H-E-B—Texas’ beloved grocery store chain—sponsored the Human Rights Campaign’s Austin Dinner fundraiser to the tune of $10,000. The Austin Dinner is an annual event for HRC, an organization dedicated to promoting, celebrating, and advancing the LGBT lifestyle.
According to HRC Austin, “Proceeds from our fundraiser will support [HRC’s] mission to help build a world that ensures equality for all people.”
Other sponsors for the evening included Dell Technologies, PNC Bank, Apple, Roscoe Property Management, and the University of Texas Athletics.
During the past year and under the guidance of H-E-B CEO Charles Butt, the grocery chain has also sponsored an “all-ages” drag show and an organization providing “gender identity counseling” for 9-year-olds.
Butt is also well known for supporting public education and opposing school choice (where parents, not the government, direct the education of their children).
Meanwhile, UT Athletics hosted its first-ever “pride night” earlier this week. According to the Texas Education Code, universities are governed by a board of regents, which are appointed by the governor and approved by the Texas Senate. Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to announce a new crop of nominations shortly.
The speaker at last weekend’s Austin Dinner was Kelley Robinson, president of Human Rights Campaign and “the first Black, Queer woman to lead the organization.”
Robinson previously served as the executive director of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the political arm of the abortion giant.
According to Robinson’s biography, she “has been at the forefront in the fight for bodily autonomy and racial and gender equity, with a focus on lifting up marginalized communities and building political power.”
The Austin Dinner also included a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for entry:
Proof of full vaccination, by showing a vaccine card, clear photo of the card or vaccine passport app will be accepted, and will be required for entrance to any HRC event, along with a picture ID. Those who are not fully vaccinated will not be admitted to HRC events.
“Fully vaccinated” was defined as having had the initial two shots from Pfizer or Moderna or the one shot from Johnson & Johnson and a Pfizer or Moderna booster.
The Texas Legislature is expected to address vaccine requirements in the current legislative session.
Concerned citizens can contact their elected officials to ask how they will vote to protect citizens’ medical privacy.