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September’s Perfect Party: Good-Sad-Heartbreaking Edition

In which we don’t invite the state senators who would make life more difficult for a 7-year-old girl.

By Catherine Matusow August 21, 2017 Published in the September 2017 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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Our own Kirko Bangz did a song with Brooklyn’s Siya for her new album, confirming that the legend of our ladies knows no boundaries—“I heard about them girls out in Houston,” sings Siya—not that we’re surprised. Richard Filip, local real-estate exec, beat out 160 contenders to win the Hemingway Look-Alike Contest in Key West, Florida. Chris Paul, NBA point guard and Newstonian, sent Rockets fans into a frenzy when he asked for, and received, a trade to the Bayou City from L.A. Jen Arnold, of TLC’s The Little Couple fame, moved—with her family—from Houston back to her native Florida to take a job with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Nick Anderson, the last remaining staff cartoonist at any Texas newspaper, lost his gig when the Houston Chronicle eliminated his position. And finally, Libby Gonzales, a young girl from Dallas, spoke out movingly and bravely on an issue affecting all Texans. “I am 7 years old, and I am transgender,” the Texas Tribune quoted her as saying this summer, as she addressed our state senators before they moved forward with their bathroom bill. “I love my school and my friends, and they love me, too. I don’t want to be scared to go to the restroom in anywhere public. And I never ever want to use the boys’ bathroom. It would be so weird. Please keep me safe. Thank you.”

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