Join Us at Our Upcoming Events:
09 Jan 10 — Ice Skating/Dinner at the Galleria
23 Jan 10 — Casino Bus Trip
28 Jan 10 — Night OUT at the Alley Theatre (ActOUT & “Wonderland” — Get your tickets now!)
30 Jan 10 — Game Night (date could change)
5 Feb 10 — “First Friday” Bar Night OUT
13 Feb 10 — Tet/Chinese New Year Party
In the News:
15 Dec 09 — Gay Marriage in DC! From HRC — Great news today: marriage equality has just passed in Washington, D.C.! The bill now goes to the Mayor Adrian Fenty, who has promised to sign it. The U.S. Congress then has 30 days to review the legislation. After that window passes, the bill becomes law! But the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has threatened to cut social services, in protest. They’d cut homeless shelters, food programs for needy families, and health services rather than provide equal benefits for employees in same-sex marriages. See full story here.
12 Dec 09 — Lights in the Heights. A dozen A&FH troops braved the fog and mist to enjoy the annual Woodland Heights holiday celebration and decoration extravaganza on Euclid and Byrne streets. The modest parade was followed by thousands of revelers and curious onlookers taking in the festive displays, music and fun. Thanks to Larry & Teru for opening their home to our group with a fine spread of delicious food and carols from the Opera in the Heights singers, accompanied by Teru on piano. Click here for pics.
12 Dec 09 — Annise Parker Elected Mayor of Houston! Voters in the nation’s fourth largest city went to the polls today and elected HRC-endorsed and Equality Texas-endorsed candidate Annise Parker the next mayor of Houston. Parker was elected with 53 percent of the vote, defeating her runoff opponent Gene Locke who garnered 47 percent. Houston is the winner because Annise Parker’s prior experience will serve her well as Mayor and because it did not succumb to bigoted fear-mongering and homophobia.
11 Dec 09 — Alley Theatre Tickets on Sale Now. We have an A&FH “Night OUT at the Alley” theatre on Thursday, 28 Jan to see “Wonderland” the musical. Tickets are a special promotion price of $25 through 19 Jan so call the Group Sales office Mon-Fri at 713-315-3346 to get yours. Houston GLBT Chamber of Commerce “ActOUT” reception with free drinks and snacks starts at 6:00pm and show is at 7:30pm. See complete details here or the link above in upcoming events.
5 Dec 09 — Christmas Party. Hosts Bob & Sam outdid themselves at our annual Christmas Party with the most decorated house on De Milo St, their usual incredible hospitality and a special treat in providing Santa’s “Helper” John! Even Dim Sum got festive with jingly bells around his neck. Thanks also to Tony for orchestrating the event, to “Santa Carl” for performing the hilarious gift exchange and to the generous Board for donating and preparing the fabulous buffet! Click here for pics.
1 Dec 09 – – Campbell, California made history by electing the youngest mayor in the United States. Evan Low is a 26 year old, openly gay Chinese American. He successfully garnered enough votes from an area that is 70% white, 11% Asian, and holds a relatively quiet gay community. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science at San Jose State University and graduated from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
30 Nov 09 — Around the World. Buenos Aires (Argentina) okays gay marriage in Latin American first * Taiwan Pride Parade sets record 25,000 participants * US President Obama signs Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr Hate Crimes Law protecting GLBT * Gay Prince sets up India’s first Old Age home for gay men and women * Catholic Bishop says gay tourists not welcome at Vatican * For details and more stories click here.
21 Nov 09 — A Brunch in November. A&FH came out in full support of Carl Han’s annual fund-raiser for HATCH, the GLBT youth sanctuary program headquartered at the Montrose Counseling Center. Carl and Gary put on a spread of delicious New Orleans treats including gumbo, shrimp étouffée, red beans and rice, andouille sausage, salad, fruit, cheese board, bread pudding, cakes and more. Guests came from as far away as San Francisco and Carl raised $1080! Click here for pics.
14 Nov 09 — Anniversary Dinner. Thirty-two members and friends turned out for our 17th birthday dinner at China View Restaurant! China View is top-rated by Zagat Survey and all enjoyed the endless food, cozy atmosphere, prompt service and delightful conversation. Several founders were able to meet our newest members and tell tall tales of the early years of Asians & Friends Houston. Thanks to everyone for making this such a fun event. Click here for pics.
31 Oct 09 — Halloween Party. Forty-five guys and ghouls celebrated All Hallows Eve at Gary & Albert’s. The catered meal was delicious and the hosts were magnificent as usual! The theme was “Superheroes” and there were many fine threads. Noel and Ted won best costume prizes for their Wicked Witch of the West and Wonderwoman impressions repsectively, and everyone had a fun time until the wee hours. Hats off to everyone who dressed up for the occasion! Click here for pics.
24 Oct 09 — Fall Picnic. We broke out the badminton set, the charcoal and the club banner for a spectacular autumn day in Memorial Park. The pot luck picnic was brimming with great food and Tracy Luu brought Vietnamese sandwiches, shrimp wontons and egg rolls. Yummy!! Click here for pics.