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Pride All Month Long

Queer Houston events you just can’t miss.

LIGHT AT NIGHT: The colors of the rainbow illuminated last year’s nighttime Pride parade. This colorful chandelier will also light up the 2019 Pride parade.

By Steven Foster and Lourdes Zavaleta

Pride Month is upon us once again, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, when so many of our queer heroes kicked off the modern LGBTQ equality movement that has propelled us to where we are today. The Pride Month events on these pages are sure to keep us busy celebrating throughout the city in June. Try to stay cool, because Houston keeps it hot!

June 1

Reel Pride
An official Pride Houston event.
In partnership with QUEER HIPPO IFF, Reel Pride celebrates LGBTQIA+ pride and community on film, showcasing works by Houston LGBTQIA+ filmmakers.
Noon–7 pm at The Rec Room.

June 4

Trans Support Galveston Pride Meeting
A light discussion on the pressures of being publicly proud during the month of June, and who trans persons can turn to for advocacy when they cannot be vocal about their identity.

June 6

Pride SuperStar S13 Competition Finale
An official Pride Houston event.
Houston’s LGBTQIA+ talent showcase is featuring all acts hoping for a shot at the $2,500 grand prize. Hosted by Angelina DM Trailz. 8–10:30 pm at Rich’s.

June 7

Pride Galveston Beach Bash Weekend
First day of the Pride roll-out in our sister city to the south! Bring your Speedo or bikini, and don’t forget your sunscreen!

PRIDE AT NIGHT: Join the revelers for Houston’s annual nighttime Pride parade on June 22. Details at PrideHouston.org.

June 7 & 8

Rumba with Pride Official Pride LatinX Night
An official Pride Houston event.
It’s a LatinX night for all at Houston’s longstanding Latino dance club and music-video bar. Show up ready to merengue, salsa, or mambo! 9 pm–2 am at Club Crystal.

June 12

Grand Marshal Reception
An official Pride Houston event.
It’ll be a night of good food and good company as the 2019 grand marshals are honored. 6–8 pm at Hamburger Mary’s.

June 14

Genderless Cocktail Party
An official Pride Houston event.
Join Houston in celebrating the full spectrum of gender expressions—trans, gender-nonconforming, asexual, intersex, and beyond. After hors d’ourvres and an open wine bar, get ready for a night filled with fantastic food, delicious drinks, amazing music, and high-flying fun.

June 15

Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston’s 40th Anniversary Celebration
Join GMCH for a look back at 40 years of music and community at Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church.

Baewatch X Salvation
An official Pride Houston event.
Pride Houston and LOC Nation Entertainment present the official pool party of the Houston LGBT Pride Celebration. Hosted by Trinity Newman, the entertainment will feature DJ Joe Gauthreaux, Khia, and DJ Rockabye. VIP ticket packages include use of a daybed, upper cabana, or private lower cabana and more. 2–8 pm at Clé Houston. baewatchxsalvation.eventbrite.com

Apollo | Wonderland
An official Pride Houston event.
Houston’s premier gay and queer male-themed event benefiting Pride Houston, featuring DJs Alex Lo and Ron Zisman. General-admission tickets start at $30, VIP tickets at $60. VIP includes access to the VIP mezzanine and patio, the main floor, three premium drinks, VIP bathrooms, and more. The theme is futuristic/apocalyptic space travel, the colors are silver, gray, and black, and the dress code is “less is more,” if that tells you anything. 9 pm—2 am at White Oak Music Hall.

Our nighttime Pride Parade is (literally) one of the coolest in the nation. The celebration is always free, but you can get the best viewing spot by purchasing Celebration VIP or Main

The American Journey Concert
The Houston Pride Band wraps up their 2018–2019 season with this musical trip through time. It’s a look at American history as seen through the eyes of various composers who have created evocative music for the journey. Featured will be the music of Grundman, Ticheli, Copland, Bernstein, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, at MATCH.

Hardy & Nance Pride Art Show
Coinciding with their Third Saturday Open Studios, Hardy & Nance will feature art by everyone who answered their call for entries. The art in the show makes a positive statement against discrimination and violence, promoting dignity and equality within the community. And you don’t need to be a member of the LGBTQ community to participate!

