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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