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Austin 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 stalls.

Anti-gay 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 charge.

AT&T 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.

Legal 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 in January.

Ex-wife 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.

QueerBomb 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.

Texas 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.

Foes 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.

Texas 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.

Potty 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.

AG 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.

Openly 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 don't care.

Same-sex 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.

Texas 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.

Building 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.

Austin 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.

These 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.

Texas 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.

Openly 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.

Marriage 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.

Austin 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.

Anti-LGBT 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 ordinance.

Rainbow 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.

Vandalism 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.

Texas 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."

Beaumont 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.

California 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.”

Texas ‘ex-gay’: I know at least 500 people who have changed their sexuality
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.

Rick 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.

Texas 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.

Texas 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.

Father's Day letter from a Texas state senator to his gay daughter
By State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, McAllen Monitor, June 15, 2014
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.

In 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.

Texas 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.

Measured 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.

In 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.