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Pictured is Houston Municipal Court Judge Barbara Hartle John Lawrence; Kevin L Cathcart Dennis
Coleman, who is regional director for Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, the gay legal advocacy
group; and local gay attorney Jerry Simoneaux.
Texas sodomy case decision remembered in Houston
A commemoration ceremonj marking the third anniversary of the Lawrence vs.
Texas sodomy case decision was held June 26 at the Bering & James Gallery followed by
a reception at the Houston GLBT Community Center.
In 1998, Harris County Sheriff's deputies, responding to a false report of an armed
Intruder, entered John Lawrence's Houston apartment and found him and Tyron
(lamer having sex. Both were arrested and jailed overnight. They pleaded no contest to
the Class C misdemeanor and paid a $200 fine.
The case was appealed to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which refused to consider the matter. US. Supreme Court justices agreed in the fall of 2002 to hear the case,
and oral arguments were given before the court in March.
An historic 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down Texas' so-called "homosexual conduct" law sent cheers throughout the state and country among gay citizens.
The law bad banned intimate relations, including oral and anal sex, between consenting adults of the same sex. It did not apply to heterosexual couples.
Get ready for an 'Amazing'
Houston Chamber event
The Houston GLBT Chamber of
Commerce will sponsor "Amazing Race
Houston" on Friday July 7 from 6*00 p.m.
to 10:00 p.m.
This event is always a favorite for members and guests, said chamber officials.
Based on the hit CBS Network television
show "The Amazing Race." teams are
formed and compete along a progressive
dinner route as they solve clues, tasks and
arrive to each destination for points toward
becoming the final winning team of the
The chamber has established host destinations for each stop along the route,
including a wine and cheese station, salad
stop, entree stop and the final destination
Chamber officials believe the event is
a good opportunity for gay business own
ers to promote their company and network with others. For more information,
call 713-523-7576 or visit www.thecham-
MCC releases fall, summer continuing
education training schedule
The Montrose Counseling Center,
which serves a large number of :
bian, bisexual and transgender
Houstonians, has released the fall and
summer training schedule for its
Continuing Education Department.
The first training session starts Aug.
1H, and will include decisions on Sexually
Transmitted Infections such as Hepatitis
and Tuberculosis. Another session on this
top will take place Nov. 17. Other sessions
include Cultural Diversity and Sensitivity
on Sept. IS and HIV/AIDS on Oct. 20.
The training sessions are open to the
public. It last between three and four
hours, and require a Sit) per hour fee if
paid In advance. An additional $10 will be
charged the (lay of the sessions if not prepaid.
All of the sessions will be held at the
center, which is located at 701 Richmond
Ave, For more information, call the center
at 713-529-0037 or visit w ww.monstrosec-
to be awared July 9
Winners of the PFLAG/HATCH Youth
Scholarship Foundation scholarships
will be announced July 9 at the monthly
meeting of the local Parents, Families
and Friends of Lesbians and Gays group.
PFI.AG officials said the scholarships
honor the outstanding achelvement of
graduating gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender high school students. Last year,
$103,000 worth of scholarships were handed
out to students about to start college.
The meeting will be held at St. Paul's
United Methodist Church, which is located at 5501 S. Main St., at 2 p.m. For more
information on PFLAG or on how to apply
for next year's scholarships, call 713-467-
3524 or e-mail helpline'" pflaghouston.org.
From staff and wire reports
Fort Bend County gay
murder case remains open
Police officials now have
full name of suspect, but
have made no new arrest
By ERIC ERVIN
Sheriff's officials in Fort Bend County
now know the name of a second suspect
wanted in the murder of a gay man. hut
have not yet tracked him down.
Officials have recently identified the
second suspect as 19 year old Alonzo
Guerra. Originally they only had what
was believed to be a possible first name of
"Alonso" to go on.
Guerra is wanted in connection with
the murder of Arnulfo Quintero Aguilar.
43, of Sugar Land. Police are also looking
for Luis Carlos Rodriguez. 27.
"Then' has not been any more arrests."
said Terriann Carlson, a Sheriff's Office
Fort Bend County Sheriff's officials are
still not saying if Aguilar was murdered
in his home last month because he was
gay. Officials said it appeared Aguilar suffered a tragic death of blunt forced trauma
to the head.
Police already have one suspect in custody On June 17, they arrested Alberto
Ramos. 17. for allegedly taking part in the
murder. Officials said Aguilar met Ramos
and the two other men at a Houston area
gay bar and invited them to his Sugar
Officials said Ramos gave a voluntary
statement admitting he and two additional
suspects went to a bar in the Houston area
and targeted Aguilar with intention of
robbing him of his money and property.
Agular's body was found May 28 by
friends who went to his home in 10200
block of Kent Towne Lane in the
Townewest subdivision of Sugar Land.
After not hearing from him after leaving
several phone calls, they contacted police.
Police officials said Agular had been tied
up and beaten with an object such as a
Sheriff's officials said Aguilar had
A MORE INFO
Fort Bend County Sheriffs Department
1410 Ransom Road
Richmond, Texas 77469
Forth Bend County Crimestoppers
P.O. Box 1607
Arnulfo Quintero Aguilar, 43, was found murdered
May 28 in his nearby Sugar Und home. Police have
made one arrest in the gay men's death, and are
still looking for two more suspects.
been expected at a gathering the previous
evening, but never arrived. Friends called
him several times, got no reply, and then
went to his residence.
The victim's home had been ransacked
and a number of items were missing,
including his red 1997 Jeep Cherokee.
Police stopped the Jeep last weekend during a spot check. While being questioned,
police say Ramos admitted to being involved
in the man's death. He's been charged with
murder and is being held without bond.
Death penalty possible
Prosecutors have said they might seek
the death penalty because robbery was
involved, and might file hate crime
They are encouraging local gay residents to help with finding the remaining
two suspects. They believe other patrons
of the bar might have seen them.
"Certainly if they know something
they should call us," Carlson.
Carlson said the victim's family has
been posting signs at Houston area gay
clubs and neighborhoods. No family members could be reached by press time.
An up to $5,000 reward is being offered
by Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers to
anyone with information leading to the
two suspects' arrest. All callers can
remain anonymous. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to
contact the Fort Bend County Sheriff's
Office at 281-341-4700.