Celebrate June with a big gay slate of prideful events and parties
Compiled by Nancy Ford
What do you want? Music? Got lots of it. Drag? You came to the right place. Sports? Check. Culture? No problem.
June in Houston is, without question, the prime time and city to be in Texas when it comes to events, parties, and gay gatherings of all stripes. Galveston provides its fair share of fun, too.
Each year, OutSmart is proud to provide the definitive, most comprehensive guide to all things celebrating Pride to remind you exactly where you need to be, and when. Think of us as a Queer Siri.
But it’s not just about the parties. Houston also provides opportunities throughout Pride month to nurture the LGBT community’s physical, mental, and spiritual health . . . and so much more.
So grab a dozen of your closest friends, hang those rainbow beads around your neck, and celebrate!
Fourth-year anniversary of Crocker Bar. Celebrate with your first well or call drink on the house. 2312 Crocker St. • 713/529-3355.
Come Out and Play Kickoff and Cabaret. Kindred Spirits Foundation and ERICSS’s Empress 25 Marcia Mink Anne Gill kicks off KSF’s 2nd Annual Softball Tournament, and Jim Benton of Houston provides hors d’oeuvres. 7 p.m. George Your Country Sports Bar, 617 Fairview Ave. • kindredspiritshouston.org.
Inspiring Health in LGBT Women. Lesbian Health Initiative Houston presents its Summer Health Fair for lesbians, offering mammograms, Pap examinations, extensive blood screenings by appointment, and much more. Just in time for summer, body/skin scans, provided by M.D. Anderson Melanoma and Skin Clinic, are also available. Dr. Mary Alice Cowan Ob/Gyn, Attorney Kristen Capps, Maria Boydston, as well as representatives from American Cancer Society, Legacy Community Health Services, Montrose Clinic, San Jose Clinic, AssistHers, United Way, the Alzheimer’s Association, and other local organizations provide life-saving and life-improving information. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Legacy Community Health Services, 215 Westheimer Rd. To schedule a mammogram, blood screening, or Pap test, call 713/426-3356 or e-mail [email protected]
Assert Yourself: Personal Boundaries and Effective Confrontation. Take pride in developing identity while understanding the dynamics of passive, assertive, and aggressive personalities and how to effectively deal with them. Facilitated by Denise O’Dougherty, LPC, LMFT, LCDC, RN. 10 a.m. Leisure Learning Annex, 2990 Richmond Ave. • 713/524-9525.
Drag Queen Bingo, hosted by Tanya Hyde, offers cash prizes and more. 2:30 p.m. Benefits Houston GLBT Community Center. El Real Tex-Mex, 1201 Westheimer Rd. • houstonglbtcommunitycenter.org.
Ice Cream Social. LOAF (Lesbians Over Age Fifty) celebrates senior lesbian pride with sweet, cold treats. Bethel Church UCC, 1107 Shepherd Dr. • loaf.org.
Some Like It Hot. The crossdressing classic with Marilyn Monroe. 1959. Billy Wilder directs. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.
Girl in a Coma’s Exits & All the Rest, the notorious San Antonio-based trio’s fourth album, won a 2012 Independent Music Award for Best Alternative Rock Album. Catch them, along with Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, and other music royalty at Free Press Summer Fest. June 2–3. Eleanor Tinsley Park, 500 Allen Pkwy. • freepresssummerfest.com.
Blood Drive, with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center mobile unit. It’s still illegal for gay men to donate blood, but lesbians can roll up their sleeves to save lives. 8 a.m. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5501 Main St. • stpaulshouston.org.
Montrose Softball League. Co-ed softball teams play. 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Houston Sportsplex, 12631 South Main St. • montrosesoftballleague.com.
Community Pot Luck and Fair-Trade Chocolate Challenge. Enter a dish using fair-trade chocolate, and share your recipe. Bonus points are given for delicacies special to city or region of origin. 12:15 p.m., St. Paul’s UMC, 5501 Main St. • stpaulshouston.org • 713/528-0527.
