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Pride Week: Discussing the Issues that Concern Houston’s LGBTQ Community

Posted on · (Above: Rainbow crosswalks now adorn all four corners of the intersection of Westheimer and Taft in Houston’s Montrose neighborhood in honor of LGBTQ pride. Photo: Gail Delaughter, Houston Public Media)This is Houston Pride Week, one of the largest LGBTQ celebrations in the country. And last Monday (June 12, 2017) marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting […]

Politics

Patrick Threatens To Force Special Session Over Tax And Bathroom Bills

Posted on · With deadlines looming, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Wednesday threatened to push for a special legislative session to pass a bill to regulate bathroom use for transgender Texans and legislation to set new thresholds for when cities and counties must get voter approval for their tax rates.

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Debunking Misconceptions About Transgender Houstonians

Posted on · The White House Wednesday said President Trump believes the issue of what bathroom transgender people should be allowed to use is one for states, not the federal government, to decide. A government official with knowledge of the plan told the Associated Press the administration will revoke federal guidelines telling public schools to let transgender students […]

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Houston’s Pension Problems, and the Future of Coal: Thursday’s Show (Feb. 23, 2017)

Posted on · Houston isn’t the only city in Texas with pension challenges. In fact, some believe at city like Dallas might be able to learn a thing or two from how Houston’s proposed to handle its unfunded pension obligations. On this edition of Houston Matters, we compare the pension debts incurred by Houston and Dallas, and discuss whether […]

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Covering President Trump and the Bathroom Bill: Thursday’s Show (January 26, 2017)

Posted on · Last week, Senior White House Adviser Kellyanne Conway introduced America to the term “alternative facts” after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed – despite contradictory evidence — that Trump’s inauguration gathered the largest crowd ever for that event. Suddenly the press was faced with calling out blatant lies. That’s not something seasoned journalists enjoy […]

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Raising a Transgender Son, and the 80’s Oil Bust: Houston Matters Weekend for January 14, 2017

Posted on · LGBT rights continue to be a divisive issue in this country, with battles waging inside the legislature and courts of North Carolina making news. Now Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s Senate Bill 6 has been filed and mimics the very language that has cost North Carolina millions of dollars thus far. The bill isn’t that surprising. Last May, […]

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Is Houston Really Less LGBTQ Friendly Than Other Texas Cities?

Posted on · The Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization promoting LGBTQ equality, recently unveiled a sort of equality scorecard, which found Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio all fare better than Houston when it comes to being LGBTQ friendly. And it’s not just because the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance was voted down last year. To […]

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Houston Matters Weekend for September 24, 2016

Posted on · Last December (2015), a rape victim was housed for nearly a month at the Harris County Jail in order to ensure she would testify against a serial rapist who assaulted her. The prosecutor concluded it was the only viable option after she suffered a mental breakdown on the witness stand and said she would not […]

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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 […]