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Top 10 Texas LGBT Stories
One step back and two steps forward
DAILY News  January 6, 2014, by Brandon Watson
"...Even in a state as red as Texas, the national trend toward LGBT equality gained momentum. Social conservatives tried vainly to throw on the brakes, but 2013 wins kept on coming...."

The Conservative Future of the LGBT Movement
Libertarian think tank the Cato Institute hosts symposium
DAILY The Gay Place  February 22, 2010, by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer
"...If you support the agenda of the LGBT movement as it exists today, if you consider yourself to be in favor of same-sex marriage and gays in the military, you need to watch this video, because it is the future of your movement...."

Paxton Amps Up Anti-LGBT Legal Fight
Texas AG leads 13-state coalition to block the Obama administration's transgender-inclusive directive to schools
News Story  July 14, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...Attorney General Ken Paxton recently ramped up his crusade against LGBT Texans with a request for a nationwide preliminary injunction to block the Obama administration's transgender-inclusive directive to schools. Paxton and his crew are leading a 13-state coalition to combat the LGBT-friendly instructions, issued in May, which direct schools across the country to allow students to use the locker rooms and restrooms that correspond with their stated gender identity (see "Paxton Sues Obama Over Transgender Rights," May 25)..."

Senators Hold Meeting to Reaffirm Anti-LGBT Discrimination
State Affairs Committee hearing used as anti-LGBT soapbox
DAILY News  February 17, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...The State Affairs Committee – compelled by an October directive from Attorney General Ken Paxton – was tasked with ensuring that the government doesn’t force citizens or businesses to “violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.” An excuse to stir up anti-LGBT fervor under the guise of religious freedom, the hearing featured several testifiers who used the platform to voice their dissatisfaction with the Obergefell v Hodges U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality ruling...."

Paxton Stacks AG’s Office With Anti-LGBT Culture Warriors
AG hires opponents of church-state separation
DAILY News  April 12, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...Instead, Attorney General Ken Paxton – facing multiple legal charges, including securities fraud – has asked overtly right-wing, anti-LGBT employees to join his office, reaffirming the AG’s mission to use religion as a vehicle to discriminate...."

City to Review LGBT Rights Performance
CM Riley wants Austin to be equality leader
News Story  May 29, 2014, by Brandon Watson
"...Austin may lead Texas in supporting LGBT rights, but City Council wants the city to also lead the nation. On May 22, Council approved Chris Riley's resolution calling for a review of Austin's Municipal Equality Index...."

Faulty Tower: Anti-LGBT Money Behind Fairmont Austin
Doug Manchester was a major donor in the fight against same-sex marriage
News Story  March 15, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...The partnership is an odd fit for the Canada-based luxury hotel operators, who actively court the "pink dollar" through direct promotions and membership in the Inter­na­tion­al Gay & Lesbian Travel Associa­tion. Fairmont properties are routinely listed as among the top LGBT-friendly hotels...."

I Pee With LGBT
Richard Linklater debuts ad denouncing the Texas bathroom bill
DAILY The Gay Place  February 22, 2017, by Courtney Naquin
"...Trans rights activists and allies around Texas are “rolling up their sleeves, pulling down their pants, and peeing with LGBT” after Austin native and renowned director Richard Linklater collaborated with ACLU of Texas, GSD&M, and Legacy Community Health on a commercial denouncing Texas’ proposed bathroom bill...."

Equality Texas and the Dangers of 'Good Enough'
Sarah Davis endorsement falls short on promoting LGBT equality
DAILY News  January 24, 2014, by Brandon Watson
"...It's perhaps as clear a sign as anything that Texas still has a long way to go towards LGBT equality. Tuesday Equality Texas endorsed Republican incumbent Sarah Davis in her House bid..."

Countdown to L-G-B-T
U.S. Census meets Austin LGBT Tuesday at the MACC
DAILY The Gay Place  February 9, 2010, by Kate X Messer
"...Apparently, tonight's is the first LGBT Town Hall ever, and our participation in this will determine the efforts expended by the U.S. Census folks on our behalf..."

Bill of the Week: Cleaning up Bad Language
Bill aims to strike anti-LGBT verbiage from sex ed curricula
DAILY News  April 27, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...Despite the staggering pace of same-sex marriage victories and rapidly shifting public opinion, Texas remains one of the last few states resistant to any consideration of LGBT inclusion. But for Texas Democrats, that's not for a lack of trying...."

