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April 15, 2019
Queer Texan Rights

Queer lives and the Pursuit of Happiness

I’ll never forget the feeling of walking into a gay bar for the first time with my best friend, Daniel. It was a Tuesday night at Barbarellas, affectionately known as Tuezgayz. I remember that night, not because of the lights or dancing, or cheap vodka...
March 20, 2019

4 progressive takeaways from SXSW

The ability to freely move about Austin without barricades and pop-up concerts make it clear that South by Southwest is gone, but not forgotten. And though this year’s festival is gone, the lessons learned are here to stay. Here are my top takeaways for...
June 26, 2018
pride stories

Texas Pride: Stories of the LGBTQ Movement & People of Texas

The three-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges — the landmark marriage equality case — falls on Pride Month. While the case was a major victory for the movement, the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and queer (...
May 1, 2017
Glenn Statesman

Texas Lawmakers are Locked in the Bathroom

Ed. note: the following column was originally published in the Austin American-Statesman. Image is an original illustration by artist M. Scott Byers. The Texas Legislature seems to have locked itself in the bathroom — and it won’t come out. Outside,...
January 17, 2016
LGBT Rainbow Flag

Why the Fight for LGBTQ Equality Isn't Over in Texas

Ed Note: This article was originally published on the Texas Research Institute blog. Marriage equality is now the law of land throughout the nation, but the fight for LGBTQ equality in Texas isn’t over. In much of Texas today, it is totally legal to...
December 9, 2015

Equal Rights in Houston Still At Stake in Runoff Election

Houston has a really important mayoral and city council election coming up this Saturday, December 12th. While the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) won’t be on the ballot, the future of Houston — as a city that welcomes diversity, promotes equality,...
November 11, 2015
Stop Discrimination Now

Dallas Clarifies Equal Rights Protections, GOP Goes Berserk

On the same day that President Obama announced his endorsement of The Equality Act — a federal bill that would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity — the Dallas City Council voted...
September 3, 2015

Top Ten Stories from a Long Texas Summer

Summer is ending, school is starting, and new state laws are already in effect. As we move from blistering 100-degree days to semi-blistering 95-degree days, we wanted to take a look back at some of the biggest Texas political stories from the summer. So...
September 1, 2015

New Texas Laws In Effect Today

Hundreds of new Texas state laws go into effect today. The state laws, passed by the Texas Legislature that finished meeting a few months ago, cover a wide range of issues. Our friends at Annie's List have a great round-up of legislative accomplishments...