Former gubernatorial candidate Chris Bell, Dallas resident Wade Hyde join Equality Texas board

Chris Bell

Straight ally Chris Bell, the former Democratic congressman from Houston who lost to Rick Perry in the 2006 gubernatorial race, has been named to the Board of Directors for Equality Texas, the statewide LGBT advocacy group.

Bell served five years on the Houston City Council before capturing the District 25 Congressional seat in 2002. After his district was redrawn, Bell lost to Gene Green in the Democratic primary in 2004. Running as a Democrat against Perry in 2006, Bell captured 30 percent of the vote to Perry’s 39 percent. Bell lost a runoff in a special election for a state Senate seat inn 2008.

From Equality Texas’ press release:

Chris Bell has a unique way of identifying the key points of any dispute and, as a skilled communicator, a gifted way of making a winning argument and interrogating a witness. Whether as a lawyer, news reporter or politician, Chris Bell’s passion has always been fighting for others.  He takes it seriously and does it well.

“I have always been an advocate for equality and I’m excited to join the organization doing the most to make it a reality in Texas,” Chris said upon his appointment to the board.

Chris is married to Alison Ayres Bell and they have two boys, Atlee and Connally. They reside in Houston.

Also named to Equality Texas’ board of directors were restaurateur Gary Carter of the San Antonio suburb of Castroville; and Wade Hyde, a public relations specialist from Dallas. Carter and Hyde were named to the boards of both Equality Texas and the Equality Texas Foundation. Equality Texas also announced that Executive Director Dennis Coleman has been named to the board of directors for the Equality Federation, the national alliance of state-based equality groups. Read the full press below.

—  John Wright