The first full day of Out & Equal began with a breakfast. Singer Cris Williamson performed and Houston Mayor Annise Parker and basketball player Jason Collins both spoke to attendees.
Parker discussed her frustration with having to defend the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance in a recall election and told her audience LGBTS need to “be our own true authentic selves at work.”
Collins spoke about his coming out and having his family’s support. He said he came out after astronaut Sally Ride died. In her obituary, it was revealed for the first time she had a partner of 27 years. He realized for the first time, he said, he couldn’t live like that.
The exhibit hall included a number of local companies like Texas Instruments and AT&T that were pioneers in LGBT workplace equality. Five federal agencies also had booths along with dozens of global companies.