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The first Pride march in New York City was held on June 28, 1970, on the first anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, the queer community’s response to a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan, New York. The celebration would soon become “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month” in 1999 and 2000, as declared by President Bill Clinton. Since then, Pride has become a month-long celebration including parades, parties and performances.

While the celebrations originate in New York, Houston has a rich history that deserves a celebration of its own. There are a handful of ways to celebrate Pride in the Bayou City, from amplifying queer voices in literature to celebrating at one of the many LGBTQ+ friendly bars in town. Not to mention the Magnum Opus of celebrations — the Houston Pride Festival and Parade, which are also making a comeback this month. 

We’ve culled through the city’s many happenings for Pride and compiled lists of events, venues and ways to support Houston’s queer community. 


In This Feature:

The Top LGBTQ+ Bars in Houston

With female-focused bars like Pearl Bar and leather bars like RIPCORD, Houston’s LGBTQ+ bar scene has something for every color of the rainbow.

06/03/2022 By Daniel Renfrow

Houston Pride Events You Cannot Miss This June

Run a 5K, play bingo, see an exhibition, catch a classic queer film at Rooftop Cinema Club, plus more can't-miss events.

06/01/2022 By Amarie Gipson

Celebrate Pride on Your Bookshelf with These Houston Authors

Houston's LGBTQIA+ authors to know and books that stick with you long after Pride Month is over.

06/07/2022 By Kaitlyn Miller and Geneva Diaz

LGBTQ+ Health & Wellness Resources in Houston

Establishments such as Legacy Community Health, The Montrose Center and Thomas Street Health Center offer judgement-free care for the LGBTQ+ community.

06/10/2022 By Stephanie Bartels With Brianna Benitez

A Guide to the Houston LGBTQ+ Pride Festival and Parade

We’re here to give you a rundown on all things Pride, from what to wear to what to bring and what to leave at home.

06/13/2022 By Daniel Renfrow

Take Pride in Supporting These Houston Wellness Entrepreneurs

Show your local pride by supporting The Ranch Houston, YogaStrong and Hot Towel TX.

06/16/2022 By Danielle Wright

Must-See Drag Shows in Houston

From drag brunches at Boheme to burlesque at ReBar, these shows feature queens who are ready to serve in the areas of charisma, nerve, and talent.

03/08/2023 By Daniel Renfrow and Geneva Diaz