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Houston is the largest city in Texas and the fourth-largest city in the United States. It is the seat of Harris County, and its metropolitan area is the fifth-largest in the U.S., with over 6 million people. [ Wikipedia ]

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APAnnise Parker

Houston mayor announces details of proposed anti-discrimination ordinance

Monday, April 21, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker on Monday announced details of a proposed human rights ordinance that would prohibit discrimination in the workplace, housing and public accommodations. [ Read more → ]
Crystal Jackson (left), and Britney Cosby were murdered last week and found dumped near a convenience store in Port Bolivar, Texas.

Police hope discovery of murder victim’s vehicle will provide new clues in case

Sunday, April 20, 2014
HOUSTON — A vehicle that had been sought in connection with the murder of a lesbian couple in South Texas last month has been recovered, according to the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office. [ Read more → ]
Crystal Jackson (left), and Britney Cosby were murdered last week and found dumped near a convenience store in Port Bolivar, Texas.

Relatives speak out about lesbian couple found murdered in Texas

Saturday, March 15, 2014
GALVESTON, Texas — Relatives of one of two Houston women found dead near a garbage bin are offering different takes on the relationship between the woman and her father. [ Read more → ]
James Crosby

Father suspected in double homicide jotted anti-gay notes on his Koran

Friday, March 14, 2014
HOUSTON -- A family spokesperson says James Larry Cosby, the father of one of two women whose bodies were found dumped outside a South Texas convenience store last week and now in custody in connection with their murders, is a practicing Muslim who made notes about his anti-gay views on his Koran. [ Read more → ]
James Crosby

Father of victim in Texas double homicide arrested in connection with murders

Thursday, March 13, 2014
PORT BOLIVAR, Texas — The father of one of two women whose bodies were found dumped outside a South Texas convenience store last week has been arrested in connection with their murders. [ Read more → ]
Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson (left), and a police sketch of a man sought in connection with their murders.

Autopsies reveal causes of death in murders of Texas lesbian couple

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
PORT BOLIVAR, Texas -- Officials in Galveston County, Texas, said Monday that the deaths of a lesbian couple from Houston have officially been ruled as homicides. [ Read more → ]

Investigators release sketch of suspect in murder of Texas lesbian couple

Monday, March 10, 2014
GALVESTON, Texas — Investigators in Galveston County, Texas, have released a sketch of a suspect in connection with the deaths of a lesbian couple from Houston whose bodies were found outside a South Texas convenience store on Friday. [ Read more → ]

Police investigating murder of lesbian couple found near store dumpster

Sunday, March 9, 2014
PORT BOLIVAR, Texas -- Deputies in Galveston County, Texas, are investigating the murder of a lesbian couple from Houston whose bodies were discovered next to a convenience store dumpster in Port Bolivar, Texas, on Friday morning. [ Read more → ]
Jarred Cosart

Astros pitcher apologizes for tweet referring to Justin Bieber as ‘that fag’

Monday, February 10, 2014
HOUSTON — Astros pitcher Jarred Cosart has apologized after he using a gay slur to describe pop star Justin Bieber when he tweeted a message to a former teammate. [ Read more → ]
Pat Sullivan, APInmates hang out on their bunks in a new unit in the Harris County Jail for gay, bisexual and transgender inmates in Houston.

In Harris County, Texas, jail confronts issue of safety for LGBT inmates

Sunday, February 2, 2014
The Harris County Jail in Houston, the third-largest in the country which processes some 125,000 inmates annually, is one of many nationwide implementing changes to the way it treats its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population. The changes stem from a law passed by Congress under former President George W. Bush that requires federal, state and local lockups to eliminate rape in part by adjusting regulations about how the population lives behind bars. [ Read more → ]
Kathy Hubbard (left) and Annise Parker, at their wedding ceremony on Jan. 16, 2014.

Houston mayor fires back at critics over her same-sex marriage: ‘Get over it!’

