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Stanton J. Stephens / Art&Seek

A group of more than 150 artists, musicians and actors have signed an open letter opposing the so-called “bathroom bill” currently under consideration in the Texas Legislature.

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At the Texas Capitol in Austin, battle lines are sharpening around one of this year’s biggest fights over social issues. It’s a battle over bathrooms, specifically which bathrooms transgender people should be allowed to use. 

Adrees Latif / Reuters

Almost a week after Houston hosted Super Bowl LI, the NFL has weighed in on what Texas’ so-called “bathroom bill” could mean for future championship football games in Texas.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

In what appeared to be an attempt at a show of force, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Monday once again attacked claims that the proposed “bathroom bill” is bad for business in Texas.

Straus: Legislators Need To Be Careful When It Comes To 'Bathroom Bill'

Jan 18, 2017
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on Wednesday further brought the battle lines over the "bathroom bill" into focus, saying lawmakers should be "very careful" about doing anything that makes the state less economically competitive.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Fires Back At Critics Of 'Bathroom Bill'

Jan 11, 2017
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick continued to fire back Wednesday at criticism of the so-called "bathroom bill" he has championed, saying its opponents are concentrated in the media and denying that Texas could experience the same economic — and political — fallout North Carolina did when it passed similar legislation. 

With Bathroom Bill, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Plows Into 'Tough Fight'

Jan 8, 2017
Todd Wiseman / Texas Tribune

Eight months ago, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick stormed the Texas GOP convention in Dallas as a man on a mission.

Following North Carolina's Lead, Texas GOP Unveils So-Called 'Bathroom Bill'

Jan 5, 2017
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

After months of sparring over whether transgender Texans should be allowed to use bathrooms that align with their gender identity, Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Thursday officially set the legislative stage for the debate.

Texas could soon follow in the footsteps of Indiana and North Carolina and pass its own "bathroom bill" in the upcoming legislative session. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has made passage of such a bill, which could require transgender Texans to use the restroom which corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate, a priority.

Illustration by Todd Wiseman

A Texas judge issued an injunction Saturday against a federal mandate aimed to protect transgender people, finding that the federal health rule violates existing law.

Updated at 8:00 p.m. ET

The North Carolina Legislature began a special session on Wednesday morning to vote on the repeal of a controversial state law that limits civil rights protections for LGBT people, but the effort failed by day's end as the Legislature adjourned without passing any bill.

Gov. Greg Abbott On Proposed Bathroom Legislation: Wait And See

Dec 13, 2016
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott is adopting a wait-and-see approach about anticipated legislation that would prohibit transgender people in Texas from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. 

Dan Patrick's Bathroom Priority Is Schools, Incoming Senator Says

Dec 9, 2016
Shelby Knowles / Texas Tribune

An incoming state senator suggested Thursday that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick will focus on schools, not businesses or sporting venues, as he crafts an already controversial proposal to prohibit transgender Texans from using bathrooms that match their gender identity.

From Texas Standard:

The debate over "bathroom bills" – laws that prohibit people who identify as transgender from using the bathroom of their choice – is on the books for the upcoming legislative session.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick recently released his top 10 priorities for the 2017 legislative session. And now with several hundred bills filed, we have some glimpses of how he plans to meet his goals.

Emily Albracht / The Texas Tribune

A slight majority of Texans want transgender people to choose restrooms based on their birth gender and not their gender identity, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

The Supreme Court said Friday it will hear a case regarding transgender students' right to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

The justices will hear the case sometime next year.

At issue is whether a Virginia high school student is allowed to use the boys' bathroom. NPR's Nina Totenberg reports:

Feds Appealing Decision On Protections For Transgender Students

Oct 20, 2016
Cheryl Gerber for The Texas Tribune

The Obama administration on Thursday filed notice that it will appeal a Texas federal judge's ruling that temporarily blocked new federal guidelines directing public schools to accommodate transgender students, including allowing them to use bathrooms that align with their gender identity. 

Gay and Lesbian Alliance

Transgender issues have dominated headlines recently. In particular, students. That leaves educators scrambling for information on the best ways to help. In Collin County, educators showed up for a session on what it means to be transgender. And many of them were school counselors. 

Illustration by Todd Wiseman

Ramping up its fight over the rights of transgender people, Texas is expected to file a lawsuit Tuesday against the federal government over a regulation prohibiting discrimination against transgender individuals in some health programs. 

Fort Worth Judge Blocks Obama Transgender Guidelines

Aug 22, 2016
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

As millions of Texas children head back to school, a federal judge in Fort Worth has temporarily blocked Obama administration guidelines directing the nation’s public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and other facilities that align with their gender identity.

Robert Hart / Texas Tribune

Texas is taking the Obama administration to court again on Friday. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is asking a federal judge in Fort Worth to temporarily block federal rules that would let transgender kids use the bathroom or locker room that matches their gender identity. The Obama administration says Texas is jumping the gun.

Joyce Marshall/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The Fort Worth school district today released new guidelines on transgender students’ access to restrooms.

Shelby Knowles / Texas Tribune

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says the Fort Worth school district’s guidelines for transgender students violate state law.

Texas Colleges Staying Out of Bathroom Battles for Now

Jun 13, 2016
Laura Buckman / Texas Tribune

At the University of Houston, transgender students can enroll in voice feminization or masculinization clinics. At the University of Texas at Austin, students can write a simple letter to change how their gender is listed in school records. And many colleges in the state have maps on their websites showing the locations of dozens of on-campus gender-neutral bathrooms.

 

Patrick Suggests Texas Legislature Might Step In On Bathroom Guidelines

May 31, 2016
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Declaring that "this fight is just beginning," Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Tuesday escalated his battle against guidelines in Texas and across the country that allow students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. 

Paxton Shopped Transgender Policy To Second School District

May 27, 2016

When Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Wednesday that he had filed a lawsuit challenging federal guidelines for transgender students, he said it was to protect a Texas school district that had adopted a policy requiring students to use bathrooms according to the gender cited on their birth certificates. 

Scripps National Spelling Bee / Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Seventeen spellers, including first grader Akash Vukoti, represented the state; golfer Jordan Spieth and Bill Murray paired up for a round; no one’s sure how an alligator got feet from a Dallas middle school; and more.

Texas Leading Suit To Stop Obama Transgender School Policy

May 25, 2016
Laura Buckman / Texas Tribune

Texas, joined by 10 other states, filed a lawsuit Wednesday to stop a federal directive instructing school districts to let transgender students use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Wednesday.

Krystina Martinez / KERA News

This month, Mark Wingfield of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas wrote a blog post for a semi-obscure website called Baptist News Global. It was titled “Seven Things I’m Learning About Transgender Persons.”

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