Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"Equality Project" Returns to Houston

The Equality Project is coming to the University of Houston on Saturday, October 1st. The Equality Project is a public education program on policy issues and their effect on Texas citizens designed by Equality Texas. The Project also trains participants to establish relationships with their state representatives and senators, and to advocate for policy changes with their elected officials.

Learn more about employment nondiscrimination, relationship recognition, LGBT-parented families, hate crimes, bullying & harassment, gender marker changes, public accommodations, and other pertinent issues. Also learn how easy it is to have a one-on-one conversation with your elected officials and their staff. Discover how empowering it is to realize that, as a constituent, you have the right to be heard!

Attendance is free (lunch provided), however advance registration is required. You can register on-line HERE.

I am honored, once again, to be asked to lead this training, which is being presented by the LGBT Advocates at the University of Houston. The training begins at 10 am and runs til 4 pm.  Most of the day is spent with "hands-on" exercises and roll-playing designed to make people comfortable (and effective!) when communicating with elected officials.

Lou Weaver, president of the Transgender Foundation of America, attended the Equality Project Training last January when it was last offered in Houston and said that the experience was critical this last spring when the trans community was fighting SB 723, a bill that could have invalidated the marriages of trans Texans.  "I learned a ton about how the Texas legislative branches work," said Lou. "It made everything make sense, and taught me how to speak to Representatives."

The Equality Project is taught by a network of volunteer trainers around the State.  If your organization would like to host a training contact Equality Texas to find out how.

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