An Imperfect Perfect Score
City could do better on LGBTQ rights
DAILY News  November 14, 2014, by Amy Kamp
"...This week, the Human Rights Campaign issued its annual Municipal Equality Index Scorecard. According to HRC, “the Municipal Equality Index (MEI) examines the laws, policies, and services of municipalities and rates them on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBT people who live and work there.”..."

Come Out to StartOut
Bi-coastal non-profit, StartOut, may add Austin as its third home.
DAILY The Gay Place  September 18, 2012, by Tyler Pratt
"...Not only is the national group StartOut arriving in town this week to hold its next event, "The Entrepreneurial Journey from Founding to Exit and Beyond” a panel and networking with top LGBT entrepreneurs, it's also looking at Austin to begin its next chapter..."

Tuesday News Gay: Dec. 13
Queerty editor teams up with Gay Place for weekly news round-up
DAILY The Gay Place  December 13, 2011, by Daniel Villareal
"...In this week's very political version of our weekly LGBT news roundup, Rick Perry starts a big gay fight, Obama and Clinton try to make the world safer for LGBTs, an 8-year-old matches wits with Michele Bachmann, and an amazing marriage equality ad from Australia changes the conversation from tax benefits to L-U-V...."

Come Out for OUTober
Austin celebrates LGBT History/Coming Out Month, big time, citywide
DAILY The Gay Place  October 1, 2014, by Kali Daryl Robinson
"...Austin is celebrating OUTober with the start of some new, colorful, traditions. In honor of LGBT History Month, Austin will display the Pride Flag across City Hall for the first time ever..."

Sign Here for Prejudice
Efforts to repeal Plano's ban on discrimination
DAILY The Gay Place  January 9, 2015, by Blake McCoy


Trans Mother Honored
Local LGBT advocate sets an example
News Story  October 23, 2014, by Amy Kamp
"...Last week, Working Mother magazine named Austinite Meghan Stabler "Working Mother of the Year." Stabler's achievement is particularly notable because she's the first transgender woman to receive the honor. It's "recognition of the work that I do both inside and outside of my job," said Stabler, who is a business executive, a tireless advocate for LGBT rights, a wife, and the mother of a 3-year-old..."

Rev. Frank Visits FUMC
Defrocked minister brings message of LGBT acceptance
DAILY News  April 25, 2014, by Brandon Watson
"...In a polarized America, it's easy to forget that Christianity is not a monolith. Anti-LGBT screeds may make good headlines, but they are not the whole story..."

The AggreGAYtor: October 14
What happened today in gay? Here’s your QILTBAG recap of queer news.
DAILY The Gay Place  October 14, 2013
"...LGBT History Month rolls on, Star Parker slouches toward Washington at the Values Voters Summit, and Russia starts a hot war, as your AggreGAYtor ponders Divine-ity...."

Obama Descends on ATX
Austin's LGBTQ Has the Prez's Ear, and vice-versa
DAILY The Gay Place  July 18, 2012, by Liz Williams
"...If you were anywhere near downtown yesterday afternoon, it was pretty clear something was in the air: Air Force One! The 44th President held a fundraiser for his re-election campaign at Austin Music Hall on Tuesday night, and there was an LGBT connection...."

Tuesday News Gay: Feb. 14
Ellen, Prop 8, marriage, and Uganda. Whew!
DAILY The Gay Place  February 14, 2012, by Daniel Villareal
"...The unicorn that brings me weekly news updates in a wicker basket has – instead of providing a fruit salad of LGBT odds and ends – brought me the five biggest fruits from the queer news orchard. There's some marriage mangos, some bitter anti-gay tomatoes in the Ugandan parliament, and a angry bowl of lemons that Ellen DeGeneres turned into delicious lemonade...."

Tuesday News Gay: January 24
Droppin' a deuce with Dan...
DAILY The Gay Place  January 24, 2012, by Daniel Villareal
"...While the GOP elephants continue to fight amongst themselves, LGBT rights continue trailing forward nationwide! Learn what's happening on the marriage equality front, HIV-rights and where a lady can drop a deuce in peace...."

Tuesday News Gay on a Wednesday: Jan. 18
Dan hits us with his news bits
DAILY The Gay Place  January 18, 2012, by Daniel Villareal
"...It also turns out that one of the most rabidly anti-gay candidates loves gays, as well as good gay rights news and a fabulous bitchfight brewing between Elton John and Madonna in this week's round-up of extra sparkly LGBT news!..."