Testify! Soul music, soul food, and soul drag with Ty Blue; cuisine catered by Chelsea Grill. Noon. Vue, 526 Waugh Dr.
Pride in the Pews. The Houston chapter of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and a panel of clergy and lay leaders discuss what they and their movements are doing to promote inclusion of LGBT people in their congregational life and through public witness to the community at large. 2 p.m. St. Paul’s United
Methodist Church, 5501 Main St. • pflaghouston.org.
That ’70s Show. Colt 45’s celebrates its 36th anniversary with a drag show. Benefits Colt 45’s AIDS TroubleFund. 7 p.m. Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos St. • colt45s.org.
Montrose Softball League. Co-ed softball teams play. 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Houston Sportsplex, 12631 South Main St. • montrosesoftballleague.com.
Some Like It Hot. The cross-dressing classic with Marilyn Monroe. 1959. Billy Wilder directs. Alamo Drafthouse at Majestic Metro, 911 Preston St. • marketsquarepark.com.
Positive Brothers United, an HIV support group for men of color. June 5 and each Tuesday, 7 p.m. GLBT Cultural Center, 401 Branard St. • positivebrothersunited.org • 713/454-7548.
Wilson Phillips. The ’70s girl pop trio, featuring the extremely LGBT-supportive Carnie Wilson. 7 p.m. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston • thegrand.com • 409/765-1894.
The F Factor: The Ultimate Vocal Competition! continues. Local celebrities Ernie Manouse, Maria Todd, and Kai Hicks choose the vocal teams and are judged by audience reaction. Winners receive cash prizes, recording studio time, and other incentives. 10 p.m. F Bar Houston, 202 Tuam St. • fbarhouston.com.
Kicking Up Their Heels and Other Body Parts. Theatre Under the Stars’s gay patrons enjoy [email protected], a cabaret-style event at Artista Restaurant following the performance of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. • tuts.com • 713/558-8887.
Out Later. Support for Gay Fathers and men who come out later, focusing on life issues of parenting, divorce, family, dating, relationships, and other issues. June 7, and each Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 W. 11th St. • [email protected]
Pride Superstar, the sixth annual vocal competition, judged by Blake Hayes, Joey Guerra, Benjamin Pheonix, and Tianna Hall. Winners receive cash prizes, recording studio time, a cruise, and more. 10 p.m. South Beach, 810 Pacific St. • pridehouston.org.
I Can Do Anything! Film shorts by, about, and for kids, with the Girls Rock! Camp All-Star Band. 7 p.m. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • aurorapictureshow.org • 713/868-2101.
Joyful Noise. Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton star in the comedy about a small-town choir out to win a national competition despite overwhelming odds. Todd Graff directs. 2012. Houston District D Council Member Wanda Adams hosts. 8 p.m. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park, 100 Concert Dr. • milleroutdoortheatre.com • 281/373-3386.
Women’s Music House Concerts presents singer/songwriters Kiya Heartwood from Wishing Chair and Austin favorite Nancy Scott. Reservations only: [email protected] • 281/444-7669.
The Year of the Dragon Ball. The 20th Annual HATCH Prom for youth and sup-
portive adults. 7 p.m. GLBT Cultural Center, 401 Branard St. • hatchyouth.org • 713/529-0037.
Kindred Softball. Following a rainout of their March tournament, the women of Kindred Spirits have rescheduled their Second Annual Softball Tournament. Mixed teams are currently registering to compete for trophies. Hot dogs and cool drinks, commemorative Kindred Spirits T-shirts, and other prizes available. Memorial Park. Benefits AssistHers and LHI-Houston. kindredspiritshouston.org • 832/419-0165.
