Multimedia Journalist

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I'm Lourdes, a multi-media journalist from Houston, Texas, who works to promote social justice through my reporting. I am passionate about researching, writing, and sharing newsworthy information with my community. I am interested in using new age technology to cover and advertise stories. My personal social media accounts have a combined reach of over 36,000 followers.

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Pride Wall Comes Down in Wake of Anti-LGBTQ Vandalism

Updated Nov. 29. Houston has lost another LGBTQ Pride Wall. The Pride Portraits #BeVisibleHTX mural on Jenni's Noodle House in the Heights was painted over in white this week, after vandals spray-painted anti-LGBTQ graffiti on the wall late Friday or early Saturday.

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The Woodlands to Host First-Ever LGBTQ Pride Celebration on Saturday

The Woodlands' inaugural LGBTQ Pride celebration is finally here. On Saturday, September 8, The Woodlands Pride organization will host the town's first LGBTQ festival. The event, which begins at 11 a.m. at Town Green Park, will feature booths from 70 vendors, performances by local and celebrity entertainment, and a children's zone.

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Houston Activist Fears for Fellow LGBTQ Refugees Under 'Zero Tolerance'

Africa Monroy was eight years old when her parents fled Guatemala and migrated to the U.S., in part to get away from a man who had been sexually molesting her. Monroy, a transgender Houston woman, lived in the U.S. for 10 years before falling through the cracks of immigration law and getting deported in 2008.

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Drag Queen Storytime Sees Largest-Ever Turnout After Anti-LGBTQ Attacks

Attendance was higher than ever at the Houston Public Library's most recent installment of Drag Queen Storytime. About 75 parents, children, and supporters attended the monthly event at the Freed-Montrose branch of the Houston Public Library on Saturday, July 29. The program, which features drag queens reading picture books to children, has recently come under fire from right-wing conservatives .

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Mayor's Wife Helped Circulate Petition Seeking Recall of Gay Councilman

GROVES, Texas - A petition to recall gay City Councilman Cross Coburn was found to be insufficient due to a lack of valid signatures. Over 900 signatures, exceeding the requirement for a recall, were submitted to Kimbra Lowery, Groves city clerk, on May 23.

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Houston Adds Transgender Health Benefits

Despite the repeal of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) in 2015, City officials are doubling down on their support for transgender equality. Communications director Alan Bernstein confirmed to OutSmart that the City is now offering comprehensive trans-inclusive health benefits to municipal employees.

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Bisexual UH Professor Leads School's First Queer-Focused Study Abroad

When University of Houston professor Margot Backus was 18, her adoptive father was outed as gay and publicly humiliated. "It was intolerance that led my dad to believe he had no other options than to hide," recalls the 57-year-old Backus, who identifies as bisexual.