Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Nikki Araguz Fundraiser Tonight

TransGriot Note: For those of you who have some free time tonight, want to help a trans sister out and find out what's transpiring in the Nikki Araguz case,  you may wish to swing by the Fedora Lounge starting at 7:30 PM CST and check out the combination fundraiser and trial update.

Please join Phyllis Frye and the entire Nikki Araguz legal defense team to learn more about the newest courtroom battle for marriage equality – a local case that can help us take a tremendous step forward for GLBT rights.

The event will take place at the Fedora Lounge, 2726 Bissonnet, Houston, TX  tonight from 7:30 pm CST - 9:30 pm CST

In July of this year, Wharton volunteer firefighter Thomas Araguz passed away in the line of duty. Since then, his parents have filed suit attempting to get Thomas’s marriage deemed void because of his wife’s tr...ansgendered status.

Because of a little-known change to the Texas Family Code by the state legislature in 2009, and a recent incident in El Paso County, this case has become one of the next biggest legal battlegrounds for GLBT rights. It has potential implications for every GLBT person in the state of Texas.

Host Committee 

Kris Banks, President, Houston GLBT Political Caucus
Robert Shipman, President, Houston Stonewall Young Democrats
Phillip McNutt, President, Houston Area Stonewall Democrats
Cristan Williams, Executive Director, Transgender Foundation of America
Mark Eggleston, Director of Outreach, Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church
Fiona Dawson
Blake Ellis & Shaun Nelson
Bryan Hlavinka
Johnny Peden
Jenifer Rene Pool
Anthony & Liz Referente
Karen Derr

Dress is business/business casual.

Tickets at the door are $30 per person, or $10 with a valid student ID. Please feel free to bring friends – we wanted this first event to be affordable for everyone so we could help spread the news of this important case throughout the entire GLBT community.

Cash is accepted, and so are checks. Please make checks out to Operation: Understanding Transgender Law and Winning or “OUTLAW” for short.

You can also contribute here: http://www.nikkiaraguz.com/favorite.htm

If you’re interesting in joining the host committee, please email david@catalystpublicstrategies.com.

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