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Pride 2021: Where To Celebrate In Greater Houston

Patch logo Patch 6/11/2021 Jeffrey Perkins
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HOUSTON, TX — June is Pride Month, when LGBTQ communities celebrate the freedom to be themselves. Pride also is a great opportunity for allies to participate and show support for LGBTQ people.

In-person Pride events largely were canceled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But parades and other Pride celebrations are returning this month to the Greater Houston area.

Whether you identify as LGBTQ or an LGBTQ ally, there are plenty of parties, markets and other events to celebrate Pride Month in Houston.

Do you know about a Pride 2021 event taking place in June? If you don't see the event on our list, please send your news tip to Jeffrey Perkins at jeffrey.perkins@patch.com.

PRIDE CELEBRATIONS IN GREATER HOUSTON

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Most in-person Pride events were canceled in 2020, but there are several events scheduled in Houston for 2021. (Shutterstock)

Rocky Horror Pride Party

Southern Star Brewing Company is hosting a Rocky Horror themed Pride Party at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at its 3525 N. Frazier St. location in Conroe.

The event is free and open to the public. The brewery announced that it would donate $1 of each pint sold from 7-10 p.m. to Equality Texas, which is an organization that works to secure full equality for LGBT people through political action, education, community organizing and collaboration.

Cover band Safe Distance will play hit songs from the 1980s, '90s and 2000s throughout the night, and Mr. Porco's Food Truck will sell items from its pork-centric menu.

Rainbow Pride Pool Party & Talent Showcase

Rated Boujie Magazine is putting on a Pride bash at the Holiday Inn Express NW Houston Beltway 8, located at 3539 N. Sam Houston Parkway West in Houston, on Saturday, June 12. Prospective vendors should email ratedboujie@gmail.com. Spots are $75, and vendors are expected to provide their own table and chairs.

For the partygoers, it all kicks off with a pool party from 1-4 p.m. at the hotel pool, and get ready to dance the day away as there are several live performance acts in the banquet hall.

The talent showdown should prove to be a fierce battle, and is the grand finale of the event, starting at 7 p.m. and going until 11 p.m.

Karbach Pride Market

Take down a pint of Love Street and support LGBT vendors at the Pride Market & Biergarten Party from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at Karbach Brewery, located at 2032 Karbach St. in Houston.

Karbach will be hosting vendors from Pride Houston in its outdoor biergarten behind the restaurant. Admission to the biergarten is free and open to the public.

Kinky Circus: Pride Party

Kinky Collective and Numbers Nightclub are teaming up for Kinky Circus and Artisan Market Pride Party at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 19 at Numbers Nightclub on 300 Westheimer Road in Houston. The event will feature local circus performers, an artist market and food from local vendors.

Tickets are on sale for $20 and will be $25-30 at the door. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Photo identification must be presented at the door, and entry is limited to adults age 18 and older.

Houston Pride Weekend

DNVRMX has a jam-packed weekend planned for Houston Pride 2021.

There are five parties across Houston over three days featuring nine international DJs during the weekend of June 25-27. A weekend pass, which will get you into each event, costs $180 plus taxes and fees, while tickets to each event range from $30-$45 plus taxes and fees. Tickets may be purchased here.

The celebration kicks off with Mastermind, a leather- and fetish-themed party at 10 p.m. Friday at Bauhaus, located at 1803 Pease St. in Houston.

Saturday night features two parties, the first being Planet Pink!, the main event of the weekend. Planet Pink! begins at 9:30 p.m. at the Hobby Event Center at 9906 Gulf Freeway. The afterparty, called Magnum, starts at 2:30 a.m. back at Bauhaus.

Sunday afternoon features a summer time chic party at Sunset Houston, located at 2119 Dallas St. The party begins at 4 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m. The festivities wrap up with the Papa Party Pride Closing Event, a Middle Eastern fantasy-themed party at Rise Rooftop at 2600 Travis St. starting at 10 p.m.

Pride Sports Houston Dodgeball Open Play

Pride Sports Houston invites everyone 20 years of age and older to participate in its open play dodgeball event from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 26. The event will be held at Q&B Sports Complex, located at 1739 Bingle Road in Houston.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the event or in advance. People of all genders, sexualities, races and skill levels are encouraged to come. Open play acts as a kickoff for Pride Sports Houston's dodgeball season, which begins in earnest July 10.

Teenchella: NYC Pride Viewing Party

The YMCA of Greater Houston is hosting a watching party for NYC Pride from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at the Trotter Family YMCA located at 1331 Augusta Dr. in Houston.

Come early to participate in pre-watch party activities, which begin at 1 p.m. For more information, email lgbtq.erg@ymcahouston.org. Admission is free.

Pride, Love Always Wins

Envy Events by Anvy is putting on a Pride event full of vendors, music and swimming at the Holiday Inn Express NW Houston Beltway 8, located at 3539 N. Sam Houston Parkway West in Houston, at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 26.

General admission is $10 plus fees. To buy tickets or register for the event as a vendor, food truck, sponsor or performer, click here.

There will be vendors for shopping with Pride, food, giveaways and prizes, and the Envy Pride King and Envy Pride Queen will be crowned.

History and Purpose of Pride Month

Pride Month spotlights LGBTQ+ people, their influence and the challenges they face. June was chosen in recognition of the 1969 Stonewall riots, when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood.

The raid led to a riot among patrons and local residents, with days of protests and violent clashes with police. The Stonewall riots ultimately sparked a gay rights movement nationally and globally, according to the Library of Congress.

The Pride celebration was originally dubbed “Gay Pride Day” and marked the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots with a parade in New York City.

The “day” soon grew to encompass a monthlong series of events in many American cities. It now includes millions of people across the world with parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, the Library of Congress said.

New York City, where Pride Month began, has hosted an annual march to note its historical connection since 1984, with this year’s NYC Pride march set for June 27.

Several other big cities across the country hold similar annual events in late June. Chicago Pride 2021 will include a variety of events around the city this month, with the Chicago Pride Parade delayed until October due to the coronavirus pandemic. Houston Pride 2021 has also been delayed until the fall.

Virtual Pride events are being held all month, according to a University of Georgia list that includes many of them.

Police officers in Elgin, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, are wearing a Pride Month badge throughout June to show support for the LGBTQ+ community. In Arlington Heights, Illinois, another Chicago suburb, a Pride Month proclamation states that the village "cherishes the value and dignity of each person."

Read More On Patch: Illinois Police Officers Show Support With Pride Month Badge

More rural areas have also began marking June as Pride Month in recent years.

"Each summer, Pride is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of identities, experiences and histories in the LGBTQ community and recognize all who have and continue to advocate for LGBTQ lives, rights and visibility," Rayne Parker, assistant director of the office of LGBTQ resources at the University of Kentucky, said in a news release.

"As with other recognition months, this is an opportunity to highlight LGBTQ pride and advocacy and should continue to be recognized all year long," Parker said.

Pride events worldwide in 2021 are accompanied by the unveiling of a new pride flag that was changed to include intersex people, Advocate.com and others have reported. Intersex people have bodies that fall outside the strict male/female binary, according to Planned Parenthood.

Patch Editor Emily Leayman contributed to this report.

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