"...It's the year the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce decided to move away from one of the best Pride celebrations Austin had ever seen (2009) by ignoring the lessons of history, dismantling the progress that did occur, and reinventing the wheel. As a result, many people were hurt, many differing opinions were dismissed, and many livelihoods were challenged, despite AGLCC's purported mission to represent the earning interest of Austin LGBT, members or not..."
"...Even in a state as red as Texas, the national trend toward LGBT equality gained momentum. Social conservatives tried vainly to throw on the brakes, but 2013 wins kept on coming...."
"...With just a day or two left until Amplify Austin cranks the giving up to 11, your friendly neighborhood Gay Place has taken the liberty of compiling a list of a few LGBTQ-supporting faves...."
"...Trans rights activists and allies around Texas are “rolling up their sleeves, pulling down their pants, and peeing with LGBT” after Austin native and renowned director Richard Linklater collaborated with ACLU of Texas, GSD&M, and Legacy Community Health on a commercial denouncing Texas’ proposed bathroom bill...."
"...Austin continues to lead the nation in offering inclusive policies to the LGBTQ community, according to a new report...."
"...AGLCC MEMBERSHIP So much for so little: your business listing on the premier Austin LGBT site (garnering 60,000 page views per month), a quarterly glossy publication, and a slew of in-person networking opportunities, including the big daddy of them all: Pride. 474-4422..."
"...KOOP = QUEER Tune your dials to 91.7FM for Outcast, a public-affairs program for and about the LGBT community of the city. Hosted by Heath Riddles and J.J..."
"...THE TROUBLE WITH RAY Documentary Feature Director: Travis Johns $5,000 cash for Post-Production The Trouble With Ray exposes the wild, untold history of LGBT activism in ultra-conservative Texas and its impact on the national stage as told by the movement’s ultimate outsider, Ray Hill: a labor activists’ son, ex-con, and “loud-mouthed queer,” whose 50 years of fearlessly protesting for LGBTQ equality energized a grassroots movement to take powerful, political action...."
"...for the ATX, the Institution has a strong focus on education (with Ronen overseeing a mix of classes in stand-up, sketch writing, filmmaking, and auditioning, as well as improv), but weekends also see performances in its 47-seat black box theatre. A variety of improv and sketch shows are booked on a monthly basis, along with stand-up events such as the LGBT showcase Laugh Out Proud and the after-hours Clique Bait..."
"...Easy Daniel Laabs (Dallas) Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival..."
"...3 meeting, representatives from those groups told the committee what they believe needs to happen to address these inequities. They asked that $1.05 million be allocated toward funding “community-based interventions” that are “culturally specific, nontraditional, innovative,” and focus “on individuals/groups disproportionately impacted (people of color, elderly, immigrants, LGBT, and youth).” A variety of women gave testimony about why they felt the funding was important..."
"...Diversity in Geek Culture Shane Brown, founder of Gay Austin Geeks, heads up a panel on fandom and the LGBT community (Room 10AB)...."
"...In AGLCC's press release applauding City Council, the gay chamber further promised Austinites that the "leaders of AGLCC will continue to work with council members and city officials to ensure LGBT residents and businesses in Austin are on equal footing.”..."
"...I'm volunteering in the programming group (taking the attitude that getting involved is better than complaining). At the first meeting, Jake Gonzalez, the programming director for the festival, told us that aGLIFF's new mission is to make the festival one of the top-three LGBT festivals in the country – with Frameline in San Francisco and Outfest in L.A..."
"...Attorney General Ken Paxton recently ramped up his crusade against LGBT Texans with a request for a nationwide preliminary injunction to block the Obama administration's transgender-inclusive directive to schools. Paxton and his crew are leading a 13-state coalition to combat the LGBT-friendly instructions, issued in May, which direct schools across the country to allow students to use the locker rooms and restrooms that correspond with their stated gender identity (see "Paxton Sues Obama Over Transgender Rights," May 25)..."
"...The State Affairs Committee – compelled by an October directive from Attorney General Ken Paxton – was tasked with ensuring that the government doesn’t force citizens or businesses to “violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.” An excuse to stir up anti-LGBT fervor under the guise of religious freedom, the hearing featured several testifiers who used the platform to voice their dissatisfaction with the Obergefell v Hodges U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality ruling...."
"...The Rev. John Wright knows the church has a PR problem with the LGBT community..."
"...Instead, Attorney General Ken Paxton – facing multiple legal charges, including securities fraud – has asked overtly right-wing, anti-LGBT employees to join his office, reaffirming the AG’s mission to use religion as a vehicle to discriminate...."
"...Austin may lead Texas in supporting LGBT rights, but City Council wants the city to also lead the nation. On May 22, Council approved Chris Riley's resolution calling for a review of Austin's Municipal Equality Index...."
