Today is the twenty-ninth anniversary of National Coming Out Day, a day for LGBTQ people to proudly express who they are to family, friends, and their communities. One out of every two Americans has someone close to them who is gay or lesbian. For transgender people, that number is only one in ten.
Against a backdrop of wedding photo shoots and tourists strolling Hermann Park, Oscar Gonzalez sat in the shadow of the Sam Houston statue with pelican feathers in his hair and red ochre painted on his face, beating a steady rhythm with his drum.
Americans are opening their wallets and donating to relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and with Hurricane Irma almost about to hit land in the U.S., people would be wise to be wary of which charity organization to give money to.
As Florida braces for Hurricane Irma as we did for Harvey, one elected official says sex offenders and predators are asked out. They cannot come to any public shelter. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says if you have a warrant and it comes up while they're checking you into a shelter you're going straight to jail.
Tens of thousands of people in Texas are in shelters facing an uncertain future As Storm Harvey moves into Louisiana. Ordinary people have played an active role in the rescue and relief efforts-including many activist groups. Ashton P Woods, founder and organiser of Houston Black Lives Matter, has been collecting supplies and distributing them in shelters.
On Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, Black Lives Matter-Houston (BLM) hosted an event to bring attention to the "Spirit of the Confederacy" statue that sits in Sam Houston Park, Houston, Texas. The event had BLM barricaded on one side and pro-confederacy groups on the other side with cops between them.
In downtown Houston's serene Sam Houston Park on Saturday, about 450 protesters dodged the blistering sun beneath the shade of a large tree, listening to local activists aligned with Black Lives Matter speak through a megaphone. Further down the park's path, separated by metal barricades and a line of mounted police, were dozens of protesters bearing Confederate flags and carrying rifles.
Standing in solidarity against racism, upwards of 300 people marched and gathered Saturday afternoon outside Sam Houston Park to demand the removal of a Confederate statue. The diverse crowd marched from City Hall to the sidewalk outside the park, across from the "Spirit of the Confederacy" statue of a naked,...
HOUSTON, TX - While the city of Houston ponders what to do about Confederate statues and moments, one group has decided to take it into their own hands. Literally. Houston Black Lives Matter leader Ashton P. Woods launched a Facebook event "Destroy the Confederacy" that picked up traction on other social media outlets.
Sam Houston Park is a bucolic slice of the English countryside, improbably located in the middle of downtown Houston, almost directly underneath I-45. Founded in 1899, the twenty-acre park features a duck pond spanned by a rustic wooden bridge, meandering footpaths, and a series of historic buildings, all shaded by graceful live oaks.
HOUSTON - HPD Chief Art Acevedo said the violence that erupted last week in Charlottesville, Virginia won't happen in Houston. "We will not stand idly by watching anyone deface of destroy public property or private property," said Acevedo during a Friday news conference. "Or attack and physically injure other individuals."
Houston prepares for 'Destroy the Confederacy' protest to take down Confederate statue in Sam Houston Park
HOUSTON - In the wake of the kind of violence that went down in Chalottesville, Virginia last weekend, there have been calls ringing out from many across America to remove Confederate monuments from public lands. On Saturday, a number of those voices will be taking part in a protest here in Houston.
HOUSTON (CN) - Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says he will take his time to decide what to do with two Confederate statues in city parks, as the issue of Confederate monuments boils over across the South.
Charges were dropped Friday evening against a 21-year-old black man who was confronted by a white deputy, hours after he demanded an independent investigation at a press conference. Marlin Gipson was facing an evading arrest charge and failure to identify charge.
LGBTQ activists pressed Houston police chief Art Acevedo and his command staff on issues related to race, anti-transgender hate crimes, and other concerns during the first town hall of its kind in nearly two years, at the Montrose Center on Wednesday.
HOUSTON, TX - Charges against a man who was arrested by deputies in a now-viral confrontation have been dropped. Marlin Gipson, 20, of Houston was originally charged with evading arrest on July 19th after a deputy approached him while he was handing out business cards for a lawn mowing service.
What does boycotting Israel have to do with Hurricane Harvey relief?
By Mark King Donald J. Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are a threat to everything HIV advocates have been fighting for during the last thirty years, and that includes access to healthcare, bans on insurance companies using HIV as reason to deny coverage, HIV prevention programs like PrEP, and the dignity with which we treat those who are most vulnerable to HIV infection.
Tough talk is progressive talk. A couple of weeks ago I went to the 76th annual American Humanist Association conference to give a talk called "WTF is Genderqueer?" They loved it! I lost track of how many people came up afterwards and thanked me for explaining it in a way they could understand.
Mayor Sylvester Turner, Annise Parker, 'Drag Race' stars strike a pose for Houston's Pride Portraits
Founder Eric Edward Schell has photographed politicians, including Mayor Sylvester Turner, Annise Parker and Sheila Jackson Lee; "RuPaul's Drag Race" favorites, transgender activists and a former NSYNC member.. Founder Eric Edward Schell has photographed everyone from politicians, including Mayor Sylvester Turner, Annise Parker and Sheila Jackson Lee; to "RuPaul's Drag Race" favorites, transgender activists and even a former NSYNC member.
A ruling in Minnesota even has people in Houston upset. In court, Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of manslaughter after Philando Castile was shot to death on July 6, 2016. The story captured attention on social media when Diamond Reynolds, Castile's girlfriend, posted what happened after the shooting on Facebook Live.
