The Houston Equal Rights Alliance has hired Emily Langdon as field director, offiicials with the organization announced this week.
Langdon will oversee day-to-day operations for voter identification, volunteer management and office management. She will also organize fundraisers for the alliance.
Tammi Wallace, president of the alliance, said the organization considers voter identification work as a top priority, and that by hiring Langdon, the alliance has demonstrated its commitment to that goal.
“If we are to hold legislators accountable, educate the public about our lives and stories, and change the political landscape locally, then we can’t engage in voter identification in crisis mode, such as when responding to anti-gay legislation,” Wallace said.
“Voter identification work must be in progress every day of the year in our community. It is most effective on an ongoing basis when it’s embraced by the community as a key effort to fight for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights,” Wallace said.
April Ayers, vice president of the alliance, said board members are thrilled to have Langdon as field director for the organization.
She said Langdon’s experience in helping launch the alliance and with the No Nonsense in November campaign last fall “gives her a wealth of knowledge to push forward with our efforts.”
“We are also pleased that hiring her meets one of our primary objectives, which is to develop and mentor youth leadership,” Ayers added.
Langdon was the Houston area field coordinator for the No Nonsense campaign against the anti-gay-marriage amendment approved by Texas voters last fall.
She is a founding members of the Houston Equal Rights Alliance and was a member of the organization’s board before accepting the position as field director.
Langdon also was a volunteer with the alliance’s predecessor, Equality Knocks.
Langdon graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in political science and has dedicated the last two years of her life to the GLBT civil rights movement, Wallace said.
With Langdon on board, the alliance’s office will now be open daily, and community members are encouraged to go by the office to meet Langdon and hear more about the alliance’s goals and projects for 2006, the board members said. Current projects include a drive to deputize voter registrars, a voter registration drive leading up to the primary elections in March and the launching of a new Houston Equal Rights Alliance Web site.
The Houston Equal Rights Alliance office is located at the Houston GLBT Community Center, 3400 Montrose Avenue, Ste. 107. Anyone interested in volunteering with the alliance should e-mail volunteer@HoustonERA.org or call 713-522-HERA. Emily Langdon can be reached via e-mail at emily.langdon@HoustonERA.org.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition of January 27, 2006.