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Author: Zach McKenzie

Zach McKenzie is a freelance writer and publicist in Houston, Texas. Originally born and raised in the Texas Hill Country, Zach moved to Houston after graduating from The University of Texas at Austin in 2014. He has contributed to OutSmart Magazine, CityBook Magazine, Chron.com, The Knot, Houstonia Magazine, Found Me Magazine, MyGayHouston, etc. Zach has written personal essays and has interviewed musicians, artists, politicians, celebrities, comedians, drag artists, trans activists, and many more incredible people. In his free time, Zach serves as vice president of the board of directors for a local nonprofit called Grace Place, enjoys working out, going to museums, exploring the Houston food and bar scene, and hanging out with his friends and cat Monty.

  • Pride in Houston
    March 26, 2024
    Pride Month is set to be more epic than ever before in Bayou City thanks to two separate celebrations in June! Houston’s New Faces of Pride and Pride Houston 365 are the organizations hosting Pride festivities with plenty of activities and fun for the entire community and allies to look forward to. Here is what each organization has slated for this year: HOUSTON’S NEW FACES OF PRIDE With promises to “present Pride like never before”, Houston’s New Faces of...
  • A Leader for All Credit: Montrose Center
    March 22, 2024
    A new leader has emerged at The Montrose Center, one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ centers in Houston. Avery Belyeu was recently appointed chief executive officer of the nonprofit organization following Dr. Ann J. Robison's retirement. Belyeu’s passion for advocacy and supporting members of the queer community from all walks of life made her the perfect choice following the board of directors’ extensive nationwide search. Following her appointment, Belyeu became the...
  • Where to Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in Houston Credit: ChPlAm
    March 13, 2024
    Get your green getup ready and plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style! Houston is ready to show out for the Irish celebration with parties and events all around the city. Check out our roundup of the top events to check out below: Eagle Houston Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration March 17, 2024 Eage Houston invites you to drink, dance, and get lucky at the Montrose bar on Sunday, March 17, starting at noon! Money shots and Pot O’ Goldschlager shots will be $5 all night,...
  • Spring in Houston
    February 26, 2024
    In Houston, the weather is beautiful in spring! Before the summer heat returns, get outside and enjoy all that Bayou City has to offer. Here is our list of spring festivals and activities worth checking out! ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES Houston is jam-packed with events and things to do year-round, but there’s something about spring weather that makes getting out and exploring that much better! Grab your 10-gallon hat and get ready for amazing food, concerts, carnival rides, and more at...
  • HOUSTON RODEO EXPERIENCE Credit: HLSR
    February 19, 2024
    The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) is an epic experience for those looking for prime entertainment, amazing food, and to dust off their cowboy hats and chaps! If you’re planning on heading to the Rodeo, running from Feb. 27 to March 17 at NRG Park, check out our list of recommendations below for lassoing up a good time and embracing your inner cowpoke. GETTING THERE Getting to NRG Park isn’t always the funniest part of the Rodeo experience, but we’ve got all the...
  • ROMANCE IN BAYOU CITY
    February 8, 2024
    Houston is for lovers, and we’ve got the top spots to celebrate love, rekindle a romance, or nurture a burgeoning relationship. Check out our recommendations for mixing up date night in H-Town. Where To Eat Barcelona Wine Bar Nothing sets the mood quite like romantic lighting, wine/cocktails, and delicious bites in a cozy atmosphere. With tapas shaped by Mediterranean, Spanish, and South American influences, Barcelona Wine Bar offers nearly 400 wines on their wine list. The restaurant...
  • WHERE TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR IN HOUSTON Credit: ChPlAm
    December 22, 2023
    Check out our list of top spots in Houston to welcome 2024 to the stage. PEARL BAR Photo: Courtesy via @vonkiss Ring in the new year at one of the country’s only lesbian-specific bars! Pearl Bar is hosting a New Year’s Eve bash complete with amazing music, VIP accommodations, and a complimentary toast. Hosted by Amber Whittington, the celebration will kick off at 8 pm, and guests will enjoy tunes by DJ Von Kiss as well as a free champagne toast at midnight. The cover is $10, and...
  • Pride 2.0 Credit: Tasha Gorel
    December 4, 2023
    What’s better than one Pride organization? Two! The dynamic Houston LGBTQ+ community cultivates rich, fertile ground for new ideas, faces and leadership. This is progress in action. Welcome to the stage, Houston’s New Faces of Pride! The new nonprofit, which launched in October 2023, aims to spotlight LGBTQ+ organizations year-round by making philanthropy one of the main cornerstones of their mission. Bryan Cotton, president and founder, and his board of directors have hit the...
  • Let's Get Lit Credit: Houston First Corp.
    November 27, 2023
    Cher has released her holiday album, Mariah Carey has begun her “Queen of Christmas” duties, and Houston is illuminated with twinkle lights around the city. That can only mean one thing—the holiday season has officially arrived! Strolling about and enjoying holiday lights is a perfect and affordable way to soak up the magic of the city, all while making the yuletide gay. City Lights Downtown Holiday Magic, presented by Shell Energy, invites guests to celebrate the holiday...
  • Hot LGBTQ+ Holiday Events in Houston Credit: ChPlAm
    November 22, 2023
    You’ve decked the halls and now it’s time to party! The holiday season is a perfect time to gather with friends for a festive night out or to party with a purpose—or both. Embrace your inner Mariah Carey and check out our list of hot LGBTQ+ holiday events around town this season. Trinity Episcopal Church Midtown’s “Drag Me To Church” December 5, 2023 Trinity Episcopal Church Midtown is hosting a drag fundraiser, “Drag Me To Church” on...
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