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Show: October 19, 2009

The following is scheduled:

9:00 pm

Opening, general discussion

9:02 pm

Melissa Noriega, A 27-year veteran of the Houston Independent School District (HISD), Melissa Noriega has a unique perspective as a public school educator, a community activist and as a member of the Texas House in 2005. In June 2004, her husband, Representative Rick Noriega, a Colonel in the Texas Army National Guard, was called by his country to serve in Afghanistan, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was stationed near Kabul for a year and a day, and deployed for 14 months. In 2005, Melissa left her job and her responsibilities at home to be the first person to serve in her spouse's stead under a constitutional amendment approved by Texas voters in 2003. more more

GUEST: Melissa Noriega email

9:30 pm

Newswrap: A bill proscribing the death penalty for certain same-gender sexual activity is introduced in the Ugandan parliament; Jamaica Prime Minister Bruce Golding vows to exclude sexual minorities from a proposed Charter of Fundamental Rights currently being drafted, while "kill gays" Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton meets with LGBT activists in San Francisco and then continues to fuel his "war between me and faggots", but a group of well-known Russian singers and writers call for an end to anti-lesbigay discrimination; in response to a query about anti-gay measures on the ballots in Maine and Washington, the White House issues a statement saying that President Obama believes "strongly in stopping laws designed to take rights away", while a likely-to-pass marriage equality bill is introduced in the Washington, D.C. City Council; a U.S. district judge rebuffs dismissal attempts by California Proposition 8 proponents and orders the trial over its constitutionality to proceed in January as scheduled, while Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signs legislation to create an annual "Harvey Milk Day", to expand services to LGBT domestic violence victims, and to recognize legal same-gender marriages performed outside California; and a Mormon leader sparks a firestorm for comparing the backlash against his Church over its support for Proposition 8 to the suffering of Southern Blacks during the civil rights struggles of the 1960s (written by GREG GORDON, with thanks to REX WOCKNER with BILL KELLEY, and reported this week by CHRISTOPHER GAAL and GREG GORDON) more

 

9:40 pm

Montrose Counseling Center empowers our community, primarily gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals and their families, to enjoy healthier and more fulfilling lives by providing culturally affirming and affordable behavioral health and prevention services. tonight we will talk about: Coming Out  Support Group, NEW Transgender Support Group, and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. more

GUEST: Sally Huffer

9:55 pm

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10:00 pm

Galveston Island celebrates it's 3rd annual Pride Festival the weekend of October 24-25th at Saengerfest Park. This park is located at 23rd and Strand streets. Houston Chronicle music columnist, Joey Guerra, has been brought on to raise the profile of this event. He will be on the program to discuss the entertainment and will bring some of its performers. more

GUEST: Joey Guerra, Houston Pride Idol AJ Cabrera and out singer Jay Arseno.

 

10:17 pm

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10:22 pm

The Houston Pride Band opens their season with pOpera!This pops concert will showcase popular music with an operatic theme: space opera, classic opera and a night at the theater with mus...ical selections from Star Wars, Phantom of the Opera, Carmen and Wicked, among others. The Houston Pride Band will donate ticket proceeds from this concert to Bayou City Performing Arts (BCPA) and its associated family of choruses, including Gay Men's Chorus of Houston (GMCH), Bayou City Women's Chorus (BCWC), Bayou City Chorale (BCC) and Bayou Rhythms. more

The concert will be held at Resurrection MCC (located at 2025 W. 11th Street ) on Saturday, October 24th, 2009, at 7:30 PM, with the doors opening at 7:00 PM. more

GUEST: Rudy Martinez, Houston Pride Band

10:40 pm

This Way Out: Demanding full equality in the land of the free, nearly a quarter of a million LGBT activists and their supporters marched on the home of their federal government October 11th. Organizing for the NATIONAL EQUALITY MARCH was fueled by impatience with the Obama Administration, and galvanized by state-level battles like the Prop 8 loss in California and the upcoming ballot measures in Maine and Washington. Religious right groups have as usual been deeply involved in opposing LGBTs on all of those issues, so it was interesting to see queer-supportive communities of faith take the stage ahead of any other rally speakers: the LGBT-affirming Metropolitan Community Church's REVEREND ELDER TROY PERRY reads a letter of support from Nobel Peace Prize-winning ANGLICAN BISHOP DESMOND TUTU and salutes past and present equality pioneers in his invocation (with intro music from the "Star Spangled Banner" performed at the rally by the GAY MEN'S CHORUS OF WASHINGTON, D.C.; segment ends with a "TWO" I.D.)

Previously on "This Way Out," ELLIOTT TIBER told us about living the story of "TAKING WOODSTOCK." Tiber's 2007 memoir was the basis for Ang Lee's recent film, and he shared some behind-the-scenes dish about the legendary concert, meeting the Oscar-winning director, and how the movie came to be. His conversation with our entertainment reporter STEVE PRIDE concludes this week with Tiber's personal story about coming out, becoming an activist, and how fame has affected his life (with intro music from "Woodstock," written and performed by JONI MITCHELL) . more