“The Trouble with Ray”

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HOUSTON (March 7, 2014) — Today, Houston’s Voice, a Comcast hyper-local multimedia platform showcasing Houston by Houstonians, added “The Trouble with Ray” to its lineup of locally produced videos. “The Trouble with Ray” is the first look at a larger documentary produced by Proud Pony International; a documentary exploring the unique voice of “Citizen Provocateur” Ray Hill and his contributions to the gay civil rights movement both locally and nationally.

The 73-year-old Hill has a colorful history indeed. Hill came out to his parents in 1958 while serving as Galena Park High School’s quarterback. As an early gay activist, Hill strategized with Frank Kameny, Barbara Gittings, Harry Hay, and Harvey Milk to advance the blossoming gay movement. Hill was Tennessee Williams’ regular arm-candy, partied with Truman Capote, and locked horns with Anita Bryant. He was even arrested by Marvin Zindler for “stealing things queers like; jewelry, art and antiques,” says Hill, smiling.

In the six-minute video on Houston’s Voice, Hill tells us about the chronic raids of Houston’s gay bars in the 1960s. It is a breath-taking look back at Houston — and America’s — history. “The Trouble with Ray,” is a brilliant production, and a fascinating story told by a master raconteur.

“‘The Trouble with Ray’ shares the story of the Houston GBLT movement, but is easily a similar story in any U.S. city,” said Houston Mayor Annise Parker. “As Houston’s Mayor, I’m dedicated to eliminating barriers to equality for all people.”

“‘The Trouble with Ray’ tells an important and largely unknown part of American history, and Comcast is pleased to play a role in telling it,” remarked Ray Purser, vice president, Government and Public Relations-Comcast Houston Region.

Proud Pony International is a new media collective specializing in the production of high quality video with Travis Johns as director and Jarrod Gullett as producer. The larger version of the documentary will be released in the coming months as a fundraiser for a full-length feature highlighting Ray Hill, his colorful life and fearless work for GLBT rights.

To view “The Trouble with Ray,” please go to HoustonsVoice.com. For more information, to speak with or schedule the producers or Ray himself, call Kim Hogstrom at 713.382.2247.

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