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Bob the Drag Queen Invades South Beach For Pride

Bob the Drag Queen will take over South Beach Nightclub in June (Photo: LOGO)

Unless you’ve been flooded out or living under a rock, by now you should know that Bob the Drag Queen was crowned “America’s Next Drag Superstar” during the season finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race on Logo.

With her brazen, larger-than-life personality, Bob the Drag Queen was always the fan favorite to take the top spot since she sashayed into the spotlight “purse first.”

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Bob The Drag Queen

“I guess RuPaul saw something special in me that said “superstar,” Bob stated to the Advocate after her victory on on the show. After the show Bob explains she plans to “give back to the community,” “support the children,” and “make people laugh.” Something we will have to wait and see, I guess.

On Pride Saturday June 25, Bob the Drag Queen will take over Montrose, and South Beach for a spectacular show. Check out the Facebook invite here.

 

Dallas Gay Pride 2016

Dallas Gay Pride 2016

The Alan Ross Texas Freedom Pride Parade and Festival has steadily grown into one of the biggest and most enthusiastic gay pride celebrations in the southern half of the United States. It’s actually the formal name for Dallas Gay Pride, which this year observes its 31st anniversary (at least in its current form), with its celebration set for September 18, 2016. Dallas actually began holding a Gay Pride celebration in 1972, in solidarity with and commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall Riots that are the basis for many Pride events held around the country in June.

Dallas Gay Pride Parade and Festival in September:

The Dallas Tavern Guild took over the operation of Dallas Pride in 1982, moved it to September, and called it the Texas Freedom Parade. It was later renamed in honor of one of the parade’s key architects, the former Guild director Alan Ross. Since 1983, The Alan Ross Texas Freedom Pride Parade and Festival is held the third Sunday in September – in 2016, it occurs on Sunday, September 18.

Q&A With CEO of Pride Houston Frankie Quijano

Houston Pride Week

Q&A With CEO of Pride Houston Frankie Quijano

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Houston Pride Week runs from June 19 to 26. For a full events calendar, visit pridehouston.org


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What is the significance of Pride Week this year coming so close after the tragedy in Orlando?It was definitely a tragic incident that happened in Orlando, and it reminds us why we do what we do, and why we have Pride, which is to celebrate our culture, our lives.

What are the events this year that you’re most excited about?We have a whole bunch of events. We have Eden, a party for the women in our community. We have Pride Superstar, which has been running for several weeks now; we’ll crown a winner this week. This is that event’s tenth season. We have our Rock the Runway fashion show. The one I’m most excited about, obviously, is our all-day Houston LGBT Pride Celebration on June 25th that culminates with the Pride Parade downtown.

Last year the Pride Parade moved from Montrose to downtown Houston. How is that move working out so far? Last year we had the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage, which obviously helped our attendance. And even though we had the tragedy in Orlando, we’re expecting a big turnout this year as well. What we’re seeing is an outpouring of individuals going, ‘You know, I wasn’t planning on coming, but after this past Sunday we need to unite.’ So I think this is going to be our biggest Pride ever. We’re definitely going to break last year’s record.

What will that say about the community’s resilience and unity in the wake of tragedy? Quite simply, that we won’t let fear control us anymore. We’ve come too far in our fight for equality to just go back in the closet. We’re going to keep going, we’re going to fight on, and we’re going to continue being proud of who we are.

Even though the parade’s downtown, most of Pride Week’s other events will be held in Montrose. How important is the neighborhood to the LGBT community here? Montrose will always be the heart of our community. But the community isn’t just in one specific area anymore, it’s all over. We have people in Montrose, we have people in the suburbs. We’re spread out all over. So home is wherever we are.

Even if many LGBT people live elsewhere, what is it about Montrose that draws them back? Well, a good concentration of the nightclubs and bars that we like to go to are here. We have some on the outskirts as well, but most of them are here. We have George’s, we have JR’s, and even Rich’s is coming back now.

Over your years living in Houston, how have you seen attitudes towards the LGBT community change?  I think as we’ve become more mainstream, it’s helped the LGBT community. We’re all over TV, we’re all over the news, we’re fighting for our rights. So we’ve become part of an open conversation rather than a behind closed doors conversation, especially with the huge transgender rights movement that’s happening around the world right now.

Montrose Gets Rainbow Crosswalk In Time For Pride 2017

Rendering of 'Rainbow' Crosswalks at Westeimer Rd and Taft Street. (About Magazine)
Rendering of 'Rainbow' Crosswalks at Westeimer Rd and Taft Street. (About Magazine)

Houston’s Vibrant LGBTQ+ Community Of Montrose Gets The First Rainbow Crosswalk In Texas Just In Time For Pride.

(HOUSTON) — Pride Houston, Inc. has unveiled the state’s first ever plans for a Rainbow LGBTQ+ crosswalk. The installation will be located at the intersection of Westheimer Road and Taft Street. Located in Houston’s vibrate LGBTQ+ community of Montrose, the project is slated for completion by June 24.

The intersection chosen by a volunteer based committee raised upwards of over $15,000 for the project.

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(Render provided by the Houston Pride Crosswalk Committee)

“While the project was initially requested by friends of Alex Hill, the idea behind the crosswalk is to also honor the support and friendship many find in Houston’s LGBTQ+ community,” said Matthew Brollier, project facilitator for the Houston Pride Crosswalk Committee.

Alex Hill, a twenty-one-year-old gay man lost his life at the intersection by a hit and run driver. The popular location is already home to a traffic box mural honoring Hill.

“The hope is that the crosswalk serves as a marker of encouragement to all Houstonians and visitors in recognizing the city as a welcoming place, open to all people, and one that celebrates its diversity,” Brollier said.

UP Art Studio will lead the project’s design, a firm known for Houston’s vibrant traffic signal control cabinet murals, including Hill’s.

“Pride Houston is excited to bring the state’s first rainbow crosswalks to Houston,” Frankie Quijano, President of Pride Houston Inc., tells About News. “Let this be a reminder to everyone in the state and country that Houston embraces diversity and everyone is welcome here.”