Is Montrose Still Houston’s Gayborhood?

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A friend emailed me the day I flew from San Francisco to Houston, cheering me on for boldly “going into the belly of the beast.” I’d been getting similar remarks — “You’re so brave!” “Be careful!” — since I announced my plans to do a 15-day road trip across the South. I’ve been in Houston, with photographer Scott Baty, for a few days now, and the only beast I’ve encountered is the combination of 95-degree heat and 100% humidity. Here’s a diary, of sorts, of my first 24 hours in H-Town.

Sunday, June 16, 2:00 a.m.

By the time I figure out how to turn on the headlights and adjust my seat in the rental car, most of Houston is already asleep. It’s a 45-minute drive from the airport to our hotel and, as we turn on the radio, we flip from one country station to another, hoping to find hip-hop or pop music upbeat enough to keep us awake. I hear a radio voice say something about “remembering Stonewall” just before Scott flips to another station.

“Wait! Go back.”

It’s a program on 90.1 MHZ reflecting on the impact the Stonewall riots had not just on the country, but on people’s everyday lives. A gay veteran talks about being stationed in Saigon in 1969. While eating lunch in his base’s mess hall, he was reading the U.S. military bulletin and came across a single paragraph on the riots. Though he couldn’t talk about this news with anyone, he decided that, if he made it back to the States, he’d come out.

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