Houston Independent School District will host its second annual Pride Summit for students grades 6-12 and their parents and caregivers on Saturday, May 6, 2023, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Pride Summit is a virtual event which offers participants a unique opportunity to support LGBTQ+ students and cultivate relationships within the community through education and advocacy.
The summit will be held via Zoom to best accommodate participants throughout the district and ensure that everyone can attend the summit safely and privately.
For the first time, HISD’s Pride Committee participated in Houston’s annual LGBTQ+ Pride Celebration on June 25. The 44th annual event, organized by Houston Pride 365, was the first following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Historically, the night of senior prom is supposed to be a magical capstone that defines our high school experiences. It’s the night to which we compare all other nights that make up our adolescence. We don’t know what to expect, but that’s part of the excitement. Anything can happen. You’re dressed to the nines, surrounded by your friends in a fancy environment that makes you feel like an adult—and after all, aren’t you an adult? Graduation is only weeks away, and then you enter the real world, whatever that means. This is your last night to define High School You™ and to show your peers how you want to be remembered when you look back on your high school career.
When Heights High School student Miles Steinmeyer walked into his senior prom, he didn’t know what to expect. He was excited. But that excitement, as it always is when Miles takes bold steps into the unknown, was colored by fear. Miles is tall on an average day, but as he strode into prom in a pair of four-inch heels, he towered over his classmates, statuesque. There was no way for Miles to blend in. He didn’t want to blend in.
Houston ISD held its first-ever Virtual #HISDPride Summit on Saturday, April 9. Students grades 6-12 and their parents/caregivers were invited to attend. In addition to providing a day of learning, accountability, and validation, the purpose of this summit was to ensure that attendees walk away with the tools necessary to either navigate life as an LGBTQ+ student or support an LGBTQ+ student.