June 15 and June 21

Pride Country Voice Competition
Semi-finals on June 15 at 10 pm, and the finals are on June 21 at 10:30 pm. Country singers compete for a top prize of $500. Hosted by Dina Jacobs, Wendy Taylor, and Steven Tillota at Neon Boots.

June 17

Skate Sober
An official Pride Houston event.
Looking for a family-friendly outing during this Pride season? Go to Lockwood Skating Palace for an evening of old-school tunes and classic roller skating! 6–10 pm.

June 20

Rock the Runway
An official Pride Houston event.
It’s time for Houston models and designers to Rock the Runway. Featuring haute styles, the latest fashions in ladies’ evening wear, and plenty of avant-garde statements. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are necessary unless you want the Rock the Runway VIP experience. VIP reception is 7–8 pm, and doors open at 8 at The Garage HTX.

June 21

Eden | Pride Girl + Party
An official Pride Houston event.
A party dedicated to the strong women of Houston’s LGBTQ+ community, with Houston’s hottest DJs playing fresh tunes at “Houston’s Best Women’s Bar.” $10 donation at the door. 9 pm–2 am at Pearl Bar.

ECO-FASHIONS: Local Mexican artist Yahaira DeHill designs fashions made from recycled plastic, recycled paper, and repurposed household items. See her at Rainbow on the Green on June 21.

June 21–23

PRIDE Street Festival
Eagle Houston presents its annual PRIDE Street Festival with DJs JD Arnold, Jason Hilbert, Jimmy Skinner, and Matt Consola.  The street in front of the bar will be closed off Friday–Sunday.  Food trucks, vendors, games, and a drag show hosted by Terry Kofi Ray.

Rainbow on the Green
This is the outdoor summer extravaganza where the crowd is always cool, the entertainment is always spot-on, and the good-time vibe is contagious. Of course, the winner of the Pride Superstar competition will be on the bill, as will the hot Bollywood dancers. An army of drag queens will rev up the crowd, and this year they’ll be sporting eco-fashions from local Mexican artist Yahaira DeHill, whose designs are made from recycled plastic, recycled paper, and repurposed household items. But we’re really psyched about all the celebrities (drag versions, of course) that will be showing up to strut their stuff. Tina Turner (Roxanne Collins) will be taking us river-deep and mountain-high, Beyonce (Mya Jackson) will thrill the gay beyhive, Janet Jackson (Janet Andrews) will exert her crowd control, Jennifer Lopez (Linda Crawford) will put the D in diva, and Leilani Jackson Ross will channel the hot stuff of Donna Summer. It’s a good thing this bash is held outdoors—otherwise, the roof would blow off.

H-TOWN SHOWS OUT: Just a few of the thousands of downtown parade-goers eagerly awaiting the start of Space City’s annual LGBTQ Pride parade.

June 22

Drag Queen Story Hour
Brazos Bookstore was the first Houston host for the now-beloved Drag Queen Story Hour. This Pride Week, drag queens return for this family-friendly, fun, and fantastic storytime for people of all ages! 10:30 am at Brazos Bookstore.

2019 Houston Pride Festival
An official Pride Houston event.
Noon–7 pm, followed by the parade at 8, this  big event is admission-free and open to the public.

Pride at El Big Bad
This bi-level booze bar is hosting a Pride extravaganza of their own. Go for the food, but stay for their tangy takes on margaritas: Strawberry Infused, Blueberry Jalapeno & Cilantro, Pineapple Hibiscus, and the Champ #3, winner of the Houston Press Best Margarita contest. 4–10 pm.

2019 Houston Pride Parade
An official Pride Houston event.
Our nighttime Pride Parade is (literally) one of the coolest in the nation. The celebration is always free, but you can get the best viewing spot by purchasing Celebration VIP or Main Stage XP tickets. Begins at 8 pm.

Official Pride After-Party
Keep the spirit of Pride flying high by grabbing a nightcap at the downtown dance mecca. 9 pm–3 am at Rich’s Houston.

June 23

Official Closing Party – Tea Dance
The Houston LGBT Pride Celebration may be over, but the party doesn’t end downtown. Wrap things up with the official closing party at Eagle Houston’s block party. 4–11 pm.

June 29

Houston Dash LGBT PRIDE Night
Houston’s professional women’s soccer team, the Houston Dash, hosts the Portland Thorns in a league match starting at 7:30 pm. “Y’all Means All” T-shirts for all fans at Dynamo Stadium.

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