Sheriff Lupe Valdez signs letter supporting same-sex marriage
Dallas Observer, September 22, 2014
Last week, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals received a letter signed
by more than 50 Texas law enforcement officials who support same-sex marriage,
according to the Texas Tribune. Among them was Dallas County Sheriff Lupe
Valdez, the county's first Hispanic, first female and first lesbian sheriff.
annual gay pride parade draws thousands
Dallas Morning News, September 22, 2014
Despite the heat and blazing sun, several thousand people gathered on
sidewalks and building stoops for the 31st Alan Ross Freedom Parade and
a festival at Lee Park to show support and celebrate the lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender community.
hotels refuse to host anti-gay Ugandan President
PinkNews.co.uk, September 19, 2014
A number of Texas hotels have turned away Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni,
over planned protests of his country’s poor gay rights record.
support same-sex marriage for Texas, other southern states
BusinessInsurance.com, September 18, 2014
A group of national and regional employers has urged a judicial panel
of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to uphold same-sex
couples' right to legally marry in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
enforcement groups come out for gay marriage in Texas
Texas Tribune, September 17, 2014
Two prominent county sheriffs and a group of law enforcement officers
filed a brief in federal court Tuesday in support of gay marriage, saying
the state has failed to give gay and lesbian first responders “the
equal dignity and respect they deserve.”
couples: There is no conceivable basis for Texas to ban gay marriage
PinkNews.co.uk, September 10, 2014
Gay couples from the US state of Texas has argued that the state has “no
basis” for arguing to keep its same-sex marriage ban.
gay and lesbian film fest opens with Matthew Shepard documentary
Austin.CultureMap.com, September 8, 2014
Perhaps the most striking thing about Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine
is the biography is told not through the eyes of his family, nor the police,
but by his friends.
expo caters to same-sex couples
Houston Chronicle, September 7, 2014
he Houston LGBT Wedding Expo at the Galleria-area JW Marriott, which was
hosted by the North Carolina-based Rainbow Wedding Network, showcased
venues and companies marketing to the growing number of same-sex couples.
Sam joining Dallas Cowboys' practice team
Advocate.com, September 3, 2014
While Michael Sam will not be playing for the St. Louis Rams’ 53-man
roster nor the team’s practice squad, he will have a home this season
in Arlington, Texas, SportsCenter reports.
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