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The Gay Agenda: May 2008

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YMSM
Since 2001, The Houston area has seen a 100-percent increase of new HIV diagnoses among “young men [who have] sex with men.” Accordingly, a health summit is being convened by the Houston Department of Health and Human Services and related agencies. Club 2020, 2020 Leeland St. May 1, 8 a.m. ’til 2 p.m. Details: www.houstontx.gov/health/HIV-STD.

Uhhh . . . Where?
Uh Huh Her, the indie/electro/pop duo fronted by Leisha Hailey (The L Word ‘s Alice Piezecki), plays Walter’s on Washington this month. We were surprised, too. May 5, 9 p.m. 4215 Washington Ave. Tickets: $10. 713/862-2513.

EXPERT ADVICE
Denise O’Doherty, a licensed professional and couples therapy counselor for over 20 years, discusses Effective Confrontation at AssistHers’ monthly meeting. May 10, 10:30 a.m. Bering United Methodist Church, 1411 Harold St. (Look for O’Doherty’s ad in this issue about her upcoming Leisure Learning Unlimited classes.) Details: www.relationshiptherapistrn.com.

YOU RANG?
Applications are being accepted for the Gay & Lesbian Switchboard training scheduled May 3–4, May 10, and May 17–18. Volunteers provide information about GLBT organizations and businesses, coming out issues, suicide prevention, sexual assault, hate crimes, and more. Details: www.montrose counselingcenter.org.

RIDE ON
Montrose Bicycle Club (formerly Pink Flamingos) has two rides scheduled this month. The May 4 ride celebrates Cinco de Mayo, departing at 1 p.m. from The 611 club, proceeding to Miller Outdoor Theatre for the Latin-themed concert, and returning to the 611 for hamburgers. The May 18 ride also leaves from and returns to the 611, beginning at 11 a.m. Details: [email protected]

OUT IN THE THEATRE
ActOUT at the Alley Theatre presents The Gershwins: An American in Paris, a musical behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie. Montrose Counseling Center’s SPRY program is the evening’s community partner. May 8, with reception at 6:30 p.m.; show at 7:30 p.m. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas St. Details: 713/220-5700, ext. 1.

COURT SHOWS
Ertist Kerry Cleaver exhibits fused glass fountains, wind chimes, and more at a wine tasting provided by La Fuente Winery. A signed gift accompanies purchases of her products at the receptions. May 9 and 10, noon ’til 5 p.m. Surprises, 6100 Westheimer. Details: 713/266-9400.

DOUBLE FEATURE  
The Bayou City Performing Arts’ Bayou City Women’s Chorus presents Strength and Solidarity: Echoes of Women , a two-part, two-night concert series. The May 17 concert features selections by Carole King, Marvin Hamlisch, and others. The May 20 show finds the women in ’40s costume, singing hits of that era. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, 1440 Harold St. Tickets: $25. Details: www.bayoucityperformingarts.org • 713/521-7464.

POWER TO THE PURPLE
The Purple Party is Planned Parenthood’s inaugural spring fundraiser benefiting its GLBT-focused outreach, education, and HIV programs. Features a performance by Houston Gendermyn. May 18, 2–5 p.m. $25. Meteor Lounge, 2306 Genesee. Details: www.pphouston.org/purple.

BOYS OF ALMOST SUMMER
The Montrose Softball League presents the 20th annual Lone Star Classic softball tournament, themed Everything Is Bigger ‘n Texas . May 24–25. Houston Sportsplex, 12631 S. Main. Details: www.montrosesoftballleague.com.

GET CRACKIN’
Women In Power Society, also known as WIPS, is Houston’s pansexual, leather, Levi, BDSM, fetish, legal adult entertainment and social club. This month the women and their friends celebrate 10 years since founders Eva and Elizabeth hung the club’s colors at Mary’s, Naturally. WIPS’ next chapter begins May 25 with a 10th anniversary celebration. A full brunch with drink specials starts at 10 a.m. at Mary’s. The party continues at 7 p.m. with the hanging of WIPS’ new colors at Tony’s Corner Pocket, with dinner and a cocktail reception. Tickets: $10–$15. Details: www.wipsociety.net.

BEND IT AS MUCH LIKE BECKHAM AS POSSIBLE
Montrose Soccer Club is seeking new players for a men’s team in the Houston Football Association, a local, amateur soccer league. “If a player hasn’t played in years, but knows the game and has experience, he’s welcome to practice with us and join the team,” says co-founder Kevin Taylor. Details: www.montrosesoccer.org • 713/862-9491.

BUNNY-CURIOUS?
Bunnies on the Bayou, that fun, charitable group of friends that produces the downtown outdoor gala each Easter afternoon, seeks new members. The bunnies also seek former members of their 30-year-old group to participate in the 2008 Pride Parade. Details: 713/523-2566 • [email protected] onthebayou.org.
 
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH SOFTBALL
The Houston Women’s Softball League plays each Sunday on Memorial Park Fields 4 and 5, 10:30 a.m. ’til 3 p.m. with teams representing AssistHers, Houston Women’s Festival, and others. Details: www.hwsl.org.

RAW THEATRICS
Country Playhouse Black Box Productions presents bare (formerly, bare—a pop opera ), directed by O’Dell Hutchison. June 6–7, 12–14, 19–21. 8 p.m. 12802 Queensbury Ln. Details: 713/467-4497.

WELL WOMEN
Reservations for Lesbian Health Initiative-Houston’s Rainbow Health Fair’s free mammograms and Pap smears go fast. Those seeking appointments are asked to call 713/426-3356 asap. Also offered that day are HIV tests, total cholesterol, blood sugar, A1C for diabetics, blood typing, oral screening for cancer, nutrition counseling, information about living wills, and related legal matters, as well as health education and materials. June 7, 8:15 a.m. ’til 3:15 p.m. Legacy Community Health Services, 215 Westheimer. Details: www.lhihouston.org.

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