Faith Advocacy Day planned at state capitol

Equality Texas and the Texas Freedom Network are sponsoring Faith Advocacy Day on February 17 at the state capitol in Austin.

(Via Equality Texas) — Clergy, faith leaders and people of faith from across the state will gather at the Texas Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 17, to issue calls – rooted in faith and Texas values – for an end to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

The event, Faith Advocacy Day, is co-sponsored by Equality Texas and the Texas Freedom Network.

“The Texas Freedom Network is delighted to partner with Equality Texas on this unique event. The passionate and broad support for LGBT equality among people of faith in Texas is a story that should be known more widely—and on February 17, faithful Texans will come to Austin and shout it proudly from the mountaintops,” said TFN’s faith organizer Darnell Fennell.

Participants at Faith Advocacy Day will appeal to state legislators to support inclusive policies that protect all children, end discrimination, and strengthen relationships.

A press conference at 1 p.m. on the North steps of the capitol will include speeches by Rev. Michael Diaz of Resurrection MCC of Houston, Rev. Eric Folkerth of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Minister Leslie Jackson of the United Church of Christ in Houston and Rabbi Pamela Silk of Temple Emanu El in Houston.

Among the congregations coming to the event is University Presbyterian Church of San Antonio.

In years past, Equality Texas organized a Lobby Day when LGBT constituents would visit members of the State Legislature to press elected officials on issues that are important to the community. This year, Equality Texas will hold three advocacy days each with a specific theme.

On Monday, March 23, “Family Advocacy Day,” celebrates LGBT families and is designed to focus on the way that anti-LGBT laws in Texas affect them.

“Freedom Advocacy Day” will be held Monday, April 13 and will provide an opportunity to share how anti-LGBT laws are an abridgment of the freedoms Texans hold dear.

For more information about Faith Advocacy Day, contact Daniel Williams of Equality Texas at 512-474-5775.

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