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Best Move to the Left at the Lege

Texas House of Representatives LGBTQ Caucus

After the 2018 elections managed to flip 12 noteworthy seats in the Texas House of Representatives, the 86th legislative session saw a little blue wave of power pulsing through the state Capitol. But the biggest slap back to the Republican anti-LGBTQ agenda from the last two sessions came from the House's newly formed LGBTQ Caucus led by seasoned reps Mary González, D-El Paso, and Celia Israel, D-Austin, alongside freshman legislators Jessica González, D-Dallas; Julie Johnson, D-Car­roll­­ton; and Erin Zwiener, D-Driftwood. As a united front, they squashed some bad bills, neutered others, and sent a message to queer youth across the state: You matter.

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