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Houston Voice, June 10, 2005 - File 009. 2005-06-10. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 14, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/2763/show/2746.

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Title Houston Voice, June 10, 2005
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date June 10, 2005
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript ___ ^____ _____ _■ L ——_ HOUSTON VOICE LOCcll LIYG - Partners in life and partners in Pride Todd Amdor and Matt Stone have created a new and improved Pride Festival for 2005 By DAWN RORIE After almost a year of planning, the Pride Festival is back. While the annual bash before the parade is always a popular event for those who wish to drink, dance and be merry before the parade begins, festival co-chairs (and partners) Todd Amdor and Matthew Stone have been working to make this year's event bigger and better than ever. This is the fifth year that Amdor and Stone have volunteered for Pride Houston, and the second year that they been involved with coordinating the festival, which has evolved considerably since its inception. Houston's Pride Festival began as a Pride rally after the parade, back when the parade was held in the heat of the day. When the parade made its switch to the nighttime, the festival moved to the Garden in the Heights. In recent years, the Festival has found a home in Montrose, finally landing at the intersection of Westheimer and Yoakum. With Yoakum closed to vehicle traffic on Pride day, festival goers can now celebrate all afternoon and continue mingling and partying as they gather in a special private viewing area to watch the Parade. Other than location, what makes this Pride Festival different than last year's— or the year before that? According to Amdor, more community involvement has grown the festival into what organizers hope will be "the epicenter of gay Houston before the Pride celebration." Thanks to approximately 75 businesses and non-profit organizations, the 2005 Pride Festival will feature plenty of food, drinks, booths, and tons of entertainment. In addition to food and drinks provided by the Montrose Diner and Slider's Bar and Daquiris, festival-goers will be able to buy merchandise and find information about various gay-friendly businesses and non-profit organizations at the many Matt Stone and Todd Amdor are the chairs of the 2005 Pride Festival that takes place the afternoon of June 25. (Photo by Dalton DeHart) ft MORE INFO Houston Pride Festival 2 p.m. until parade time June 25 Yoakum and Westheimer www.pridehouston.org booths that wiU be set up at the event. The Hollyfield Foundation, which provides funding for many HIV/AIDS and non-profit organizations that serve lesbians and gays, will be showcasing 40 groups such as AIDS Foundation Houston, the Montrose Clinic, and the newly formed Houston Equal Rights AUiance. According to Amdor, the festival is "trying to highlight some of the local non-profit groups that aren't as visible as some of the larger organizations." This year, festival attendees will be able to test their pitching skills at Dunk'd—a dunking booth that will feature "GLBT community leaders, muscle boys, and drag queens," says Stone. Pride Houston president Nick Brines, activist/lawyer Jerry Simoneaux, hotties from Muscles in Action and divas from the Miss Camp America Foundation are among the people who will brave the icy waters of Dunk'd in order to entertain the masses. A wide variety of musical entertainment will rock the audience from two stages. Local acts such as the Houston Pride Band and skyblue72 will perform on the Community Showcase Stage. Sophie B. Hawkins performs The Bud Light Stage features a lineup of artists that includes festival headliners Sophie B. Hawkins and Pansy Division. Grammy-nominated singer Sophie B. Hawkins is known for her chart-topping singles "Damn! I Wish I Was Your Lover" and "As I Lay Me Down." "Sophie is excited about the opportunity to perform for the gay community in Houston," says Stone. Pansy Division, "the original gay punk band," came crashing out of the closet in the 90's to develop quite a following. They have performed more than 800 live shows and opened for Green Day's World Tour. After partying for hours in the heat, cooling down is a must. The Red Bull Energy Dance tent will be cooling down bodies while keeping the party hot, hot, hot. The 1,000-square-foot, air-conditioned tent will feature music spun by some of Houston's hottest DJ's. "The key word here is 'air-conditioned!'" says Stone. Although the Pride Festival will be an entertaining event for adults, Amdor and Stone emphasize that the event will be fun for families, as well. All entertainment will be family-friendly, and the festival will feature children's activities, including a blow-up moonwalk and an exhibit by the Houston SPCA. Children under the age of 6 get into the festival for free. Amdor and Stone hope that heterosexuals will attend the event, as well. "Events like this change people's minds about what the gay community is and who its members are," Amdor says. Stone agrees, explaining that the festival is not only a way for the gays and lesbians to reconnect, but also a way to educate heterosexuals. "This is a chance for all people to have fun and celebrate our community, our culture, our music, and learn more about our organizations." he says. Festival tickets, costing $10, can be purchased at Houston Buyers Club, 3224 Yoakum; Montrose Counseling Center, 701 Richmond; Montrose Clinic, 215 Westheimer; and The Assistance Fund, 1116 Jackson or online at the Pride Web site. After organizing such a huge festival for this year's Pride, Stone and Amdor can't imagine how they will top it in 2006, but they are determined to try. Planning for next year's Pride will begin just a month or so after the last bits of this year's parade paraphernalia are swept off of Westheimer. Somehow, between working full time jobs and volunteering at various organizations—Amdor is an attorney for Bracewell and Giuliani LLP and serves on the board of the Hollyfield Foundation, and Stone is assistant director of sales for the Hilton Westchase and a board member of the Houston Black Tie Dinner—the pair manage to make every year's Pride celebration one of their top priorities. The celebration and festival, says Amdor, is "Pride's gift to the community."
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