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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.
Pride Houston Launches New Art Program

Pride Houston is announcing a brand new, art-focused, component to our organization’s operations known as the Pride Houston Art Program. Our priority for this program is to highlight Houston-based LGBTQIA+ artists and elevate their artworks/careers onto a national and international platform.

Pride Houston is looking to identify five Houston artists to feature in its inaugural program with an art exhibit at Houston City Hall during Pride Month (June 2019). Artists will receive an honorarium of $1,000 each for participating in this exciting new opportunity. To that end an open call will be launched to last from February 12, 2019 to March 24, 2019. All LGBTQIA+ artists who are interested should submit their art proposal showcasing their artistic and creative ability and speak to how their work resonates with our welcoming and diverse city, celebrates Pride and reflects the LGBTQIA+ community. Deadline to apply is MIDNIGHT on March 24, 2019. The guidelines and application portal for the Pride Houston Art Program can be found at https://pridehouston.org/participate/artist-open-call/.

“The mission of Pride Houston is to bring LGBTQIA+ individuals and allies together and educate the world on important issues for the community, commemorate our heritage, celebrate our culture and strive for equality,” said Lo Roberts, President of Pride Houston. “Through this new art program, we hope to engage a dynamic and diverse community within Houston – our artists – who can use their artistic medium to speak truth to our mission so we can showcase Houston as the welcoming and accepting city it is through not only the many Pride celebrations we produce but now also through the arts.”

Pride Houston has identified a panel of experts to assist in the scoring of all submissions. The selection committee will consist of artists, curators and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. This group includes: Eepi Chaad – Artist and Director of Community Engagement at Art League Houston, Eric Schell – Artist and LGBTQ+ Community Organizer, Jeanette Degollado – Artist and Zach Gresham – Artist and Program Manager for Arts in Medicine at the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The committee will review all applications and score the work on a 50 point scale with up to 30 points for the Art Proposal and supplemental document, 10 Points for Community Involvement and 10 points for Artistic Merit. The top five artists identified will be submitted to the Board of Directors of Pride Houston for final approval. The approved/selected artists will be notified in April of their award.

About Pride Houston
Pride Houston is a 100% volunteer run organization and is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that works to bring lesbians, gay-men, bisexuals, transgender individuals and allies together to educate the world on issues important to the LGBT community, commemorate our heritage, celebrate our culture and strive for equality.

For any questions or more information about this program please contact Radu Barbuceanu at rbarbuceanu@pridehouston.org and keep up with all of our events and programs on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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