In light of the upsurge of COVID-19 cases in Texas, Pride Houston has cancelled a downtown march previously scheduled for Saturday, June 27. Plans for the accompanying rally will go forward online at 11 a.m.
On Friday, June 26, Pride Houston released the following statement on its website:
Pride Houston understands that we do not live in a bubble and we are also in the middle of another public health crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic. Given the rapid rise of recent infection and hospitalization in Texas, and in consultation with various health providers and the City of Houston we have agreed to host a Virtual Rally and to forego a formal march. The Rally will still include the planned program at the same date and time and will be available for live stream on the Pride Houston social media. THIS IS EVENT IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BUT YOU CAN JOIN US ONLINE!
Pride Houston, in coordination with various community organizations and stakeholders, was originally scheduled to host a First Amendment March + Rally at Houston City Hall on Saturday, June 27. This grassroots event to address the systemic bias and racism that exists in policing and criminal justice policies nation-wide was important to all of us because it draws attention to the important fact that racist policing policies are not just a criminal justice problem but also a public health emergency. It is a public health emergency that disproportionately affects black and brown people and also queer people.
We implore all of you to join us virtually and share your voice with #itstartedwithariot!
Please tune in to Facebook or PrideHouston.org on Saturday at 11 a.m. for our virtual rally.