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November 2013
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In this month's newsletter...

Austin scores a perfect 100 on the Municipal Equality Index
ENDA Passes Senate – on to House
Ceci Gratias Appointed NGLCC Regional Chair
AGLCC happy hour & elections will be this THURSDAY, November 21st
AGLCC Holiday Party

Austin scores a perfect 100 on the Municipal Equality Index

HRC Foundation’s 2013 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) — the only rating system of LGBT inclusion in municipal law — was released this morning. Austin is the first Southern city and one of 25 cities nationwide that received perfect scores (100 points). Great work by the HRC Austin Steering Committee, the City of Austin Human Rights Commission, Austin City Council, and our own AGLCC membership chair Ceci Gratias.

For more about Austin's MEI score, visit the HRC website.

Ceci Gratias

Ceci Gratias Appointed NGLCC Regional Chair

AGLCC Membership chair Ceci Gratias has been appointed to the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)’s Council of Chambers and Business Organizations (CCBO). Ceci will serve as the Regional Chair for the Mountain and Southwest Region which includes Texas, Louisana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona. “ I'm honored to work with this incredible group of chamber leaders to bring ideas for achieving economic equality and increasing economic opportunity in Austin and across the region. ,” said Gratias. The CCBO is a forum for the exchange of thoughts, knowledge, and ideas to promote and encourage open dialogue, coordination, and cooperation between local LGBT affiliate chambers and the NGLCC.

Ceci will be representing the AGLCC and the Mountain Southwest region at the NGLCC National Dinner on November 22nd.

AGLCC happy hour & elections will be this THURSDAY, November 21st

AGLCC happy hour & board elections will be held during the November Networking Happy Hour at the LifeWorks Sooch Foundation Youth & Family Resource Center. Though you need not be a member to attend, you will need to be a member to participate in voting. On the ballot: Vice President (Edgar Gierbolini), Treasurer (Rick Holmberg), Membership (Amy Cook), At Large 2 (Chase Kincannon), At Large 4 (John Egan). All ballot positions are unopposed. Catering provided by Charliee’s Hot Spot; beverages provided by Frot Vodka. Admission is FREE.

AGLCC Holiday Party

The AGLCC Holiday party is starting to come to life! The annual event will be held at Chez Zee on Wednesday December 18th and will include the 2nd Annual AGLCC Awards and special entertainment. Tickets are available now and expected to sell out. Not a member of the AGLCC yet? Take advantage of special promotions when you purchase your ticket!

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Wednesday, November 20th – Coming out for Garry Brown Fundraiser
Wednesday, November 20th – Transgender Day of Remembrance
Thursday, November 21st – AGLCC Happy Hour and Board Elections, 6:30pm
Friday, November 22nd – Steel Magnolias opens at the City Theatre
Sunday, November 25th – AGLCC Toastmasters, 6pm
Sunday, December 1st – Intelligent Lighting Design Holiday Promo
Sunday, December 1st – AGLCC Toastmasters – Sunday
Saturday, December 7th & 8th – Capital City Men’s Chorus Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 7th – Project Transitions Holiday Swing
Sunday, December 8th – OutYouth “Bring Your Loved One” Potluck
Monday, December 9th – AGLCC Toastmasters, 6pm
Wednesday, December 11th – Stonewall Democrats Endorsements & Happy Hour
Saturday, December 14th – TENT Monthly Program
Sunday, December 15th – AGLCC Toastmasters – Sunday, 6pm
Wednesday, December 18th – AGLCC Holiday Party & Awards, 6:30pm
Tuesday, December 31st - A*FAB 3rd Annual New Year's Eve Gala
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