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<<First Name>> - 11/04/22
Edition: 2022 | Issue: 8
FRIENDSGIVING SEASON IS HERE
#1 Kindom Community is hosting a Friendsgiving in Waco at the Good Neighbor House on November 19 at 3pm and YOU and any local young adults are invited. RSVP on the Facebook event here.

#2 The Swansons are hosting Friendsgiving again this year on Thanksgiving Day. Time and details coming soon.
TRANS AWARENESS MONTH
  • November 6th | Transgender Parents Day - a day to celebrate all of our trans siblings that are also parents 
  • November 8th | Intersex Day of Solidarity - marking the birthday of of Herculine Barbin, a French intersex person whose memoirs were later published by the philosopher Michel Foucault, along with contemporary texts and a later fictionalized account.
  • November 13th-19th | Transgender Awareness Week - a week when transgender people and their allies take action to bring attention to the community by educating the public about who transgender people are, sharing stories and experiences, and advancing advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that affect the transgender community.
  • November 20th | Transgender Day of Rememberance - started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester's death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Welcoming Waco Updates
First, we want to thank council representative Kelly Palmer for the ways she has spoken out for the LGBTQ community and against the hate and fear-mongering that continues to threaten the safety and well-being of LGBTQ people in our community. Everyone belongs in Waco!

As a follow-up to the community conversation with Waco PD, we are working with Greater Waco Legal Services to organize a Legal Empowerment Workshop focused on legal topics and questions our community might have. If you know any attorneys that might be willing to participate or have a particular topic or question you would want addressed, please email welcomingwaco@gmail.com

FOR IMMEDIATE LEGAL QUESTIONS please reach out to Greater Waco Legal Services at staff@greaterwacolegalservices.org. They are a welcoming and affirming organization that seeks to provide access to affordable legal services for community members who may not be able to afford the services of a private attorney.

If you have any interest in being involved with this work, please email welcomingwaco@gmail.com (please excuse the typos in previous newsletters).
Upcoming Community Event - TOMORROW
Ways to Stay Connected 

Parent Support Group

Many parents don’t know what to do when their child comes out to them at any age. This is a group of parents who have LGBTQ children that want to learn how to support, respect, and understand their children better. For more information about the Parent Support groupcontact Lucas Land at lland@wacopride.org.

 

Waco Youth Pride Alliance

The Waco Youth Pride Alliance was created and led by youth in the Waco Community to increase our community's visibility, support, and understanding of LGBTQ youth. Join the WYPA Discord server or follow them on Instagram, @waco_youth_pride_alliance to stay updated on activities and events.

 

Waco Pride TNG (The Next Generation)

This is Waco Pride Network’s group for The Next Generation. Anyone 18-24 who identifies as LGBTQ+ or allies is invited to join us as we build our community in Waco together. You can join our Discord ServerFacebook Group, or follow on Instagram, @tng_waco to connect with others and stay updated on activities and events.

 

Waco Pride Adult Group

This is Waco Pride Network’s place for Waco’s LGBTQ+ and allies to gather! You can join our Facebook Group to connect with others and check our Events Calendar to keep up with our planned activities.

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