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All relevant news and information regarding LGBTQ non-discrimination in The Lone Star State.


Austin’s First Transgender Police Officer Shares How His Wife’s Support During His Transition Was Invaluable

February 13, 2018, 6:17 pm Now, with support from his wife and colleagues, Greg is continuing in his own way to increase understanding of transgender people and grow support for non-discrimination protections in Texas.

On Valentine’s Day, Let’s Celebrate All Couples Equally – Including LGBTQ Couples

February 13, 2018, 5:22 pm

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Freedom For All Americans is spotlighting couples from across the LGBTQ and gender spectrum who talk about not only their personal love stories, but also why it is essential for their state and country to embrace LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination protections. Thank you to the National Center for Transgender Equality for partnering with us on many of these stories. Take a look!


Same-Sex Couple Ejected from Cab Calls for Non-Discrimination Protections in Texas and Beyond

February 8, 2018, 6:10 pm Since both men are essentially lifelong Houstonians (Randall was born in Houston and lived for just a few years as a child elsewhere, and Jose moved to Houston at four years old), they’re eager to see their city embrace LGBTQ equal treatment once and for all.

Same-Sex Couple Denied Access to Wedding Venue in Texas Shares Personal Impact of Discrimination

February 8, 2018, 12:49 pm Given his experience in small business – and his preparations to open his own with his husband Ben in January 2018, Justin knows that at operating a small business requires treating everyone with respect and understanding that you're not always going to agree with your customers.
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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Review of Anti-LGBTQ Ruling from Texas Supreme Court

By Adam Polaski • December 4, 2017, 10:59 am Today, December 4, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request from the City of Houston to review an anti-LGBTQ ruling issued by the Texas Supreme Court earlier this year. 
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Freedom for All Americans Joins 36 Groups Demanding Withdrawal of Judicial Nominee Jeff Mateer

By Adam Polaski • October 19, 2017, 6:41 pm In a letter coordinated by Lambda Legal, Freedom for All Americans stood with 35 other LGBTQ organizations in requesting that the members of the United States Senate oppose his nomination.

Sister of Man Who Faced Employment Discrimination Continues Her Brother’s Legal Challenge After His Death

August 29, 2017, 4:50 pm Melissa Zarda's brother Don was a committed worker and a talented skydiver – but when he openly discussed his sexual orientation, he was fired. He sued, but in the middle of his lawsuit he tragically passed away – and now Melissa is carrying the case forward in what could be a landmark ruling.

By Continuing Landmark Title VII Fight, Texas Man Looks to Cement Former Partner’s Legacy

August 18, 2017, 12:32 pm Don's case has dragged on for more than six years now in court – and after all of this time, his loved ones want nothing more than to see justice for Don – and for the thousands of Americans discriminated against each year because of their sexual orientation.
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VICTORY: Texas Lawmakers End Special Session Without Acting on Anti-Transgender Legislation

By Adam Polaski • August 15, 2017, 10:42 pm The Texas House adjourned this evening without passing any anti-transgender legislation. While the Senate is not yet adjourned, any path forward for anti-transgender proposals would be difficult now that the House has gone out of session.
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Texas Senate Approves Anti-Transgender Legislation Despite Warnings from Business, Law Enforcement & More

By Adam Polaski • July 25, 2017, 7:41 pm "Texas Senators are once again ignoring the overwhelming majority of voices from across the state who came together to speak out against this discriminatory legislation."
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Police Chiefs from San Antonio, Houston & Austin All Condemn Anti-Transgender Restroom Restrictions

By Adam Polaski • July 25, 2017, 3:40 pm Today, July 25, during a press conference outside of the Texas Capitol, three police chiefs from some of the largest cities in Texas – San Antonio, Houston, and Austin – spoke out fervently in opposition to any legislation in Texas that would restrict restroom access for transgender Texans.
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Shameful: Texas Governor Greg Abbott Calls Special Session, Will Include Discussion on Anti-Transgender Bills

By Adam Polaski • June 6, 2017, 4:21 pm Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced today that he is calling a special legislative session to tackle an inordinate agenda – including HB 2899, discriminatory legislation that targets transgender Texans.
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Texas Senate Could Reject Anti-Transgender Amendment – Because It’s Not Discriminatory Enough

By Adam Polaski • May 24, 2017, 12:39 pm Last night, reports emerged from the Texas State Capitol that the Senate could reject SB 2078 today – education legislation that this weekend was amended in the House to include a provision singling out transgender youth in the state’s public schools for discrimination.
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Over the Weekend, Texas Lawmakers Advanced Discriminatory Measures Targeting LGBT Youth

By Adam Polaski • May 22, 2017, 10:12 am Members of the Texas Senate have advanced HB 3859, sweeping legislation that allows taxpayer-funded adoption agencies and foster services to legally discriminate against LGBT people and others, to Governor Greg Abbott for his signature.
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Failing to Learn from North Carolina Disaster, Texas Lt. Gov. Threatens Special Session in Attempt to Pass Anti-Transgender Bill

By Adam Polaski • May 17, 2017, 2:23 pm "While we always knew that Lt. Gov. Patrick opposed the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans, we never thought he would hold an entire state’s agenda hostage in an attempt to pass discriminatory laws like SB 6."