try PFLAG’s meeting and book signing with author Daryl Banner. Need a drag fix? Try PWA Holiday Charities’ benefit shows. Too young for the bars? Try the HATCH Youth Prom. Want to spend some time in the park with your family? Try Kindred Spirits Foundation’s first annual Softball Tournament.

Or, to experience the full spectrum of our rainbow for the ultimate Pride experience, try them all. We dare you!

*** Asteriks indicates Official Pride Event

June 1
JD Doyle’s Queer Music Heritage Show focuses on Harvey Milk Music, featuring songs about the slain gay rights leader, including selections from The Harvey Milk Show; Milk, an opera that debuted in Houston; and even a few songs about Milk’s murderer, Dan White (with, of course, the word “Twinkie” in their lyrics). The show airs June 28, 9–11 p.m., on 90.1 KPFT-FM, but is also available at queermusicheritage.com/jun2010.html.

Songs from The Harvey Milk Show are part of the Harvey Milk theme on JD Doyle June Queer Music Heritage Show on KPFT 90.1. (See June 1.)

June 2
*** Dine with Pride aims to promote and increase awareness of LGBT Pride at a different restaurant each Wednesday in June. Benefits Pride Houston. Mo Mong, 1201 Westheimer Rd. • pridehouston.org.

Acoustic rocker and lesbian favorite Patrice Pike performs for the happy-hour crowd. 6–8 p.m. at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk St. • mcgonigels.com • 713/528-5999.

June 3
*** Pride Idol, Houston’s LGBT singing competition, returns for a fourth year with judges Ernie Manouse, Miss Money, and Joey Guerra, and host Tye Blue. 10 p.m. at Meteor Houston, 2306 Genesee St. • pridehouston.org.

June 4
Revenge of the Village Idiots features local entertainers. Benefits PWA Holiday Charities. 10 p.m. at Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos St. • pwaholidaycharities.org.

June 5
Montrose Softball League presents its annual drag fundraiser, Jocks in Dresses. South Beach, 810 Pacific St. • montrosesoftballleague.com.

Lesbian Health Initiative–Houston’s Spring Rainbow Health Fair offers an extensive panel of blood screenings for only $25 for LGBT women. The fair also offers information about taxes, living wills, and related legal matters, as well as assorted health and wellness education, with free mammograms and Pap smears available by appointment. 8:15 a.m.–2 p.m. Legacy Community Health Services. To schedule appointments, call 713/426-3356 or log on to lhihouston.org.

The women of Kindred Spirits Foundation continue their yearlong 30th-anniversary celebration with their first annual Softball Tournament. Bring the family and sunscreen for all-day food, fun, and softball watching. 9 a.m. at Memorial Park Fields 4 and 5 • kindredspiritshouston.org.

First Saturday Queer Bingo. Benefits Houston GLBT Community Center. 4–6 p.m. at One’s A Meal Restaurant, 815
Westheimer Rd. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

Prodigal Sons, a documentary by filmmaker Kimberly Reed, is about the high school reunion of Reed (r) and her brother, Marc McKerrow. (See June 5.)

Houston GLBT Community Center, Houston Transgender Unity Committee and Transgender Foundation of America, Q-Fest, and SWAMP present Prodigal Sons, a quirky documentary by transgender filmmaker Kimberly Reed. A speakers’ panel follows the film. 8 p.m. at Rice University Media Center, Rice Campus Entrance 8 • tgctr.org.

June 6
PFLAG Houston discusses Coming Out Across the Generations, with author/musician Daryl Banner selling and signing copies of his new book, Psychology of Want. 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church’s Jones Building, 5501 Main St. • pflaghouston.org.

Formerly of The L Word, Leisha Hailey plays the Free Press Summer Fest 2010’s main stage with her alt-rock duo, Uh Huh Her. 2:20 p.m. at Eleanor Tinsley Park, downtown • freepresssummerfest.com.

Mr. & Miss Tony’s Corner Pocket, a pageant determining who represents the bar in the coming year. Benefits PWA Holiday Charities. 8 p.m. at the bar, 817 W. Dallas St. • pwaholidaycharities.org.

June 8
*** Pride Parade Mandatory Meeting. A representative from each entry, including wheel monitors, must attend. 7 p.m. at LGBT Cultural Center, 401 Branard St. • pridehouston.org.

Dr. Linus Lerner conducts the men and women of Bayou City Performing Arts in “Let’s Misbehave!,” a special night of comedy and music with selections like “Every Sperm Is Sacred,” “The Masochism Tango,” “The Homomotion,” and more.. (See June 19.)

June 9
*** Dine with Pride. Bocados, 1312 W. Alabama St. • pridehouston.org. (See June 2.)

Acoustic rocker and lesbian favorite, Patrice Pike. (See June 2.)

June 10
*** Pride Idol. (See June 3.)

