lgbt http://kut.org en Listen: Why Obama's Austin Fist Bumper Made a Call for Gay Rights http://kut.org/post/listen-why-obamas-austin-fist-bumper-made-call-gay-rights <p>By now, you've <a href="https://twitter.com/dougmillsnyt/status/487313545743179777/photo/1">probably seen the photo</a> from President Barack Obama's <a href="http://kut.org/post/president-obama-back-austin-today">recent Austin visit</a>: the president smiling and extending a fist bump to a cashier at Franklin Barbecue.</p><p>If you've followed the story further, then you may be familiar with what prompted the exchange: the cashier, comedian and performer <a href="http://www.thedanielwebb.com/">Daniel Webb</a>, exclaimed "Equal rights for gay people!" when the president approached the counter. When Obama asked Webb if he was gay, he answered, "Only when I have sex."</p><p><a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/gay-place/2014-07-11/fist-bumps-for-equal-rights/">Originally reported</a> by The Austin Chronicle, <a href="http://www.dailydot.com/politics/obama-fist-bump-franklin-barbecue-gay-rights/">the story</a> has <a href="http://gawker.com/obama-fist-bumps-texas-bbq-cashier-in-response-to-gay-s-1604591349">been written up</a> everywhere <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/14/obama-gay-sex-joke_n_5584378.html">online</a>.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:04:18 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Ben Philpott 10783 at http://kut.org Listen: Why Obama's Austin Fist Bumper Made a Call for Gay Rights Mental Health Group Says Reparative Therapy Stigmatises Texas LGBT Community http://kut.org/post/mental-health-group-says-reparative-therapy-stigmatises-texas-lgbt-community <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Republican Party of Texas" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kstx/files/styles/card_280/public/201403/republican_party_of_texas_elephantlogojpg.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Support and protection for reparative therapy has been included in the 2014 Republican Party of Texas Platform. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:24:21 +0000 Ryan Poppe 10568 at http://kut.org Mental Health Group Says Reparative Therapy Stigmatises Texas LGBT Community Supreme Court Rejects Gay Wedding Photography Case http://kut.org/post/supreme-court-rejects-gay-wedding-photography-case An appeal brought by a photographer who refused to take pictures of gay weddings was turned down by the Supreme Court on Monday morning. The court also refused to hear a challenge to a ban on campaign contributions by corporations, and allowed a district court case over U.S. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:28:56 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10140 at http://kut.org Texas' First Gay Basketball League Provides a Safe Place to Play http://kut.org/post/texas-first-gay-basketball-league-provides-safe-place-play <p>Last May, Jason Collins – a 12-year veteran of the NBA – made history when he penned an editorial in Sport Illustrated revealing he was gay. "I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport," he wrote. "But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation."</p><p>The issue of homosexuality in sports has certainly become a topic of discussion, from the politics of the&nbsp;Sochi&nbsp;Olympics to NFL hopeful Michael Sam <a href="http://kut.org/post/openly-gay-nfl-prospect-michael-sam-texas-native">coming out as gay</a>. But many athletes feel there is still a long way to go before gay players are fully welcomed into sports.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/136561190&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:59:59 +0000 David Brown 9839 at http://kut.org Texas' First Gay Basketball League Provides a Safe Place to Play Travis County's Clerk is Confident Gay Couples Will Marry Soon in Texas http://kut.org/post/travis-countys-clerk-confident-gay-couples-will-marry-soon-texas <p>The ruling this week calling <a href="http://kut.org/post/texas-same-sex-marriage-ban-unconstitutional">Texas' ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional</a> prompted plenty of reaction from politicos.</p><p>One of the lesser-known politicians to sound off: Dana DeBeauvoir. As <a href="http://www.traviscountyclerk.org/eclerk/Content.do?code=Home">Travis County Clerk</a>, she's decidedly downballot of the state's top races. But DeBeauvoir is also uniquely affected by the decision, since the county clerk's office is responsible for issuing marriage licenses in Austin and Travis County.</p><p>When the ruling was announced, DeBeauvoir offered a ringing endorsement:</p><blockquote><p>“Because of the stay order in the ruling, the County Clerk cannot issue marriage licenses to gay couples at this time. This is a joyous day, but we will have to wait a little longer to actually deliver the justice and equal rights gay couples so deserve.”&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:50:44 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9871 at http://kut.org Travis County's Clerk is Confident Gay Couples Will Marry Soon in Texas Rep. Castro And Former Bush Press Secretary Back Same-Sex Marriage Push Across The South http://kut.org/post/rep-castro-and-former-bush-press-secretary-back-same-sex-marriage-push-across-south <span style="line-height: 1.5;">A national same-sex marriage rights group has launched an effort across several states in the South to campaign for marriage equality</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span><p>Southerns for Freedom to Marry, a branch of the New York-based group Freedom to Marry, has mounted a $1 million campaign across nine states including Texas.