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Author: Ryan Bellinghausen

Ryan Bellinghausen is a gay writer and pop culture junkie who was born and raised in Houston. After college, he moved to New York but after four years of living with four roommates, falling on icy sidewalks and overpriced drinks, he returned home to Houston for more space and greenery. Now, when he isn’t exploring Houston, you can find him next to a plate of sizzling fajitas with a margarita in hand.

  • Meet Pride Houston’s President Thasia Madison Credit: @KendaWalker
    September 26, 2021
    Pride Houston’s President shares her plans for the future of Pride celebrations in the city For more than 40 years, Pride Houston has served the Houston LGBTQ+ community with the objective to support, promote and educate; a purpose new President Thasia Madison hopes to expand and execute in her position. A longtime volunteer and former outreach director and secretary of the organization, Thasia is no stranger to the LGBTQ+ scene having also worked with Lesbians of Color, Inc. and other...
  • Brunch of the Month Credit: Julie Soefer
    April 16, 2021
    If you are looking for a modern take on dim-sum, look no further than UB Preserv. From chef Nick Wong, the chef behind Underbelly presents one of the “Most Interesting Brunch in America” according to Food and Wine Magazine.This electric hotspot offers food inspired from everywhere from Vietnam to Nebraska, so there is something to please everyone. The vibe in this Montrose eatery is cool yet casual with modern décor and a no frills attitude. Located on Westheimer, the staff is...
  • Valentine’s Day in Houston: Do This, Not That
    February 8, 2021
    Are you doing Valentine’s Day all wrong? Maybe you’ve hit a rut after a few years with your significant other, or maybe this is the first V-Day celebrating with a partner in … well, ever. Skip the cliché activities for something a bit more experiential that you and your partner will be able to enjoy together. Courtesy of @discoverygreen on Instagram Dining Out Don’t: Make Reservations at a Fancy Restaurant You can eat a nice meal out any time. Why fight the...
  • Can You Feel the Love: Popular Date Ideas in Houston
    January 13, 2020
    Every now and then it is important for couples to take a night off and rekindle their romance with a fun and romantic night in Houston. Luckily, for all those lovebirds out there, there is always something going on in the city and some new spot to try. Cuisine reigns supreme in the Bayou City and what better way to enjoy at night out at one of Houston’s most romantic restaurants? Rainbow Lodge, easily considered one the best date spots for lovers, is a cozy spot for two. From the food to...
  • Brunch of the Month: Dish Society Credit: Kimberly Park
    January 2, 2020
    With five locations throughout the Houston area, a Dish Society is never far away as a causal and delicious brunch option. This farm-to-table hotspot focuses on locally raised meats and produce from Houston farmers. This mini-chain restaurant’s menu has received national praise with USA Today even listing it as the best brunch restaurant in Texas, and after one visit, you will understand why. The vibe inside each Dish Society is relaxed and inviting. Each location fits into an industrial...
  • Forget the Diet This Year
    December 31, 2019
    It seems every single year we all make the same resolutions: exercise more, eat better, etc. However, without fail, those resolutions are broken due to laziness, stress from work, parties, or the occasional midnight craving. Well, this year why not go the opposite direction? Let’s make this year a one we don’t deprive ourselves and one we treat ourselves. And these places will help make you start the new year with happiness and a full stomach. House of Pies House of Pies is a...
  • Best LGBTQ-Friendly Churches in Houston Credit: from Google for reuse purposes
    December 20, 2019
    Churches have a long way in opening up their arms and doors to LGBTQ individuals. And with the passage of marriage equality, churches have embraced the community and perform same-sex marriages. Luckily, as one of the most diverse cities in the country, Christian LGBT have many options for where to worship in the city. So, put on your Sunday best and get ready to get holy. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church With two services each weekend, RMCC is one of the biggest churches in the city to
  • Brunch of the Month: Night Heron Credit: Julia Weber
    December 8, 2019
    With a menu cut from the same cloth of the popular Italian bistro Coltivare, Night Heron is a neighborhood-style eatery located in Montrose. Conceived by Agricole Hospitality – the brains behind other local favorite hangouts like Eight Row Flight and Revival Market – the food and expertly crafted cocktails are what people have come to expect from Agricole establishments. Its proximity to hotspots like The Menil Collection and Rothko Chapel make Night Heron the perfect starting...
  • Mind Your Business: Michael's Cookie Jar
    November 12, 2019
    Mind Your Business is a new section honoring LGBTQ-owned businesses in the Houston area. We aim to bring visibility to these wonderful businesses, owned by members of the community. Nothing is better than the smell of freshly baked cookies. The aroma can instantly transport you to memories of your childhood and get your mouth watering. While there is much debate on the perfect cookie (I vote Snickerdoodle) there seems to be one for everyone. In Houston, there is no better place to branch out
  • Brunch of the Month: Superica
    November 4, 2019
    In Houston, Tex-Mex food reigns supreme. Superica, from native Houstonian chef Ford Fry, is one of five in the country serving up delicious huevos and cocktails every weekend during brunch time. Located in the Heights, this Mexican hotspot has been delighting patrons for more than a year and keep them coming back for more. Upon entering, diners will feel at home with the casual décor. Wooden tables with green and cream chairs, and banquettes line the walls with ornate tile flooring bringing...
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