"...The partnership is an odd fit for the Canada-based luxury hotel operators, who actively court the "pink dollar" through direct promotions and membership in the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. Fairmont properties are routinely listed as among the top LGBT-friendly hotels...."
"...Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and the allied reactionaries who promoted the law may have anticipated some resistance from LGBT activists, perhaps a liberal organization or two (opposition in fact useful to right-wing politicians as fundraising fodder)..."
"...31. The full list is posted here in chronological order and then again in alphabetical order. EventStart DateEnd Date Commitment Day 5K**New1/1/20131/1/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)1/5/20131/5/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)1/5/20131/5/2013 Farmer's Market1/5/20131/5/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)1/12/20131/12/2013 3M 1/2 Marathon1/13/20131/13/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)1/19/20131/19/2013 Gorilla Run1/19/20131/19/2013 MLK Community Celebration1/21/20131/21/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)1/26/20131/26/2013 Farmer's Market1/26/20131/26/2013 Texas Rally for Life**1/26/20131/26/2013 Dell Children's Gala1/26/20131/27/2013 Rogue 30K**New1/27/20131/27/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)2/2/20132/2/2013 Boy Scout Parade2/2/20132/2/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)2/9/20132/9/2013 Mardi Gras2/9/20132/9/2013 Cupid's Undie Walk2/9/20132/9/2013 Mardi Gras2/12/20132/12/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)2/16/20132/16/2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Launch _ Brazos Hall2/16/20132/25/2013 Austin Livestrong Marathon2/17/20132/17/2013 March for Humane Immigration Reform2/22/20132/22/2013 Boys and Girls Club of Austin - Feer Festival2/23/20132/23/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)2/23/20132/23/2013 Save TX Schools March**2/23/20132/23/2013 Day of the Fallen**2/27/20132/27/2013 Star of Texas Rodeo Cowboy Breakfast (typically will be held on the 1st Friday of March)3/1/20133/1/2013 COTA Event - Grand Am Rolex Series3/1/20133/3/2013 Austin Rowing Club - Heart of Texas Regatta3/2/20133/3/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)3/2/20133/2/2013 Texas Independence Day 5K & Parade3/2/20133/2/2013 Zilker Kite Festival3/3/20133/3/2013 My Medicaid March**3/5/20133/5/2013 SXSW Festival 3/8/20133/17/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)3/9/20133/9/2013 TX March for LGBT Justice**3/10/20133/10/2013 The Fort3/12/20133/16/2013 Yard Dog Parties3/14/20133/16/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)3/16/20133/16/2013 Musical March for Peace**3/16/20133/16/2013 Fado's St Patrick's Day Festival3/17/20133/18/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)3/22/20133/22/2013 Mighty Texas Dog Walk3/23/20133/23/2013 The Rosedale Ride3/23/20133/23/2013 Mighty Texas Dog Walk 20133/23/20133/23/2013 Cesar Chavez March**3/23/20133/23/2013 HONK! TX**3/24/20133/24/2013 TX Vietnam Vets Monument3/25/20133/25/2013 Urban Fest3/29/20133/30/2013 Stations of the Cross3/29/20133/29/2013 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays3/29/20133/30/2013 BJ Joyce Parade3/29/20133/29/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)3/30/20133/30/2013 Ruff Riders3/30/20133/30/2013 St James Mission 5K3/30/20133/30/2013 Lonestar Rod and Kustom Roundup Custom Car Show4/5/20134/6/2013 Austin American Statesman Jr..."
"...They've also kept prevention in the spotlight. Over the same period, aGLIFF has kept Austin illuminated as a destination for fest-circuit LGBT films...."
"...I took this opportunity to press further and ask Sheldon if he felt the "comic con culture" was accepting of the LGBT community and what his personal feelings were about gay comic book characters and gay comic con attendees. Sheldon, who had identified himself as straight was also a Ren Fair regular which is where he first remembering befriending people whom he later found out were gay. "They were great people..."
"...Houston is the only African-American council member; Garza, Renteria, and Casar are the other minority members, and Flannigan indirectly represents LGBT Austinites, who endure some of the same housing problems as racial minorities. It might seem odd that these minority representatives (in what is now a majority-minority city) are becoming spokespeople for opposing positions on the potential discriminatory (or anti-discriminatory) effects of CodeNEXT, but they in fact mirror a similar polarization in the public debate..."
"...Teaching English in El Salvador, the singer began infusing Mexican and South American influences into her balladic pop sensibilities stateside. Cumbia, reggae, and LGBT pride sneaks into her international set lists..."