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
HOUSTON -- Houston mayor Annise Parker is firing back at Republicans who say her marriage to longtime partner last week was politically motivated. [ Read more → ]
Kathy Hubbard (left) and Annise Parker

Houston mayor Annise Parker weds longtime partner in Palm Springs

Thursday, January 16, 2014
HOUSTON -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker has announced that she and longtime partner Kathy Hubbard have married in California. [ Read more → ]
Houston mayor Annise Parker

Lambda Legal seeks to combine lawsuits over Houston same-sex couple benefits

Thursday, January 9, 2014
HOUSTON -- Lambda Legal on Thursday asked a U.S. District Court judge to combine two separate lawsuits filed against Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the City of Houston, one seeking to prevent and the other to preserve spousal benefits to the same-sex spouses of city employees. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal

Federal judge refuses to halt same-sex benefits for Houston city employees

Friday, January 3, 2014
HOUSTON -- The same-sex spouses of Houston city employees will keep their benefits for now, after a federal judge on Thursday denied a request for a restraining order that would have halted them. [ Read more → ]
Jim Mone, AP (File)The 1993 Houston Oilers team contained two gay members, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Report: Houston Oilers had two gay players in 1993, teammates didn’t care

Friday, December 27, 2013
HOUSTON — Long before the question of whether the NFL is ready for a gay player, at least two key members of the tumultuous 1993 Houston Oilers team were gay, former teammates have told the Houston Chronicle. [ Read more → ]
Houston, Texas

Houston city workers file suit seeking equal benefits for same-sex spouses

Thursday, December 26, 2013
Lambda Legal on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit against Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the city of Houston seeking to preserve spousal benefits, including health insurance, covering the same-sex spouses of city employees. [ Read more → ]
APAnnise Parker

Judge halts same-sex benefits in Houston after GOP chair files lawsuit

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
HOUSTON -- A Harris County, Texas, judge issued an order Tuesday blocking the city of Houston from providing benefits to the same-sex spouses of city employees pending a hearing in January. [ Read more → ]
Houston City Hall

Houston to offer benefits to same-sex spouses of city employees

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
HOUSTON -- Houston will provide health care and life insurance benefits to legally married same-sex spouses of city employees, officials announced Wednesday. [ Read more → ]

Texas county adopts sweeping policy to protect LGBT inmates

Thursday, November 14, 2013
HOUSTON -- The sheriff of Houston's Harris County has adopted a sweeping policy designed to protect and guarantee equal treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inmates, including allowing transgender individuals to be housed based on the gender they identify with instead of their biological sex. [ Read more → ]
Annise Parker

Annise Parker wins re-election in Houston mayoral race

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
HOUSTON — Houston Mayor Annise Parker was elected on Tuesday to a third and final term as the leader of the nation's fourth largest city. [ Read more → ]

Victory Fund announces ‘Ten Races to Watch’ featuring LGBT candidates

Friday, October 25, 2013
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund has announced its annual “Races to Watch” list featuring openly LGBT candidates, naming 10 candidates involved in groundbreaking runs for political office this year. Victory has endorsed a total of 85 out candidates for 2013, an all-time high for an odd numbered year. [ Read more → ]
Annise Parker

Houston mayor: Passing a non-discrimination law is ‘something we should do’

Friday, September 20, 2013
HOUSTON -- San Antonio's recent passage of an LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance leaves Houston, the nation's fourth largest city, as the only major metropolitan area in Texas without its own citywide ordinance, and mayor Annise Parker says the city should follow suit. [ Read more → ]
Nikki Araguz

Transgender woman denied marriage license due to Texas’ gay marriage ban

Monday, September 16, 2013
HOUSTON -- The transgender widow of a Texas firefighter, whom a judge ruled in 2011 was not entitled to her late husband’s death benefits because she was born a man, is now challenging Texas law once more by attempting to get married again. [ Read more → ]

Student gov’t candidate targeted in anti-gay smear campaign wins election

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
HOUSTON -- A student government candidate at University of Houston-Downtown, who was the subject of an anti-gay smear campaign that also revealed his HIV status, has been elected student body vice-president. [ Read more → ]

Gay student’s HIV status revealed in student council smear campaign

Thursday, April 4, 2013
HOUSTON -- Campus police at the University of Houston-Downtown have launched an investigation over flyers that surfaced on campus that detailed private medical information about a gay student's HIV status. [ Read more → ]
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