Queervoices: LGBTQ Advisory Board

On July 11th, KPFT's Queervoices welcomed Lou Weaver and Melanie Pang to discuss the creation of the city of Houston's first LGBTQ Advisory Board. 



Mayor Turner Announces Members for LGBT Advisory Board

June 30, 2016 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner has selected 49 people to serve on the City’s first Mayor’s LGBT Advisory Board.  The number of board members is meant to be a symbolic nod to the 49 victims of The Pulse massacre in Orlando. 

The board exemplifies the diversity of the Houston LGBT community, and consists of 21 White/Non-Hispanic members, 12 African-American members, 13 Hispanic members, 2 Asian members, and one biracial member. These individuals represent identities from across the LGBTQ spectrum—including representatives from the gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, transgender, intersex, and straight ally communities.

“It was important to me to make this announcement before the end of Pride month,” said Mayor Turner.  However, let me be clear, our support for the LGBT community is not ending.  We are standing with Orlando today and we will be standing with them tomorrow.  In Houston, we fight hate with love and inclusion.  There is much work to be done and I can’t wait to get going.”

The board will serve as a direct link between the mayor’s office and the LGBT community, providing advice and recommendations on issues.  Due to the board’s size, the mayor anticipates there will be a committee structure. Board Chair and Vice Chair are Lou Weaver and Melanie Pang, respectively.  Weaver is with Equality Texas and Pang works for The Salvation Army.

Below is the list of other board members:

A.J. Mistretta    
Alan Dettlaff  
Ashton Woods
Aurora Harris  
Barry Mandel  
Becca Keo-Meier        
Brad Pritchett  
Brandon Mack
Brandon Wilke           
Chris Busby    
Crystal Solares-Bockmon       
Dee Dee Watters                     
Dennis Beedon           
Eesha Pandit               
Erika Richie                
Felix Perez      
Fran Watson               
Frances Valdez
Harrison Guy              
Isabel Longoria           
Januari Leo     
Jeffry Faircloth                       
Juan Lerma     
Kent Loftin     
Kevin Nix       
Koomah      
Kristen Capps                            
Lily Pando (15-year old who will serve as an honorary member)
Lura Groen     
Maria González          
Mark Chupik  
Maximo Cortez                       
Mike Webb     
Monica Roberts
Paul Guillory  
R. Aaron Flores          
Renita Cooksey          
Ricardo Rodriguez      
Richard Lapin             
Ron Goines  
Ryan Leach    
Steven Guthrie
T. Ray Purser  
Tamira "Augie" Augustine       
Tammi Wallace                       
Tiffany Ross    
Tim Martinez 


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