The University of Houston-Downtown Community makes an appearance at the Houston Pride Parade on Saturday, June 25 44th Annual Official Houston Pride LGBT+ Celebration The live event was once again after a gap of two years due to the pandemic.
UHD’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Student Affairs, and other departments, students and faculty participated in the parade with the university vehicle proudly displaying the UHD banner.
Dr. John Hudson, director of UHD’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion, said, “We were welcomed as the UHD banner entered the parade route with the giant UHD flag waving from the back of the UHD Facility truck.” Chants of “this is my school” and ‘go getters’ could be heard as we made our way down the route. People cheering and claiming us as our school – and proudly doing so Doing – was incredibly gratifying.”
The festivities began with a celebration outside Houston City Hall, followed by a parade. The events are organized by Pride Houston 365 (formerly Pride Houston), a non-profit that works to celebrate Houston’s LGBTQIA+ community, raise significant funds for youth scholarships, and ongoing health. and provides welfare education.
Hudson said the university’s participation in parade-related events, including UHD volunteers, was monumental in terms of visibility and representation.
“We made a clear statement that we are a welcoming, inclusive institution, and we have a place for everyone as we celebrated Houston’s first Pride Parade since the pandemic began,” he said.
Hudson said that UHD will continue to appear at Pride events for years to come.
“It was only the beginning,” he said. “Next year, I expect the parade to have two to three venues, a UHD van or bus, a UHD float, and 100 or more marchers. We are the University of Houston-Downtown, and we all felt that we made a powerful statement. as we made our way through the parade route.”