United We Stand: A History of the Early Days of the LGBT Houston Community

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United We Stand: A History of the Early Days of the LGBT Houston Community

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Liz Torres speaking at Save Our Cherished Children rally
Liz Torres (of All in the Family) speaking at Save Our Cherished Children rally.

Anita Bryant performing at State Bar of Texas 95th Convention
After successfully campaigning to repeal a Dade County, Florida, ordinance banning discrimination against gay men and lesbians, Anita Bryant became a national spokesperson for anti-gay sentiment and opposition to gay rights. Houston’s LGBT…

Mary Thelma riding in first Houston Gay Pride Parade
Grand Marshal of the first official parade was 78 year old Mary Thelma Hansel. Her love of the evening drag shows at the Old Plantation, which she often attended with her son, led to her being known as the “Disco Gramma.” The motherly guidance…

First Gay Pride Parade float in front of Mary's on Westheimer
Houston's first official Pride Parade was held on July 1, 1979. The parade’s theme, “United We Stand,” reflected the emerging solidarity within the gay community. The parade has its roots in political activism, and the Gay Political Caucus saw…

Protest of Fred Paez's death in front of City Hall
On the night before the 1980 Pride Parade Fred Paez, Treasurer of the Gay Political Caucus, was shot in the head by an off duty police officer. The officer claimed that, while resisting arrest for public lewdness, Paez caused the gun to go off. Many…

Gary Van Ooteghem
When people discuss “gay history” in the United States they often think only of events that took place on the east and west coasts; however, the countercultural movements of the 1960s and the Stonewall riots of 1969 also inspired gay men and…

Organizers of Town Meeting I
The Anita Bryant protest created a communty, but there were still no institutions in place to serve the community's needs. So, as a part of Houston’s first Gay Pride Week, local activists planned a meeting to discuss issues facing the community.…

Ray Hill at Town Meeting I
Ray Hill at Town Meeting I, introducing Sissy Farenthold

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