LGBTQ Rights

 

The freedom to marry became the law of the land, even here in Texas, in June of 2015. But the fight for equality didn’t end there. Texas remains a state where LGBTQ individuals can be fired from their job, denied a place to live or refused service at a business simply because of who they are or whom they love.  Far-right activists and politicians continue to work to preserve the right to discriminate and roll back gains made by the LGBTQ community at the local level.

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Texans Equal Under Law

How Did the Tea Party/Religious Right Lose So Badly on LGBT Discrimination in the Texas Legislature? http://bit.ly/1Nq22Sj

New Poll Shows Long List of Proposed Texas Bills Promoting Anti-LGBT Discrimination Contradicts What Voters Want

Lt. Governor’s Phony Justification Is Just Fear-Mongering FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller has the following statement on the announcement today by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, of their Senate Bill 6, which would bar transgender people from using public restrooms consistent with their gender identity. Miller pointed out that the name of the bill, the so-called “Privacy Act,” itself is misleading because its supporters still cannot point to a single instance in which someone’s privacy or safety was endangered by transgender people using public restrooms. Miller went on: Read More

The right in America seems increasingly hostile to science and facts. We see that clearly in debates over issues like climate change and evolution. But it's also a big problem when it comes to sex education -- especially if it involves anything to do with LGBTQ youth. The latest example: an essay from a religious-right author that misinterprets a new report about risky behavior among sexual minority youth. Read More

The highest Republican elected officials in Texas have now officially joined the appalling campaign to use state and local governments to discriminate against legally married same-sex couples. Let's be clear: this is nothing more than a shameful effort to validate the hatred of religious-righters for LGBT Texans and their families. Read More

What is it with the American right's love affair with Vladimir Putin's Russia these days? Tom Pauken, who served as chair of the Texas Republican Party in the 1990s and currently supports Donald Trump for president, tweeted this morning that Russia is "returning to its Christian roots" while the United States is "going in the opposite direction." Read More

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is one of the most notorious anti-LGBT politicians in the country. In March 2015 he even railed against same-sex marriage at a rally at the Texas Capitol. He was joined at the rally by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton as well as other politicians. Today, however, Alabama's Court of the Judiciary suspended Moore from the bench for the remainder of his term because he had ordered probate judges in his state to ignore the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last year striking down laws banning same-sex marriage. Read More

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