"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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)..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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.”..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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!..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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."..."
"...The Rev. John Wright knows the church has a PR problem with the LGBT community..."
"...Ugandan LGBT activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera articulates the wonder created from the reports of Uganda's first Gay Pride celebration...."
"...Austin Chronicle: What is the current state of LGBTQI collections at the Austin History Center?..."
"...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...."
"..."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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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!..."
"...Omar Lopez is a one-man activism machine. He runs the Equality Now club at ACC, and has been an LGBT activist for years..."
"...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 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..."
"...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..."
"...• 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...."
"..."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..."
"...• 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...."
"...• 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...."
"...• Embattled UN Ambassador Susan Rice is also not down with LGBT oppression...."
"...• 9:14 Neither Pete Hoekstra and Todd "legitimate rape" Akin will be going to Washington. Five anti-LGBT candidates stay home..."
"...• Seventh-day Adventist college La Sierra refuses to recognize LGBT club...."
"...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."..."
"...It’s LGBT Health Awareness Week, and incidentally the last week to sign up for Obamacare...."