Pride flags, stickers, masks, pronoun buttons and other merch were handed out at the Austin school district’s “Pride Out!” event in March. Organizers of Pride events in Texas this month are trying to weigh a wish to celebrate their civil rights movement with fears for safety after extremists were arrested at a Pride event in Idaho this month. (Photo: Lauren Witte/The Texas Tribune)
Some LGBTQ Texans are trying to navigate plans to commemorate the catalyst of their civil rights movement with concerns about safety after 31 members of a Texas-based hate group were charged with conspiracy to riot at a Pride event in Idaho.
When 31 members of a Texas-based white supremacist group were arrested near a Pride event in Idaho last weekend, Mandy Giles worried about what it would mean for the upcoming Pride Houston event and her two nonbinary transgender 20-year-old children.
“It’s still scary just for them to be part of the trans community and put them in a larger LGBTQ community,” Giles, president of the LGBTQ advocacy group PFLAG Houston, said about her kids.
Before last weekend’s incident, the organization was set on participating in the Houston parade. Allies of PFLAG were invited to tag along. But then Giles realized it was important to figure out how the group was feeling in the aftermath of the arrests.