Republicans' grip on statewide leadership offices has prevented Texas from joining the rest of the country — and the rest of the 21st century — in the fight for LGBT equality. Polls have shown fast-evolving, continues support for LGBT rights all across the country, including here in Texas. Yet, Republicans have been afraid to open dialogue on LGBT equality out of fear from angering their conservative base.
Texans have grown to realize LGBT rights matter to them; it affects people we all love and care about, and support for equality has grown tremendously over the last years to reflect this change of heart. LGBT Texans lack essentially all forms of rights and discrimination protections that the rest of Texans have, one of the worst states in the country for those who are LGBT.
Chuck Smith, executive director of statewide LGBT advocacy group Equality Texas, supports Wendy Davis:
“Wendy Davis has been an ally and a supporter of pro-equality legislation throughout her career in the Texas Senate,” Smith said. “The reality is that LGBT-specific pro-equality legislation will never become law in Texas until we have a governor who will sign it into law.”
Watch Wendy Davis and other prominent Texas Legislatures, including Leticia Van de Putte, potential Democratic candidate for Lt. Gov., tell LGBT youth facing discrimination to hang in there. The fight is not over.
Read more about the blog-raiser below the jump.Today, Burnt Orange Report will take a break from our coverage of Texas politics to urge one thing and one thing only:
Give to Wendy.
We're excited to be part of an effort that includes the following sites:
Ann Friedman * Behind Frenemy Lines * Brains and Eggs * Brittanie Shey * Burnt Orange Report * Concerned Citizens * DailyKos * Dos Centavos * Eclectablog * Egberto Willies * Eye on Williamson * Feminist Justice League * Feministing * Greg's Opinion * In The Pink * Jessica Luther * Juanita Jean's * Julie Gillis * Letters from Texas * Mean Rachel * Nerdy Feminist * Nonsequiteuse * Rude Pundit * Sensing Place * Texas Leftist * TexPatriate * The Oeditrix * The South Lawn * The Texas Monitor * Too Twisted for Color TV
We'll link to some of their posts throughout the day. You can also follow the action on the hashtag #GiveToWendy.
Well all know that Texans need Wendy Davis in the Governor's mansion. We need to give her the resources she needs to run the best campaign possible.