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Gay Agenda – November

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Lou Weaver (l–r), Phyllis Frye, Maria Gonzales, and Cristan Williams at last year’s Day of Remembrance Memorial.

Trans Emphasis. What adult behaviors help LGBT youth maintain their safety and self-esteem? How do teachers help them to grow, or threaten their learning? How can educators learn from the bullying experiences they have endured? All are questions to be addressed at  “What Kids Can Do,” a discussion and reading of Queer Youth Advice for Educators: How to Respect and Protect Your Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students by Abe Louise Young. Surveying 30 LGBT youth, the book offers concrete and possibly life-saving tips for all adults who are ready to provide queer youth with a learning environment that is supportive and equality-based. November 12, 1 p.m. TG Center, 604 Pacific St. • tgcenter.org.

Also this month, the University of Houston’s LGBT Resource Center hosts Houston’s annual Transgender Unity Committee’s Day of Remembrance Memorial, remembering individuals who have violently lost their lives to transphobia. Bayou City Performing Arts provides special music for the event. November 19, 7 p.m. University of Houston’s Farish Hall, KIVA Room, UH Entrance 14 • tgcenter.org.

Instrumentally Entertaining. We thought the Houston Pride Band indulged in its “guilty pleasures” at its annual campy Halloween camp-out. Nonetheless, this year, Houston Pride Band’s autumn concert, “Guilty Pleasures,” includes a schmaltzy overture, eclectic medley, and comical encore, and other favorites selected by Houston Pride Band musicians. November 2, 7:30 p.m. Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St. • houstonprideband.org • 713/315-2525.

Inspiring Health in LGBT Women. The women of LHI Houston present their Fall Rainbow Health Fair, their first event to be held at Legacy Community Health Center’s new Montrose home. The fair offers mammograms, Pap appointments, and extensive blood screenings by appointment, and other services, vendor booths providing information about Houston’s leading organizations for lesbians, and much more. November 5, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Legacy Community Health Services, 1415 California St. To schedule appointments, call 713/426-3356 or e-mail [email protected]

Another Good Excuse to Wear Pink. Stiletto Stampede for the Cure, a 100-yard high-heel dash, challenges men and women to run while wearing fancy stiletto pumps. The day also offers a Pooch Scootch for dogs and their owners and a Stroller Stampede for parents, and features a fashion show, a bounce house, face painting, live entertainment, spa massages and pedicures, raffle prizes, and more. Benefits the Houston Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. November 5, 10 a.m. CityCentre Houston, 800 Town • stampedehouston.org.

The Wedding Planners. RainbowWeddingNetwork.com presents its second annual “Same Love, Same Rights” LGBT Wedding Expo, with event coordinators, ceremony and reception venues, cake decorators, musical entertainment, photographers, formal wear, florists, travel planners, and realtors providing information to perspective gay and lesbian newlyweds about their services. November 6, 12:30 p.m. Renaissance Houston Greenway Plaza, 6 Greenway Plaza • samelovesamerights.com.

Rockin’ Women. Impresaria Madalyn Sklar has presented some of the best emerging women musicians across the country for more than a decade. Celebrate that talent at the 11th Annual GoGirlsMusicFest Houston, featuring Sherree Bacarisse, The Snake Charmers, Sheila Swift, Heidi Massin, August 83/Spare Parts, Staci’s Edge, 3 Kisses, and others, plus a raffle and live auction. Benefits Music Therapy Center of Houston. November 6, 7:30 p.m. The Concert Pub, 5636 Richmond Ave. • gogirlsmusic.com. The concert streams live at event:ustream.tv/channel/gogirlsmusic/.

Book ’em. Author Jay Michaelson discusses his new book, God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality at the 39th Annual Jewish Book and Arts Fair. Keshet Houston members will be invited to join Michaelson for discussion at dinner nearby after the talk and book signing. November 9, 6:15 p.m. Jewish Community Center, 5601 S. Braeswood Ave. • erjcc.org.

Meet the Matriarchs. LOAF, Houston’s social networking group for lesbians who are 50 years of age and older, continues its 24th anniversary and the approach to the group’s quarter-century mark at its monthly Third Sunday Meet ’n’ Greet. November 17, 2 p.m. GLBT Cultural Center, 401 Branard St. • loaf.org • 713/857-4430.

Get Out Your Crown and Glue It to Your Shoulder. It’s time for the abundantly generous Empire of the Royal, Sovereign, Imperial Court of the Single Star’s Candidates Announcements Show. Emperor XXVII Scott Kenyon and Empress XXVII Lillian Devereaux introduce candidates for Emperor and Empress XXVIII of Houston. November 19, 7 p.m. EJ’s, 2517 Ralph St. • ersicss.org.

Robert Redford Not Included. Sundance—the new downtown movie theater at Bayou Place, not the Cattle Company—introduces itself to Houston’s LGBT community with “Family Drama: GLBT Night at Sundance,” offering an open house reception with complimentary food and beverages, validated parking, and your choice of a first-run movie. $25 benefits Montrose Counseling Center. November 22, 5:30 p.m. 510 Texas St. • montrosecounselingcenter.org.

Rainbows and Reindeer. Kindred Spirits Foundation invites you to its 4th Annual Judy Garland Christmas Show & Sing-Along. Grab a couch and enjoy this ultra-campy, black-and-white television special from 1963 starring Judy, Liza, dancing Santas, and more, comedically narrated by Nancy Ford. In addition to raffling flat screen televisions, a Kindle e-reader, and other enviable electronic items, the evening also offers a buffet and special entertainment by members of KSF’s beneficiary organizations: AssistHers, Lesbian Health Initiative Houston, and Expert Nutrition. Sunday, December 4, 5 p.m. Meteor Lounge, 2306 Genesee St. New pricing: $20 in advance and online; $25 at the door. Tickets available at kindredspiritshouston.org.

The Laramie Project. A widely produced theatrical discussion of homophobia emerged following the murder of Mathew Shepard from conversations with Shepard’s friends and contemporaries. The play comes to Cypress Lakes High School for the first time, December 8–10, 7 p.m. 5750 Greenhouse Road in Katy. 281/856-3800.

Talking Points. Voice Breaking Boundaries kicks off its 2012 East End Live Art with Politiqueer, a continuation of art and conversations from the group’s June 2011 exhibit featuring LGBT and queer artists. Features artwork, open mic, and more. December 11, 6:30 p.m. Presented by KPFT 90.1 FM and Houston Institute for Culture, 708-C Telephone Rd. • vbbarts.org.

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