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Activists Denounce Lawsuit that Seeks to Block Benefits to Married Same-Sex Couples in Texas

Activists Denounce Lawsuit that Seeks to Block Benefits to Married Same-Sex Couples in Texas

Texas LGBT activists have filed amicus briefs in a case pending before the Texas Supreme Court (Pidgeon v. Harris) where the City of Houston’s ability to provide spousal benefits to married same-sex couples is being challenged. The case, brought against the City of Houston by anti-LGBT lobbyists Jonathan Saenz and Jared Woodfill, would specifically block

Texas Supreme Court to Hear Case Attacking Benefits of Married LGBT Couples

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court changed its mind about hearing a case threatening the rights of married gay couples in the state. The case, brought against the City of Houston by anti-LGBT lobbyists, would specifically block same-sex spouses of government employees from receiving any health benefits (benefits

Donna Campbell Among State Republicans to Support Anti-LGBT Benefits Lawsuit

State Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) was among 50 Texas Republican lawmakers to sign a “friend of the court” brief that claims the Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell decision does not give married same-sex couples in the state the right to spousal benefits or the right to live with each other, among other benefits. Others who

No LGBT Nuptials Allowed at East Texas Venue

Texas Forest Country Weddings in Huntington, Texas is a venue that has everything you could want to throw the perfect wedding. There’s a mansion on a lake, a wedding chapel, an outdoor country church, a pavilion with a wooded backdrop and a bed and breakfast. What’s missing from this ideal location is a welcome sign

Nine Times Ken Paxton Tried to Defeat LGBT Community

Last week, it was revealed that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton accepted over $100,000 from the founder of a company who his office was investigating for Medicaid fraud. Paxton claims to have done nothing wrong because his $100,000 donation came from a “family friend.” In 2015 Paxton was indicted on two counts of securities fraud and one

Celebrating Pride All Year Long

When the Pride San Antonio Festival opens its gates on July 2, it will mark the 13th anniversary of the observance, which its organizers have dubbed, “Pride Bigger Than Texas.” “The idea was to celebrate Pride while raising money for local charities and nonprofits and working to build the confidence and potential of the LGBT community,”

Equality Texas Commemorates First Anniversary of Supreme Court Ruling

On June 26, Equality Texas will host events in Austin and Dallas to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on same-sex marriage and to honor those whose lives were lost in the Orlando tragedy. The year since the ruling on equal marriage has been filled with highs and lows. There

Artist Chris Sauter Talks Curators, Coming Out and Playing with Stereotypes

Chris Sauter’s big break came in 1999 when an Artpace curator told him to “go for it.” The San Antonio-born artist raised on his grandparents’ ranch outside Boerne proposed to cut pieces out of the gallery’s drywall and transform them into his childhood family dining room. Viewers had to walk through the oval circle in

Supermodel Patricia Velásquez on her Warm Welcome to the Family

Don’t try putting a label on Patricia Velásquez. An actress, producer, author, parent, entrepreneur, activist and supermodel, Velásquez, 45, isn’t interested in being just one thing — unless that one thing is a happy person. She found happiness early last year when she released her memoir Straight Walk. In the book, Velásquez, who has modeled

The Art and Activism of San Antonio Native Donald Moffett

As a little-understood plague decimated the gay community, San Antonio-born artist Donald Moffett had a life-changing experience when he heard about Larry Kramer’s call to action in March 1987 at the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center in New York, the founding moment for the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, best known as ACT UP.