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Texas Realtor Helps At-Risk LGBTQ+ Homeowners Flee Texas

A man in Texas is offering to help at-risk LGBTQ+ homeowners flee the Lone Star state.Flee Texas is the brainchild of gay Dallas realtor Bob McCranie, who runs Texas Pride Realty. He set up Flee Texas to help other LGBTQ+ homeowners in the state not just sell their homes, but also connect them with LGBTQ+ or affirming realtors in other states to help them purchase a new home.“I’ve been in Texas since 1987 and I have seen this state transform into a juggernaut of right-wing conservatism,” McCranie tells The Advocate.In response, he created Flee Texas to help LGBTQ+ Texans who feel threatened by the current political and cultural environment find a safe space to live outside his state.“As LGBTQIA+ citizens of Texas, many of us feel at risk,” the Flee Texas website reads.
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Texas GOP declares homosexuality an “abnormal lifestyle choice”
40-page document includes a section on “Homosexuality and Gender Issues.”This describes homosexuality as “an abnormal lifestyle choice”, before going on to say, “We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior … and we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.”In relation to gender identity, it goes on to state, “We oppose all efforts to validate transgender identity”, vowing to campaign against any medical practitioner who acts to “Intervene in any way to prevent natural progression of puberty” or who offers gender-affirming hormones or surgery to those under 21 years of age.It further states, “We oppose the use of taxpayer funds for any type of medical gender dysphoria treatments or sex-change operations and/or treatments.”It backs the right of counselors to offer so-called conversion therapy to “clients of any age with gender dysphoria or unwanted same-sex attraction.”Conversion therapy is the discredited practice of attempting to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity through psychotherapeutic means. It doesn’t work and usually does far more harm than good.Related: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott being called a “monster” for latest attack on trans kidsEarlier this year, GOP Governor Ted Abbott ordered state officials to investigate any parents supporting their children to have gender-affirming care.
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Texas Pastor Calls for Gay People to Be Shot in the Head
Texas labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center delivered a sermon calling for the government execution of LGBTQ+ folks, and it’s not the first time he’s made such disturbing calls for violence.In his sermon entitled, Why We Won’t Shut Up, Dillon Awes of the Stedfast Baptist Church in Hurst said gay men were predatory pedophiles who have either committed sex crimes against a child or just haven’t had the opportunity to do so yet, leading him to the conclusion that “We need to put these people to death through the proper channels of the government.”Awes claimed the Bible’s solution to what he called the “sodomite deception” is queer people “should be lined up against the wall and shot in the back of the head.”“What does God say is the answer, is the solution for the homosexual in 2022, here in the New Testament, here in the book of Romans? That they are worthy of death,” Awes said. “Every single homosexual in our country should be charged with a crime, the abomination of homosexuality that they have, they should be convicted in a lawful trial, they should be sentenced to death, they should be lined up against a wall and shot in the back of the head.” Awes and the Stedfast Baptist Church are in the midst of an anti-Pride month where he visits various local churches and organizations celebrating Pride, and filming himself calling these churches blasphemous and tools of satan. Last month, another preacher at the church, Jonathan Shelley, made the news for his call to commit violence against LGBTQ+ people.
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