Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner just gifted powerhouse Texas Southern University alumna Megan Thee Stallion a coveted key to the city in her hometown, plus an official Megan Thee Stallion Day! Get the full story from Ariana Garcia at The Chron below.
Megan Thee Stallion was honored by her hometown of Houston in a big way on Sunday. The H-Town hottie, who always makes sure to rep the Bayou City, was presented with the key to the city of Houston and had May 2 designated in her honor as “Megan Thee Stallion Day” in recognition of her contributions to the community.
Given her Texas roots and the fact that Houston hosts the world’s largest rodeo, Megan Thee Stallion, whose real name is Megan Pete, was also given the Belt Buckle for the city of Houston by Mayor Sylvester Turner and cowboy hat to complete the look. She shared the moment on Instagram Sunday, in a post where she explained that the date is also symbolic to her family.
“Came home quick to get THEE KEY TO THEE CITY and in honor of my mother and my grandmother’s birthday May 2nd is official MEGAN THEE STALLION DAY IN HOUSTON TX,” the artist commented. “Thank you Mayor @sylvesterturner for honoring me today and I will continue to give back to the city that made me who I am today.”
“I only have two words: ‘Houston, Texas,'” proudly tweeted Dr. Peter Hotez—co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children’s Hospital— to his 310k-plus followers in admiration of Megan Thee Stallion. “The center of the known universe. Many thanks @SylvesterTurner@theestallion.”
During the ceremony, Sylvester explained that the key symbolizes that Megan Thee Stallion has the authority to enter and leave the city at any time. “Individuals who receive the key are responsible for upholding Houston’s values and represent the best this city offers,” Turner said. “In fact, the key is our commitment to those who represent Houston at its best.”
In 2020, Sylvester noted the immense contributions that she and Beyonce, who is also a Houston native, have made to their hometown after they pair used proceeds from their song “Savage Remix” to donate towards the city’s COVID-19 relief effort. Turner announced at the time plans to honor both artists with their own respective days.
“It’s great to see proceeds from the single’s purchase will support Bread of Life. Let’s purchase & support this organization’s efforts,” Turner wrote at the time. “I look forward to connecting with both artists teams to find the appropriate time to make these requests a reality.”
Megan Thee Stallion had also launched the fundraiser “Hotties Helping Houston,” which offered meals, water, other supplies and access to plumbers for those devastated by Texas’s 2021 winter freeze that caused widespread power outages and left hundreds dead.
Earlier this year, the “Hot Girl Summer” singer also launched the nonprofit Pete and Thomas Foundation—which focuses on education, housing and health and wellness—in honor of her late father and her mother. According to KHOU 11, before the City Hall celebration on Sunday, she surprised three individuals with $5,000 each from the foundation.