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

We told you last week about Jared Woodfill’s coming bid for chair of the Texas Republican Party. He made the official announcement at an event hosted by Houston hate-monger Steve Hotze’s Conservative Republicans of Texas organization. The anti-LGBT rhetoric at the event was so vile that it appeared to make some of the folks even in that audience uncomfortable. The following article about the event is republished here with permission from Quorum Report, a widely respected, Austin-based website that focuses on Texas political news. Quorum Report’s Scott Braddock wrote it.

HOUSTON – A day after once again stepping onto the national political stage by inserting himself into the Planned Parenthood video fight, former Harris County GOP Chairman Jared Woodfill on Thursday evening formally announced he is running to lead the Republican Party of Texas. He is running alongside Texas Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams, who has announced for Vice Chair.

The announcement came as part of archconservative activist Steve Hotze’s first annual Conservative Republicans of Texas Dinner – an evening focused on opposition to the “homosexual movement” and railing against Texas House leadership under Speaker Joe Straus.

The long-expected announcement by Woodfill came after Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick took to… Read More

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by Jake Patoski

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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Demonizing and promoting discrimination against LGBT people is one of the overriding obsessions of the right in America today. That was even more true this year, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution protects the right of same-sex couples to marry and local and state governments debated whether to protect LGBT people from discrimination. This is Part II of the things we heard from the right about LGBT people this year. (Click here for previous posts on what we heard from the right in 2015.)

“If you’re going to attribute the flooding in Texas to some kind of supernatural cause, you can make a geographical connection between the flooding and the practice of the occult and witchcraft and the embrace of homosexuality. That’s where the disaster is being felt the worse.”

– Religious-right radio host Bryan Fischer, agreeing with a caller who blamed heavy spring flooding in Texas on the Lone Star State allowing “witchcraft and sodomy” to “run rampant.”

“Sex also means gender identification. Title IX, which is what all the colleges use for sports, it goes out the door as well. So all your locker rooms now become one locker room, you can’t distinguish between male… Read More

Today we begin our traditional review of the most offensive, ridiculous and otherwise outrageous quotes we heard from the right over the past 12 months. Demonizing and promoting discrimination against LGBT people is one of the overriding obsessions of the right in America today. That was even more true this year, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution protects the right of same-sex couples to marry and local and state governments debated whether to protect LGBT people from discrimination. Here’s some of what we heard from the right about LGBT people this year. We have so many quotes on this that we’ll have to follow up with a Part II posting. (Click here for posts on what we heard from the right in previous years.)

“The Bible says if you engage in homosexuality, your body will do things that will penalize you. So if you can have a vaccine for AIDS, then you’re keeping your body from penalizing you. I don’t think they’ll ever find a vaccine for AIDS.”

– Religious-right propagandist David Barton, arguing that God doesn’t want a vaccine for AIDS.

“Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and… Read More

That’s Houston hate-monger Steve Hotze talking about transgender people on Sam Malone’s right-wing radio program this past Monday. Hotze continues to take his victory lap following the repeal of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance last month. Just listen to how Hotze and Malone ridicule and demonize transgender people. The ignorance and brazen bigotry would be shocking coming from almost anyone else:

Malone: It’s like you always said, “Alright, so I want to be a frog.” Then I go, “Dude, you’re not a frog.” “But I identify as a frog.” OK, but you’re not — you’re Steve. It’s a weird world.”

Hotze: It’s delusion. It’s deception and delusion. I think the whole thing is a Satanic movement on our country that is promoting evil of every kind and trying to force it upon the members of society. And men and women of faith have got to rise up and say we’re not going tolerate this. We’re gonna say no- this is unacceptable behavior, we’re not going promote it. And then we’re going to legitimize it and make it a minority class. Really?… Read More

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