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Texas LGBTQ Candidates Fare Well in Democratic Primary

Texas LGBTQ Candidates Fare Well in Democratic Primary

Out In SA has been following 11 Democratic Primary races with LGBTQ candidates in Texas: two U.S. Congressional races and nine for seats in the Texas House. Of that total, only one candidate will not go on to either the May runoffs or the November election. Some of these candidates ran unopposed. Following is our

Texas Equity PAC Releases Lists of Endorsements for 2020 Election

Texas Equity PAC, the official political action committee of Equality Texas, released three lists of endorsements for the 2020 General Election. In their press release Texas Equity explains, “Endorsements are only done for Texas races. Senate and House endorsements are based on the following factors: Authorship or co-authorship of legislation that supports full lived equality

The Texas Legislature Now Has Its First LGBTQ Caucus

Five Democratic legislators serving in the Texas House of Representative have formed the State Legislature’s first-ever LGBTQ Caucus. The new caucus is composed of veteran lawmakers Rep. Mary Gonzalez of El Paso, Rep. Celia Israel of Austin and newly-elected members Jessica Gonzalez of Dallas, Julie Johnson of Carrollton and Erin Zwiener of Driftwood. The caucus

State Rep. Celia Israel Submits Bill Banning Conversion Therapy

State Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin) of Texas House District 50 has filed a bill banning conversion therapy for consideration during the next session of the Texas Legislature which begins in January. Conversation therapy, also known as reparative therapy, is psychotherapy aimed at changing a person’s homosexuality, based on the view that homosexuality is a mental

More LGBTQ Texans than ever are running for office, magazine says

By Rishika Dugyala, The Texas Tribune January 24, 2018 A self-described “gun-toting, truck-driving, true Republican,” Shannon McClendon avidly followed state politics and served as a five-time appointee for various boards under former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. But until now, she never pushed herself to run for elected office. “I’m a Republican who happens to be

Marriage Equality Pioneer Mark Phariss to Run for Texas Senate

Plano attorney Mark Phariss, who in 2013 was a plaintiff in the successful Texas marriage equality lawsuit, announced his candidacy for Texas Senate District 8, which covers portions of Collin and Dallas counties. The District 8 seat has been held by Republican Van Taylor who is vacating the office to run for Congress. Phariss will

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