Tuesday News Gay: Dec. 6
Queerty editor teams up with Gay Place for new weekly feature
DAILY The Gay Place  December 6, 2011, by Daniel Villareal
"...Even if you didn't bone up on LGBT news this last week, here's your chance to catch up on some of the biggest stories around. There's fag hags, Siri-ous denial, "friendly" skies, and a fabulous bitchslap..."

K.D., Barack, and Me
K.D. reaches a watershed and Barack comes out.
DAILY The Gay Place  November 4, 2008, by Kate X Messer
"...Okay, "marrying" is my word, but bear with me, it applies… later. Anyway, amid our discussions about her new album, Watershed, I asked the Canadian crooner about recent activism that lead her to an Obama and National LGBT Finance Committee fundraiser this past October in New York...."

Stonewall
A Midwestern boy comes out amid the backdrop of the Stonewall Riots
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Film Review  September 25, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...It’s certainly a novelty that this fictionalized account of the 1969 Stonewall Riots that helped ignite the modern era of LGBT Pride has been directed by Roland Emmerich, a Hollywood filmmaker who’s best-known for helming disaster pictures such as Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and White House Down. Stonewall also arrives with a pedigreed script by two-time Pulitzer nominee Jon Robin Baitz..."

Pride
In this inspirational true story, striking Welsh miners and the local LGBT community find common bonds.
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Film Review  October 10, 2014, by William Goss
"...In 1984, homosexual teen Joe (MacKay) quietly joins the ranks of an LGBT group led by Mark (Schnetzner), a group which in turn attempts to raise money among their own London community in order to support the families of miners on strike in rural Wales, with the hope that each group can help one another with their respective political crusades. While the blue-collar locals are reluctant to publicly align themselves with perceived sexual deviants, town leaders Cliff (Nighy) and Hefina (Staunton) embrace their much-needed generosity all the same, gradually advancing a mutually progressive agenda in the process...."

Kissing for a Cause
LGBT community to lock lips at the Red Room.
DAILY The Gay Place  July 26, 2013, by Candice Gallion
"...As many of you have no-doubt heard, the Red Room at Fourth & Lavaca was allegedly turning away LGBT patrons last weekend. This weekend a group of internet-based activists are taking back the "gayborhood."..."

New World Outlook
First United Methodist moves toward LGBT inclusion
DAILY News  February 27, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...The Rev. John Wright knows the church has a PR problem with the LGBT community..."

The Real African Queens
Uganda – the world's most dangerous place to be GLBT – held Pride.
DAILY The Gay Place  August 7, 2012, by Frank J. Rivera
"...Ugandan LGBT activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera articulates the wonder created from the reports of Uganda's first Gay Pride celebration...."

Outing the Archive
The Austin History Center stands ready to gay up its archives
Features Story  June 4, 2010, by Andy Campbell
"...Austin Chronicle: What is the current state of LGBTQI collections at the Austin History Center?..."

Pride Punt
So what does the Pride Coalition actually do? (Spoiler: The answer isn't in here.)
DAILY The Gay Place  October 3, 2008, by Kate X Messer
"...First, Equality Texas, the entity which has organized the Austin Pride Festival for as long as anyone can remember announced this year that it was handing the festival torch to the freshly formed Pride Coalition, a group composed of representatives from just about every local LGBT concern...."

I Like to Watch: Looking Past HBO’s Looking
LGBT visibility” is a strange thread to pull
Screens Column  July 21, 2016, by Jacob Clifton
"..."LGBT visibility" is a strange thread to pull. It usually means white gay guys, just as in real life, and just as in real life, it's associated with tragedy, even today..."

Creating Change: "Take It In"
Thursday at Creating Change conference: Laverne Cox
DAILY The Gay Place  January 31, 2014, by Abe Louise Young
"...I’m at Creating Change, the National LGBT Equality Conference, swooning over 4,000 activist queers in one hotel in Houston. I'll be sending dispatches to the Chronicle through the weekend – follow along to enjoy this historic confab...."

Court Rules on Marriage Equality
DOMA struck down, Prop 8 dismissed on standing
DAILY News  June 26, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...In a landmark ruling for LGBT rights, this morning the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional. The court also dismissed the Proposition 8 case on standing, clearing the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California..."

Tuesday News Gay for Jan. 10
Daniel is awash in Santorum sauce
DAILY The Gay Place  January 10, 2012, by Daniel Villareal
"...This week's LGBT news round-up includes a slice of GOP primary with a side of Santorum sauce. But there's also some deliciously gay wedding cake, a newly out cele-sbian and music from the Scissor Sisters for dessert..."

