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Equality Texas & Equality Texas Foundation PO Box 2340 | Austin, TX 78768 | www.EqualityTexas.org

As you read this, the 2021 session of the Texas Legislature has just closed the worst year for LGBTQ+ state legislative attacks — with 36 anti-LGBTQ+ bill filed in Texas. The biennial struggle against discriminatory and cruel bills is exhausting for all LGBTQIA+ and allies who continue to show up, speak out, testify and mobilize against them. Wouldn’t it be nice to never go through that again? That’s why QWELL invited us to write to you. The best time to influence the Texas lege is before the session begins. What you do in the next 18 months will be crucial to creating the world we want to see ­— a Texas that honors the innate worth of LGBTQ+ people with full-lived equality in the hearts and minds of our fellow Texans and in all areas of the law. When the lege is in session, the Texans fighting for you are in crisis-mode — running between hearings, offering testimony, organizing events on the fly, and trying to expand lawmakers’ understanding of LGTQIA+ issues. Right now, we have an 18 month window during which we need you to prepare to champion LGBTQ+ issues at the Capitol. You can: · · · ·

Educate yourself on the greatest threats to LGBTQ+ equality; Have conversations with your neighbors; Increase the number of vocal allies; and, Share your story with legislators so they have visible proof that Texans support LGBTQIA+ rights.

“Visibility is Power,” like it says on the cover. If you have a rainbow or trans flag, fly it! But make sure you’re not the only one; convince your neighbors and businesses to fly flags, too. In Greater Austin, more than anywhere else in the State, Texas Legislators should see reflected what we all know -- that the majority of Texans believe that discrimination against LGBTQ+ people is wrong. Displaying a pride flag is one indication of our support for LGBTQ+ people. Whether you live in Austin or elsewhere, all Texans deserve to have a voice at the Legislature, and Equality Texas is dedicated to guiding and ensuring that opportunity. Whether you volunteer with Equality Texas or contact your legislator via email or phone, your voice and your concerns should be heard. As the largest statewide organization fighting for LGBTQ+ rights in Texas, Equality Texas is your resource for issue-based education, action alerts, and how to make your voice heard. Ready to get started? Sign up as an Equality Texan at equalitytexas.org or just scan the QR code below. 18 months to get ready. Let’s go. Sincerely, Ricardo Martinez Chief Executive Officer


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of good quality of life. When LGBTQIA+ individuals, families, and communities have tools to help them understand and manage their thoughts and feelings, our people flourish.

family, partners, friends, and people around us are a huge part of what makes us feel good or bad about life. Research proves that human beings thrive in a intergenerational, diverse, positive social structure.

you matters. Your physical environment, natural or human made, impacts your wellbeing. Housing affordability, mobility, and the political landscape also affect your health. Austinites deserve healthy, safe places to live as openly LGBTQIA+ people of any age.

and lifelong learning, in and out of an LGBTQIA-competent classroom, promote mental development, personal growth, and challenging experiences. Some learning opportunities – for example, sexual health education – need to be available for all LGBTQIA+ adults as well as youth.

should include LGBTQIA-welcoming job training, employment, and chances for advancement, to create an environment where all LGBTQIA+ people can afford to make ends meet and may achieve all they hope to accomplish.

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QWELL Pride 2021 Poster Book  

Filled with art and links to valuable resources for LGBTQIA+ residents of Greater Austin, Texas, the QWELL Pride 2021 Poster Book was given...

QWELL Pride 2021 Poster Book  

Filled with art and links to valuable resources for LGBTQIA+ residents of Greater Austin, Texas, the QWELL Pride 2021 Poster Book was given...

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