By Johnny Trlica

Opinion: January 20, 2017 may forever be remembered as one of the darkest days in American History. While December 7, 1941 (the attack on Pearl Harbor) and September 11, 2001 (the attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon) were catastrophic, they differ from what will happen after the United States has inaugurated our 45th president. The selection of Donald Trump as the leader of the free world is a self-inflicted injury. Yes, we did this to ourselves just as certainly as if we had put a gun to our heads and played Russian roulette. Pun intended.
I will not repeat the laundry list of why Trump as president is a terrible mistake; you’ ve seen or read them all before. You know all about his bigotry, misogyny, boasts of sexual assaults, constant lying and—what should have been an instant disqualifier mocking a disabled person.
This column will not change the mind of anyone who voted for the billionaire from New York. And those of you who did not support him, I understand your anguish and fear.
As we enter the Trump era, there are just a few things I wish:

I hope the hard-fought gains we have made as an LGBTQ community are not reversed or set back.
I implore that the nation will regain its senses and make Democrats the majority in the House or Senate, or both, in 2018.
I pray that Mr. Tweeter-in-Chief does not get us all killed now that he has the nuclear codes.

I’ ve been told by friends who voted for Trump that we should unite as Americans and support our new president. As a proud gay American, I make this promise to them: I will give President Trump all the respect and support that you showed President Obama for the past eight years.

God bless us all.

Here’ s what we’ve been reading at Houston Rainbow Herald.com.

Mary’s is back (sort of)

The iconic Mary’ s bar departed years ago but is still fondly remembered by gay men and lesbians of a certain age. But today’ s generation of Montrosians is getting its own Mary’ s, albeit in a different format.
HoustonRainbowHerald.com has learned the location of the soon-to-open Hamburger Mary’ s. The restaurant and drag venue is scheduled to open in mid to late February in the old Hollywood Vietnamese & Chinese Restaurant location in the strip center at 2409 Grant Avenue, behind South Beach. Bayou City Bar currently shares space in the same strip center.
The soon-to-open burger joint is now hiring. Positions include servers, runners, host/hostess, bartenders and door staff. Their Facebook page reads: “ Just download the nifty application and bring it completed to the shop inside Eagle Houston (611 Hyde Park) between the hours of 4p-2a.”
Hamburger Mary’ s website states: “ Hamburger Mary’ s is an open-air bar & grille for open-minded people, serving a full menu of tasty items…. Big and juicy gourmet burgers, yummy apps, soups, salads and entrees, and an extensive bar menu featuring craft beers and cocktails.
“ Hamburger Mary’ s offers a flamboyant dining experience, along with nightlyentertainment from our ‘ Dining with the Divas’ drag shows and charity ‘ HamBingo Mary’ s’ to MaryOke-Karaoke and trivia nights.”

The concert that never was
Did you miss Barbra Streisand’ s recent concert at Toyota Center? Well, you have another chance. Sort of. Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra never shared a stage but their likenesses will, reports KHOU.com.
Barbra & Frank, the Concert that Never Was is slated for a February 17 date at the Stafford Centre. The show stars Sharon Owens as Streisand and Sebastian Anzaldo as Sinatra. Concertgoers can experience what could have been with Owens and Anzaldo singing hits such as “ Don’ t Rain on My Parade,” “ Luck Be a Lady” and “ I’ve Got the World on a String” .
Barbra & Frank has played the famous Rainbow Room in New York City and has toured Germany, Holland, Great Britain and China. The duo has held long-run headline residencies at the historic Riviera and West in in Las Vegas.

It’s really happening: ‘Will & Grace’ is back
They are back when we need them most. It’ s official! NBC has ordered ten new episodes of Will & Grace that will reunite series stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally, reports EntertainmentWeekly.com.
The sitcom, which many credit with helping LGBTQ people gain acceptance, is coming back at a time when many of those gains may be in jeopardy.
Mat Mutchnick and David Kohan, the original series’ creators, will be the show-runners and executive producers. Legendary director James Burrows will direct every episode, as he did during the show’ s original eight-season run. He’ ll also executive produce.
According to NBC entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, “ We’ re thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest and most defining comedies in NBC history is coming back. This groundbreaking series for everything from gay rights to social and political
commentary—all disguised as a high-speed train of witty pop culture—is coming back where it belongs.”

That didn’t take long
No one can say we were not warned. Only minutes after Donald Trump was sworn in as president on January 20, the White House LGBT page was replaced by a smiling photo of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, then completely disappeared, reports GayStarNews.com.

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