Tuesday News Gay on a Wednesday: Dec. 21
Gay Place and Queerty editor give it to you, not so straight
DAILY The Gay Place  December 21, 2011, by Daniel Villareal
"...This week's LGBT news round up includes a newly outed anti-gay Republican, a book about Rick Perry's alleged gay exploits, and some choice entertainment gossip. So pony on up to the bar and have yourself a nice tall glass of queer news!..."

GP Crush of the Week: Omar Lopez
Gay Place shines a spotlight on local LGBT rights activist Omar Lopez.
DAILY The Gay Place  October 22, 2010, by Rob Cohen
"...Omar Lopez is a one-man activism machine. He runs the Equality Now club at ACC, and has been an LGBT activist for years..."

News AggreGAYte for the Week of Oct. 18 - 24
Gay Place pulls together all the latest LGBT news
DAILY The Gay Place  October 18, 2010, by Rob Cohen
"...The air is electric with change. As the season shifts, the leaves crunchify, and it gets chilly, it seems the LGBT movement is entering a new season as well..."

Paige & Katy Wed!
Paige and Katy make family... and while they're at it, make history.
DAILY The Gay Place  June 24, 2008, by Kate X Messer
"...Paige Schilt, media director for the locally based and nationally focused Soulforce (the folks behind the recent The American Family Outing) and Katy Koonce, an Austin therapist specializing in LGBT and especially T issues, fell in love and wanted to make a family. And they have..."

Correction: There Are Two Manchesters
Son claims 'Papa' Doug's views on LGBTs have evolved
News Story  March 22, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...They say the devil is in the details. In the case of last week's story on the planned Fairmont Austin hotel ("Faulty Tower: Anti-LGBT Money Behind Fairmont Austin," March 15), the detail was a middle initial..."

The AggreGAYtor: January 24
Your daily dose of LGBTQIA news
DAILY The Gay Place  January 24, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...• Oklahoma Representative James Lankford, the last horrifying frame of The Grudge’s death tape, isn’t above using humiliation to stop LGBTs from getting substance abuse help. Spooky...."

Equal Treatment for Victims
APD detective spearheads effort to train officers about same-sex domestic violence
News Story  July 9, 2015, by Sarah Marloff
"..."We're working to cover more LGBT topics – specifically intimate partner violence," says Crumrine about APD's training curriculum. "But adding to the syllabus is a process..."

The AggreGAYtor: January 23
Your daily dose of LGBTQIA news
DAILY The Gay Place  January 23, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...• Not everyone was pleased with the President Obama’s inaugural LGBT love fest. Peter Sprigg of prig consortium, The Family Research Council was dismayed by the suggestion that gays do not already have the same civil rights as straight folks...."

The AggreGAYtor: January 9
Your daily dose of LGBTQIA news
DAILY The Gay Place  January 9, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...• Although his local council recommended approval of his project, the chief executive will not be sending Ryan Andresen’s Eagle Scout application. For those keeping an Eagle Scout tally – that’s out LGBT members 0, mass murderers 3...."

The AggreGAYtor: December 12
Your daily dose of LGBTQIA news
DAILY The Gay Place  December 12, 2012, by Brandon Watson
"...• Embattled UN Ambassador Susan Rice is also not down with LGBT oppression...."

The AggreGAYtor Live: Election Special
Your minute-by-minute dose of election news
DAILY The Gay Place  November 6, 2012, by Brandon Watson
"...• 9:14 Neither Pete Hoekstra and Todd "legitimate rape" Akin will be going to Washington. Five anti-LGBT candidates stay home..."

The AggreGAYtor: November 16
Your daily dose of LGBTQIA news
DAILY The Gay Place  November 16, 2012, by Brandon Watson
"...• Seventh-day Adventist college La Sierra refuses to recognize LGBT club...."

Bill of the Week: Senate Bill 2065
Anti-LGBT "religious freedom" laws piling up at the Lege
News Column  May 7, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...During a May 4 State Affairs Committee hearing, anti-LGBT speakers showed up in full force – with one witness equating same-sex marriage to a "hate crime" and another to "bestiality." Faith leaders predictably argued the bill would protect them from litigation and provide the ability to "exercise their conscience."..."

The AggreGAYtor: March 28
What happened today in gay? Here's your QILTBAG recap of queer news.
DAILY The Gay Place  March 28, 2014, by David Estlund
"...It’s LGBT Health Awareness Week, and incidentally the last week to sign up for Obamacare...."

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