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ACA at the Pride Festival, June 14, 2008
Equality Texas hosted the 2008 Pride Festival on Saturday, June 14 this
year at Auditorium Shores, just north of the new Long Center. The festival
is a community-building event primarily for the gay and lesbian community in
Austin. It has grown up in recent years with thousands of participants,
eight bands, and 130 vendors and organizations. The ACA has participated
in the event for over four years.
While there has been some controversy along the way, the ACA has embraced
gay rights as primarily a church-state separation issue. We view the
freedom to marry as one of many freedoms and rights granted to all citizens
as the natural consequence of true equality and the complete separation of
church and state. Our nation has made great strides toward ensuring equal
rights for women and minorities, yet true equality remains elusive and some
segments of our population remain "fair game" for bigotry, prejudice, and
discrimination. Gays and atheists are among those minorities.
The Pride Festival is also a great opportunity to gain visibility in a
setting where most of the participants are progressive and more likely to
be receptive to our message. Other like-minded groups had booths at the
festival, including the ACLU and Texas Freedom Network. Our very presence
sends a message that we exist and that we are happy to come out in support
of others. While the ACA has been active and visible in Austin for eleven
years, there are still a lot of people who are surprised that we exist.
Community events like this give us a chance to interact with those people
and tell them a little about what we do as a group.
At the booth this year, we interacted with dozens of people who ranged from
hard-core atheist to those who were just curious. We were happy to share
information about our group, our Austin Atheist newsletter, a press release
that we issued in support of same-sex marriage, and fun items like bumper
stickers. It is possible that some of our visitors will become members.
Our participation in the Pride Festival would not be possible without the
enthusiastic support of ACA members. This year we had nine volunteers:
Matt Dillahunty, John Iacoletti, Shelley Roberts, Sandra & Shilling Sythe,
Mike, Cody Casterline, and Steve Elliott. The event was organized by
Don Baker. A special thanks goes to the Atheist Longhorns, who loaned us
their canopy for the event.
Setting up: Shelley, John, and Shilling.
John talks with a visitor at the booth.
Don (squinting from the sun), Matt, Cody, and John (hidden by a passer-by).
Mike and those dangerous women.
John checking out those dangerous women. Hey, there are enough to go around!
Manning the booth: Don, Cody, and John.
Food vendor row.
A view of downtown from our booth.
A crowd shot from our booth.
A full house late in the day: Matt, Jennifer, Cody, Jen & Alex, John, and Steve.