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Five Texas-Sized Examples of Anti-Gay Bigotry in 2014

texasobserver.org — When Rolling Stone magazine recently named Texas one of "The 5 Worst States for LGBT People," it was difficult to argue with the designation. Was I hurt? Yes. Did I have the urge to become insanely defensive? Yes. Has the person who wrote it ever been to Texas? Probably not.
Dec 19, 2014

My “favorite” example of anti-gay bigotry in 2014: "WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE TO HOMOSEXUALS” t-shirts. texasobserver.org/five-texas-siz…

My Dogsitter, the ATX Shooter

texasobserver.org — Most people know Larry Steven McQuilliams from his Thanksgiving night shooting spree in downtown Austin. Around 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 28, he fired more than 100 rounds at the Mexican consulate, the federal courthouse and the Austin Police Department headquarters before police shot and killed him.
Dec 18, 2014

The ATX shooter was @katiematlack’s dog-sitter. She tries to reconcile the man she knew with his violent actions. texasobserver.org/my-dogsitter-t…

Texas Payday Lenders Criminally Pursue Borrowers

texasobserver.org — In March 2012, Margaret Jones, a 71-year-old Austin great-grandmother, found herself in a financial crisis. Her husband had recently passed away, she'd lost a temporary job and she was struggling to live on a Social Security check of $1,160 each month.
Dec 18, 2014

More detail on outrageous story @TexasObserver broke in 2013: Payday lenders seek criminal charges against customers. texasobserver.org/report-texas-p…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @TXFairLending: Texas payday lenders & prosecutors team up to criminally prosecute borrowers ow.ly/G4ftC #StopTheDebtTrap #tx…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @PatrickMichels: A 71-year-old Austin great-grandmother is just one of many Texans hauled into court illegally for a payday loan: texasobserver.org/report-texas-p…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @TexasLawbook: Report: Texas Payday Lenders and Prosecutors Team Up to Criminally Pursue Borrowers texasobserver.org/report-texas-p… @TexasObserver

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Legislators Seek to Overturn Anti-Gay Birth Certificate Law

texasobserver.org — The day Andy Miller and Brian Stephens jointly adopted their son Clark in 2007 was among the happiest of their lives. But the couple's elation turned to disappointment when they walked out of the courtroom and down a hall to the Travis County Clerk's Office.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @TexasObserver: In TX, gay parents can't put both names on their child's birth certificate. Some lawmakers are trying to change that. texasobserver.org/legislators-se…

Dec 17, 2014

In TX, gay parents can't put both names on their child's birth certificate. Some lawmakers are trying to change that. texasobserver.org/legislators-se…

Texas' Climate and Energy Future

texasobserver.org — The story of Texas is the story of energy. Over the last century, Texas' natural gas and oil resources have changed the geopolitical planet, driving innovation and research far beyond our borders and establishing the prosperous economy we enjoy in Texas. That economy grew from a seemingly endless supply of oil and gas.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @MichaelEWebber: Go Texas! I write with @khayhoe that TX can/should lead the world in the low-carbon era texasobserver.org/next-60-cuttin…

Dec 18, 2014

"Texas also has a lot to win in this new era of carbon constraints.” texasobserver.org/next-60-cuttin… #climate

Dec 13, 2014

RT @MichaelEWebber: Go Texas! I write with @khayhoe that TX can/should lead the world in the low-carbon era texasobserver.org/next-60-cuttin…

Change Makers - 60th Anniversary of the Texas Observer

60th-anniversary.texasobserver.org — The Texas Observer Change Makers: Portraits of 7 Texans who have changed their state for the better and 7 more poised to make it better in the future.
Dec 12, 2014

RT @ACLUTx: Senior Staff Attorney Adriana Piñon has been designated by @TexasObserver as one of Texas' 14 "Change Makers"! ow.ly/FOklV