"...President Barack Obama has been particularly eloquent in the last few days on this subject, noting, for example, that Pulse was not simply a nightclub, but functioned also as "a place of solidarity" and civil rights activism for the LGBT community. "So this is a sobering reminder that attacks on any American," he continued, "regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, is an attack on all of us and on the fundamental values of equality and dignity that define us as a country." If that grace note sounds more wistful than actual, it marks how far we still have to go to make equality and dignity a reality for every American. Doing Nothing..."
"...When they get to proclamations (the 68-Item agenda doesn't scream midnight, but you never know), former interim city attorney and legislative liaison Karen Kennard (who resigned earlier this year when asked by City Manager Marc Ott to remain in her legislative role) will receive a Distinguished Service Award, and council members will honor the Classical Mandolin Society of America (also figuring in the evening's music), LGBT History Month, National Night Out, the Asian American Resource Center, and (fresh from All Hallow's Eve) House of Torment – if they manage to negotiate the anteroom's metal detectors...."
"...Austin Pride Parade This has been an especially special year for LGBT forward movement. The annual Austin Pride Parade (happening right after the fest) is the best chance you have to drop the facade, disregard differences, and join in with, oh, about 150,000 – according to city of Austin estimates – of your closest freaks, fagatrons, fabulosos, family, and friends, and celebrate our delicious sloppy diversity and ultimately our common cause: Coexistence-acceptance-love..."
"...Reed is the person who proposed the idea of a Pride Concert as part of the Austin Chamber Music Festival. As recently as six years ago, Reed said he hadn't seen a curated program that specifically showcased music by the LGBT community anywhere..."
"...Less, in that the collections filed under keywords such as "gay," "lesbian," and "homosexual" are thin. More, in that the staff are amazing and eager to help us grow their stacks and assist in any archiving of Austin LGBT artifacts that we might wish to help acquire..."
"...Austin Chronicle: What is the current state of LGBTQI collections at the Austin History Center?..."
"...First, Equality Texas, the entity which has organized the Austin Pride Festival for as long as anyone can remember announced this year that it was handing the festival torch to the freshly formed Pride Coalition, a group composed of representatives from just about every local LGBT concern...."
"...KOOP's 'OutCast' Tune your dials to something just a bit different from your regularly scheduled programming: 91.7FM. This public-affairs program for and about the LGBT community of the city is hosted by Heath Riddles and J.J..."
"...LGBTQIA Equity & Intersectionality Town Hall Help inform the city's LGBTQ Quality of Life Advisory Commission on how to better address equity and intersectionality in ATX. Sheldon Darnell leads the convo..."
"...2) The LGBTQ Quality of Life Advisory Commission: Created to address disparities within our queer, trans, and QTPOC communities and leverage change, the commission held its inaugural meeting in June and has been going hard ever since. Rumor has it we can expect big things in 2018...."
"...Austin LGBT Bar Association CLE 2017: The Empire Strikes Back Rep. Celia Israel, attorney and advocate Claire Bow, UT Prof..."
"...Austin LGBT Bar Association 1/2 Day CLE It's that time again – Austin Bar Association returns with their half-day CLE. This year they're offering a fab lineup of law talks pertaining to us LGBTQIAers..."
"...Apparently, tonight's is the first LGBT Town Hall ever, and our participation in this will determine the efforts expended by the U.S. Census folks on our behalf..."
"...This week, the Human Rights Campaign issued its annual Municipal Equality Index Scorecard. According to HRC, “the Municipal Equality Index (MEI) examines the laws, policies, and services of municipalities and rates them on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBT people who live and work there.”..."
"...Not only is the national group StartOut arriving in town this week to hold its next event, "The Entrepreneurial Journey from Founding to Exit and Beyond” a panel and networking with top LGBT entrepreneurs, it's also looking at Austin to begin its next chapter..."
"...House Democrats are demanding an end to the sexual abuse of LGBTQ immigrant minors in custody. Forgive us for editorializing when we say, “Perhaps a nanny state is a safer bet than an Uncle Ernie state.”..."
"...Austin is celebrating OUTober with the start of some new, colorful, traditions. In honor of LGBT History Month, Austin will display the Pride Flag across City Hall for the first time ever..."
"...LGBT cancer survivors experience healthcare discrimination, but may help build a better system...."
"...THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FOR LGBTs THIS NOVEMBER: Because right-wing anti-LGBT groups can no longer win elections by simply demonizing queers, they've started making it harder for queer-friendly voters to actually cast votes — the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Rea Carey (pictured) explains it all as well as the other challenges facing LGBTs this year...."
"...Country music star, Chely Wright came out as a lesbian, in May, 2010. She's been working tirelessly to advocate for LGBT rights since busting out of her closet...."
"...As if manning the helm of "global strategic marketing" for a $7 billion tech company isn't stressful enough, transitioning after having been in the field for 25 years and bringing your company's culture of LGBT support along with you is another impressive matter entirely. But that is exactly what Meghan Stabler did..."