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Press Release: Statement of Samantha Smoot, Interim Executive Director, Equality Texas on the Formation of the Legislative LGBT Caucus February 5, 2019 at 10:20 am By electing five openly LGBTQ representatives, Texans have affirmed that equality is a mainstream Texas value. This Caucus has already made an impact--by sending a message to members of the LGBTQ community--that you are represented. You matter. You have a voice.
Press Release: Texas at a Turning Point – Majority of White Evangelicals Support Laws Protecting LGBTQ Texans January 31, 2019 at 1:03 pm New poll shows that Texas has turned the corner, and equality for LGBTQ Texans is solidly a mainstream Texas value. The majority of Texans of every region, religion and major ethnic group--including white evangelical Protestants--support legal protections against discrimination.
Press Release: Rep. Zedler Files Controversial Anti-LGBTQ Bill HB 1035 January 24, 2019 at 1:16 pm Rep. Zedler files controversial anti-LGBTQ Bill HB 1035, which would legally protect discrimination in healthcare, in social services, in the workplace, in access to housing, in business, and even in government by creating special rights for two specific religious beliefs above all others, opposition to marriage equality and rejection of transgender people.
Equality Texas Statement About Supreme Court Decision Regarding the Transgender Military Ban January 22, 2019 at 2:35 pm Equality Texas stands with the brave service members leading the fight in court against the Trump administration’s transgender military ban. There is no evidence to support a policy that bars patriotic Americans who are medically fit and able to deploy from military service.
Press Release: Equality Texas Names Global Leader and Political Activist Samantha Smoot as Interim Executive Director December 17, 2018 at 11:26 am Equality Texas, the largest statewide organization solely dedicated to securing full equality for LGBTQ Texans, today announced Samantha Smoot has taken the helm as the interim executive director, following the departure of current CEO and longtime champion Chuck Smith.
Press Release – Equality Texas Welcomes New Team Members to Stop LGBTQ Discrimination November 14, 2018 at 10:20 am Equality Texas welcomes three new team members who are committing to our vision of a state where all Texans have full legal and lived equality: Kim Delinski as Development Director, Debi Jackson as Digital Communications Coordinator, and TreShaun Pate as the North Texas Field Coordinator.
Press Release – ELECTION RECAP: EQUALITY IS A WINNING MESSAGE November 7, 2018 at 12:51 pm Pro-equality candidates won up and down the ballot in Texas and many of the most extreme anti-LGBT candidates lost their seats in the Texas House and Senate. The political landscape is shifting in Texas and these results show we are closer than ever before to our goal of ensuring that every LGBTQ Texan has full legal and lived equality.
Statement from Chuck Smith, CEO of Equality Texas November 6, 2018 at 11:49 pm The political map is changing in Texas tonight
Equality Texas Statement on Federal Lawsuit Filed by Transgender Woman November 6, 2018 at 6:16 pm Equality Texas is alarmed to learn that a transgender woman, Valerie Jackson, was allegedly forced to show her genitals to officers at the Dallas County jail. This action by jailers is contrary to the requirements of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and the Dallas County jail’s own policy.
EQTX Statement on Trump Administration’s Anti-Transgender Crusade October 22, 2018 at 4:57 pm ‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration. Read Equality Texas' Statement.

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