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Pride Houston Announces New President

The organization announced Lo Roberts as president and CEO after legal battle with former president, Frankie Quijano

Houston, TX —  Pride Houston proudly announced Lorin “Lo” Roberts has accepted the position of president and CEO on October 1 after receiving a unanimous vote by Pride Houston’s Board of Directors in late September 2017. While the transition was not without some bumps, Pride Houston is happy to announce the appointment and looks forward to a bright future for the organization.

Lo considers herself a proud Houstonian and was honored to accept the role of Pride Houston president, as well as all of the responsibility it entails. She began volunteering with Pride eight years ago and has served on different production committees and in various leadership positions including Parade Committee co-chair, Volunteer Committee chair, and member-at-large on the Board of Directors.

Lorin-Roberts-pride-houston-about-magazine-2018-copy-718x1024 Pride Houston Announces New President“Lo was, in essence, our vice president last year,Dan Cato, board observer and marketing director said. “She took on entirely new levels of responsibility with professionalism and grit, even dropping everything to organize a major event in less than 24 hours.”

Lo sees Houston’s diversity and its unique blend of cultures as an incredible resource and advantage and would like to see that diversity emphasized in Pride and the LGBTQIA community.

“The rights of everyone under the LGBTQIA umbrella are extremely important. But there needs to be a larger emphasis on supporting the visibility of people of color in this community. Especially the rights and lives of black trans people, who find themselves disproportionately affected by violence, homelessness, and a lack of social services.”

Lo has charged the organization by developing short- and long-term goals to convert this emphasis into action and to reinvigorate Pride’s advocacy spirit.

“The fight for equal rights in our community is just as important now as it ever has ever been, especially given the political climate in Washington D.C. It’s important to stay active in our advocacy and remember that there are many people in the world that don’t want LGBTQIA people to have their freedoms. And in a city like Houston, a city of over 2.3 million people, an organization like Pride needs to exist to serve as a mouthpiece for our people and to provide them with what they need to live happy, healthy, secure lives. But the first step to getting to that place is to create a more inclusive environment in our organization and make sure that all people within the community—black, white, Hispanic, Asian, bisexual, intersexual, trans, etc.feel represented by Pride Houston.”

Other major objectives for the organization in the coming year include re-establishing relationships with other LGBTQIA non-profits, outreach to primary and secondary institutions of learning, relaunching scholarship programs, and devoting new resources to the health and wellness needs of the the different LGBTQIA populations that call Houston home.

About Pride Houston:

For 40 years, Pride Houston has been a central part of the local LGBTQIA community in Houston. The 2018 Houston LGBT Pride Celebration®, the fourth largest in the nation, will again be held in Downtown Houston continuing the legacy that began on the steps of City Hall in 1977 with the protest against Anita Bryant which is widely considered Houston’s “Stonewall Movement”.

For more information on the 2018 Celebration go to www.pridehouston.org

Pride Houston, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization out of Houston, Texas.

Pride Houston 2017 Kick Off Party

Pride Houston 2017 Kick Off Party

Pride Houston Launches Pride Season 2017 With Grand Marshal And Pride Week Announcements At Kick Off Party This Week.

(HOUSTON) — Pride Houston’s 2017 kick-off to Pride season in Houston gets into full rainbow-swing. On Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Pearl Bar on Washington Avenue. Starting at 7:30 p.m., the event is free to the public, but you must be 18+ to attend.

Included in the excitement will be the announcements of this year’s Grand Marshal Winners and Honorary Grand Marshal. ‘So many individuals shined this year as beacons of the Houston LGBT community,’ Pride Houston said in an e-mail.  ‘Come celebrate those individuals nominated and voted for to become this year’s Grand Marshals of the Houston LGBT Pride Celebration.’

In addition to Grand Marshal announcements, Pride Houston will unveil the 2017 Pride Week line-up. Events include the schedule for Pride Superstar, Rock the Runway and the Houston LGBT Pride Celebration.

Returning as sponsors this year are Bud Light and Houston’s CBS Radio.

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.

Montrose-Rainbow-Crosswalk Montrose Gets Rainbow Crosswalk In Time For Pride 2017
(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.”

36th ANNUAL HOUSTON L.G.B.T. PRIDE CELEBRATION First Ever LIVE!

36th ANNUAL HOUSTON L.G.B.T. PRIDE CELEBRATION First Ever LIVE!

HOUSTON – (MAY 14,2014) Pride Houston, Inc. announced today that the Houston Pride Parade, the fourth largest pride parade in the U.S., will be available for viewing on live television for the first time ever in its 36-year history. The live broadcast will be produced in partnership with AbOUT Magazine and Houston MediaSource, and will air on HMS-TV channels Comcast 17, AT&T U-Verse 99, Phonoscope 75, TV Max 95, Sudden Link 99 and will stream live on www.about-online.com. Hosting the live broadcast is Sarah Pepper of Houston’s New Hot 95.7 FM, Chad Pitt of Houston’s Mix 96.5 FM and the talented Nina Lambardo.

“Though thousands flock to the annual parade, we know that there are still many more who would love to be a part of the parade but aren’t able to,” says Cade Michals, Publisher of AbOUT Magazine. “With this being one of the largest pride parades in the world, we know that lots of eyes will be glued to their screens to see how Houston celebrates its pride.”

“Pride is excited to offer a new way for people to experience the 4th largest pride celebration in the U.S.,” says Frankie Quijano, President of the Pride Houston Inc. “The telecast will open up the parade to not only those in the greater Houston area but around the state and country.”

For more information about the “Houston LGBT Pride Celebration” broadcast please visit www.about-online.com/pridelive.

About Pride Houston

For more than 35 years, Pride Houston Inc. has been a central part of the local LGBT community. Its core mission is to strengthen equality and increase awareness around issues important to the LGBT community. Pride Houston Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. More information is available at www.pridehouston.org.

About AbOUT Magazine

AbOUT Magazine launched it’s first printed publication in Houston in November of 2008 and has since grown to include the entire Texas market. AbOUT Magazine’s dedication to the Texas community grows each year. In 2012 launching the widely praised F.A.C.E Awards – a live award ceremony honoring HEROs in the community; AbOUT strives to combine hip and current news into a format that keeps its reader intrigued and begging for more. More information on AbOUT Magazine is available at www.about-online.com .

About Houston MediaSource

Established in 1987, Houston MediaSource (HMS) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization that is home to Houston’s public access cable TV channel and online radio station, HMS TV and HMS Net Radio. HMS provides Houstonians with the education and equipment that is needed to produce their own unique shows. More information about Houston MediaSource is available at www.hmstv.org.