* Mayor Steve Adler
* Judy Shepard, mother of Matt Shepard
* Sheriff Dave O’Malley, lead investigator of Matthew Shepard’s homicide
* U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, Richard L. Durbin
* A panel discussion of subject matter experts facilitated by University of Texas Processor Tanya Voss
Mayor Steve Adler concluded his opening remarks by announcing his support for the establishment of an LGBTQ quality of life commission to support the health, safety, and quality of life priorities of Austin’s diverse LGBTQ communities. Charles Loosen, APD Liaison to LGBTQ constituents, has worked with stakeholders for over two years to advance this community-driven proposal. Austin will now join Houston as the second city in Texas to establish this type of advisory commission, further crystalizing Austin’s status as one of the most LGBTQ-friendly cities in the nation and the top retirement location for LGBTQ seniors.
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