While many people inside and outside the state of Texas were upset that our bid to fire Ted Cruz came agonizingly short, it was a bigger win in other areas in terms of ending the Republican rule in Texas.
We flipped several populous Texas counties to Democratic control, including my home county of Harris County. We flipped several Texas state court of appeals districts. And most importantly, we flipped twelve seats in the Texas House to put in striking distance of flipping that chamber in 2020
With the 2019 session of the Texas Legislature now going into its second week, we had another moment of history happen with the founding of the first officially recognized Texas LGBTQ Caucus!
Rep Mary Gonzalez’s office released an announcement heralding the founding of the new caucus.
“Nearly one million Texans identify as part of the LGBTQ spectrum, signaling a drastic need for representation at all levels of elected office,” the press release said.
The founding members of it all identity as members of our community, and they are Rep. Mary González (D- Clint) Rep. Celia Israel (D- Austin) , Rep. Jessica González (D- Dallas) Rep. Erin Zweiner (D – Austin) and Rep. Julie Johnson (D – Dallas).
The caucus is open to any member regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The goal of the Texas LGBTQ Caucus is to according to Rep Mary Gonzalez is “to advocate for proactive legislation that creates greater equity in Texas.”.
Congratulations on the founding of this new caucus. May it grow beyond these initial members, and may you be successful in pushing for legislation that does create a better Texas for all of us.
TransGriot note: Photo of caucus by Casey Chapman-Ross