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Sen. Menéndez: Bathroom Bill Is ‘Assault Against Basic Human Dignity’

Sen. Menéndez: Bathroom Bill Is ‘Assault Against Basic Human Dignity’

State Sen. Jose Menéndez issued a statement denouncing the bathroom bill which passed in the Texas Senate on July 25 in a 21 to 10 vote after an 8-hour debate. “I have voted against this bill time and time again and will continue to condemn this offensive legislation in the name of respect and decency

Mayor Nirenberg Testifies Against Bathroom Bills

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg was among the hundreds of people who testified on Friday, July 21 before the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs, speaking out against two anti-trans bathroom bills introduced by state Sen. Lois W. Kolkhorst (R-Brenham). In his testimony Nirenberg said, “This legislation puts transgender people in the crosshairs of discrimination,

Texas Senate to Open Discussion on Anti-Trans Bathroom Bills

The Texas Legislature’s Senate Committee on State Affairs will hear witness testimony on two anti-trans bathroom bills introduced by state Sen. Lois W. Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) for consideration during the Special Legislative Session. The Senate hearing is slated for Friday, July 21st, starting at 9:00 a.m. in Capitol Extension Room E1.036. The bills, Senate Bill 3

Gay Dallas Businessman Throws Hat into Governor’s Race

A gay businessman from Dallas announced on Friday, July 14 that he has filed the necessary paperwork to initiate a run for Governor of Texas as a Democrat, becoming the first candidate to challenge incumbent Greg Abbott in the 2018 race. Jeffrey Payne, owner of the the Dallas Eagle and four other businesses, told KTVT-TV

Supporting Transgender Kids Is Child Abuse Says Texas State Rep

A state representative from McKinney, Texas says that transgender children are mentally ill and letting them express their gender identities is tantamount to child abuse. The remarks were made by state Rep. Scott Sanford during a panel discussion on bathroom privacy legislation which was produced by CBS DFW (KTVT-TV) and streamed on Facebook Live on

Anti-LGBT Bills Filed a Week Before Special Legislative Session

On July 10, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation calling members of the State Legislature to a Special Legislative Session which is set to begin on July 18. Within hours of the governor’s announcement, two lawmakers filed three bills which would affect transgender Texans’ bathroom use and threaten the protections LGBT citizens have under

In Recently-Released Video, Texas Dad Defends Transgender Son

A video released by Equality Texas last week features a dad from Little Elm, Texas speaking out in support for his 15-year-old transgender son during the State Legislature’s 85th Legislative Session earlier this year. In the video, which was recorded in January during the debate on the proposed bathroom bill, Ken Ballard says, “I was

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