John Wright

John Wright is the editor of OutSmart magazine. He has spent two decades in the mainstream and LGBTQ media. Most recently, he served as senior editor of Dallas Voice, and covered LGBTQ issues in the state Legislature for The Texas Observer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Wright earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida. He resides in the EaDo area of Houston, where he is currently remodeling a 1930s row house.

Greg Abbott Attack Ad Suggests Lupe Valdez is Too Gay for Texas

Republican Governor Greg Abbott is subtly gay-baiting his possible Democratic challenger in November, out lesbian former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe…

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Residents Seek Recall of Gay Texas Official, Citing ‘Moral Standards’

Councilman Cross Coburn was outed when his Grindr photos were sent to Groves City Hall. 

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Local News

Astros Host Chick-fil-A Faith and Family Night, But Not An LGBTQ Pride Event

Twenty-three of the 30 teams in Major League Baseball will host LGBTQ Pride Nights in 2018, according to OutSports.com. But…

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News

Gay Candidate Known for Wearing High Heels Wins Mayor’s Race in Texas

Bruno 'Ralphy' Lozano becomes Del Rio's first LGBTQ elected official. 

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News

Texas Transgender Mayor Ousted After Anonymous Mailer

Jess Herbst defeated in conservative Collin County.    By John Wright New Hope Mayor Jess Herbst, who last year became…

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Editor’s Note: Our May 2018 Issue

It’s an exciting time to be part of OutSmart.

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Local News

LGBTQ Asian-American Groups Fight ‘Show-Me-Your-Papers’ Law in Texas

By Glenn Magpantay For shame! On March 12, the 5th U.S. Court of Appeals issued a decision upholding Texas’s anti-immigrant/anti-sanctuary…

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News

Texas Man Found Not Guilty of Murder After Using Gay Panic Defense

From staff reports An Austin man was found not guilty of murder this week after his attorneys used the gay…

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National News

Louisiana Republicans Fear Expanded Bestiality Law Would Lead to More Gay Butt Sex

By John Wright Republicans are fighting an effort to strengthen Louisiana’s bestiality law, because they fear it is part of…

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Behind the Bar

Behind The Bar: April 2018

WHO: Boris Greene WHERE: George 617 Fairview 713.528.8102 What is your favorite shot to make? Cinnamon Toast Crunch (RumChata and Fireball) Where…

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