Capitol-area performers remain committed to their art in the face of persecution.
Kit O’Connell is a genderqueer movement journalist, and Digital Editor at the Texas Observer, who has lived in Texas since 1998. Their citizen journalism during Occupy Wall Street led to Kit becoming an editor at the formative political blog Firedoglake, where they broke the story of Occupy Austin’s infiltration by six undercover Austin police officers who entrapped activists into felony charges. Later, Kit spent four years writing about the hemp and cannabis industry as an editor at Ministry of Hemp and correspondent for Hemp magazine, where they influenced federal policy into giving Western hemp farmers access to water rights and allowing some people with drug convictions to re-enter the industry. Their journalism has also appeared in Truthout, Yes! Magazine, and the Austin Chronicle, among others.
Articles by Kit OConnell
Despite ACLU win in lower court, an appeal by the state means transgender kids and their families will feel the devastating effects of the ban.
SB 12 has already sent a chill of fear and uncertainty through the LGBTQ+ community.
The American College of Pediatricians—which has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center—found common cause with Republican megadonor Monty Bennett.
Legal experts told the Observer that the policy could open the Texas Department of Agriculture to discrimination lawsuits.
An April 13 memorandum from the Department of Agriculture welcomes “Western wear” but requires employees to dress according to “biological gender.”
“They're trying to sell us and sell to us, but they're also trying to kill us.”
David Shabani’s life took him on an international journey from France to the Live Music Capital of the World.
Wesley G. Phelps’ new history book reveals how gay persecution in the Lone Star State spurred the struggle for LGBTQ+ civil rights nationwide.
Indie bookshops across the state are embracing change, to thrive and stay alive. But a lot depends on the upcoming holiday season.