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Texas Bakery Kicks Off 'Welcome Everyone' Campaign To Combat Homophobia

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.07.2015 | Gay Voices

Bakeries, florist shops and other wedding-related venues have become a surprising battleground for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (L...

Lila Shapiro

This Gay Cop's Life Could Change If Conservative Texan Politicians Get Their Way | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.15.2015 | Gay Voices

Joe, a sheriff's deputy in a medium-sized city in Texas, says he tries not to define himself as "the gay cop." He has a good reason for that -- in Tex...

Are Police Deliberately Overlooking Details In The Alleged Beating Of This Gay Teen?

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.31.2014 | Gay Voices

A 17-year-old gay Texas student claims he was the victim of a hate crime after being lured to a local park and beaten by three fellow teens. As KH...

Children's Home Fires Gay Employee For 'Presenting A Lifestyle That Is Damaging To Kids'

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics

Texas Tech University student and children’s social worker Casey Stegall was fired earlier this month by the Children’s Home of Lubbock after intr...

Rick Perry Compares Homosexuality To Alcoholism

AP | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry, during a visit that focused primarily on economic issues, drew on a reference to alcoholism to explain h...

Texas Republicans Adopt Hard-Line On Gay Rights

Reuters | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics

By Marice Richter FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) - The already conservative Texas Republican Party took a further turn to the right at it...

Why The 'Hearts And Minds' Of Texans Are Changing On Gay Marriage

USA Today/Religion News Service | Richard Wolf | Posted 06.07.2014 | Gay Voices

GUN BARREL CITY, Texas (RNS) This place got its name because the main road was straight as a gun barrel. Today, it’s at the center of a fight over g...

Texas County Adopts Policy To Protect LGBT Inmates

AP | RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI | Posted 11.14.2013 | Gay Voices

HOUSTON (AP) — The sheriff of Houston's Harris County has adopted a sweeping policy designed to protect and guarantee equal treatment of gay, lesbia...

A Surprise Pro-LGBT Move...In Texas

AP | RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

HOUSTON (AP) — The sheriff of Houston's Harris County has adopted a sweeping policy designed to protect and guarantee equal treatment of gay, lesbia...

Gay Rights Groups Fight GOP Opposition

AP | PAUL J. WEBER | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio's leaders on Thursday approved anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents, over the disapproval of top Te...

Cavan Sieczkowski

Texas Politician Calls Gays 'Disgusting' In Alleged Secret Recording | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 05.13.2014 | Gay Voices

An alleged secret recording of a Texas politician, leaked to the press Thursday by a former aide, made headlines because of the anti-gay rhetoric incl...

Wedding Venue Turns Away Gay Couple, But Staff Members Offer Different Take

Posted 08.08.2013 | Gay Voices

Two Texas grooms-to-be are said to be reeling after being turned away by a local wedding reception venue, allegedly because they're gay. But the busin...

Texas Judge: Lesbian Couple Can't Cohabitate

AP | Posted 05.19.2014 | Gay Voices

A judge has ruled that a North Texas lesbian couple can't live together because of a morality clause in one of the women's divorce papers. The clause...

Mayor, Committed Partner and Mother

Annise Parker | Posted 07.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Annise Parker

Though Kathy and I have been building a life together for 22 years, we cannot marry in our home state -- the state where I was born, and where I serve in Houston's highest office. Texas, like 40 other states, does not allow same-sex couples to marry.

State's 'Romeo And Juliet' Law Could Expand To Include Gay Teens

AP | JIM VERTUNO | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas -- Parents of gay teens urged Texas lawmakers on Tuesday to give their children the same legal protection as heterosexuals when it comes...

WATCH: Gay Couple Turned Away By Wedding Venue 'Because Of God'

Posted 02.22.2013 | Gay Voices

A Texas-based gay couple is crying foul after they say they were turned down by a reception venue who refused to host their forthcoming wedding. A...

A Valentine For Gay Texans? State Rep Files Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Posted 02.14.2013 | Gay Voices

In a move that's been deemed a "Valentine's Day gift," a Texas state representative surprised the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) ...

Couple Finds Anti-Gay Death Threat Spraypainted On Their Home

Posted 10.04.2012 | Gay Voices

Two Texas-based gay men are fearing for their safety after finding a homophobic death threat spraypainted on their home. Pronews7 reports that Jos...

Lesbian Teen Notes 'Life Is So Fragile' While In Recovery After June Shooting

Posted 09.26.2012 | Gay Voices

A Texas lesbian teen who survived a violent June shooting which took the life of her girlfriend is speaking out about her ordeal. Eighteen-year-ol...

WATCH: Texas Gay Couple's Brave Marriage Protest Ends In Arrest

Posted 07.06.2012 | Gay Voices

A Dallas-based gay couple has been arrested after protesting their state's ban on same-sex marriage after being denied a marriage license. As the ...

Matt Sledge

El Paso Mayor John Cook, Recall Target, Takes Stand Against Anti-Gay 'Bigotry' | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.12.2012 | Gay Voices

John Cook only has 13 months left as mayor of El Paso. But as of last Wednesday, when papers were filed for a recall petition, Cook will be fending of...

The Unlikeliest Gay Rights Leader In Texas

Jason Stanford | Posted 06.10.2012 | Gay Voices
Jason Stanford

It's not every day that a rich girl from one of the most segregated enclaves in Texas grows up to be a divorce lawyer with a husband, three kids, and a passion to make sure that gay people have rights, too.

WATCH: Texas Judge Won't Conduct Marriage Ceremonies Until State Grants Same-Sex Couples Right To Wed

Posted 02.23.2012 | Gay Voices

One Texas-based judge is making her stance on her state's refusal to grant same-sex couples the right to wed publicly known by nixing all marriage cer...

Terrified in Texas

Court Stroud | Posted 03.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Court Stroud

As we strolled side by side across the restaurant's muddy parking lot, my fiancé threw his arm over my shoulders and pulled me in for a squeeze. Instinct made me want to shove him away from me. Why did I -- even if only for a moment -- feel such terror?

'Homosexual Conduct' STILL Listed As Criminal Offense In Texas Penal Code

Mother Jones | Posted 06.13.2011 | Politics

Eight years after the Supreme Court deemed Texas' anti-sodomy statute unconstitutional, the state's penal code still lists "homosexual conduct" as a c...