We are one step closer to hosting World Pride 2023 in H-town!
Pride Houston, the nonprofit that organizes our LGBT Pride Parade and festival and who is coordinating our hosting bid, announced that their application to the WorldPride Committee of InterPride was unanimously approved. Our competition for the 2023 WorldPride bid, Sydney, Australia and Montreal, Canada also had their WorldPride bids accepted by the committee.
Interestingly enough Austin, TX is bidding for the 2025 WorldPride against Rome, Italy.
Representatives from Pride Houston, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Fierte Montreal will travel to Athens, Greece next month for the annual meeting to present their bids to the WorldPride Committee
The bids are then voted on, with the winning group getting to host WorldPride
I believe our toughest competition is Sydney. WorldPride has never been held in Australia or the Southern Hemisphere, and New York just hosted it in the US for the first time ever this year in large part because of the Stonewall 50th anniversary.
Montreal also has the problem of a WorldPride recently being held in their nation in Toronto, and being a 5 hour drive from New York that just hosted it.
Houston would also be another first time city with the advantages of nonstop international air travel to much of the globe from IAH and Hobby, in addition to being a large international city as well.
When the 2020 Census is completed, Houston is expected to officially pass Chicago to become the third largest city in the United States.
We’ll find out next month if a Texas city gets a WorldPride. Hopefully it will be Houston that will be that city