JUNE 27, 2003
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From $899 to $ 1129 per person
Depart Any Day, No Saturday Night Stay Required
Includes: Round Trip Airfare from Houston/Dallas via US Airways
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via private sedan. Wedding photo package. Special 3 course
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Champagne and fruit upon arrival at your hotel (all hotels
except the standard 2 star). Information package on Toronto.
Not Included: S9*W0 airport taxes which must accompany the
final payment. Cost of the Ontario wedding license approx. $85.00
US, which cannot be prepaid. Private chapels, additional features,
tours items not show above. Medical or cancellation insurance.
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Marriott Yorkville, Holiday Inn on King, Fairmont Royal York,
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Lesbian Village, shopping, dining and more.
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Ottawa, Quebec City plus special prices for your friends or families to join in the celebration.
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Volunteers ready new Pride chandelier
Gene Ruple (center), owner of
Fashionable Events Co., and helpers
Clarence James and Billy Roberts
prepare the huge chandelier that will
set apart the Houston Pride Parade this
year. The chandelier is 20 feet in diameter and weighs almost 1,000 pounds. It
has 16 arms, each with globes that,
combined, will contain lights the color
of the Pride flag. More than 500 lights will make the chandelier stand out when it is dis
played Saturday night near the corner of Montrose and Westheimer. The piece was build
in 1986 by T. Duff and M. Grant Associates for the State of Texas' sesquicentennial and
hung in the Capitol building heavily decorated with floral pieces. It is being electrified
and decorated for Pride, including being painted silver to mark the 25m or "Silver"
anniversary of Houston Pride. (Photo by Dalton DeHart)
State lawmaker to speak
at caucus general meeting
State Rep. Sylvester
Turner, a member of
the Texas state
Legislature since 1988
and a candidate for
mayor of Houston, wdl
be the guest speaker at
the next general meeting of the Houston Gay
& Lesbian Political
Caucus on Wednesday
An attorney and civic
leader in the Bayou City
for more than two
decades, Turner holds
degrees from the
University of Houston
and Harvard Law
School. He is the Speaker Pro Tempore of
the Texas House of Representatives and
serves on the Regulated Industries,
Calendars, and Appropriations Committees.
Wednesday night. Turner will discuss the
challenges facing Houston and his plans for
the city if he is elected mayor. He will
answer questions from HGLPC members
and visitor's The public is invited to attend.
State Rep Sylvester
is slated to speak to
members of the
Houston Gay &
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Houston Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus
General meeting with speaker Rep. Sylvester
Turner • 7 pm. Wednesday
Houston GLBT Community Center
3400 Montrose. Suite 207
Center: 713-524-3818 • www.hglpc.com
Crossdresser shot to death
while driving in Houston
Houston Police Department officials report
that Houston police are investigating the
fatal shooting of a man in the 5900 block of
Antoine about 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June
18. According to a police report, the victim
was Michael Charles Hurd. 23. of 6101
Antoine No. 7107. HPD Homicide Division
Sergeant D.A. Ferguson and Officer B.C.
McDaniel reported that the victim had been
driving a green four-door Saturn northbound in the 5900 block of Antoine. At some
point, police said, the vehicle was shot at and
the victim died at the scene. The victim was
wearing women's clothing when he was
foimd. Police said the suspect(s) and motive
in the shooting are unknown so far. This
week, officials with PFLAG (Parents
Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays)
decried the shooting. "PFLAG condemns the
hatred and misunderstanding that leads to
crimes against those of us who don't appear
to conform to society's repressive norms,"
said PFLAG national president Sam Thoron.
"This cold-blooded killing would appear to be
a hate crime. If so, it is yet another chilling
example of the violence perpetrated against
transgender people. PFLAG extends its sympathy to the family and loved ones of this victim and promises that this heinous act will
only serve to further its commitment to righting for justice and safety for everyone,
regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation." Anyone with information is urged
to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-
308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
From staff reports