Join us for the 2016 Austin Pride Interfaith Celebration on Thursday, August 25th, at 7:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Austin, 1201 Lavaca St, Austin, Texas 78701.
Pride Interfaith Partnership and First UMC are proudly sponsoring the 2016 Pride Interfaith Celebration, with help from supporting communities. Join us as we celebrate a diversity of religious beliefs and affirm that all people, including LGBTQ and allies, are created with sacred worth. This annual event is a decades-long tradition in Austin, and this year’s theme is “Together in Love.” The Pride Interfaith Celebration will offer a spiritual reflection on recent events, and will be a safe and centering space with an opening processional of local faith leaders, powerful speakers, and inspiring music from the volunteer Celebration Choir. There will be a reception with light snacks immediately following.
Everyone is invited to attend, including those who are not affiliated with a faith community. ASL translation will be provided during the service. Greeters will be available outside the building to direct anyone in need of disability access. Security personnel will be on duty during the event and reception.
MARIA SALAZAR – Featured Speaker:
The daughter of a migrant farmworkers, Maria Salazar has worked for Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, for Equal Rights Advocates, and in the office of Congressman Leon E. Panetta. An attorney with a private practice in San Antonio representing children and parents in foster care and in the juvenile system, Ms. Salazar has over 30 years of activism and advocacy in the LGBTQ community in Texas, California, and New York. She is vice president of Orgüllo de San Antonio, an LGBT chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens, recently named council of the year at the LULAC Texas convention. Partnered for over 20 years, Ms. Salazar is an out-and-proud Latinix woman.
MIA PARTON – Featured Speaker:
Mia Parton is a founder and past president of the Women’s Alliance for Leadership (WAL), a statewide non-profit dedicated to empowering LGBTQ women in Texas through accessible leadership workshops, awarding scholarships, and honoring women leaders in the community. Mrs. Parton graduated from University of Texas at Arlington with a civil engineering degree in 2007 and is continuously advancing in her career. She embraces her diverse background as Muslim, Middle-Eastern, and a member of the LGBTQ community and is dedicated to work that positively impacts the lives of LGBTQ women.
KARL LOGUE – Choir Director:
Directing this year’s Celebration Choir, Karl Logue has over 20 years training in music, piano performance and theory and is a prolific composer of choral, orchestral and piano works, including pieces commissioned by the Capital City Men’s Chorus (where he is Composer-in-Residence) as part of the Gala New Works program, Zachary Scott Theater Children’s Theater program, and commercially-released original compositions. He has been Music Director, Organist, and Pianist for several congregations of faith, and currently works with choral programs at Unity Church of the Hills in addition to teaching private piano lessons in the Austin area.
The Pride Interfaith Partnership strives to support safe, spiritual environments where all people to come together, regardless of any perceived differences, to express oneness through love. We work to honor, appreciate, and affirm all LGBTQ people and our allies as whole and complete, worthy of unconditional love and respect. The Pride Interfaith Partnership is a volunteer-coordinated community outreach program dedicated to uniting the LGBTQ community, allies, and local communities of faith.
If you are interested in purchasing an ad in this year’s program, please pay online at the link below.
The team putting together this event is in need of volunteers to help set up and host a reception following the service. Please see signup link at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040448a8a92fa20-volunteers for more details.
For information on volunteering, contact Katy Civins at firstname.lastname@example.org.