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BREAKING: Pride Houston Unveils ‘Summer of ’69’ Theme for 2019

Pride Houston Logo Theme Summer of ‘69 Grand Marshal

Tonight, Pride Houston unveiled the theme for its upcoming 2019 celebration: Summer of ’69. The theme marks many important historical landmarks, such as the moon landing and the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

(HOUSTON) — Tonight at Guava Lamp on Waugh, Pride Houston hosted its annual logo and theme unveiling for the forthcoming celebration that will take place on June 22nd, 2019 at City Hall. Last year, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit blended a Wizard of Oz theme with their groundbreaking Dear Pride campaign for their 40th anniversary celebration, which featured a performance by headliner Todrick Hall. This year, the organization is taking things to the next level, and revealed that its theme will be Summer of ’69.

For the LGBTQIA+ community, the actual summer of 1969 was important, as on June 28th, 1969, the riots began outside the historic Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, NY. These riots against police began after a random and homophobic raid by police at the legendary NYC gay bar. Moreover, the Stonewall Riots are near-universally considered the beginning of LGBTQIA+ liberation and the roots of what would come to be a queer civil rights movement in the United States that continues on today. Other note-worthy events that took place that year include the Moon Landing and Woodstock.

At the event tonight, Pride Houston took the time to introduce its elongated ensemble of board directors and production team members (a full list will be updated here tomorrow). Hosted by comedian Thrifty Newman, the event was heavily attended by Houston’s LGBTQIA+ royalty, including photographer Dalton Dehart, historian JD Doyle, politician and activist Monica Roberts, singer Christina Edwards Wells, author Jolanda Jones, and many more. The bar was far more packed than any average Thursday at Guava. While president and CEO (who was recently dubbed one of About Magazine’s Best of 2018) introduced the new board and production team, marketing director Daniel Cato revealed the logo and theme to an overzealous crowd that was more than eager to see what Pride Houston had in store for the following year. The board and production team, as noted by many, has not only grown in the last year, but has also become much more diverse, with several more people of color now stewarding the ship going into the organization’s 41st year. Grand marshal nominees for 2019 are as follows:

Male-Identifying Grand Marshal:

  • Eric Edward Schell
  • Harrison Guy
  • Jason Black

Female-Identifying Grand Marshal:

  • Jamie Lopez
  • Shannon Baldwin
  • Iris Rodriguez

Non-Binary Grand Marshal:

  • Mike Webb
  • Becca Keo-Meier
  • Julian Gomez

Ally Grand Marshal:

  • Erika Richie
  • Marian Luntz
  • Constable Alan Rosen

Pride Houston President Proposes At Pride Parade

Pride Houston President Proposes At Pride Parade

Pride Houston President Proposed To His Partner In Front Of Thousands Of Spectators At The Houston LGBT Pride Celebration And Parade.

Since the dawn of LGBTQ+ marriage people have been maneuvering and planning to stage jaw dropping, dance moving, and flash mobbing marriage proposals. But in Houston on Saturday in front of thousands of people, surrounded by family, friends, and a lot of pride, a man kneeled down on stage and asked his partner to spend their lives together. He said yes!

As Houston’s downtown streets filled with hundreds of thousands of spectators for the 39th Annual Houston Pride Parade, Frankie Quijano was setting into action; plans to propose to his long-time partner. Quijano, is Pride Houston’s president, and tasked with producing the nations fourth largest pride annually. His fiancé, Abijah Kratochvil, is an Arkansas native, and Social Media Director for Pride Houston, Inc.

“He’s been by my side through two Pride’s, which says a lot because I’m married to Pride,” Quijano tells About Magazine. Quijano started with Pride 13- years ago as a volunteer.

“Abijah has been so supportive, he deserved something very special and romantic to show him how much I love him,” Quijano described. Right before the largest Pride celebration kicked off, Quijano took to the stage, surround by family and bent down on one knee and in front of the entire world; to ask probably the most important question of his life. Of course, to seal the deal the ring was tightly and safely wrapped in a blue Tiffany’s box that was slowly presented to his love!

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As the president of Pride, on one of the biggest days of the year for the LGBT+ non-profit, Quijano describes how the organizations leadership helped keep his proposal secret. “I’ve been volunteering for Pride for 13 years and have a great team of leaders that stepped up and ran the celebration” he tells us. “In reality… I was more nervous about everything running safe and smoothly for pride but not the proposal.”

“No details yet,” Quijano explains on when the wedding bells will actually ring, “but it’ll probably be in Arkansas.”

Houston’s LGBT Rainbow On The Green Returns June 23

Rainbow on the Green

Land Rover Houston Central’s Rainbow on the Green presented by Legacy Community Health Care Services Returns To Discovery Green With Dazzling Performances On June 23

(Houston) – Show off your LGBT pride at Houston’ Discovery Green’s 7th annual Rainbow on the Green celebration on Friday, June 23. The free LGBTQ city-wide celebration will feature all-star performances by Crawford Nation and violinists Angelina DM Trailz with music by DJ ASTRA, dance and R&B diva CeCe Peniston, and Colonial Blue featuring Stephanie Rice of The Voice Season 12.

Headliner Cece Peniston is an international dance music and R&B artist that is considered to be one of the most successful dance club artist in the history of US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts. Her signature hit, “Finally,” was #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and #2 on the UK Top 75 and became one of the biggest dance records in history selling over 3 million copies worldwide.

Houston-based alternative-folk band Colonial Blue resemble the resonance of Damien Rice with the melodic tendencies of Texans Eisley, but bring it to life with a beating heart of their own which stems from the personal nature of lead vocalist Stephanie Rice’s songwriting. You can watch Rice on Alicia Keys’ team on this season’s live finales of The Voice Season 12.

Catch these acts and more energizing entertainment in this years’ Rainbow on the Green! Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome. Glass containers and alcoholic beverages are not allowed; beer and wine will be available for purchase.

LeAnn Rimes Headlines Houston Pride Fest 2017

The Internationally Acclaimed Country- Pop Singer Will Headline The Houston Pride Festival Stage On June 24, 2017.

(HOUSTON) — County and Pop Superstar LeAnn Rimes will headline Houston’s Pride Festival in downtown Houston on Saturday, June 24, Pride Houston Inc. has announced.

The LGBTQ community is family to me,” Rimes released in a statement. “My music wouldn’t be the same without the love, and inspiration.

Rimes, on a current whirlwind of Pride performances and spreading love, hits the festival stage in Houston at 3 PM. Her new single ‘Love Is Love Is Love,’ will surely be a hit amongst Houston’s LGBTQ+ community.

The free concert and festival is open to the public and will be located in the plaza in front of City Hall downtown. There is no age limit to attend, and no tickets needed. Gates are expected to open at 12:00 PM.

Immediately following the Houston Pride Festival, the attentions turns to the Houston Pride Parade. The annual parade has an attendance of over 700,000 people every year from all over the world.

Pride Houston 2017 will be a musical one indeed—in addition to Rimes, Pride Houston has promised an amazing entertainment line-up and show stopping parade.