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Houston Rallies Against Hate

LGBT Houstonians and their supporters gathered in downtown Tranquility Park yesterday evening, the night before Rick Perry’s “Response,” to send a strong message to the Texas governor and his anti-gay cohorts: “The Response” does not represent the majority of Houstonians, Texans or Americans.

The Houston GLBT Political Caucus organized the rally, and a wide array of organizations joined together to participate, including: the Human Rights Campaign, Houston Stonewall Young Democrats, Resurrection MCC, Out & Equal, Healing Out Loud, Equality Texas, the Houston GLBT Community Center and the Transgender Foundation of America.

State Rep. Garnet Coleman keynoted the rally, and attendees heard from a wide variety of voices speaking out against today’s Christian-only, anti-gay prayer event. The voices included those of a mother who once told her son to “pray away” being gay – but eventually became a strong supporter of him and, following his murder in 2008, an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community.

Jenifer Rene Pool, a longtime Houston resident, candidate for City Council and GLBT community activist, spoke to how the event hijacks traditional faith values:

“I’m not one of their ‘chosen few’ who has been asked to come out there…I believe Jesus Christ was welcoming to everyone…if He was here with us today, He’d invite us to the same table as the rest of the apostles.”

HRC will be covering Perry’s prayer rally today. Check www.hrc.org/callitout for the latest following the event.

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