By Ben Briscoe Staff Writer

Two Texas Pride Celebration deadlines are coming up this week.

Applications to take part in the Houston Pride Parade are due Thursday, May 31. The original application deadline was May 15, but late applications will be taken through Thursday. The parade, now in its 29th year, was moved several years ago to the evening. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, June 23.

Applications are available on the forms page of the Pride Houston Web site,

Marian Lasalle, development director for Pride Houston, says that Bayou City’s Pride celebration is not to be missed.

“We have the largest Pride parade in the Southwest,” she says. “Over 200,000 people come out to watch every year. Plus, it’s different than your normal parade. It’s more fun because it’s at night.”

Fees for participating in the parade start at $225.

Also, Equality Texas is accepting reservations for next weekend’s kickoff event of Austin’s gay Pride month.

The 12th annual Pride Texas Sunrise Brunch will be held on June 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Austin’s Dell Jewish Community Campus.

Evan Smith, editor of Texas Monthly, will be keynote speaker for the event.

“We are thrilled to have Evan as our featured speaker, and we are grateful to him for the magazine’s recent article, “‘Family Values,’ on LGBT parenting,” Paul E. Scott, Equality Texas’ executive director, said in a press release. “A supporter of equality for all Texans, Smith and Texas Monthly help to put human faces on the ongoing political struggle for LGBT civil rights.”

Smith’s speech will be centered on tactics for the progressive movement to advance in the 2008 and 2010 elections.

Marianne DeLeon, Equality Texas’ development director, says the brunch is definitely worth the drive from Dallas to Austin.

“It’s a great, great event. The brunch is a way for Dallasites to get an insight into what is happening here in the state government,” she said. “If you want to get educated about how the LGBT community is faring in the Texas Legislature, then this is perfect for you.”

Although admission to the event is limited to 250 people, DeLeon says there are still have 100 seats left and getting tickets should not be problem up until about June 1.

Tickets for the event are $50. For information, call 512-494-1500. DeLeon also said that sponsorships are still available for the event.


This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, May 25, 2007. siteанализ конкурентов сайта