Voting for Pride Houston 2021 Grand Marshals and theme begins Feb. 8

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Voting for Pride Houston 2021 Grand Marshals and theme begins Feb. 8. (Courtesy Pride Houston)

Voting for Pride Houston 2021 Grand Marshals and theme begins Feb. 8. (Courtesy Pride Houston)

Pride Houston announced Feb. 5 its slate of potential themes and Grand Marshal candidates, who are nominated by the public.

Voters can read more information and then select a theme and a Grand Marshal in four categories—female-identifying, male-identifying, gender nonbinary/nonconforming and ally—at www.pridehouston.org.

Details about the annual LGBTQ festival and parade, typically held in the spring, have not yet been announced. The 2020 parade and festival were canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

View the list of nominees below.

Themes


#GameOver: representing the fight to end intolerance and hatred.

Pride Unbound: representing hope, healing and progress while honoring those who fought for change in the past.


Diverse-City: Together We Rise: representing Houston’s diversity and calls for equity.

Grand Marshals


Female-identifying

Melanie Toarmina Pang: community leader; scholarship recipient from the Houston Lesbian & Gay Community Center

Ali Lozano: organizer with Texas Civil Rights Project

Isabel Longoria: Harris County elections administrator

Kymberlie McGuire: advocate; co-founder of Houston Gaymers

Male-identifying

Jovon Tyler: president of Houston’s GLBT Political Caucus

C. Patrick McIlvain: mental health advocate; volunteer with Mayor’s Office of Special Events

Jacques Bourgeois: co-founder of Houston Gaymers; advocate for Houston’s Black Queer community

Gender nonbinary/nonconforming

Kevin Nguyen: frequent volunteer; member of Mayor Sylvester Turner’s LGBTQ Advisory Board

Michael Stewart; advocate for nonbinary and gender nonconforming inclusion

Chip Ware: advocate within Houston’s Jewish community

Ally

Abbie Kamin: District C Houston City Council member

Chris Hollins: Harris County clerk
By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.