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04/19/2007


Selena Tribute Event Tells Transgender Performer to Get Lost: VIDEO

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Corpus Christi transwoman Honey Andrews was recently told that she could not perform at a Texas event commemorating the Tejano star Selena because “Nobody wants to see a male person dress up like a girl.”

Andrews has performed at the annual commemoration for the past three years and was planning on doing the same this year until she received the above message from event coordinator, Mario Gomez.

”I had to read it like three times to so I could even get it through. You know?” Andrews told her local CBS affiliate. “I am over here trying to do something good. Do something for Selena. I am sure she would not approve of [discriminatory messages] like that.”

Gomez has since backpeddled (while continuing to mis-gender Andrews) telling CBS news, “I was just uh letting him know that people were complaining to me that you know that they didn't want to see someone dressed up as a female. A male dressed up as a female singing.”

Even though Gomez has since invited to perform at his event, Andrews has declined, saying she has plans to perform elsewhere.

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Father Held in Slaying of Texas Lesbian Couple 'Didn't Like the Idea of Her Being Gay': VIDEO

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James Larry Cosby, the father of one of the victims in the murder of a lesbian couple in Texas "didn't like the idea of her being gay," according to the victim's mother:

L_cosbyDetectives believe the young women, who were involved in a relationship, were killed somewhere else and dumped at the store. Deputies said Britney Cosby died from blunt force trauma and Jackson was shot to death. They were both only 24 years old.

Investigators initially went to question the 46-year-old father after a candlelight vigil held in the victims’ honor. Their suspicions grew after that.

“Anytime you have a crime like this you want to talk to the family, co-workers, friends to gain any information you can and, during that interview, pretty much it became an investigation,” Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said. “When we went to the residence to talk to him, some of the things we saw there, it increased and went further. We got a search warrant for the residence and our crime scene investigators were there last night, and after the event at the park, we drove him down to talk to us at the Sheriff’s Office.”

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Father Of Victim In Texas Slaying of Lesbian Couple Held On $500,000 Bail

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Police have found their first suspect in the Port Bolivar slaying of a lesbian couple: Larry Cosby, father of victim Britney Cosby.

Larry CosbyCosby's fingerprint was found at the crime scene, and in an interview with Galveston County investigators he was unable to explain its presence. He is now being charged with tampering with evidence and is being held on $500,000 bail. The charge may upgrade to capital murder depending on what investigators find.

Family accounts are conflicting on Cosby's relationship with his daughter. Britney Cosby's mother, Loranda Remer, says that it was strained and that Larry Cosby had difficulty accepting his daughter's orientation and relationship. Larry Cosby's grandmother, however, said that he and his daughter got along just fine. 

Britney's car is still missing, and it could provide insight into where the women were killed as police believe they were killed in one location before being moved to the dumpster where they were found.


Drunk Driver Plows Through Crowd at SXSW, Killing 2, Injuring Dozens: VIDEO

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A drunk driver plowed through a huge crowd of people at Austin's SXSW festival at approximately 12:30 pm last night, killing two and injuring at least 23, KXAN reports:

Police say the suspect sped off, after being stopped on suspicion of DWI.

The driver almost hit a police officer with the car while trying to get away, according to police. The suspect then went the wrong way on Ninth Street, plowed through a barricade on Red River Street, and hit the people in the crowd.

The suspect then went through 10th and 11th streets before hitting a van. That’s when police say the driver jumped out of the car and began to run, but police managed to use a Taser and arrest the suspect.

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The NYT adds:

The Associated Press reported that the driver was drunk and was evading arrest when his car crashed into people gathered on a busy street, injuring about two dozen of them. The Austin police chief, Art Acevedo, was quoted by The A.P. as saying that two people were killed on a moped that was hit as revelers were leaving a club at around 12:30 a.m. He told The A.P. that the driver had jumped out of his car and had tried to run away after hitting a taxi.

The Austin Police Department wrote on Twitter than an individual had been arrested. “We owe it to the victims and their families to gather the evidence we need to bring them justice,” Chief Acevedo was quoted as saying on the police’s Twitter account.

Our thoughts go out to the victims of the accident and their loved ones.

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Bodies of Lesbian Couple Found Near Dumpster in Texas: VIDEO

A lesbian couple in Texas was killed over the weekend, their bodies left near a dumpster in Port Bolivar after they took a trip to Galveston for Mardi Gras, and little is known beyond that, KTRK reports:

Jackson_cosbyCrystal Jackson, 24, was a mother to a five-year-old girl. Her sister broke down in tears while speaking to us about Jackson. She said Jackson was a nice person and loved her girlfriend, 24-year-old Britney Cosby. The two had been together for two years.

Cosby's family members also are still visibly upset after finding out that the couple were found dead in Port Bolivar. Their bodies were found Friday morning next to a convenience store dumpster.

Jackson's father says he last heard from his daughter on Wednesday. He said she worked as a security guard, while Cosby was a barista at Starbucks. Both lived at Cosby's great grandmother's home.

"I never heard from them anymore, and that night I didn't hear from her," said Cosby's great grandmother, Annie Lee Cosby, said.

The women were killed "in different ways" according to police, possibly murdered elsewhere and moved.

Investigators are still looking forCosby's car, a silver 2006 Kia Sorrento with paper tags. Anyone with information about the murders or the stolen vehicle is asked to call the Galveston County Sheriff's Office tip line at 866-248-8477.

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Gay Friend Face Off in Marriage Battle

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is defending the state's gay marriage ban (which was struck down this week) in court, has a personal connection to the case in that he went to law school with Mark Phariss (second from left), one of the plaintiffs, and considers him a friend, the AP reports:

AbbottAfter leaving Vanderbilt, Abbott was crushed by a falling tree in Houston while out jogging. He was permanently paralyzed from the waist down, and upon hearing the news, Phariss flew to the hospital and spent two days with Abbott. He bought books to help him pass the time and kept Abbott's wife and mother company. A year later, Phariss said Abbott helped line up a job offer for him.

In the 1990s, when Abbott entered politics and was elected a state judge and later a Texas Supreme Court justice, he flew to San Antonio for a campaign stop. Phariss picked him up at the airport and drove him to meetings and a fundraiser.

Phariss, now 58 and an attorney near Dallas, said he was not openly gay at Vanderbilt. He dated girls and didn't ask out men, and didn't publicly reveal he was gay until his mid-30s.

Phariss apparently never came out to Abbott:

"If I was only friends with the people I agreed with, particularly in Texas, I wouldn't have many friends," Phariss told The Associated Press.

The AP adds:

Abbott made clear at a campaign stop Friday he doesn't approve of Phariss' quest to wed his longtime partner. He also expressed no sympathy at the thought of refusing his old friend the right to marry his partner of 16 years, Victor Holmes, an Air Force veteran.

"When the constitution is upheld, we're all winners," Abbott said.

The two haven't spoken for 10 years.

 


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