<p>Chuck Smith, the executive director for Equality Texas, is heading up Freedom to Marry’s efforts in Texas and said recent polling shows Republican attitudes toward same-sex marriage have changed in recent years.<p>"The concept Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:18:20 +0000 Ryan Poppe 9846 at http://kut.org Rep. Castro And Former Bush Press Secretary Back Same-Sex Marriage Push Across The South Openly Gay NFL Prospect Michael Sam is a Texas Native http://kut.org/post/openly-gay-nfl-prospect-michael-sam-texas-native <p>Last night, former Missouri Tigers defensive end Michael Sam announced he is gay. Sam came out during <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/10/sports/michael-sam-college-football-star-says-he-is-gay-ahead-of-nfl-draft.html?_r=0">an interview with <em>The New York Times</em></a>. If a team drafts Sam this spring and signs him, he will become the first openly gay active player in National Football League history.</p><p>There's a Texas connection to this national story: Sam is a native Texan, who attended <a href="http://www.hitchcockisd.org/vnews/display.v/SEC/High%20School">Hitchcock High School</a> in Galveston County. Sam earned first-team All-District honors as a senior in 2008, as both a defensive end and an offensive lineman.</p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:17:40 +0000 KUT Staff 9747 at http://kut.org Openly Gay NFL Prospect Michael Sam is a Texas Native New Mexico's High Court OKs Same-Sex Marriage http://kut.org/post/new-mexicos-high-court-oks-same-sex-marriage New Mexico's Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that same-sex marriage is legal, validating initiatives in several counties allowing the practice in the absence of a specific state law.<p>The ruling on Thursday means that New Mexico joins 16 states and the District of Columbia in allowing gay marriage.<p>The Associated Press says:<p><blockquote><p>"Eight of the state's 33 counties started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in August, when a county clerk in southern New Mexico independently decided to allow the unions. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 22:01:10 +0000 Scott Neuman 9412 at http://kut.org New Mexico's High Court OKs Same-Sex Marriage Same-Sex Couples Await Federal Judge's Injunction Decision On Texas Marriage Laws http://kut.org/post/same-sex-couples-await-federal-judges-injunction-decision-texas-marriage-laws <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two same-sex couples from Texas are waiting for a decision on a temporary injunction filed in federal court against the Texas laws that ban same-sex marriage. T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he case in Texas is just one part of seven cases in other states with the goal of having the U.S. Supreme Court resolve the issue.</span><p>"State after state is now recognizing the right of people to enter into same-sex marriage and that is the undeniable arc of civil rights in this country," said San Antonio attorney Neel Lane, who represents the two couples. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:43:30 +0000 Ryan Poppe 9303 at http://kut.org Same-Sex Couples Await Federal Judge's Injunction Decision On Texas Marriage Laws Senate Approves Bill To Add Sexual Orientation To Work Protections http://kut.org/post/senate-approves-enda-adding-sexual-orientation-work-protections The Senate has approved the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which gives workplace protections to workers and job applicants who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 19:49:13 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 9136 at http://kut.org Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples http://kut.org/post/pentagon-pushes-states-benefits-same-sex-couples Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has directed the National Guard Bureau to resolve a dispute that is making it difficult for same-sex couples to receive military benefits.<p>The Pentagon <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/14/211978987/pentagon-details-plan-to-extend-benefits-to-same-sex-spouses">started to recognize same-sex marriages</a> soon after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act this summer. But some states are resisting.<p>Alicia Butler is the same-sex spouse of a member of the National Guard living in Austin, Texas. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:41:45 +0000 Larry Abramson 9077 at http://kut.org Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples At UT, Awareness of Transgender Students is Still a Work In Progress http://kut.org/post/ut-awareness-transgender-students-still-work-progress <p>Over the last three years, nearly 100 colleges and universities across the nation have added non-discrimination policies that included protection for transgender students from harassment and bullying. 10 of those universities are in Texas. However, even with the increase in non-discrimination policies, there is still a lack of awareness and visibility for many transgender students.</p><p>Shane Whalley is the Senior Program Coordinator at the <a href="http://ddce.utexas.edu/genderandsexuality/">Gender and Sexuality Center</a> in the University of Texas at Austin. Whalley&nbsp;first came to UT as a graduate student, and has seen a lot of changes that include the 2008 non-discrimination policy and the installation of 43 gender-neutral bathrooms across campus. Additionally, Whalley says that there have been changes to the way transgender people are viewed.