Pride Parade / Festival
As is our custom, the UH LGBTQ Resource Center along with the UH LGBTQ Alumni Network will be participating in the Houston Pride Festival and Parade. ALL UH students, staff, and faculty are welcome to participate.
FESTIVAL: The Houston LGBT Pride FESTIVAL info:
Starts at 12:00 PM CST and ends at 7:00 PM CST
Cross Streets: McKinney St and Smith St.
Volunteers will staff our table and provide patrons with information about the UH LGBTQ Resource Center and Alumni Network.
PARADE: The Houston LGBT Pride PARADE info:
Starts at 8:30 PM CST and ends at 11:00 PM CST
Begins at Milam St and Walker, Continues down Walker St until Smith St where it will make a Left turn, Continues down Smith St until Jefferson St.
Walkers will meet at a specified place (TBA), walk the parade carrying signs, passing out coozies, and waving to the audience.
Please sign up HERE to participate with the UH contingent. (This link will take you to the Get Involved page once you login to AccessUH.) You will be emailed more specific information as it becomes available.
Orlando: How Can Allies Help?
Don’t be silent.
Check in with your LGBTQ friends and ask how they are doing. Many are heartbroken and feel abandoned by their employers, coworkers, friends, neighbors, and families who remain silent and appear to go on with life as if nothing happened.
This was horrible. I feel so bad for the victims and the whole LGBTQ community.
How are you doing?
Is there anything I can do for you?
I will sit here and grieve with you.
I want you to know you are not alone.
I love you for who you are and I stand by you.
The best thing that someone can do to be supportive is to listen. Check in and listen.
Don’t erase the experiences of LGBTQ people by saying this could happen to anyone, or start talking about your own oppression. We can’t handle it right now.
Learn and Teach
Learn that hate speech fosters a culture of hate and violence against marginalized people. “That’s so gay” and the like pave the path for these extreme actions.
Interrupt LGBTQ phobia EVERY time you see it. It makes a difference.
Be louder. Just because you're not a part of the community doesn't mean you shouldn't be outraged and vocal about your outrage.
Contact your political leaders. You know what to say.
Change your profile pic on Facebook. Demonstrate your support. (But, know that is not enough.)
Also remember, it’s important for students to know you are supportive.
The Latinx (the gender inclusive term used instead of Latino) community is also deeply affected by this tragedy.
Don’t turn against another marginalized group. We are all affected by LGBTQ phobia and we can’t fight oppression with oppression.
Here are a few links that provide additional insight - socially, psychologically, and politically.
To My Heterosexual Friends: This is Why Orlando Hurts
8 Ways Allies Can Show Up for the Queer Community After Orlando
From LGBT People to Straight Allies: Here’s How to Talk About Orlando
The policy of the University of Houston (UH) is to ensure equal opportunity in all its educational programs and activities, and all terms and conditions of employment without regard to age, race, color, disability, religion, national origin, veteran's status, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy), except where such a distinction is required by law. Additionally, UH prohibits discrimination in all aspects of employment and educational programs on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Employees, students, and visitors to campus with questions and/or complaints regarding discrimination, or sexual misconduct (such as sexual violence) under Title IX may contact Dr. Richard Anthony Baker, Title IX Coordinator and Assistant VC/VP for Equal Opportunity Services (EOS) or the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Dr. Baker serves as the Title IX Coordinator as well as the ADA and Section 504 Coordinator for UH and can be contacted at:
Dr. Richard Anthony Baker
4367 Wheeler St
Houston, TX 77204
Accommodation Statement: The LGBTQ Resource Center encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please call 713-743-5463 in advance of your participation or visit.
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