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Houston mayor unveils anti-discrimination proposal
Houston Chronicle, April 22, 2014
The city of Houston would review allegations and fine violators for discrimination in private workplaces and businesses that serve the public, under a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance outlined by Mayor Annise Parker Tuesday.

University of Houston will soon have gender-neutral restrooms
HoustonPress.com, April 21, 2014
In two weeks the University of Houston Downtown will open their first gender-neutral restroom. They are one of the first universities in Houston to take the initiative to make their campus life more comfortable for those regardless of their sexual orientation or gender.

Brittney Griner says Baylor kept her in the closet
WebProNews, April 21, 2014
While Baylor University certainly enjoyed Brittney Griner’s talents on the basketball court, the former player claims that officials at the university told her to keep her sexual orientation a secret.

Four Texans top Out Magazine’s 'Power 50' list
Dallas Voice, April 16, 2014
Out Magazine’s eighth annual Power 50 List released this week includes four Texans among the ranks. Houston Mayor Annise Mayor, Brittney Griner, Michael Sam and Dustin Lance Black are featured.

Gun Barrel City mayor stops police harassment at gay bar
Dallas Voice, April 14, 2014
Employees of Garlows, a gay bar located on Cedar Creek Lake about 60 miles southeast of Dallas, said police surveillance of the bar had been going on for several weeks before a number of patrons were stopped by police on April 5. Several were arrested for DUI. The bar’s owner was arrested for public intoxication while he was walking home.

Organizers welcome community to Beaumont's first gay pride event
12NewsNow.com, April 10, 2013
On Saturday, June 21, members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community will take to the streets for Beaumont Pride, the area's first gay pride event.

Civil Rights Summit tackles modern-day issues, gay rights
kxan.com, April 9, 2014
While the Civil Rights Summit in Austin focused partially on the legacy of President Johnson's landmark legislation 50 years ago, it will also shed light on modern-day civil rights movements. Tuesday, crowds gathered to hear a panel on gay rights and equality.

Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber president resigns to run for Council
Austin Business Journal, April 7, 2014
Jimmy Flannigan has announced his resignation from his position as president of the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in order to run for a seat on Austin's City Council.

U of H senate introduces bill to expand gender identity options
TheDailyCouger.com
In the first meeting of the 51st administration of the Student Government Association at the University of Houston, newly elected and appointed student leaders heard the introduction of the Josephine Tittsworth Act, which calls upon the University to expand the formal rights of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Perry: Texas won’t comply with federal prison law
Edge, April 2, 2014
Texas will not comply with parts of a federal law designed to eliminate prison rape, Gov. Rick Perry said in a letter to the U.S. Attorney General, calling the rules too costly and an infringement on state rights.

Why we’re fighting marriage discrimination in Texas
Mark Phariss & Vic Holmes, FreedomToMarry.org, April 2, 2014
Last summer, Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes of Plano, Texas reflected with their friend on the Supreme Court ruling from just a few weeks prior in Windsor v. United States. It was an amazing step forward, they knew, but they also knew that the ruling, which struck down the core of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, didn't go all the way by establishing the freedom to marry nationwide.

El Paso Sun City Pride plans first mass gay wedding in Southwest
El Paso Times, April 2, 2014
A Sunland Park, New Mexico restaurant is inviting about a dozen gay or lesbian couples to tie the knot in landmark fashion. Ardovino's Desert Crossing, with the help of El Paso Sun City Pride, is planning to host the first mass gay wedding in the Southwest on April 26.

Nothing hasty about this retreat
Austin Chronicle, April 2, 2014
Oftentimes, queer youth are raised or find themselves in religious communities that are unwelcoming or even outright hostile to LGBTQ identities. The Spiritual Pride Project is an Austin-based group of volunteer counselors, activists, artists, pastors, youth ministers, social workers, et al, that's trying to remedy the situation.

Victim's father held in slaying of lesbian couple in Pt. Bolivar
Houston Chronicle, March 13, 2014
Something undeniably violent happened inside the small green-and-white house in the South Acres area where relatives of Britney Cosby and law enforcement authorities found evidence of a bloodbath - notably in her father's bedroom.

Selena tribute event in Corpus Christi bars transgender perfomrer
KZTV10.com, March 13, 2014
Denied the chance to perform, because she's a transgender woman. That's what one woman claims she was told when she tried to pay tribute to Tejano superstar Selena at an upcoming event.

Houston's lesbian mayor reveals 'The Gay Agenda'
SheWired.com, March 12, 2014
Speaking to the California Democratic Party over the weekend, Houston mayor Annise Parker embodied every right-wingers worst nightmare.

Lesbian couple murdered and left near dumpster in Port Bolivar
Gay Star News, March 10, 2014
A 24-year-old gay couple and parents to a five-year-old daughter were found dead near a convenience store in a quiet beach town

Texas GOP leader: Founding fathers wouldn't allow 'sodomites' to marry
On Top Magazine, March 7, 2014
The head of a Texas Republican group has strongly condemned a recent ruling striking down the state's ban on gay marriage. Dr. Steve Hotze, president of Conservative Republicans of Texas, criticized the ruling saying, "Our Founding Fathers would be furious to find out that the Constitution was being interpreted to allow sodomites to marry."

The LGBT Guide To SXSW 2014
Towleroad.com, March 7, 2014
The 2014 South By Southwest Festival kicks off this weekend in Austin and Towleroad will be providing updates on the best in LGBT-themed interactive, film and music from the week-long event.

Fox Sports channel charged with discrimination for firing anti-gay pundit
NY Daily News, March 7, 2014
Ousted Fox Sports Southwest broadcaster Craig James has gotten discrimination charges filed against the network for firing him just days after joining the company because of his views against gay marriage. The Texas Workforce Commission issued a charge of discrimination against Fox Sports Southwest on behalf of James and Liberty Institute.

City Of Dallas passes LGBT equality resolution
CBS DFW, March 6, 2014
The city of Dallas has passed a resolution, enforcing equality for Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender employees, residents, and visitors. The resolution will likely mean extending healthcare and pension benefits to the families of LGBT employees. It also calls on the city of Dallas to support LGBT legislation where it can.

Austin's new (no) sex institute
Austin Chronicle, March 6, 2014
For now, the institute seems to be a showcase for UT sociology professor Mark Regnerus' work. The 2012 study drew negative conclusions about children raised by gay and lesbian parents, despite surveying few respondents who grew up under stable same-sex partnerships.

Texas isn't all rednecks and bible thumpers
Houston Press, March 3, 2014
People in Houston -- and, we assume, residents of Austin and probably San Antonio -- get frustrated when we are forced to endure the stereotype that lumps us in with cowboy hat-wearing, country club line-dancing conservatives from Dallas's northern suburbs and East Texas.