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

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