Last year it was yours truly being honored at the Houston GLBT Caucus Equality Brunch. This time I got to sit back yesterday in the audience as a guest of Texas state Sen. Sylvia Garcia for this year’s 9th annual edition of the Equality Brunch held yesterday at the Hotel ZaZa overlooking Hermann Park.
As part of the Brunch, awards are given to community heroes and sheroes
We were also thrilled to have Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner in attendance and giving some brief remarks before he left to attend another event.
Our previous Mayor Annise Parker was also in attendance along with CM Robert Gallegos, Judge Stephen Kirkland, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis and a long list of political candidates, advocates and supporters in the sold out venue.
The spectacular view from the 11th floor of the hotel was a bonus.
Sen. Garcia was there to receive the Eleanor Tinsley Award, which goes to an ally of our community. She was definitely that with all her hard work to help us kill SB 6.
The John Paul Barnich Award that I received last year went to Kevin Anderson, The Don Hrachovy Award to Kris Banks , and the new Kristen Capps Award to Alan Dettlaff.
The Houston trans and gender diverse community was well represented this year. In addition to the Tony and Bruce Award going to Gender Infinity co-founders Becca and Colt Keo-Meier,
Gender Infinity’s two day conferencewill once again take place at the University of Houston October 13-14.
The President’s Award was given to a longtime trans advocate in Atlantis Narcisse.
She’s been active for 20 years in our Houston trans community, but has been in the background doing her work as she supports more visible folks like myself, Dee Dee Watters and Kaleb Elijah.
It was well deserved sis, and congrats on receiving it.
Congrats indeed to all the members of the 2017 Class of Caucus Equality Brunch Award recipients, and thanks for everything you do to make our community, Houston and our state better.