June 26, 2015 – An evening to remember

Panhandle Pride is off to a wonderful start – what a joyous and affirming night we had last night, June 26!

Decision Day peopleFirst, a Decision Day celebration of the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. The photo (thanks, John Hintz), shows only some of the people who came together to mark this historic day. Others were in the halls, the anterooms, and the kitchen keeping us fed.

stonewall uprisingThis celebration was followed by a special screening of the PBS documentary, Stonewall Uprising. We had a standing-room-only crowd, and all were transfixed and incredibly moved by this story of how – and why – the gay rights movement was born. We have much for which to say “thank you” to those who first stood up to police harassment and, literally, took the blows. What progress for LGBT people in the intervening 46 years!

Our thanks to Texans for Marriage and Equality Texas for allowing AUUF to host the Decision Day celebration, to Panhandle Pride for letting us host the Film Festival, and to the many AUUF members and friends who brought delicious food and drink, made the popcorn, staffed the kitchen, worked behind the scenes in so many ways, cleaned up afterwards. Also, a special thanks to Rev. Bernie Barbour for talking about his experiences in NYC during that time period.

All in all, last evening was a resounding success – so let the celebration of pride in our LGBTQ community continue!