From Texas Impact – HB 3172 action needed

HB 3172’s stated purpose is “protection of religious beliefs,” but HB 3172 actually would provide a
defense for religious conduct—even conduct that hurts other people.


Spend a few minutes today calling House State Affairs to oppose HB 3172. As a reminder, this bill would permit any person to claim religion as a reason for not complying with generally applicable laws, including precluding the state from revoking a license of a child care facility that uses corporal punishment.

We expect a committee substitute for this bill, and your legislator may say they have heard the sub addresses the concerns, but it is not really possible to address all the concerns with this bill without gutting the bill. A bill of this magnitude needs a stakeholder process where differences can be worked out deliberately.

So, call as many as you are able and ask them to oppose the bill. Feel free to use information from the attached one pager or Josh’s testimony to the committee.

If you are a constituent of one of the members, please organize calls from your community. DO NOT take any vote for granted on this one. 

Let me know if you have any questions or if you learn anything interesting.

Rep. Dade Phelan: (877) 448-4496 (Chair)
Rep. Ana Hernandez: (877) 297-4973
Rep. Joe Deshotel: (877) 631-3025
Rep. R.D. Guerra: (877) 355-6436
Rep. Sam Harless: (877) 686-3497
Rep. Justin Holland: (877) 679-4895
Rep. Todd Hunter: (877) 772-2759
Rep. Phil King: (877) 740-3353
Rep. Tan Parker: (877) 769-2859
Rep. Richard Raymond: (877) 760-2579
Rep. Eddie Rodriguez: (877) 537-5697
Rep. John Smithee: (877) 663-6965
Rep. Drew Springer: (877) 253-9659


HB 3172 Krause combined

All In For Equality Advocacy Day

Join us at the Texas Capitol for All In For Equality Advocacy Day on Monday, March 18, 2019. This is an opportunity for YOU to ask state leaders to pass inclusive policies that protect all Texans, including our children; and end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

Registration sign-in begins at 9am. Lunch will be provided.

We want to make sure that everyone is able to participate in Advocacy Day. If you need to request a waiver for the $5 registration fee, please email Robert Salcido at

Monday, March 18, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

First UMC Family Life Center, 1300 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701 Read the rest of this entry »

2018 RMN Convocation

After much anticipation, it is with joy that we are able to share that we have a new location for For Everyone Born – 2018 Convocation!

Join us and hundreds of other United Methodists at the St. Louis Airport Hilton in St. Louis, MO on July 26-29.

It will be a powerful experience to gather so close to the site of the 2019 General Conference as we work for justice and dream about what it means to be a church that is “For Everyone Born.”

We look forward to being able to share the agenda and registration with you soon, but until then, plan to see us in St. Louis!

One Human Race Workshop


October 2017 Rio Texas MFSA newsletter

Please find the October 2017 Rio Texas MFSA newsletter here: 2017 Oct


Austin Pride Parade Rescheduled

Austin PRIDE Festival & Parade

Rescheduled Dates Announced


In addition to our Featured Beneficiaries this year (Transgender Education Network of Texas and the upcoming Austin LGBTQ Center), a portion of Austin PRIDE Proceeds will be donated to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

 You have come to expect amazing entertainment from Austin PRIDE and this year will be no exception!! Due to rescheduled dates, entertainment line up is being re-confirmed. Once all entertainment is confirmed, we will announce the complete line up.

Discounted tickets will be available online! This year, Festival Tickets purchased in advance will be able to enter the Festival at ANY entrance, including a new Family Zone Entrance.

 Discounted tickets are on sale NOW! Please note: Previously purchased tickets for the 2017 will still be valid for the rescheduled dates.

Want to get into the Festival for FREE? Volunteer! Volunteer registration is currently OPEN! You can register online at

Austin PRIDE announcements will be released via our Official Austin PRIDE App! Download the Austin PRIDE App for iPhone and Android!

Formed in 2010, The Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation (AGLPF) is a 100% volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to managing and organizing Austin’s annual PRIDE celebration and Stonewall Tribute.

For more information on this and other Austin PRIDE Week events visit

Festival Vendor and Parade Registration is now OPEN. To register, visit:

*all acts subject to change without notice


Southern Poverty Law Center – Ten Ways to Fight Hate

When bias motivates an unlawful act, it is considered a hate crime. Most hate crimes are inspired by race and religion, but hate today wears many faces. Bias incidents (eruptions of hate where no crime is committed) also tear communities apart and can escalate into actual crimes.

Since 2010, law enforcement agencies have reported an average of about 6,000 hate crime incidents per year to the FBI. But government studies show that the real number is far higher — an estimated 260,000 per year. Many hate crimes never get reported, in large part because the victims are reluctant to go to the police. In addition, many law enforcement agencies are not fully trained to recognize or investigate hate crimes, and many simply do not collect or report hate crime data to the FBI.

The good news is, all over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion. More often than not, when hate flares up, good people rise up against it — often in greater numbers and with stronger voices.

This guide sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in your community.

Texas Faith Leaders for Equality – Press Conference

Join religious leaders from diverse faith traditions speaking out in support of full equality for LGBT Texans — and denouncing efforts by state leaders to pass hateful legislation that discriminates against the LGBT community.

Press Conference:
Texas Faith Leaders for Equality
Thursday, Feb. 9, 1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
First United Methodist Church (Austin) – Murchison Chapel

Opponents of equality in Texas use religion to justify anti-transgender legislation (“bathroom bills”), discriminatory laws masquerading as “religious freedom,” or other attempts to treat the LGBT community as second-class citizens.

This event will make clear that Texas faith communities reject this misuse of their faith and expect our state to treat ALL Texans equally under the law.

Clergy are encouraged to wear robes, stoles or other liturgical vestments. Lay people are also encouraged to attend to show support.

To learn more about efforts by Texas faith leaders to promote equality, visit