John Wright

John Wright
John Wright is a freelance journalist based in Austin. Follow him on Twitter @LSQnews.

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LGBT Rights

Dan Patrick’s ‘Bathroom Bill’ Is Already Stinking Up the 85th Legislature

With the session underway and its text on the table, SB 6 has come under a microscope and is being met with intense, well-organized opposition.

When Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick unveiled an anti-transgender bathroom bill last week, he predicted a “tough fight.” If Day 2 of the 2017 legislative session was any indication, it may have been an understatement. Under cross-examination about Senate Bill 6 … Read More

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Human Rights

Patrick, Kolkhorst Unveil ‘Deeply Divisive’ Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill

Senate Bill 6 Would Nullify Trans-Inclusive Ordinances, Base Restroom Access on Birth Certificates

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick on Thursday accused the media of spreading “fake news” about Texas’ anti-transgender bathroom bill, one of his top priorities for the 2017 legislative session. “I’ve never seen so much misinformation, so much hand-wringing, so much fake news … Read More

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LGBT Rights

Five Queer Predictions for LGBT Texas in 2017

Equality will be under attack in Austin, Washington

The Texas LGBT community likely will spend much of 2017 on the defensive — against both discriminatory state legislation and new federal threats posed by the Trump administration. However, there will also be opportunities for progress at the local level, … Read More

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick walks past pro-LGBT protesters Tuesday inside the Fort Worth ISD Administration Building. He hosted a press conference where he spoke against the district’s new guidelines protecting transgender students, which he said could be used as a springboard to further advance his conservative "school choice" plan.
LGBT Rights

Democrats Vow to Fight, Kill Dan Patrick’s Bathroom Bill

Pro-LGBT Houston Lawmakers Discuss Lieutenant Governor's Anti-Transgender Proposal

One Democratic state lawmaker pledged Wednesday to “fight like hell” against Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s anti-transgender bathroom bill, while another predicted the measure “[isn’t] going anywhere.” Senator Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, called it “tragic” that Patrick — who’s made the bill … Read More

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LGBT Rights

Seven Anti-LGBT Laws That Remain on Texas’ Books

Democrats again seek to repeal discriminatory measures, but LGBT advocates say it’s unlikely.

Seven Anti-LGBT Laws That Remain on Texas’ Books Democrats again seek to repeal discriminatory measures, but LGBT advocates say it’s unlikely. Although their efforts have been largely overshadowed by proposed anti-LGBT legislation, Democratic state lawmakers have pre-filed 15 pro-LGBT bills … Read More

Hate Watch 2016
LGBT Rights

We’re Tracking Post-Election Acts of Hate in Texas

If you experience election-related harassment, vandalism or violence in the Lone Star State, e-mail us at [email protected]

The Observer found news reports documenting dozens of incidents of election-related harassment, vandalism or violence in the Lone Star State since Wednesday, November 9. We're tracking them: [email protected] Read More

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