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We Demand Full Equality In All Matters Governed By Civil Law
We Demand Full Equality In All Matters Governed By Civil Law

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#Alert Gavelston #Crimewatch help identify person of interest in murder of #Lesbian couple  

#Breaking #TXMarriage judge rules marriage ban unconstitutional, stays ruling for now. 

Only 7 of 15,000 mayors and city council members in TX are openly #LGBT 

Have you joined the movement for full #equality yet? 

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As we continue to work towards #equality   by putting pressure on the powerholders, there is still the harsh reality of the global social climate to contend with.
In the last 12 months, over 265 #transgender   people were brutally murdered around the globe. This is a 20% increase from last year's 221 murders.
Here in Texas, not only is the social climate toward the transgender community callous but, the transgender community suffers great discrimination both legally and socially.
Transgender Day Of Remembrance is set aside every year, on November 20th, to remember those who have been murdered and to reflect on the mission ahead for equality.
We urge everyone who is able, to find a #TDOR   observance event near you and show up in love and support.

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Added photos to Austin - March Against Hate.

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* 11:45am Meet at Austin City Hall
* 12:00pm March to the State Capitol
* 12:20pm Arrive at the Capitol 
* 12:30pm Speeches from victims and community members

Andrew Oppleman
Bobby Beltran
Local Survivors of Hate Crimes
Sami-Di Williams - Grrlz Will Be Boiz
Chuck Smith - Equality Texas
Michael Diviesti - GetEQUAL TX
Paul Huddleston, President of Austin Pride
Join Us Saturday…You Are Not Alone!

GetEQUAL TX / Equality Texas / Grrlz Will Be Boiz / Austin Pride / PFLAG Austin

My name is Andrew Oppleman and this is my story…
Little did I know, last Friday night Sept 22th 2012, I’d be changed forever.
I was in town for Austin Pride. It was one of my many trips to enjoy all that Austin has to offer; great entertainment, outdoor recreation and most of all the people; laid back and easy going. My welcome started like this…My buddy Nick Soret was ordering pizza at 4th and Colorado at about midnight as I just arrived from a 3 hour drive from Houston. As I waited for Nick to grab his pizza and leave, another patron started screaming at Nick “What are you looking at?” over and over again. As he grabbed Nick’s hot pizza and threw it on Nick’s face, arm and body the man proceeded to start punching him. I immediately tried to quell the suspects rage and told the man to “STOP HITTING MY FRIEND!” With that he turned around and pushed me down into the construction on the street. I got up and as I turned back to the Pizza Truck I was immediately met with the amazing force of his fist hitting me square in the mouth. I then saw the man wildly punching Nick’s skull, and body as Nick fell to the ground in a fetal position trying to protect his face and head. As quickly as it started the suspect ran away, while his friend who is an Austin local just stood there and laughed as blood gushed from my mouth. I then spent 8 hours at Brackenridge Hospital. In the end Nick sustained a black eye, a busted and bruised lip and additional bruises on his body. I left Austin with a busted lip and 6 missing teeth.
I invite you to join us and the rest of the Austin community this Saturday at 11:45am at Austin City Hall to raise awareness and March Against Hate To the Capitol. Spread the word to take Austin back!

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This is Andrew Oppleman. Andrew was visiting Austin for Pride weekend. On Friday, Sept 21, 2012 he and friend Nick Soret went downtown to enjoy Austin's vibrant night life. Around midnight they stopped at a food truck for a slice of pizza. That stop resulted in both men being beaten simply for being gay men who dared to be within eye sight. Andrew was punched so hard that 8 of his teeth were knocked out. 

If you are ever a victim of or a witness to a hate crime, call 911 as soon as you can. Make sure that you tell the officers that arrive that it was a hate crime and ask to be connected to victim services or your PD's equivilant service.

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#RealPride #WeCantWait Today we reminded the President of a very important campaign promise in 2008 - the ENDA Executive Order. It has been sitting on his desk awaiting his signature alone since 2009 and would protect more than 25% of the American workforce. If you would like to get involved in actions like these, or if you would like to support actions like these, you can do so by going here:
ENDA EO Protest 7-17-2012 (7 photos)
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