The purpose of the Pride Community Center is to (1) educate the public about sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, (2) advocate for civil rights under law and social equality for the Community, (3) provide resources like cultural services, emotional support, mental health services, health information and avenues for personal growth to enhance self-esteem, (4) strive to eliminate prejudice and discrimination against the Community, and (5) develop outreach programs promoting a harmonious relationship between the Community and citizens of the Brazos Valley. The Pride Community Center intends to create a safe space for the Community to assemble for the above-cited purposes free of discrimination, violence, taunting, and fear.
If you are interested in joining the Pride Community Center Board, please fill out this application.
2019 Board of Directors
Interim President / Vice- President: Chris Riggins Pronouns: He/Him/His
I am an A&M graduate, class of 2018 and the Program Director of a local non-profit. I aspire to be a part of strengthening our community through acceptance and education. I plan on going to law school in the future, and hope to practice civil rights law. I hope to use my education and experience to help empower and support individuals with all different backgrounds. I am also a proud dog-mom to a sweet pup named Goose. I look forward to all we can do for our community, together.
Richard ‘Rick’ Burgess:
Rick is originally from Ingleside, Texas. He is a member of the Texas A&M University Class of 1997, and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Poultry Science. He is a Certified Quality Auditor and Certified Pharmaceutical GMP Professional. After graduation, he moved away for work, living in Indiana, Minnesota, Ireland and Arizona. He has made a career as a microbiologist and sterilization engineer in the medical device industry. Rick relocated back to the B/CS area in 2012. He lives near Somerville with his husband Josh and their Blue Heeler Trinity. Together they maintain a start-up vineyard and enjoy living in the country.
Rick is a founding member and President of Leather and Lace of the Brazos Valley. He has a history of community service and fund raising with various non-profit organizations. He is excited to be a part of Pride Community Center, to help shape the goals and direction of PCC and further its mission.
In his spare time, he enjoys travel, theatre, beaches, making wine and cooking. He hopes to learn from and enrich the local LGBTQIA+ community through ongoing engagement and personal action.
Jay is a native of Rochester, NY. Jay received their Bachelor’s Degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology and their Master’s Degree from the Warner School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester. Jay now works at Texas A&M in the Department of Student Activities. They are passionate about creating inclusive environments, advocating for marginalized and minoritized individuals, and continuously working towards equity. In their free time, Jay enjoys crafting, sleeping, and spending time with their partner and cat.
Katy Dawn Stewart
Our volunteer Executive Director, Katy is a senior leader in LGBT civil rights and transgender education. Having served on boards of directors at the local, state, and national level, she has formerly served on the boards of Equality Texas and Transgender Education Network of Texas as well as the Steering Committee for Trans Advocacy Network.
These days find her coaching and educating about transgender life wherever she can. Notably she has presented classes on working with transgender clients for the National Sexual Assault Conference of 2017, had presented at teacher in-service in working with transgender students, and regularly offers her unique expertise and insight in regard to these topics as well as capacity building for movements and nonprofits.