On Tuesday, the border city of Brownsville, Texas, will officially declare June as “Pride Month.” It will be a historic decision as Brownsville will become the first city to officially recognize the LGBTQ community in the Rio Grande Valley.

The proclamation comes after Brownsville resident Joe M. Uvalles II worked closely with City Commissioner Jessica Tetreau Kalifa.

“This has never been done in the Rio Grande Valley,” Uvalles said. “It is a huge step for our community to finally be recognized and our contributions to our community acknowledged.”

Uvalles is well-known as “Dragtivist” Beatrix Lestrange and is one of the Grand Marshals for this year’s Pride in the Park: Love Without Borders. He is also a contributor at Neta.

“I know this is in Brownsville,” Uvalles said on a live video on Facebook on Sunday when he announced the news. “But if you’re from the Valley and you’re [LGBTQ], this is your moment.”

The proclamation will be announced during the Brownsville City Commissioner meeting on Tuesday, June 20 at 6PM at City Hall (1001 E Elizabeth Street, Commission Chambers 2nd Floor, Brownsville, TX 78520).

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