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A Closer Look at Two Battles in Court Over Transgender Rights

Posted on · Last week (Aug. 22, 2016), U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor of Texas ruled the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education exceeded their authority when they applied Title IX’s ban on gender discrimination in public schools to policies regarding transgender students’ use of facilities, like locker rooms and bathrooms. The federal agencies had concluded — and offered guidance […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Renaming Schools and Transgender Bathroom Guidelines: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From the HISD board voting on new names for seven schools (many of which replace names of figures with ties to the Confederacy); to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wanting a superintendent to resign after he helped sanction restroom guidelines for transgender students: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. Our panel of non-experts this week includes: […]

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A Voter’s Guide to the HERO Ordinance

Posted on · With early voting underway starting today (Oct. 19, 2015), we thought it would be useful to walk through the entire Houston Equal Rights Ordinance saga – from the legal and political disputes, to the dueling ad campaigns over Proposition 1, to the language on the ballot, and in the ordinance itself. That represents a lot […]