Houston Voice

The Houston Voice, originally known as The Montrose Star, was a bi-weekly newspaper published on alternating Wednesdays in Houston, Texas. A subsequent newspaper (not by the original owners) is now known as Montrose Star ISSN (2163-050X). The newspaper is targeted to the LGBT community in southeast Texas as well as Austin and San Antonio.

Montrose Star
TypeBi-Weekly newspaper
Owner(s)GLYP Media, LLC
PublisherLaura Villagran
Founded1974 & 2009
Circulation5,000 bi-weekly
The Houston Voice
FormatWeb Only
Owner(s)Houston Voice Media
PublisherJustin Galloway & Steven Tilotta [1]

History of original newspaper

The Montrose Star was the oldest LGBT publication in Houston. The newspaper was started by GLBT Community activist Henry McClurg in 1974 as the Montrose Star. The newspaper went through several incarnations and in the late 1970s the paper became the Houston Voice.[2] As the Houston Voice, the paper was a weekly publication through the 1980s and 1990s. It was purchased by Window Media, LLC, a national GLBT newspaper chain that also owned the Washington Blade. In 2009 Window Media shut down its operations and ceased publication of the Houston Voice.[3]


McClurg, who had no longer been with the Voice for sometime, had started a new publication called The Montrose G.E.M. (Gay Entertainment Magazine), but when the Voice shut down, McClurg took back the former name of the Montrose Star and published under that name. In Fall of 2009, the publication was purchased by GLYP Media, publishers of the nationwide Gay Yellow Pages. It continues as a "gay entertainment" tabloid. In November 2011 members of the Montrose Star broke off to revive the Houston Voice as the Houston Progressive Voice (Print) ISSN 2164-9243 (Online) ISSN 2164-9251.[4]

The current Montrose Star is distributed throughout the Houston and Galveston areas, and covers GLBT arts, entertainment, music and a local southeast Texas gay bar and club guide.

The Houston Progressive Voice is a bi-weekly GLBT newspaper published every other Friday in Houston, Texas. The newspaper is also known as The Progressive Voice, Pro-Vo and Houston Voice. The newspaper is distributed in the Houston area. The newspaper runs as a non-profit.[5]

On February 14, 2012, Henry McGlurg the original publisher of the Montrose Star and Houston Voice announced plans to join the Houston Progressive Voice in a joint venture with his current Montrose Daily News and restart the original Houston Voice back up as a weekly printed newspaper.[6] Also, the Houston Progressive Voice's website started making changes and referring itself as the Houston Voice. The website also stated it had added the URL www.houstonvoice.org and that Nikki Araguz the American marriage equality activist, author, and public speaker would be joining the Houston Voice's editorial staff and management.[7][8]

In March 2014, Houston Voice and Galloway announced that the publication was for sale and its website was taken down. Steven Tilotta also decided to end his long running column and personality under the name of Marsha Mellow and in a satire claimed she was lost at sea.[9]


  1. The Houston Chronicle - Ultimate Kingwood Section. The Houston Chronicle. Last accessed June 10, 2012.
  2. Houston Voice. Way Back Machine. April 23, 1999. Last accessed October 26, 2011.
  3. Houston Press. The Houston Press. November 16, 2009. Last accessed October 26, 2011.
  4. WorldCat ISSN Database. WorldCat ISSN Database. Last accessed December 3, 2011.
  5. Mayor of Montrose. Montrose Daily News. December 1, 2011. Last accessed December 2, 2011.
  6. Mayor of Montrose for Feb. 21, 2012. Montrose Daily News. Feb. 21, 2012. Last accessed Feb. 21, 2012.
  7. Front Page. The Houston Voice Website. Feb. 21, 2012. Last accessed Feb. 21, 2012.
  8. Mast Head. The Houston Voice Website. Feb. 21, 2012. Last accessed Feb. 21, 2012.
  9. Facebook Page. The Houston Voice Facebook Page. Mar. 26, 2014. Last accessed Mar. 26, 2014.
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