Jana Birchum

Best Pride Guiders

Jimmy Flannigan & Ceci Gratias

It's a thankless job. Literally. No matter what you think – or what you think you know – about this past year's Pride weekend and the unfortunate bit of circumstance that immediately followed it all, the event remains one of the best and most warmly received Prides in Austin history. And there are many reasons for this, but two very important reasons in particular were never properly thanked. The past president and a former board member of the Austin Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Jimmy Flannigan and Ceci Gratias, respectively, were – for so many folks involved behind the scenes at this year's Pride – the event's front line, the friendly faces making the connections and making it happen. And while this award doesn't even begin to express so much of the community's heartfelt gratitude for their upbeat manner and Sisyphean industry, we hope it does makes clear to them that they are loved. We also hope this might serve as the first in many steps toward closure and moving forward, ensuring bright futures (with heaps of gratitude) for both Jimmy and Ceci.

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