About 60 people attended the day-long “best practices” workshop presented last weekend in Austin by the Equality Texas Foundation, according to Chuck Smith, deputy director for Equality Texas.
“Organizational development and resource sharing are integral components for building and sustaining the pro-equality movement in Texas. The LGBT community will continue to face attacks on all fronts, and the movement’s capacity to counter these political attacks has to encompass all issues and leave infrastructure in place for successful, long-term everywhere,” Smith said.
This even, Smith added, was an integral part of the foundation’s commitment to helping build and strengthen the GLBT rights movement across the state.
Suzanne Hickman, a board member for the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance, was among those who attended the conference. She said the event was a good way to get the necessary tools to prepare for the battles to come.
“It was very productive to hear what other people are doing in terms of what’s working and what’s not, and how to fix what’s not working,” Hickman said.
“The best part was meeting people from all over the state and developing relationships so we don’t feel like we’re alone,” Hickman continued. “I would like to see more workshops like this one.”
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition of February 10, 2006.