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04/19/2007


Gripping Video Shows Construction Worker Rescued from Massive Houston Fire: WATCH

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A devastating fire tore through a 396-apartment complex under construction yesterday in Houston's Montrose District. Thankfully, no injuries were reported and all personnel were accounted for - but things got particularly scary for one construction worker captured in a harrowing video shot from a nearby building.

As rescue workers tried to reach him, the worker was forced to leap from one balcony to another.

Watch the amazing rescue, AFTER THE JUMP...

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CDC Genetically Confirms First Case Of Lesbian HIV Transmission

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first genetically confirmed case of HIV transmission between two women.

HivThe women — a monogamous, mixed-HIV-status, Houston couple in their 40s — reported having no other sex partners for half a year before infection, and also reported regularly having sex during menstruation and with insertive sex toys which sometimes caused bleeding.

Researchers found a more-than-98 percent genetic match between each woman’s HIV viruses, “all but proving that one had infected the other.”

Previous studies of suspected female-to-female HIV transmissions have either not involved genetic testing or have involved other possible HIV-culprits such as male sex partners, IV drugs and blood transfusions.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Office on Women's Health suggests that women who have sex with women always use "condoms correctly... when using sex toys," as well as "dental dams to lower the risk of getting or spreading HIV through oral sex." They do acknowledge however "not much research has been done to prove that [dental dams] are effective."


Anti-Gay GOP Chair Who Attacked and Sued Houston Mayor Annise Parker Loses Re-Election Bid

Jared Woodfill, the anti-gay Harris County GOP Chair who sued the city of Houston and Mayor Annise Parker over Parker's decision to extend health and life insurance benefits to gay married spouses, lost his bid for reelection on Tuesday, LoneStarQ reports:

WoodfillWoodfill, a 12-year incumbent, lost to challenger Paul Simpson by a margin of 53 percent to 37 percent, with third-place finisher Wendy McPherson Berry capturing 10 percent.

Woodfill campaigned heavily on social issues, staging a “Stand for Marriage” press conference a day before the primary in response to a federal judge’s decision striking down Texas’ bans on same-sex marriage. The press conference was billed as a rally against “sodomite” marriage and a “would-be dictator” judge.

Woodfill also attacked Parker for marrying her partner in Palm Springs.

Said Parker of the attacks:

"Mr. Woodfill is a little like a windup doll. I say something and he goes on TV and says this is something I planned. It’s part of my grand agenda to promote gay rights...You don't commit 23 years of your life to someone to make a political statement...I took four days off. I had to leave my home state and make a little wedge of time to marry the woman I love. They can get over it."


Gay Houston Mayor Annise Parker Rips GOP Attacks on Her Marriage: 'Get Over It' —VIDEO

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Houston Mayor Annise Parker was attacked by several Republicans for leaving Texas last week to marry her longtime partner Kathy Hubbard in Palm Springs. The Republicans said her marriage is politically motivated, KHOU reports.

Said State Senator Dan Patrick of Parker's nuptials:

“I am not shocked that Mayor Parker decided to elope to California for a marriage that is unconstitutional in Texas. This is obviously part of a larger strategy of hers to turn Texas into California.”

WoodfillHarris County Republican Chairman Jared Woodfill (right) made similar accusations.

Parker blasted the criticism:

"Dan Patrick’s running a political campaign. And he wants to make the gay community a whipping boy in that political campaign. And he thought I was an appropriate target. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. And I don’t think that’s unusual....

Said Parker of Woodfill (not in clip): "Mr. Woodfill is a little like a windup doll. I say something and he goes on TV and says this is something I planned. It’s part of my grand agenda to promote gay rights."

Parker is not having the criticism, nor should she:

"You don't commit 23 years of your life to someone to make a political statement...I took four days off. I had to leave my home state and make a little wedge of time to marry the woman I love. They can get over it."

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Houston Mayor Annise Parker Marries Longtime Partner Kathy Hubbard in Palm Springs

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Houston Mayor Annise Parker married her longtime partner Kathy Hubbard in a sunset ceremony in Palm Springs, California Thursday, the Houston Chronicle reports:

The ceremony, held at sunset at a private home, was attended by a small group of family and friends of the couple, including Parker's mother and Hubbard's sister, according to a statement from Parker's office.

"This is a very happy day for us," said Parker, the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city. "We have had to wait a very long time to formalize our commitment to each other. Kathy has been by my side for more than two decades, helping to raise a family, nurture my political career and all of the other ups and down and life events that come with a committed relationship."

Tweeted Parker:

I am privileged to now be the wife of the woman I have loved for more than 2 decades. I couldn't be happier. We said our vows today.-A

The vows were performed by Rev. Paul Fromberg, a friend and the partner of Parker's political consultant Grant Martin.

Though Parker had previously said that she wouldn't marry until it was legal in Texas, she changed her mind. It was reported in late December that she would marry in California.

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Federal Judge Denies Request to Halt Spousal Benefits for Gay Houston City Employees

A federal judge on Thursday denied a request for a stay that would have halted spousal benefits for gay Houston city employees, Lone Star Q reports:

ParkerU.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal considered the request after the case was moved from state court to federal court by the defendants — Mayor Annise Parker and the city of Houston.

Harris County GOP Chair Jared Woodfill, on behalf of taxpayers Jack Pidgeon and Larry Hicks, sued Parker and the city in December after she extended benefits to the same-sex spouses of city employees who are legally married in other states.

State District Judge Lisa Millard, a Republican, issued a restraining order halting the benefits, before the city moved the case to federal court, where Woodfill sought another restraining order. Following a lengthy hearing on Thursday afternoon in Houston, Rosenthal denied the request.

In related news, Parker called for an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance in her inaugural address on Tuesday.


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