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Pulse Nightclub Employee Will Attend Pride Houston As Honorary Grand Marshal

Pulse Nightclub Employee Will Attend Pride Houston As Honorary Grand Marshal. About Magazine

A United States Marine Named Imran Yousuf Set To Attend Houston Pride Parade On Saturday. Yousuf, Considered A Hero For Saving At Least 70 Lives At Pulse Nightclub In Orlando.

In a show of courage and support a rainbow ‘Pride’ flag bearing the 49 names of our fellow brothers and sisters that we lost at Pulse Nightclub will be proudly marched through the crowded streets of downtown Houston on Saturday. Proudly accompanying this symbol of ‘hope, love, and support’ will be Imran Yousuf, a staff member of Pulse Nightclub and a veteran.

As a Marine veteran who served in Afghanistan, Yousuf is being hailed as a hero for helping scores of people escape from an Orlando nightclub targeted by a terrorist and through his actions on that fateful night dozens of lives were saved.

Guests are invited to sign their names to the flag after the parade at the Houston Pride Festival. Signatures represent a show of solidarity, strength, hope, and love to those affected by the tragedy.

“The flag will be delivered to the Orlando Pride Parade. We want to tell Orlando we remember and we stand with them. We stand against hate and stand for love. #WeAreOrlando” Pride Houston stated.

Houston Pride will provide 1000 glow sticks to attendees near the Bud Light stage at Smith and McKinney. Guests are also encouraged to bring their own flashlights or glow sticks. Frankie Quijano, organizer of the Houston Pride Festival, says this regarding the significance of the lights:

“We will not let fear control us or force us back into the closet. Our community has come to far in our fight for equality to turn back now. Let your light shine in our community’s darkest hour. Our light will shine not just in remembrance of the lives lost in Orlando but also to remind the world that our light will shine brightly no matter what challenges we face. For we have hope and as Harvey Milk stated, ‘Hope will Never be silent!'”-Frankie Quijano, Pride Houston.

10 Things To Know For Houston Pride Parade

10 To Know For Pride Houston. About Magazine


If you’re plans include the Houston LGBT Pride Celebration this weekend, you’re in for an incredible time among some great friends and the community. The parade, festival, show-stopping live performances, food, and parks are just a few reasons to celebrate downtown on Saturday. This will be the second year that Pride Houston will be in it’s new home of downtown. Last year’s attendance of nearly 800,000 attendees could be history, as the community gears up to maximize their presence and support for LGBT equality. It’s important to come prepared for such a large party!

Pride Week kicks into full gear tomorrow (Wednesday June 22 – Sunday June 26)


Check out the maps of Pride.  PARADE MAP | FESTIVAL MAP

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  1. Your Friends And Family.

Gather your friends, family, anyone that makes you smile, and bring them with you to the parade. Make your day magical by making beautiful memories that will last a million ‘proud’ lifetimes. Round up your proudest pals!


  1. Drink Plenty Of Water.10-To-Know-For-Pride-Houston-about-magazine-2-300x222 10 Things To Know For Houston Pride Parade

Not only will it be humid, it will be so damn hot. It will involve a lot of moving around. Maybe it will be dancing, yelling, screaming, waving, and walking to keep up with your favorite float. (Side effects of gay pride parades may include throwing your arms in the air, jumping up and down with excitement, and a sudden increase in energy). Either way, keep hydrated and keep your friends hydrated.

  1. Comfortable Shoes.

10-To-Know-For-Pride-Houston-about-magazine-5-300x222 10 Things To Know For Houston Pride ParadeWe all know those five-inch heels are gorgeous, they are rainbow, with glitter after all, but leave those for after the parade. Trust us, all the walking and standing you will be doing will leave you with some blisters or a broken heel. No one wants you to leave early because of sore feet.



  1. Bring The Flag.Man-with-flag-at-Houston-Pride-Parade-June-2013_161053-277x300 10 Things To Know For Houston Pride Parade

On Saturday, break out your pink, blue, and white striped trans pride flag or your magenta, purple, and blue bisexual banner. Maybe you’re blazing black, gray, purple, and white for asexual pride or yellow, blue, and magenta for proud pansexuality. Know  the color to go forth and be represented.

Don’t be shy. It’s our day to make a statement! FYI: If you do not have a flag, Hollywood Super Center has a great selection of many flags!


  1. A Tote Bag, Messenger Bag Or Backpack.fire_island_backpacks-292x300 10 Things To Know For Houston Pride Parade

A good bag will help you carry all of your stuff to the parade and it will help you carry you’re free swag home. Please keep in mind; with the increase of police and security you might be required to have it available for searches upon entering the festival grounds. If you see any bags left unattended say something. Lets keep us all safe.



