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Texas Lawmakers Drop Anti-Trans Amendment in Exchange for Defunding Planned Parenthood

Texas Lawmakers Drop Anti-Trans Amendment in Exchange for Defunding Planned Parenthood

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. In the wee hours of last Friday morning, Texas House representatives decided it was finally time to vote on a state budget. But even after 15 hours of negotiations (and drama) on the House floor, there was still a long list of bill amendments they had yet to

Texas Senate Approves Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill

In what is called a “third reading,” the Texas Senate voted on March 15 to approve Senate Bill 6 which bars transgender people from using the bathroom that matches their gender identity and would prohibit local ordinances from protecting trans citizens from discrimination in public accommodations. The 21-10 vote include support from one Democrat, Sen.

Equality Texas Launches TransVisible Project

In the aftermath of the defeat of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, the Equality Texas Foundation is launching a public awareness campaign called the TransVisible Project. “The purpose of TVP is to educate Texans that transgender people are our neighbors, families, coworkers, and friends,” said Lou Weaver, transgender programs coordinator for Equality Texas. The defeat

Equality Texas Takes on Proposed ‘Religious Liberty’ Legislation

Despite support from more and more Americans for LGBT equality, Texas’ Republican politicians are still doing everything they can to thwart progress in the Lone Star State. This week in Austin, Steve Rudner, Chairman of the Board of Equality Texas, testified against several dozen pieces of anti-LGBT legislation referred to the Senate State Affairs Committee

SAISD offers plus-one insurance for employees with domestic partners

The San Antonio Independent School District has sent a letter to its employees announcing it is expanding its group health benefits to include plus-one coverage so that employees can insure one additional adult living in their household who meets all the required criteria. The plus-one plan permits SAISD employees in same-sex relationships to insure their

Equality Texas plans three advocacy days at State Capitol

In years past, Equality Texas organized a Lobby Day when LGBT constituents would visit members of the State Legislature to press elected officials on issues that are important to the community. This year, Equality Texas will hold three advocacy days each with a specific theme. In 2013, over 500 Texans participated in the Equality Texas