The history of the gay rights movement can be traced back to what is now known as the first Pride March, originating at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. Not long after the Stonewall Riots, along came a group of gay rights organizations, such as the Gay Liberation Front (GLF). These groups were created, then progressed and evolved, and have become part of what we know now as the LGBT community.
Every year in June you can join in the festivities and support the LGBT community causes during Pride Month. Celebrating LGBT Pride Month in Houston, TX, is a huge event, and below are some of the things the city has on offer for you.
The Houston Gay Pride Parade is the big feature of the gay pride festival in the city, which has been held every year since 1979. The festival usually takes place during the second to last Saturday of June, but of course, this can change. The Pride Parade is there to celebrate everyone in the community, including friends, family, and allies. Over half a million people join the parade making it the biggest and highest attended gay pride event in all of Texas and the Southwest region of the US.
Kick-off begins around 8 pm through the city ending around 11 pm which gives paraders a chance for a night time creative flair and dancing the night away with flashing banners, and rainbows flickering bright throughout downtown Houston.
A huge annual party that highlights every year exactly what pride month is all about; inclusivity, acceptance, and equality. You can enjoy some amazing acts, drag shows pageants and music. Admission is free and open to all ages, it is definitely one you don’t want to miss.
THE FILM FESTIVAL
Reel Pride is the yearly film festival where the films that are showcased are there to highlight the issues faced in the past and present. The films are to educate the community, and also provide strength, support, and hope for a future of change. For just ten bucks you have all-day access to a range of films, documentaries, foreign films and more. Supporting local, national, and international members of the LGBT community, why not grab a bowl of popcorn and dive into Reel Pride.
Some other fantastic but smaller events you can enjoy are also detailed below.
RUMBA WITH PRIDE
Sway your hips and shake your booty at the Rumba with pride Crystal Nightclub. Pass the night away with Latin vibes, dancing the meringue, rumba, salsa, and a few tequilas.
THE QUEENS OF THE CITY
At Hamburger Mary’s Houston, The Queens of the City show has a line up of some of the cities hottest and best drag acts.
BAEWATCH X SALVATION
And, finally, don’t miss THE pride pool party of the year over at Clé Houston, Midtown, where you can be part of an unforgettable day.
Houston really is one of the top cities to be in during Pride Month. There are many activities and events across the city, with something for everyone to enjoy and to show their support to the LGBT community!
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