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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Politicians and activists on the right -- including here in Texas -- want people to ignore the fact that the Orlando shooter targeted a nightclub specifically for LGBT people in the June 12 massacre. "It doesn't matter why this man picked this particular target," said state Rep. Matt Krause, for example. Rep. Krause has already said that in 2017 he will sponsor a measure that would enshrine in the Texas Constitution the right to use religion to discriminate against LGBT people. So it's no wonder that politicians like him don't want to acknowledge that the Orlando attack was motivated, in large part, by hatred of LGBT people. But there are plenty of reminders of that hatred -- and not just among murderers who claim to carry out their attacks on behalf of their twisted version of Islam. Here's what Christian pastor Roger Jimenez in Sacramento, California, told his congregants after the massacre: Read More

Texas state Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, one of the most anti-LGBT lawmakers in the Legislature, took to Facebook today to criticize those who call the Orlando massacre a hate crime targeting LGBT people. He suggests that the sexual orientation of the victims didn't matter -- that maybe the shooter simply thought the bar was a good place to slaughter people because it's a "gun free zone" or a place "where sounds are hard to decipher and lights are low": Read More

The Lies Behind the Hate

Dave Welch, the Houston-based religious-right leader who helped lead the smear campaign to repeal the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance last year, wants folks to think he really supports equality for all. But his own rancid rhetoric betrays him. Read More

Demagogue
by Dan Quinn

Violent weather and flooding have killed at least nine Texans since Friday. This month the Texas Supreme Court criticized the state's broken and inequitable system for funding public schools but didn't require the Legislature to change it. The state's shockingly dysfunctional Child Protective Services is failing abused and neglected children. And the state's attorney general is under indictment for financial fraud. Texas clearly has plenty of real problems. But today Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick held a news conference at the Texas Capitol to announce that his "fight" against transgender kids who want to use the restroom in peace is "just beginning." Really. Read More

Dave Welch, the Houston hate-monger who runs the right-wing U.S./Texas/Houston Area Pastor Council, played a leading role last year in promoting the deeply misleading argument that the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance would give sexual predators access to women's restrooms. Of course, this bathroom predator argument, which we're now hearing around the country, is essentially a lie. But that hasn't stopped Welch and others who support discrimination against LGBT folks. They even seem to be trying to tie just about any assault or harassment in a public restroom to protections for transgender folks. Here, for example, is a screenshot from an email last Friday from Welch's group: Read More

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Any bill that carries the expectation that every Texan needs a birth certificate to use the restroom is an unenforceable bill. #TXLege

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