June 11
HATCH’s 18th Annual Prom, themed “Unmasked: A Masquerade Ball for All!” welcomes LGBT youth and their supporters who may not have had the opportunity to “gaily” experience their own high school proms. The dress code includes everything from tuxedos and formal gowns, T-shirts and shorts or jeans, to costume and drag. Features a buffet, raffle, and dancing to Your DJ. OutSmart’s Nancy Ford emcees. Free for youth, ages 13–20; $25 for ages 21 and older. Benefits HATCH. 7 p.m.–midnight at GLBT Cultural Center, 401 Branard St. • hatchyouth.org • 713/529-3590.

June 12
PWA Holiday Charities presents Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, a June wedding-themed fundraiser. Benefits
PWA Holiday Charities. 8:30 p.m. at Tony’s Corner Pocket, 817 W. Dallas St. • pwaholidaycharities.org.

June 16
*** Dine with Pride. Benefits Pride Houston. Niko Niko’s, 2520 Montrose Blvd. • pridehouston.org. (See June 2.)

Out to Win 2010 fundraiser kicks off Houston Stonewall Young Democrats’ Capital Campaign. $100 to $5,000 sponsorships are available. 5:30–7:30 p.m. Downtown Club, One Shell Plaza, 91
Louisiana, 49th Floor. houstonstonewallyd.org/.

Luck of the Draw 9: The Musical. DiverseWorks’ 2010 Summer Auction “gleefully” offers works by local and national artists and music by the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Choir. Benefits DiverseWorks Art Space. 6:30 p.m. 1117 E. Frwy. • diverseworks.org • 713/335-3445.

June 17
Alley Theatre ActOUT. LGBT and supportive patrons of the theater enjoy pre-performance mixers with music, socializing, complimentary cocktails, and appetizers prior to the performance of Boeing-Boeing, Marc Camoletti’s non-stop comedy. 6 p.m. at Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave. • alleytheatre.org • 713/220-5700.

Jill Carroll, Ph.D., presents World Religions: Understanding Diversity and Claiming Oneness—exploring structural similarities, central beliefs, and practices of several major world religions. 7–9:30 p.m. at ManKind Project Houston Program Center, 6950 W. 43rd St.• mkphouston.org.

*** Pride Idol. (See June 3.)

June 17–19
After much wailing and gnashing of teeth based on some of the theater’s board members’ fear of “perceived negative image,” Tyler Civic Theatre and Project Tag present The Laramie Project. 7:30 p.m. 400 Rose Park Drive in Tyler • tylercivictheatre.com • 903/592-0561.

June 18
Art Show and Sale presented by Te-Jui Fu and Nurturing Artists Guild. June 18–19; artists’ reception, June 18, 6 p.m. Benefits the Houston GLBT Community Center. Xpressit Art Gallery, Houston Galleria 3, 5015 Westheimer Rd., Suite 3480 • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

Tyler Civic Theatre and Project Tag present The Laramie Project. (See June 17–19.)

June 19
Waking Up in Vegas Casino Night. Come as your favorite Las Vegas dude or diva. $35 benefits Krewe of Olympus. 7–9 p.m. at Bering and James Gallery, 805 Rhode Place, Suite 500 • mardigrastexas.com.

The Station Museum presents Because We Are: LGBT Activism through Art. (See June 19.) Includes Being 6 by Zanele Muholi.

Because We Are: LGBT Activism through Art, an exhibition exploring LGBT issues and struggles featuring works by Eric Avery, Patricia Cronin, Daniel Goldstein, Slava Mogutin, and David Wojnarowicz. 7 p.m. at Station Museum of Contemporary Art, 1502 Alabama St. • stationmuseum.com • 713/529-6900. Exhibit runs through Oct. 17. (See page 61.)

Tyler Civic Theatre and Project Tag present The Laramie Project. (See June 17–19.)

Under the direction of Dr. Linus Lerner, Bayou City Performing Arts celebrates Pride month in a big, bawdy way with Let’s Misbehave, a joint concert with legendary lesbian comedian Kate Clinton. Both the Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston and Bayou City Women’s Chorus perform selections in addition to Kate’s full comedy set. Benefits Kindred Spirits Foundation. 7:30 p.m. at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • bayoucityperformingarts.org • kindredspiritshouston.org.

June 19–20
As many as 100 amateur players are expected to cue up for the Independent Billiard League of Houston’s 14th Annual Billiard Open Fundraising Tournament and Raffle, sponsored by Lucasi Hybrid Cues American National Tour and American CueSports Alliance. $30–$35 to play. Benefits Pet Patrol. Slick Willie’s Montrose, 1200 Westheimer Rd. • hbo.iblhouston.com.

June 20
Celebrate Father’s Day with Daddy of Montrose contest. Benefits PWA Holiday Charities. 5 p.m. at Michael’s Outpost, 1419 Richmond Ave. • pwaholidaycharities.org.

Independent Billiard League of Houston’s 14th Annual Billiard Open Fundraising Tournament and Raffle. (See June 19–20.)

Affirming Ministerial Alliance, which includes all major denominations in the Montrose area, presents the annual Pride Interfaith Service. 7 p.m. at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2515 Waugh Dr. • 713/528-3269.

June 23
*** Dine with Pride. Laurenzo’s, 4412 Washington Ave. (See June 2.)