AssistHers meets on the second Saturday of each month for breakfast, committee meetings, door prizes, and a featured speaker. This month, Maria Montes-Boydstun from the American Cancer Society discusses cancer facts for lesbian and bisexual women, specifically, the cancers most commonly found in women (breast, colon, lung, skin, and gynecological cancers), and more. 9:30 a.m. Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, 1440 Harold St. • assisthers.org.
Girl Jam Pre-Pride Party. Alex Dame, Paige Lewis, and Jesse Roach DJ Melle Mell provide entertainment, plus games, prizes, and a scooter raffle, with Jimmy’s Burgers and the Pink Taco Truck providing food. The Usual Pub • theusualpub.com • 281/501-1478.
Grand Marshals on the Rocks honors Houston LGBT Pride Parade 2012 Grand Marshals Nicolas Brines, Jenifer Pool, and Ellen
Cohen. 6 p.m. $25. Benefits Pride Houston. Hudson Lounge, 2506 Robinhood St. (See pages 45, 49, and 53.)
Until the Fat Lady Sings. Houston Pride Band’s annual summer concert plays universally recognizable and timeless classics, directed by Skip Martin. 7:30 p.m. houstonprideband.org.
2nd Annual Galveston Gay Beach Weekend, a day at the beach with music, volleyball, horseshoes, drinking, sunning, swimming, mixing, and ming-
ling. June 9–10. Gay Beach in Galveston.
Tara and Kara Dion Birthday Bash. 11 p.m. 3rd Coast Downtown, 2416 Postoffice St., Galveston.
Montrose Softball League. Co-ed softball teams play. 8:30 a.m. Houston Sportsplex, 12631 South Main St. • montrosesoftballleague.com.
AIDS Coalition of Coastal Texas (ACCT) Champagne Brunch. San Luis Hotel on Galveston Island located at 5222 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston. Benefits ACCT. 409/763-2437.
Mr., Miss, and Ms. Gay Pride Houston 2012 Pageant. 7 p.m. Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos St. • brbtx.com.
The F Factor: The Ultimate Vocal Competition! continues. 10 p.m. F Bar Houston, 202 Tuam St. • fbarhouston.com. (See June 6.)
Pride Superstar vocal competition continues. 10 p.m. South Beach, 810 Pacific St. • pridehouston.org. (See June 7.)
Red Hot Patriot: the Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, written by Margaret and Allison Engel. June 14–July 1. Main Street Theatre–Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. • mainstreettheater.com • 713/524-6706. (See page 126.)
2nd Annual Transgender and Gender-Variant Youth Conference aims to create and celebrate possibilities for transgender and gender variant young people, helping local families connect with needed resources, and educating professionals about working with this unique population. June 15–16. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 W. 11th St. Registration: [email protected] • 713/961-0651.
I’m Beautiful Damn It. Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston’s tribute to Bette Midler. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. • bayoucityperformingarts.org.
16th Annual Houston Billiard Open includes a raffle and silent auction. June 16–17, 11 a.m. Benefits Colt 45’s AIDS TroubleFund. Slick Willie’s Family Pool Hall, 1200 Westheimer Rd. • iblhouston.com • 713/594-2610.
Montrose Softball League Postseason Tournament. Co-ed softball teams play. Houston Sportsplex, 12631 South Main St. • montrosesoftballleague.com.
Salvation, a Pride pool party. Cabanas and bottle service available. Noon. $25. Benefits Pride Houston. Roak, 3320 Kirby Dr. • pridehouston.org.
Dine with Pride. A percentage of the bill benefits Pride Houston. Canopy, 3939 Montrose Blvd. • pridehouston.org.
Rock the Runway. A fashion show features underwear and swimwear, plus giveaways from designers. 9 p.m. South Beach, 810 Pacific St. • pridehouston.org.
Drag Live! And Proud! The Dreamgirls, featuring iconic songs of the Pride experience. Ty Blue hosts. 10 p.m. F Bar Houston, 202 Tuam St. • fbarhouston.com.
The Queen Extravaganza, the official Queen tribute show. House of Blues Houston, 1204 Caroline St. • houseofblues.com.
