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Watch: Transgender 8-Year-Old Marilyn Morrison Joins Dallas Pride Parade
Posted on September 20, 2016 at 5:09 pm

The media reported this weekend that up to 45,000 people turned out for Dallas’ annual Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade in Oak Lawn. One of this year’s proud participants was Marilyn Morrison, an 8-year old transgender girl. She joined her family and Equality Texas during the parade to educate people about growing up transgender in Texas.

“I want people to understand that I’m just a normal kid,” said Marilyn.

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While Marilyn was proudly marching with Equality Texas in the Texas Freedom Parade, other members of the Equality Texas team were in Houston hosting our first Transgender Leadership Institute concurrent with the Gender Infinity Conference. To grow and expand the leadership base of the state’s transgender inclusive community, we launched the first of its kind Texas-based Institute to advance full equality through public education and community organizing, and collaboration. The convening focused on challenging implicit biases and public opinion, and worked with session participants to identify opportunities and next steps to advance equality for all Texans. The Transgender Leadership Institute was made possible with the generous support of the Gill Foundation and the Hollyfield Foundation. For more information about the Transgender Leadership Institute, contact Lou Weaver, Transgender Programs Coordinator,


We know that you care deeply about passing nondiscrimination protections for the LGBTQ community. But we also know that with so much going on in life, finding the time to volunteer to make that goal a reality can be hard. Well not anymore!

Equality Texas is excited to announce that we have joined #theNEAT coalition to give you the opportunity to volunteer from home to win full LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections in our communities and nationwide! Because none of us are free until all of us are free, NEAT allows us to stand stronger by fighting for equality together. Sign up today to receive volunteer opportunities to make phone calls from home and more!


By signing up today, we will reach out to you when we have volunteer opportunities on evenings, weekends, and during the day that you can participate in from home, like making phone calls. When you volunteer, our friends at NEAT will provide all the resources and live training and support you need to be successful and have a great experience.

Sign up today to help us move one step closer to equality and justice for all!

Spirit of Texas 2016

We’re officially five days away from our 10th Annual Spirit of Texas Brunch! This year, Equality Texas will present three awards to honor outstanding commitments to LGBTQ equality in Texas. We are looking forward to honoring this year’s award recipients:

Phyllis Randolph Frye, Anchor Award
State Senator José Rodríguez, Advocate Award
Google, Vanguard Award

Meet our Momma Bears for Equality: Kimberly Shappley and Amber Briggle

Presented by Belvedere Vodka and Chandon USA

Sunday, September 25, 2016
VIP Reception: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Spirit of Texas Brunch: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

The Rosenberg Sky Room
847 E Hildebrand Avenue
San Antonio, TX  78212

General Admission Tickets are $135/person

VIP Tickets are $150/person

Event sponsorships are tax-deductible and benefit the Equality Texas Foundation. For more sponsorship opportunities visit: