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

***PARADE & FESTIVAL RESCHEDULED DUE TO HURRICANE HARVEY: PARADE WILL BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 30TH & FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 21ST***

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 austinpride.org

PRIDE EVENT UPDATES:
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 austinpride.org

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

*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. https://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/com_ten_ways_to_fight_hate_2017_web.pdf

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 texasbelieves.org