de Putte joins race for Lieutenant Governor
Texas Tribune, November 23, 2013
Long rumored to be a contender, state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte has now
made it official: She is running for lieutenant governor.
mayor extends benefits to same-sex spouses of city employees
KHOU.com, November 20, 2013
Houston Mayor Annise Parker on Wednesday announced that same-sex spouses
of legally married city employees will be offered benefits. Parker’s
office said employee benefits will be available to same-sex couples who
have been married in a state where same-sex marriage is legal.
highlights LGBT youth homelessness in Texas
Nightcaptv.com, November 20, 2013
There are no numbers on how many homeless youth in North Texas identify
as LGBT. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) doesn’t
require municipalities count LGBT as a specific demographic in the annual
point-in-time homeless count. So, we aren’t counting.
National Guard refuses federal housing benefit to lesbian couple
Dallas Voice, November 18, 2013
While the Texas National Guard has been refusing to comply with federal
regulations regarding registering same-sex spouses for benefits, a lesbian
couple has now been denied a housing allowance.
Feria high school transgender student gets OK for photo
MySA.com, November 15, 2013
La Feria Independent School District on Friday said it will allow a photo
of transgender student Jeydon Loredo dressed in a tuxedo to be published
in the high school yearbook.
County adopts policy to protect LGBT inmates
Click2Houston.com, November 14, 2013
Harris County has adopted a sweeping policy designed to protect and guarantee
equal treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inmates. That
includes allowing transgender individuals to be housed based on the gender
they identify with instead of their biological sex.
couple’s eviction prompts transgender rights case
Texas Observer, November 8, 2013
Roxanne Joganik moved into the Texan RV Park in Athens—the “black-eyed
pea capital of the world,” halfway between Tyler and Corsicana—in
April 2011. She was in her mid-50s, a Texas Army National Guard veteran
living on Social Security in a trailer with her partner, Darlina Anthony.
They had a happy, modest life in the park.
Worth councilman pushes for marriage equality
Star-Telegram, November 12, 2013
Councilman Joel Burns and his partner have been hoping for marriage equality
in Texas for over 20 years, since they first said their vows. Now Burns
thinks marriage equality in the state is within sight, just two or three
Worth gay student club fights bullying
DFW.CBSLocal.com, November 12, 2013
Educators at a Fort Worth middle school have formed an alliance between
gay and straight students in response to bullying on school campuses.
remembers East Texas man murdered 20 years ago
KLTV.com, November 12, 2013
It is 20th century anniversary of the murder of Nicholas West. In November
of 1993, West, a 23-year-old openly gay East Texas man, was kidnapped
and murdered. His death made national headlines and sparked rallies and
Mayor Annise Parker wins third term
KHOU.com, November 6, 2013
Houston Mayor Annise Parker has been elected to a third and final term
as the leader of the nation’s fourth largest city. In a crowded
field, Parker got more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday, enough to
avoid a runoff in December.
for Austin Texas House seat heads to runoff
KVUE.com, November 5, 2012
Texas House candidate Celia Israel advanced to a December run-off in the
Austin-based 50th District, and would be the second openly LGBT member
of the state’s House if elected.
Supreme Court tackles same-sex divorce
Houston Chronicle, November 5, 2013
The issues of same-sex marriage and divorce are set to go before the Texas
Supreme Court. The court is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday on whether
Texas can grant divorces to same-sex couples who married elsewhere.
drag performer on the run after illegally injecting woman with silicone
Dallas Observer, November 5, 2013
Dallas police are searching for drag queen Larry Tremell Bernard (aka
Armani Nicole Davenport) since last week for allegedly administering the
injections illegally to two women, one of whom wound up in a coma.
man to run for Dallas County Clerk
Dallas Voice, November 1, 2013
Mark “Major” Jiminez recently announced he’s running
for Dallas County Clerk, an office with which he’s had previous
dealings. When Jiminez and his partner, Beau Chandler, applied for a marriage
license in 2012, they were arrested when they refused to leave the County
Records Building without their certificate.
tells Texas Guard to process same-sex benefits
MySA.com, November 1, 2013
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel late Thursday rebuked Texas and eight other
states whose National Guard organizations have refused to process federal
benefits given to same-sex couples.
nixes ‘homosexual’ from conduct code
Baylor Lariat, October 25, 2013
The Baylor University Student Senate passed the Sexual Misconduct Code
Non-Discrimination Act, a proposal to reword Baylor’s Sexual Misconduct
Code, in the Student Senate meeting Thursday. The act proposed to remove
the phrase “homosexual acts” from the code and replace it
with the phrase “non-marital consensual deviate sexual intercourse.”
favored to win re-election in Houston
Washington Blade, October 24, 2013
The mayoral contests in Seattle and Houston are being watched closely
by LGBT advocates from across the country because the outcome on Nov.
5 could be the election and re-election of openly gay mayors in two prominent
name, new look, same mission for Montrose Center
Houston Chronicle, October 24, 2013
The Montrose Counseling Center, which has served the mental and behavorial
health needs of Houston's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community
for 35 years, has relaunched itself as the Montrose Center.
Reserve Bank of Dallas refuses to add trans protections for employees
Dallas Voice, October 18, 2013
The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas is refusing to add gender identity
protections to its nondiscrimination policy, despite repeated attempts
over several months from the Resource Center.
gay and lesbian rodeo in Ft. Worth
Dallas Observer, October 18, 2013
This weekend the International Gay Rodeo Association will holds its "World
Gay Rodeo Finals" at the Will Rogers Memorial Center's John Justin
Arena in Fort Worth.
Paso City Council rejects settlement bid by Tom Brown Ministries
El Paso Times, October 16, 2013
The city has rejected a settlement demand by Tom Brown Ministries related
to the ongoing lawsuit over domestic partner benefits, choosing instead
to take the fight to court Thursday.
Pantex plant to offer equal marriage benefits
Equality Texas Blog, October 14, 2013
B&W Pantex, which operates the Pantex Plant near Amarillo for the
Department of Energy, will begin offering benefits to all legally-married
employees on January 1, 2014.
sue Texas RV park for transgender discrimination
Houston Chronicle, October 11, 2013
On behalf of the federal government, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
has filed a lawsuit against a Texas recreational vehicle park for alleged
discrimination against a transgender woman. The suit was filed Oct. 3
in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, against George Toone
and In Toone Services.
film fest: Deep-seated divans and homo sectionals
Austin Chronicle, October 10, 2013
The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF) began
in 1987 in the nooks and crannies of Austin's storied Dobie Theatre. The
small four-screen movie house was owned by fest.
transit extends benefits to unmarried workers’ domestic partners
Dallas Morning News, October 9, 2013
Dallas Area Rapid Transit will offer health care benefits to the domestic
partners of unmarried employees, a move that will extend coverage to gay
couples. The DART board voted 10-3 on Tuesday night to extend the benefits.
transit to again consider extending benefits to domestic partners
Dallas Morning News, October 7, 2013
Dallas Area Rapid Transit board members on Tuesday will again consider
extending health benefits to employees’ domestic partners. The vote
will come two weeks after two members walked out of a meeting as the board
was poised to take up the matter.
Davis: I’m running!
Dallas Voice, October 3, 2013
State Senator Wendy Davis announced her intentions to run for governor
at Wiley G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City, where she graduated from high
school. Davis has been a longtime supporter of the LGBT community.
dad publicly shames son for bullying classmate
Advocate.com, October 4, 2013
A Texas father is standing his ground in the face of criticism over his
creative way of punishing his son, a fourth-grader, after the boy was
involved in several bullying incidents at school.
Greg Abbott just can't stand it when LGBTs make progress in Texas
Daily Kos, September 24, 2013
Good news came earlier this month in the form of an 8-to-3 vote in favor
of the ordinance. San Antonio, above the weeping and wailing of the Religious
Right and socially conservative politicians like Elisa Chan became the
latest city to extend basic protections to LGBT people. This sign of progress
is much to the dismay of anti-gay public officials like Attorney General
Texas police investigate beating as hate crime
WFAA.com, September 24, 2013
An early morning connection nearly got a Springtown man killed. Arron
Keahey was beaten, bloody and bruised. Keahey, 24, said his first contact
with the 18-year-old suspect was on a phone app called MeetMe. Keahey
said he went over to the teen's house about an hour later.
GOP candidates oppose expanding rights for gays
MySA.com, September 21, 2013
As legal questions surrounding gay rights become major issues in Texas,
Republicans running for the top statewide offices unanimously oppose expanding
protections based on sexual orientation.
Voice editor fired
DallasObserver.com, September 17, 2013
On Monday, John Wright, editor of the Dallas Voice, was fired. Co-owners
Terry Thompson and Leo Cusimano have not yet responded to an interview
request. Wright says the reason he was given was insubordination, which
he calls "just so fucking false it's not even funny. It's ludicrous."
Legal challenges Texas Military Forces on benefits
BuzzFeed.com, September 16, 2013
An LGBT legal group has given the Texas National Guard 10 days to respond
to its request that it begin enrolling same-sex spouses of service members
into the federal Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System at its
you live in Texas, your transitioned status is up for appeal
Transadvocate.com, September 16, 2013
If Abbott issues the opinion that the government of the State of Texas
won’t recognize the transitioned status of people who have a “sex
change surgery” – intersex or trans, such a legal opinion
may very well ruin the lives of a lot of Texans. Think about what such
a position could mean for everything from State-issued ID to restroom
gay pride event draws families looking for lesson in diversity
Dallas Morning News, September 16, 2013
Dallas’ gay and lesbian pride parade Sunday had its usual party
atmosphere, complete with rainbow tutus and Jell-O shots. But there were
also plenty of families at the annual event, where parents said the festivities
offered a lesson in diversity.
lawmakers ask National Guard to treat service members equally
Wisconsin Gazette, September 12, 2013
Texas lawmakers are calling on the Texas guard to halt discrimination
against married gay and lesbian service members, who under a Pentagon
order are guaranteed equal treatment.
says city should pass anti-discrimination ordinance
Houston Chronicle, September 12, 2013
Last week, San Antonio passed an ordinance protecting gay and transgendered
residents and veterans from discrimination. Houston Mayor Annise Parker
says that vote "upped the ante" and that Houston should follow
paper refuses to run lesbian’s wedding announcement
Edge, September 11, 2013
A Texas lesbian couple has leveled charges of discrimination against a
local paper after the paper refused to run the women’s wedding announcement.
Patricia Wrightner and Michelle Cooks believe that the Texarkana Gazette
is preventing them from sharing their wedded bliss with their hometown.
TV fires Texan sportscaster for saying people ‘choose to be gay'
PinkNews.co.uk, September 9, 2013
Craig James, a former NFL tailback made the comments in a debate in Texas,
during a failed attempt to run for the Senate last year, saying that being
gay “is a choice” and that gay people “will have to
answer to the lord for their actions.”
Rep. Branch files brief defending state marriage law
Texas Tribune, August 7, 2013
State Rep. Dan Branch, a candidate in the 2014 state attorney general's
race, filed an amicus brief Tuesday with the state Supreme Court to defend
a state law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
From Queer Mountain' gives voice to Austin LGBT community
Austin.CultureMap.com, August 7, 2013
Hosted by local comedians Micheal Foulk and Ralphie Hardesty, Greetings,
From Queer Mountain provides an environment for people to tell their funny
and heartfelt stories and, perhaps more important, to have their voices
Paso County changes benefits language for domestic partner benefits
KRWG.org, July 25, 2013
El Paso county has modified its employee health plan by changing the language
in the policy to remove references to gay couples and domestic partners
in order to make it "legally defensible."