By Johnny Trlica
In just a few days, the United States will bid good-bye to its most LGBT friendly president in history and say hello to President Donald Trump (pardon me, I just threw up a little in my mouth. The next four years may prove to be a full-frontal assault on rights we have fought long and hard for so pull up your leather bootstraps, tighten your harnesses, and get ready. If we may quote Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest, “Don’t f**k with me fellas. This ain’t my first time at the rodeo.”Here’s what we’ve been reading at HoustonRainbowHerald.com.
Houston singer facing backlash over anti-gay sermon
A Houston singer is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Gospel songstress Kim Burrell is facing criticism for comments she made in a sermon at her Houston church, reports KTRK.com.
The controversy started when video of Burrell giving a virulently homophobic sermon surfaced. “I came to tell you about sin. That sin nature, that perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women. You as a man, you open your mouth and take a man’s penis in your face, you are perverted. You are a woman and will shake your face in another woman’s breast, you are perverted,” were among statements made by the singer at Love & Liberty Fellowship Church on Stuebner Airline Road in North Houston.
Texas Southern University announced that Burrell’s radio show, Bridging the Gap, would no longer be broadcast on its airwaves. Burrell debuted the show on KTSU90.9 FM nearly seven months ago.
Burrell’s scheduled appearance with Pharrell Williams on Ellen was cancelled. She was to perform a duet from the movie, Hidden Figures. Williams sang a different song, solo. Ellen DeGeneres commented: “Burrell made a statement, and she said some very not nice things about homosexuals, so I didn’t feel that was good of me to have her on the show to give her a platform after she’s saying things about me.”
Broadcast Music Inc. uninvited Burrell from performing at itsBMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music event, scheduled January 14 in Atlanta.
Additionally, a television talk show on KIAH-TV, channel 39, Keep It Moving with Kim Burrell, which debuted in September, is no longer listed in the station’s lineup, according to HoustonChronicle.com.
Kim Ogg sworn in as District Attorney
There’s a new sheriff, err, District Attorney in town. Openly gay Kim Ogg was sworn in on January 2 as Harris County’s first openly lesbian District Attorney, reports HoustonPress.com. Watching and assisting in the ceremony was her partner of 32 years, Olivia Jordan, their son Jack and her father, former state Senator. Jack C. Ogg.
In an opening statement, Ogg laid out her vision for the D.A.’s office. “The purpose is justice. For we know that, as our law commands, the District Attorney must seek justice above all else, including convictions. My vision for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is for us together to fulfill this purpose, by making our paramount goal public safety and evidence-based justice for all. This means attaining a just result for the victim, the accused and the community in every single case.”
Ogg has good news for Harris County weed smokers. Those committing misdemeanor cannabis offenses will not be placed in jail as part of a new policy being put in place. “All misdemeanor possession of marijuana cases will be diverted around jail,”Ogg said during her swearing in.
“I’ve never felt good about putting marijuana users in the same jail cells as murderers,” Ogg said following her inauguration. “It’s just not fair, it doesn’t make any sense, and our country is resoundingly against that.”
It’s a boy
Mariah Carey should send a thank-you note to Janet Jackson for taking the focus off of her disastrous performance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Janet Jackson and husband Wissam Al Mana welcomed their first child on January 3, reports People.com. Eissa Al Manais is Jackson’s, 50, first child.
No new ‘Will & Grace’ just yet
Have you ever been just about to orgasm then have your partner stop? Something similar happened when we were teased by Leslie Jordan with word that a reboot of Will & Gracewould definitely be happening. That excitement was crushed a few days later by Debra Messing, in typical Grace Adler fashion when she tweeted, “Sadly, Leslie was wrong. Nothing beyond talks,” reports Edge.com.
Correction and update: In our last issue we incorrectly wrote that Natalie Cole died on January 1, 2016. She actually died on December 31, 2015 but her death was not reported until a day later. Since the last column’s In Memoriam section, George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds passed away before the end of the year.
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Johnny Trlica is the editor of the Houston Rainbow Herald.com, the Bayou City’s only daily LGBT internet newspaper. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.