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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.
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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.
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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."
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Texas Legislature Advances Two Anti-LGBT Bills

By Adam Polaski • May 10, 2017, 11:42 am "It’s discouraging that Texas lawmakers appear so fixated on singling out LGBT people – particularly transgender youth – for discrimination."
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Momentum in Challenging Times: LGBT Employment Non-Discrimination Advances in Texas

By Adam Polaski • May 5, 2017, 10:24 am This week a bill to expand employment non-discrimination protections to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression advanced out of the House Committee on Business and Industry, with bipartisan support.
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New Anti-LGBT Legislation in Texas Would Roll Back Existing Protections for Transgender People

By Adam Polaski • April 14, 2017, 12:15 pm Lawmakers in the Texas House of Representatives have introduced an insidious local preemptions bill that seeks to roll back existing legal protections for transgender people living in certain parts of the Lone Star State.
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TODAY: Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination Take Questions on LGBT Equality

By Adam Polaski • April 7, 2017, 2:44 pm Today, Friday, April 7, five mayors who are members of Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination are taking questions as part of Tumblr's IssueTime series.