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Precinct 2 Pride Profiles


Commissioner Adrian Garcia

Q: What does pride to you mean as an ally?

AG:  Being an ally to me means I respect and admire all members of the LGBTQ+ community for the value and contributions they make to our broader community. I celebrate how they bring advancements in business, arts, medicine, religion, public safety, and beyond. As a longtime law enforcement officer, being an ally means I will stand with and do all I can to protect my brothers and sisters of the LGBTQ+ community to keep them from any possible harm by anyone fueled by hate and ignorance.

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Maria Bolanos, Community Relations Manager

Q: What does pride mean to you?

MB: Not having to hide who I am.

Q: How do you view celebrate Pride Month?

MB: I view it as a reminder that the LGBTQ+ community has come a long way. I celebrate it with my partner of 29 years.

Q: What are some resources for members of the LGTBQ community that you would like highlight?

MB: The Montrose Center which offers counseling for those who have very strict families and Victory Fund.


Kris Banks, Senior Director of Government Affairs and Community Relations

Q: What does pride mean to you?

KB: Pride is an affirmation that the LGBTQ+ community is an integral part of the fabric of our civilization, and that we will have our history and our current identity recognized as such.

Q: How do you celebrate Pride Month?

KB: I always march in the parade, whether it's with a political candidate I support or a personal friend who is grand marshal. It's important to me to be a part of the energy.

Q: What are some resources for members of the LGTBQ community that you would like highlight?

KB: For trans Texans, the lack of documents that accurately reflect their identity can be an impediment in their everyday lives. Since 2013, the Trans Legal Aid Clinic of Houston has provided free legal services to trans people to get their documents changed to match their true self. As a founding board member and volunteer lawyer for the organization, we have served hundreds to make the process as quick and easy as possible.