Cover Photo: Illustration by Nicole Caputo for Catapult
Illustration by Nicole Caputo for Catapult

Montrose, the Neighborhood That Gave Us Everything

Montrose was unofficially codified as the nexus of queer life in Houston. That’s the part we cared about. If you held a map to the wall, I could tell you how we came to be on those streets.

This is Bayou Diaries, a column by Bryan Washington on his life and history in diverse, expansive Houston.

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Bryan Washington’s debut collection, Lot, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books. He has written for the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Vulture, BuzzFeed, The Paris Review, Boston Review, Tin House, One Story, GQ, FADER, The Awl, and Catapult. He lives in Houston.