Pride Night at Dynamo Stadium. Houston Dynamo vs. Toronto FC in a soccer match. 7 p.m. Benefits Pride Houston. BBVA Compass Stadium, 2200 Texas Ave. • pridehouston.org • 713/276-7541.
The F Factor: The Ultimate Vocal Competition! concludes with vocal teams competing with a live band. 10 p.m. F Bar Houston, 202 Tuam St. • fbarhouston.com. (See June 6.)
Hope Is Never Silent: Queer Art Across Texas, a moveable juried exhibition giving voice to queer art expanding the range and depth of knowledge about contemporary queer culture. June 20–July 7. Houston GLBT Community Center, 1900 Kane St. • hopeisneversilent.blogspot.com.
An Art Show and Sale. Art and pottery, raffle, food, and live entertainment. 6 p.m. Benefits HIV/AIDS causes. F Bar Houston, 202 Tuam St. • fbarhouston.com.
Pride Superstar singing competition concludes. 10 p.m. South Beach, 810 Pacific St. • pridehouston.org. (See June 7.)
Let the Music Play: The Awesome Sounds of Pride. PWA Holiday Charities’ annual Pride show. 8:30 p.m. Benefits PWA Holiday Charities. Tony’s Corner Pocket, 817 W. Dallas St. • pwaholidaycharities.org.
Rainbow on the Green. Disco star Thelma Houston and local entertainers kick off Pride Weekend. 8 p.m. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com. (See page 35.)
Bayou Beau Show and Tell, a fashion show of male models wearing locally designed undergear. 9 p.m. F Bar Houston, 202 Tuam St. • fbarhouston.com.
Wonderland Houston, a Pride dance party features DJ Michael Tank, Cirque aerialists, and Jenna Drey. Benefits Bunnies on the Bayou. 9 p.m. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas Ave. • pridehouston.org. (See page 65.)
William Belli and Jason Carter from RuPaul’s Drag Race. 11 p.m. Guava Lamp, 570 Waugh Dr. • guavalamphouston.com • 713/524-3359.
Dirty Dancing. Hometown hero Patrick Swayze’s signature film. 1987. Emile Ardolino directs. 8 p.m. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. • discoverygreen.com • 713/400-7336.
Houston LGBT Pride Festival 2012 features more than 200 exhibitors plus Houston Dynamo’s Family Fun Zone, the Walgreens Health & Wellness Pavillion, the Houston LGBT History Exhibit and performers from Pride Superstar. 1 p.m. Yoakum Street at Westheimer Rd. • pridehouston.org.
Pride After-Party Extrava-ganza features DJ Tad Dvorak and a surprise guest at midnight. 7 p.m. F Bar Houston, 202 Tuam St. • fbarhouston.com.
Live Out Proud! Houston LGBT Pride Parade 2012 features more than 125 parade entries and is considered the largest LGBT event in the Southwest United States. 8:15 p.m. Proceeds east on Westheimer Rd. between Dunlavy St. and Montrose Blvd. • pridehouston.org.
Montrose Softball League postseason tournament. Co-ed softball teams play. Houston Sportsplex, 12631 South Main St. •
Raja, a winner from RuPaul’s Drag Race, headlines the weekly Legendary Ladies drag show. 10 p.m. F Bar Houston, 202 Tuam St. • fbarhouston.com.
Australia’s Thunder from Down Under, male dance troupe. House of Blues Houston, 1204 Caroline St. • houseofblues.com.
Ginger Leigh. The Austin-based singer/songwriter plays one of Texas’s most highly acclaimed listening rooms. 8 p.m. Anderson Fair, 2700 Grant St. • andersonfair.com.
The Poets: A Play in Two Acts. World premiere of Eleazar “Ricky” Catter’s tale of a bullied, suicidal poet. June 29–July 8. Frenetic Theatre, 5102 Navigation Blvd. • 832/865-3413.