Saturday, March 17, 2018

QWiL - 2018 Daughters of Bilitis Awards


Thursday April 12, 2018
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Sellers Underground
213 West 4th Street
Austin, Texas


On Thursday April 12th, 2018, Queer Women in Leadership (QWIL) will be holding the 3rd annual Daughters of Bilitis Awards where we recognize Queer Self Identified Women Leaders of Texas. 

Come join us at Sellers Underground at 6:00 pm to help us give recognition to the accomplishments of three amazing queer self identified women. The emcee for the event will be the amazing local Comedian Kelly Stone.

Purchase your Tickets in advance for $25 at www.2018qwlawards.eventbrite.com or for $30 at the door. The ticket includes one complimentary drink and a raffle ticket.  Proceeds go to support the LGBTQ Future Queer Women Leaders Scholarship.

Special thanks to our Sponsor Sellers Underground!

Please contact Mia Parton for sponsorship opportunities at mia.parton@waltexas.org
All are welcome ages 21+ as well as donations!


DECEMBER 2015
ANNUAL AWARDS IN DALLAS


Sponsored by Mia and Victoria Parton, Carlos Platero, Leap to Success, Printing and design services by WM Martin Advertising Inc., TANO and the Dallas Voice. Photography service by Shannon Howard.

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LEADERSHIP IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT IN 2015:

Sheriff Lupe Valdez was elected Sheriff of Dallas County, Texas on November 4, 2004.  She took the rank of the highest ranking law enforcement officer in the County of Dallas on January 1, 2005.  Sheriff Valdez is one of four female Sheriffs in the State of Texas.  She is also the only Hispanic Female Sheriff in the United States.  Sheriff Valdez has been in Law Enforcement for more than 36 years both Federal and State.  On November 4, 2012, she was re-elected to serve another four years.
Prior to becoming Sheriff, Lupe worked to protect the lives and property of American Citizens at home and abroad in homeland security, antiterrorism investigations, criminal law enforcement.  She has been featured in several books.
As a young child, Lupe learned strong work ethics.  She put herself through college to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Bethany Nazarene College now Southern Nazarene University sometimes working up to two jobs.  By developing sterling work habits, she propelled her career in law enforcement.   She demonstrated her commitment to constant improvement and education by earning a Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT IN 2015:


Our State Representative Mary E. González is serving her second term as Texas State Representative for House District 75--an area that includes east El Paso County, the fastest growing parts of the city of El Paso and the towns of Socorro, Clint, Fabens, and Tornillo. Throughout her time as a State Representative, she has authored numerous bills to improve public schools, increase economic development, and support agriculture in House District 75 and throughout the state. She has been recognized as a "Champion of Equality" and centers her work around community activism and interrupting oppression. Mary is pursuing her Doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction- Cultural Studies in Education at the University of Texas in Austin, and she serves as the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for Allgo, Texas' state-wide Queer People of Color organization.










Monday, March 5, 2018

2016 Daughters of Bilitis Awardees Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman

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Cleo and Nicole are a vibrant couple who has been together for over 13 years, they are native Texans, and got legally married in Massachusetts in 2009, at that time same sex marriage was not recognized in the State of Texas.

When Cleo went into labor with their first child, the delivery process was a challenge. After hours of trying, the doctors took her in for an emergency C-section, and Nicole and Cleo were separated. If anything had happened to Cleo, Nicole wouldn't have been able to make decisions for their son. If anything catastrophic had happened to Cleo, he would have been an orphan. And that was after they did everything they possibly could to be seen as a family in Texas. The terror of 30 minutes in the delivery room - 30 minutes where the holes in their well-meaning friends' claims that marriage equality wasn't a necessity became vividly clear - were part of why Nicole and Cleo signed on to a lawsuit aimed at striking down anti-marriage laws in Texas in 2014. And on February 2015, they rejoiced as their case - DeLeon v. Perry - inspired a federal judge to strike down those laws as unconstitutional.

2016 Daughters of Bilitis Awardees Sarah Goodfriend and Susanne Bryant


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On February 19, 2015 Suzanne Bryant and Sarah Goodfriend had the privilege of receiving the first marriage license issued to a same-sex couple in Texas.  Since June 26, 2015, when the U.S. Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land, the couple has been happily celebrating the hundreds of other same-sex couples now also legally married in Texas.
Sarah Goodfriend has been blessed with the opportunity to interweave her professional career with LGBTQ activism. Appointed in 1992 by Governor Ann Richards to the Texas Public Utility Commission, Sarah was both applauded (and condemned) as a high profile, “out” lesbian. Leaving government, Sarah ran a successful economic consulting firm and helped Suzanne raise their two daughters, Dawn and Ting.  As their daughters matured, and President Obama stood up for the rights of LGBTQ citizens, Sarah’s need for political activism re-ignited. After grass roots organizing in New Mexico for Obama, she returned to join Battleground Texas and the Texas Democratic Party in hopes of making Texas a place of welcome for all people. She currently serves in her second term as President of Austin Stonewall Democrats. Her political activism was recognized by the Travis County Democratic Party as a 2014 Trio of Stars Honoree.  This year, she and Suzanne are honored to serve as Grand Marshalls of the 26th Austin Pride Parade, August 29th. 

Organizing for social justice has always been important to Suzanne Bryant. In the 1970s she was instrumental in starting a domestic violence shelter.  When the headline in the Lawrence, Kansas paper called the shelter a “den of lesbianism” Suzanne diffused the issue by personally inviting City Counsel members to visit the shelter and meet the families. 

After graduating from Duke Law School, Suzanne was a founding board member and later co-chair of the grassroots organization that is now the National LGBT Bar Association. Suzanne has received numerous awards from organizations including The Human Rights Campaign, The Texas Civil Rights Project and the State Bar of Texas.   

Over the last 20 + years Suzanne has devoted her Texas family law practice to issues of importance to the gay community.  She has helped several hundred LGBT families throughout Texas to obtain second-parent adoptions and is dedicated to creating lasting cultural change – one family at a time.  Suzanne is thrilled to be parenting two teenage daughters with the love of her life, Sarah Goodfriend.  

Suzanne believes that opportunities to make a difference in the world are everywhere and encourages everyone to watch for their own personal chance to create positive change.