Photographer Eric Edward Schell spent 17 years working in the performing arts before he finally answered the beckoning call of his camera. When he decided to abandon the stage and start taking photographs, Schell was a permanent member of a musical theater company at the Hobby Center. Does he have any regrets?
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas police-reform bill named after a black woman found dead in jail following a confrontation with a white state trooper during a traffic stop has been stripped down to the point that some community organizers say it's no longer a worthy tribute.
Shoutout To Ashton P Woods For Covering This Story: FBar owner Irwin Palchick is in hot water after an audio recording of him calling members of the African American community the N-Word surfaced on social media. The recording posted to YouTube Friday evening is only seven seconds long.
Audio Alleged To Be A Houston LGBT Club Owner Making Racist Comments About African American Community Floods Social Media (Updated at 09:16 P.M.) (HOUSTON) - A racist digital audio recording alleged to be an owner of a Houston LGBT club has flooded social media this afternoon.
Ashton P. Woods is a social and political activist in the Black Lives Matter movement and the co-chair of the Black Humanist Alliance. TheHumanist.com: You've been an activist for a long time. What was your first moment of political and activist awakening? Ashton P. Woods: When I was fifteen I co-founded the first gay-straight alliance ...
Ashton P. Woods is a social and political activist in the Black Lives Matter movement as well as the co-chair of the Black Humanist Alliance. In this wide-ranging interview, we discussed the first moment of political and activist awakening for Ashton.
A House subcommittee voted Wednesday to strip a bill of language that would have punished individuals who purposefully obstruct highways, streets and public passages to the satisfaction of civil rights groups. Public Safety Committee Chairman Tyler Harper said Senate Bill 160, dubbed "Back the Badge Act," is an effort to show law enforcement officials that the state cares for them and appreciates the work they do.
Press conference on the Sandra Bland Act outside the Supreme Court building happening now.
Garnet F. Coleman has served the people of District 147 in the Texas House of Representatives continuously since 1991. Throughout his years of service, Representative Coleman has earned a reputation as a diligent leader in the areas of health care, economic development and education.
A s Janet Mock, transwoman of color and powerful advocate, stood in front of the hundreds of thousands of women who gathered for the Women's March on Washington in late January, she proclaimed the following words: "Our movements require us to do more than just show up and say the right words.
Empire Star Jussie Smollett on Cover of Plus Issue 116 Jan/Feb 2017 Empire star Jussie Smollett gets serious about being Black and gay in a post-Trump world and talks about HIV testing, safer sex, treatment, and finding a cure.
Donald J. Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are a threat to everything HIV advocates have been fighting for during the last thirty years, and that includes access to healthcare, bans on insurance companies using HIV as reason to deny co...
Donald J. Trump and the Republican-controlled congress are a threat to everything HIV advocates have been fighting for during the last thirty years, and that includes access to healthcare, HIV prevention programs like PrEP, and the dignity with which we treat those who are most
Photo: Elizabeth Conley, Staff Since President Donald Trump took office, there have been a string of protests - some coordinated, some spontaneous - around the country, from the Women's March and satellite events around the globe, to the most recent round of protests at international airports in the wake of Trump's executive order on immigration.
Leah Binkovitz | @leahbink | January 31, 2017 Since President Donald Trump took office, there have been a string of protests - some coordinated, some spontaneous - around the country, from the Women's March and satellite events around the globe, to the most recent round of protests at international airports in the wake of Trump's executive order on immigration.
A little over three years ago, the Black Lives Matter movement erupted with a hashtag and protests all over the United States shortly after George Zimmerman's acquittal for shooting Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.
There was no shortage of sparkle at the fifth annual FACE Awards, the annual event honoring Houston's LGBT community. Drag queens and local singers mingled with politicians and reality stars on and off the red carpet inside South Beach nightclub in Montrose.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas now has its eye on Houston police officers - particularly those on horses at anti-Donald Trump protests. After receiving reports of Houston police officers needlessly escalating situations with Trump protesters and "antagonizing" them, the ACLU of Texas is asking new Police Chief Art...
In the wake of several high profile police shootings of black men, Senator John Whitmire (D-Houston) filed a bill Wednesday that would require all ninth grade students in Texas to take a course on how to navigate interactions with law enforcement. However, not everyone believes the proposed course is a...
Responding to community outrage that the Louisiana man who shot and killed former NFL player Joe McKnight in an alleged road-rage incident had initially been set free, Jefferson Parish sheriff Newell Normand went on a explicit, slur-laden tirade during a Tuesday press conference in defense of officials' actions.
Poz 100 Honors Southern Activists Working to Eradicate HIV/AIDS Protest leaders say they are being targeted for arrest Isiah Factor | The InsiteIT'S A BATTLE AT THE CAPITOL! Video Shows Protesters Arrested at Anti-Trump Rally for Trying to Cross Street
Five activists were arrested at an anti-Donald Trump rally last night that began at City Hall and ended outside the Houston Police Department as marchers expressed their disapproval with the next president of the United States, yelling "we reject the president-elect!" and "fuck Donald Trump!" for blocks. Houston Police Department...
I don't identify as black, but my genes would beg to differ, or at least offer evidence for me to reconsider my self-labeling as a white Latino. My light skin color is less revealing than it may seem. My family tree provides a more complex picture of my racial identity.