Trans advocates decry latest Paxton lawsuit

Posted on 26 Aug 2016 at 7:15am

After getting injunction against trans student guidelines, Texas AG targets transgender medical services   From Staff Reports Texas and four other Republican-led states have filed yet another lawsuit seeking to roll back the Obama administration’s efforts to strengthen transgender rights, saying new federal nondiscrimination health rules could force doctors to act contrary to their medical […]

Trans woman sues former employer

Posted on 26 Aug 2016 at 7:00am

Despite improving business at Cedar Hill restaurant, Buffalo Wild Wings fired its manager when she began presenting as a woman   DAVID TAFFET   | Senior Staff Writer Kellie Alise Batko has filed suit against her former employer, Buffalo Wild Wings, charging the company with sex discrimination against a woman because she is transgender. The restaurant […]

Libertarian challenging Sessions for Congress

Posted on 26 Aug 2016 at 6:45am

Ed Rankin has run before, but he believes this year presents an opportunity for a third party candidate without a Democratic rival   DAVID TAFFET | Senior Staff Writer Ed Rankin has run for Congress before, but this year, he believes, some “interesting dynamics are lining up” that give him a better shot at winning […]

A Shade off

Posted on 26 Aug 2016 at 6:30am

Throwing Shade podcasters Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi queer up the Internet… and now also Dallas ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor It’s the morning after their first live show of a new tour, and Bryan Safi and Erin Gibson are jazzed. It was a sell-out — the first on a weeks-long, cross-country road show. […]

The music and the mirror has 2 voices

Posted on 26 Aug 2016 at 6:15am

Babs back on B’way. Plus: Cast albums for ‘She Loves Me,’ ‘Close to You’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor If you’re anything like me, chances are you did a quick double-take when you looked at the lineup of singers pairing with Barbra Streisand on her latest album. Anne Hathaway? Well, she won an […]

That’s what friends are for

Posted on 26 Aug 2016 at 6:00am

Officially out spreading her creative wings, actress/writer/director Clea DuVall is ready for her ‘Intervention’ It took an intervention for Clea DuVall to finally come out of the closet publicly. While she’s played queer characters throughout her career as actress — in 1999’s But I’m A Cheerleader and more recently in HBO’s Veep — DuVall’s delightful […]

Paxton, anti-trans forces win 1st round, but fight continues

Posted on 19 Aug 2016 at 7:15am

UPDATE: On Tuesday Ken Paxton announced he has filed yet another lawsuit against the federal government, this time challenging Health and Human Services regulations protecting transgender people from discrimination in their medical care. See our InstanTEA blog post here. FW judge’s ruling on trans students guidelines could send 4th Circuit case to SCOTUS   Lisa […]

Rachel Tiven takes the reins at Lambda Legal

Posted on 19 Aug 2016 at 7:00am

New CEO doesn’t want her organization to take every case, but to empower others to take cases   DAVID TAFFET  |  Senior Staff Writer Lambda Legal’s new CEO Rachel Tiven, in Dallas last weekend for the organization’s Landmark Dinner, sees a continued role for impact litigation after last year’s marriage equality decision. In Texas, within […]

On-the-job bullying

Posted on 19 Aug 2016 at 7:00am

Male guard in private prison charges employer with sexual harassment   DAVID TAFFET  |  Senior Staff Writer Isaiah Smith is suing his former employer, Management & Training Corporation, for sex discrimination. MTC is a Utah-based corporation that operates for-profit prisons, including one in Bridgeport, northwest of Fort Worth, where Smith was employed. Smith said the […]

Falling in love

Posted on 19 Aug 2016 at 6:30am

Emanuel Salinas and John Broady wanted to open their own restaurant. but adopted one instead. We look inside their culinary romance ARNOLD WAYNE JONES Executive Editor The décor has remained the same. That Aztec-looking stone face carved into a chair at the entrance. The mosaic tiles over the fireplace hearth — not a feature […]