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Pride Celebrations for the Whole Family

June is chock-full of Pride parties for LGBTQ Houstonians, however most tend to occur at clubs or bars. So, what do you do if you have children and want them to learn a little history, culture, or just mingle with other LGBTQ families and allies? Never fear, Pride Houston did not forget about you. There are plenty of events happening during Pride that are family-friendly and will have entertainment for adults and kids alike. We’ve got some ideas on how you ‘rents can celebrate Pride and spend…

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Pup-Friendly Patios in Houston

Way back in September of 2011, the City of Houston granted its first official permit to allow dogs on a restaurant patio after over a year of lobbying and petitioning. Thanks to the efforts of groups like Paws on Patios, Houston became a prime place to compete in what has become the internet’s favorite game - dogspotting. What started as a lighthearted Facebook group where people could post random dog photos, Dogspotting is now over 948,000 members strong and is considered by many to be an…

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Best 5 Houston Spots to Get That Summer Body

Summer seemed to creep up on some of us like a monster in a horror movie. Back in January, we planned to enter bathing suit season with the perfect summer body, but then parties came up, happy hours started to replace workout schedules, and careful meal prepping was thrown in the garbage and delicious Tex-Mex took its place. Sound familiar? Don’t worry, it does to me too. Never fear, there is still plenty of time to get that body tight and fit. And with the days growing longer and Houston’s…

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Vocal Local: Melanie Toarmina Pang

Melanie Toarmina Pang is one of those Houstonians with boundless energy. The 31-year-old has served as the co-chair of the Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee for two years and has been integral in making Houston a welcoming place for LGBTQ visitors and residents long before that. “I believe that in order for Houston to live up to its fullest potential, it will require inclusivity like no other and a culture shift-- the kind that demands a lot of focus, strategy, and patience,” said Melanie. Her…

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Boogie Down in H-Town

Whether you’re looking to celebrate your boot-scootin’ roots or a tourist searching for an authentic Texan experience, Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon will certainly fit the bill. Established in 2013, this cowboy-themed gay dancehall is about 8 miles away from the typical Montrose Gayborhood scene, at 11410 Hempstead Road. The building itself is the stuff of legend. The historic location was formerly the Esquire Ballroom, a massive honky-tonk that hosted country greats like George Jones, Patsy…

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First Annual Lez Prom May 19

Long before the era of viral “promposals” and legally recognized gay marriage, prom was a heavily heteronormative tradition catered to straight teens. Last year, gay advocacy org, GLAAD published their Accelerating Acceptance report that found 20% of millennials identify as LGBTQ, making them the queerest generation in history up to that point. A similar study by the J. Walter Thompson Innovation Group found that less than 50% of 13-20-year-olds identified as straight in 2016. While it’s…

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Brunch of the Month: Bosscat Kitchen + Libations

Newport Beach’s Bosscat Kitchen + Libations is one of the latest establishments to join the Houston gastropub scene. Located at 4310 Westheimer, Bosscat boasts an extensive whiskey menu and craft cocktails, Southern-inspired food and a cozy ambiance perfect for an evening out on their patio watching the beautiful Houston sunset. The 6,900-square-foot restaurant can house up to 220 guests with another 40 guests on the two patios that feature roll-up garage doors that will be open on nice weather…

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