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PRIDE HOUSTON OPTS FOR BLOCK PARTY IN MONTROSE AS SUBSTITUTE FOR THE 2021 PRIDE PARADE     >>    

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Tatiauna Holland, 832-328-7877 or info@tjhollandlaw.com

Houston, TX- At Pride Houston’s Kick Off event on Sunday, July 25, 2021 the organization announced it would host a smaller block party in the historic Montrose neighborhood instead of its larger annual Pride parade. We want to make very clear that this was not a City of Houston decision.“ We [Pride Houston] were looking forward to bringing back the parade this year since some COVID restrictions have been relaxed. But as new COVID infections are rising and the presence of the Delta variant we think it would be more prudent to host a smaller capacity event.” says Thasia Madison Pride Houston President.At the kickoff event Pride Houston explained that permitting had been secured from the City of Houston for a September 25th Celebration Festival and Parade, but Pride Houston independently decided to scale back their annual event. “However, it was our decision to postpone the parade until 2022. We love our community and want to keep it safe. We have organized several upcoming events and will follow Covid precautions. We even have a vaccination drive scheduled. We are doing our part to help Houston and Harris County combat the Delta variant” Madison continues. Pride Houston’s decision was based on concerns and advice expressed by several elected officials, health agencies, and others who have encouraged us to postpone this year’s celebration until 2022. Harris County has below a 50% vaccination rate recently raising the level to orange and due to the number of unvaccinated families with kids who are the main participants in our Celebration. “We look forward to the 2022 Pride Houston Celebration and we’ll be holding vaccination drives at several of our upcoming events. The state’s positivity has rate crept back up above 10 percent for the first time since February. This threshold was considered dangerous previously by Gov. Greg Abbott. After the announcement and decision, we were glad that our Grand Marshals were supportive.” – Pride Houston

Here are the upcoming events that Pride Houston plans to hold with a capacity of 5,000 attendees or less.

● Saturday, 8/28 – Baewatch x Salvation, the largest LGBTQIA+ pool party in Texas @ Clé
● Sunday, 9/5 – Grand Marshal Reception @ Neon Boots
● Friday, 9/10 – Rumba Latin Night with Pride @ Neon Boots
● Saturday, 9/18 – Pride In The Country, Country and western night @ Neon Boots
● Saturday, 9/25 – Eden, Houston’s largest all Girl Party (but guys are welcome too) @ Neon Boots
● Saturday, 10/2 Pride in Montrose, Concert & Block Party
● Monday, 10/11 – Rock the Runway, Fashion Show on National Coming Out Day benefitting our Heritage Scholarship Program @ Ballroom at Bayou Place
● Saturday, 10/16 – Rights are Human which is our Human Rights Conference to address inequities and issues such as immigration, trans rights legislation, veterans rights, etc.
● Saturday, 10/23 – Reel Pride, LGBTQIA+ Film Festival at the University of Houston Downtown

“I am proud that Pride Houston has chosen the community’s safety as its first priority. I look forward to the 2022 Celebration.” Austin Dexter Williams, Quality Assurance Specialist, Busy Bee Inc. | Pride Houston 2020 Male Identifying Grand Marshal. “While I am extremely sad this year’s parade has had to be postponed, I cannot thank and appreciate Pride Houston enough for taking the responsible step and proactively putting community and the safety of the ones we love above all else. This was going to be my 4 month old sons first Pride Parade, but we will have it next year and for years to come. That’s what matters. This selfless decision serves as an example of Pride Houston’s leadership in our city. And I look forward to working with y’all to organize vaccine drives and other efforts to combat the rise of the Delta Variant.” -Council Member Abbie Kamin, District C | 2021 Ally Grand Marshal

The Pride Houston Board has been working diligently to deliver a full calendar of events delivered in a safe and healthy place, and will be sharing details about upcoming events on their website and all social media platforms in the near future.

Sincerely,

Pride Houston Board of Directors.


PRIDE HOUSTON, INC. IS A 501(C)(3) NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION FORMED IN HOUSTON, TEXASWHOSE MISSION IS TO SUPPORT, EDUCATE AND PROMOTE THE LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY IN ORDER TO COMMEMORATE OUR HISTORY AND ADVOCATE OUR RIGHTS FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS BY PRODUCING PRIDE EVENTS THAT REPRESENT OUR DIVERSE COMMUNITY.
Organizational Governance

Pride Houston® is a 100% volunteer run organization and is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization registered in the State of Texas and with the IRS. Pride Houston® currently has zero paid staff in any capacity.

Pride Houston® is operated by two (2) distinct groups:

  1. The Board of Directors ensures the organization is on track with regard to meeting its goals, create short and long term strategic plans, fundraise to support the organization, budget as needed based on goals as well as to craft policies in support of those goals.
  2. The Production Team, carries out the day-to-day tasks, plans and produces events, carries out approved plans and implements policies. These are the multiple committees (i.e., Parade, Festival, Volunteer, Special Events, etc.) and their sub-committees that plan and produce all of the organization’s events.

 

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

As most boards are focused on big-picture issues with an eye toward the future, and the Production Team is more closely focused on day-to-day operations, a liaison is necessary to serve as a communication bridge between the two groups. Therefore, one of the board’s key responsibilities is to select an executive to serve as organization president. The President assists the board in developing and then disseminating plans and policies to the organization’s Production Team, ensures the Production Committees understand and carry out planning directives and brings Production Team ideas or concerns to the board’s attention. Also, the President handles duties such as interacting with the public to promote the organization, reporting on its progress, conducting interviews and participating in fund-raising activities.

STRATEGIC PLANNING

Tasked with determining and promoting the organization’s public-service goals, the Board of Directors also engages in active strategic planning to achieve those goals. To move the organization forward the board must plan for its current and future success. Since the staff must carry out the plans set forth by the board of directors, the President usually is also present at all planning meetings. Their more “ground floor” insights can be invaluable when creating organizational plans, and he can then instruct the Production Team on the implementation of any plans determined by the board.

POLICY DEVELOPMENT, OVERSIGHT AND MANAGEMENT

Another purpose of the Board of Directors is to develop the organization’s policies, as well as to provide oversight and management of the organization, in conjunction with the President. Some common policies the board will need to decide on and implement include terms of service, the approval process and chains of command. Among the most important policies the board of directors for any company, organization or group must set forth is the frequency and scheduling of their meetings, followed by what the board’s degree of involvement with the organization will be. Since the board members for nonprofit organizations perform their duties on a voluntary basis, these considerations are especially important to govern and maintain the organization effectively. See the By-Laws for more information on the organization’s policies.

BUDGETING

Financial matters are of utmost concern to a nonprofit, which primarily relies on voluntary donations to fund its efforts. The Board of Directors must determine how to budget and disperse these funds in such a manner that supports their overarching missions. Once financial proposals are approved by the board then it will be given to the Production Team to implement as planned. See Financial Information for the required documentation by the federal and state government.

FUND-RAISING

Fund-raising is crucial to the survival of all nonprofit organizations, as charitable gifts are their lifeblood. Therefore, everyone serving on the board must be involved in raising monies in some fashion. There is also a financial commitment that each Board of Director makes towards the organization in it’s Give-or-Get policy. Sponsorships are also key to all nonprofit organizations as corporate dollars assist in paying for the necessary infrastructure and expenses of implementing plans and the production of its events. 

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