Family Weekend in the Southwest Austin Parents Take Pride in their Families

MEDIA ADVISORY
August 27, 2014
Contact: Cindi Creager, CreagerCole Communications
(646) 279-4559, cindi@creagercole.com

Family Equality Council Offers Family Friendly Events for LGBTQ Parents and their Families During the 2014 Austin Pride Weekend

Washington DC- Family Equality Council is set to partner with the Austin community again this year during Austin Pride Weekend (Sept. 18- 21), in creating additional family-friendly spaces where parents and prospective parents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, along with their children and other allies, can celebrate, make new connections, and be part of the equality movement.

“Equality is rapidly on the march across the country, including in states like Texas,” said Family Equality Council Southern Regional Manager, Tatiana Quiroga. “But LGBTQ families still face unique challenges under the current patchwork of laws that exist. Our ‘Family Weekend in the Southwest’ events offer LGBTQ families the chance to gather, build community, share their unique stories, hear from equality experts, and gain valuable information on the issues most pressing to our families. We’re thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to families again this year.”

Who/What: Family Weekend in the Southwest— Austin Pride

When: Thursday, September 18— Sunday, September 21

Where: Various Austin Locations/Details Below

Contact: Press representatives interested in covering any of the activities listed below should contact: Cindi Creager, CreagerCole Communications, (646) 279-4559, cindi@creagercole.com

Detailed list of events below:

Thursday, September 18th

House Party
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Support equality for all families – join us for celebratory fundraising reception! For full details please visit: http://bit.ly/AustinHouseParty

Friday, September 19th

Welcome Bowling Party
5:30 pm
Dart Bowl, 5700 Grover Ave, Austin, TX 78756
Start the weekend off with a strike! Our 2014 Welcome Bowling Party will be fun for the whole family. And no need to make dinner plans – the Dart Bowl has its own cafe, with a kid-friendly menu. Please note: Dart Bowl is offering two hours of bowling, including shoe rental, for $9.

Saturday, September 20th

Pride Festival
11:00 am  6:00 pm
Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St, Austin, TX 78702
LGBTQ parents, their children, extended families, prospective families and friends are all invited to stop by Family Equality Council’s booth in Fiesta Gardens during Austin’s annual Pride Festival. Stop by to learn more about our work, get a temporary tattoo, or just to say “hi!”

Dinner Meet-Up
5:30 pm
Serrano’s, 1111 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701
Meet us for dinner at the downtown location of Serrano’s Tex-Mex restaurant. We’ll be seated outside on their beautiful tree-covered patio – a perfect spot to eat, drink and relax before the Pride Parade steps off.

Parade Watching Meet-Up
7:30 pm
Texas Capitol Visitors Center, 112 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701
Just before the 2014 Pride Parade steps off at 8pm, look for the Family Equality Council banner on the southeast corner of the Texas Capitol Visitors Center.

Sunday, September 21st

Family Pool Party
3:00 pm
Deep Eddy Pool, 401 Deep Eddy Ave, Austin, TX 78703
Come join us on Sunday at a pool party for the whole family!  We’ll gather on the lawn at the shallow end of the pool, in front of the large wall mural. Please note: admission to Deep Eddy Pool is $3 for adults, $2 for youth (ages 12-17), and $1 for kids (ages 1-11)

Pizza Party with Family Equality Council, Equality Texas and HRC
5:30 p.m.
Eilers Park (directly adjacent to Deep Eddy Pool)
Regardless of whether you attend the Family Pool Party, join other area LGBTQ parents and their families for a Pizza Party at the Eilers Park picnic area next to Deep Eddy. Here, your family can celebrate the end of a fabulous Pride weekend, pose for family photos, make new connections, and learn about the important work that Family Equality Council, Equality Texas and HRC are all doing on your family’s behalf. Note: Pizza, snacks, and cold beverages will be served.  There is no charge for the Pizza Party, but advanced RSVP is requested: http://bit.ly/AustinPizzaParty

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About Family Equality Council®:  Family Equality Council® connects, supports, and represents the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer in this country today and their six million children of all ages. We are changing attitudes and policies to ensure that all families are respected, loved, and celebrated—including families with parents who are LGBTQ. We are a community of parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren that reaches across this country. For over 30 years we have raised our children and raised our voices toward fairness for all families.