Pride Houston we Had a Problem...
This situation arises from the allegations that I wrote about on my blog S!N Blog last year. In a two part story I outlined the issues that have plagued Pride Houston with Quijano at the head of the organization. On June 29, 2016 I wrote about how a board member resigned in protest of Quijano and a source leaked it to me...
These are the issues outlined via the leaked letter:
"I simply cannot be part of an organization which conducts itself with such little regard for legal requirements and obligations, fiscal accountability, and the pitiful relationship that Pride Houston and you specifically have with the volunteers, sponsors, and the community at large."
"The power of this organization should never lie with just one or two people, it should be a much broader range of individuals. It should also have a much wider landscape and demographic which has been missing for a long time. May I remind you, the CEO, that as with any Non-Profit Organization, the CEO/President works at the pleasure of the Board of Directors, not the other way around. The CEO answers to the Board, the Board does not answer to the CEO, and that is not how this organization runs itself. The CEO of Pride Houston, Inc. is far too involved in the everyday decision making of the organization while excluding the Board on many levels. This should never be done, as it is the Board who should be making the most major decisions and not the CEO."
"Now is the time to take action, to make Pride Houston, Inc. the standard for LGBTQI organizations in the Houston area. Now is the time to make the Board of Directors truly diverse. It is time to have Lesbians, Transgender, African American, Bisexual, Allies, and other demographics represented to help make decisions that are truly inclusive of all. After the Juneteenth “issue” in 2015, there was to be a “Diversity Committee” and when I tried to put one together at the first volunteer meetings in September and October of 2015, I was told to “hold off” on building that committee and that it would be addressed at a later date. That never happened."
TRANSLATION: Frankie Quijano you need to resign!
Pride Houston Bylaws (2016)
On July 5, 2016 We still had a problem...
The following is from the second story... Quihano responded to the allegations via Facebook:
Under Quijano Pride Houston responded to the allegations by posting a response on the Pride website:
Quijano Attempts to maintain power....
Note that while these public statements caught everyone's attention, Quijano was attempting to convene a secret meeting to hand pick new board members to fill in the vacancies from resignations, while remaining president. People were pissed, Quijano invited folks he didnt realize wanted him to resign. This source sent screenshoots of the meeting the Quijano organized on Facebook.
" On the condition of anonymity I received this:
"He has hand picked certain people, 20 in particular, to invite to this meeting. He is hand picking not to validate, but to remain in control of Pride Houston. THE EVENT is marked private so you will not be able to see it (https://www.facebook.com/events/561555650714946/?ti=cl) << that is the event link and you will not be able to open it. IT SHOULD be an open meeting which the community should and could attend but again, Frankie made it invitation only and set it as a private event that no one can see. It is what it is but I do know that 13 years as president is enough!"
Screenshots: "Do you see any diversity? Any African American? maybe one, lol BS!!! These are handpicked people!"
A Fifth vote??? (there was a lot of chatter about this.)
The current status of Pride Houston according to Outsmart Magazine...
Pride Houston Inc. is suing former President and CEO Francisco “Frankie” Quijano, alleging that he’s refused to relinquish control of the nonprofit organization’s business assets since being replaced Oct. 1, according to Harris County district court records.
Pride Houston and its new president, Lorin Roberts, further allege in their lawsuit that Quijano has harassed and threatened current board members, and undermined their work by contacting volunteers and vendors. Filed Oct. 23 in Harris County’s 127th Civil District Court, the lawsuit also names as a defendant Quijano’s husband, Abijah Kratochvil, who’s accused of acting in concert with him.
Quijano served as president and CEO of Pride Houston—which puts on the annual LGBTQ parade and festival in June—from 2008 until 2017, according to the plaintiffs’ original complaint. Pride Houston’s board of directors elected Roberts to replace Quijano, and her term began Oct. 1.
“As president of Pride Houston, Quijano had control over all the organization’s assets in the form of accounts associated with Pride Houston Inc., including bank accounts, credit card accounts, social media accounts, email accounts and the organization’s website,” the complaint states. “Since the new president’s term began, Quijano has refused to relinquish the assets to the incoming president, Lorin Roberts, and has withheld information from the current board members to prevent them from accessing the business assets in the form of accounts.”
Angie Olalde, the attorney representing Quijano and Kratochvil, declined to discuss the case.
“At this time I can only refer you to the pleadings on file, as both parties have been temporarily directed to maintain confidentiality,” Olalde said in an email.
Judge R.K. Sandill has granted the plaintiffs’ request for a temporary restraining order. The order requires Quijano to provide Pride Houston board members with passwords and other information needed to access the organization’s accounts. It also prohibits Quijano from accessing the accounts himself; contacting board members, volunteers, sponsors or vendors; entering into or cancelling contracts; or acting in any way on behalf of Pride Houston.
The next hearing in the case—on the plaintiffs’ request for a temporary injunction—is set for Tuesday, Oct. 31, court records indicate.
According to the restraining order, the plaintiffs and defendants will enter into a confidentiality agreement related to to the transition in leadership from Quijano to Roberts. The agreement will bar them from discussing the transition or publishing disparaging, derogatory, or adverse comments. READ ORIGINAL POST HERE