Rainbow on the Green -- Monica Roberts Resource Center
We speak with Barry Mandel about Rainbow on the Green, the large pride event held downtown at Discovery Green. Discovery Green presents its annual citywide LGBTQ celebration with electrifying entertainment. This year, Rainbow on the Green presented by Legacy Community Health will honor the courageous families who have spoken out against legislation meant to deny medical treatment to trans-gender children. The line-up features award-winning local drag queens, Houston’s own powerhouse vocalist Christina Wells, a veteran of America’s Got Talent, and as the headliner, iconic vocal group, The Kinsey Sicks. Known as "America's Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet" their original music and parodies performed a cappella has entertained and inspired millions around the world for decades. Award-winning local drag queens, Angelina DM Trailz, Serena, and Hu'Nee Bee! Special recognition and an award will be given to an activist in the LGBTQ community. Three-time Emmy winner and KPRC’s Houston Life host, Derrick Shore, will be the evening’s emcee and DJ Joe Ross will keep the party spinning.
GUEST: Barry Mandel
Then, we speak with activist Jevon Martin about his mission to establish the Monica Roberts Resource Center. Monica Roberts, the late transgender journalist and groundbreaking advocate, did what most major news outlets and law enforcement fail to do: accurately document the history and lives of trans people throughout the country. After her death in 2020, New York activist Jevon Martin partnered with other LGBTQ advocates to create a resource center in her honor. “Losing her was like losing our history,” says Martin, a Black trans man who oversees Princess Janae Place, a New York nonprofit designed to help trans folk transition from homelessness to independent living. “This resource center is gonna carry her legacy. It’s important to know the people that paved the road that you’re walking on.” The Monica Roberts Resource Center (MRRC) will honor trans Pride with its first-ever celebration at 6 p.m. on June 24 at Maceo’s, a local events venue owned by a lesbian couple. The free Pride event will include an awards ceremony to recognize trans individuals and business owners in Houston for their service and advocacy.