John Wright

Freelance writer John Wright
John Wright is a freelance journalist based in Dallas. Follow him on Twitter @LSQnews.

By John Wright:

Democratic House candidate Denise Hamilton spoke Monday night during a forum at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano as moderators Dan Panetti, worldview director at Prestonwood Christian Academy, and Texas Values President Jonathan Saenz look on.

Democratic Hopefuls Brave Far-Right Prestonwood Baptist

‘I will not eat your souls,’ one aspiring lefty state representative advised the conservative congregation.

After hosting six GOP presidential hopefuls in October, Prestonwood’s newly formed “Culture Impact Team” staged a forum Monday for local and state candidates in Collin and Denton counties. Read More

Plano Citizens United graphic
LGBT Rights

Cities Given High LGBT Ratings Despite Trans Exclusions

Earlier this year, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) indicated it would not support Plano’s Equal Rights Ordinance due to an exemption allowing businesses to restrict transgender patrons’ access to public restrooms. Last week, however, HRC awarded full credit to Plano and Fort Worth, which has a similar exemption, for their respective nondiscrimination ordinances on the group’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI). Read More

Robert Lloyd, a WilCo constable candidate.
Criminal Justice

WilCo Candidate Won’t Settle ‘Religious Test’ Lawsuit

Robert Lloyd says commissioners asked him about his views on abortion and same-sex marriage for a constable appointment.

After 15 minutes of routine questions, county commissioners asked about Lloyd’s views on abortion and same-sex marriage. They wanted to know what church he attended, and whether his voting record was Democratic or Republican. Read More

Houston Mayor Annise Parker at Dallas' 2015 Black Tie Dinner LGBT fundraiser.
Human Rights

Houston Mayor ‘Running Out of Runway’ on HERO Relaunch

In the aftermath of HERO’s resounding defeat at the polls November 3, Parker had indicated the current City Council could consider an amended non-discrimination ordinance before her term expires. But during an appearance Saturday at a major LGBT fundraiser in Dallas, Parker said she now believes it’s too late. Read More