Protesters evicted from Texas Capitol as clash between LGBTQ residents and GOP leaders escalates
Texas state police detained and handcuffed people protesting legislation that would prohibit transgender kids from getting puberty blockers and hormone therapy. The House separately delayed a vote on Senate Bill 14 until later this week.
Texas House panel advances bills banning puberty blockers and hormone therapy for transgender kids
Under the legislation, minors currently receiving certain gender-affirming care would have to taper off their treatments. A majority of Texas lawmakers in each chamber has supported previous versions of the legislation.
The eyes of LGBTQ Texans are upon Dade Phelan and the House
Spurred by a groundswell of far-right support, the Texas Senate has passed all of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s priority LGBTQ bills — and then some. What the House does next will impact queer Texans’ lives and could determine Speaker Phelan’s future.
GOP Texas senators pull their support for allowing some transgender kids to keep receiving puberty blockers and hormone therapy
The Senate approved Senate Bill 14, which would ban transition-related care for transgender kids. Republicans had previously voted to allow kids currently receiving such care to continue doing so.
Texas Senate scales back proposed restrictions on puberty blockers and hormone therapy for transgender kids
Senate Bill 14 would now allow trans children who are already receiving some transition-related treatments to continue getting that care. The Senate gave initial approval to the reworked legislation Wednesday.
Transgender Texans and doctors say Republican lawmakers misconstrue what science says about puberty blockers and hormone therapy
In 2021, a bill that would block transgender kids’ access to transition-related care passed the Senate but died in the Texas House. This year, a majority of House members back such a ban.
Take-home DNA kits for students are for emergencies, not in response to Uvalde tragedy, lawmaker says
This month, the state of Texas will distribute National Child Identification Program kits to elementary and middle school-aged students as part of a safety initiative that legislators mandated in 2021.
Gov. Greg Abbott on legislation to prohibit social media sites from ‘censoring Texans’
Gregg Abbott and state Sen. Bryan Hughes announce a Republican-sponsored Senate Bill 12, which would prevent social media sites like Facebook and Twitter from “canceling” the views of Texans. Greg Abbott is taking on the censorship of “conservative speech.”The governor is slated to hold a news conference at noon on Friday to discuss the Republican-sponsored Senate Bill 12, which would prevent social media sites like Facebook and Twitter from “canceling” the views of Texans. The news conference, which will take place in Tyler with Sen. Bryan Hughes, will be livestreamed in this article. Hughes is among the sponsors of the bill, along with Sen. Donna Campbell who lives in New Braunfels. Abbott’s office said the legislature would “help prohibit social media companies from censoring Texans based on the viewpoints they express.”GOP leaders in Texas targeted social media giants like Facebook and Twitter during the pre- and post-election period and in the aftermath of the deadly U.S. Capitol siege.