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Travis County Commissioners Court to Vote on a LGBTQIA+ Civil Rights Resolution Calling for Flying a Pride Flag and Other Civil Rights Protections

TRAVIS COUNTY, TX – On Tuesday, June 29, the Travis County Commissioners Court will vote on whether to allow a Progress Pride flag to fly on the Travis County Administrative Building for the first time. 

Travis County Judge Andy Brown and Commissioner Brigid Shea have proposed a resolution to fly the Progress Pride flag at 700 Lavaca to close out Pride Month and again in August for the Austin Pride Parade. The resolution also directs county staff to develop a comprehensive procurement policy that prohibits contractors from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or veteran status. 

There will be a flag-raising ceremony at the Travis County building on Tuesday with remarks from Judge Brown, Commissioner Shea, and Travis County LGBTQIA+ leaders.

The Progress Pride flag that will fly in Travis County builds on the six-strip rainbow of the Pride flag by adding a chevron of white, pink, light blue, brown and black — to symbolize transgender rights, people of color and those living with or lost to HIV/AIDS.

What

A Pride flag raising ceremony to commemorate the first Pride flag flying on the Travis County Administrative Building.

When

Tuesday, June 29, 2021, from 12 - 1 PM

Where

Travis County Admin Building, 700 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701

Who

  • Travis County Judge Andy Brown, Pronouns: he/him
  • Commissioner Brigid Shea, Pronouns: she/her
  • Glen Maxey, First openly gay member of the Texas Legislature, Pronouns: he/him
  • KB Brookins, Founding Executive Director at Embrace Austin, Pronouns: they/them
  • Alicia Roth Weigel, Intersex Advocate, Pronouns: she/they
  • Briona Jenkins, Queer Advocate, Pronouns: she/her
  • Ash Hall, Non-Binary Advocate, Pronouns: they/them
  • Marti Bier, Director of Programs at Texas Freedom Network, Pronouns: they/them

TAX RATE: TRAVIS COUNTY ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR'S TAX RATE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 3.6 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $11.00.

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