Ray Hill is a 77-year-old native Houstonian. He graduated from Galena Park public schools and attended Stephen F. Austin State University, the University of Houston, and Tulane University. He came out as a gay man to his family and at Galena Park High School in 1958.
Mr. Hill was the cofounder and president of the Promethean Society, Houston’s first gay and lesbian organization, in 1967. He is a cofounder, former board member and former general manager of KPFT-FM. He was also the cofounder and executive director of the Houston Human Rights League and the cofounder and past president of the Houston Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus. Additionally, Mr. Hill is the cofounder of the Houston LGBT Pride Week.
Mr. Hill served as the original producer and host of the Wilde N Stein radio program, one of the first regularly scheduled gay / lesbian radio shows in the country. He was also the original producer and host of the Prison Show, also on KPFT-FM. As a writer / performer, Mr. Hill has been featured in the theatrical productions Ray Hill, The Prison Years; Ray Hill and the Sex Police; Ray Hill in Love; Outlaw, Queer Like Ray Hill; and A Stroll through Houston Gay History with Ray Hill.
Mr. Hill has received the First Amendment Award from the Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Unity Committee, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Stonewall Lawyers Association, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the ACLU, Texas, the Trailblazer Award from SCALE, and the John P. McGovern Award from the University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston.