The 2014 Pride Houston Guide

Pride is here and this year your everyday clothes aren't going to cut it.

May 19, 2014 —A federal judge strikes down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage.

May 20, 2014 —A U.S. district judge strikes down Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage.

June 1, 2014—Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Illinois.

Tony Carroll and Bruce Smith are a powerhouse couple in Houston.
Courtesy of Tony Carroll
Tony Carroll and Bruce Smith are a powerhouse couple in Houston.


The Pearl Lounge, 4216 Washington

Eagle, 611 Hyde Park

The Morty Rich Hostel, 501 Lovett Boulevard

F Bar, 202 Tuam

Gratifi Kitchen and Bar, 302 Fairview

South Beach, 810 Pacific

Crocker Bar, 2312 Crocker

707 23rd, Galveston

South Beach, 810 Pacific

Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney

South Beach, 810 Pacific

Westheimer and Yoakum

Westheimer between Dunlavy and Crocker

South Beach, 810 Pacific

F Bar, 202 Tuam

South Beach, 810 Pacific

F Bar, 202 Tuam

June 6, 2014 —A Wisconsin federal judge strikes down the state's same-sex marriage ban.

2014 PRIDE

Friday, June 20

Eden: A Pride Girl Party

Ladies, did you love the Eden party last year? It's back! For the second year in a row, Pride celebrates the women of the community with a girl party. But of course guys are welcome to join in the fun. A $5 donation will be collected at the door and the proceeds will be donated to the Lesbian Health Initiative (LHI), a local women's charity.

Saturday, June 21

Pride Unleashed

Want to show off your Pride threads before the big weekend? Swing by Pride Unleashed. The craziest outfits will be on display at this free event that kicks off at 9 p.m.

Sunday, June 22

"Salvation: A Pride Pool Party"

You know it's going to be a hot one, so why not cool down with Pride's official pool party. Dress in your tiniest bikini and party in the pool to the tunes of DJ Chris Zane. For a $25 donation, you get free bites and an open bar, plus the proceeds go toward keeping Pride free for all. Party starts at 1 p.m.

Houston Pride Band Silent Auction

Help the Houston Pride Band raise funds for some new risers while enjoying happy hour cocktails and snacks by Randall Jobe. While you peruse the auction items, which include a "Best of Houston Restaurants" package, Saint Arnold gift pack, concert tickets and more, enjoy the sweet sounds of SaxWorks, the HPB's sax quartet. Free event.

Monday, June 23

"Dine With Pride"

You have to eat, right? You might as well eat while supporting the cause at this official Pride Houston event. Munch on amazing samples of Gratifi's home-style eats and drinks. The eating begins at 10 a.m.

Queer Voices Radio

KPFT/90.1 FM

Every Monday evening from 8 to 9, 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 24

"Rock the Runway"

This year's Rock the Runway fashion event is going to be bigger and sexier than last year's. You're going to want to sit front and center to check out all the latest fashions from top to bottom and everywhere in between. The catwalk opens at 8 p.m. for this free event.

Wednesday, June 25

Pride Houston Happy Hour

Get over hump day at the official Pride Happy Hour. The good times start at 5 p.m., and what's really sweet is, there's no door fee.

Thursday, June 26

Gulf Pride for Youth Weeky Meeting

This support group for young GLBTIQA ages 13–20 meets every week for open discussions on all things concerning being a part of the gay community. Always free and confidential. 6–9 p.m.

Pride Superstar Competition: Finale

The wait is over. After several weeks of contestants belting out the hits, the Pride Superstar Competition is finally coming to a close. Who will be this year's Pride Superstar? That's up to the audience to decide. Find out for yourself alongside host Chad Pitt from Mix 96.5. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and is free.

Friday, June 27

"Rainbow on the Green"

You won't want to miss the citywide celebration at Discovery Green. This year's annual event will be hosted by Chad Pitt from Mix 96.5 and feature the musical stylings of American Idol Season 6 runner-up Blake Lewis, plus many more. Bring your own snacks; drinks will be available for purchase at this free event. The fun starts at 7 p.m.

Wonderland Houston

It's about time to shimmy your way into a Winter Wonderland at Houston's only circuit party. This year the other side of the looking glass party-goers will find a laser light show, fog and even snow. Spinning the tunes will be DJ Brandon Moses. Tickets go for $40, and all proceeds will go to Bunnies on the Bayou.

Saturday, June 28

Pride Festival

For 36 years, Houston has been celebrating the Pride Festival, and it grows each year. This year festival organizers expect more than 325,000, so make sure you get to the festivities early. Enjoy the booths and entertainment with sponsors such as Bud Light, Chipotle, Barefoot Wines and OutSmart Magazine as you support the LGBT community. Don't forget to dress carnivale-style! The festival opens promptly at 1 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m. Free.

Pride Parade

As the festival winds down, you and 400,000 of your closest friends will be looking to grab a seat along Westheimer between Dunlavy and Montrose for the 36th Annual Pride Parade. The parade, which officially begins at 8:15 p.m., will feature 100-plus organizations and businesses showing off their pride with elaborate floats and costumed marching. If you can make it there by 7:30 p.m., you'll be able to catch the Parade pre-show, which takes place on Westheimer at Waugh. The parade is free for all, but if you consider yourself a Very Important Person, look into the "Friends of Pride" VIP experience. Visit the website for more information.

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Mike Craig
Mike Craig

Not sure who researched the dates, but Rainbow on the Green was last night (the 20th)...