Celebrating Stonewall with Austin Pride tonight at the Texas Capitol!

Tonight at the Texas Capitol was an INCREDIBLE CELEBRATION OF THE STONEWALL RIOTS that took place on June 28, 1969 in New York City in a time where there were laws against homosexuality, wearing drag and dancing in gay clubs, the LGBTQ community decided that they’d  had enough and struck  back against the discrimination, they had been pushed to their breaking point.

Wednesday night was a time of remembering the history of the LGBTQ Community and those who fought for the rights we have won thus far and continuing to fight for our rights today as Governor Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick along with the Republican House and Senate try to turn back the clock in the upcoming special session beginning July 18th.

An emotional tribute to the 49 victims of the pulse night club that included the recording of Anderson Cooper reading the names of ever victim as he fought back tears as read on CNN to honor all the victims. Their names should never be forgotten. 49 white balloons attached to shiny silver bases tied by string were cut and released as the names were read and then the song “Rise Up” was played as the balloons drifted into the twilight.

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The names and ages of the victims killed were confirmed by the City of Orlando:

  • Stanley Almodovar III, age 23
  • Amanda Alvear, 25
  • Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, 26
  • Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33
  • Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21
  • Martin Benitez Torres, 33
  • Antonio D. Brown, 30
  • Darryl R. Burt II, 29
  • Jonathan A. Camuy Vega, 24
  • Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28
  • Simon A. Carrillo Fernandez, 31
  • Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25
  • Luis D. Conde, 39
  • Cory J. Connell, 21
  • Tevin E. Crosby, 25
  • Franky J. Dejesus Velazquez, 50
  • Deonka D. Drayton, 32
  • Mercedez M. Flores, 26
  • Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22
  • Juan R. Guerrero, 22
  • Paul T. Henry, 41
  • Frank Hernandez, 27
  • Miguel A. Honorato, 30
  • Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40
  • Jason B. Josaphat, 19
  • Eddie J. Justice, 30
  • Anthony L. Laureano Disla, 25
  • Christopher A. Leinonen, 32
  • Brenda L. Marquez McCool, 49
  • Jean C. Mendez Perez, 35
  • Akyra Monet Murray, 18
  • Kimberly Morris, 37
  • Jean C. Nieves Rodriguez, 27
  • Luis O. Ocasio-Capo, 20
  • Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25
  • Eric I. Ortiz-Rivera, 36
  • Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32
  • Enrique L. Rios Jr., 25
  • Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37
  • Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24
  • Christopher J. Sanfeliz, 24
  • Xavier E. Serrano Rosado, 35
  • Gilberto R. Silva Menendez, 25
  • Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
  • Shane E. Tomlinson, 33
  • Leroy Vale
    ntin Fernandez, 25
  • Luis S. Vielma, 22
  • Luis D. Wilson-Leon, 37
  • Jerald A. Wright, 31

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Austins first openly gay city council member Jimmy Flannagin spoke and called on all citizens of Texas to speak out and keep fighting for our rights as LGBTQ citizens of Texas. Flannagin asked that everyone attending reach out to friends and family and have them contact the senators and congressman whose offices are in the capitol building behind where Flannagin stood. He asked that everyone get involved while stating “This is our fight. The fight began with a riot and now it ends at the ballot box.”

Below is the coverage shown on KVUE, the ABC affiliate in Austin, with news anchor Quita Culpepper and on the scene reporter Jason Puckett for more coverage of the Stonewall Celebration 2017.

Austin Pride 2017 will begin on Friday August 18th and run all the way through August 26th ending with the Austin Pride Parade.  Austin Pride 2017   click on the link to go to the Facebook page for Austin Pride and the click the following link for the main website for all of the Austin Pride 2017 Events.

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