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Austin Trans Woman Humiliated By Lingerie Store Staff Member

A lingerie store in Austin, Texas has been accused of humiliating a transgender customer, reports Jezebel.com.

On her Facebook page, Kylie Jack said that a staff member at Petticoat Fair asked her for ID stating she was female.  Jack was also told that she had to have undergone sex reassignment surgery in order to have a fitting.


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According to its website, "every woman [at Petticoat Fair] is treated with respect and given one-on-one attention and is helped to feel comfortable and confident in properly fitted undergarments."

JackThe store’s owner Kirk Andrews has since posted a lengthy apology which reads in part:

"There seems to be a misconception that Petticoat Fair has a policy of not working with the transgendered community. That is not the case. In fact, we have served the transgendered community for most of our 50 years in Austin. What we do have is a policy regarding who may or may not enter our fitting rooms.

The dressing room area is a particularly private and vulnerable place for many women and girls, so it's a protected area. For that reason, we also have a completely separate dressing area for women who have undergone mastectomies and need post-surgical care.

Just as a gym won't allow men in a women's dressing room for the comfort and safety of its patrons, we don't allow men or boys above a certain age in our dressing area.

Despite our otherwise inclusive approach, those who might be or who outwardly appear to be men (regardless of how they are dressed) pose a delicate challenge, and in the case of imposters, can pose a safety risk to the Petticoat Fair staff.

We respect our customers at Petticoat Fair. All of them. I hope that with this explanation, you have some helpful insight to who we are, how we do business, and that we are open to a productive dialogue."

In a response to Kirk’s apology, Jack replied:

"Kirk is sincere in his efforts to do better, but only time and actual action will tell. I'll consider the issue resolved when a formal public apology is issued to the Austin trans community along with the steps they're taking to update their policies to be trans-friendly and trans-inclusive."


Texas Democratic Party Responds to Homophobic GOP Platform, Calls For Ban On Conversion Therapy

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The Texan Democratic Party has released its response to last month’s outrageous 2014 GOP platform that, amongst other things, endorsed homophobic reparative therapy. The Democrats' platform pulls no punches and directly addresses the GOP’s discriminatory stance:

“The Republican Party of Texas continues to encourage violence against the very souls of LGBTQ people through the quackery known as “reparative therapy” which is now illegal in two states. Texas Democrats strongly oppose the use of any public funding for this demonstrably harmful practice.”

The platforms echoed the sentiments of the Texas chapter of Stonewall Democrats as the Dallas-based advocacy group rallied during the Democratic convention carrying signs proclaiming “#WeDontNeedFixin.” More than simply countering the GOP’s positions, the Texas Democrats’ platform addresses the state’s pressing need for legislative protections of its sexual and gender minorities. In addition to the inclusion of gender reassignment surgery under Medicaid, their platform supports a ban on reparative therapies, enforcement of employee non-discrimination, and full support for marriage equality.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge to California's ban on conversion therapy. 

Read the full Democratic platform, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Man Arrested In Horrific Shooting of Texas Teen Lesbian Couple Back in 2012

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On Friday, authorities arrested the man they believe is responsible for the shooting of a teen lesbian couple near Corpus Christi, Texas two years ago that left one of the girls dead and the other in serious condition.

NBC News reports:

StricklandDavid Malcolm Strickland, 27, was arrested Friday by U.S. Marshals and Texas Rangers in the San Antonio suburb of Helotes, local media reported. U.S. Marshals, Texas Rangers and the police officers from Portland, where the attack occurred, detained Strickland and his wife, Laura Kimberly, 23.

He is facing charges of capital murder, aggravated assault with a weapon and aggravated sexual assault in the June 23, 2012, attack on Mollie Olgin, 19, who died in the shooting in Portland on the Corpus Christi Bay. Olgin's girlfriend, Kristene Chapa, then 18, survived. His wife faces charges of tampering with evidence.

Wrote Chapa on Facebook:

Thanks everyone for the texts, messages, and calls but my family and I are just kinda in shock and just shook up We need time to let it sink and just process the news we've waited on for 2 years please keep us in your prayers


‘Ex Gay’ Behind Texas GOP’s ‘Reparative Therapy’ Platform Says Party Plank is Misunderstood - VIDEO

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Jeremy Schwab, the ‘ex-gay’ Texas Republican delegate behind the party’s “reparative therapy” plank in its new platform, is speaking out in defense of the therapy and says he’s surprised with all the media coverage of the issue.

WFAA reports:

"There are counselors out there who help us overcome same-sex attraction by finding need fulfillment in other ways in our lives and by addressing emotional wounds, and that has reduced the same-sex attraction significantly," he explained.

Schwab said he lived 12 years as a gay man, but reduced his same sex attraction through prayer, counseling, and emotional healing.

"The gay lifestyle is just not an option for us, because of our own faith and our own values," he said. […]

Schwab later admits that “reparative therapy” isn’t the best name for the counseling, because it isn’t about “repairing” anyone who’s broken.

Perhaps "snake oil therapy" was already taken as a name option?

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP

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Texan GOP Chairman Against Gay Reparative Therapy

Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri has come out condemning 'ex-gay 'therapy’s inclusion as a line item in The Republican Party of Texas’s 2014 platform. Munisteri says he’s not alone.

Munisteri“The Texas Republican Party has millions of people who vote for it and every individual Republican has their own views on issues,” The Chairman said this week.

Munisteri made headlines earlier this year after openly barring the Log Cabin Republicans of Texas from formal participation in the Texas State Republican Convention citing a difference in opinion on gay marriage.

LGBT reparative therapy, anti-vaccination, withdrawal from the UN, and reparations are but a few of the issues highlighted in the Texas GOP Platform that Munisteri says aren’t reflective of the state’s actual delegation. Rather, a platform committee is selected from members of the 31 state senatorial districts and charged with crafting the platform on its own.

“It’s false to represent that each one of those platform planks necessarily represents the view of the majority view of either the majority of the delegates let alone a majority of Republicans,” Munisteri said of the platform. 


Gay Texas Fathers Denied Parenthood Of Biological Sons: AUDIO

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This is a whole new level of regressive behavior, and it's just jaw-dropping in its cruelty.

Texas has made it quite clear that it refuses to recognize legally-wed same-sex couples for the time being, despite judge after judge ruling the ban unconstitutional. However, despite the abuse and discrimination that gay parents are often subject to socially in the Lone Star State, the government hasn't stepped in to discriminate on the basis of biological parenthood...until now.

Hanna_riggsJason Hanna and Joe Riggs are the biological fathers of twin sons Lucas and Ethan - one father per son - who were carried to term by surrogate mother CharLynn, who bears no biological connection to the boys, reports SiriusXM host and Gay Voices editor Michelangelo Signorile.

However, because Texas doesn't recognize legally-wed gay couples it opens up judges to use their own discretion on cases such as Hanna and Riggs', and in this case a presiding judge determined that neither father is represented on either child's birth certificate as a father...but CharLynn is on both as their mother.

To repeat: the boys' biological fathers are not on their birth certificates as parents, but their non-biological surrogate mother is and is listed as their mother.

All of this despite precedence for their case existing within Texas and even providing DNA results to the court. Adding salt to the wound, the judge also ruled that neither could be an adoptive parent of the other's son. This is especially worrisome, as Hanna points out:

Without [co-adoption], if something happened to either me or Joe we don’t have any legal recourse to keep the other’s biological child. The state could come in and separate these two brothers…We want to reiterate how important it is for a state to recognize each family, whether it's same-sex or opposite-sex, and really to ensure everyone has equal protection from the state.

 SiriusXM radio host Michelangelo Signorile interviewed the couple:

They also did an interview with FOX4 News, AFTER THE JUMP...

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