This Saturday: Fitzgerald’s Benefit Concert for Gender Infinity
This Saturday, Pegstar and Fitzgerald’s are inviting the Houston community to join local bands to raise $10,000 for Gender Infinity as a part of the Fitz Benefit Show Series.
Five years ago, Houstonians Becca and Colt Keo-Meier, a Social Work Ph.D. student and licensed psychologist, respectively, recognized there were very few organizations offering educational or professional resources to gender diverse youth and their families. Together, with Bob McLaughlin and Robbie Sharp, they founded Gender Infinity to close this resource gap.
“We offer what we call the 3 C’s,” explained the Keo-Meiers. “Consultation for providers, schools, and trainings about gender and sexuality, Clinical services for families and youth who are gender diverse, and an annual Conference.”
Every year since its inception, Gender Infinity has held an annual two-day conference in Houston. The first day, Provider and Advocacy Training Day, is designed for advocates and providers who work in a formal setting with teens and kids so they can discuss ways to provide better support and services. Day two of the conference, Family Day, is for families with youth, ages 4-25, who may be questioning their gender and sexuality or have made a gender transition. This is a space where everyone can ask questions, learn, and play, and also for the kids to know they have a community of love and support.
“This work helps to increase dialogue and awareness about gender diversity,” said the Keo-Meiers, who described this work as a labor of love. “We want all people to feel accepted and empowered regardless of who they are. This work literally saves lives.”
Ensuring families have access to the conference is important to everyone at Gender Infinity, which is why this is the first year they will have live Spanish translation for all programming. Additionally, if the Fitz concert raises $5,000, “the conference will be free to attend for all youth,” said Colt. “We don’t want there to be any barriers to youth accessing this resource.”
Tickets are only $10, and every ticket sold will be matched by Pegstar and White Oak Music Hall, doubling the impact. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Gender Infinity.
“I have a deep sense of gratitude to Pegstar, Fitzgerald’s, Stubwire, and all the bands for being a part of this,” said Becca. “They aren’t just supporting our cause, they’re supporting these kids.”
This event is not to be missed. You can purchase tickets and donate through Stubwire, which has waived all ticketing fees. To learn more about the Gender Infinity conference from October 23-24, click here. Full event details below: