Hot 95.7 throws gay Houston’s ‘Biggest Wedding’

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What’s the best way to celebrate marriage equality? Since we’re in Texas and all, it has to go big. You don’t have to tell that to Hot 95.7’s Sarah Pepper, who will wed five gay couples on Saturday.

After a promise to listeners of her popular radio show that she would get ordained and wed couples, Pepper (photo) knew she’d have to make good pretty quickly after gay marriage became legal in Texas. It was a no-brainer for her inclusive and welcoming employers at CBS Houston, which owns Hot 95.7, Pepper tells OutSmart.

“I’m just blessed to work for a company like CBS where, when I walked into my boss’ office five minutes after the decision came down and explained what I wanted to do, she literally dropped everything she was doing, got on her computer, and we started to make it happen,” Pepper tells the magazine. “That’s what I love about everyone in the office. If we’re going to do something, we’re not going to do it halfway—we’re going to give 110 percent.”

They knew they’d have to out-do the churchy version of a big gay Houston wedding, so massive wedding planning, now set for this Saturday as the Biggest Wedding in Houston, was on. Two lesbian and three gay male couples were chosen, then gay and gay-friendly businesses in Houston came out of the woodwork to be part of the big day.

Meteor is hosting the reception; Urban Eats is catering the event; Diamond Cutters International is donating traditional wedding bands for all the couples; Impression Bridal [which totally knows its lesbians] is donating wedding dresses to the brides; Topshop is donating tuxedos; For Heaven’s Cake is donating a special wedding cake to the event; and Erik of Monrreal & Co. is the event’s wedding planner.

And of course Pepper is the perfect person to host and perform the ceremony. LGBT Houston knows her visible support most recently from emceeing Pride Houston parade with her gay radio compadre, Mix 96.5’s Chad Pitt. She’s also the reigning Favorite Radio Personality (Female) in OutSmart’s annual Gayest & Greatest. In short, we love her.

You’d never know it from all the haters at the state level, but Houston listeners have been nothing but super receptive to Saturday’s event, Pepper tells OutSmart. Now they can just add marrying people to her ongoing support, and expect LGBT affirmation to stay a part of her radio work.

“If for that one little minute where they turn on the radio, they feel that there’s at least one person who supports them, that has their back, and that it’s going to be okay, then I did my part,” she says.

The Biggest Wedding in Houston takes place Saturday, Aug. 29, 1 p.m. at Queensbury Theater. A reception follows at Meteor, 4 p.m.

[OutSmart | Hot 95.7]


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