By Johnny Trlica

My mother used to listen to Rush Limbaugh until she would get so mad that she couldn’ t take it anymore and she’ d brutishly turned off the radio. When asked why listen to someone who makes her so angry she always said, “ You should always know what your enemies are saying about you.”

Oprah Winfrey is on the hot seat for giving voice to a Houston based anti-gay pastor. Lakewood Church’ s John Gray has a new show on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) that is described as “ a comedy, a drama and a documentary.”

However, Gray is a sworn enemy of gay rights. Has Oprah turned her back on the LGBTQ family? We doubt it. Maybe she just wants us to know what our enemies are still saying about us. I’ m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt.

Here’ s a bit of what we’ ve been reading at HoustonRainbowHerald.com.

Anti-LGBTQ materials appear in Montrose

The Montrose Management District issued a statement regarding recent discoveries of anti-LGBT materials posted around Montrose.

“ The District is working closely with law enforcement officers to uncover those responsible for defacing public property and deliberately attempting to antagonize members of our community. We will use every available legal remedy to hold perpetrators responsible and discourage future acts,” reads the statement. “ The Montrose Management District condemns hate speech of any kind and is dedicated to protecting the
diversity, vibrancy and sexual identity and orientation of individuals who live, work and visit our community without question or prejudice. We view our charter of enhancing and promoting the commercial interests of business owners as being intertwined with protecting the rights and liberties of our proudly diverse community. Please report any incidents of hate speech, whether in person or through signage, to the Houston Police Department at 713-884-3131.”

F Bar drops two drag shows, sites saturation

Gay nightlife is an ever-evolving business. Thanks in part toRuPaul’s Drag Race, drag is more popular than ever, but has it oversaturated the Houston club scene? Irwin Palchick, the owner of F Bar, announced the cancellation of its Tuesday and Wednesday night drag shows, along with the closing of the bar on those two nights, report the Houston Chronicle at chron.com.

“ I want the best for the girls, and I just feel that they are playing to a very, very tiny (crowd). They’ re not making money, and I’ m not making any money and the place is getting worn out,” Palchick told the Chronicle. “ We’ re gonna give it a little rest. It’ s not done. I think we’ ll regroup and refresh the bar and come back with Tuesday nights. We’ re going to remodel the inside. I think this drag phenomenon—and thank you, RuPaul—is going to continue. But it’ s gotta settle down.”

” Drag is rampant in Houston right now. It’ s everywhere. You’ ve got Rich’ s. You’ ve got F Bar. You’ ve got TC’ s. You’ ve got Bayou City. You’ve got Michael’ s Outpost. You’ ve got South Beach. You’ ve got JR’ s. You’ ve got Hamburger Mary’ s,” he says. “And it’ s the same girls in the same outfits doing the same songs.”

In addressing internet rumors of F Bar closing, the report wrote that, “ Palchick laughs off rumors of unpaid employees and the entire bar closing.”

NFL star Aaron Hernandez commits suicide

Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem, or so it’ s been said. The internet was abuzz when news broke that former NFL superstar Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in prison and may have left a goodbye letter to a prison love interest, reports the DailyMail.com.

The report that the former New England Patriots tight end may have been bisexual tweaked our curiosity as the story unfolded.

The handsome footballer was serving a life sentence for murdering one of his friends who some now believe was threatening to out the star. Then, as is the case now, there are no out players in the National Football League. Could it be that Hernandez, fearful for his reputation and even his livelihood, resorted to murder to protect his image?

To date, we do not know for a fact that Hernandez was gay or bisexual, or if he did have a prison “ gay lover.” Just because a man has sex with another doesn’ t make him gay or bisexual, especially in prison.

‘Stealthing’ is the newest dangerous sex trend

Most of like a few surprises in bed, but not this much. The latest bedroom trend is called “ stealthing” and its rise is documented in a report by the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law.

Lead author Alexandra Brodsky argues that “ stealthing,” when a man secretly removes his condom in the middle of sex, is a form of sexual assault and should be treated as such. These perpetrators—both gay and straight—believe it’ s a man’ s right to “ spread one’ s seed.”

“ One of my goals with the article, and in proposing a new statute, is to provide a vocabulary and create ways for people to talk about what is a really common experience that just is too often dismissed as just ‘ bad sex’ instead of ‘ violence,’” Brodsky told HuffingtonPost.com.

For the latest LGBTQ news and current events in 2017, click on HoustonRainbowHerald.com. Johnny Trlica is the editor of the HoustonRainbowHerald.com, the Bayou City’s only daily LGBT internet newspaper. Contact him at jtrlica@houstonrainbowherald.com.