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

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Debuts HB 2-Style Anti-LGBT Legislation

By Adam Polaski • January 5, 2017, 4:44 pm Today in Texas, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick unveiled Senate Bill 6, his long-promised measure that threatens Texas’ economic prosperity and singles out transgender Texans for acute discrimination.
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New Research Out of Texas Illustrates the Economic Damage Caused By Anti-LGBT Legislation

By Megan Clayton • December 6, 2016, 1:59 pm Two new studies from the Texas Association of Business (TAB) show the magnitude of the economic damage caused by anti-LGBT, anti-business legislation. The report is part of a new, business-led effort in Texas called Keep Texas Open for Business.
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Head of Convention and Visitors Bureau in Dallas, Texas Warns Against Anti-LGBT Bills

By Adam Polaski • December 2, 2016, 9:57 am Businesses in Texas are speaking out against proposed anti-LGBT bills in the Lone Star State, just days after House Speaker Joe Straus also warned lawmakers that similar types of legislation weren’t “his most urgent concern.”
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Texas Lawmakers Push Anti-LGBT Bills on Day One of Legislative Pre-Filing Ahead of 2017 Session

By Adam Polaski • November 15, 2016, 11:23 am Some Texas lawmakers made clear they still intend to prioritize discriminatory legislation targeting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community for harm yesterday, the first day of pre-filing for the 2017 legislative session.
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200+ Small Business Owners in Texas Urge Lawmakers to Reject Anti-LGBT Bills

By Adam Polaski • October 25, 2016, 1:57 pm This week in Texas, more than 200 Texas small business owners sent a letter to lawmakers warning that legislation targeting the LGBT community for discrimination will markedly hurt both their businesses and local economies across the state.
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Ignoring Lessons of HB2, Texas Lt. Gov. Patrick Doubles Down on Anti-LGBT Legislation

By Adam Polaski • October 24, 2016, 6:54 pm Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said last week that pursuing an anti-LGBT bill that bans transgender people from using public restrooms is his top priority for the upcoming legislative session.
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LGBT Groups Launch Petition Drive Against Anti-Transgender Lawsuit

By Adam Polaski • October 5, 2016, 11:35 am Today Freedom for All Americans (FFAA) and more than a dozen state equality campaigns and organizations across the country launched a petition drive calling out attempts to roll back existing protections for transgender Americans.
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New Lawsuit from Texas Seeks to Block HHS Rule Protecting Transgender Americans in Health Care

By Megan Clayton • August 25, 2016, 5:20 pm A new lawsuit filed yesterday in Texas is attempting to rollback a federal rule meant to protect transgender Americans from health care discrimination. It is the second in a set of cases that seek to rollback the Obama Administration's recent attempts to protect transgender Americans from discrimination.
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In Outrageous Ruling, Judge Grants Request by States Seeking to Roll Back Federal Transgender Protections

By Adam Polaski • August 22, 2016, 9:12 am The lawsuit, at its basest level, is a shameful attack on transgender people with one purpose: To enshrine transgender people as second-class citizens under the law and inflict discrimination into their everyday lives.
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Houston Chronicle Editorial Board Warns Texas Legislature Against Passing Anti-LGBT Laws

By Adam Polaski • August 9, 2016, 4:31 pm This month in The Houston Chronicle, the editorial board published an op-ed strongly warning lawmakers in Texas against introducing or passing legislation targeting the LGBT community.
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Texas Competes Coalition Celebrates 1,000-Member-Strong Business Coalition

By Megan Clayton • June 25, 2016, 3:15 am Texas Competes, a partnership of business leaders making the economic case for protecting LGBT Texans from discrimination, just celebrated its 1,000th pledge signer.
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Mesquite, Texas City Council Votes to Protect LGBT Employees from Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • June 7, 2016, 3:35 pm Last night the City Council in Mesquite, Texas – a suburb of Dallas – adopted a change to its Equal Employment Opportunity Policy.
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Shameful: States File Lawsuit Refusing to Follow Federal Guidance on Transgender Student Protections

By Adam Polaski • May 25, 2016, 3:28 pm Today, May 25, several states filed a lawsuit against the United States government over recent guidance issued by the Departments of Education and Justice earlier this month protecting transgender students.

Texas Attorney Who Fought for Marriage Stands up for Non-Discrimination

February 10, 2016, 6:09 pm "For me, a major reason I got involved in the marriage fight was because people I know and love were being mistreated, and I wanted to stand up for them. It's the same idea here: Separate and apart from the economic arguments is the fact that discrimination based on immutable characteristics is repugnant. It's not right, it’s un-American, and we have to stop it."
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Dallas City Council Strengthens Non-Discrimination Protections for Transgender People

By Adam Polaski • November 10, 2015, 2:27 pm Today, November 10, the Dallas City Council voted unanimously to strengthen language of its LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance.