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June 2013
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In this month's newsletter...

AGLCC Sweet 16 Anniversary Party
The Agenda's next issue is coming OUT
Marriage equality on the line
Keeping Austin Weird and Full of Pride

AGLCC Sweet 16 Party

AGLCC's "Sweet 16" Anniversary

The AGLCC will be hosting its annual Anniversary Party at the Mayor's balcony at City Hall on Thursday, June 20th. This will be an evening featuring food from AGLCC members, libations from Frot Vodka, and music provided by Kate X from DJs Fine & Dandy. Last year, over 250 attendees gathered to celebrate AGLCC's service to the LGBT-owned and friendly business community in Central Texas.

RSVP to this FREE event on the AGLCC website or on Facebook

Thanks to our generous premier sponsors for making this free event possible: Family Tree Dental Group, He's 4 Me, Intelligent Lighting Design, Midtown Independence Title, Premiere Party Central, and The Flower Studio.

Also thanks to our members providing food and drink: Beef Cake Shop, Gusto Italian Kitchen + Wine Bar, Hyatt Regency Austin, In Good Taste Catering and Design, Satay Restaurant, and Frot Vodka. Specials thanks go to: The Brass House, Karen2 Batenders Extraordinaire, and Urban Bartenders for providing bar staff.

The Agenda's next issue is coming OUT

The Agenda - March 2013 The next issue of the AGLCC's popular magazine The Agenda will come out at the AGLCC's Sweet 16 Party. Be one of the first to get your hands on our June issue, which as always comes complete with a full directory of LGBT-owned and friendly businesses.

Kudos to our many, many volunteers who give of their professional services to make this magazine a reality from our collaborators at the Austin Chronicle to design and production volunteers therepubliq, Cherico Creative, and Fun Loving Photos.

Marriage equality on the line

The Supreme Court is expected to announce their ruling on 2 marriage equality cases sometime this month. One case challenges the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and the other addresses California's Proposition 8.

The day that the rulings are announced will be a monumental time for the LGBT community. But we will not know which day it will be in advcance! Several local non-profits are planning to get together after the announcement of the decisions, no matter the outcome. Watch the AGLCC's Facebook page or Twitter feed for announcements of events on that day.

Keeping Austin Weird and Full of Pride

On June 28, 1969, after many years of bigotry and unlawful harassment from police and the heightened political climate of the late 60’s that included the African American Civil Rights Movement, Antiwar demonstrations and the Counterculture push of the time, a series of spontaneous demonstrations broke out after a police raid at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar (and business), in the Greenwich Village of New York. The uprising was led by those that frequented The Stonewall, the poorest and most marginalized people in the gay community: drag queens, representatives of a newly self-aware transgender community, effeminate young men, and homeless youth. After the riots, a community began to overcome issues of gender, race, class and generational obstacles to become the modern gay rights movement we see today. In June of 1970 the first Gay Pride marches began in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York commemorating the anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

Looking at the traditions of our queer radical past, a group of LGBTQIA individuals created QueerBomb to support and celebrate our unique and collective pride in Austin. QueerBomb 2013 This year’s QueerBomb took place on Saturday, June 1st at Pine Street Station in East Austin. The event showcased art, music and performance by members of the community. At dusk, a procession powered by the hypnotic music of the Minor Mishap Marching Band wound its way under community fissure causing I-35 up the East 6th Street Entertainment District, then winding back to Pine Street Station. Joy, laughter and solidarity filled the evening. (photo courtesy of therepubliq.com)

This will be the 22nd Austin Pride Celebration.  In 2010, after being run for many years by Equality Texas and the Austin Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit community foundation was formed to manage and organize Austin’s annual Pride celebration.  The Austin Gay &  Lesbian Pride Foundation moved Austin’s Pride celebration from June to September and is entirely run by volunteers. Monies made on the annual event are then donated back to the community to many local nonprofit groups.  For 2013, the primary beneficiaries for Austin Pride are: allgo, The Care Communities, Transgender Education Network of Texas, and Project Transitions.

To commemorate the Stonewall Riots, AGLPF has put together a rally at the Texas Capitol for the past three years. This year, the rally had guest speakers tell the story of gay life in America from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Stonewall Rally 2013 AGLCC Board Member Edgar Gierbolini and The Agenda Editor-in-Chief Kate X Messer were part of a team of speakers reading first hand stories from individuals that were at the riots. The evening ended by speeches from representatives from the Transgender Education Network of Texas and Equality Texas informing us how far we’ve come, but how much more road is left. June or September, Pride for Austinites should be a daily reminder and celebration of our struggles and achievements.

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Wednesday, June 19: PostNet Far West's Small Business Appreciation Party!
Thursday, June 20: AGLCC's "Sweet 16"
Monday, June 24: AGLCC Toastmasters
Tuesday, June 25: The Care Communities' Eat Out with a Purpose!
Tuesday, July 2: AGLCC Luncheon
Monday: July 8: AGLCC Toastmasters
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