San Antonio – Texas State Sen. José Rodríguez is to receive the Spirit of Texas Advocate Award at the Spirit of Texas Brunch befitting Equality Texas, a statewide organization that works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Texans, in San Antonio this Sunday.
The Equality Texas Advocate Award is given to an outstanding public servant whose high ideals include a dedication to equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Texans. This award is given on an annual basis to a public figure with a steadfast reputation for supporting issues of equality for all Texans.
Sen. Rodríguez understands that equal opportunity is the key to individual and community success. “It is a privilege representing the people of District 29 in the Texas State Senate, and it is a privilege to receive this award, which I share with my LGBTQ neighbors, friends and family,” Rodríguez said. “I strongly believe that discrimination runs counter to the values of opportunity, personal faith and freedom from discrimination that all Texans hold dear. I’m proud to stand with LGBTQ Texans as we make good on those values and make Texas a more welcoming place.”
Founded in 1989, Equality Texas is the largest statewide organization working to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Texans through political action, education, community organizing, and collaboration.
“Equality Texas is excited to present Senator José Rodríguez with the Advocate Award, which is given annually to an outstanding public servant whose high ideals include a dedication to equal rights for LGBTQ Texans,’ said Chuck Smith, Executive Director of Equality Texas. “In 2015, Senator Rodríguez was the author of SB 148 which sought to remove ‘homosexual conduct’ from the Texas Penal Code; SJR 13 which sought to remove the Texas constitutional amendment restricting marriage; and SB 256, a comprehensive nondiscrimination bill providing protections in employment, housing, and public accommodation.”
Sen. Rodríguez will enter his fourth legislative session representing Texas Senate District 29 in the Texas Senate in January 2017. In his first three sessions, Rodríguez has championed the needs of everyday Texans, working across party platforms to develop, pass, and amend legislation. He has served as an effective leader who relentlessly advocates for the equal rights of gay, lesbian, and transgender Texans.