Tribpedia: LGBT

LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender peoples. Since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, the Texas gay rights debate has turned to other points of disagreement such as transgender residents' use of gender-specific facilities in public buildings.

Supporters turn out for Trans Texan Lobby Day 2017 at the state Capitol on March 6, 2017. It was a busy day with several events both opposing and supporting SB6, the so-called "bathroom bill."
Supporters turn out for Trans Texan Lobby Day 2017 at the state Capitol on March 6, 2017. It was a busy day with several events both opposing and supporting SB6, the so-called "bathroom bill."

Texas lawmakers, "bathroom bill" opponents prepare for round two

Advocates and families of transgender Texans are preparing for a special session of the Texas Legislature that's sure to continue the heated debate over which bathrooms transgender individuals are allowed to use.

Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Speaker of the House Joe Straus on the dais in the House chamber for a joint session memorializing the nation's veterans, on May 27, 2017.
<p>Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Speaker of the House Joe Straus on the dais in the House chamber for a joint session memorializing the nation's veterans, on May 27, 2017.</p>

Political showdown over bathrooms has been years in the making

Well before the current legislative standoff over public accommodations for transgender Texans, the political elements of the "bathroom bill" fight were falling into place. 

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, left, and House Speaker Joe Straus, right, from dueling press conferences they each held on May 26, 2017.
<p>Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, left, and House Speaker Joe Straus, right, from dueling press conferences they each held on May 26, 2017.</p>

Patrick, Straus deadlocked over "bathroom bill"

In dueling press conferences Friday evening, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus revealed themselves at an impasse over bathroom regulations that could prompt Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special session.

During a debate on the "bathroom bill," state Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, holds up a photo of a sign that reads, "RESTROOMS WHITE COLORED," on May 21, 2017.
<p><span>During a debate on the "bathroom bill," state Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, holds up a photo of a sign that reads, "RESTROOMS WHITE COLORED," on May 21, 2017.</span></p>

Texas House approves bathroom restrictions for transgender students

The Texas House voted to require schools to provide single-stall restrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities to students who don't want to use facilities designated by “biological sex.”

The Texas Freedom Caucus in a hastily called press conference telling the press their intent to kill bills on the Local and Consent calendar in retaliation for what they say is unfair treatment during the House session on May 11, 2017.&nbsp;
<p><span>The Texas Freedom Caucus in a hastily called press conference telling the press their intent to kill bills on the Local and Consent calendar in retaliation for what they say is unfair treatment during the House session on May 11, 2017.&nbsp;</span></p>

House spars over whether new State Bar rules would open door to discrimination

The Texas House backed a State Bar of Texas sunset bill with an amendment that critics say could allow for discrimination against LGBT Texans seeking legal assistance. 

Members of the clergy and others supporting LGBT rights gather outside the Texas House chamber May 3, 2017 to show support for the community affected by "bathroom bill" legislation pending at the 85th Legislature.&nbsp;
<p>Members of the clergy and others supporting LGBT rights gather outside the Texas House chamber May 3, 2017 to show support for the community affected by "bathroom bill" legislation pending at the 85th Legislature.&nbsp;</p>

Texas faith leaders come out against bills targeted at LGBT Texans

A group of faith leaders gathered outside the House chamber on Wednesday to protest legislation they see as discriminatory toward LGBT Texans.

The Gonzales family &mdash; Frank, Rachel and daughter Libby &mdash; attended a rally during Texas Trans Lobby Day at the Texas Capitol on March 6, 2017.
<p>The Gonzales family &mdash; Frank, Rachel and daughter Libby &mdash; attended a rally during Texas Trans Lobby Day at the Texas Capitol on March 6, 2017.</p>

"Bathroom bill" hearing went past this 7-year-old's bedtime. Here's what she wanted to say.

Listen to what a 7-year-old transgender girl had planned to say last week during a Texas House State Affairs Committee hearing on a bill that would regulate bathroom use for transgender Texans.

State Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, listens to the first round of testimony of hundreds signed up against SB 4 the sanctuary cities bill on March 15, 2017.
State Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, listens to the first round of testimony of hundreds signed up against SB 4 the sanctuary cities bill on March 15, 2017.

House lawmakers hear overnight testimony on alternative "bathroom bill"

If the hours of testimony against the measure are any indication, the House's version of the "bathroom bill" will continue to face fierce opposition from LGBT advocates and the Texas business community.

 

 

Couples Cleopatra DeLeon and Nicole Dimetman and Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage at an LBJ Library news conference on June 26, 2015.
<p>Couples Cleopatra DeLeon and Nicole Dimetman and Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage at an LBJ Library news conference on June 26, 2015.</p>

Texas on the hook for $600,000 after conceding same-sex marriage case

A federal appeals court this week ordered the state to pay more than $600,000 in legal fees to two same-sex marriage couples who sued Texas over its now-defunct same-sex marriage ban.

Gov. Greg Abbott prepares to deliver his State of the State address, flanked by (l.-r.) Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, state Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, state Sens. Donna Campbell, R-San Antonio, and Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, and House Speaker Joe Straus.
Gov. Greg Abbott prepares to deliver his State of the State address, flanked by (l.-r.) Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, state Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, state Sens. Donna Campbell, R-San Antonio, and Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, and House Speaker Joe Straus.

Texas Gov. Abbott signals support for "bathroom bill" from Texas House

Gov. Greg Abbott is signaling support for House legislation that some hope will serve as an alternative to the Senate's "bathroom bill."

Lily Pando, a 16-year-old sophomore, used to deny herself water, to avoid the discomfort of using public restrooms as a transgender person.
<p>Lily Pando, a 16-year-old sophomore, used to deny herself water, to avoid the discomfort of using public restrooms as a transgender person.</p>

For transgender Texans, navigating public restrooms is already complicated

Five transgender Texans explained to The Texas Tribune what goes into making decisions about using public restrooms, including considerations for the comfort of others and reflections on how strangers perceive their gender.