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House Spars Over Whether New State Bar Rules Would Open Door to Discrimination

House Spars Over Whether New State Bar Rules Would Open Door to Discrimination

By Alexa Ura, The Texas Tribune May 15, 2017 As part of an ongoing push by some Republicans to insert religious freedom protections into state agency review bills, House lawmakers on Monday sparred over attempts to amend the State Bar of Texas sunset bill in a way that opponents say could open up prospective LGBT

SAGA Endorses Montaño in District 1 Runoff

SAGA Endorses Montaño in District 1 Runoff

The San Antonio Gender Association announced on May 13 that it is endorsing Michael Montaño in the race for the City Council District 1 seat. Montaño is facing a June 10 runoff against incumbent Councilman Roberto C. Treviño. SAGA is the second LGBT organization to endorse Montaño. On March 26, the Stonewall Democrats of San

Trans Bathroom Issues Dominated Dripping Springs School Board Election

Trans Bathroom Issues Dominated Dripping Springs School Board Election

The days leading up to the normally quiet school board election in Dripping Springs, Texas erupted into a heated battle over transgender bathroom use with one candidate saying he opposed trans students using the bathroom that matches their gender identity. Three candidates were vying in the May 6 election for two seats on the Dripping

O’liva Owner and Longtime Caterer Chuck Hernandez Has Died

O’liva Owner and Longtime Caterer Chuck Hernandez Has Died

Reported by Jessica Elizarraras for the San Antonio Current. Chuck Hernandez, chef, caterer and author of “Pesto Power,” passed away on Wednesday, May 12. Hernandez moved to San Antonio more than 20 years ago to help his father run restaurants. He brought Arugula Catering with him and became known for his elaborate and tasty spreads.

State Senator Strips “Sex” Amendment from Bill Backed by Uber and Lyft

State Senator Strips “Sex” Amendment from Bill Backed by Uber and Lyft

By Alex Samuels, The Texas Tribune May 11, 2017 The Senate sponsor of a bill meant to create statewide regulations for ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft said Thursday he has stripped a controversial amendment from it that would define “sex” as “the physical condition of being male or female.” The move comes after

Texas House Approves Bill Allowing Denial of Adoption by Same-Sex Couples

Texas House Approves Bill Allowing Denial of Adoption by Same-Sex Couples

On Tuesday, May 9, the Texas House approved House Bill 3859, which would allow faith-based adoption agencies to deny placement of foster children with same-sex couples, Jews, Muslims and others based on “the provider’s sincerely held religious beliefs.” The bill, dubbed the “Freedom to Serve Children Act,” passed by a vote of 94 to 51.

Texas Senate Approves Bill Disqualifying Trans Student Athletes on Hormone Therapy

Texas Senate Approves Bill Disqualifying Trans Student Athletes on Hormone Therapy

State Senator Carlos Uresti of San Antonio was one of four Democrats who sided with Republican colleagues on the preliminary approval of a bill that lets the University Interscholastic League disqualify student athletes on steroids, including trans boys taking testosterone for gender dysphoria. Joining Uresti in approving Senate Bill 2095 on May 9 were fellow

Lawmakers Engaged in ‘Unprecedented Effort’ to Roll Back Civil Rights For LGBTQ Texans

Lawmakers Engaged in ‘Unprecedented Effort’ to Roll Back Civil Rights For LGBTQ Texans

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. On Tuesday, the Texas House could debate and vote on a bill that would give state-funded adoption agencies the “religious freedom” to turn away LGBTQ parents. Other measures waiting for approval by Texas lawmakers would let county clerks deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples if doing so conflicts

“Bathroom Bill” in House Misses Key Deadline — But Issue Stays Alive

“Bathroom Bill” in House Misses Key Deadline — But Issue Stays Alive

By Alexa Ura, The Texas Tribune May 8, 2017 A proposal to gut cities and school districts’ trans-inclusive bathroom policies did not advance in the House ahead of a crucial deadline, nixing the measure’s chances of getting a vote by the full chamber. But that doesn’t mean that the issue itself is dead. Up against

Texas Senate Passes Anti-Bullying Bill Named for SA Student

Texas Senate Passes Anti-Bullying Bill Named for SA Student

The Texas Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 179, legislation that cracks down on bullying in the state’s public schools. SB 179 was introduced in the Senate by State Senator Jose Menendez. In January, Menendez called for the passage of the bill saying, “Cyberbullying is a crisis in Texas and across the nation. Families need our

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