Pro-LGBT challenger defeats anti-gay incumbent in TX congressional race

State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, knocked off tea party freshman Congressman Francisco “Quico” Canseco.

LGBT turnout could swing key races

Contests still in play as early voting begins include 4 for House in Dallas County, 1 for Senate in Fort Worth, lesbian Ann Johnson’s in Houston DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer Turnout is always higher in presidential election years, but voters don’t seem as motivated as they were in 2008. Although Republican Mitt Romney is [...]

Eddie Bernice Johnson receives perfect score on LGBT equality from HRC

Five members of Texas’ congressional delegation support marriage equality, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

Local Briefs • U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldaña keynotes Rainbow LULAC summit

U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldaña keynotes Rainbow LULAC summit U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldaña will be the keynote speaker at the first LULAC 4871 social justice summit. The conference takes place in the School of Management Building at the University of Texas at Dallas on Saturday, Sept. 15. “Since we’re the first Rainbow Council, we get a [...]

Who’s the lesser evil in GOP Senate runoff?

Cruz, Dewhurst both spew anti-gay venom, but some say it’s become less potent — even among Texas Republican Primary voters JOHN WRIGHT  |  Senior Editor Ted Cruz repeatedly attacked former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert during the GOP Senate primary for marching in the city’s gay Pride Parade. On his website, Cruz boasts that as Texas’ [...]

ELECTIONS: Texas to get 1st gay legislator since ’03

FROM STAFF REPORTS It appears as though Texas will get its first openly LGBT legislator in 11 years and only its second in history. Gay candidate Mary Gonzalez, 28, was well on her way to capturing the Democratic Primary in El Paso’s House District 75 on Tuesday night. With 20 of 27 precincts reporting, Gonzalez [...]

Stay tuned to Instant Tea for election results

Staff writers David Taffet and Anna Waugh are headed out to election night watch parties, and I’m here at the Instant Tea Brewery. Together we’ll be bringing you coverage of tonight’s primary election results, beginning with early voting results shortly after polls close at 7 p.m. Here are just a few of the races we’ll be watching closely:

Tom Leppert attacks Ted Cruz for accepting $250K from gay Republican donor Peter Thiel

As you may recall, tea-bagging former solicitor general Ted Cruz has repeatedly attacked former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert for twice appearing in the city’s gay Pride parade. Cruz and Leppert are battling for second place and a spot in a runoff alongside Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Kay [...]

Amid anti-gay rhetoric of GOP Senate race, 2 Dems back marriage equality

Hubbard or Sadler will face long odds in November as nominee vies to become 1st member of party to win statewide race since 1994 DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer While four names will appear on the Democratic ballot for U.S. Senate, only two candidates are actively mounting a statewide campaign. Paul Sadler, 56, is a [...]

Gays get abused in VAWA debate

Hutchison’s effort to exclude LGBT victims from domestic violence bill shows there’s a lot of work still to be done on this critically important issue   The threat of LGBT domestic violence evidently remains a mysterious and inconsequential issue to many American lawmakers and their constituents, even after decades of discussion in the alternative media [...]