HOEDOWN FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
One-night benefit concert supporting reproductive rights marks 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade
On the 50th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling, LGBTQ+ nonprofit Future Front Texas and Othr Agency are partnering to co-host the Texan Feminist Throwdown on January 22.
Future Front is known in Austin for its creative workshops and small business markets prioritizing women and LGBTQ+ artists and makers. With the support of Othr Agency, an Austin design and production agency, 100 percent of the proceeds from the event will go to three nonprofit organizations throughout Texas: The Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, MOVE Texas, and Black Mamas ATX.
The decision to support these charities comes from their dedication to supporting women, LGBTQ+ folks, and reproductive health in the local community, says Jane Hervey, founder and creative director of Future Front.
“These are organizations we have worked with on the ground and have watched them grow and do incredible work, and make a really remarkable impact in our communities directly,” she says. “We just want to acknowledge their place in our ecosystem. These are crucial and vital organizations that make our communities whole and make sure we have the resources and support we need to thrive here in Texas.”
This one-night benefit is the first concert by Future Front after a three-year hiatus. Featured musical performances will include "Queen of Austin Soul" Taméca Jones, Selena Quintanilla tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda, DJ Cassandra and drag artist Gothess Jasmine. Other featured performances will come from representatives from the three charity organizations and Melissa Mills, daughter of the late "Jane Roe," Norma McCorvey.
Hervey praises Gothess Jasmine as, "one of the most incredible drag and makeup artists that [she's] personally ever come across."
The Texan Feminist Throwdown will serve as a response to the overturn of Roe v. Wade and the state’s recent restrictions on abortion rights. It will also serve as the “final hurrah” for Future Front’s legacy party, State of the Uterus, and hopes to remind Texans of “the power [they] still hold to shape the future” while recommitting to “creative, joyous activism.”
The concert will kick off a big year for Future Front, with the release of their event calendar expected in February.
The Texan Feminist Throwdown will be held at Distribution Hall from 4-8 pm, on January 22. More information about Future Front, including tickets to the event (starting at $15), can be found at futurefronttexas.org.