El Paso Sun City Pride serves as our region’s largest recognized lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization. Initially founded over a decade ago, our mission has always been to increase the LGBT community’s visibility. In doing so, we have helped many individuals come to places of tolerance and acceptance. El Paso has long been a place ahead of it’s time. This community places love and support for one another above all else and we have been happy to model ourselves in those values. Over the past decade, Pridefest has expanded beyond a one day event to include a full WEEK of events around El Paso. These include family friendly events at the El Paso Zoo, scholarship presentations for local students, bar nights, the original street festival/parade, and much more. The week of pride events concludes with our PRIDE Festival in historic downtown El Paso following the annual PRIDE parade through the surrounding city. It is at these events that we are afforded the opportunity to show the world our true selves and the positive contributions the LGBT community brings to El Paso. We look forward to seeing you there.
Born and raised in El Paso, Edward Gallardo III comes from a family of ten. He has been involved in the non-profit sector for 24 years. He has done a tour of Texas in his hotel career as General Manager and Corporate Director for both Hilton and Marriott. He is a Certified Wedding Planner with his own wedding and corporate event design business; Eg3 Events. He joined EPSCP five years ago and has served as PR and Marketing Director, Community Outreach and Mobilization, and is now on his third term as President for EPSCP. He is completely honored and humbled to have been able to serve our local community and abroad. His passion has been to grow EPSCP into an organization that is able to serve our community on new and greater levels. EPSCP has always been a driving force in our community and he would like to invite anyone that would be excited to explore a partnership with EPSCP to please do so. Our motto for EPSCP is ‘Inclusivity not Exclusivity.’ He is looking forward to seeing new faces this year and the years to come as we grow Pride together!
Raul Martinez III is a gallery host at The Hyatt Place and runs the volunteer group HYPride. He is currently a member of the Stonewall Democrats and Community leader and Gay Advocate of the Puentes LGBT Board. Raul is also a board member of the V-Day organization. He has 12 years of experience working for The District Attorney and five years working for the CASFV.
Travis Cosban is an Emergency Medicine Physician currently working in El Paso, TX. Dr. Cosban attended college at The University of Texas in Austin where he graduated with a degree in Plan II Honors. Following graduation, he was a member of the inaugural class of Texas Tech’s Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. After graduating medical school in 2009, he went on to complete residency at The University of Chicago. In addition to his work in the emergency room, Dr. Cosban also has experience in local and international aeromedical patient transport.
He is excited be back in El Paso and proud to work towards expanding LGBT healthcare for the community. In addition to helping connect patients to LGBT-friendly providers, Dr. Cosban is excited to also help educate future doctors while serving as clinical faculty for his alma mater, Texas Tech’s Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Cosban is also on the state board for Equality Texas. Aside from his career goals, Dr. Cosban enjoys oil painting and has participated in shows both locally and outside of Texas. He is thankful to serve the LGBT community with such a passionate group of fellow board members.
Evey Heras is a Creative Manager and Sr. Marketing for 1610 Creative Designs who has been creating memorable brands, social media interfaces and effective print solutions for companies large and small. She served as Vice-President (2015-2016) on the board for Chamizal Project a non-profit organization and volunteers her time when needed. Evey also served in the Amigo Airshow Marketing committee and volunteered her time in each year’s past event 2012-2014.