October 2017 Rio Texas MFSA newsletter

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

 

MFSA Meeting on Thursday, September 14

Persist!  Transgender Justice

On Thursday, September 14, at 7pm, Rio Texas MFSA will begin our 2017-2018 year with the program focus, Persist!  This topic is not a political challenge as much as it is an encouragement to work for social justice in areas impacting persons marginalized by society.

Our first meeting will focus on justice for transgender individuals. Robin Richard will speak on the ups and downs of learning that her child is transgender. Robin and her husband Dale have been members of University UMC, Austin for several years. Their son, Connor, was confirmed as a member of the United Methodist Church last year and also “came out”.  Connor has been living as a female for this past year and is keeping the name Connor. We appreciate Robin sharing this personal information to help us better understand the challenges their family has faced.

We invite you to join us at Saint John’s UMC, 2140 Allandale Rd. for this special discussion. Contact Rowland Curry rcurry@austin.rr.com with questions.

Join us at 6:30p for snacks.  The program begins at 7p.  All are welcome.

Persist! Resist Unreasonable Discrimination!

Chorus of Opposition Helps Prevent Anti-Transgender Bill
from Becoming Law in Texas

Today, HRC released a new graphic highlighting the many voices that joined together to successfully stop anti-transgender legislation that was considered in the Texas legislature. It can be viewed here.

Due to the outpouring of opposition from Texans from all walks of life, anti-transgender legislation is dead for this session. HRC is proud to have worked throughout the regular session and special session with a coalition of organizations, including Equality Texas, the ACLU of Texas, the Texas Freedom Network and the Transgender Education Network of Texas.

A summary of the range and diversity of opposition to these discriminatory efforts can be found on the graphic. Those who helped stop these anti-transgender measures include:

  • Ordinary Texans, including transgender people and their families
  • Faith leaders [including many of our UMC and MFSA members!]
  • Educators
  • Advocacy groups
  • Child welfare groups
  • Law enforcement
  • Business leaders and companies
  • Financial investors
  • Economic development
  • Travel and tourism
  • Arts and entertainment
  • Sports

“It’s official: Texas legislators have adjourned without passing a new anti-transgender bill this special session,” said JoDee Winterhof, senior vice president of policy and political affairs. “First and foremost, these bills were defeated because of the many voices that came out in opposition, raising their voices in one chorus to say, ‘don’t discriminate in the Lone Star State.’ To be sure, these same voices that opposed discrimination this session will make the same level of noise in the future if lawmakers attempt to discriminate against any members of our communities again.”