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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.

More than just a party, Pride Houston is involved with in the community in many ways.

LGBT Health Resource Listing

Providing a listing of LGBT health resources for the community to be educated.

Sports Team Sponsorship

Pride Houston sponsors the Montrose Softball teams known as The Vamps and The Fangs. Be careful… they bite!

Donating to local Non-Profits

Some of Pride Houston’s events are dedicated to raising funds to be donated to other not-for-profit organizations whose mission aligns with that of Pride’s. Past local beneficiary organizations have been Bering Omega Community Services, Bunnies on the Bayou, the Houston Transgender Unity Committee, Lesbian Health Initiative and the LIVE Consortium. In 2014, Pride Houston donated over $28,000 to local non-profit organizations.

Celebration Grants

Pride accepts applications from 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations to be considered for an annual Celebration Grant that would award to a possible maximum of five (5) qualified organizations. Grant applications are typically opened in the Fall until the end of the year.

Educational Scholarships

Pride is taking steps to create an endowment to distribute annual scholarships to the LGBT youth looking for educational assistance. In 2013, Pride Houston was able to begin distributing those scholarships from the endowment created. Pride awards $2,000 – $4,000 in scholarships to LGBT youth on an annual basis.

Houston LGBT Museum Initiative

In 2014 Pride began the initiative to raise money to create a future Houston LGBT Museum here by producing the organization’s first ever black tie event, The Heritage Gala. This event will be the black tie event of the year as the only black tie that gives back to a local initiative. Pride’s goal is to commemorating our unique past so that the youth of today understand the struggles it took to get to where we are today. Let’s “keep it local”.

Pride in Action Program

Pride coordinates some of its volunteers to help out in the community and other programs. Such events have included LHI Health Fairs, AIDS Walk Houston Group, Houston Food Bank and more.

Community Workshops

Pride creates workshops that the LGBT Community can benefit from such as resume building, interviewing to get hired, LGBT legal rights and more.

University & College Seminars

Pride has created a University seminar tour that focuses on educating the youth about the history of the Stonewall Riots and discussing the need for Pride in today’s society.

Helping Hands Program

Pride reaches out to those in need during the holiday season with events to collect needed items and goes out into the community to distribute them.

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