Gregory Wayne Abbott (born November 13, 1957) is an American attorney who has served as the 48th governor of Texas since January 20, 2015. A member of the Republican Party, Abbott previously served as the 50th attorney general of Texas from 2002 to 2015. He is the third governor of any U.S. state to permanently use a wheelchair. He is also the first disabled governor in Texas history.
The Texas Senate has voted, 19-12, to accept the House version of Senate Bill 14, sending the measure that will ban gender-affirming care for transgender minors to Gov.
Greg Abbott’s desk. The governor is expected to sign SB 14 into law, setting it in motion to take effect Sept. 1. Pick up the Friday, May 19, issue of Dallas Voice to read David Taffet’s article on SB 14 and how LGBTQ advocates plan to respond.
SB 12, which would effectively ban drag shows in Texas, is once again set for a vote on the floor of the House on Friday, May 19.
The bill — which right-wing forces claim is intended to “protect” children — puts drag performances on the same level as performances that include nudity, simulated sex acts and anything that “appeals to the prurient interest in sex.” The bill reads: “Sexually oriented performance” means a visual performance that: (A) features: (i) a performer who is nude, as defined by Section 102.051, Business & Commerce Code; (ii) a male performer exhibiting as a female, or a female performer exhibiting as a male, who uses clothing, makeup, or other similar physical markers and who sings, lip syncs, dances, or otherwise performs before an audience; or (iii) any other performer who engages in sexual conduct; and (B) appeals to the prurient interest in sex.” — Tammye Nash The post BREAKING: SB 14 on its way to Abbott’s desk; SB 12 set for House vote Friday appeared first on Dallas Voice.