By Johnny Trlica
This season of misery, fevers, chills, muscle aches and overwhelming fatigue has been especially severe, and I can speak from first-hand experience. Yes, yours truly caught the flu this year.
For each of the past 25 or 30 flu seasons, I got a flu shot and scoffed at those who declined out of fear they would then catch the flu. Time slipped away from me this year and I neglected to take the preventative route.
It started with a scratchy throat on a Thursday, which I attributed to allergies. But it got worse and worse. By Monday I was at the doctor’s office where a long stick was inserted up each nostril to determine the severity of my illness. It sort of reminded me of a pregnancy test.
When the doctor came in to tell me the diagnosis I was relieved it was the B Strain of influenza. The other strains are the ones killing so many people this year.
For the first time in a week I ventured out into the gayborhood on Saturday, March 2. I caught a PWA fundraiser at JR’s and met Mona Lott Gill, Empress XXIX of the Empire of the Royal, Sovereign Imperial Court of the Single Star. Gill, along with the rest of the cast, raised over $800 that day!
But after a week on Tamiflu ($108 worth), I have recovered nicely and am back to normal. But guess who will be first in line for the flu shot next season?
Here’s some of what we’ve been reading on the Houston Rainbow Herald Facebook page.
Hugh M. Jones set to appear in Houston-based TV series
Local bar queen, hot mess and aspiring celebrity Hugh M. Jones strikes again! This time he stars in Fifth Ward: The Series. When he is not pursuing an acting career, Jones anchors news at Pacifica Radio KPFT-FM and previously did marketing for Houston Rainbow Herald.
Set in Houston’s historically black neighborhood known as the Fifth Ward, long-time resident Mina has been struggling to make ends meet — especially since the death of her husband two years ago.
Now a single mother of two sons, Mina fears for their safety after an argument at a local convenience store leaves a young girl dead. When her son, James, is taken away from her following a police raid on her home that results in the arrest of her new boyfriend, Mina battles with the idealism of remaining on the straight and narrow and the reality of what difficult decisions her circumstances will require her to make.
The series is currently playing on the Urban Movie Channel.
Justice for the judge
Poor Roy Moore. After losing his bid to become one of Alabama’s Senators, it seems the anti-gay, pedophile, right-winger has fallen on hard times.
“Former Judge Roy Moore is lamenting that he is financially strapped and struggling to pay his legal bills as he faces a lawsuit filed against him by one of the women who accused him of sexually assaulting her,” reports TheNewCivilRightsMovement.com, quoting AL.com.
Currently facing a defamation lawsuit filed by one of the women who said Moore had sexual contact with her when she was a teen, Moore has been attempting to raise money for his defense.
“Gays, lesbians and transgenders have joined forces with those who believe in abortion, sodomy, and destruction of all that we hold dear. Unless we stand together we will lose our country,” Moore said as an inducement to get help paying his bills.
First transgender recruit joins military
The president tried to prevent it, but justice prevailed. The first transgender recruit is under contract to serve in the U.S. military, the Pentagon confirmed on February 26, reports ABCNews.com.
“This is the first transgender individual to sign a contract since a federal court order required the Pentagon to allow transgender individuals to join the military beginning January 1 if they meet strict criteria, including certification by a medical provider of their health status and treatment associated with the applicant’s gender transition,” reads the report.
“The Department of Defense confirms that as of February 23, 2018, there is one transgender individual under contract for service in the U.S. military,” Department of Defense spokesman Maj. Dave Eastburn told ABC News. The individual will begin basic training in a few months, Eastburn said.
Lock’ em up!
Is she just stating the obvious? Lori Bakker, wife of convicted felon and televangelist huckster Jim Bakker, is warning Christians that those with differing beliefs are coming after them with butterfly nets to lock them away in “mental illness centers,” reports LGBTQNation. com.
Bakker issued the warning to her fellow believers on The Jim Bakker Show after defending President Trump, Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Pence’s wife, Karen Pence. Bakker pronounced her belief in upcoming punishments for those that believe in the unabashed love of the Bible.
“What’s scary for us,” she continued, tilting her head, “…they’re saying it’s mental illness. OK, if the world is thinking that we’re all mentally ill, you know what’s going to happen next? They’re going to put us all away in mental illness centers. I don’t know what word to use,” she claimed.
Johnny Trlica is the manager of the Houston Rainbow Herald Facebook page, your source for the latest LGBTQ news and information. Contact him at [email protected]