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Beto O’Rourke, Veronica Escobar lead Father’s Day march on Children’s tent city

Beto O’Rourke, Veronica Escobar lead Father’s Day march on Children’s tent city

Beto O’Rourke, Veronica Escobar lead Father’s Day march on tent city housing separated immigrant children By Julián Aguilar, The Texas Tribune June 17, 2018 TORNILLO — World Cup soccer and backyard barbecues were set aside Father’s Day morning for hundreds of people who chose instead to descend on this small West Texas outpost that’s become […]

Texas Bathroom Bill Fallout: A Tsunami of LGBT Candidates

Texas Bathroom Bill Fallout: A Tsunami of LGBT Candidates

More LGBTQ Texans than ever are running for office, magazine says by Rishika Dugyala, The Texas Tribune Jan. 24, 2018 A self-described “gun-toting, truck-driving, true Republican,” Shannon McClendon avidly followed state politics and served as a five-time appointee for various boards under former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. But until now, she never pushed herself to run for […]

Trans girl Libby Gonzales gets her two minutes during Senate bathroom bill fight

Trans girl Libby Gonzales gets her two minutes during Senate bathroom bill fight

7-year-old Libby Gonzales and her parents persisted, waiting for their two minutes knowing that they were unlikely to sway a committee of Texas Republicans intent on enacting a bathroom bill. by Alexa Ura, The Texas Tribune July 22, 2017 The doors of the Texas Capitol had been open for just about 40 minutes when Rachel […]

Power Trips: Who should regulate access to Texas bathrooms? Give us your take

Power Trips: Who should regulate access to Texas bathrooms? Give us your take

Transgender Texans, our media partners at the Tribune want to learn how the Bathroom Bill legislative battle has affected you, the stakeholder. This will be a great opportunity especially for those frustrated at being unable to travel across the Lone Star to Austin. Links at the bottom of the article. by Alex Samuels, The Texas […]

Citing religious refusal laws, California bans travel to Texas

Citing religious refusal laws, California bans travel to Texas

Saying that a new Texas law allowing child welfare providers to deny adoptions to parents based on “sincerely held religious beliefs” is discriminatory, California’s attorney general on Thursday banned state-funded travel to Texas. by Matthew Watkins,The Texas Tribune June 22, 2017 The attorney general’s office said in a news release that Texas’ House Bill 3859 […]

Texas Gov calls a bathroom bill special session

Texas Gov calls a bathroom bill special session

Advocates and families of transgender Texans are preparing for a special session of the Texas Legislature that’s sure to continue the heated debate over which bathrooms transgender individuals are allowed to use. by Alexa Ura, The Texas Tribune June 6, 2017 Among the Elder family’s dinnertime conversations last year was nailing down which sports their […]

Dan Patrick threatens a special session to get his bathroom bill enacted

Dan Patrick threatens a special session to get his bathroom bill enacted

TX Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick threatened to push for a special legislative session to pass bills to regulate bathroom use for transgender Texans and set new thresholds for when cities and counties must get voter approval for tax rates. by Alexa Ura,The Texas Tribune May 17, 2017 Editor’s note: This story has been updated throughout. […]

Texas Bathroom Bill Dies in Committee

Texas Bathroom Bill Dies in Committee

A key deadline passed on Monday without the House “bathroom bill” getting out of committee, meaning the bill won’t make it to the House floor this session. But that doesn’t mean the issue itself is dead. by Alexa Ura, The Texas Tribune May 10, 2017 A proposal to gut cities and school districts’ trans-inclusive bathroom policies did […]

Libby was asleep by the time she was called to speak against the Texas Bathroom bill

Libby was asleep by the time she was called to speak against the Texas Bathroom bill

  Listen to what a 7-year-old transgender girl had planned to say last week during a Texas House State Affairs Committee hearing on a bill that would regulate bathroom use for transgender Texans. by Alexa Ura, The Texas Tribune April 24, 2017   By the time the Gonzales family was called up to testify, Libby […]

Texas House lawmakers hear overnight testimony on alternative “bathroom bill”

Texas House lawmakers hear overnight testimony on alternative “bathroom bill”

Amid concerns about rolling back local protections for vulnerable Texans and dire economic fallout, a panel of House lawmakers considered a measure into the early hours of Thursday morning that some are hoping will serve as an alternative approach to regulating bathroom use for transgender Texans. by Alexa Ura, The Texas Tribune April 20, 2017 […]

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