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Texas House Schedules Hearings for Two ‘Extreme’ Anti-LGBTQ Bills

Texas House Schedules Hearings for Two ‘Extreme’ Anti-LGBTQ Bills

The State Affairs committee of the Texas House of Representatives has scheduled hearings on April 17 for what Equality Texas is calling “the two most extreme anti-LGBTQ bills filed this session.” The first bill, HB 1035, which was introduced by Rep. William Zedler (R-Arlington), grants special rights to discriminate for people who hold the belief

Republican State Rep. Files Bill Legalizing Discrimination Against Trans People and Married LGBT Couples

State Representative Bill Zedler (R-Arlington) has filed a bill, dubbed the “Free to Believe Act,” that would legalize discrimination against transgender people and married LGBT couples. In an email to its supporters, Equality Texas warns the bill, HB 1035, “would legally protect discrimination in healthcare, in social services, in the workplace, in access to housing,

“Bathroom Bill” Fizzles as Republican Primary Issue

By Patrick Svitek, February 6, 2018 The “bathroom bill,” once touted as a surefire issue for the 2018 Republican primaries, is barely registering in them with less than a month until Election Day. Last year, state lawmakers waded into an intense, emotional debate over whether the state should restrict which bathrooms transgender Texans could use,

Allies United: Rabbi Mara Nathan

Rabbi Mara Nathan Mara Nathan is not the type of rabbi I grew up with. Traditional rabbis are typically older men cloaked in robes, caring but unapproachable — a little holier than thou, you might say. When Nathan decided to go to rabbinical school, she wanted to be a different type of rabbi. And that

Allies United: Texas State Representative Diego Bernal

Texas State Representative Diego Bernal Despite the fact that both of his parents, his father a farmworker and his mother an educator, were civil rights activists in their own realms, State Representative and former San Antonio Councilman Diego Bernal told Out In SA, with the kind of unsparing candor that is so needed, that he

SAISD Board Hears From Anti-LGBT Protesters, Votes to Protect DACA Students

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. On August 21, the San Antonio Independent School District board updated district policy to include protections for students or teachers discriminated against for their “gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.” But like a failed game of telephone, SAISD parents, anti-LGBT advocates, and conservative lobbyists showed up to

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