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Saturday, September 28 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
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Why LGBTQ politics is having a moment

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Lauren McGaughy

Reporter for The Dallas Morning News
McGaughy is a state politics reporter based in Austin for The Dallas Morning News. She focuses on LGBT issues and the court system. She previously covered state politics for the Houston Chronicle and the New Orleans Times-Picayune and foreign affairs at the U.S. Department of State... Read More →

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TreShaun Pate

Conference Coordinator for the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition and Dallas Volunteer Coordinator for the ACLU of Texas
Pate has recently joined the ACLU of Texas as the Dallas area volunteer coordinator where he focuses on community engagement in the DFW metroplex. He also serves as the conference program coordinator for the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition, which advances social equality for disenfranchised... Read More →
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Annise Parker

President and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund and Victory Institute and Former Mayor of Houston
Parker served as mayor of Houston from 2010 to 2016 and was the first openly LGBTQ mayor of a major American city. Previously, she served on the Houston City Council and was later elected city controller. Parker currently serves as president and CEO of the Victory Fund and Victory... Read More →
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Jessica Shortall

Managing Director of Texas Competes
Shortall leads a coalition of more than 1,200 Texas employers and chambers of commerce advocating an economic case for Texas to adopt a fair treatment approach to LGBTQ issues. She is the author of “Work. Pump. Repeat,” a survival guide on breastfeeding and going back to work... Read More →
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Jessica González

State Representative
González, D-Dallas, is currently serving her first term representing House District 104. She sits on the House Criminal Jurisprudence and Urban Affairs committees. Previously, she was selected as the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute law graduate fellow in Washington, D.C... Read More →

Saturday September 28, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall