considering "gender free" restrooms
Burnt Orange Report, August 21, 2014
On August 28th the Austin City Council will consider a resolution to make
all single occupancy restrooms "gender free." In practice this
means goodbye to the traditional gender binary signage on restrooms intended
for individuals -- no changes will be made for restrooms with multiple
Governor Perry appears in court for mugshot over abuse of power charge
PinkNews.co.uk, August 20, 2014
Notoriously anti-gay Texas governor Rick Perry had his mugshot taken in
an Austin courthouse yesterday, after being indicted on an abuse of power
donates 75K to anti-gay Abbott campaign for Texas governor
Daily Kos, August 18, 2014
The gay community has a large number of corporate supporters including
AT&T. The corporate giant has received a perfect score on the Human
Rights Campaign list of corporate supporters in every year since 2004.
But, that doesn't mean that they always support the candidates that are
friendliest to us.
challenge to Houston equal rights law gets January court date
PinkNews.co.uk, August 18, 2014
A court challenge to Houston’s equal rights ordinance will be heard
of anti-gay Texas Values leader left him for a woman
PinkNews.co.uk, August 13, 2014
Only a few months before Jonathan Saenz became president of the anti-gay
group Texas Values, his wife left him for a woman.
Dallas' radical vision for a better queer community
Dallas Observer, August 12, 2014
As Texas cities go, ours is relatively gay-friendly. Dallas is one of
only five cities in the state to have anti-discrimination ordinances in
place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and Mayor Mike
Rawlings has openly endorsed same-sex marriage.
lawmakers: Marriage equality could lead to polygamy, incest
Advocate.com, August 7, 2014
Sixty-three Texas state legislators have signed on to a friend-of-the-court
brief urging a federal appeals court to uphold the state’s ban on
same-sex marriage, and saying that legalizing such unions could open the
door to polygamous and incestuous marriages.
to take Houston to court over equal rights ordinance
Houston Chronicle, August 5, 2014
Accusing the Parker administration of not respecting the rights of voters,
opponents of Houston's new nondiscrimination ordinance pledged Monday
to move their fight from the streets to the courts after the mayor and
city attorney announced that foes had failed to gather enough valid signatures
to force a repeal referendum on the November ballot.
gay marriage appeal banks on widely rejected argument
Express-News.com, July 31, 2014
Attorney General Greg Abbott is defending the state's same-sex marriage
ban using a widely rejected “responsible procreation” argument,
bolstering gay rights advocates' hopes and raising questions about his
chances of success.
politics divides Houston as rights law faces repeal
Bloomberg.com, July 31, 2014
As the openly gay mayor of the fourth-biggest U.S. city, Annise Parker
has been defending Houston’s equal-rights law against those who
say it will let men in dresses invade women’s restrooms.
Abbot files brief supporting same-sex marriage ban
Texas Tribune, July 29, 2014
Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office filed a brief on Monday arguing
that Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage is constitutionally sound and
a matter for voters, not courts, to decide.
gay Fort Worth officer hopes to attract diverse recruits
WFAA.com, July 23, 2014
Chris Gorrie is one of very few LGBT officers who is open about the subject.
But he says his eight years on the force has taught him that colleagues
marriage could add estimated $182 million to Texas economy
Equality Texas, July 23, 2014
The Williams Institute released a report today estimating that marriage
for same-sex couples in Texas would add $181.6 million to the state and
local economy over a three-year period.
minister dies by self-immolation in protest of homophobia, other injustices
Advocate.com, July 14, 2014
A retired United Methodist minister in Texas who had championed civil
rights for African-Americans and LGBT people has committed suicide in
dramatic fashion to protest continuing injustices, setting himself afire
in a public parking lot.
our future in our home state of Texas
FreedomToMarry.org, July 9, 2014
For Blake Ellis and Shaun Nelson, the quirky numerology of November 11,
2011 was too perfect to pass up as the calendar setting for one of the
most special days of their lives - the day they stood before all of their
family members and friends and declared their love and commitment to each
other right at home in Houston, Texas.
Chamber Musical Festival sixth annual Pride Concert
Austin Chronicle, July 11, 2014
On the list of gay and lesbian composers whose music is celebrated in
the Austin Chamber Music Festival's annual Pride Concert, figures from
the 20th and 21st centuries predominate – which isn't surprising
considering how recently Western culture has begun to remove the stigma
around sexual orientation.
women could change the lives of same sex couples in Texas
Cosmopolitan, July 10, 2014
Nicole Dimetman and Cleopatra De Leon challenged the state's laws against
same-sex marriage — and won.
Dems unveil pro-LGBT platform: Ban conversion therapy
Edge Dallas, July 2, 2014
The Texas Democratic Party is putting gay rights front and center this
November at the ballot box with a platform that calls for a ban on gay
conversion therapy for minors, marriage equality, employment non-discrimination
and condemns the state’s GOP out for allegedly encouraging violence
against LGBT citizens.
gay judge appointed to Texas district court
VictoryFund.org, June 27, 2014
President Obama on Thursday nominated Robert Lee Pitman to serve on the
United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, a move
that, if confirmed, would make him the first openly LGBT federal judge
in the state.
equality in Texas -- State of denial
Texas Observer, July 1, 2014
Legally married in other states, many same-sex couples in Texas face an
uncertain future at home.
trans woman denied service at lingerie shop
PinkNews.co.uk, July 2, 2014
A Texas trans woman was denied service at an Austin lingerie store, Petticoat
Fair, after being asked to provide identification stating she was female.
bigot caught engaging in election fraud in Houston
TransAdvocate.com, June 30, 2014
Anti-trans lobbyists in Houston, Texas have been accused of using illegal
electoral methods in their attempts to overturn a recent pro-LGBT equality
Lounge raid in 2009 is remembered as start to positive change
Star-Telegram, June 29, 2014
Members of Fort Worth’s gay community screamed police brutality
after state agents and Fort Worth police converged on the gay bar June
28, 2009, resulting in a handful of public-intoxication arrests and injuries
of two bar patrons.
investigated as possible hate crime: Dallas police
NBCdfw.com, July 1, 2014
Dallas Police are investigating a possible hate crime after graffiti was
discovered in six places around Oak Lawn and Downtown Dallas. 666, known
as the mark of the devil, was found in bright red paint in three areas
known for the prominence of LGBT population.
Values president: Gay activists are trying to "put people in jail"
MediaMatters.org, June 24, 2014
Texas Values president Jonathan Saenz agreed with a right-wing radio host
that gay activists are trying to put Christians in concentration camps,
asserting that the gay rights movement wants "to put people in jail"
if they disagree with marriage equality and "the homosexual lifestyle."
celebrated its first-ever Pride Parade
Burnt Orange Report, June 23, 2014
Beaumont is community with its own rich history and culture, but hasn't
been, at least in the past, as tolerant of others. But, as the rest of
the country begins to end it's social stigma against the LGBT community
Southeast Texans gathered celebrate its first ever Pride Parade.
dream may not be good fit for Perry, Democratic boss warns
Sacramento Bee, June 23, 2014
After Texas Gov. Rick Perry hinted last week that he might move to California
when his term ends in January, Democratic Party Chairman John Burton responded
with simple warning: “It may not be your scene.”
‘ex-gay’: I know at least 500 people who have changed their
PinkNews.co.uk, June 23, 2014
A Texas ‘ex-gay’ activist has claimed he knows “at least
500? people who have had their sexuality changed.
Perry: I ‘stepped in it’ on gays, alcohol
Politico.com, June 19, 2014
Rick Perry says he “stepped right in it” when he recently
likened alcoholism to homosexuality. The Republican governor of Texas
made the controversial comparison at an event in San Francisco last week.
But he sought to clarify it Thursday.
GOP chairman speaks out against reparative therapy
Texas Public Radio, June 19, 2014
Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri said he doesn’t believe you can
convert an LGBT individual to a heterosexual by simply talking to them.
He says he’s not the only one who opposes reparative therapy plank
in the party’s platform.
denies same-sex couple parental rights to twin sons
PinkNews.co.uk, June 18, 2014
A Texas gay couple have been denied parental rights to their newborn twin
sons, despite biologically fathering one each. Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs,
who married in DC last year, fathered twin boys via a surrogate.
Day letter from a Texas state senator to his gay daughter
By State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, McAllen Monitor, June 15,
From the moment you breathed life, when you first smiled up at me, I knew
how strong the love of a father could be. But as you matured into a strong
young woman, I began to realize there were cruelties I could not protect
you from — simply because of your sexual orientation. I could not
protect you from the discrimination, ignorance or hate.
S.F., Rick Perry compares homosexuality to alcoholism
San Francisco Chronicle, June 12, 2014
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaking in San Francisco on Wednesday night, said
the U.S. would better serve its diverse population by letting the states
handle many economic and social policies, a point he perhaps inadvertently
drove home when he compared homosexuality to alcoholism.
GOP's new platform advocates for ex-gay therapy
ThinkProgress, June 5, 2014
Earlier this week, the Dallas Voice reported that the Texas Republican
Party had stripped language from its platform that claimed that “homosexuality
tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the
family,” but the Houston Chronicle now reports that the language
has been replaced with a different kind of condemnation.
support in Longview for first gay pride event
Longview News-Journal, June 5, 2014
As organizers prepare the first gay pride festival in Longview, Mayor
Jay Dean plans to send a letter of support to the event but won’t
issue a proclamation.
heart of Texas, support grows for same-sex marriage
USA Today, June 3, 2014
Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, who bought an A-frame house overlooking scenic
Cedar Creek Lake four years ago, have become minor celebrities as the
men challenging Texas' ban on same-sex marriage.