  1. Be You, Be Bold.10-To-Know-For-Pride-Houston-about-magazine-3-300x222 10 Things To Know For Houston Pride Parade

There is no time to be shy and it’s definitely not the time to be a loner. If you think someone is cute, go talk to them! Be intriguing. But do not forget Pride is about something deeper than the parties, glitter, and glitz. – The freedom to be yourself has not come free. Our pursuits of equality and freedom for all; has cost us. Keep that in mind while celebrating. Don’t hold back! Paint rainbows everywhere. Own the rainbow this weekend.

  1. Do Not Harass The Bisexuals.sheffield09-300x281 10 Things To Know For Houston Pride Parade

Bisexuality really does exist. Bisexual people are not “free for the taking,” they’re no more or less promiscuous than anyone else, and they really don’t like being labeled and hounded about their sexuality or told they are confused and/or need to pick a side.



  1. Don’t Engage Caged.About-Magazine-10-Things-To-Know-For-Pride-Houston6-300x222 10 Things To Know For Houston Pride Parade

We are talking about the real haters using convenient verses from religious texts to harken the depths of hell and save you and me. Don’t let them bring your party down. Just like a car accident or Lindsey Lohan, keep moving along.


  1. Don’t Get Sloppymaxresdefault-300x169 10 Things To Know For Houston Pride Parade

Avoid ‘over’ drinking. You’ll never pull hotties if you can’t stand up to dance with them! Say no to drugs! You’ll have fun either way- whether you remember it or not.


  1. Say It Loud, Say It Proud, Bring Your Pride.About-Magazine-10-Things-To-Know-For-Pride-Houston9-300x222 10 Things To Know For Houston Pride Parade

The most important thing you can bring this year is your Pride. We need to express our journey, our losses, and all our victories. Share your Pride with your friends standing beside you. Share it with your boyfriend, partner, or girlfriend. Share it with you family. Celebrate your Pride so loud our brothers and sisters in Orlando can hear Houston. It’s our day. Lets live it up!


Happy Pride Everyone

Pride Wall Goes Up In Montrose

The Montrose PRIDE Wall (Photo by About Magazine)
The Montrose PRIDE Wall (Photo by About Magazine)

A Local Montrose Business Has Painted The Side Of Their Business In Pride Colors To Support The Victims Of Orlando And Show Support For The Community!

A local business at 1641 Westheimer Rd. has gone rainbow, as a crew of local artists descended on the wall to make it ‘proud.’ High End Smoke Shop, in part with Select Skate Shop, wanted to express their support for the devastating Orlando attack against the LGBTQ+ community, for Montrose, and for Pride.

Local artist KC Chan, Eric Nguyen, and Al Nguyen, were commissioned by High End and Select to transform the wall into a ‘symbol’ of love, equality, and support. A wall to share their support.

The newly painted ‘Pride’ wall faces Pavement Clothing and was originally grey with the ‘Select’ logo. It now shines bright with a cast of rainbow colors.

“We wanted to show our support for Orlando” artist KC Chan stated to About News on Friday. “It’s meant to allow people to take photos, and show their pride,” Chan added.

The wall is approximately 56 feet long and 16 foot tall. Visit the wall.

Use the hashtag #PridewallHTX




Houston Pride Ramps Up Security For Parade

Houston Pride Ramps Up Security For Parade
Houston Pride Ramps Up Security For Parade

Houston Police Chief Indicates ‘More Threats’ Being Investigated Than Previously Thought Against Houston Pride!

As thousands of people embark into downtown Houston next weekend for the city’s annual Pride celebration and parade, they will be welcomed by ramped-up police and security measures according to the Houston Police Department.

In the wake of the Orlando LGBTQ+ nightclub shooting, the Houston Police Department and the Houston FBI field office are investigating a threat that was made against the parade in a tweet. The once deleted Twitter account has since been reactivated with messages stating the user was “sorry”.

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Houston Pride Ramps Up Security For Parade

In a news conference this afternoon, Houston Police Chief Montalvo took questions from members of the media and hinted there were “other” threats being investigated relating to Pride in Houston. One threat is a post against the ‘Pride Celebration’ in Houston on a dating app.

“We are getting additional tweets and threats, and we are investigating them,” – Montalvo said. No additional details were given about those threats except that they were being investigated.

Meanwhile, Pride Houston, Inc., (the coordinators for the Houston LGBT Pride Celebration) is assuring the general public that security is being tightened. “Pride Houston® is working with the Houston Police Department and other City departments to ensure everyone’s safety for the upcoming Houston LGBT Pride Celebration®.” Frankie Quijano, President of Pride tells About News. “There have been enhanced security measures added to the Houston Pride Festival® as well as the Houston Pride Parade®,” he said.

The FBI is taking an active role, gathering intelligence on any possible threats to the parade and sharing that information with Houston police. The FBI also echoed pleas to the public to quickly report any suspicious activity.

Making security a top priority, Quijano renterated that all reports are being fully investigated and nothing is being taken for granted or left to chance. “We ask that everyone play a role by being mindful of their surroundings and alert for anything suspicious. Attendees should report anything suspicious to the proper authorities.”