By Chris Lane
By Jeff Balke
By Aaron Reiss
By Angelica Leicht
By Dianna Wray
By Aaron Reiss
By Camilo Smith
By Craig Malisow
Friday, June 21
Eden: A Pride Girl Party
The Usual, 5519 Allen theusualpub.com
Hey, ladies! It's time to get funky. Swing by The Usual for the first-ever Pride event dedicated to the female gender. Just because this joint was voted the Houston Press's Best Women's Bar in 2012 doesn't mean the gentlemen aren't also welcome to join in the fun. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to an area women's organization. Free.
"Rainbow on the Green"
Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney
The citywide celebration spills onto the lush grass of downtown's Discovery Green. Bring your blanket and a picnic basket and enjoy the stellar lineup of entertainment, including Britney Spears impressionist Derrick Barry, chart-topping singer Crystal Waters and hit-making producer/ DJ Chris Cox. Mix 96.5 morning host Blake Hayes will emcee this star-studded event. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Saturday, June 22
"Pride in the Park"
BBVA Compass Stadium, 2200 Texas
Facebook.com/pridehouston/events Pride Houston is swapping its rainbows for some orange! Root for your Houston Dynamo as they take on the Toronto FC. each. Contact Meghan Slaughter at 713-276-7538 for more details about seating. $22.
Sunday, June 23
"Salvation: A Pride Pool Party" presented by abOUT Magazine
Morty Rich Hostel, 501 Lovett
You know it's going to be a hot one, so why not cool down with Pride's official pool party. Join abOUT Magazine, Bud Light, Texas Crown Whiskey, Hot 95.7 and Special K from 104.1 KRBE for some serious splashing around in your best pair of Speedos. An open bar will help with any inhibitions. 1-6 p.m. Free; donations encouraged.
Monday, June 24
"Dine with Pride"
Gratifi Kitchen and Bar, 302 Fairview
Come for the freshly made Portobello Buddha burger, stay for the Texas Cosmo. Shake out of your Monday blahs and have some of Gratifi's 100 percent homemade Texas comfort food. A portion of the day's sales goes to support Pride. And bring your dog, too!
Queer Voices Radio
Every Monday evening from 9 to 11 p.m., KPFT hosts Queer Voices, a show dedicated to all the news concerning Houston's LGBT community. Tune in to find out how they'll be celebrating Pride.
Tuesday, June 25
"Rock the Runway"
South Beach, 810 Pacific
Clothing makes the man (and the woman), and this year's "Rock the Runway" is just the thing to do when you're looking for new threads. Watch stunning models strut their stuff wearing the latest from Boiskin Bodywear, Andrew Christian, Bunker and more. Lots of giveaways at this fashion event. 8-11 p.m. Free.
Lambda NextGen Houston — June Happy Hour
Guava Lamp, 570 Waugh
Have fun and meet other young LGBTA professionals. Join Lambda NextGen, "Houston's First LGBTA Young Professionals Network," and hang with other 22- to 35-year-olds. Free; happy-hour prices. The good times start at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 26
"REEL Pride: presents Breaking Through"
River Oaks Theatre, 2009 W. Gray
Being proud of who you are and unleashing the power from within is at the center of this powerful documentary featuring intimate conversations with openly gay political figures and how their sexual orientation has empowered them to persevere. Keep an eye out for our very own Mayor Annise Parker. 7 p.m. $10.
Houston Pride Band Rehearsals
Bethel UCC, 1107 Shepherd
Before you watch them storm the Houston Pride Parade, take in a rehearsal by Houston's unofficial LGBT community band; they've been together for close to three decades now! After their rehearsals, they always like to grab a bite or a drink. Free to watch. Visit their Web site if you want to play along. 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Merry Gay Consultants Launch Party
Stereo Live, 6400 Richmond
The Merry Gay Consultants are opening their virtual doors with a massive launch party packed with more goings-on than you'll know what to do with. The night will feature two stand-up comedians, Frank Lotti and Jess Wood from New York, as well as a live Broadway revue of some of your favorite musicals. Wait, there's more. You can also get your firefighter on with a pole-dance competition or find yourself the star of a new commercial filming that night. Whew. $24.99; a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Montrose Center.
Thursday, June 27
Gulf Pride for Youth Weekly Meeting
707 23rd, Galveston
Every week this support group for GLBTIQA youth ages 13-20 meets for open discussions on all things concerning being a part of the "gay community." 6-9 p.m. Always free and confidential.
Pride Superstar Competition: Finale
South Beach, 810 Pacific
This year's singing competition started out with 11 vocalists, and after several rounds of elimination, it all comes down to tonight. For seven years running, Pride has sponsored this singing competition that has showcased some of the brightest LGBT talents in Houston. Join the judges and host Blake Hayes, from Mix 96.5 FM, in determining who'll take home the top prize. Your vote counts! 9:30 p.m.-midnight. Free.
Friday, June 28
Huge Weekend Kick-Off Party
F Bar, 202 Tuam
If you're thinking you'll have to wait until tomorrow to start partying like a rock star, you are fortunately mistaken. Head over to F Bar and get your celebration started early. Doors open at 5 p.m. for this party featuring the tunes of award-winning DJ Joe Ross. Free.