Tag: Texas

#TakeItDown: Lawmakers Key to Removal of Confederate Flag, Symbols

By Sheryl Estrada South Carolina State House in Columbia. Photo: Shutterstock Following South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s announcement on Monday calling for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from state grounds, the nation watchedas lawmakers took steps on Tuesday to consider its elimination.The hashtag#TakeItDown is trending on social media…

Hair Braiding Regulations in Texas Continue to Unravel

By Sheryl Estrada Photo By Shutterstock UPDATE:In June, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law legislation that deregulates the practice of African-style hair braiding and repeals the occupational license aspiring braiders were mandated to obtain. The long struggle to own and operate hair braiding shops in Texasamidunconstitutional regulationsmay soon come…

What Other States Face Anti-LGBT Laws

What Other States Face Anti-LGBT Laws By Barbara Frankel There now are more than 85 anti-LGBT bills before 28 state legislatures, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Courtesy of Human Rights Campaign What Has Been Approved So Far Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom Law.’ Status: Signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence,…

GOP Head Sorry For Including Gay Conversion Therapy in Platform

By Chris Hoenig The chairman of the Republican Party of Texas says he doesn’t agree with his state party’s official stance endorsing the use of conversion therapy for the LGBT community, even though it lives in the final version of the party’s 2014 platform. The platform, passed earlier this month…