Mayor's Office Press Release

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