More than 150 helped roast and toast longtime gay Houston activist and citizen provocateur Ray Hill on Saturday as they also raised funds for the community radio station where he hosted "The Prison Show" for three decades.
Jack Valinski, the host of KPFT's "Queer Voices," emceed the evening at the Hilton on the campus of the University of Houston. Mayor Annise Parker headlined, delivering a robust and humorous riff on Hill's storied career as an activist and radio host. The event raised more than $10,000 to help fund a new transmitter for the radio station.
The evening included a host of LGBT activists, politicos and elected officials, including City Council member Robert Gallegos, city council candidates Lane Lewis and Jenifer Rene Pool, TransGriot editor Monica Roberts, former Houston District Attorney candidate Kim Ogg, and attorney and transgender activist Phyllis Frye. Parker appointed Frye as a Municipal Court judge in 2010.
Other attendees included U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee; state Rep. Sylvester Turner, hailed as Houston's next mayor; Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan; and attorney and activist Sissy Farenthold. A former state lawmaker, Farenthold twice ran for governor in the 1970s.
Hill's life was the focus of recently-released documentary "The Trouble WIth Ray."