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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.
2020 Grand Marshals

2020 Female Identifying Grand Marshal

Tommie Ross

(She / Her) Tommie Ross is a legendary icon and one of the most accomplished and awarded entertainers in not only Houston, but also America. She has traveled the world entertaining the masses of diverse populations in every imaginable way. And yet she also takes time to do public speaking events, serve on public panels as an advocate, mentor young gay men and women, and has been awarded by the Mayor, the US Congress, the Montrose Center, and OutSmart Magazine as an Icon.

She has sat and spoken with reknowned national entertainers, politicians, and business leaders alike. She will celebrate her 60th Birthday in March 2020 and what better gift for a Living Icon and Legend than to award and reward her with this wonderful opportunity to represent our gay community as Grand Marshall, just as she has represented us with style, grace, dignity, integrity, humility, and excellence in her 45 year entertainment career.

2020 Male Identifying Grand Marshal

Austin Dexter Williams

Austin “Dex” is amazing, and loves his community. There has not been a time when I was in company and he wasn’t thinking of how he could help and love on EVRYONE in the community- LBGTQI, Hetero, Elderly, EVERYONE!

Now to introduce the man who has done so much for the Houston LGBT+ community and whose motto is “I just want people in my community to feel loved”. Dexter moved from Georgia to Houston in 2001 to focus on family, career, and a more subdued, quiet life. However, it wasn’t long before he involved himself in various LGBT+ organizations. His first community organized event was a forum titled, “Under the Rainbow” a platform aimed at understanding the pressing concerns on who we are as gays, lesbians, trans, asexual, non-binary people. Next Dexter attempted to bring awareness to race relations in the LGBT+ community.

It wasn’t until the summer 2012 when Dexter met the love of his life whose passion for community matched his own. In 2013, Dexter created the Community BYOP (Bring Your Own Picnic) where LGBTQIA+ brothers and sisters played games, shared food and reunited with old friends. At each picnic, Dexter selected a non-profit organization to help raise funds and awareness. In 2014 a nonprofit, Bee Busy Learning Academy Inc. was the beneficiary of the community picnic. This kind deed would come full circle. In 2017, Dexter accepted the position as Social Media Marketing Manager at Bee Busy Learning Academy Inc. It’s not uncommon to see Dexter featured in various PSA’s related to HIV, U=U and PReP. Annually Dexter host various forums such as Trans 101, The MSM Power of Sex and Know Your LGBTQ+ Rights.

Because of his love of community Keith & Dexter presents was created. Once a month, they provide a safe space for everyone of all ages to eat, drink and twerk. In 2017, not only did he land a job he adores and started a day party business, Dexter married the love of his life, Dr. Keith Clarke. It’s that love of community that makes Austin Dexter Williams who he is today!

2020 Non Binary Grand Marshal

Kelsey Reynolds

(They/ Them/ Theirs)  Kelsey resides in Houston, TX with their fiancee and three fur babies. Kelsey is a Licensed master social worker who works as a case management supervisor for the Salvation Army’s Young Adult Resource Center.

Kelsey also serves on the Board of Directors for Gender Infinity. Kelsey’s focus lies in LGBTQ+ equality, the epidimic of homelessness, and racial equality.  Kelsey is a proud non-binary, queer individual who believes in living and achieving social justice through empathy, connectedness, and activism.

2020 Ally Grand Marshal

Lillie Schechter

Lillie is the full-time, non-stop, volunteer chair of the Harris County Democratic Party. She has also been an active ally-member of The GLBT Caucus for many years. She has dedicated her life to fighting for progressive values, including for the LGBTQIA+ community. I have enjoyed watching Lillie share her passion for progressive causes, especially LGBTQIA+ causes, with our three kids, whom she’s taken to many rallies, marches, and meetings. Among other things, Lillie turned the Harris County Democratic Party into a year-round operation with a full team of year-round staff, all of whom are provided with health care and living wages, and all of whom are dedicated to fighting for progressive causes

She launched the “Black Girl Magic” campaign that saw the election of eighteen black women to Harris County judicial positions. Lillie helped turn Harris County true blue, and ensured that HCDP had much bigger presence in the Pride Parade every year she’s been Chair.

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