This is the final part in a series for Houston Pride Week.
|Photo courtesy J.D. Doyle|
|J.D. Doyle, center, is the grand marshal of this year's gay pride parade.|
J.D. Doyle, the male grand marshal for this year's Pride Parade, is on a mission: To gather as much of Houston's LGBT history as possible and make it available online. Known to many Houstonians as the longtime voice of KPFT's "Queer Voices" program, Doyle is also a leading world expert on "queer music."
In the course of curating an exhaustive collection and operating an online program of queer music, Doyle realized he was "running across all kinds of history that no one knew anything about." He grasped that primary sources for learning the history of the LGBT community were not being collected and cared for, so he undertook the mission. He finds it surprising that "just a historian and radio personality" was selected as a grand marshal.
See also: The Fight For Pride Week (Part 4)
"In recent years that election has become something of a popularity contest, and I'm not political, I'm not a big fundraiser, I don't sit on numerous boards, etc., and I'm not a party boy, so I was totally shocked that I was elected this year," says Doyle, who edited a gay newspaper in Norfolk, Virginia in the late Seventies before moving to Houston. "But I have to say how gratifying it is that my work is recognized by the community. That's very humbling." More »