June 24
Presented by Theatre New West and Holocaust Museum Houston, The Laramie Project interviews the townsfolk of Laramie, Wyoming, following the murder of Matthew Shepard. June 24–July 24. Matthew Shepard Foundation founder and Matthew’s mother, Judy Shepard, addresses the audience prior to the play, and signs copies of her book, The Meaning of Matthew: My Son’s Murder in Laramie and a World Transformed, July 10. Shepard also addresses Holocaust Museum Houston’s Max Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators on July 8. Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. • theatrenewwest.com • 713/522-2204. (See page 38.)

Houston GLBT Community Center awards the first John Lawrence and Tyrone Garner Scholarship. The scholarship commemorates the U.S. Supreme Court’s Lawrence v. Texas decision in 2003 overturning sodomy laws in the United States. 7 p.m. at the Center, 3400 Montrose Blvd. Suite 207 • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org • 713/524-3818.

Out saxophonist Dave Koz blows into House of Blues with special guests Jonathan Butler and Shelia E. (See June 27.)

Southern Country Houston celebrates Pride Not Prejudice with a buffet and free dance lessons. No dance partner required. 8 p.m. at Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos St. • southerncountryhouston.com.

*** Pride Idol finals. (See June 3.)

June 25
Lambda Legal’s Houston Lawrence Celebration Breakfast honors the first recipient of the Houston GLBT Community Center John Lawrence and Tyrone Garner Scholarship. 7:30–9:30 a.m. at Plaza Club, 1 Shell Plaza • [email protected]

Auntie Shameka! A “ghetto fabulous” parody of Auntie Mame. Presented by Vincent Victoria and Larry Banks Productions. Through July 18 at Midtown Art Center, 3414 La Branch St. • vincentvictoriaproductions.com • 281/989-2347.

Don’t Hide Your Pride party and show celebrates Pride Not Prejudice. Benefits PWA Holiday Charities. 7 p.m. at Tony’s Corner Pocket, 817 W. Dallas St. • pwaholidaycharities.org.

Rainbow Night at the Ensemble Theater presents Five Guys Named Moe, featuring Louis Jordan’s greatest hits. 8 p.m. at the theater, 3535 Main St. • ensemblehouston.com • 713/520-0055.

*** Pride Houston Fashion Show and After Party. 9 p.m. at Guava Lamp, 570 Waugh Dr.• pridehouston.org.

June 26
Auntie Shameka! (See June 25.)

*** Houston LGBT Pride Festival offers a wide variety of exhibitors, artists, and fun. Performers include Chris Watson Band, Melissa Savcic, Glenn Bryant, Fluff the Kat, L.A. Santiago, Ariel Aparicio and The Hired Guns, The Product, and Steven Binko. Additionally, the festival offers two special-interest tents. The LGBT History & Art Exhibit is sponsored by Charles Botts Memorial Archives and Library, Gulf Coast Archive & Museum of GLBT History, Houston Area Rainbow of Collective History, and Transgender Foundation of America Archive. Walgreen’s Health & Wellness Pavilion Testing provides services and interaction on a one-on-one basis, enabling many with financial and time constraints to get the help they need. Noon–7 p.m. Westheimer Street between Commonwealth and Yoakum • pridehouston.org.

*** Houston LGBT Pride Parade, with the theme Pride Not Prejudice, proceeds east on Westheimer Road between Dunlavy and Crocker Streets. 8:45–11 p.m. • pridehouston.org.

June 27
After Hours, KPFT 90.1 FM’s legendary radio show with Jim Carper, Chris Arasin, and others, annually airs the dishiest post-Pride Parade rundown. June 27 (and every Sunday morning), 1–4 a.m. Episodes are also downloadable on iTunes and archived online • kpft.org.

Openly gay saxophonist Dave Koz performs with Jonathan Butler and special guest percussionist Sheila E. at House
of Blues, 1204 Caroline St. • houseofblues.com.

Auntie Shameka! (See June 25.)

June 28
JD Doyle’s Queer Music Heritage Show focuses on Harvey Milk Music, featuring songs about the slain gay rights leader. 9-11 p.m. on 90.1 KPFT-FM • queermusicheritage.com/jun2010.html. (See June 1.)

June 30
Watch your friends turn green with envy when you see Wicked, Broadway Across America’s production of the award-winning musical prequel to The Wizard of Oz. Through July 25 at Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St. • broadwayacrossamerica.com • 800/982-ARTS.

University of Houston’s LGBT Resource Center celebrates its grand opening with special guest, Houston City Councilmember Sue Lovell. 6:30 p.m. at University Center, Room 279C • facebook.com/UH.LGBT.RC.

July 1
Houston Women’s Music Festival veteran Suzanna Choffel performs with her band. 7:30 p.m. at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk St. • mcgonigels.com • 713/528-5999.

July 10
*** Pride in the Park. The Houston Astros plays the St. Louis Cardinals with Bayou City Performing Arts singing the National Anthem. Benefits select LGBT charities. 6:05 p.m. See their Facebook page for more information.

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