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F114726028" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:06:31 +0000 Roy Varney 8896 at http://kut.org At UT, Awareness of Transgender Students is Still a Work In Progress George H.W. Bush Is Witness At Same-Sex Wedding Of Friends http://kut.org/post/george-hw-bush-witness-same-sex-wedding-friends Former President George H.W. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 15:08:49 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 8799 at http://kut.org George H.W. Bush Is Witness At Same-Sex Wedding Of Friends Photos: Austin Pride Parade 2013 http://kut.org/post/photos-austin-pride-parade-2013 <p><strong>Update</strong>: Austin Pride festivities paraded through down Austin Saturday night. KUT&nbsp;was there to document it all; take a look at our slideshow below, powered by the <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kutaustin/">KUT Flickr page</a>. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Original post </strong>(Sept. 6): Austin’s annual Pride celebration, which kicked off Sept. 1, builds to a close this weekend. The theme of this year’s events, held by the <a href="http://www.austinpride.org/">Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation</a>? “Love Unites.”</p><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:07:41 +0000 Emily Mathis 8625 at http://kut.org Photos: Austin Pride Parade 2013 San Antonio Passes LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance http://kut.org/post/san-antonio-passes-lgbt-non-discrimination-ordinance <p>A citywide debate over whether lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals should be included in San Antonio’s non-discrimination policy came to a fiery end on Thursday.</p><p>Before a crowd of hundreds at City Hall, the San Antonio City Council adopted an ordinance aimed at preventing discrimination against people because of sexual orientation and gender identity.</p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:47:47 +0000 Jody Serrano 8614 at http://kut.org San Antonio Passes LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance Five Legal Documents Same-Sex Couples Need in Texas http://kut.org/post/five-legal-documents-same-sex-couples-need-texas <p>A&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">recent&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/lon.watts.90/posts/167898633375920" style="line-height: 1.5;">story of a North Texas man</a>&nbsp;that took social media by storm has<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;unique legal issues for same-sex couples across Texas.</span></p><p>Lon Watts says he was forced to move from his home of 12 years, and was banned from caring for his partner who suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease, after a legal battle with his partner’s family.</p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:29:54 +0000 Andres Araiza 8366 at http://kut.org Five Legal Documents Same-Sex Couples Need in Texas Austin Study Highlights LGBT Housing Discrimination http://kut.org/post/austin-study-highlights-lgbt-housing-discrimination <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F98827859" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The City of Austin and the Austin Tenant’s Council are hosting a <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/news/public-agencies-host-first-forum-lgbt-housing-discrimination" target="_blank">community forum Saturday</a> focused on housing discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.</p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:00:37 +0000 Laura Rice 8240 at http://kut.org Austin Study Highlights LGBT Housing Discrimination Growing Up Gay and In the Closet: One Austin Woman's Story http://kut.org/post/growing-gay-and-closet-one-austin-womans-story <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F97699794" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin resident </span>Alyshia<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Foster grew up outside Dallas. When she was nine, she started taking medication to deal with depression.</span></p><p>“There had been this festering ugliness and self-hatred and I felt it was killing everything beautiful about it and I didn’t know what it was," Foster said.</p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:58:04 +0000 Kate McGee 8177 at http://kut.org Growing Up Gay and In the Closet: One Austin Woman's Story Southern Baptists Decry End of Boy Scouts' Ban on Gay Members http://kut.org/post/southern-baptists-decry-end-boy-scouts-ban-gay-members <p></p><p>The Southern Baptist Convention has approved a resolution opposing a new Boy Scouts of America policy that lifts a ban on gay membership.</p><p>The decision was made earlier today, at the group’s annual convention in Houston.</p><p>The resolution itself does not demand that affiliated churches discontinue their sponsorship of troops. But the resolution voices its support for churches that choose to do so, while reiterating earlier declarations calling for the removal of the various leaders that instituted the new Boy Scouts policy this past May.</p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 19:28:58 +0000 Hector Perez 8093 at http://kut.org Southern Baptists Decry End of Boy Scouts' Ban on Gay Members LGBT Elders Face Extra Challenges http://kut.org/post/lgbt-elders-face-extra-challenges <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F94732346&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.loc.gov/lgbt/">LGBT Pride Month</a> begins June 1. While many situations are unique to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experience, you many think aging is not. But there are increased risks for LGBT seniors.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 10:35:53 +0000 Kate McGee 7942 at http://kut.org LGBT Elders Face Extra Challenges